Dear KIS Community,
"How are you?" has been a very difficult question to ask others and answer when asked. It goes without saying that I don't think any of us are okay right now. We continue to watch with heavy hearts and minds everything happening in Ukraine.
Each week that goes by, more and more families are spreading out to different places. While some students are transferring to other schools, we still have several students who continue with our online program. We plan to operate this way, as long as this is necessary. Despite where students are or whether they enrolled in a different school, please know that they are always welcome to connect with our teachers and classes.
Kozak Korner We have been in emergency mode these past few weeks. As a result, we have not published a Kozak Korner. This is the first edition since that time. We want to continue sharing the many things that are happening within our community. Given the circumstances, you will see different features in our newsletter than highlight some of the stories of our students, teachers, families, humanitarian work, resources, and ways to get involved. If you are interested in sharing a story, experience, or how you are helping to spread awareness of the war in Ukraine, please share with us. We know that some families will no longer get the KIS Informer notice about our newsletter, but you can always find it on our website, no matter where you are.
It has always been my experience that when we feel the most distant from each other, we need to find the opportunities to still be connected to the school and our community. We hope this will be a way for us to stay connected.
Planning 2022-23 School Year We have been discussing these past weeks what the 2022-23 school year will look like. We all want to return to Kyiv as soon as possible and hope that there will be the possibility to resume school in some form. We know that everyone's situation is different, so we are planning to have a reduced staff who can support and continue with the education of students still wanting to attend KIS. We are very committed to making sure we have a structure of teachers and can offer a quality program for those who continue with us, no matter what the format might be.
KIS Staffing and Teachers We are releasing our teachers of their contractual commitment with KIS next year, as many are worried about the uncertainty, and much has changed since they made this commitment. It is very difficult to make a plan for staffing without knowing about our school's enrolment, and we understand that there will be significantly fewer students next year. The when, who, and in what form are still very difficult to predict, so we hope to present some different options of how we may operate depending on the circumstances to the community.
Even though it is difficult to determine enrolment, we are planning to collect this information beginning April. We hope this will help us with future planning. You will receive more information concerning this in the coming weeks. We understand everyone's situation has changed and everyone is looking to next year with uncertainty and questions, so we only hope to try and gather information concerning what everyone is thinking and expecting.
Stay safe and stay well!
Kyiv International School
This is a story of Misha, the KIS student, who, like many other children and young people was affected by war in his homeland, Ukraine.
In the past weeks the GolfDigest relayed the story of Misha, one of the best golfers in Ukraine who found himself stuck in a war zone following the unprovoked attacks by Russian forces. (Source: https://www.golfdigest.com/story/misha-golod-ukraine-golfer)
“We hear, it seems like, 50 explosions a day,” Mykhailo says, speaking in fluent English. “You never know where they are, but they always sound close. The air sirens, letting us know something is coming, are always blaring.” Earlier in the day, after one of the blasts, Mykhailo looked out his balcony window and saw smoke down the road, the closest danger has come to his door.
Mykhailo relays that the past week has been a nightmare and there is fear the worst is just beginning. Because the hours and days have started to blur as one, Mykhailo—one of the best golfers in the Ukraine—recounts his recent past, if only for a sanity check. In January he was competing in the United States. Two weeks ago he lapped a field in Turkey. He remembers he was supposed to be competing in an event this weekend. Now, well, now he is planning on sleeping in the basement, given the expected ramp-up of fire from the sky.
“Yeah, we hear it might be bad tonight,” Mykhailo says. “Kharkiv has been getting shelled. It’s probably coming this way too.” (Source: https://www.golfdigest.com/story/ukrainian-golfer-war-mykhailo-golod)
Following the story’s publication, the golf community found a way to help its own.
"It began with folks reaching out to Misha on Instagram, sending prayers and thoughts and encouragement. A number of junior players Misha had met in competition let him know if he needed a distraction and wanted to chat, he had an open ear. Instructor Jason Birnbaum connected with Misha, studied a handful of swing videos and offered feedback." - the GolfDigest says.
In the second week of March Misha made it to the United States and he is safe now. Some news channels didn't miss the chance to talk to our brave Kozak. To learn more, tap the LINK .
QSI schools around the world are all thinking about Ukraine and KIS. They have shared many messages of support with our KIS community for the wider QSI global community.
This beautiful PADLET was created with lots of love and support for KIS. Thank you QSI community!