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Kozak Korner #23. February 16th, 2024

| Director's Message

Dear Kozak Community,  

We had a joyful week at school celebrating Valentine’s Day and the 100th Day of School!  We also saw our 13-year-old class take the first KIS field trip since 2020!  We are looking forward to seeing more field trips for our students in the coming months.  

As you know, group interaction and concern for others are both key concepts for us at KIS. Community is at the heart of our mission, and we believe that speaking English on campus is essential to fostering an inclusive, welcoming community.  While most of our current students do speak Russian and Ukrainian, we do have members of our community (including our overseas staff) who do not speak this language.  Furthermore, with more expats returning to Ukraine, we hope to welcome students from around the world.  Our staff believe that a more robust policy on English on campus is needed at this point to ensure our community values.  

Staff met this week to brainstorm incentives and consequences. Our students will also bring their ideas to the table next week, in group brainstorming sessions and conversations.  

We will communicate our policy (and how we will both inspire and enforce English on campus) and we hope you will support us with this endeavor. Please talk to your child about the importance of communicating in English at school!  

Enjoy the weekend!  

Best regards,
Rachel Geary

| Event Calendar Update


Dear KIS Community, 

Please note that the Art Fest & Spring Fling event has been rescheduled to May 18th.

| Parent-Teacher Conference


Do you want to have a conference with your child's teacher?  No problem!  Please email: 

We will gladly schedule an appointment for you. 

Key Dates

February - April:

  • 26 February - 1 March - February break - no school
  • 8 March - International Women's Day -  no school 
  • 15 March - Bingo Night
  • 6 April - PSAT

School Calendar 2023-24

Event Calendar

| PTO Spotlight


Join us for KIS Bingo Night! 

Date: Friday, March 15th
Time: 17:30-19:00
Location: KIS Cafeteria

Get ready for an evening of family fun and excitement! Bring your loved ones and join us for a lively game of Bingo at the KIS Cafeteria. It's the perfect opportunity to spend quality time together while enjoying delicious finger foods and beverages. 

But that's not all! We need your help to make this event even more memorable. We invite parents to contribute prizes for our Bingo winners. Whether it's gift certificates from your own or your favorite local businesses, tasty treats, toys for the kids, body care or unique home decor items, every donation will help make our Bingo Night a success! Plus, it's a great chance to promote your business within our school community!

Please drop off your donated prizes (brand new, please) at the KIS Reception or the PTO Store. Have questions about what to donate or how to get involved? Reach out to Yuliya at or for assistance.

The Bingo Cards are available at the PTO Store for presale cost of 100 UAH for 5 games. 

If you are planning on joining us, please let us know by filling in this FORM so we can plan enough food. 

Let's come together as a community and make this Bingo Night an unforgettable experience for everyone involved. We can't wait to see you there!



What is KIS Moms & Dads? 

KIS Moms & Dads is a private group on Facebook for KIS parents and the Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO). It is a great way to find out what's going on with the PTO. To join please complete the membership questions. 

First page of the PDF file: KISMomsDads

How to join PTO? 

It's simple - just send an email at or talk to one of the PTO members at the PTO store.

| "Empower" Lesson Plans

The Empower curriculum integrates the Success Orientations, Social Emotional Learning concepts, and Child Protection principles into individual lessons throughout the year. These lessons will be delivered during a dedicated weekly EMPOWER class time. This approach aims to equip students with a comprehensive set of skills applicable throughout their lives. Specific lessons tailored to each grade level ensure developmental appropriateness. While some concepts may be revisited annually, the lessons will vary based on the students' age. For more information, please see the QSI Empower statement.

Teachers will keep parents informed about the upcoming lessons for their child, and for certain grades, the lesson plans will be accessible in this newsletter. Click on the post below to view the message from the teacher.

| Meet Your School Counselor

Hello Everyone,

My name is Chelsey Zoromski and I am your school counselor this year.  I am available to meet with students, staff, and parents about any social emotional topics or university questions that may come up this year.  I am currently living in Moldova but am available to meet with you on Teams on Thursdays and Fridays.   

In order to schedule a meeting with me, please click here. This link will show you the time I am available and automatically adapt to your time zone.  It will also send you all the information for the Teams meeting.  You may contact me any time at:  

Please watch this short video to learn how to book appointments with me.

Chelsey Zoromski
School Counselor
Kyiv, Chisinau, Munster, and Montenegro
Click here to schedule an appointment with me

| Kozak News

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| Economic Impact Survey

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| Week Highlights

MS: 11 Y.O. Class Play


For our drama unit, the 11-year-old class wrote and performed a play from scratch. The students came up with the idea for the play, wrote the script, and designed the set. Even the new students were involved, organizing things backstage 

Continue reading about MS: 11 Y.O. Class Play

| CAS Book Review

CAS Book Review: Space Case

"Space Case" written by Stuart Gibbs is a mystery book which takes us to a futuristic moon base called Alpha. Our protagonist is an ambiguous 12-year-old Dashiell Gibson, the first child to be born on the moon, who by mistake turns into an accidental investigator after a well-known scientist is declared dead due to an accident. The story takes unexpected turns as Dashiell explores the secrets of the lunar society, holding readers' attention with a mix of humor and suspense.

Continue reading about CAS Book Review: Space Case

| Integrated Technology Platforms


| Extra Services


| Announcements





You are invited to attend IWCK's First General Meeting of 2024!

Theme: The role of the UN's Human rights monitoring mission in Ukraine today

Eva Katinka SCHMIDT heads the Justice Unit of the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine. With her team, she covers issues such as human rights in conflict-related criminal proceedings, war crimes, detention and torture of civilians, and prisoners of war. Ms. Schmidt joined the Mission in 2016, having previously worked with the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine as Head of Reporting and Political Analysis.

A lawyer by training, Ms. Schmidt has served in the UN and OSCE for more than 20 years, working on human rights, rule of law, judicial independence, and political analysis in Ukraine, Poland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo and Sierra Leone.

WHEN? Tuesday, February 20th, 10:30 (Kyiv time).

The Zoom Meeting will open at 10.15 to give you a chance to chat with other online participants before the meeting.

WHERE: on Zoom and in-person

Join Zoom Meeting: LINK 
Meeting ID: 791 630 7575
Passcode: 782231

If you are in Kyiv and would like to join the meeting in person, please contact the GM coordinator at

We look forward to seeing you!

The IWCK Steering Committee

Please follow the links below to access the Classifieds: 

If you have an announcement that you would like us to publish, please reach out to .