Elementary Principal’s Blog
March 24th
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,

Earth hour is tomorrow. There is a link in this blog to a Padlet where we would love for you to share what you did for Earth Hour in your homes. We will be sharing this in the blog next week.

The teachers are busy writing progress reports, these will go out on the 7th of April. Parent conferences are also coming up at the end of April. All upcoming dates can be found below.

Information on the Thingyan event can be found below.

We had an assembly today. Grade 2 students shared about a book they made, Grade 3S shared book reviews and the Green Initiative, After School Activity shared some important information on saving energy.

The students at ISY really care about each other and their teachers. I am always so happy to receive their greetings, which are always given with a smile. The messages I get to brighten my day are always well-received. The one below was given to me by Vivian in KG.

Have a great weekend!

Ms. Sandy Sheppard
Elementary School Principal

Could an hour change the world? On 25th March 2023 at 8:30 PM, you are encouraged to do something – anything – positive for our planet.  This is one small spark for change. An hour reminding us to make all other hours count. 

Earth hour began in 2007; it has also been known as the ‘lights off’ movement, with individuals from around the globe switching off their lights to show symbolic support for the planet and to raise awareness of the environmental issues affecting it.

Here at ISY, being environmentally conscious is very important to us. Could an Hour change the world? It’s a start, and it’s up to us. 

Watch this video

Explore ways you can give an hour here.

We would love to hear how your family is participating in earth hour – go to this link to a Padlet and let us know what you did. It is easy to use, and you can also add photos. Just click on the green button on the bottom right of the screen.


On 7th April we will celebrate Thingyan at ISY. The celebration will begin with an assembly where we will all learn more about this special festival. Following this, the students will take part in water fun outside. They will be in their normal clothing, they should only bring a towel on that day. They will be going home wet! This is always such a fun event that we all look forward to celebrating. Special thanks to the Parent Association, who are sponsoring and organizing the event. They will also be supplying some traditional treats during lunch breaks.

PreK, Kindergarten, and Grade 1 will have their own event earlier in the day. Your class teacher will share more information.

Chinthe Summer Fun

For a full list of the details and activities, please see this program document.  To register your interest, please fill out this form.

Dates to Remember

7th April – Progress Reports go home & Thingyan Celebration

10th April to 17th April – Thingyan Holiday

27th April – Parent/Teacher Conferences (no school for students)


Thank you to our Parent Association for sponsoring ISY Model United Nation (MUN) conference called YMUN (Yangon Model United Nation).

What is Model United Nations?  At its heart, MUN is dedicated to being global citizens committed to helping our community, through discussion. It is a club where students research and debate global issues, and enjoy the opportunity to partake in conferences both locally and regionally. During the conference, each student represents the United Nation and the viewpoints of those nations during sessions, delegates explore many real-world problems from the perspective of world leaders. Students that do MUN not only develop skills that help them excel in school, but also gain a valuable experience that many top colleges recognize as noteworthy.

This year, ISY has the honor of hosting the first physical conference since the pandemic.


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

Social Development Continued Ages 8-10

This week we continue our discussion about childhood social development.  In previous weeks, we have reviewed children ages 4-7.  This week we will explore milestones for children ages 8-10 or students in grades 3-5.  As noted in previous articles, childhood development is unique for each child, and the milestones presented are typical for many in this age range but you may not see all these behaviors with your own child.  If you have concerns about your child’s development, please feel free to reach out to me, Ms. Patty. at escounselor@isyedu.org.  

Children ages 8-10 are quickly nearing adolescents and have an increasing sense of confidence.  Typically, they are becoming more independent, taking more risks, and more responsibilities.  Peer relationships are becoming increasingly more important.  Social development milestones typical in this age range includes:

  • The ability to problem-solve, negotiate and compromise
  • Develop sustained interest in hobbies and interests
  • Work in groups and cooperate in completing tasks or projects
  • Develop friendships and begin to handle peer pressure
  • Be self-reflective and self-assess their performance in tasks
  • Demonstrate interest and ability to join outside groups, such as sports


The students in KG have been learning about the Polar Region. They have turned part of their classroom into a Polar Region, with penquins, seals and polar bears just to name a few.

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The 5th Annual ISY Fundraising Gala is scheduled to take place on Saturday, March 30, 2024, at the PARKROYAL Hotel Yangon and will be in their Yadanar Ballroom starting from 6:00 pm. The theme will be The Garden of Hope. The Gala supports and links to ISY’s strategic theme of Sustainability. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of the event, please see this linked sponsorship document with the sponsorship packages and form. Any questions regarding sponsorship should be directed towards our Advancement Associate, May Su Yadana Bo (mbo@isyedu.org) or +95 9 880 441 040, +95 9 964 210 248. You can also see further details about ticket purchases for the event on our ISY Gala webpage and Facebook Event page.