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Kozak Korner #09. October 08, 2021




Director's Message

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.

Layered Approach
KIS will continue with its layered approach to dealing with COVID-19. This is to say that not one thing helps reduce the possibility of transmission at school.
  • Temperature checks
  • Social distancing
  • Masks – All school
  • Ventilation
  • Vaccination of students and staff (as age permits)
  • Quarantine
On Campus Transmission.
This week, we also have evidence of on-campus transmission. We know that this variant is more easily spread and so we are looking to make sure everyone is wearing appropriate masks correctly and we are distancing as much as possible. We are also spreading out to some different areas for lunch, as this is possible and will result in fewer people in lunch areas. Please pay closer attention and take more care for all first-level contacts at home. 
Employee Vaccination Ministry of Health Guidelines
The Ministry of Health announced more information concerning the obligation of vaccination  for all employees working in schools. KIS will be following all of the expectations in order to continue working in yellow, orange, and red zones.
Fall Break Negative PCR Test to Return
Given the increase of cases in the school and country we are asking all students and staff to have a negative PCR test in order to return to school on Monday, following the fall break. We expect that the cases will continue to grow and would like to have a fresh start. You will see more specific information concerning how to submit this below. We will also send out reminders during the break.
Shift in Quarantine Time
KIS will be shifting from 10 days of quarantine to 7 days with a negative PCR test to return. We know that every day on campus counts and want to have our students back as soon as possible. We will send out more specific details regarding this adjustment in procedures.
Community Responsibility
We want to have students and teachers on campus as much as possible and are all in this together. Much of our success is dependent on everyone making.
Responsibility at Home
  • 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.
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. 
Responsibility at School
  • 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.
Online Learning and Connecting to the Classroom While in Quarantine
Middle School and Secondary programs will have slightly separate plans for how students connect to classes while in quarantine, but will have a good plan in place to make sure students have adequate access to continue with learning. This is often dependent on the number of students who are quarantined per class.


A Positive Note
In spite of a difficult week of cases, it was amazing to host so many events and activities for students. Watching soccer competitions and seeing our students compete and participate was an incredible thing. We hope to continue doing such things even in the face of recent challenges.

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!



Luke Woodruff
Kyiv International School


Upcoming Events

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

21 October - Pumpkin sale outside school (1:00 to 2:30 pm for staff and 2:30 - 4:00 pm for community)

22 October - Parent-Teacher Conferences

22 October - QSI Virtual University Fair (All Day Event)

23 October - PTO Mulled Wine and Cheese

Covid-19 Updates

  • 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. 

Important Notice!


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 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

PTO Korner

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Parent Korner

Divisional Korner

LOE Korner

DELF exams 

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. 

Bonne chance! 

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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:


Sports and Activities

Elementary Activities

Dear Parents, 

Thank you for your responses and for showing your interest in Elementary Saturday Activities! 

Based on the information we have collected we are going to run 5 activities: Climbing, Soccer, Basketball, Parkour and still considering Dance Classes. The potential schedule will look like this: 
We start at 8:30 am and finish by 1:00 pm. There will be two age groups: 5-7 and 8-10 years old.

As for the start date: you probably are aware that Kyiv is currently in Orange Zone and it doesn't look like things settle back for a few weeks. Please stay in touch and check our newsletters for the updates! 

Be safe! 

Kozak Nation (Middle School and Secondary)

What a week in our Kozak Nation!  Football games, cheerleading, marching band, a cross country race, livestream, announcers, photographers 📢🤸‍♂️🎉

A massive thanks to all the people who worked crazy hard to make all this happen.  If you helped (as SO many people did, in SO many ways from coaching, to providing support, to helping with organization) know that you have made an enormous impact on our students' lives as they got to have some kind of normal back!  

Have a wonderful week off and here's hoping that when we get back, we can have more of all of this! 

Learning Stories & Highlights

Preschool & Kindergarten

Welcome to the 2 year old class! 

Our topic for this week was “Pets”.  Learning about pets offers children a chance to learn more about animals but also about caring for another living thing. Even preschoolers who do not have pets at home are interested in dogs, cats, fish, and other animals. At our Circle Time we talked about different types of pets and how to take care of them. During the week we were very busy and tried different activities: dot-to-dot cat, paper plate turtle, dog craft, cat collage etc. We had fun this week!!!  

Preschool & Kindergarten

Celebrating Johnny Appleseed Week  

By Donna Buck 

The four-year-old classes celebrated Johnny Appleseed Week in grand fashion!  Every day we experienced apples in a new and different way. We discussed the life cycle of an apple, made crafts, and created apple-ish projects.  We also enjoyed making applesauce, apple pie, and pressing apples into juice.  However, the crowning event to our Apple Week – was meeting Johnny Appleseed.  Johnny (Mr. Daniel Burke) made a wonderful, lively, interactive presentation for the four-year-old classes.  Thank you, Mr. Burke for bringing this legendary American Pioneer back to life in front of our kids.         


Intensive English

This week, our amazing learners of Intensive English course have been busy studying letter Hh. The students enjoyed reading books, naming the picture cards, and identifying the beginning sound of the words. The highlight of their letter study was working on “My Letter Hh Book”, where the students could read simple sentences “This is a__”, sounding out the words beginning with /h/sound. Everybody was creative coloring the illustrations on each page, which they are so proud of. J

Also, the students continue studying the classroom items, which we use daily during our lessons. We read these words in the books, label them on the worksheets, and learn to use them in writing simple sentences.

Middle School

Music classes are adjusting to Covid-19 and the students are LOVING it! 

Students are learning not only how to play music but also to create original songs.  With the use of MIDI controller, students are making music in real-time as well as recording their master pieces for future listening.  I know what you are wondering, what are MIDI controllers.  Simply put they are hardware devices that send data to computers for output sound.  Even though the controllers look like mini piano keyboards, students can manipulate the sounds with Ableton Software and selecting instruments of their liking.  Through this process, students are not learning about music performance and theory, they are also learning about music recording, editing and general sound manipulation.    Be on the lookout for our next concert which will showcase the MIDI controller.   



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