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Kozak Korner #28. March 17, 2023


MSA Communication Survey


Dear Parents,

For the MSA Communication objective, we need the results from the survey below to report as measurement data. This data is being collected and separated by stakeholder groups:  Parents, Staff, and Students. 

KIS is kindly asking you to complete this brief survey by Friday, April 7th.

Thank you for your help.




Amy Mims
MSA Coordinator


Key Dates

28 March - Community Coffee Chat: Post Secondary Pathway


3 April - Preschool Start

8 April - School Open House (for new families) at 11:00 am 

8 April - Easter Egg Hunt at 12:00 pm on campus

17-21 April - Spring Break 

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.  


DI's Message

Dear Elementary and Middle School Families,

We have wrapped up another week of learning at KIS. I wanted to take this opportunity to highlight that learning isn’t limited to academic pursuits! Our Success Orientations are the “hidden curriculum” that we teach to help students learn how to act as individuals, friends and community members.

Although the terms we use to describe these core values and qualities may seem unfamiliar, the underlying concepts behind our Success Orientations are universal. You are welcome to adopt our language at home; you may be surprised to see your child’s reaction and insight when you do! Learn more here: Success Orientations - Quality Schools International (

As always, feel free to reach out anytime with questions or concerns.

Elementary Office:
Middle School Office:

Wishing you a wonderful weekend,

Mrs. Carla Grossman



Carla Grossman
Director of Instruction

School Day Schedule


DI's Message

Dear March – Come in!

Emily Dickson famously wrote:

Dear March—
Come in—
How glad I am—
I hoped for you before—
Put down your Hat—
You must have walked—
How out of Breath you are—

I think we all feel the weary end of winter and are looking forward to the spring. Our students are preparing for their final assessments in AP and IB. Our graduating seniors are getting their university acceptances and making plans for life after KIS. Our on-campus cohort is enjoying the sense of community which is fostered with creativity and mindfulness.

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

I look forward to being back in Kyiv at the end of the month and hope spring will poke her head out.




Rachel Geary
Director of Instruction


School Day Schedule

Secondary III Families

University Acceptances Class of 2023 


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


  • University of Toronto


  • 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


  • EICAR – The International Film & Television School Paris


  • University of Amsterdam
  • Urtecht University


  • Saint Louis University Madrid


  • Webster University Geneva


Let's Speak French!


20th of March is the International Day of la Francophonie. 321 million people speak French and, since 1988, this date is celebrated around the world. 

On Monday, please, be ready to say something in this beautiful language and you will get a croissant. If you don't speak French, it's not a problem, just learn one sentence. For example: Bonjour! Je voudrais un croissant, s'il vous plaît. Merci!

It will take place on campus, in the lobby, before classes, 8 - 9 a.m. 





Sergey Berezhny
LOE Coordinator


Morning Mindset in Secondary

Every Friday at Secondary Morning Mindset we travel around the world, discovering new countries and new tastes:

3 March - Ukrainian varenyky,

10 March - Mexican guacamole and pico de gallo,

17 March - German Kartoffelsalat,

24 March - French croque-monsieur and croque-madame...

We cook and eat, discuss the recipes and traditions related to each national dish. Our cooking is simple and doesn't require much time and much money. It will be useful for girls and boys later on, when they decide to make a surprise for their family, friends or themselves. 

Bon appétit! Смачного! Guten Appetit! Buen provecho! 


Health Reminder

When you're feeling sick, it's important to take care of yourself and avoid spreading illness to others, especially if you had been in contact with a sick person. Here are some guidelines to follow if you're not feeling well:

  • Fever: Stay home if your temperature is 37.5 degrees Celsius or higher. Wait until you have been fever-free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication before returning to school. 

  • Cough: If you have a persistent cough, stay home until the cough subsides. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your elbow when coughing or sneezing.

  • Vomiting/Diarrhea: If you are experiencing vomiting or diarrhea, stay home until these symptoms have resolved for at least 24 hours.

  • Sore Throat: If you have a sore throat, stay home until you are feeling better. Avoid close contact with others and cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.

Remember, if you're not feeling well, it's better to stay home and take care of yourself than risk spreading illness to others.

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

Lisa Chupryna
Titles: Safety Netting Teacher

Why am I teaching: I didn't really))) in the very beginning... but then... I saw some incredible chemistry that is born out of your desire to plant something good in your students not only in the field of knowledge but relationship.

Favourite Quote: "I think you underestimate yourself." - This is something my friend always says when I have doubts and... it really helps me think about higher level, bigger opportunities and better future.

Favourite thing about KIS: Favorite students and favorite colleagues :)

Classroom Brain Break

Classroom Brain Break

Teacher: Lyubov Onyskevych

The longer the lesson goes, the harder it is for a student to remain on task. 

To keep students working on tasks without losing energy and interest, 7 YO teachers use short Brain Breaks to switch from one activity to another. These activities are great to use anytime your students are feeling restless and struggling to pay attention.

These Brain Break activities usually take only a few minutes, and then we get back to the lesson with our students ready to focus on the lesson at hand.

Some Brain Break Activities can be used in the elementary classroom to get kids up and moving in a fun way.

Click to Read about Classroom Brain Break
St. Patricks Day in MS

Today our 12 year old class celebrated St. Patrick's Day

Teachers: Dan Burke and Alina Fishchuk

A creative task was given to them in Literacy class. Students were given an image and needed to create 3 characters that would be in this image. Their characters have to have details, names, superpowers, monsters, etc.

Some characters that the group came up with in class when looking at the image:

  • Shrek and leprechaun
  • Three children (one of the children's name was Virginia, the second girl's name was Lexistarpinkypuff, the third kid was a no name)
  • Three swampy colored chihuahuas
  • Patrick
Click to Read about St. Patricks Day in MS
Secondary Literature & Language

Secondary Literature & Language

Teacher: Amanda Denney

Hello from the third quintile! Spring is underway, and students are marching ahead towards summer vacation/graduation!

Secondary II students have just completed a unit in expository writing, mastering recipe writing, cause/effect essays, and Time Person of the Year profiles. They are currently learning research and documentation skills in preparation for a personal research project. Keep a lookout for our how-to experts. Our love of reading is growing as students turn in their individual reading (SSR-sustained silent reading) projects. They are choosing novels on their own and completing book reports for this year long unit. Ask them what they’re reading currently!

Click to Read about Secondary Literature & Language



You are cordially invited to join a Pysanka master class with Zoya Stashuk, recognized folk art master. 

Thursday, March 23rd 
10.30-12.30 am 
4 Honcharna Street. 
Price - 150 UAH per person 

All materials will be provided.


(You do not need to be an IWCK Member to join.)

First page of the PDF file: Post




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