Elementary Principal’s Blog
September 23rd Blog Post
Sandy Sheppard, Elementary School Principal


The International School Yangon is a community of compassionate global citizens.


We aim to develop lifelong learners who will be a force for positive change in the world.

Dear Parents,

This week our Elementary School Chinthe Roar group posted their first announcements on the TV screens; this included a shout-out to those who had birthdays in September and also recognition of the International Day of Peace, which was on Wednesday.

Our first assembly of the year was so much fun. The student Council members introduced our teaching faculty by playing a great game of ‘Are you smarter than a student council member.’

Read more below about a special event for parents run by the Counselors on Tuesday night.

There is a new learning story on our website; see the link below.


We thank you for your continued support, and we cannot wait to see you at all our upcoming events. 

Ms Sandy Sheppard
Elementary School Principal

Assembly Today

Pre-K Wonderful Readers

The PreK students made a book that they shared with Ms. Sheppard and Dr. Hedger. It was a wonderful story and the illustrations were really good.




“Supporting our Children in an Uncertain COVID Time” – Tuesday 27th September, 5:30 PM, Cafeteria

Description: Given the current uncertain COVID environment, it can be difficult to figure out how to support ourselves and our children. The Counselors will talk about how ISY is supporting your children and provide some tips for parents.

The ISY counselors will be presenting.



The students will soon be receiving their Identification bracelets. They will need to have these every day so that they can enter through the school’s turnstiles.

The turnstiles will be activated again on October 24th.


Elementary students cannot leave the school grounds on their own. If you wish your child to leave this should be shared with ISY security.


Powerful Words

Language is powerful. It expresses emotion, thoughts, beliefs and ideas. As children explore language, they experiment with words, seeking understanding and trying out how to use them properly. In this experimentation, they can stumble upon words, such as swear or curse words, that you may feel are inappropriate. So how do you as a parent respond when your child repeats words or phrases they have heard that are meant for more mature listeners?

Remain Calm: Most children stumble upon inappropriate words through social media or popular music and are seeking to try them out to see what type of reaction they get from their use. A strong reaction will bring unwanted attention to the word and your child may be more tempted to repeat them to achieve that strong response.
Explain your Beliefs: Share with your child your family’s beliefs about inappropriate words. Who, when or why might someone in your home be permitted or not permitted to swear? Explain your family’s values about swear words.

Define: Often children don’t understand the meaning of these words but understand they get a strong reaction. Using age appropriate explanations can help your child understand them and why they are not appropriate.

Offer Alternatives: Great creative and brainstorm a list of words with your child that can be used in times of frustration or excitement.

If you have other questions or concerns regarding your child, please feel free to reach out to Ms. Patty at escounselor@isyedu.org. As the elementary school counselor, she is available to all ISY families for support.


27th September – Parent Event, 5:30, Cafeteria – ‘Supporting Your Children in Uncertain Times’

October Break – Begins on the 10th of October; we will resume school on the 17th of October

24th October – Turnstiles will be in use

31st October – Halloween Parade (more information to come)

4th November – Halloween evening event (more information to come))

26th November – International Day event – look out for information on this event



Another wonderful art project by our Grade 3 students. These monsters are modeled using clay in Art class.