Dear KIS Community,
This Sunday is Teacher's Day in Ukraine. We are lucky to have so many amazing teachers at KIS who dedicate so much time and effort to students learning, activities, and life. Good teachers make so much more of a difference than the classroom, building, curriculum, or books, and their influence can stay with us throughout our entire life. So, Happy Teacher's Day to our wonderful teachers!
One of the highlights of this week was having parents together for our first on-campus coffee chat in a long time. Thank you to everyone who attended and was able to share some time together to discuss different school-related topics. We are hoping to do more of this throughout the year.
One takeaway from these meetings was how much is going on around the school and the huge amount of information that needs to be shared out with the community. We hope to do a much better job of sharing what is happening at KIS, how to access important information, and how to keep the community up-to-date. We will continue to refine and organize this information in a way that makes it easier for you to find and understand.
And, just like that, we are already in October!
Kyiv International School
4 October - Blue Shirt Day (Stop Bullying Campaign)
4 October - KSSL HS Girls Soccer Game at KIS
4-5 October - Book Fair Fest
5 October - Emerson College Virtual Visit @ 11:30
5 October - KSSL MS Boys Soccer Game at KIS
5 October - KSSL MS Girls Soccer Game at PSI
6 October - UPenn Visit
6 October - KSSL HS Boys Soccer Game at KIS
7 October - KSSL Cross Country
11 - 15 October - Fall Break
19 October - University of British Columbia (UBC) Virtual Visit @ 11:00
21 October - University of Calgary Virtual Visit @ 17:00
22 October - QSI Virtual University Fair (All Day Event)
- Now up to 90 % of staff are vaccinated.
- Vendors that come to school campus, go through PRC tests at KIS nurse's office and only after getting negative result are admitted to students.
- Air purifiers, sensor water stations and hand sanitizers are easily accessible for students and staff to use.
- No new confirmed Covid-19 cases at KIS this week!
- Kyiv is yellow.
Week of languages
The European Day of Languages has been celebrated every year on September 26 since 2001.
The slogan is "Talk to me!" The linguistic diversity is the key elements of the rich cultural heritage of the continent.
The Council of Europe, supporting the plurilingualism, created the website, where you can find a lot of interesting facts, games, quizzes about and in 41 official European languages.
Do you like palindromes, words and sentences that read the same backwards, for example: Was it a cat I saw? They have been popular since ancient time.
Do you know the longest word in your language?... Please, enjoy!
Next week, we will join this movement too. LOE department has a good tradition organizing the week of languages at the end of September or at the beginning of October. Every day we will do something special in our languages:
Monday - French, Tuesday - German, Wednesday - Russian, Thursday - Spanish and Friday - Ukrainian.
Because of restrictions, there will be no guests, and we will not meet all together, only for some activities and virtually, on Zoom. However, it will be fun."¡Háblame!" "Поговори зі мною!" "Sprich mit mir!" "Поговори со мной!" "Parle-moi!"
The Kozak Nation is excited to be having football games and cross country races this October!
While these events are closed to spectators, we are very happy that our Kozaks can have some competitions.
Monday, October 4th - Secondary Girls v PSI
Tuesday, October 5th - Middle School Boys v PSI
Tuesday, October 5th - Middle School Girls v PSI
Wednesday, October 6th -Secondary Boys at KIS
Thursday, October 7th KSSL Cross Country Race Holosivskii Park (Leave school 1:15 PM, back at 5:15)
Middle School Students:
From October 19th-November 5th Middle School students are welcome to the climbing wall in the gym after school on Tuesday and Friday to have some time on the climbing wall with a qualified climbing instructor.
This offers a wonderful opportunity to learn a little about climbing for newbies and a chance to practice skills for students who have climbed before.
Sign-up using your Parent Moodle Account.
Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read.
Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.
By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship. The ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) compiles lists of challenged books as reported in the media and submitted by librarians and teachers across the country.
Look for ALA’s Top Challenged Books of 2021 list in April 2022!