Elementary Principal’s Blog

March 31st
 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,

Next week we will celebrate the Thingyan Festival. Thanks to our wonderful Parent Association, we will have some fun activities on the 7th of April. See below for more information. 

Progress reports will go out on the 7th of April, and parent conferences are also coming up at the end of April. All upcoming dates can be found below.

The fifth-grade students are actively getting ready for their ComPassion projects, which they will present in an exhibition open to parents. These projects serve as a culminating activity that enables the Grade 5 students to showcase their learning journey during their elementary school years, with a focus on their personal passions and how they can effect positive change. Our school’s mission and vision are reinforced through this initiative. We look forward to seeing their work. See some pictures below of Grade 5 students working on generating research questions.

Have a great weekend!

Ms. Sandy Sheppard
Elementary School Principal



As temperatures rise at school, parents are advised to apply sunscreen to their children before they arrive each day. To ensure extra protection, labeled sunscreen bottles can be brought to school for reapplication during the day.

At outdoor playtime, we require children to wear a named hat, and on exceptionally hot days, they are encouraged to play in shaded areas. Finally, staying hydrated is crucial, and students are encouraged to drink plenty of fluids throughout the school day.


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.

Containers for the water fun will be supplied by the school. They  should not bring their own.

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

19th April – Parent sign up for conferences

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


Wonderful art from Grades 2/3/4.


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


Our ISY students Aahna (Grade 1) and Sharanya (4D) raised money in their own time for Care for the Least. They took their money today to the ISY Cashier to be deposited into the Care for the Least account. Thank you


Good luck to our elementary touch rugby team members who are attending a tournament at BSY on the 1st of April.
George, Cody, Ko Thant, Ko Thet, Jilt, Fardou, and Aiden.

The International School Yangon
20 Shwe Taungyar Street
Bahan Township
Yangon, Myanmar

+95 (0) 9 880 441 040



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.