March Newsletter


Dear Parents, Students, Staff, and Community,

March has proven to be a very busy month dealing with COVID-19 issues. Footprints International School's main goal is to keep our student’s safety & well-being as our major focus. Schools have been closed, however, classes are still ongoing using Google Classroom and the Zoom virtual learning platform.

Our secondary teachers from grades 6-12 have been using Google Classroom since last year, so students already understand this online learning process. For Nursery to Grade 5, I know this has been a steep learning curve. Google Classroom and Zoom virtual classroom support 21st Century Learning Skills. Footprints International School's goal is for our students and staff to move into the highest level of technology in education. Thank you for being understanding, since there were some issues, especially for the parents in the lower grades.

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Currently, we plan to remain closed until after the Khmer New Year with the possibility of re-opening on April 20, 2020. As we approach this time frame, I will keep you updated on the next steps and plans for all FIS students. Our hopes and wishes are that the COVID-19 virus will soon pass and life will return to normal. As with any international disasters, it will take time for things to return to normal.

Thank you for your support and dedication to Footprints International School. Please stay in contact with your child’s Principal and teachers during this time.


Mr. Dwayne Lehman

Director of Schools


Celebrating International Women’s Day

On March 8th, CARE celebrated International Women’s Day by having a Staff Well-Being Webinar and Team Building Day. It was a pleasure listening to Dr. Amapola Mallari, a certified Doctor of Physical Therapy, talking about “Identifying and Addressing Common Musculoskeletal Disorders in the Workplace”. She discussed the mechanism of pain, good versus bad posture as well as simple daily exercises anyone can do while at work.

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FIS CARE joined Google Classroom

In this unprecedented situation, Footprints International School community has proven to be resilient, strong-willed and united. A new distance learning platform started since Day 1 of the school closure. The immeasurable commitment from the teachers with a dash of creativity and passion created a whole new virtual learning world where educators, paraprofessionals, and parents work even closer together. Although this virus has caused great anxiety, we also witnessed camaraderie, appreciation, and dedication to excellence.

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FIS CARE Hand-washing Campaign

In March, FIS CARE focused its Activities of Daily Living (ADL) lessons on teaching proper hand washing. The students were trained on how to use visual schedules and were given regular, daily hand washing experiences.

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ECP Celebrates International Women's Day

International women’s day is held on 8 March, every year, celebrating the achievements of women throughout history and across the world. This day includes all women from all backgrounds and cultures. As it fell on a Sunday this year, Footprints International School decided to have this special day on Friday 6 March, 2020.

All the female staff on the campus were spoiled, receiving a rose and note to wish them a happy women’s day and celebrating their role in creating a better world.

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ECP Virtual Classrooms

As the COVID-19 virus spread throughout the world, Footprints International School made the decision to close the school for an extended time. By doing this, the safety of students and staff is ensured.

However, classes still had to continue and the decision was made to use multiple platforms. Parents were added to Google Classrooms and Zoom classes as well as using their existing Class Dojo accounts. Teachers post all lessons on Class Dojo and Google Classrooms and also host virtual classes on Zoom. The Zoom classes are recorded and posted so that parents can also help their children later in the day if they don’t have the time to join.

Zoom in an interactive platform that allows the students to still have contact with their teacher as well as their fellow students

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ECP Celebrates Kindness Month

Throughout the month of February, all ECP classes celebrated and encouraged KINDNESS. Each week we focused on compassion, helpfulness, respect and anti-bullying. Students and staff had the opportunity to participate in activities that support Kindness. We also organised a charity drive for the braveheart organisation. We would like to thank all the TNT2 parents for the generous contributions to help this organization which is doing amazing work to support orphaned children with disabilities. Through this activity, our young students have been able to practice empathy and compassion (one of our core values at FIS) for others less fortunate than them.

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COVID-19 Action Plan

At Footprints International School, the health and safety of our students are paramount. In response to the recent news regarding the spread of Corona Virus, an emergency meeting was called immediately by our School President. Action plans were drafted and measures enacted to ensure Footprints is ahead of the curve in taking preventative measures against the virus. Please rest assured that we are continually monitoring the situation with COVID-19 and our staff are doing all they can to ensure the school is sanitized. Students are washing their hands routinely and have been given instructions as to how to prevent the spread of the virus – particularly in regular hand-washing and abstaining from touching one’s face.

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We appreciate your continued cooperation as we put measures in place to keep our students safe. This includes the request to no longer enter our campuses while dropping off or collecting your students. We are sure you understand that restricting entry to any outside person is in the best interests of our students and staff.


Primary Management

Parent Teacher Conferences

A huge thank you to all parents who attended our Primary Parent Teacher Conferences on Saturday 7th March. The conferences give our teachers the opportunity to share all of the wonderful activities your children have taken part in over the year so far, as well as to give a summary of students’ academic progress.

It was great to see such a high turnout from parents. We truly appreciate your support. It is only when a school and parents work together that we maximize the potential in learning opportunities for our students.

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International Women's Day

On 6th March we celebrated International Women’s day. Gifts were bought, flowers handed over, not to mention a whole rafter of snacks and drinks for all our beloved female staff members. At Footprints International School, we never forget that it takes every member of staff to ensure a school runs smoothly. For example, our cleaning staff work tirelessly every day to ensure surfaces are cleansed and learning environments are safe for little minds to flourish. Again, a huge THANK YOU to all our female staff for the work they do each day at FIS. We could not do it without you.

We now await International Men’s Day – 19th November – for the favour to be returned!

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Over the last few months the Primary program, and particularly Grade 3 Teachers and students, have been working closely with the BraveHearts Program, here in Phnom Penh. Bravehearts are a not-for-profit organization supporting children with severe physical disabilities who are without parents.

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Representatives from the organization have recently visited each one of our Primary Campuses to give presentations to students about the fantastic work being done at BraveHearts, as well as to take questions from students about how we at Footprints could be of most help. As a result, it was decided that the collection of any unwanted clothing, soft toys, and non-perishable goods would be of most use; all spearheaded by our Grade 3 Teachers and students. The result has been astounding!!

Thank you so much for all the parents who have donated to this cause. Particularly those who took it upon themselves to go to markets and shops and buy goods specifically for donation. We will deliver the goods shortly to the BraveHearts School where they will have a positive effect on children’s lives.


2020 Infinity Elite International Schools U14s Tournament

So PROUD that these young men that represented Footprints International School in the U14s 2020 Infinity Elite International School Football Tournament on 5 March 2020! They were great competitors that represented FIS as true ambassadors during the tournament. Congratulations to this “Mighty Ten” as they finished 3rd Place of the tournament!

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National Debate and Public Speaking Competitions

In our February newsletter, we informed you of how well several FIS students performed in the preliminary round, quarterfinals and semifinals of the National Debate Society Cambodia (“NDSC”) National Debate and Public Speaking competitions, which had not yet completed.

On March 5, three of our eleventh-grade students (Lim Sok Ngy, Patrick Sam-Lazarov, and Srun Sokun Theary) performed in the national finals of the NDSC National Debate competition at CKCC. Although they lost in a split decision in the finals, FIS is extremely proud of each of the competitors for how they performed in the debate and represented the school in what was the first such debate competition for each of the three competitors. We also congratulate them on their accomplishment of finishing in second place nationwide and winning a prize of one million riel.

Thank you for representing the school and we know that the experience will help you have even more success in future competitions!

Mr. Sheldon Sommer,

Debate Adviser

Congratulations to the winners of the 8th National Debate Championship!

Secondary Virtual Education

Creativity, resourcefulness, and perseverance are the three words that come to mind as the world faces the dilemma of Covid-19. As an academic institution this awareness is heightened as we look for the best ways to continue to prepare young minds for the future.

Fortunately for FIS Secondary we had some time to prepare two significant learning platforms that have become invaluable together as we continue to do “Virtual Education” with all of our students. For the last year teachers have been using and getting to know the ins-and-outs of Google Classroom. It is one of the best platforms for delivering online instruction to students, or even delivering daily lessons, reviews, tests and quizzes. Secondary Teachers were also very fortunate to be introduced to Zoom Meeting which is a free online meeting platform.

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With Zoom teachers are able to meet with and see students each and every day. Together with Google Classroom Secondary Teachers have been able to deliver a “First Class Virtual Curriculum”. Of course, it does not come without its problems, but teachers have been working to make this dual platform for secondary students better each day.

Teachers have proactively found many resources that they share each week that strengthens the toolbox they already possess for the “Virtual Education” of our students. We appreciate your support each day as you work with your students from home to continue their education. This not only benefits them, but it also helps them to see that when we face problems, there are always solutions we can find to get through difficult times.

Stay safe, and keep in touch with us if you have questions.

Dr. Stephen J. Ronzano

Secondary Principal

International Women's Day at TTP Campus

Coming from a country where people are willing to improve women's equal opportunities, it has been honoured as a female teacher to be celebrated on Friday, March the 6th. (In France, people are promoting women competences especially since May 1968 to nowadays).

Internationally speaking, women are asking to be considered at their work regarding job offers, opportunities to share their ideas, to impulse projects among other things. Well, teaching at Footprints International School, my female colleagues and I, we can be proud of saying ‘We have found this place’!

This leads me to share with you a beautiful ‘souvenir’ of Friday, March the 6th: I was pleased to share a special moment with my 9th graders’ students as Ms. Juna and Mr. Vichaka gently came into my classroom offering me a rose and a present to celebrate the woman I am. We captured this sunny moment in a photo while I was surrounded by my students.

Ms. Johanne Kante,

French Teacher

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International Women's Day at TK Secondary

International Women's Day is celebrated annually on the 8th of March. The theme this year is

"I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women's Rights”.

FIS TK celebrated the event on March 6. School Director, Mr. Dwayne Lehman went to different classrooms to surprise the teachers with roses and greeting cards. The teachers appreciated the kind gesture of Mr. Lehman while the students were in awe, and together celebrated the day filled with happiness and camaraderie.

The continuous growth of civilization paved the way for multiple improvements that garnered each individual to support and respect one another.

One of which is equality and women empowerment!

Ms. Aizlhee Rose Pangilinan,

Math Teacher

Lee Jenkin's L to J

What is the method L to J?

Lee Jenkins created this modern and revolutionary system to conceive teaching and learning.

Why ‘L to J’? You can simply visualize the year begins with an “L” shaped histogram, moves toward a mid-year bell and ends the year with a “J” curve while the most famous histogram known is the bell-curve

Ms. Johanne Kante,

French Teacher

LtoJ Consulting - Better Outcomes -- Happier Students

Common practices versus L to J results

As said previously, the system is based upon replacing failed processes with more successful ones.

Let’s see where the method ‘L to J’ has a concrete impact:

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Volunteers: Catalysts for Change

Why do you volunteer? Is it because it brings about a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction – that someone has benefited from your act of service? It is because it has enriched your life?

Volunteering is one of the most rewarding ways you can make a real difference in life.

Some people say it is a way of life, and for some, it allows them to be recognized, or it helps in their career or life. It could also be a way to share an interest or to learn new things. Whatever the reason, volunteering brings its own rewards and satisfaction – like learning new life skills, enhanced individual learning, fosters “can do” attitude, enabling societies to help themselves, increased social and cultural networks, builds a caring, mutually society of active citizens, and much, much more.

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To encourage more students to value the act of volunteerism, FIS Secondary organised a talk show on Volunteerism’’ which was hosted by Richard (Grade 12), Lina (Grade 11), and Rose (Grade 10). This was held last 10 March 2020, 12:35 to 2:00 p.m. at our TTP Secondary Campus. We invited Phon Yuthmaryna, Youth Engagement Assistant of Habitat for Humanity and Chansopheak Hem, a former International Citizen Service (ICS) Volunteer of VSO Cambodia and now a founder of Jungle à Domicile. They were joined by our High School Principal, Dr. Stephen Ronzano sharing about their personal experiences, challenges, lessons learned, and best practices in volunteering.

Speakers mentioned the important values and skills that they gained while volunteering. Among these are leadership and relationship skills, commitment, time management, teamwork, resiliency, adaptability, flexibility, learning culture of other people, respect, and self – confidence.

As volunteers, you can play important roles and become catalysts of change that empowers individuals or communities by taking action and participating in the development of the school or other communities.

In addition, when you volunteer, you will also have an opportunity to expand your network which is also an exciting benefit as you will be able to learn information about different environments and industries. The life skills mentioned above are all important to develop and practice as it benefits your life from school and beyond.

Be a catalyst. Be a volunteer.

Ms. Gemma Bangcal,

School Counsellor

TK Assembly with the theme: VOLUNTEERISM

Volunteerism is the use or involvement of volunteer labor, especially in community services. We had four panelists during the assembly at our school, Ms. Phon Yuthmaryna, Mr. Chansopheak Hem, Mr. Eric, and our very own school principal Dr. Stephen Ronzano. They talked about their experiences, backgrounds, struggles and many of their stories relating to volunteerism.

The four panelists had many common things, they all had hard times volunteering, they all had great experiences volunteering and they recommended us to volunteer too. Some of the challenges they faced were not having enough resources to give to everyone, but they still try their best! Each one of them has their own unique reasons to start volunteering but they all have one goal, and it was to help people.

Now that we’re aware of this, as students and future leaders, we should understand and try as best as we can to contribute to everyone and everything around us.

Roth Vitharika Chhinh

Grade 8TK Student


The 2nd FIS Reading Day

"Reading develops knowledge, research skills, and innovation” is the theme of the 5th National Reading Day. In support of the theme and the reading day and cultivate the love of reading for all, Footprints International School held the 2nd FIS Reading Day on Wednesday, March 11, 2020, at every campus. Students, teachers, and staff searched and brought their beloved books and read together. They also read to their peers and to the younger ones. It was an amazing day as everyone was actively engaged and enjoyed different ways of reading

Mr. Dara Pring,

Khmer Principal

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Khmer Program Virtual Classes

To cope with the outbreak of Covid-19, some countries have decided to lock down their cities or the whole nation while others have ordered to ban public events or gatherings. Schools, the main institution providing education to young citizens, have also been ordered to shut down.

Footprints International School has been closed since March 16, 2020, based on the guidelines from the Cambodian Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sport. However, learning and teaching have never closed. Through Zoom, a web-based video conferencing tool, and Google Classroom/ Class Dojo, we have offered the Khmer Program virtual classes so students can study online. They can meet their classmates and teachers. They still receive amazing lessons every day. All subjects and the number of teaching periods are the same as normal classes. Teachers go to Zoom for video teaching and then to Google Classroom/ Class Dojo to give students assignments or homework and update them on other information.

Since the starting of virtual classrooms, students and teachers alike have put in a lot of effort into their virtual classes. They have communicated and confirmed their assigned work even until late at night. We can clearly see their passionate teaching and learning with this 21st-century technology. We really appreciate all their hard work during this stressful time. We also thank parents and staff for helping and supporting students with this modern way of learning.

Mr. Dara Pring,

Khmer Principal

Footprints International School

Mission: FIS empowers our learners to discover their potential in a nurturing environment through innovative instruction, challenging and collaborative activities, and exposure to diverse perspectives.

Vision: A community of responsible, determined, and compassionate learners who make meaningful contributions to humanity.

Values: Compassion, Determination, Responsibility