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Kozak Korner #19. January 19th, 2024

| Director's Message

Dear Families, 

I would like to talk about our Conferences for Student Advocacy held on January 26th for students 6-years-old and up.  Student advocacy is an opportunity for our students to think about their learning and the things they like and don’t like about the ways they are learning in class.   

What does it look like?  

In the morning, our students will have their regular classes.  After lunch they will work with a “mentor” in small groups to consider and respond to a series of questions and prompts about their learning environment and their learning experiences.  They will record their thoughts and conclusions.   

They will have a break, with snacks and recess and then they will meet with another mentor to discuss their conclusions.   The information they recorded can be shared with the classroom teacher at the end of the day.

Why are we doing this?   

We think it is important that students recognize their role in their own learning and feel accountable but also empowered to express their thoughts and feelings about it. We started the Conferences for Student Advocacy last year and believe that they are important to our school community. Our goal is to begin this process of self-reflection and effective advocacy.   

We appreciate your support for this endeavor.  

Best Regards,
Rachel Geary

| Community Event: International Night 

Dear Families, 

Save the date and join us for an exceptional event on February 3rd

International Night is a cherished KIS tradition when our families from around the world celebrate their cultures.  We ask that our families contribute to this wonderful event by sharing something from their country.  You can bring some delicious local cuisine or beverage, a local craft or game or even just bring some items that highlight your nation.  

Please plan to join us for this wonderful, family event.  Let us know how you will help by filling this FORM

See you there!

Key Dates

January - February:

  • 24 January - Film Industry master class
  • 26 January - Student Advocacy Conferences 
  • 2 February - CEESA HS Knowledge Bowl (hosted by KIS)
  • 3 February - International Night

School Calendar 2023-24

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| Parent-Teacher Conference


Do you want to have a conference with your child's teacher?  No problem!  Please email: 

We will gladly schedule an appointment for you. 

| PTO Spotlight


What is KIS Moms & Dads? 

KIS Moms & Dads is a private group on Facebook for KIS parents and the Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO). It is a great way to find out what's going on with the PTO. To join please complete the membership questions. 

How to join PTO? 

It's simple - just send an email at or talk to one of the PTO members at the PTO store.


| "Empower" Lesson Plans

The Empower curriculum integrates the Success Orientations, Social Emotional Learning concepts, and Child Protection principles into individual lessons throughout the year. These lessons will be delivered during a dedicated weekly EMPOWER class time. This approach aims to equip students with a comprehensive set of skills applicable throughout their lives. Specific lessons tailored to each grade level ensure developmental appropriateness. While some concepts may be revisited annually, the lessons will vary based on the students' age. For more information, please see the QSI Empower statement.

Teachers will keep parents informed about the upcoming lessons for their child, and for certain grades, the lesson plans will be accessible in this newsletter. Click on the post below to view the message from the teacher.

| Meet Your School Counselor

Hello Everyone,

Our school counselor, Ms. Zoromski, will be in Kyiv January 22nd-February 9th. She’ll be meeting with students, parents, and teachers. Please message her if you’d like to set up a meeting.

In order to schedule a meeting with Ms. Zoromski, please click here. This link will show you the time she is available and automatically adapt to your time zone. It will also send you all the information for the Teams meeting.  You may contact her any time at:  

Please watch this short video to learn how to book appointments with her.

| CAS Book Club


| Week Highlights

Drama Activity: WOZ


It is Happening! Our big beautiful Auditorium is full of the sounds of students dancing, singing and acting their hearts out again. This week rehearsals for WOZ (KIS Kozactor's very own version of The Wizard of Oz) began. Over 30 students

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LOE Ukrainian


Punctuation is the silent conductor that orchestrates the symphony of words in a sentence, giving structure, clarity, and meaning to our expressions. In the Ukrainian language, where rich cultural nuances and historical depth are 

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| CAS Book Review

CAS Book Review: The Bell Jar

"The Bell Jar" by Sylvia Plath

Age group: 12+

“The Bell Jar” by Sylvia Plath is her first and only novel, partially evoking some aspects of her own life. Today it is considered an American classic, giving a unique insight into life and societal norms of the 1950’s. The main character, Esther Greenwood, is a young woman entering her twenties, she is talented, intelligent and beautiful, having won a scholarship for her writing that allows her to stay in New York for a month and work with a famous fashion magazine

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