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Kozak Korner #14. November 11, 2022

PTO Fall Fest Contest Winners

Dear Kozaks,

Thank you to all who participated in the PTO Fall Festival Contest! What a pleasure it was to see all your submissions as they were just amazing! The jury had a hard time on making decisions on the winners in each category, because you did such a great performance! 

Okay, this moment has come! The winners are:

Artwork Category:
1st place - Illia R.
2nd place - Lily G. 
3rd place - Anhelina R.

Cooking Category:
1st place - Mykyta K.
2nd place - Mykyta Y.
3rd place - Yeva and Polina K.

Costume Category:
1st place - Varvara I.
2nd place - Julia P.
3rd place - Zygmunt S. 

Decoration Category:
1st place - Fedote G.
2nd place - Yeva and Polina K.
3rd place - Taisiya G. 

AND there is a special Grand Prize Award (80$) for the student who went above and beyond in three categories and won the heart of all jury members. Her name is Sabrina K, the absolute superstar of this contest! 

Now, how to get your award? 
Within the next week the winners will be contacted by the PTO representative and will get informed on how to receive the prize. 

Interested in seeing the submissions? We have created an online gallery. Just follow the LINK and enjoy! 

KIS Bowling Gathering 

Dear KIS Community,

Great news! For those who are in Kyiv, the PTO Team is planning a Bowling gathering. 

Save the date on Saturday, November 19th! 
Time: 1:00 pm (tentative)
Place: Cosmo (Cosmopolit) MultiMall
Address: Vadyma Hetmana St, 6, Kyiv, 03057
ASTRO BOWLING is located on Level 3.

If you are interested in participating in this event, please let us know by filling in this FORM before Tuesday, November 15th. 

The PTO will reserve necessary number of lanes to accommodate our group for two hours. Price per person playing bowling is 222 UAH. Full prepayment is required. Non-bowlers don't need to pay. 

Please be aware, that Cosmo MultiMall follows the air raid alert policy and may be affected by the energy crisis regulations. If any of these situations occur, the games will be stopped. The visitors may come back and play after but have to follow other reservations of that time. In case of cancellation or rescheduling due to air raid alerts or electricity outage payment will not be returned.



Key Dates

12 November (Saturday) - KIS Dance for Kindness  (meet on school campus at 10:00 am)

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,

Students have been working on learning the choreography for the Dance for Kindness project – I look forward to seeing our final product!

Morning Mindset addition:
Starting the week of November 14th, homeroom teachers will begin weaving aspects of our Keeping Safe curriculum into our Morning Mindset sessions. This is not a new program for us, but has been adjusted to work within the limitations of online learning. The Keeping Safe: Child Protection Curriculum is one part of our comprehensive approach to keeping children safe. All teachers leading the morning sessions have received training in the use of the Curriculum. KS:CPC is an evidence based, best practice curriculum developed collaboratively with child protection experts, teachers, educational leaders and other professionals. Parents can learn more here: Keeping Safe: Child Protection Curriculum information for parents and carers (

Additionally, please feel free to reach out to me with any questions or concerns.
Elementary Office:
Middle School Office:

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend.

Best regards,

Mrs. Carla Grossman



Carla Grossman
Director of Instruction

School Day Schedule


 DI's Message

What’s Going on in Secondary

This week we had some great activities in our secondary school – A Plank Challenge, A Travel Challenge, Games Time, Dance for Kindness and Cooking. It is nice to see the students taking part. Look for some articles highlighting these events next week!

Kozak Love Letter – is a wonderful initiative by and for students. This weekly newsletter includes a variety of topics such as tips for relaxing, movie reviews, Kozak memes and pet highlights!

Block Schedule starts Thursday, November 17th!

Students have received their individual schedules. If students have unique circumstances regarding this new schedule for Thursday/Friday, they should reach out to Ms. Geary and we can resolve any issues. We hope the block schedule will be conducive to more creativity and interaction and less homework!




Rachel Geary
Director of Instruction


School Day Schedule


Dance For Kindness

Dance for Kindness 
will take place at our school campus 
November 12th, 10:00 am

We are happy to invite all our KIS community members to meet this Saturday at our school campus for a wonderful Dance for Kindness. Don't worry if you haven't learned the full dance, as there will be some extra practice for those who need it. Remember to wear some cloth in our Ukrainian colors yellow or blue or take your Vyshyvanka. Each participant will also get a Ukrainian bracelet done by our KIS students. Please come and help us to pay our respects to what is going on now in Ukraine!

CAS Book Recommendation Project

Dear Community,

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

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. 

By the way, the whole community is welcome to participate in book recommendation! So if you read the book on the similar topic and you liked it or you think that this book was worthy of reading, please share your recommendation with us. How to do it? It's very simple - just use this FORM



  This Is Us: Educator Profile

Svitlana Ionova
Titles: Music Teacher

Why am I teaching: To me the question was to become a Music teacher. If we ask any student from any music school, what is the most difficult subject for them, or what is the subject they don’t like or hate, most of them will say “music theory” or “solfeggio.” When I was a student my favorite subject at school was Music theory. That was only because of the teacher I had there at school. She was the one who’s found the right words to explain the most difficult subject in very simple way. From that very time I knew for sure that everything depends on a teacher. There is no bad or difficult subject, there is bad teacher, who doesn’t know how to explain it. As soon as I realized that, I knew that I want to help students to understand music better, to learn how music was created, who were the composers, how to compose music or songs, why do they sound like that, how to write music on a paper, what to start with and everything.

The best thing for me as for music teacher to know that some of my students became musicians.

Favourite Quote: "Life is what happens when you're busy making other plans". -John Lennon

Favourite thing about KIS: My favorite thing about KIS is that our school is very international in any ways. There is no signs of nationalism at the school and that gives us this confident feeling.

"Literature & Writing Classes in Secondary"
Literature & Writing Classes in Secondary

Teacher: Amanda Denney

The academic year is well underway, and students are working hard to close units. Thank you to all the parents and students who participated in PTC; it was nice to “see” you and tell you about your child’s strengths in class.

Literature II, Writing II students are currently working on their third units: nonfiction and persuasive writing, respectively. Each week students write a timed essay and submit for feedback.

Click to Read about "Literature & Writing Classes in Secondary"
Science Classes in MS
Science Class

Teacher: Sheri Hinsvark

12 and 13-year-old students have been busy in Mrs. Hinsvark’s science class exploring how needs of animals are met by body systems working together. They have been selecting different ways to demonstrate their understanding of systems working together with the digestive system to provide nutrients and energy animals need to survive.

Click to Read about Science Classes in MS
Morning Mindset Pancakes
Morning Mindset Pancakes

The 13 year old class decided that the best way to prepare for a day of study is to make and consume breakfast together. And so they took over their kitchens to make a delicious pancake breakfast. It was a lot of fun for all, except perhaps for those who were left to clean up.

Click to Read about Morning Mindset Pancakes

  NHS (National Honor Society) Blog

As Russian troops prepared to invade Ukraine in February 2022, Kyiv International School moved to online instruction as a precaution. When the invasion took place two weeks later, a large majority of the 800 students—who come from all over the world—enrolled in other schools outside Ukraine, and staff members who were not Ukrainian remained outside the country in various locations. At the start of the school year, 100 students, as well as some staff, remained, most of them still living in Kyiv. Rachel Geary is the secondary director of instruction and an IB program coordinator at the school. She’s also the National Honor Society (NHS) adviser, and she has worked to keep the program going despite the immense challenges. She shares what that has been like this school year.

Since I took over as NHS adviser, we’ve just been meeting and trying to figure out what we can do since we are all online, and we have students all over the world. This summer, the government had given schools permission to reopen if they have a bomb shelter, which gives you a sense of what life is like in Kyiv. So, we started building a bomb shelter. Given the most recent attacks, the situation has become increasingly volatile. We will continue to operate online until we are allowed to reopen.

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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 .

First page of the PDF file: KISSchoolCalendar2022-23