Elementary Principal’s Blog

September 1st
Blog Post

Sandy Sheppard, Elementary School Principal

Dear all,

Thank you all for your attendance at our annual Back to School event. It was amazing to see so many of our families in attendance. The teachers loved sharing with you all.

We had our 2nd assembly today, and our first Pride of the Principal (POP) certificates were given out. POP certificates are given to students who show an outstanding demonstration of the ISY Learner Attributes. See below a picture of this week’s student awardees.

In assembly, we had presentations from Grade 3M, who shared a collaborative game with us, and Grade 5, who shared things we should know about recess time.

The pictures below are from the Kindergarten Back to School event. The students left their parents a representation of their classes’ compassionate community, and in turn, using clay, the parents shared a representation back to their children.



Have a fabulous weekend!

Ms. Sheppard



Over the next two weeks, we will be MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) testing students in Grades 2 to 9. MAP assessments are online adaptive assessments that provide useful data in developing a fair and accurate assessment of a student’s academic achievement and growth. Students will sit MAP assessments in Math, English, and Language Usage.

To ensure a fair and accurate assessment of a student’s academic growth and achievement, teachers combine MAP assessment data with all other student data that they have collected in the classroom. This combination of data informs teacher instruction in meeting the needs of each child.
Click here for more details about the what, why, and how of MAP testing at ISY.


Dates to Remember

4th September – Parent Association General Meeting

The ISY Parent Association (PA)

The ISY Parent Association will have its first general meeting on the 4th of September at 8:30 AM in the Multi-Purpose Room in Block C. All parents are invited.

This is an opportunity to find out how you can support the school. You will also have the wonderful opportunity to join one of many PA committees. These include our International Day, Events, Service Learning, and Teacher Appreciation committees.

You can find out more information about the work the Parent Association does at the meeting. If you would like to know more beforehand the Parent Association, please get in touch with the school office.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Recess time today, a sandpit collaboration from children across the grade levels.

Nourish Meal Plan

The food on offer at ISY at both Nourish and Gusto plays a crucial role in students’ overall health, well-being, and academic performance. We want to create a healthy eating culture that promotes nutritious food choices, provides access to balanced meals, and aligns food and nutrition practices with classroom education. Here are a few key points to consider why we are doing this:

One of our Strategic Themes at The International School Yangon is ‘Sustainability’, where students cultivate sustainability through a focus on Service Learning and The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  At ISY we want to be part of the environmental drive to offer students a healthy, nutritious, plant-based diet that contributes towards lower greenhouse gas emissions. 

 Please view our latest blog post on the impact of food on the environment and the Nourish Ordering Procedures guide which shows you more information about how to order your child’s lunch from Nourish.

The current Nourish meal plan items are available to order.  Parents must order meals weekly in advance, by 5 p.m. every Thursday through PowerSchool. The current Nourish meal plan items will then change after each four weekly cycle with a new set meal plan in place from Monday, 18th September. 

Counseling Services Available at ISY

As the elementary counselor for the past 8 years, it has been my pleasure to work with and be a part of this amazing community.  Throughout the years the counseling department has adapted and navigated as the needs of the community have changed.  Here are some of our current services:

  • Counseling Services for students, parents, and families.  These confidential sessions support community members regarding a variety of issues including, but not limited to: child development, family crisis, and behavioral support.
  • Group Work: Students are supported in a group setting with issues such as social interactions, emotion regulation, transition support, and leadership.
  • Social-Emotional Learning:  Life Skills is a class taught PreK-Grade 5 which teaches problem-solving skills, conflict resolution, assertiveness, digital citizenship, personal safety, and goal setting.
  • Academic Support: Working closely with the classroom teachers and Learning Support Services, through meetings and data collection, I seek to ensure all students successfully navigate their learning journey.

If any of these services can support your child or family, please reach out at escounselor@isyedu.org.  I am happy to support and assist your child and your family.

Warm regards, Ms. Patty

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.