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Kozak Korner #02. August 18, 2022



Director's Message

Dear KIS families,

We are one week away from starting school! As we get closer to the beginning of the school year, we continue to have some families join KIS. Please read the information below and see more specific details concerning our Open House in this newsletter.

KIS will be starting our school year online. We ask that all students joining the program are prepared with the ability to join online classes.


FRIDAY, AUGUST 26TH - First Full Day of School (9:00-3:30)

It probably goes without saying, but this year will be another unique year for KIS. Our leadership team and team of exceptional teachers will be working to provide a different type of experience for students. We continue to have our eyes and hopes on a return to Kyiv, but also must prepare for the reality of this timeline. Therefore, we would like to make sure our online program is the best it can be. We would like students to be engaged with the school throughout the day while still having breaks from screen time.

We will be beginning the year online. We do hope to put together face-to-face options for students and teachers who are in Kyiv, but this will depend on many different circumstances. We would prefer to shift things in this direction with the appropriate time and opportunity, as it presents itself. When I have been asked concerning "when", the best answer I can give and stick to is that we are doing this, until we are doing something different.

You will see below a list of our teaching staff for this school year and the different roles in place. Many students and parents already know these teachers, but you will also have time to meet them during our OPEN HOUSE.

We are making some changes to the schedule to reflect an experience that we want students to have. Much of this experience will be based on a general community theme throughout the year that will be incorporated into different times and opportunities throughout the year.

This year, we will have a much smaller school community and with that comes some opportunity that has not existed as much in the past with a larger school. We want to use the opportunity to support each other and build upon the already rich history, strength, and pride that has been KIS over the years. We hope that all parents, students, and teachers will be able to connect with each other in meaningful ways this year.

See you soon!




Luke Woodruff
Kyiv International School


Key Dates

August 25th - Virtual OPEN HOUSE | 9:00 am -1:00 pm 

August 26th - First Full Day of School | 9:00 am - 3:30 pm

Would You Like To Join PTO?

We all know how important for the school and community is Parent-Teacher Organization. It helps families adjust to life in Kyiv by providing information about the school and living in the city. It organizes events throughout the year to build a stronger sense of community. It provides a communication link between parents, teachers and staff.

If you feel the call and would like to join our PTO team, please let the school know or email:

Frequently Asked Questions

  Parent Korner

  Leadership Introductions

Elementary & Middle School

Dear new and returning families,

When I was a child, buying school supplies in preparation for the new school year was a family ritual filled with excitement and hope. My new blank notebooks helped me feel like I was ready for anything! Although starting the school year online isn’t what we would have chosen, like a clean page of a new notebook, it is also open to new possibilities! The team at KIS has approached this year with a fresh outlook - searching out ways to build school community, rethinking the daily schedule and focusing on making each day meaningful and rewarding for our students. Get ready, it’s going to be a great year!

What can parents do before the first day of school?

• Create a dedicated workspace for school in your home.

• Practice going to bed and waking up on a “school schedule” to form good habits including grooming, dressing and eating before school starts.

• Double check that your child’s electronic device for school has a working camera, microphone, and speakers. iPads work well for younger students who are not yet adept at using a mouse. It is recommended that older students have a laptop. Middle school students (11/12/13-year-old students) are required to have a laptop.

Before next Thursday, parents will receive an email from their child’s homeroom teacher with class specific information. A zoom link for the “Meet the Teacher” event on Thursday will also be included.

Looking forward to a great year,



Carla Grossman
Director of Instruction
Elementary and Middle School



Welcome to Kyiv International School 2022-2023!

This school year will be unique. We are excited to integrate some meaningful changes in our schedule and approach to learning this year, in order to make our classes as effective and cohesive as possible. I have been meeting with students about their schedules and talking to families about options. I look forward to seeing families next Thursday at our open house; if you would like to meet with me before then, please email me: While I know this year will present challenges, it also allows us an opportunity to create a vibrant online community, until we are able to return to the KIS campus.




Rachel Geary
Secondary Director of Instruction
Kyiv International School



  Back to School Open House

Dear Kozak Families,

We can't wait to see you all at our Back to School Open House! All meetings will take place in Zoom.
Please see the schedule and Zoom information below: 

9:00 - 9:45 | All Families 
• Introducing Leadership Team
• Themes

Join Zoom Meeting - LINK 
Meeting ID: 820 1094 1940
Passcode: OpenHouse


10:00 - 10:45 | New Families

Join Zoom Meeting - LINK 
Meeting ID: 820 1094 1940
Passcode: OpenHouse


11:00 - 11:30 | Meet Your Teacher - Session 1

PreK | Elementary | Middle School
Look for the email from your child's homeroom teacher on Monday - Wednesday.

Join Zoom Meeting - LINK 
Meeting ID: 534 324 1312
Passcode: rmg123


11:45 - 12:15 | Meet Your Teacher - Session 2

PreK | Elementary | Middle School
Look for the email from your child's homeroom teacher on Monday - Wednesday.

Join Zoom Meeting - LINK 
Meeting ID: 534 324 1312
Passcode: rmg123


12:30 - 1:00 | IB Meeting

Join Zoom Meeting - LINK 
Meeting ID: 534 324 1312
Passcode: rmg123

See you in Zoom! 

  In Preparation For Learning

More detailed school day schedule will be sent to all parents before Thursday, August 25th. 

  Counselors' Korner

First page of the PDF file: August2022_KK

  School Announcements

Dear Campus Community,

As you know, we have Classifieds section on the Connect Page of the school website. The Section contains the following branches: 




If you have an announcement you would like us to place there, please email .

  School Calendar

First page of the PDF file: KISSchoolCalendar2022-23