Elementary Principal’s Blog
March 10th
Blog Post
Sandy Sheppard, Elementary School Principal


The International School Yangon is a community of compassionate global citizens.


We aim to develop lifelong learners who will be a force for positive change in the world.

Dear Parents,

The students are excited for the movie night tonight, it is great to be able to have these fun events for the students.

The Parent Association has started planning for the Thingyan event which will take place on the 7th of April. Lots of fun water activities are planned.

Ms. Sandy Sheppard
Elementary School Principal


Dates to Remember

13th March – swimming will start in PE lessons (watch out for more information from class teachers)

10th March – Movie Night – see below

7th April – Progress Reports go home

As a faculty, we have been studying the science of how we learn and how our brains work and change over time. And as we study, we are constantly being reminded of just how important it is to get enough sleep – for our students and for ourselves as adults.

Here is interesting article that our Secondary School Counselor, Mr. A-G, shared with us about the proven connection between and sleep and learning and grades. And here is a video that was shared with us during a training last week that details how smartphones affect our sleep.

This summary of the book How We Learn: Why brains learn better than any machine…for now has some interesting insights into the power of sleep:

Sleep is key to consolidation. When sleeping we strengthen existing knowledge, and we record it in a more abstract way, which can allow for greater insight. Improving the length and quality of young people’s sleep is a powerful way to improve their learning.



Read how KG students really wanted to understand all about how solar power works and then experimented with the help of some 10th Graders.  Click on this link to read the post.

Elementary and Middle School Student Councils are sponsoring a Movie Night Friday, March 10th.  Puss and Boots: The Last Wish and Howl’s Moving Castle will be shown at 6:30 PM.  All community members are welcome to Puss & Boots showing outside on the lower court.  The film Howl’s Moving Castle will be shown in SAS 401 for middle school students only.  Admission is free but donations are graciously accepted.  Snacks will be available for sale with all proceeds supporting The Chinthe Fund.  Please come and enjoy a fun evening.


The campus is not supervised until 8:00 AM each morning, when we have one teacher on duty.

Social Development Ages 6-7

This week we continue with our series on the social development of children.  As noted in last week’s article, social developmental milestones are general guidelines.  Individual children will reach these milestones at their own pace & in their own time.  This week we are identifying general guidelines for children ages 6 & 7.  At this age, students can typically:

  • Make friends with others with similar interests
  • Resolve peer conflict without the help of an adult
  • Be able to hear and understand another’s point of view
  • Cooperate with classmates without the help of an adult
  • Be aware of their strengths and weaknesses
  • Understand rules within their lives and the community
  • Begin to accept criticism

If you have questions or concerns about your child’s social development, please speak to your child’s pediatrician or contact Ms. Patty, the elementary school counselor, at escounselor@isyedu.org.  She is happy to assist your family.