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Kozak Korner #16. December 03, 2021




Dear KIS Community,

PTO Board has the pleasure to announce that the tradition of CHRISTMAS Photo Sessions will happen again. December is the most beautiful month of the year when we do our best to create a holiday atmosphere all around. 

This year, Holiday Photos will be taken on December 6th & December 7th 2021, from 8:15 am till 15:30.

For the first time, on December 7th after 11:00 am,  we are encouraging the Middle School and the High School Students to be part of this event. They can come alone or  with their friends to immortalize their friendship with a beautiful Christmas Photo. What gift could be more beautiful than true friendship?

In additional to the above announcement, PTO Board is kindly asking for some parents who would like to volunteer for this wonderful project. We will need volunteers on December 4th (on Saturday) from 10:30 am till 16:00  for preparing the setting for the shooting. There is one request, due to COVID: volunteers should be fully vaccinated. If you want to volunteer, please contact the PTO via email:

Don’t hesitate to be part of this magic event for our children - no matter how old they are. 

Thank you for your support.

Our best regards,

PTO Board

Upcoming Events

6 - 7 December - Holiday Photo Sessions by PTO

6-10 December - Elementary Concerts

9 December - Secondary Virtual Coffee Chat

10 December - 8 y.o. Kozaktors Show - The Nutcracker Prince

14 - 15 December - Book Fair Fest

14 - 16 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. 
  • 1 confirmed Covid-19 student case at KIS this week. 1 false positive Covid-19 student case from last week. ‚Äč

 Parent Korner

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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!


What We Learn at 4LL

Teacher: Liza Licvinava

Being able to make a choice is a vital life skill that children carry into adulthood. With 4YO kids it starts with choosing what to wear, what to play, what to eat and etc. At school they get to choose which activities to participate in. One of our favorite classroom decision-making games is Tic Tac Toe. Not only do first team need to choose squares that will help them get a row of three, but they also need to choose squares to stop another team from potentially getting three in a row. This game can be played on a whiteboard, paper, or a handmade Tic Tac Toe board. 


News from 7OP Online Class 

Teacher: Olena Petrenko-Agdi

The students worked hard and accomplished a lot in our 7OP online classes. They were learning, exploring, collecting, drawing, taking notes, creating concept maps and posters, reading, writing, sharing, discussing, breaking codes, adding, subtracting, multiplying, using different strategies, showing their thinking, solving problems, dancing, “travelling” around the world, and even having fun during their online recesses. They were an amazing team of curious online learners! 

Intensive English

Grammar Is Not Boring!

Teacher: Lyudmyla Stetskova

This is what 6 year old students in Intensive English class know for sure. Learning grammar can be very much fun!

The students have been studying nouns this week and having fun with a variety of nouns sorting games. In their small groups they sorted the photographs of different things, places, animals, and people. 6 year olds learned to explain why certain words belong to “nouns” group, and why some of them don’t.

We are having great time both learning and playing.

Middle School

Science Class - 11

Teacher: Hanna Oleksenko

Ms. Hanna's 11 y.o. Science class was exploring an energy transformation as well as how energy is transferred from one object to another in a form of a roller coaster project. Students built tracks by themselves adjusting a height of the starting point for the object (a marble or a car), so it has enough of potential energy to be transformed into kinetic (energy of a motion) one and an ability to reach the final point of a destination.

Middle School

Science Class - 12

Teacher: Hanna Oleksenko

Ms. Hanna's 12 y.o. Science class first time worked with digital portable microscopes. Students explored fossils and minerals of different periods of time. They were able to distinguish one from another with the help of chemical analysis. Fossils react with acids as they are made up of calcium carbonate. The last breaks down releasing carbon dioxide in a form of bubbles which were seen on the surface of a fossil. Whereas this reaction is not possible with minerals.

Middle School

11s Classes Learn "Outside the Box!"

Teacher: Bill Stevenson

Besides the very fine QSI curriculum, many of the 11s are able to experience learning in some unique ways this year!

For starters, good work completed can earn a student the privilege to work on a group painting. Up to six students have been working on each of the first four paintings now decorating one of their classrooms. It is hoped that 40 or so might cover the walls by the end of the school year.

The paintings shown here were submitted to a live stream of a professional artist who would evaluate the work of the viewers "on the air." With the stream subject of "Dramatic Clouds," these paintings fit right in. Sent along as "Bill's Sixth Grade Class," viewers had difficulty grasping the fact that 11-year-olds had produced these works.

The completed paintings can also be used as "story starters" for those needing that sort of writing prompt.

Research papers can take on new meanings when their teacher submits their research questions to world experts. One student this week, through his teacher's email address, received a wonderfully detailed email, answering his questions on the unusual marine creature, the axolotl. World-leading expert, Luis Zambrano, was very generous with his time and his responses will surely make this research paper an unforgettable experience!

Drama exercises, such as improvisational acting, have brought several of them to a high enough level to contribute to acting on a YouTube channel with over one million subscribers that records here in Kyiv. The parents of interested (and talented) students have contacted the casting director of "DramatizeMe" and so far, one of our students has won the coveted leading role of an 11-year-old Scrooge in a Holiday short. 

While the QSI calling card in the international schools circle is the yearly exam results, our students prove to be talented in other areas, as well. They pursue their learning to wherever it might take them. Directed by their highly qualified teachers, they are breaking boundaries created by the "new normal." Whether competing in virtual competitions like robotics, "Math Counts," or speech and debate, they are showing many other areas of strength, beyond a typical classroom!

Way to go, 11s, on contributing to the QSI pattern of success and...learning "outside the box!"


Technology Class

Teacher: Artem Sydorenko

In technology classes, students improve their computer skills to be even more successful in all other subjects. Among the topics studied are the usual office programs such as Word, Excell, Photoshop / Gimp / Photopea, the basics of digital security, and programming. The VR with A-Frame course stands out from the curriculum. A-Frame is a web framework for building 3D/VR/AR experiences. Students create 3D worlds with HTML and Entity-Component that can be run on VR Headsets, mobile or desktop. The purpose of the program is to acquaint students with the basic elements of the framework, create three-dimensional models, customize the scene, animate objects and add elements of interaction. In the process of completing assignments, students use Oculus Quest 2 VR headsets to check their work and experience their creations. 



Real Talk With Oleksiy

KIS Podcast Episode 15: Oleksiy
Check for more episodes on our website


KIS YouTube Channel News

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

School Announcements

IWCK and Ivanna BERTRAND (Photo Kyiv fair/ ArtEast gallery/ Kyiv Agenda) present Charity Auction of Ukrainian Art, online.

The Art Auction event is the opportunity to raise funds for a CARITAS' project : 

The fourth centre for single mothers with children and for women victims of domestic violence.

The catalog (enclosed)  includes over 40 paintings, graphic pieces, sculptures and photos accomplished by established and emerging contemporary Ukrainian artists and also artists among our IWCK members. 

The auction will be held from the 1st of December 4.00 am till the 5th of December 10.00 pm.

We wish you good luck in these auction days! 

IWCK Fundraising team

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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 .

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