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Kozak Korner #10. October 07, 2022



Director's Message

Dear KIS Community,

This year is moving by very quickly. I can't believe we are already at the fall break.

I want to thank our PTO team for putting together a community picnic. It sounds like it was a wonderful time for students, parents, and staff to get together. Some meeting people for the first time. I know they are already planning more.

I hope you all have a restful break and we look forward to seeing you back at school on October 10th!




Luke Woodruff
Kyiv International School


Key Dates

10 -14 October - Fall Break 

20 October - End of Quintile 1 

21 October - Parent-Teacher Conferences 


  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,  

The first six weeks of school are behind us!  That means it is time for a well-earned break.  Wherever you are, I hope you can enjoy time with your loved ones this break! 

The week after the break is a busy time for us; we have two important milestones that coincide during that time: Parent Teacher Conferences and the end of the first Quintile (which brings the first set of Student Reports). 

Parent Teacher Conferences: Our conferences will be held on Friday, 21 October. On Monday (17th) parents will get an email from the office with conference details. Students are welcome but not required to attend Fall conferences.  During the discussions on that day, we will be asking parents for feedback regarding their child’s experiences with two new parts of our school day – Morning Mindset and Passion Projects.  Teachers will share early successes and areas needing support.  Together parents and teachers are united in helping children be successful academically and emotionally! 

End of the first quintile: The end of the first of our five academic periods also coincides with the week after break.  That means that before Parent-Teacher conferences you’ll also be able to access your child’s first status report (report card).  Reports are accessed from the Moodle Parent Portal (Log in to Moodle at  If you are new to KIS and QSI, you’ll quickly notice that we use somewhat different letter grades to communicate progress.  Please see the chart below for definitions for each letter grade.  Your child’s teacher will also be able to answer questions during Parent Teacher conferences.  

MAP Reports: Our Fall cycle of MAP testing has wrapped up – parents, thank you for supporting your child through this process. MAP reports will be available on the Parent Moodle site starting on Tuesday, 18 October.  On Parent Teacher Conference Day I will be hosting a session at 12:30 called, "Understanding your child's MAP report" - please see the flyer in this newsletter for more details.  All parents are welcome to join. 

I wish you and your family a wonderful break!  As always, please feel free to reach out with 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

Taking a Break
Fall Break is upon us! Please enjoy this time. Students should not have homework – this is a time for them to step away from the screen, relax and refresh. Even if students are behind in their work and plan to use the break to catch up, it’s still very important that they take a few days away from their schoolwork.

Parent Teacher Conferences in Secondary
We are looking forward to seeing you on October 21st to discuss the year so far. Parents (and students if they would like) will join a panel of teachers on Zoom. We will talk about students’ strengths and areas where they may struggle as well as ways we can help them with these areas. We are interested in your perspective on Morning Mindset, Independent Study and Homework, as well as any concerns you may have.

On Monday, October 17th, parents will receive an invitation to the conference with the time and the Zoom link. If you would like a translator, please mention this when you reply to confirm.

Morning Mindset
We are making some changes to Morning Mindset.

On Mondays, we will do something fun and unique with the whole group on Zoom.

Tuesday-Thursday students will meet with their grade level, like now.

On Fridays, students can choose! There will be four rooms to choose from and students pick what interests them.

More information on Friday choice will be on October 17th.

Enjoy the week off!




Rachel Geary
Director of Instruction


School Day Schedule


Understanding your child's MAP report

Dear Parents,

On Parent Teacher conference day, Ms. Carla Grossman will be hosting a parent meeting called, "Understanding your child's MAP report"
Date and Time: October 21 from 12:30-1:00

Please join this meeting to understand how to read and interpret the components of the MAP report.
MAP reports will be available on the parent Moodle site starting on Tuesday, 18 October.  
See the section of the newsletter called "Moodle" to see instructions on how to access reports. 

Kozak Zoom is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Understanding your child's MAP report
Time: Oct 21, 2022 12:30 PM Kyiv

Join Zoom Meeting - LINK
Meeting ID: 658 562 2575
Passcode: KIS


Languages Other Than English

Week of Languages

This week, we celebrated languages. There are so many linguists at KIS! Some of them, according to the forms completed, speak 7 languages (!) and they continue exploring this interesting and colorful world. 

In LOE classes, every day, we learnt useful words and expressions in French, German, Russian, Spanish and Ukrainian. The kids could teach as well. Now, they already know which language will be the next. For several the choice is difficult, and they will learn probably two.

When it was our language day, we played, sang songs, watched videos, had different presentations and cooked (the Guacamole was very popular!). We spoke about linguistic and cultural diversity, traditions and holidays (Oktoberfest is taking place right now in Germany, the Columbus day is coming soon (October 12th) and this is a very important date in both Americas). 

Inspired by our discussions, we made posters and paragraphs. Two students even wrote beautiful poems in German:

On Monday, at the Morning Mindset, all the Secondary students played a special Kahoot. The winners are: Fedote (Sec.1), Rienat (Sec.2), Ollie (Sec.3), Anzhelika (Sec.4) and Anna (IB Year 2). Congratulations!

It's such a pleasure to have so much fun before the break! Thank you for your participation!

We are waiting for new LOE events!




Sergey Berezhny
LOE Coordinator

Success Orientations

Dear KIS Parents and Students,

During our SO sessions this year we are developing students’ personal orientations that lead to success. Personal habits, the ability to interact successfully with others, reliability, responsibility, diligent work habits, promptness, keeping your word, kindness, and other factors in this realm are at least as important as the knowledge one learns and the competencies one gains.

Our first topic was Group Interaction. During this last month students from 5 to 11 years old in their SO classes learned, discussed and practiced how to contribute ideas which are related to the goals of the group, control emotions when discussing different points of view, to be a person who does not discourage responsible behavior or learning by others and to assist the leadership of others by cooperating and being good followers.

Students also displayed kindness when expressing an opinion and a cooperative attitude. Most importantly, we had lots of fun playing, learning and interacting together.





Nataliya Yegorova
Preschool/SO Coordinator


Global Dance for Kindness

Dance for Kindness

Dance for Kindness is a worldwide event, where people do the same dance all around the world, to promote kindness!

Kyiv International School plans to DANCE all around the world and on Zoom! We will film our dances and edit them into one video.

We will have a group who will dance together in Kyiv. If you are interested in joining this group please contact Ms. Katya:

If you want to dance, wherever you are, please contact:

The dance will be shared with anyone who is interested in participating!

#KyivIsKind #KISisKind


Cooking Classes 

TASTY TUESDAY Coming Events 

Look for more information regarding ingredients after the break.

  Learning Stories & Week Highlights

  This Is Us: Educator Profile

Julia Prima
Titles: 8YO Teacher

Why am I teaching: I wanted to be a teacher because there is no routine in this job. Every new day is never the same. Children are so unique.

Favourite Quote: "However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at."  -  Stephen Hawking

Favourite thing about KIS: Positive People

  School Announcements

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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 .

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