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Kozak Korner #12. November 05, 2021




Director's Message

Dear KIS community,

This first week of November brings back memories of last school year. I know for most of us, this is with mixed emotions, as we would prefer to have all of our students back on campus. We hope that things will change soon and are prepared to have all age levels return to campus when possible.

Having said that, we also had several cases this past week. You will see that we are adding a section to our COVID Updates to track the total number of cases at the school. We will also have a section that reports the number of classes or student quarantined. This is in a hope to help the community best understand the COVID-19 status at school. We will also send out a separate notice this weekend concerning these cases.

Closure Guidelines
KIS is basing the decision to be closed on the Protocol that the Standing Commission on Technogenic and Ecological Safety and Emergencies put in place dated Oct. 28th, 2021, №68 which defines additional measures the City State Administration announced. According to this document beginning November 1st, all Kyiv students, except preschool students, need to move to online learning until the decision is made to cancel this. There have been several questions as to why some other schools have decided to stay open. Though we can't speak to why they are still open, as a school registered on the territory of Kyiv, we are obligated to follow city decisions additional to that of Ukraine.  At this time, we feel like remaining open goes against the city's decision and would be unlawful. Deciding to stay open would put the school at risk of being reported, inspected, and fined.  We have however petitioned the city administration and our contacts there in a hope to get exemption from this decision. We also understand that many others are doing the same. We don't necessarily hope to have special treatment but do want them to consider the safety guidelines and policies we have in place, as well as meeting the vaccination obligation.

Vaccination Obligation
The mandate of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine concerning mandatory preventive vaccinations will take effect today. As a result of meeting the vaccination obligation, we will be shifting some of our classes and schedule. We have also needed to find a few new teachers to adjust for these changes. We will be emailing those impacted by this directly and introduce new teachers to the community when the time comes.

KIS has been working hard to make the necessary adjustments to stay open and have school on campus. We hope the current COVID situation in Ukraine will improve or the decision to limit students on campus will change very soon. We will continue to seek out other options while making sure we do not put our school at risk.

Thank you for understanding and your ongoing support.


Luke Woodruff
Kyiv International School


Upcoming Events

19-20 November -  CEESA Speech and Debate - TBD

25-26 November -  Professional Development Days - No School

Covid-19 Updates

  • Above 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.
  • Several confirmed Covid-19 cases at KIS this week. 
  • Statistics of confirmed Covid-19 cases at school this month: 

🔸 PreK - 0

🔸 Elementary - 0

🔸 MS - 2

🔸 Secondary - 7

🔸 Staff - 4

  • 6 y.o. - Sec IV classes remain online.

Parent Korner

Divisional Korner

KIS Cares 


Dear Community,  

As you have seen over the years, KIS is involved in many different service activities, fund raising, and volunteer work within Kyiv and Ukraine. This year, we are working to consolidate all of these activities and opportunities under the umbrella of our KIS CARES program. We hope to better communicate and share what is happening at KIS and in our community connected to this program throughout the year and with your support. We celebrate that we are a culturally diverse community dedicated to developing the whole child with compassion and integrity. 

KIS CARES is all about Service-Learning with the emphasis on KIDS HELPING KIDS. We serve/engage/work with students from Elementary to High School. We have created an excellent school environment that strives to meet the needs of our learners while providing enriching experiences and activities. As a part of our school, you will be joining a community with many years of tradition in service, leadership, and academic excellence.  

We know that many within our community are also involved in similar service activities. If you are interested in sharing any thoughts, ideas, or opportunities connected to how we can better serve the community and develop this program, please take moment to fill the form. We will be sharing this with students, staff, and parents Your voice helps us better understand what issues are important in our community and how we can change that. 

Do you have any contacts or organizations we should work with? Please contact Ms. Kateryna Klymenchuk. 

We serve. We learn. We care. 

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!


While heath care is primarily in the hands of a child’s parents, now is the time to begin to talk with little ones about the things that keep them healthy. They learned about why it is important to wash their hands, wear their masks, have regular doctor visits, eat vegetables, and more. We have practiced the skills that keep us healthy

Intensive English

MS IE Support (12 y.o.)

… when creativity knows no limit

Teacher: Oksana Melnyk

Students were shown the painting The Gulf Stream by Winslow Homer (1899) and asked to create an original piece of writing. On the first day they were to come up with the events that happened prior to what was depicted on the painting. On the second – create the ending.

Tons of questions were thrown at them, but there was no option to express their ideas aloud. All they were asked to do was to listen to the questions and pay closer look to the color scheme… What’s there barely visible in the distance? What could it symbolize? What do we know about the character? What century is he from? What’s his life story?..

Soon, everything was still… magic was happening… Not a word was slipped… Students’ imagination went places…

The hero was transformed into the God who befriender mortals and was keeping them safe. Somebody made him an army man on the rescue mission. Somebody made him an adventurer in search of magical island Isla Contento, the waterfall’s water of which could cure any disease…

Each idea grew into a masterpiece!

You ROCK, young authors!


A celebration of life: Day of the Dead (November 1 and 2)


Teacher: Alba Becerra Perez

“Our relatives passed away are never dead to us until we have forgotten them” 

“Día de los Muertos” Day of the Dead is a holiday to remember loved ones by sharing a meal with them as we would do when they were alive.

This is an important date for Mexico. Many costumes are made and many traditions are practiced. The whole family keeps lights on the cemetery for the entire night. 

According to our beliefs, on that day, the doors open from where they are resting and they come to visit us. 

We wake a flower path to the Altar, and bread is an offering we give to the souls. 

I dedicated the Altar to my mother and celebrated with my students. We watched videos, we listened to music and we had fun activities. 






Online Learning in 6GT

Teacher: Gabriela Thompson

I love teaching my first-grade children! We are a wonderful learning community composed of my students, their families, Ms. B, and me! Our classroom is filled with colors, books, pictures, paintings, student work, and things that make our classroom ours. Moving from that environment to an online environment has been a challenge, but, as the saying goes, we improvise, adapt, and overcome. We are all growing in utilizing terrific technology, continuing to challenge ourselves to make our online experiences robust, and creating a similarly rich learning environment that we have all enjoyed in our on-campus class.




Middle School

Just Going With It...

Teacher: Natalie Taranec

Students in Ms. Taranec's Science-11 class are putting their excellent technology skills to work by breaking out in their group study of energy types. Whether in class face-to-face or meeting in virtual groups, the 11yos are showing that in distance learning the job can get done, and more so, be engaging. We can't wait to see the student presentations, virtual style. Good going, Science-11's!





HS Math Club

Teacher: Oksana Chemerys

HS Math Club started practicing Thursday, October 28th!

At the first practice, students started preparation for the first American Scholastic Math Association (ASMA) Competition in this year, which will be held on  November 11th. Click the link for details. 

Our Kozak Mathletes solved and discussed many problems including different algebra and geometry concepts. Everybody worked hard and had fun.

While the first practice saw only three enthusiastic students, we expect more participants in the winter season and encourage all students who love math to join. 

HS Math Club will continue practicing via Zoom.

If you like math and want to complete with other International schools, see you in our Club!

You can register using your parents' Moodle account.  For more information contact

What's Cooking with KFN!

Menu for the Week: 8-12 November 2021

To contact KFN, please click here




Real Talk With Mike Herndon

KIS Podcast Episode 11: Mike Herndon

KIS YouTube Channel News

Check out KIS Official Youtube Channel and enjoy some new videos posted!

School Announcements

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Dear Parents,

     We are opening Our Scholastic Book Club the first one this school year. You and your child can now browse the latest books and order online. There are hundreds of fantastic Children’s books to choose from, all at great prices! The parcels will be mailed to school and you need to be in Kyiv to pick it up after notified by your librarian or teacher.

    There is no obligation to order but for every £1 you spend on this Month’s Book Club; our School will earn 20p in rewards to buy Books for the classroom or library!

Please place your order online by November, 12.

Here are the steps you need to take:

  1. Go to the school's Scholastic Webpage - you will see QSI in the top right hand corner.
  2. Select which books you would you like - to do this click “BUY”
  3. When orders get close to £80.00 or 100$ please proceed to checkout. This way the company can keep the orders going through customs without additional taxes and delays.

There will be a summary of the order, click check out again. You can always open another with the same date straight after. 

  1. It will ask you to register your email address or if you are a returning customer to log in using your email address and password.
  2. Choose which book club basket/teacher you would like to place the order into. Your child's teacher will receive your order and pass it on to you.
  3. Make payments for your books.

Any questions or concerns you might have, please, e-mail our school librarian