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Kozak Korner #17. December 02, 2022

Director's Message

Dear KIS Community,

Kyiv International School is planning to gradually reopen the school campus following the winter break (read the document in Ukrainian language). We understand there may be many difficulties and challenges connected to this, but we would like to take these next steps. We also understand that we must plan to be flexible and adaptable for the needs and concerns that may arise.

We will be sending out a separate survey for parents and having several community meetings to discuss these plans. Online access to learning will continue to be offered throughout the school year.

Teacher Assignments
We are shifting our teaching assignments around to make sure that we have staff positioned to support each age level on campus. This means there may be some changes of teachers for your children. This is necessary for us to support on campus supervision.

Safety Shelter Preparations
We are setting up our basement to have classrooms and function as a safety shelter during air raids. Emergency supplies will be placed in several different areas of the basement. All individuals on campus will be expected to use the safety shelter during these times.

Emergency Procedures and Policies
KIS has added emergency procedures connected to air raids to ensure that anyone on campus is able to access the safety shelter in a timely manner and do an accountability check.

Phases For Reopening the Campus
Below is a timeline and explanation of the expected three-phase approach for opening the campus.

Phase 1 – Community Events (December-January)
Phase 2 – Community Center (February-April)
Phase 3 – Traditional School (May-June)

A Community Center At KIS
One of the best things about KIS is our community. During the Community Center Phase, KIS will be allowing parents to bring their children to school and stay on campus to do other activities while their children join classes. There will be a dedicated space for parents to connect to WIFI and work, use the fitness room, participate in parent classes, and use other parts of the facility. Parents may decide to stay on some days and not on others, but want this option to be available for those who feel uneasy leaving their child(ren) at the beginning.



KIS has a basement space that qualifies for a bomb shelter. In case of an emergency, the basement area will also be stocked in for different areas the following resources for a duration of 72 hours:

1. Food & Water
2. Battery packs, Flash Lights, Matches and Candles
3. Blankets and Yoga Mats
4. First-Aid/Medical Kits
5. Fire Extinguishers
6. Utility tools – shovels, crowbars, sledge hammers, saws, etc
7. Means of communication and contact information

Basement Exits – The basement has 4 different exits.
Basement Toilets – The basement has 4 different toilets spread out in the different areas.

Basement Layout For Classrooms and Learning Spaces

Air Raid sirens indicate the danger of missile strikes and that everyone on campus should go to shelters. The KIS basement is set up with classroom resources and emergency supplies to support staff and students for 72 hours.

Classrooms will be set up as an alternative site with all of the necessary school supplies and technology needed to continue learning.

In the event of an Air Raid, the following steps should be taken when on campus:

1) Air Raid Notification
Given the frequency of air raids, there will be a staff member who is responsible for the daily monitoring of air raid alerts and notification system using the school PA.

2) Gather Resources
Teachers should take into consideration the minimum amount needed to move to the shelter.

3) Move to Shelter
All persons should move to the appropriate area in the shelter for an accountability check. They should use the quickest route to the basement from their current location.

4) Accountability Check
Staff will check-in using the flow chart to report everyone is safe and in the appropriate location.

5) Continue With Class
Learning may resume, once everyone is safe and accounted for within the class. Students may continue with class activities while teachers are reporting to leadership.

6) Wait For All Clear
Once the all clear is given, students, faculty, and parents may exit the bomb shelter and return to other areas. At the teachers discretion, they may finish the class period in the shelter location before returning to the classroom, in order to minimize the loss of time transitioning. If any section of the campus is impacted by direct or nearby explosions there are separate procedures for potential evacuation of the building, accountability checks, and communication with parents.

We know that we will face some challenges as we move in this direction, and hope that the timing of this transition will also coincide with an improving situation in Kyiv and Ukraine.

On December 7th, we planning to have a Coffee Chat at 2:00 pm (Kyiv). 

Please use the following Zoom details: 

Topic: KIS Community Coffee Chat
Date and Time: 7 December 2022 at 14:00 (Kyiv)

Join Zoom Meeting: LINK 
Meeting ID: 853 8633 3031
Passcode: 485754




Luke Woodruff
Kyiv International School


Key Dates

07 December - Community Coffee Chat at 2:00 pm (Kyiv)

11 December - KIS Family Potluck on School Campus

17 December - 8 January - Winter Break

Second Term Fees

Since we will be starting the second term online, the KIS Business office will be sending out invoices with the reflected online fees. 

Please contact with any questions. 

School Calendar 2023 - 24

First page of the PDF file: KISCalendar2023-24


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,

We have two busy school weeks left before winter break! Our second quintile of school ends before the break as well. That means that students will be quite busy wrapping up units and perhaps even catching up on old assignments. Next week you get more details about accessing the 2nd Quintile status report and Narrative report for your child.

During the week of December 12, we will have combined class Morning Mindset time each morning. Students will get instructions from their homeroom teacher about how to join. The Student Council students will be leading different activities each day – it is sure to be a lot of fun!

As always, feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns.

Warm regards,

Mrs. Carla Grossman



Carla Grossman
Director of Instruction

School Day Schedule

 Passion Project Showcase

Kirill's Traps in Minecraft 
Kirill - Traps in Minecraft 

Kirill is passionate about learning how to make different traps for zombies and skeletons in Minecraft. He built some pit, door, lava, and explosion traps starting with the easiest and moving towards more advanced tasks on his Nintendo Switch. He wants to become more proficient at creating end portals and secret bases.

Status of Project: In Progress
Mentor: Mrs. Tetiana Rutkovska

  • 5 & 6 YO Projects
Danyla's MakerSpace Inventions
Danyla - MakerSpace Inventions

Danyla's Passion Project is creating new cool things. He has been creative - using Lego and other materials he can find at home: paper, sticks, stones, and plastic bags.  He would like to design and invent new things. 

Mentor: Ms. Olena Petrenko-Agdi

  • 7 & 8 YO Projects
Vira -Tennis Coach
Vira -Tennis Coach

Vira wanted to create a video to help people improve their serve and forehand return.  Through this endeavor she also learned how to use a movie app on her iPad to put this video together herself.

Status of Project: Done
Mentor: Ms. Amy

  • 9 & 10 YO Projects
Angela's Animation
Angela's Animation

Angela is Learning How to take her artwork, make it digital, and then animate it. Here are 3 clips. The first one is to show small movements in animation. In the second animation Angela worked on telling a story, ( a girl walking to McDonald's and having Lunch) The last animation is all about friendships that are formed in summer.  

Status of Project: Complete
Mentor: Mr. Rech

  • 11 YO Projects
Margarita's Knitting and Backflip
Margarita's Knitting and Backflip

My PP was to try some new knitting techniques and create some knitted things for my friends and family. I managed to knit a stuffed mouse toy for my little sister, four shoppers for my friends and even teachers ,a phone case and a crop top for myself. The second part of my passion project was to practise my backflip. Here is a link to my attempts.

Status of Project: Done
Mentor: Nataliya Chervonyk 

  • 12 & 13 YO Projects


 DI's Message

What’s Going on in Secondary?

Times are dark, both literally and figuratively, in Ukraine. On the other hand, there is also so much light and warmth, which is spread by kindness and community. I want to share with you how incredibly impressed I am with our secondary students’ resilience, their ingenuity, their perseverance and their commitment to their education and their community.

While it would be easy for our students in Ukraine to step back and opt out, we are instead, seeing them rise to every challenge – to find ways to come to class, to finish their work, to join their peers. They remain engaged and involved in the classroom and in the community. Our priority is the mental and physical well-being of our Kozaks; we recognize that sometimes students cannot “show up” for a wide variety of reasons. We will continue to do everything we can to ensure that everyone finds success this year, to the best of their ability, both in the classroom and outside of it.

I encourage you to reach out to me if you or your child needs adjustments in their schedule or other kinds of support. Ideally, we would like to see every student take a break from schoolwork over the winter break – if you would like to ensure that happens, but worry that it won’t, please get in touch!

IB and AP 2023-2024
Although we will see some changes in staffing next year, KIS remains committed to our IB and AP programs on campus. 

P.S. Students and Families,
If you have things you would like to retrieve from the secondary lockers, please contact:




Rachel Geary
Director of Instruction


School Day Schedule

Tasty Tuesday


CAS Book Recommendation

“Princess Princess Ever After” by Katie O'Neill is a very short graphic novel following the adventures of Princess Sadie and Princess Amira. Their meeting begins when Princess Amira embarks on a journey of self-discovery and rescues Princess Sadie. While they are together, the two girls meet a plethora of characters that help company them in overcoming body image issues, parental expectations, abusive relatives, and heteronormative ideas. This book is extremely colorful and fast paced, which allows its readers to be kept on their toes, waiting for the next escapade. Perfect for children!

- Sasha F. 

CAS Book Club

Read a good book on the topic of issues of global assistance or  global significance? Please share your review with us! How to do it? It's very simple, just use this FORM

Morning Mindset 

On Friday in "Kozak's Choice" - Morning Mindset a group of keen Secondary Kozaks got together in zoom to create a collaborative playlist. The only criteria was that all song choices had to be radio (clean) versions, and they were something they would like to hear while having their morning coffee and getting ready for their day online.

The students and staff problem-solved, trouble-shot and worked together to make this playlist happen. 

Please pour yourself a cup of coffee, and Enjoy our Kozak's Kickin' Koffee Playlist.

Listen on Spotify 


  This Is Us: Educator Profile

Lyubov Onyskevych
Titles: Elementary Teacher Assistant

Why am I teaching: Love for children and desire to help them. As a teacher, we change someone's life every day. I am fascinated by the process of sowing and reaping. It's satisfying to see children's progress in both academic and non-academic areas. I learn from children too.

Favourite Quote: "But now we still have faith, hope, and love, these three; and the greatest of these is love."

Favourite thing about KIS: People, relationships, respect, support, buildings, playgrounds, and some loud phrases in the mornings: Good morning, Lyuba! How are you doing? Will you have coffee?


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