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Kozak Korner #13. November 12, 2021




Director's Message

Online Learning Extended for the Week of 15 - 19 November

Dear KIS Community,

As you have likely already seen our online learning for 6yo-secondary students will continue next week. We hope that this will change soon.

I have been meaning to send out a slightly different director's message, but generally, there is always something connected to COVID that needs to be shared. However, today, I wanted to share the first part of six different messages I will be sending out connected to QSI's Mission Statement. If you have ever seen the mission statement, it is a four-paragraph document that has a lot in it, and so I wanted to break it down and share a little each time.

Breaking Down The QSI Mission Statement
Part 1: Virtually Every Five-Year-Old Comes to School Eager to Learn
"Virtually every five-year-old comes to school eager to learn. The mission of Quality Schools International (QSI) is to keep this urge to learn alive in every child in QSI schools." This is pretty easy to see in most of our younger students. You can see it in their eyes and faces. Like so many other things in life, we are excited to finally do something that we have watched others do. I remember watching my brother drive a car and looking forward to it. We are eager to have these experiences that are benchmarks of life. Keeping that urge to learn alive is at the heart of what we want to do at KIS. We want our students to be engaged in meaningful learning that they find valuable. It can be a big task for a teacher, as students come from different backgrounds and don't always enjoy the same subjects or topics. 

At the beginning of each school year, I express a similar sentiment by saying that we need to look at our curriculum through the "eyes" of our students, and not the students through the "eyes" of the curriculum. This is to say that the point of what we do is not to check off the boxes connected to what we teach, but make the efforts to make learning about who we teach. This simple shift in one's mindset can make all the difference in the culture of a classroom and division. The more students can be involved in the education process, the higher the chance they will enjoy what they are learning. Teaching students to be life-long learners begins with teachers being an example of this. Often, that is the result of saying things like, "I don't know" and "Let's check that out."

My 7-year-old son reminds me on a regular basis of the many things I still need to learn, and he is right! The hope is that he sees my urge to learn is alive and well, and as a result of our conversations and going to a school interested in cultivating such a joy for learning, his urge to learn sticks with him.



Luke Woodruff
Kyiv International School


Upcoming Events

19-20 November -  CEESA Speech and Debate 

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.
  • We have confirmed Covid-19 cases at KIS this week: 1 student, 1 staff.
  • One Preschool class quarantined (return date: 17 November with negative test or 22 November)
  • 6 y.o. - Sec IV classes remain online.

Parent Korner

Divisional Korner

Sports and Activities 

Kozak Nation (Middle School and Secondary)

HS Speech and Debate

This week our secondary students are making final preparations to participate in the CEESA Virtual Speech and Debate tournament, which will be held November 19th-20th.  The Speech Events include: duet acting, oral interpretation and original oratory.  

We have two debate teams who will debate the:  Merits of Universal Basic Income

For more information on the CEESA HS Speech and Debate Tournament please visit the tournament website:

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!


"Ideas are like Pizza, made to be shared!"  

Teacher: Donna Buck 4DB 

In the four-year-old classes last week, we expanded the horizons of our little ones by sharing our love for home-made pizza.  All of the four-year-olds had the opportunity to create a fun pizza-riffic memory.  We found Italy and Ukraine on the globe, identified the origin of pizza and how this famous dish made its way to Ukraine.   

We provided ingredients and gave the students the opportunity to be creative in designing their very own pizza!  Each boy and girl selected a crust, slathered it with sauce, applied handfuls of cheese, and topped it with pepperoni.  
While the pizzas baked, we shared our own "ideas" of what makes pizza special to us.  Voila....In the end, the children were delivered their very own hot, steamy, cheesy, personal pizza.    

In preschool we strive to create an environment where children can express their ideas and feelings in unique ways..... even through pizza. 



Saving and Spending. Community Econimics.

Teacher: Carol Record

In 6 CR, the students have been learning about Community Economics; how we spend and save money in a community. The children learned that sometimes it is a hard decision when to spend money and when to save it.

They made paper piggy banks and decided what to buy in the online store. The students had $10.00 to spend in the online store or save in their piggy banks for later. Using mathematics, they had to find how much they would spend and how much they would save in their piggy banks.

They then used Seesaw to practice using the tools and did the assignment there. It was a proud moment to see that the children saved some money and did not spent it all.


“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.” ~ Stephen King

Teacher: Sarah Lopert

The students in the 8 year old program write for 20 minutes everyday along with reading. We discuss ways to make our writing better and how using small tweaks can not only enhance your writing, but allow you to challenge the current structure. Here are some lessons that we have learned along the way.  

Intensive English

Legend Stories

Teacher: Olga Kardash

As we are reading the outstanding masterpiece by Washington Irving, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, we are discovering the great legends from our home countries. The Legend is something unique, a part of a country’s heritage. Something you are passing on from generation to generation.

Student Legend Stories


Badminton Activity Was A "HIT" This Fall

Teacher: John Peace

From the beginning of September to the end of October, fourteen students had signed up for Badminton for the Fall Activity. They stayed after school 3 times a week to learn, improve, and get better in the game of badminton. But it was not just all practice. Students really had fun and laughed a lot enjoying the time with their friends and playing the game they love. It was also competitive with mostly doubles matches and a few single matches. Some advanced students really showed incredible skills and could even beat teachers. Those who were just beginners at the start of the activity learned new skills and got better every week. We had planned to have a competition between teachers and students in November. However, the quarantine cut short our goal. But we all really enjoyed this opportunity to learn and practice the game of badminton this Fall. Go Kozak badminton team!

What's Cooking with KFN!

Menu for the Week: 15-19 November 2021

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Real Talk With Liza

KIS Podcast Episode 12: Liza
Check for more episodes on our website


School Announcements





Dear Campus Community,

As you know, we added Classifieds section to our Connect Page on the school website. The Section contains the following branches: 




If you have an announcement you would like us to place there, please email .