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Kozak Korner #26. March 03, 2023


Director's Message

Dear KIS Families,

I hope that everyone was able to enjoy some time off for the February break and get a little time together with friends and family. We are now headed into March and in my experience the time moves fast between now and the end of the school year.

Thank you to those who contributed to the KIS Padlet on the 24th. We will leave this open for a while, if you would still like to make a contribution before we share things out.

As I mentioned last week, we are moving forward with our preschool program and will be opening for enrolment for the remainder of this school year and in preparation for next school year. The first day for preschool students will be Monday, April 3rd. This will only be for on-campus students, and we are now accepting students from 2-years-old through 4 years-old.

If you are interested or know someone in the community who would be interested, please have them contact KIS admissions or the school for additional information.




Luke Woodruff
Kyiv International School

Key Dates

8 March - International Women's Day - No School

14 March - Community Coffee Chat at 2:00pm  (For Secondary Parents) - Graduation 

28 March - Community Coffee Chat: Post Secondary Pathway

Phases to Reopening Campus

School Calendars


Join PTO

First page of the PDF file: Parent-TeacherOrganizationflyer

If you are a new parent at KIS, feel free to join KIS Moms & Dads group on Facebook to stay connected.  

PTO Shop News

Hop into spring with our new arrivals at the PTO shop! We have an adorable assortment of Easter bunnies that will bring joy to all ages. 

And wait, there's more! We're also excited to introduce our Ukrainian style wood crafted items from Borodyanka. These beautiful and unique pieces are a great addition to any home décor collection.

The shop is open Monday-Friday from 3-4pm.


DI's Message

Dear Elementary and Middle School Families,

March is here, and with it, the start of our fourth quintile of school! Access Quintile 3 Status Reports and Success Orientation Award Certificates on the parent site: KISMET: Dashboard

Change to E&S Class (3:00-3:30 each day) starting Monday, March 6:
In the past, we have included a class in our Elementary and Middle school program called E&S – Enrichment and Support. This school year, we reallocated most of this time to support our Student Passion Projects, and I am so glad we did! Passion Projects have become a wonderful and vibrant expression of our students’ imaginations and interests. Since students have become more familiar with how Passion Projects work, and we are approaching the time of year when students typically need more support to complete units, we felt a small adjustment to the last period of the day was needed.

Enrichment - the “E” part of E&S
Dedicated Passion Project time: 5-to-9-year-old students will meet with their Passion Project mentors on Tuesdays and Thursdays each week (this is a change from 3 times a week). 10-to-13-year-old students will meet with their Passion Project mentors on Wednesdays (this is a change from 2 times a week).

Flexible Enrichment time: Teachers may decide to use some classes to complete an extension activity for a core class. Students who are not in need of support on a particular day may be given time to work on their Passion Project independently.

Support - the “S” part of E&S
Flexible Support time: Teachers will organize some classes to support student learning. Teachers may work 1-on-1, in small groups or ask students to work independently on classwork or homework. This is an especially useful time for students who may have fallen behind on classwork to catch up with support from their teachers.

I am confident that these changes will help our students academically as well as provide continued support for our Passion Project initiative.

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

Bogdan - Bike tricks

Bogdan - Bike tricks

My passion project is making tricks on the bike. 

I have big progress in riding without hands for 4-5 or even 6 seconds. 

I have harder time with wheelies. It is better than before but still has to be improved. I use a small hole in the ground to lift the bike to do a wheelie. I watch lots of videos about bike tricks but practicing helps me more. 

I will continue in spring when whether will be good. 

Status of Project: Completed
Mentor:  Mr. Montoya 

  • 9 & 10 YO Projects
Interesting Facts About Space by Yaroslava

Interesting Facts About Space by Yaroslava

Yasya's passion is discovering interesting facts about space, galaxies, stars, and solar system.  In her passion project Yasya touched base of many topics about space and created a colorful and informational poster presenting interesting facts about the universe.

Status of Project: Complete
Mentor: Ludmila Stetskova 

  • 9 & 10 YO Projects


DI's Message

What’s Going on in Secondary

It is already the end of Quintile 3! Grades and success orientation awards are posted on your family Moodle account. It’s important to check the status report with your student. We really hope students feel empowered to advocate for themselves; if something seems wrong on the status report, please encourage your child to reach out to the teacher, Ms. Rech or myself!

Upcoming Coffee Chats

March 14th Graduation – For Secondary IV families

Please use the following Zoom Meeting details:

Topic: KIS Community Coffee Chat
Date and Time: 14 March 2023, 2:00 PM Kyiv

Join Zoom Meeting - LINK

Meeting ID: 853 8633 3031
Passcode: 485754


March 28th Post Secondary Pathways – Important for Secondary III families, but informational and relevant for all parents!

Our on-campus team of staff and students enjoyed a cooking project this week during Morning Mindset!




Rachel Geary
Director of Instruction


School Day Schedule

University Acceptances Class of 2023


  • University of Toronto


  • EICAR – The International Film & Television School Paris


  • University of Amsterdam
  • Urtecht University


  • Saint Louis University Madrid


  • Webster University Geneva


  • Durham University
  • Goldsmiths -University of London
  • Nottingham Trent University
  • Queens Mary University of London
  • Regents University London
  • University of Essex
  • University of Kent
  • University of Gloucestershire
  • University of Manchester
  • University of South Wales
  • University of Surrey
  • University of Sussex


  • Eastern Michigan University
  • Princeton University
  • Seattle University
  • South Dakota Mines
  • Susquehanna University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Michigan 

Click to view the Padlet



The registration for DELF Junior (12-17 y.o.) exams will start the next week (6-18 March). MS and HS students learning French and willing to obtain an International certificate proving their level  (A1, A2, B1, B2) are invited to participate. 

You can sign up online, just click on INSCRIPTION EN LIGNE at the bottom of the page:

The fees (in hryvnas) didn't change:

A1, A2 - 1180, B1 - 1440 and B2 - 1700. 

They should be paid by a bank transfer. The discounts offered to public schools (-30%) and students of French Institute in Ukraine (-40%) don't concern us.

Please, discuss the level you should take with your French teacher before the registration.

Bonne chance!




Sergey Berezhny
LOE Coordinator



Voices Around the World

First page of the PDF file: VoicesAroundTheWorld

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

Oksana Chemerys
Titles: Secondary Teacher

Why am I teaching: When I was a 7-grade student I switched school and was lucky to meet great math teacher. He is my model till now... All his students loved math. He could inspire everyone...  Also I loved to explain math problems and concepts to my classmates. It helped not only my friends but also helped me to understand math deeper. And the most important: I love kids, I love to communicate with them and positively influence for their life.

Favourite Quote: "If a child cannot learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn" - Ignacio Estrada

Favourite thing about KIS: Community! It is my second family! Communicating in persons or online I feel support and understanding. Our school, our community are the best! Our students are positive and polite, they inspired me to be better teacher every day!

Pancake Day

Pancake Day

Teacher: Anastasia Rabchun

The end of the winter in Ukraine is associated with the Maslyana holiday. It marks the arrival of spring. The tradition of celebrating dates back to ancient times when people would hold feasts to celebrate the end of winter and the beginning of the warmer months. Pancake became a popular dish to serve during these celebrations, and over time, it became a symbol of the arrival of spring.  

 “Pancake Day”, also known as Shrove Tuesday, Maslyana, Carnaval, Maslenitsa, Mardi Gras, and Fashing, is a popular holiday that is celebrated in many countries around the world. 

LOE department organized a celebration with a pancake competition to showcase and appreciate the diversity of cultures and languages. It was a great opportunity for language learners to practice their language skills in a fun and interactive way. 

Click to Read about Pancake Day
Research is Creating New Knowledge

“Research is Creating New Knowledge” - Neil Armstrong

Teacher: Olga Golitsyna

Do you know that Mexico is located on the “Ring of Fire”?

What do the symbols on the Great Seal of the USA mean?

How do Japanese people celebrate Marine Day?

Can you answer these questions? The students from Mrs. Golitsyna’s IE 10 y.o. Literacy class learned a lot while working on their nonfiction writing unit. They put a lot of effort exploring the country of their choice and conducting a research.

First, young learners searched for information from different sources according to the outline. During this process they took notes and identified important details. Then, the students were supposed to analyze this information and craft their power point presentations. The culmination of the whole process was sharing the projects in the class.

Click to Read about Research is Creating New Knowledge


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