ISY Elementary Blog

Elementary Update – November 8th

Sandy Sheppard, Elementary School Principal

Dear all,

Another busy week here in the Elementary School. We have been busy with professional development. This week we had Linda Henke working with our early years teachers/teaching assistants on Reggio Emilia and coming up over the next few days we have Adaptive Schools training. We all enjoy learning here at ISY.

Have a fabulous 4 day weekend.
Sandy Sheppard


Our first new Progress Reports will be going home on the 8th of November. Please see the attachment for a guide on the new reports.

Progress Report Guide

Here is a guide on how to access the Progress Reports:

Access Guide


The first round of ASA’s finishes today, watch out for the sign up for round 2.


ISY has exciting news to report regarding the United World Schools (UWS) project.  You may remember that a few weeks ago we said that the school in Wan Kaung had started being built.  This morning we have found out that the school building is complete!  There is a photo attached to this email and more photos will be available on our Facebook page and in the next Service Learning Blog post.
A big thank you goes to the whole community for coming together to raise the first year’s funds.  The project so well encapsulates our mission of compassion, our vision of developing lifelong learners and our Service Learning theme.  This is, however, not the end of the project, but the beginning.  Now the children of Wan Kaung will be able to properly take advantage of the school premises, the UWS teacher and the supplies and materials also being provided by UWS.
As a reminder, our commitment is to partner with UWS for 10 years raising $10,000 USD every year.  The first main fundraising event for UWS will be happening on 7th December and will be the Sports-a-thon.  Like last year, students will raise money by being sponsored to take part in various activities.  More information will come out soon on how you and your family can take part.


Parent conferences will take place all day on the 21st of November. Sign up will be available on the 14th of November on Powerschool. Meetings are 15 minutes long. They start at 9:00 am and finish at 5:30 PM.

Specialist teachers are available on that day in the Cafeteria for drop in meetings. However, our Art Teacher, Mr Batty and our PE Teacher, Mrs Johnson will only be available before 12 as they also have Senior School commitments. We look forward to seeing you all at the conferences.


We learnt so much in the assembly today run by Grade 5O. We learnt about parts of a book from 2S, Clouds from 3M and bird boxes and plants from 4E. 5O shared some of their writing. Well done everyone!

See pictures below.


8th November – Progress Reports go home

8th November – ASA Session 1 ends

11th/12th November – No School (teachers will be participating in Adaptive Schools professional development)

14th November – Parent sign up for parent/teacher conferences

16th November – Family Fun Fair 

21st November – 9:00 – 5:30 PM, Parent Conferences (no school for students)

25th November – ASA Session 2 begins

28/29th November – Thanksgiving Holiday

7th December – UWS Sports-a-thon -Fundraising Event

13th December – Is a full day of school

Family Fun Fair

As a reminder the annual ISY Family Fun Fair will be the 16th of November, 2019 from 4:00 to 7:00 P.M.   The High School Student Council, which is in charge of this event, is still interested in contributions to the raffle program including any gift vouchers, clothing, electronics, food and other miscellaneous items.

Please contact Swan Pye Aung, President of the High School Student Council ( or Mr. Nicolas Lapoujade ( with any questions


No School on Monday and Tuesday!
This coming Monday and Tuesday (11th and 12th November), there will be no school for students, teachers will be taking part in professional development.

Previous Elementary School Posts

Elementary Blog, November 3, 2019

Elementary Blog, November 3, 2019

This coming week we have Linda Henke a Reggio Emilia Early Years expert in school all week working with our early years teams. We also have our school architect, Alan Higgs with us for three days.

ES October 4th 2019

ES October 4th 2019

Dear all, Another busy week here in the Elementary School. This week Grade 5 went on a field trip, we had a Math evening for parents and PreK parents organized a celebration for the upcoming special Thidingyut Celebration.

Elementary Update September 27

Elementary Update September 27

The teachers enjoyed the Compassion Conference on Friday. They were able to learn not only new ideas but be inspired by our keynote speaker, Wilma Derksen. I hope that many of you were also able to attend Wilma’s parent talk this week.

Elementary Update September 20

Elementary Update September 20

This week on Wednesday I visited the ISY Nay Pyi Taw campus where there are lots of fabulous things happening.
At ISY we continue enjoying our learning.