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Kozak Korner #10. October 22, 2021




Director's Message

Dear KIS Families,

I hope you were all able to have a good fall break and get some much-needed time with friends and family. Again, I would like to thank everyone for helping keep the school as safe as possible by completing the PCR or Rapid Antigen test to return. This helped us to limit any potential spread.

One of these days, I will send something different, but this week, I would like to share some COVID-19 related information, adjustments, and guidelines. All these guidelines are updated and can be found on our website, at

Red Zone and Vaccine Mandate
We are aware that Kyiv may soon be moving into the red zone before the one-month deadline for the vaccination obligation of schools. We are still waiting to get some updated information on this, but as of now, we understand that Kyiv may ask schools to move to online learning regardless of whether they have met the obligation for vaccination. As of now, we will prepare to be ready for either. We hope to have students on campus, as we have worked very hard to comply with the vaccination requirement, but we will also prepare for the possibility of teaching online for some period of time. We expect to know more this next week, and we will, of course, keep the KIS community updated with any information we receive, and decisions made.

COVID-19 Updates

  • We have spread out our lunch tables and space to have fewer individuals in each area. As numbers are increasing, we wanted to spread out a bit more.
  • We are putting CO2 detectors in each classroom to help monitor air ventilation.
  • We are updating our quarantine policy for first-level contact. This means that now students will be able to take a PCR or Rapid Antigen test on the 7th day and return on the 8th day. This will now be used for any future cases.

I know that these circumstances can change quickly and there have been several questions. Sometimes the rumors of this information hit the news before the official statements come out, so we appreciate your patience while we navigate how this impacts the school, your children, and your family.



Luke Woodruff
Kyiv International School


Upcoming Events

23 October - PTO Mulled Wine and Cheese

25 - 29 October - Spirit Week

30 October - Pumpkin Virtual Cross Country Race

2 November - SL Cross Country Race

3 November - MS Football Tournament

5 November - HS Football Tournament

19-20 November -  CEESA Speech and Debate

25-26 November -  Professional Development Days - No School

Covid-19 Updates

  • Up to 90 % of staff are vaccinated.
  • Following new vaccination guidelines from Ministry of Health for schools.
  • Placing CO2 monitors in all classrooms as spaces.
  • Vendors that come to school campus, go through PRC tests at KIS nurse's office and only after getting negative result are admitted to students. 
  • Air purifiers, sensor water stations and hand sanitizers are easily accessible for students and staff to use.
  • One confirmed Covid-19 case at KIS this week.
  • Kyiv may soon be announced red. 

PTO Korner

Parent Korner

Divisional Korner

Sports and Activities

Kozak Nation (Middle School and Secondary)

Upcoming events:

Nov 2:  Cross Country Race (all day event)

Nov 3:  MS Football Tournament (all day event)

Nov 5:  HS Football Tournament (all day event) 

*these are all off campus events.  

This is the last few weeks of the fall season - winter season will start on November 22nd.  More details to follow.

We've gathered all of our Fall Season Coaches and are happy to introduce them to you! Please meet: 

Learning Stories & Highlights


School Days in Preschool

Classes with homeroom teachers, specials, crafts, recess and more.

P.S. Children grow so fast. We know! That's why we've decided to post more photos of our preschool group. Enjoy!

Preschool & Kindergarten

Laying the foundation in 5’s

Teacher: Mrs. Walker 

In the QSI mission statement, it states,” Virtually every five-year-old comes to school eager to learn.” To help keep this love of learning alive, we lay the foundations needed for growth throughout a student’s life.

We are using a phonics program to help students recognize that a word is made up of sounds. This helps later when they need to decode words using phonics. We use illustrations to strengthen our storytelling skills so that later when we use words we will have interesting stories. And we use number sense to get students past memorization and onto the meaning behind math equations.

You will see your child grow leaps and bounds this year. We are laying a solid foundation to support it all.



Teacher: Ms. Farwell 7CF

The Keeping Safe Program is an important component of QSI’s commitment to the safety and well-being of all children in the school community. There are four focus areas for the year—The Right to Be Safe, Relationships, Recognizing Abuse, and Protective Strategies. Each topic is explored through discussion, age-appropriate literature and videos, and a wide variety of response activities. Teachers are tasked with creating a classroom environment where classmates’ opinions, ideas, and experiences are always valued and respected. Homeroom teachers devote one lesson per week to the Keeping Safe Program.

One of the first lessons of the year involves helping students to identify safe places. The 7 year-old students in Ms. Farwell’s class examined the differences between safe and unsafe places. They shared their thoughts and opinions about what a safe place means to them and why. They also examined the feelings they might experience when a place is unsafe. Having an awareness of one’s surroundings and recognizing when an environment or situation is unsafe is an important life skill.


Science in 9RO

Teacher: Mr. Ohlinger

During Science, the students in 9RO began exploration of the topic of energy.  Students created their own models of an amusement park ride called the Twist-O-Matic, (a truly nauseating ride experience for anyone in the real world!) Students then tested a variable to decide which type of elastic band would create the most fun ride for park enthusiasts and worked cooperatively to record data and test their hypotheses. It is exciting to see this activity spark their imagination for future applications of this energy source.


News from IE group (9-10 y.o. Intro)

Teacher: Oksana Stupnitska

Students are currently working on Unit On the Job. They are collecting information about jobs, occupations, and variety of career choices around them. They enjoy reading books and online articles for more specific information. Our class discussions are focused on the benefits and challenges of each job. Posters and Power Point presentations will end up our Unit about the importance of different future professions.

Middle School

MATH 12 – Where the magic happens! 

Teacher: Jennifer Endres

During these months, students have been working very hard to explore and communicate mathematical strategies used to solve problems with integers and rational numbers as well as apply and connect between mathematical relationships to make sense of problems in this dealing with the Real Number System. Not only have they been working through the mathematical aspects but they have been progressing in the true meaning of Mathematical Practices.

These may seem usual aspects to math but in reality these need just as much dedication as the math processes. Students have been diligent in developing these skills on a daily basis. All of our hard work is captured in our interactive notebooks (INM). This too is not new math but instead a daily portfolio of our learning. All classes have been utilizing Interactive Notebooks since day one. A great deal of proven research supports increased growth when using such notebooks. Interactive Notebooks teach students to organize and synthesize their thoughts.

By working with students to create a process for organizing thinking, one is able to practice study skills, processes to build structure, and with guidance, students learn how to naturally organize their thoughts. Please continue to review daily for notes, class work, homework, and feedback on returned assignments.All students are asked to review their daily assignments and correct any errors that have been indicated as incorrect or enhanced. 


IB History 

Teacher: Mr. Semeniuk 

Congrats to the IB History Year 2 students who have officially completed their Historical Investigations! This year, students investigated questions that brought them all over the world. Students investigated the topics of how terrorism arose after the Afghanistan war, the political impacts of the AK party in Turkey, the impacts of Gallipoli in WWI, the growth of the gay civil rights movement, communism and its effects in Romania, and the internment of the Japanese in the US. Starting at the end of last school year, the students worked incredibly hard to practice the skills of the historian and find well researched and balanced answers to their chosen questions. WELL DONE!



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