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Kozak Korner #15. November 26, 2021




Director's Message

Dear KIS Families,

Happy Thanksgiving to any of you who are celebrating this holiday. Thursday and Friday were also our Professional Development days, which have been a good time for staff to learn some new things and consider how we are moving forward through the remainder of the school year.

Important Leadership Announcement
We wanted to let the community know that beginning August 2022, Mrs. Cheri Carpenter, our Preschool and Elementary Director of Instruction will be moving to be the new Director of QSI Belize. Though we will miss having her at KIS, we are also excited for the Carpenter family and this new opportunity. We wanted to let everyone in the community know, so you are not hearing whispers of this change. The school will be working to fill this important position over the next few weeks and will inform the community of the incoming PreK/Elementary Director of Instruction. Mrs. Carpenter has shared a message below.

Thursday Evening Coffee Chat
KIS has normally had its Coffee Chats during the school day. The ability to host virtual Coffee Chats now allows us to have these in the evening. On Thursday, December 2nd, at 7:30 PM, the school will be having an evening "Coffee Chat". We hope that parents who normally do not have the opportunity to attend may do so. The school administration team will be attending the meeting to answer questions and talk a little more about the progress in each division. We are asking that parents submit questions beforehand to better organize discussion points. The school will send out reminders to the community, but please submit questions using the following link.

We hope to see you there.



Luke Woodruff
Kyiv International School


Upcoming Events

2 December - Virtual Evening Coffee Chat

6-10 December - Elementary Concerts

14 - 15 December - PreK Concerts

20 December - 7 January - Winter Break

Covid-19 Updates

  • 100% of staff are vaccinated.
  • Following new vaccination guidelines from Ministry of Health for schools.
  • Placing CO2 monitors in all classrooms as spaces.
  • Most of the vendors that come to the school campus are vaccinated; the ones who are not, go through PRC tests at KIS nurse's office and only after getting negative result are admitted to students. 
  • Students and Staff take rapid antigen test before competitions with other schools. 
  • Air purifiers, sensor water stations and hand sanitizers are easily accessible for students and staff to use.
  • Covid-19 screening to return (< Nov. 22): 6 confirmed cases. 
  • 2 confirmed Covid-19 student cases at KIS this week with class closure. 

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P.S. If you are 11 y.o. + and would like to join us, please, contact Ms Kate Klymenchuk. 

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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!


Happy Thanksgiving!

Teacher: Donna Buck

This week in 4DB we have been celebrating Thanks-giving.  We discussed a variety of things we like and ways we can say thanks and show our gratitude.  Listed below are the answers each student gave when asked for what are they  thankful.  

We wrote the answers on “turkey feathers” and added them to the wall display.    



PE in Elementary

Teacher: Mike Herndon

Elementary students are back on campus and getting right back into their Physical Education units by participating in a game called “Castles.” This is the beginning of their “Kicking and Striking” unit where they will explore in more detail the skills needed in various sports. This game requires the students to focus on accuracy more than power in their kicks, as it would matter in a game situation needing to pass to a specific teammate or to score into a specific spot in the goal. Students also need to protect their own “castles” from being knocked down by being aware of their surroundings. Many students have natural soccer skills, and this helps them to fine tune their abilities in order to make them better players. As the year progresses, and we work through the remaining units, the goal is to help all students be more confident in their own abilities and to enjoy new and exciting games along the way.

Intensive English

The Busy Bees

Teacher: Katherine Anyshchenko

The Busy Bees of our Intensive English class have been actively working on our current nonfiction unit. The students are learning the elements of nonfiction texts and their characteristics. They read a variety of nonfiction books and explore the nonfiction text features. Also, the students use the books to find interesting facts for their animal reports. They learn to sort and organize information to plan their writing, apply new vocabulary, and practice their literacy skills. The students are having a lot of fun while working hard to complete their projects. It is an exciting experience for everyone!

Middle School

A New Exhilarating Way to Learn Vocabulary 

Teacher: Kelly Remick

Learning new science vocabulary can sometimes be boring, so I have changed the way in which those terms are acquired.  An exciting alternative to paper, pencil and tedious writing of definitions and flashcards, is Blooket.  Not only is this engaging online game lots of fun, it is also incredibly effective in helping students better understand the meanings of new and difficult words.  By creating memorable experiences with science terms, students learn the information without even noticing.  Blooket allows students to compete against one another while playing a wide variety of online “games”.  I know it’s a hit when I have kids beg me to practice their vocabulary using Blooket.  The laughter and cheers and encouragement from classmates can be heard throughout the lesson as students eagerly reinforce their vocabulary skills. There’s nothing better than students having a great time while learning! 


Scientist Tombstone Project

Teacher: Dr. Sunitha 

 Scientists are important for the world because they help people understand the way the world works in very specific ways. The work of Scientists’ leads us to solutions for many of the most important problems we face and offers an understanding into reality that enriches and expands our lives. 

Human beings have spent a lot of time figuring out how to say alive and be happy, and biology has been a powerful tool for achieving that goal by showing us how to describe, define, investigate, and analyze everything around us. 

Students from all the Biology classes created Tombstones for Biologists for this Halloween. 

The students were randomly assigned the name of the Biologist who has made a significant contribution to the advancement of biological sciences. They were asked to research the biologist and create a tombstone detailing the biologists’ date of birth, country of origin, and the contribution to the field of Biology. These photos reflect the creativity and high level of engagement of our students on this learning journey. 



Real Talk With Maja

KIS Podcast Episode 14: Maja
Check for more episodes on our website


School Announcements

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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 .