ISY Elementary Blog

Elementary Update – May 1st, 2020

Sandy Sheppard, Elementary School Principal

Dear all,

Thank you to all the parents who joined the virtual coffee morning yesterday. The chat was recorded and can be found here.

 In addition, here is the link to the presentation, there are some valuable resources which you may want to access.

Today, the ISY Padauk tree came out in flower as it does annually.  Have a look on our Facebook page for photos!
Thank you to the children who took part in the outdoor scavenger hunt and for sending in the photos. See them below. Look out also in this blog for another scavenger hunt.

Wishing you all the best.

Sandy Sheppard


Filling the Bucket

Elementary School Welcome Back Slides
We wanted to welcome everyone back to school and let you know how much we missed our community and how ready we were to continue with Virtual Learning. See the slides here.
PE Newsletter
Mr Wyatt and Ms Lisa put together their first PE Newsletter, this newsletter has important information about the PE program and can be found here.
 A Musical Message
Just in case you missed it here is the video made by the faculty at ISY.  Wherever you are in the world, you can count on us!  It’s on both the Facebook page and the YouTube Channel. Enjoy.
Message from the Director
Dr. Hedger’s third message for the whole community can be viewed here.
Dr. Hedger talks about reimagining school and our commitment to reopening.


6th May – Global Citizens, Virtual Wednesday

4th June – Report Cards

10th June – Last day of school for the 19-20 school year


Principal –

Counselor –

Office –


Resilience: A Life Skill

Resilience is the ability to bounce back or adapt when things don’t go the way we hoped.  In unprecedented times, such as these, certainly there are many things that aren’t going as we had once planned or expected.  Fortunately, resilience is a skill we can nurture in ourselves and teach to our children.

Resilience has three important elements, control, challenge and commitment.  A resilient person focuses on aspects that they can control.  We may not be able to control this pandemic but we can control our attitude in addressing it.  Challenge: resilient people see obstacles as challenges for growth not affirmations of inability.  They are not paralzed by failure but are energized, enabling them to overcome whatever barriers hinder their success.  Finally resilient people are committed.  They set goals and plan.  They dedicate time and energy to all areas of their life, work, family and social connections.

So how can we nurture these qualities and skills in our children?

Control: Provide opportunities for your child to risk.  Allow them to try new things.  As parents, sometimes we want to protect our kids by ensuring their success.  Although well intentioned, often this doesn’t allow our children to develop independent skills.  Skills that enable them to identify what aspects of the task were in their control and what areas were beyond them.  

Challenge: Let your child see you fail. Highlight your everyday mistakes.  Demonstrate to them how these mini “failures” are opportunities for you to grow and learn.  Failure isn’t the end, it’s only the beginning.

Commitment:  Demonstrate to your children your personal goals and how you achieve them.  It might be your daily exercise, sleep routine or healthy eating habits.  Demonstrating a hard working, dedicated attitude provides an example that can influence them for years to come.

Resilient individuals have a positive attitude toward the future, they tend to achieve more goals, they have better control over their emotional reactions, they maintain healthy relationships and they express empathy and compassion. 

If you have any questions or concerns, regarding this or other topics, please feel free to contact me, Ms. Patty at  I am happy to connect over email or in an online chat.

Helpful Links:

Virtual Learning

Please feel free to send in virtual learning photos that I can put in this blog. Below you can see some of the pictures from our Global Citizens, Virtual Wednesday this week. 

Compassionate Chinthes

On Wednesday, our wonderfully compassionate students made a plan to show compassion to those around them with love, fun, and by being helpful. 

They also had a bit of creative fun by drawing a flat chinthe, making a bucket to fill with love and kindness, pretending to be a teacher and coming up with lyrics to a new ISY school song!

We love watching the students come in on Wednesday. They are so creative and compassionate. Next week we are going to see how courageous they are! Here is a link to more of the pictures.

In case you are looking for something to do as a family see the new scavenger hunt below. If you take part please feel free to take a photo and send it to me at my email above. The photos will be featured in next weeks blog.


Scavenger Hunt fun

I can’t wait to see your pictures

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