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Kozak Korner #13. November 04, 2022

Director's Message

Dear KIS Community,

November is here!

Last week, I had the privilege of attending the QSI Director's meetings. The focus throughout these meetings was resilience and hope. Chris O'Shaughnessy was a keynote speaker at this event, who grew up as a third culture kid (TCK). He will also be joining our staff professional development in November. We discussed five different types of resilience and I wanted to share them with our KIS community, as I could not help but think of our school.

Cognitive Resilience - What is my plan to get through difficult times?
Behavioral Resilience – What habits get me through hard times (Actions taken/habits in place) 
Motivational Resilience – Why do I get back up? What am I working towards? 
Relational Resilience – Can someone help me back up? Can I help someone else get up? What are the support networks in place?
Emotional Resilience – How do I tolerate and deal with negative feelings and events? 

I can't think of a more resilient and optimistic community than our KIS community. Everyone continues to show up, join in, and take part of every opportunity despite the many challenges.

Thank you, for being such a resilient community.




Luke Woodruff
Kyiv International School


Key Dates

6 November - Deadline for the PTO Fall Festival Contest Photo / Video Submission

13 November - GLOBAL Dance for Kindness

24 - 26 November - Professional Development Days - No School for Students 


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.  



 DI's Message

Dear Elementary and Middle School Families,

The students and teachers had a great time during Spirit Week! It was fun to see the creative and silly side of our school community. Thank you to our Student Council and PTO for organizing.

Passion Project Showcase:
Students, with help from their mentors, will create a post on our Passion Project Showcase. Some students are nearing the end of their first project and will be starting a new one. Other students are deep into the progress of their first project and will prepare an update to share. There is no set timeline for how long a project should take – each student and project are unique. Each week, starting December 2nd we will share posts from our Passion Project Showcase in the Kozak Korner.

Thank you for your flexibility and communication as we continue to navigate power and internet outages in our community.

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


 DI's Message

What’s Going on In Secondary:

Coming Soon: Block Schedule
In response to both student, parent and teacher requests we are moving to a Block Schedule on Thursday and Friday. We feel this new schedule will allow for more flexibility and opportunities in the classroom and less homework. On Monday, during Morning Mindset, students will have a chance to ask questions or voice concerns about this new schedule. We will also make individual schedules for students to ensure that they know what their day looks like. This schedule will start on November 17th

If you have questions or concerns about this, please let me know. I am happy to meet with you to discuss this!




Rachel Geary
Director of Instruction


School Day Schedule

Morning Mindset


CAS Book Recommendation Project


Secondary CAS (Creativity and Service) Students will be putting a review for the books that stand beyond the regular school program, but make an explicit impact on the world outlook in individual's mind. 

Numerous students frequently want to broaden their views. But most believe that reading classics written by white American men is the only reliable and knowledgeable reading they can undertake, which is just not true. CAS Book Club intend to encourage students to read about subjects—such as race, gender, BIPOC LGBTQIA+, and many other topics—through books for middle-grade and young adults written by different authors. 

You can trust that books recommended within the borders of this project are written by people who were either significantly affected by issues of global assistance or were writing about issues of global significance.

First CAS book recommendation / review is already in this newsletter!! 


CAS Book Review

Persepolis is the memoir book of Marjane Satrapi, telling the story of her growing up in Iran in the times of the Islamic revolution. In this book Satrapi describes her life as a young girl, witnessing the fall of the Shah's government, the triumph of the Islamic revolution, and the devastation caused by the Iraq war. Simultaneously, the reader follows a regular middle-class family and observes the consequences and repercussions of every governmental decision. 

Thanks to the black-and-white styled graphics, the novel is easy to read and understand even for a beginner on the history topics of such kind. The story is a perfect balance of history and personal narrative. The novel also gives a voice to a perspective we often do not learn from in history class - a young girl’s. Finally, it provides a basic overview and foundation of the reason behind the protests for women's choice that are happening in Iran today. 

Trigger warnings include mentions of torture, war, police brutality, governmental oppression, religious intolerance, and displacement.

- Sasha F. 

PTO Contest

Make sure you submit your photos / videos to by November 6th. 

Participate and win!! 


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



  This Is Us: Educator Profile

Elizabeth Grzyb
Titles: 6YO Teacher

Why am I teaching: Started working at 14 and sampled a lot of jobs throughout my life. Teaching just kind of happened at some point, and it was the first thing I’d done that just felt so fulfilling. Life isn’t about money or some “luxurious” job people are impressed by. It’s about being excited about going to work in the mornings and filling your bucket throughout the day by doing what you love.

Favourite Quote: Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.

Favourite thing about KIS: The community. I’ve never had a job I felt such support, happiness, and positivity. This kind of atmosphere can’t be faked, and it’s felt not only by staff but the family members and students as well.

"Spirit Week @KIS!!"
"Spirit Week @KIS!!"

This past week the whole KIS community was participating in the Spirit Week. Just look at these photos! How fun it was!!

And just to remind what themes were celebrated each day:

Monday - Costume Day
Tuesday - Crazy Hair & Hat Day
Wednesday - Ukrainian Pride Day 
Thursday - Pyjamas Day
Friday - Fancy Look Day

Click to Read about "Spirit Week @KIS!!"
“Día de los Muertos”
“Día de los Muertos”

Teacher: Alba Becerra Perez

The Day of the Dead is not Halloween, even though they are celebrated at the same time. 

Our relatives who passed away are never dead to us until we have forgotten them. Día de los Muertos is a holiday to remember loved ones by sharing a meal with them like if they were alive. According to the beliefs, on that day, the doors are open, and they come to visit us. The whole family stays at the cemetery and lights candles for the entire night.

  • LOE
Click to Read about “Día de los Muertos”
"Spirit Week Fun in 6's"
"Spirit Week Fun!"

Teacher: Elizabeth Grzyb

This past week the 6s had some fun taking part in Spirit Week! We especially had a great time dressing up for Halloween and wearing crazy hats! 6s have been hard at work all year. They have been working consistently on their Phonics skills, memorizing heart words, and learning how to spell and read. Each week we work on a new set of spelling words, and the students have been using their Phonics skills to spell these words by themselves almost right away!

  • 6YOs
Click to Read about "Spirit Week Fun in 6's"
"Algebra with Mrs. Rech"
"Real Life Business Plan Project with Linear Functions"

Teacher: Lindsey Rech

This past week each student designed a cell phone case and made a business plan. They had to present their business plan to Mrs. Rech who determined how much of a loan they would receive for their business. From there each student had to write their linear equation and graph it.

On day 2 we simulated 3 months of business. Students randomly selected a card that indicated how many cell phone cases they sold. 

  • Secondary
Click to Read about "Algebra with Mrs. Rech"


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 .

First page of the PDF file: KISSchoolCalendar2022-23