Dear KIS Community,
This week, we returned back to the days of multiple cases. This is not surprising, as the cases in Ukraine are also increasing, but it is not a good feeling to begin moving classes to online learning and quarantine. I apologize for the large amount of information below, but I wanted to update and review a few things that happen at KIS.
- Temperature checks
- Social distancing
- Masks – All school
- Vaccination of students and staff (as age permits)
Please keep sick children home and monitor their symptoms closely
Inform the school if someone in your home has tested positive for COVID-19 and keep all students home for the isolation period or until a confirmed negative test
Follow the same recommended CDC and WHO safety procedures in your own personal lives and activities.
Monitor student and staff health throughout the day and send sick individuals home
Adhere to the safety protocols outlined in our COVID-19 Campus Procedures
Inform relevant parents in a timely manner concerning any COVID related issues or concerns.
I would like to celebrate all the success that has happened at KIS leading up to the break. So many great things have been happening and we hope to continue in this direction. I know there is a wide range of opinions concerning how we do things and what could be better, but we really appreciate all the support from the community.
I hope you all have an enjoyable Fall Break!
Kyiv International School
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 - Parent-Teacher Conferences
22 October - QSI Virtual University Fair (All Day Event)
23 October - PTO Mulled Wine and Cheese
- Up to 90 % of staff are vaccinated
- Following new vaccination guidelines from Ministry of Health for schools
- Placing CO2 monitors in all classrooms as spaces
- Asking all students and staff to have a negative antigen or PCR test in order to return after Fall Break (see the information below)
- 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.
- Several confirmed Covid-19 cases at KIS this week.
- Kyiv is orange.
FALL BREAK – NEGATIVE PCR TEST TO RETURN
Given the increase of cases in Kyiv, the COVID Response Team asks that all students and staff have a negative antigen or PCR Test to return to school following the Fall Break. This includes those who stay in Ukraine and are vaccinated.
- Antigen or PCR tests are acceptable
- Test follows the guideline of being within 72 hours
- May be the same test used for travel
- We are asking all vaccinated individuals to still get tested
- Upload the results for your child(ren) to your family profile – we will send out more instructions in a separate KIS Informer
- Those who have had COVID-19 within 90 days may upload proof of COVID-19
The school will send out separate reminders throughout the week. Please see the simple instructions below. Email email@example.com if you are having difficulty accessing your Family Profile.
Please pay closer attention and take more care of all first-level contacts at home, as we now have more cases of first-level contacts.
Thank you for your support and cooperation.
~COVID-19 Response Team
If you are learning French, are from 12-17 y.o. and would like to obtain an international certificate proving your knowledge of this language, please, take the external exam DELF Junior.
Every year the French Institute organizes two examination sessions, in November and in April. The registration for the first one has been already open, 1-15 October. You can be registered online here and pay the fees (990-1430 hryvnas) by bank transfer.
The first part (Listening, Reading and Writing) will take place 8-9 November, the second (Speaking) will be scheduled individually (10-30 November):
|2 pm||4 pm||4:30 pm|
|Monday November 8th||A1||A2|
|Tuesday November 9th||B1||B2|
There are 4 levels: A1 (Introductory), A2 (Intermediate), B1 (Upper Intermediate) and B2 (Advanced). The Internet is offering several samples, just enter DELF Junior and your level.
On the QSI scale, A1 is the equivalent of French 1 (Secondary) or Intermediate II (Elementary), when it’s fully completed. So, if you have just started this course and mastered only 2 Units, you should wait till the end of the school year. If you are not sure, your French teacher can help you to choose the appropriate level.
Colorful elections and understanding the minds of the Germans
In the IB German Language A: Language and Literature course we took advantage of the recent election campaign in Germany and analyzed how political parties are addressing their audience in video clips. We noticed that these clips often target the hopes and fears of the recipients, so this helped us to better understand the mindsets of the Germans.
We also learned to “read” the colors of the parties forming the political landscape in Germany:
A newspaper heading as “Will Jamaica govern the country?” Does this mean that Bob-Marley’s reggae vibes will replace the current German national anthem?
Or: “Kenya as an option for the German government” - Will Kenya send consultants to help the Germans with building the next administration?
Of course not. “Will the traffic-light gain the upper hand in Germany?” is just another possible coalition, as can be seen in the picture below: