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Kozak Korner #08. September 23, 2022



Administration Notice

Dear KIS Parent/Guardian,

The 21st Century learner is growing up in a world surrounded by technology.  Our goal is to optimize technology tools for instruction and offer a variety of options that your child and their teacher may use.

Please look at the list of Educational Websites KIS will use below (note, not all websites will be used by your child – grade level is indicated next to each):

We will use these platforms to offer instruction in core academics and digital citizenship and give strategies that may assist your child in safely using the internet.  In some cases, to create the logins for some Educational Websites, teachers need to use data regarding the students (Name, Last Name, Date of Birth, E-mail, etc.).   Therefore, we request your permission to allow teachers to use these educational websites with your child.

Please fill out this form at your earliest convenience. Fill out the form once for each child:
For Elementary or Middle School please complete this Form.
For Secondary School please fill out this Form.

If you have any questions about a particular website, please don't hesitate to ask your child's teacher.


KIS Administration


Key Dates

26 September - Virtual University Fair

27 September - "Parent University" Counseling Program

27 September - Mathematics MAP Testing

29 September - Language Usage MAP Testing

1 October (tentative) - School Picnic in Kyiv

1 October - Photography Walk Kyiv / Tirana

3 October - Blue Shirt Day 

4 October - Reading MAP Testing

6 October - MAP Testing Make Up

  Parent Korner

Would You Like To Join PTO?

Feel the call and would like to join our PTO team? Reach out to or

If you are a new parent at KIS, feel free to join KIS Moms & Dads group on Facebook to stay connected.  


  Elementary & Middle School  Korner

 DI's Message

Dear Elementary and Middle School Families,

This past Wednesday, we celebrated Peace One Day. Students of all ages participated in activities with their teachers with the guiding question, “What does peace look like?” A sampling of our students’ thoughtful and insightful work can be found in the newsletter this week.

Learn more: From their website, “Peace One Day is a non-profit organization whose objective is to institutionalize the International Day of Peace.” Peace One Day | Home

MAP testing starts next week for students in the 6-year-old class and up. Please refer to the MAP testing section of this newsletter. Students will have received information from their teachers, too.

There are a few things that I would like to emphasize:

  • Please double check that your child’s device is ready for testing. There is an IT help session on Monday (26th).
  • Help your child get a good night of rest and eat a healthy breakfast – this is the best preparation for taking the test.
  • Reassure your child with our MAP testing strategy, "Take a breath, read the question, take your best guess, move on". Students are supposed to get about half of the questions wrong on the test, that is how it is designed.

MAP test results will be shared with parents once all testing has been completed. I’ll send more information about how to access and read the reports then.

As always, please reach out with any questions or concerns.
Elementary Office:
Middle School Office:

Best regards,

Mrs. Carla Grossman




Carla Grossman
Director of Instruction


School Day Schedule

  Secondary Korner

 DI's Message

What’s Going on in Secondary?

Wow! Four weeks of classes. It has gone quickly; I am happy to say that most students seem engaged and focused. Ms. Rech and I continue to meet with students and families if we see that students are struggling to be successful. We recognize that online delivery has its challenges and hope to alleviate difficulties. Please encourage your child to walk away from the computer at lunchtime and get a break from the screen!

We had a Secondary Morning Mindset on Wednesday to celebrate Peace One Day and it was wonderful to see the group together. You will find the thoughtful pieces that students created during this time in this issue of Kozak Korner.

MAP Testing:
Tuesday, September 27th:  9-11
Thursday, September 29th: 11-12:30

Students will meet in the Morning Mindset Team and testing will be held there. We tested device readiness this week and students had an opportunity to ask questions.

Please feel free to email me with questions, concerns or ideas:




Rachel Geary
Director of Instruction


School Day Schedule

Virtual University Fair

Secondary STUCO

MAP Testing Preparation - Fall 2022

The following document has 2 pages. Please click on it to see the full message

First page of the PDF file: FallMAPTesting

  Kozak Nation

Middle School Afterschool Activity

Just Dance Now!

Hey guys! You might have heard or even played the game "Just dance now". If not, so here is some info. This is a cool game designed to get people moving. There is a big variety of songs and dances for all skill levels. It is a fun way to dance, but it is also great exercise. So, let's meet, choose a song, learn different moves, dance and have fun all together!

Join us next Wednesday at 4pm (Kyiv)

Meeting ID: 218 901 3162 Passcode: dance

Secondary Afterschool Activity

First page of the PDF file: CookingClasses

Tasty Tuesdays  

Secondary Students!  Want to learn to cook?  Tuesdays at 4 PM, we are going to offer a series of cooking classes for you!   You can cook along, you can watch along, you can just come to see what it’s all about!   

September 27th - Something to eat and something sweet.  How to make two simple dishes with ingredients you all have in your kitchen! (Just in case your cupboards are bare, you will need eggs, milk, butter, flour, salt, some kind of vegetable and something sweet, like jam, fruit or Nutella) 

Join Zoom Meeting - LINK
Meeting ID: 881 5107 4619
Passcode: Cooking

Languages Other Than English

Dear Parents,

If you want to learn Ukrainian or Russian, welcome to our Language Clubs:

First page of the PDF file: LanguageClubsU
First page of the PDF file: LanguageClubsR

Ukrainian Introductory (
Monday 26th, Period 5: 1.10 - 1.50 pm
Zoom ID: 949-036-4810, pw: Ukrainian

Ukrainian Intermediate (
Tuesday 27th, Period 6: 2.00 - 2.40 pm
Zoom ID: 465-022-0813, pw: Ukrainian


Russian Introductory (
Wednesday 28th, Period 2: 10.10 - 10.50 am
Zoom ID: 218-901-3162, pw: Russian

Russian Intermediate (
Tuesday 27th, Period 1: 9.20-10.00 am
Zoom ID: 708-658-9939, pw: Russian

Please, don't hesitate to contact the teacher directly if you have any questions.

We are waiting for you! It's free!




Sergey Berezhny
LOE Coordinator

  Learning Stories & Week Highlights

  This Is Us: Educator Profile

Leanne Hume
Titles: Secondary Teacher

Why am I teaching: I did NOT. AT ALL. EVER.  It was the one job I said I would NEVER do. So I got a theatre honours degree in both performance and production as well as my Actra and Equity cards as well. BUT...wherever I went... I kept being given teaching jobs...and so after 14 years of "acting" like a teacher I got me certification. Truth be told, I LOVE It...who knew.I don’t exactly why, I am not sure if there was a defining moment for me to decide that’s what I want to do at all, more just various pieces coming together throughout my life, I apologize for not knowing exactly how it happened. But as for why, now that I can answer, and it comes down to a few key things. First, I want to help people and I feel like being a teacher is the best way for me to do that. Second, I know how important a good teacher can be to a student. And third, I enjoy teaching, talking to children, listening to them, trying to understand their emotional world and to be a good role model for them.

Favourite Quote: '"Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans".

Favourite thing about KIS: PEOPLE - the students, my colleagues, my kids! 110% the people. The people make the place.I am really happy  and proud to be a part of KIS. My favorite thing about working at KIS is our friendly and caring community.

 International Day Of Peace

The International Day of Peace is observed around the world each year on 21 September. We asked our students to think about peace and what it means to them. 

Art Class in Kindergarten


Teacher: Nataliya Chervonyk

In a 5-year-old Art class we were practicing directed drawing to model and teach students how to look closely at something and draw it.  Directed drawing is a step-by-step approach to teach children how to draw.  It enhances their ability to listen carefully, pay close attention to details, use descriptive language, and follow directions.  Directed drawing is a great way to build confidence and help students view themselves as artists! 

Marble Runs in Kindergarten

Teacher: Sarah Lopert

5 years finished the unit on movement by creating marble runs. They were able to understand motion, gravity, and friction. We practiced first online, with various marble building games, then put our plans into action.

IB Film Class
Senior Year is Under Way for The KIS IB Film Class of 2023

Teacher: Bob Hume

Today marks the end of the fourth full week of classes at KIS.

For the ten Sec IV IB students, that means a long process is now well underway -- that of completing both QSI units for the Academic Diploma and the assessment tasks for the IB Diploma.

Each IB student takes six ‘group’ and three ‘core’ courses. Every one has a prescribed set of assessments that must be completed in a delicate sequence over the course of their senior year.

In IB Film, both students, Nika and Nikita, earned excellent results last year, and are in great positions do well in their final year.

First up for them is a textual analysis, for which they’ll choose one film from a list of four prescribed films. This year’s options are:

Bonnie and Clyde [Director: Arthur Penn] 1967, USA

Boy [Director: Taika Waititi] 2010, New Zealand

Children of Men [Director: Alfonso Cuaron] 2006, UK

Cidade de Deus (City of God) [Director: Fernando Meirelles & Kátia Lund] 2002, Brazil

The Textual Analysis (or ‘TA’, in Film class lingo) is a rigorous test of the students’ ability to ‘read’ a film text. After selecting one of the films, Nika and Nikita will each choose a five-minute extract from that film and finally provide a carefully crafted 1750-word essay identifying film elements used by the director, interpreting the film’s meaning, explaining how the film elements express that meaning, and connecting the elements and meaning to the cultural context in which the film was created.

Once they have submitted their work, (the TA is due just after Fall Break), Nika and Nikita will have completed one of the four required assessments, and earned 20% of their final Film grade.

After that, they’ll work on a Comparative Study, explore three Film Production Roles, and complete a Collaborative Film Project.

Since we’re online, you’re not going to run into them in the hallway or at the coffee line in Reception, but if you happen to run into them on social media, please don’t hesitate to wish them good luck. (And maybe send them a virtual coffee of some kind. They’re probably going to be a bit tired by the end of the year!)

  School Announcements

First page of the PDF file: ParentUniversityrevised
First page of the PDF file: PhotoWalk
First page of the PDF file: BullyingPreventionDay
First page of the PDF file: HalloweenPumpkinsGourdsandDecorativeColoredCornavailable

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