Elementary Principal’s Blog

June 7th
Blog Post

Sandy Sheppard, Elementary School Principal

Dear Parents,

As the school year comes to a close, I wanted to take a moment to express my heartfelt thanks for your support and partnership. It’s been a wonderful journey watching your children grow, learn, and achieve so much.

Thank you for trusting us with your child’s education and for your continuous encouragement. Your involvement and support have made a significant difference.

We wish you and your family a restful and enjoyable summer break and look forward to seeing you again in August.

Warm regards,

Ms Sandy Sheppard



This week, Grade 3 had a Market Day to end their unit on Economies and Global Trade. Grade 2 ended their materials unit by sharing the things that they had designed and made. On Monday, Math participants celebrated completing one line of their math card with a pizza celebration. We had our end-of-year assembly and had a visit from the school mascot, the Chinthe. It was a fun event, but it is always sad to say goodbye to teachers and students.

Chinthe Cubs

For 2024-25, we will be offering a 3-year-old program. The current 4-year-old program and the new 3-year-old program will be called Chinthe Cubs. Please complete this sign-up form to register your interest in finding out more information about the new Chinthe Cubs classes. As a reminder, admissions for the next academic year, 2024-25, will be accepted from 15th February 2024. The information session has been completed, but you can get information at any time by contacting our ISY Admissions Office.

Dates to Remember

19th August – 1st Day of School

Transition and Goodbyes

The summer holiday is quickly approaching and although it is an exciting time, it is also a time to say good-bye. Each year, I am reminded that our small community is constantly changing and although this is very exciting, it also means we must once again say good-bye to some of our community members.  When thinking about good-byes, I am reminded of David C Pollock, Ruth Van Reken and Michael Pollack’s book Third Culture Kids: Growing Up Among Worlds work.  Using the acronym RAFT they help us remember the important areas that need to be addressed when saying farewell.

Reconciliation: This difficult but important step focuses on mending or forgiving relationships.  Resolving issues with those you are leaving behind enables you to move on without regret. 

Affirmation: Expressing appreciation for relationships.  Validating your friendships and connections to others through words, gifts or personal time together highlights your time together and the value it has had on your life.

Farewell: Many people try to avoid the act of saying goodbye but this is an important step.  Be mindful of saying goodbye to not only people but also places, animals and experiences.

Think Destination: Preparing for and building excitement for the new experiences and places you are heading toward is the last step in your goodbye journey.  


If you would like to talk with Ms Patty about executive functioning skills or any other skills to support your child, please contact her at escounselor@isyedu.org.

Ms Patty