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Kozak Korner #03. September 01st, 2023


| Director's Message

Dear KIS Community,

It has been a pleasure to see the campus full of students, and to watch our Kozaks make new friends, settle into the classroom and challenge themselves academically.

Our focus this month is to continue to build a rich and vibrant community of learners who support and care for each other. Group work, projects and inquiry learning all support our goals of creating a thriving learning community. There have been some transitions this week as students move to Intensive English classrooms and Literacy support lessons, as well as setting into their language classes. If you are concerned about your child’s placement, please feel free to reach out.

We are excited to start our activities programs next week. 

Elementary students will have activities period 7 and 8 in the Learn Through Play Program. Middle School and Secondary students have activities after school on Tuesday and Thursday. Information and forms for sign-ups were sent by the KIS Informer.


  • Supervision starts at 8:15. Elementary students who arrive before that time need to be supervised. Elementary students meet their teachers in front of the school. Parents may accompany them to the classroom before school to put things in their cubbies if that is necessary.
  • Water bottles! Your child should bring a water bottle every day!
  • Join our wonderful Parent Support Group (see their message in this issue)!

A few things to keep in mind:

Parents: Please bring your ID when you come on campus.

Snack bar and café: Open before school for coffee and breakfast. Elementary students should be supervised by parents!

Sleeping in when there is a noisy night.......don’t worry! Let your children sleep if that is what they need.


Please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns.

Enjoy a peaceful, joyful weekend.

Rachel Geary 

Key Dates

5 September - MS & Secondary Organized after school activities begin

5 September - Elementary Activities begin

23 September - Welcome Back PTO picnic

07 October - Photo Walk

School Calendar 2023-24



| Welcome From The PTO

Hello KIS Community! 

I hope everyone has had a great first week of school.   

I want to introduce you to a very important part of the KIS Community - the Parent-Teacher Organization or PTO. 

What is the PTO? 

We are a group of parents, teachers and administrators who volunteer our time to plan community events, run the PTO school store, create a friendly atmosphere, and provide a "bridge" between parents and the administration. It was the PTO that organized the treats for students, teachers and staff for the first day of school. 

How does the PTO pay for its activities? 

The PTO uses the funds raised from the PTO store to pay for our activities. The PTO store is currently open Monday-Friday from 15:30-16:30 in the school lobby. We sell school supplies and KIS-themed clothing and toys.  We may also raise money during some of our events. 

What is KIS Moms & Dads? 

KIS Moms & Dads ( is a private group on Facebook for KIS parents and the PTO. It is a great way to find out what's going on with the PTO.  To join please complete the membership questions. 

How to join PTO? 

It's simple - just send me an email at or talk to one of our members at the PTO store.  I also speak Ukrainian and Russian, so no need to worry about your English! 

What's Next? 

The PTO is planning a Welcome Potluck Picnic on September 23 from 12:00-16:00.  More details to follow soon.....

Sincerely, Helen Garbuz PTO President

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PE in 6's

We believe that learning should be a joyful experience, especially when it comes to the physical activity.

If you ever peek into our PE classes for 6-year-olds, don't be surprised if you see a whole lot of movement going on!

Learn more about PE in 6's

Physical Education classes are all about active learning, skill development, and having a blast while staying fit!

Our PE culture is not just about physical fitness; it's also about teamwork, leadership, and building lifelong healthy habits. 

Learn more about PE at KIS

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