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Kozak Korner #23. February 03, 2023

Director's Message

Dear KIS Families,

It is hard to believe that it is already February.

This next week, we will be shifting to Phase II and begin to have students and teachers back on campus. The focus is on community and being together. We hope that beyond connecting with other students and teachers online, that those who are on campus will have a feeling and sense of community. We also understand that not everything will be the same as it once was and that things will start small but hope that over time it will continue to grow and build.

On Monday and Tuesday, we will be checking and practicing our emergency procedures and running through the schedule. On Wednesday, February 8h, we will welcome students back. 

We will send out a separate KIS informer to those who are planning to join on campus on Monday.




Luke Woodruff
Kyiv International School

Key Dates

8 February - First Day of On-campus Learning for Students

10 February - 100 Days of School

14 February- Valentine's Candy Grams

20 - 24 February - February Break

8 March - International Women's Day - No School

Phases to Reopening Campus

School Calendar 2023 - 24


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 DI's Message

Dear Elementary and Middle School Families,

We are busy making plans to open our campus next week! There will be more detailed information in the coming days but here are some general reminders:

  • The on-campus and online schedule will align to allow for our classes to meet synchronously. There will be an on-campus teacher helping students connect to teachers that are online.
  • Students who are continuing online will still be able to connect and collaborate with their on-campus friends.
  • On campus students should plan on bringing their devices and chargers from home to connect to online teachers. We are looking to adjust to using school-based devices for our youngest students soon.
  • Students attending on-campus must bring headphones to reduce cross-over noise.
  • Students planning on attending school on campus will need to bring their own food, there is not a food service program.

We know there will be unexpected surprises as we work out the wrinkles in our on-campus program. However, we are all very excited to be taking these steps together! If you are interested in having your child attend school on campus and haven’t already let us know, please fill out this form as soon as possible: On Campus for Phase 2

Please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns.

Elementary Office:
Middle School Office:

Best regards,

Mrs. Carla Grossman



Carla Grossman
Director of Instruction

School Day Schedule

 Passion Project Showcase

Polina - Minecraft tree house
Polina - Minecraft Tree House

Polina's Passion project is not only to build a tree house in Minecraft, but to make it a super fun place to live in! 

Status of Project: In Progress
Mentors: Ms. Julia, Ms. Anastasiia

  • 7 & 8 YO Projects
Nadya - Bracelets
Nadya - Bracelets

Nadya’s loves anything crafty, so her Passion Project was about making different bracelets. She later used them as little gifts! Also, yellow and blue ribbon bracelets were given out for the Dance for Kindness project! 

Status of Project: Done
Mentor: Kateryna Munteanu 

  • 9 & 10 YO Projects
Varvara - Cooking
Varvara - Cooking

Varvara chose cooking as her Passion Project because she wanted to cook something for her family. She's created a video of the dishes her family members enjoyed!

Status of Project: Done
Mentor: Ms. Zhanna

  • 9 & 10 YO Projects
Kira - Drawing Human Bodies
Kira - Drawing Human Bodies

My passion project is drawing bodies, but I also have other hobbies. I really like my passion project, it keeps me calm and in a good mood. I also work really hard, to improve my drawing skills, I use YouTube videos and tutorials to help me draw more professionally. When I grow up, I want to become a famous clothing designer.

Status of Project: In Progress
Mentor: Ms. Anna

  • 9 & 10 YO Projects
Kyryll - Drawing Manga and Cartoon Characters
Kyryll - Drawing Manga and Cartoon Characters

Kyryll enjoys to draw. First he decided to draw Manga characters, hands, faces with tutorials for inspiration. Then he added more things to draw as cartoon characters and animals. He works very hard to improve his skills and wants to be an artist.

Status of Project: In Progress
Mentor: Mrs. Myronova

  • 9 & 10 YO Projects


 DI's Message

What’s going on in Secondary?

This week two of our Secondary IV students participated in the CEESA Winter Virtual Debate Tournament. We are proud that our Kozaks continue to represent KIS!

This week Ms. Rech and I met with Secondary II students and talked about their transcripts, college preparation and IB/AP programs. Students also met with several of our Secondary IV students to ask questions and get their insight into the Secondary experience. Next week we will be meeting with Secondary I students.

This week we announced our plans for the graduation ceremony for the Class of 2023.

Phase II of our Campus Reopening
We are excited for Phase II of our campus opening and look forward to welcoming our students back to campus. Secondary students returning to campus will meet with me on Tuesday, February 7th during Morning Mindset to discuss logistics and will also meet with Mr. Woodruff on campus on February 8th. If your student plans to attend school on campus, and you have not informed us yet, please complete this form: Microsoft Forms




Rachel Geary
Director of Instruction


Change In Student Email Policy

First page of the PDF file: EmailSecurityPolicyforSecondary

School Day Schedule

Graduation Class of 2023

First page of the PDF file: YellowandBlueGraduationEvents1

University Acceptances

  • Goldsmiths - University of London (UK)
  • Princeton University (US)
  • Queen Mary University of London (UK)
  • University of Kent (UK)
  • University of Michigan (US)
  • University of Sussex (UK)



First page of the PDF file: StuCoCandygrams
First page of the PDF file: StuCoVirtualCandyGrams

CAS Book Review

Age: 8+
Amari And The Night Brother” is a middle-grade fantasy written by B. B. Alston. The story follows a 13-year-old girl named Amari and her journey in investigating her older brother's disappearance. When her brother goes missing, Amari has no idea what to do or how to help except to spread his photo on an online missing persons form. However, one day, a magical delivery man gives her a box that can only be opened at the end of her school year, and Amari finally gets a clue about her brother. Armed with the objects from the package, she embarks on attending a summer camp dedicated to children with magical abilities and protecting the unknown in order to learn more about herself and the secret life of her family.

This book is perfect for any dreamer who wishes to escape into a fascinating world of magic, mystery, and danger. The main character is highly lovable, and you cannot help but fall in love with most of the cast. This book is the perfect getaway destination from reality!

- Olexandra F.

CAS Book Club

Read a good book on the topic of issues of global assistance or  global significance? Please share your review with us! How to do it? It's very simple, just use this FORM


  This Is Us: Educator Profile

Rachel Geary
Titles: Secondary Director of Instruction

Why am I teaching: I got my first teaching job, because I wanted to live in Asia, and teaching ESL seemed like a great way to do that. I found that I l really enjoyed being in the classroom and working with students of all ages.  I got my M. Ed. and moved to Thailand to work for QSI Phuket.  I loved being a part of this school community, participating in a huge variety of classroom opportunities, sports, activities and community building actions.   KIS was a wonderful move for us and I have loved being a teacher at Kyiv International School.  I have had the opportunity to teach so many things!  

Favourite Quote: "I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.” - (Keats)

Favourite thing about KIS: I love the array of opportunities for both staff and students.  I would encourage everyone to grab onto any opportunity! You never know where it will take you.

History and Modern Society
History and Modern Society

Teacher: Zach Montoya

In the 10 year old class, students and teachers alike have gotten to explore cultural studies using a new approach this year. The inquiry method of learning allows the students a chance to independently devise projects based on a theme learned by studying history. In our class we learned about the ancient Mesopotamian civilizations that arose. We used this study as a basis to explore the qualities that define society.

Click to Read about History and Modern Society
The Sec IV Senior Year Steamroller Rolls On
The Sec IV Senior Year Steamroller Rolls On

The KIS IB Cohort

Have you had the time or the headspace to watch any non-war news recently? If you have, first and foremost, congratulations on the excellent multi-tasking ability that implies, and second, you may have noticed a piece about A-list Hollywood Hotty Jeremy Renner getting pancaked by a snowplough while digging out from under a mountain of fresh powder at the end of his driveway.

Click to Read about The Sec IV Senior Year Steamroller Rolls On
Exploring World Languages
Exploring World Languages

LOE Department

This year, 5/6 y.o. students are taking a new QSI course, Exploring World Languages. Each Unit is a different language. Now, when 2 Units are completed, we can say that our pilot project is successful. 

5 y.o. speak already some Ukrainian and German, 6 y.o. - French and German. On Thursday, February 2nd, they started learning a third language, Ukrainian - 6 and French - 5. Finally, in May, both groups will explore Spanish.

Click to Read about Exploring World Languages


Dear Campus Community,

As you know, we have Classifieds section on the Connect Page of the school website. The Section contains the following branches: 




If you have an announcement you would like us to place there, please email .

First page of the PDF file: KISSchoolCalendar2022-23