Elementary Principal’s Blog

May 31st
Blog Post

Sandy Sheppard, Elementary School Principal


Dear all,

It has been a wonderful week in Elementary School. We celebrated the printing of two of our Grade 5 students’ books, ‘The Poems of Life,’ with poetry readings in classrooms and the Library. The book is available for purchase through the Elementary School Library. See more information in the poster below.

Two of our Grade 2 students also finished their recipe book this week. Congratulations to Theodore and John from 2V.

See below for some photos of PreK students presenting their project to Dr. Hedger and me; they did a fantastic job.

Grade 4 students went on a trip this week to the Secretariat, it was a fun cultural learning experience for all.

There is only one week until the end of the school year, and it is always hard to finish the year and say goodbye to some of our students. Check out the counselor’s corner at the end of this blog for ideas on supporting your child. Please remember school finishes at 11:30 for all students on Friday. Summer is an excellent opportunity to rest and reflect, and we cannot wait to come back in August and start another exciting year at ISY!

Have a great weekend!

Ms Sheppard


The author and illustrator of the poem book, ‘The Poems of Life’, presented

their books to Elementary classes on Thursday.

They shared some poems and also answered questions about the process they went through to make the book.

Congratulations to Demi and Aindra.



Over the last two weeks ISY Elementary Students have been voting to determine the funniest book in the library. During each library visit students are able to put a paper square matching their chosen book into the voting box. Many students have visited the library during recess in order to cast a bonus ballot. The winner will be announced during the last week of school and it will receive a badge of honor. Thanks to all of our eager voters!



Several of our students have been bringing candy to school to eat during snack and lunch time. They are also sharing with other students. While this is a lovely gesture, we try to promote healthy eating at school and would prefer that candy be left for a treat at home that parents monitor. Thank you in advance for ensuring that your child/ren do not bring candy to school.


    The Pre-K students shared their project on the development of a garden at ISY with Dr. Hedger and Ms. Sheppard today. The presentation show- cased their wonderful creativity and their communication skills. It also showcased their growing understanding of sustainablity.

    Well done Pre-K!

    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

    5th June – Report Cards go home

    7th June – Last day of school – school finishes at 11:30

    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