Elementary Principal’s Blog

October 6th
Blog Post

Sandy Sheppard, Elementary School Principal

Dear all,

We had a wonderful assembly today with presentations from the Choir and the Kindergarten class. Assemblies are a great way for students to share and show case their learning, while also learning how to present in front of others.

We have two upcoming events in November; Spirit Week and our annual International Day. See more information below.

Have a fabulous weekend!

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.

Pride of the Principal is an opportunity in our assembly to celebrate and recognize students who demonstrate the ISY Learner Profile attributes. We are so proud of all our students!

Dates to Remember

18th October – Chinthe Parent Learning Circle – 8:30 a.m., Multi-Purpose Room

21st – 31st October – Thadingyut Holiday 

31st October – Internatonal Day raffle tickets go on sale

31st October – 3rd November – Spirit Week

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

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

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

18th November – International Day

Chinthe Parent Learning Connections
Wednesday, October 18
8:30am t0 10:00am
We extend a warm invitation to parents to join us on Wednesday, October 18th, from 8:30am to 10:00am for a session led by Dr. Hedger, Mr. Simpson, and Ms. Sheppard.
Together, we will delve into an Adaptive Schools Assumptions Wall – an instructional strategy reflective of our classroom practices at ISY. This interactive experience is designed for parents to explore and discuss our Mission and Vision, as well as the instructional approaches we implement. We encourage a minimum of 10 participants and welcome a maximum of 30. To secure your spot for the session above, kindly register using the form provided here by Tuesday, October 10th. 
Following this session, there will be another session from 10:00am to 11:00am. In this session we will shift our focus to a review and discussion of the IB Diploma program. This segment will be specifically tailored for parents with children currently enrolled in the IB program. No registration is required for this session.


We are excited to inform you that starting next week, our school clinic will be conducting Vision and Hearing Screenings for all elementary students. The health and well-being of our students are of utmost importance, and these screenings are an essential part of ensuring their overall health and academic success.

Here are some key details regarding the screenings:

  • Vision Screening: During the Vision Screening, we will assess your child’s visual acuity. It is essential that students who wear prescribed glasses bring them on the screening day. This will help ensure accurate results and provide the necessary support for students with vision difficulties.

  • Hearing Screening: The Hearing Screening will evaluate your child’s hearing capabilities. We aim to identify any hearing issues early to ensure that students have the best learning experience. There is no need for students to prepare or bring anything specific for the hearing screening.

  • Referral to eye specialist: If your child did not pass the vision screening, you will receive a vision referral letter from the clinic containing details of the findings. Please take the form/letter to the eye specialist and return the results to the ISY Medical Clinic.

  • Please feel free to contact the school clinic if you have any questions or concerns regarding the upcoming screenings. Your cooperation and support in this matter are greatly appreciated as we strive to maintain the health and well-being of all our students.



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.

Popcorn sale today and Kindergarten presenting on Butterflies in the assembly.

Signs of Problematic Social Media Use

This week, Mr. A-G and I had the privilege of meeting with parents to discuss the American Pediatric Association’s (APA) May 2023 recommendations regarding Youth and Social Media usage. These helpful recommendations provide insights into how we can optimally assist our children in navigating their social media interactions. Among the recommendations, one notable suggestion is the regular screening of adolescents for signs of “problematic social media use.” Such problematic usage patterns can potentially hinder their capacity to effectively manage their daily activities, and over time, may even expose them to more severe psychological challenges. So, the pressing question arises: What specific indicators should we be vigilant for?

  • Using social media even when a child wants to stop or when it’s getting in the way of important tasks.
  • Trying hard to always have access to social media.
  • Wanting to use social media or feeling upset when not using it, which disrupts other activities.
  • Spending more time on social media than originally intended.
  • Being dishonest or tricky to continue using social media.
  • Losing important friendships or opportunities in school because of social media use.

If you’d like to explore the APA’s other recommendations, an article can be found here.  The presentation can be found here.


This week the students present their fourth video.  This video completes the series of interviewing new teachers with Ms. Itzel, a new early childhood teacher.  Future videos will feature returning teaching staff members.

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.