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Kozak Korner #06. September 17, 2021


Director's Message

Dear KIS Families,

This week has been a busy one, as we have been looking closely at one of our MSA standards, Health and Safety. On Thursday, we did a run-through of our emergency drills and evacuation plans. Today, as you will see, we had a COVID-19 case for the first time this year that has impacted one of our classes. The school keeps up-to-date Policies and Procedures for COVID-19 on our website. We also communicate these updates and changes as they are made via emails and in our newsletter.

Vaccinated Individuals

There is already talk about the possibility of moving from the Green to Yellow Zone in Kyiv. According to Ukrainian guidelines, the school is able to continue operating within the yellow and orange zones if we have more than 80% of our staff vaccinated. We are happy to report that we have more than 80% of our staff vaccinated and will plan to have school if the city makes this shift.

SMS System for Communication

KIS tries to communicate with the community as much as possible in a way to keep you informed, but not overwhelmed. The school does this in a variety of ways, including KIS Informers, Social Media, and an SMS system (text message). Next week, we will be testing out our SMS system to make sure these messages are reaching parents. We will send out an Informer before we send the message, so parents will know when to check.

Accidents and Injuries

We are not sure if it is just the excitement of being back to school, but we have had several student injuries and have a number of students on crutches. In the case of an injury, the school's health center will contact parents and organize any next steps for students. We have special temporary car passes for those needing to drop off closer to the campus.

We want to do everything we can to make sure our students and staff are healthy and safe, the school takes appropriate response measures, and communicates all necessary information with parents in a timely manner. We appreciate parents checking to make sure they are receiving these messages and getting communications from the school.



Luke Woodruff
Kyiv International School



Upcoming Events

20 September - Fall MAP testing begins

22 September -Virtual Coffee Chat with KFN (Lunch Services)

27 & 28 September - Individual Portraits 

28 & 29 September - On Campus Coffee Chats with PTO and Admin

5 October  - Emerson College Virtual Visit @ 11:30

6 October - UPenn Visit

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)

Business Office Note

Dear Parents,

Please, pay attention to the Due Dates for the school fees: 

Term 1 - August 27th, 2021

Term 2 - December 17th, 2021 

Term 3 - April 1st, 2022 

We ask you to take care of outstanding balances at your earliest convenience.

For more assistance, please address us at:

Divisional News


MAP Growth Testing 

Dear KIS Parents,

During the weeks of September 20th - October 4th your child will take a MAP® Growth™ test from NWEA® on a computer or tablet.

Your elementary child’s teacher will let you know the specific days for their class in individual newsletters.

Middle School Testing Schedule is below: 

MAP Growth scores help teachers check student performance by measuring achievement and growth. Teachers use results to tailor classroom lessons and set goals for students.

MAP Growth tests are unique, and it adapts to your child’s responses to measure your child’s skill level. If your child answers a question correctly, the next question is more challenging. If they answer incorrectly, the next one is easier. These results will provide a more complete picture of what your child knows and is ready to learn—whether it is on, above, or below their grade level.

Since MAP Growth tests provide immediate and accurate information about your child’s learning, it’s easy for teachers to identify students with similar scores that are generally ready for instruction in similar skills and topics, and then plan instruction accordingly.

MAP Growth reports also provide typical growth data for students who are in the same grade, subject and have the same starting performance level. Following each testing period, you will receive a Family Report showing a summary of how your child is performing academically on your Parent Moodle. This report is downloadable, like the status reports.

We are truly excited to focus on your child’s individual growth and achievement. For more information about MAP Growth, visit

LOE Korner

Language Clubs

If you speak French, German, Russian, Spanish or Ukrainian, and would like to improve your skills, to practice the language in various situations, to do something fun during Kozak 30, please, join our Language Clubs. We will meet once a month and the first sessions will take place:

French (Room 1301): MS - 28 Sept., HS - 30 Sept.,

German (Room 1402): HS - 20 Sept., MS - 24 Sept.,

Russian (Room 1304): HS - 28 Sept., MS - 30 Sept.,

Spanish (Room 1405): MS - 21 Sept., HS - 24 Sept.,

Ukrainian (Room 1403): HS - 21 Sept., MS - 23 Sept.

HS starts at 11.21 and MS - at 11.54.

We have a lot of interesting topics to discuss, funny videos to watch, beautiful songs to listen and to sing, personal stories to share... and it will be up to the members of Language Club to choose the activities. You will decide what we will do!  


Mexico’s Independence Day, September 16th

Mexico celebrates its independence from Spain on September 16th every year with parades, fiestas, festivals, lots of delicious food and more.

In 1810, Mexico had been under Spanish rule for 300 years.

On September 15th 1810, the people of Mexico decided it was time for independence from Spain, Father Miguel Hidalgo began the Mexican war for independence with is “Grito de Dolores” or “Cry of Dolores” a cry of freedom.

This year, Ms. Alba commemorated the Independence Day of her country with elementary and Middle School students.. They watched videos and made posters. It was fun!

Sports and Activities


Dear KIS Community,

We are happy to introduce and share more information about some of our Elementary Activities Leaders. PLEASE MEET:

Act It

Hello, my name is Vladimir Savchenko. 

I am an acting theatre director and actor. Among my productions as a director are "War and Peace" by Tolstoy, "Uncle Vanya" by Chekhov, "About Love" by O. Henry and others. As an actor, I have starred and continue to appear in many Ukrainian TV series . In parallel, I have been teaching acting for 8 years. Working with children takes a special place in my practice. Over the years of my work it turned out to reveal talents, give confidence, prepare to speak freely, remove psychological clamps for many children. Each child is different, special and the main thing here is to find an individual approach to everyone. My opinion is that every child has the beginnings of a genius, our task is to see this and help it develop without any obstacles.

Climb It

Hello, I'm Alexandr Horbatiuk. 

In my work as guide, coach and instructor, I always want to develop in my client the personal vision to the sense of climbing process. I try to find their own keys to make the process of climbing as the goal instead of the results. Every one has their own motivation to climb on the rock or in the gym. Someone finds competition, another wants to have an adventure and friends. Each person has their own achievement and wants to reach the goal in climbing. So that’s why it comes more popular every year.  There are so my reasons to climb but everything matters.

Football It

My name is Aleksey.

I am a football coach.

In my life, I see work as a mission to help children develop.

Football for me is not just a game, it is a tool with which we can give our children growth and development.

My teaching experience is over 20 years. As a coach for 10 years.

I will be glad to work with parents to help our children become worthy personalities in this life.

E-mail for the Elementary Activities Coordinator:

Kozak Nation (MS and Secondary)

Gambit Chess Club

The Kozak Nation has a new student initiative: Gambit Chess Club

Senior, Oleksiy Pabat, has organized and promoted this new club for Secondary students at KIS and the opening day was very successful, with 15 students and 2 staff members participating.  

We are happy to support and promote student initiatives.  If your student has an idea, have them contact the Student Life Office: 

Late Bus

Bus students enrolled in the after school programs at KIS are able to take the late bus home.  The bus doors open at 5:20 pm and the bus departs at 5:30 pm.  Riders and families will be happy to know that we have added two buses for a total of five, to get students home more quickly! 

Learning Stories


Music with Ms. Katya

"Music is about communication, creativity, and cooperation, and by studying music, kids have the opportunity to build on these skills, enrich their lives, and experience the world." - William J. Clinton

2 year old’s making their first steps in music: experience maracas and drums. And the school year has just begun!


Bubbles, Bubbles and more... Bubbles 
by Donna Buck 

One of the first activities this year with the students of 4DB has been to discuss the importance of and routine practice of washing hands with soap and water.  We believe hand washing with soap and water is an important measure for reducing the spread of germs.  We also believe properly washed hands are key to the health of children and teachers.   

In 4DB we discussed the importance of washing away the germs.  We practiced rubbing our hands vigorously and creating lots of bubbles.  We scrubbed the tops of our hands, our wrists, in between each finger and on the palms. Then we rinsed and dried our hands. It would not be PreK without a mess, but soap and water are easily cleaned and dried. 

Our Hand Washing (and getting a drink of water) Routine:

  • Upon arrival to the classroom 

  • Re-entering the classroom 

  • Before eating  

  • After using the toilet 

  • Before Circle Time 

  • After Art Time 

  • After nap 

  • Before going home 


Project based learning in 8B by Wesley Buck

Each year teachers at QSI choose a topic as a Professional Inquiry.  It is an area of teaching in which we hope to learn and grow.  This year, I am choosing to focus on creating more project-based learning opportunities for my students in 8B.   

Last week in Cultural Studies our kids continued to study a unit on our communities.  We learned about urban, rural, and suburban communities, their similarities and differences.  We also studied the five themes of geography and discussed how these themes applies to various communities. 

To increase the knowledge of their own communities, the students created clay models of either the community where they currently live or communities from their countries of origin.  When the students presented their displays to the class, they explained what type of community they crafted and how the five themes of geography applied to their design.  Mastery was demonstrated and achieved through this hands-on activity.       

Middle School

Interviewing the First Emperor of China

Students in Mr. Burke's 12-year-old Cultural Studies just finished studying the Qin Dynasty and China's First Emperor, who was Shi Huangdi. For this in class assignment, students became journalists and interviewed the Emperor. They had to choose which newspaper to write for. The options were "The National Inquirer"(gossip), "The Ch'in Times"(serious), "The Financial Review"(all about money, government-controlled paper), and "Taking it on the Ch'in"(all about being happy with changes, government-controlled paper). The topics for the interview were on The Great Wall of China, Education/Book Burning, Land ownership, Terra Cotta Soldiers, and Creating a Civil Service. Our young journalists had to come up with 5 questions for Emperor Shi. The second part of the assignment, was "role playing" a press conference.

Lunch Services

Dear KIS, 

At KFN, we try as best we can to offer a balanced meal with Salads, Soup, Protein, Garnish and a Dessert.

We believe that we offer a good variety of food for several ages and dietary needs.

The school is looking to transition back to a buffet style of eating with plates and cutlery. This also allows us to better offer second servings for the students who are on the lunch program. This also gives students the opportunity to mix and match food options. We look forward to sharing with the community some upcoming changes with KFN in the next couple of weeks. We hope these changes will help reduce the cost, increase variety, reduce unneeded waste, increase portions for older students, and continue to provide a positive lunch experience for our community.

Please find our menu on the website

A new menu is coming soon!

Your KFN Team


Real Talk With Dan

KIS Podcast Episode 5: Dan 

KIS YouTube Channel News

Check out KIS Official Youtube Channel and enjoy some new videos posted!

School Announcements

Individual Portraits

Smile and SAY "KOZAKS!!!"

Photo Days for the 2021-2022 school year are almost here!

Individual Portraits will be taken on Monday September 27th and Tuesday September 28th, with retakes due to illness or absence on Friday October 01st.

These photos are for ALL staff (teachers, maintenance, office admin, drivers...Kozaks one and All)  and ALL students (Kozaks of ALL ages) and will be taken by our amazing Photography I + II Students.

Please watch future newsletters and emails for detailed schedules.

If it is pouring rain we will reschedule for later in the same day or in need be, week.

Virtual Coffee Chat on Lunch Services

Community English

ENGLISH classes are offered to Beginning, Intermediate, Upper-Intermediate and Advanced learners.

Due to KIS Covid protocols, the groups meet in Zoom.

The classes are planned to be running once a week. If interested, please email .

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School Water Stations

Water Fountain Stations are available on each floor of the elementary building, main building Middle School, Secondary and gyms area. Please, make sure your child has a water bottle, that can be used at school. 

Dear KIS Community,

We've added section for Classifieds to the Connect page on our website: 

- Recruitment (nannies, drivers, housekeepers, tutors, instructors)

- Property

- Community announcements

If you would like your announcement to be added to that section, please email:


2021 - 2022 School Year Calendar