ISY Elementary Blog
Mike Simpson, Elementary School Principal
May 28, 2021

This week, I thought that I would share with you a fun resource that some of our students are enjoying. It is called Freerice and it supports the World Food Programme (WFP). is an interactive quiz game in which players donate grains of rice to WFP every time they answer a question correctly. It is fun way for children (and adults) to practice their language and math skills and general knowledge while supporting the WFP in their efforts to feed the world’s hungry

Have fun!


Family Cyber Contract Accountability

A previous blog post discussed how to make a cyber contract with your family. This week we will explore how to hold your family accountable to the contract.

  • Lead by Example:  Show your family that you too respect the time limits, sharing expectations and safety rules.  Children are quick to identify rule breakers and will take their lead from you.
  • Coach: Lectures and nagging is not likely to encourage your child to follow the expectations.  Identify and celebrate areas in which they are being successful.  Then stress areas for improvement.  Review the reasons the contract was created and highlight the family values it supports.
  • Be consistent: The consequences for breaking the contact should be clearly stated within the contract.  Follow them.  If consequences are not consistently administered, your child will come to believe that the consequences are optional.  
  • Online support: If monitoring becomes a difficulty, consider installing parental controls or app monitoring programs.  Explain to your family that these programs are to support safety and accountability to the contract.  

Remember the contact is most effective when all members of the family have had their opportunity to help create it and therefore are all wanting to see its success.  If parts of the contract aren’t working, readdress that section.  The ultimate goal is to have a contract that protects while promoting your family’s values.

Ms. Patty can be reach to support families and students at


Your child(ren)’s Semester 2 report will be available on Powerschool on the last day of school, Wednesday, June 16


We still have more than 2 weeks of school to go until the end of the year. However, if you have any ISY library books or ISY devices (Chromebooks or iPads) or other supplies that you are no longer using, you can return them to the front steps at school at any time.

From next week, our library will be sending reminders to return any overdue books that you might have.

Nearer to the last day of school, we will provide more guidance on how to return ISY devices and supplies.


We have done some planning for the unlikely event that there is a country wide permanent loss of access to Google tools.  In that event everyone should log in to PowerSchool and look for the menu item on the left side of the screen called ‘Office 365 Credentials’.  Here you will see a single user name and password for both email and for documents. The email has already been set up such that all school email from now on is being forwarded to the alternative email platform.  The documents platform is the place where teachers would upload documents for students.  There is no need to log in to Office 365 before losing access to Google.  It is advisable, however, to login to PowerSchool just to make sure you know your login and password.  If anyone needs help with logging in you can review this simple guide to resetting your password and if that doesn’t help you can contact the PowerSchool Help team at

Although we have yet to lose complete access to the internet during the school day, we do have a plan for this happening.  In that event, students not will work on pre-arranged offline learning activities that they have downloaded already.  It is important that this work is downloaded as soon as it is received so no use of the internet will be required to access the instructions.  These downloads will be updated from time to time in line with the progress of students through their various studies.

Offline Learning Activities in the Elementary School:

The grade level Friday emails have a PDF document attached. This document is a selection of Offline Learning Activities. Students are to do these activities only if we lose internet access and classes cannot proceed online. These activities are connected to what we are doing in class but they are only to be done on days that we cannot meet as a class. When classes resume, students will share and reflect on their work. Please download the PDF Summary & Offline Learning Document when you receive the email on Friday. In this way these Offline Learning Activities will be immediately available to students if we lose internet access in the following week.

Below is a video that outlines how to download a PDF document:

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