Elementary Principal’s Blog

October 20th
Blog Post

Sandy Sheppard, Elementary School Principal

Dear all,

We wish you a very happy and safe holiday. Happy Thadingyut!

After the break, we will be celebrating Spirit Week; see the information below. Roll out of bed on the 1st day of school in your Pajamas for our Pajama day on the 31st.

Progress Reports go home on the 3rd of November, and Parent Conferences are upcoming on the 8th of November. Look out for information on how to sign up. Remember there is no school for students on that day.

Check out more information on the Flood Response efforts here

A Learning Story can also be found on our website here

Happy holidays!

Ms Sheppard



International Day Reminders

Parent Association Notices

International Day is coming up soon, on the 18th of November.  The Parent Association has a raffle at this event. The raffle raises money to be used by the Parent Association to support student activities.

Thank you to all the parents and students who have donated raffle prizes so far. The parent association would love to see more come in. 

Prizes can be dropped off in the B Building on campus or given to Crystal Win (09- 5165638).

Contact Ms. Crystal Win mpinkycrystal@gmail.com for more information.


Beginning after the Thadingyut break, at 08:35 each morning, in accordance with our dedication to comply with the directives of the local ministry of education, the Myanmar National Anthem will be played through the classroom clocks. During this time, students and adults are asked to cease their activities, show respect by either standing or sitting quietly and refrain from speaking.  Additionally, the national flag will be displayed on all of our TV screens.

Dates to Remember

21st – 31st October – Thadingyut Holiday 

31st October – International Day raffle tickets go on sale

31st October – 3rd November – Spirit Week (see poster below)

3rd November – Progress Reports go home – 3:00 p.m.

3rd November – Elementary Spirit Week parade and fun games organized by the Parent Association

10th November – ES Movie Night (more information to come)

8th November – Parent/Teacher Conferences (no school for students) 9:00 – 5:00 p.m.

16th November – Grade 5 Parent Trip Meeting 5:30 – 6 PM

18th November – International Day 3:30 – 6:30

6th December – Holiday Bazaar (more information to come)

As a part of our new series at ISY, Chinthe Parent Learning Connections, parents had an opportunity to join Dr. Hedger, Mr. Simpson, and Ms. Sheppard as they explored learning at ISY. Parents engaged in Adaptive Schools learning strategies, which are used to encourage collaboration between students and faculty, and discussed the science behind how learning occurs at ISY. Parents are encouraged to join in future Chinthe Parent Learning Connections later this school year.



Our passionate and experienced educators continuously seek out the latest research and practices to create dynamic and engaging classrooms where students thrive.
Whether it’s integrating technology, fostering critical thinking, or promoting social and emotional development, our approach is always forward-thinking. Through learning opportunities, we encourage the development of our ISY learner attributes. Every week see the photos below highlighting learning at ISY. This week there are photos of the Kindergarten, Grade 1 class, along with some Grade 3 students’ comics on display for all to enjoy in the Library. The Grade 5 students shared their finished stories with a wonderful activity in the MPR. Congratulations to all those who took part in the swimming meet on Thursday.

Youth and Social Media Tips

As noted in the previous post, the American Pediatric Association recently published some guidelines for youth and social media use.  Here are a few tips highlighted in their guidelines.

  • Social Media is neither inherently good nor bad.  It is a tool and like all tools can be used to benefit or hinder its users.
  • Parents should encourage their children to use social media to build community and make connections.  Often youth can find support and encouragement through social media.  These can minimize feelings of isolation and depression.
  • Compare the social media applications to your child’s developmental and physical age.  Applications such as “like” buttons, endless scrolling and pop-ups need to be reviewed and assessed based on your child’s understanding.
  • Role Model appropriate use.  Do you find yourself endlessly scrolling?  Do you lose track of time online or miss information because we are distracted by our social handles?  Our children see these actions and follow.  Be honest with your use and talk with your youth about your habits.


Chinthe Cubs

Recently, our Chinthe Cubs team met with Ms. Bekka, our elementary music teacher, to learn more about her.  Check out this latest video produced by our ISY elementary students.

Chinthe Cub is a service learning program in the ISY elementary school that provides public service announcements for the community.  The programming is designed, produced, and created by elementary students. 

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.