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Kozak Korner #29. March 24, 2023


Director's Message

Dear KIS Families,

We are soon approaching the end of our second term and will be heading into the last part of the school year. This also means that Spring is here!

We are planning to open our preschool April 3rd and look forward to welcoming some new students (little Kozaks) to the school. It will be a small group to begin with, but we hope to have more students soon.

This also means that it is time to begin preparations and share more information concerning the 2023-24 school year. This means that we will soon be sharing out our plans for on campus learning, school fees, bell schedule, lunch, transportation, staffing, and many other components of our school program. As we begin to put things in place for transportation and lunches, we will be sending out a survey to find out the interest level to inform our planning.

We will also roll out the re-enrollment process for those planning to return next school year. We understand there will be several questions concerning this and will host multiple coffee chats. KIS will be having an Open House on April 8th for our community, as well as new and interested families. Ms. Geary, next year's new Director, will be there to answer everyone's many questions.

Enjoy your weekend and hopefully some sunshine!




Luke Woodruff
Kyiv International School

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.  

MSA Parent 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


DI's Message

Dear Elementary and Middle School Families,   

The sun is shining more, the daylight hours are getting longer, and it is starting to feel like spring!  

If the warmer weather has your family is considering a move back to Kyiv, here are a few things to know: 

  • There is no change in tuition cost to move your child to on-campus learning. 
  • On campus and online students follow the same daily schedule: 

☞ Doors open at 8:30 if you need to drop off your child a bit early.  They are welcome to play on the playground before school starts. 

☞ Students leave campus between 3:30 (end of last period) and 4:00. 

  • There is not currently cafeteria service; students bring food from home and there are microwaves available to reheat their lunch.  
  • Students should also bring a convenient morning snack. There is a snack bar available for children to purchase items, too (classroom teacher can explain student access). 
  • Older students bring their laptops and chargers to school each day. Younger students use school owned devices that they leave at school. 
  • When there is a siren, teachers help students move to the basement classrooms and continue their lessons.  

How to switch to on-campus? Please email your child’s homeroom teacher and the office to let us know the first day you plan to be on campus. We want to help your child feel welcome on their first day! We’ll prepare a spot in the classroom and make sure we meet them at the door. In addition, their homeroom teacher will be able to explain any other classroom rules or procedures specific to on-campus. If you would like to take a tour of the campus beforehand, that can easily be arranged, please let me know! 

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

Elementary Office:
Middle School Office:

Best regards,

Mrs. Carla Grossman



Carla Grossman
Director of Instruction

School Day Schedule


DI's Message

I am looking forward to being on campus for the next few weeks and spending time with our community.  I would encourage people to attend the coffee chat with our counseling team on Tuesday to learn more about post-secondary options. 

Please use the following Zoom Meeting details:

Topic: Parent University
Date and Time: 28 March at 14:00 (Kyiv)

Join Zoom Meeting - LINK

Meeting ID: 978 3925 8303
Passcode: 088011

Our counselors have years of experience working with international school students! 




Rachel Geary
Director of Instruction


School Day Schedule

Secondary III Families

University Acceptances Class of 2023 


  • California Lutheran University
  • Eastern Michigan University
  • High Point University
  • Hofstra University
  • Northeastern University
  • Oral Roberts University
  • Princeton University
  • Seattle University
  • South Dakota Mines
  • Susquehanna University of Pennsylvania
  • University of California Davis
  • University of Michigan
    University of Pittsburgh
  • University of San Fransisco


  • 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
  • University of the West of England
  • University of York


  • EICAR – The International Film & Television School Paris


  • University of Amsterdam
  • Urtecht University


  • Saint Louis University Madrid


  • Webster University Geneva


  • Koç University


Success Orientations: Responsibility

Dear Parents,

Our SO topic for these last five weeks, was Responsibilities.

Raising responsible children requires effort and consistency, but it doesn’t have to be complicated.

The following techniques will help you raise your children to be responsible and caring adults:

1. Treat your child with respect and care. All children deserve to feel loved and valued. Being tactful, caring, and respectful toward your children is like giving your garden sunshine, water, and fertilizer.

2. Reinforce the positive. We all want to be recognized and noticed for what we do well; this is especially true for children. Be as specific as possible whenever you provide your child with positive feedback. Encourage your child’s positive behavior consistently.

3. Share household tasks and chores. It’s common for children who eventually grow up to become responsible adults to have had guidance during their childhood. Having duties around the house, and contributing to the family, can help your kids learn about being accountable.

Studies show that giving children tasks to complete at a young age also helps create a solid work ethic while developing self-reliance and other vital life skills.

4. Teach money management skills. One of the greatest difficulties for adults is managing money wisely. To develop good habits, children must have the opportunity to learn and practice them before entering adulthood. Giving your child an allowance is the first step to teach them how to be financially responsible. Teach your kids about responsibly saving and spending money and allow them to make their own decisions and learn how to handle them to benefit themselves. This is also an excellent time to teach your children about charity so that as adults, they’ll know how to be responsible for themselves and help others.

5. Allow your child to face natural consequences and learn from mistakes. Modern parenting can encourage coddling and overprotecting your child in ways. But having some independence is where they can begin to practice self-reliance. Children learn responsibility by facing the consequences of their actions.

6. When teaching your child a new behavior, give clear, simple instructions. Be specific about your expectations. Demonstrate what you’ve asked your child to do so they can see how it is done correctly. Next, allow your child to practice what you’re demonstrating. Praise all of their efforts, no matter how small; avoid criticism or expecting perfection. Show support by smiling and being positive in your approach. With younger children, offer guidance and build responsibility by staying close by as they learn and practice new behaviors.

7. Don’t let your child off the hook if they misbehave at school. You may want to take the fall to protect your children, but doing so prevents them from learning the consequences of their actions. At those times, also try to refrain from showing anger and disappointment. Instead, provide encouraging words about completing any consequence the school issues them. Let your child know that you have confidence that they’ll get through the situation and move forward to have a great school year.

8. Give your child some space and freedom. Try not to be afraid to let your child spend time alone or to let them make decisions about their time, hobbies, and friends. Moreover, try to give them the independence and space they need to grow into responsible adults who know how to care for themselves.

Teaching children responsibility is one most important life goals we have as parents and teachers to help prepare them to be successful adults.

Parenting may be one of the most demanding job you’ll ever have, but the rewards are incredible, especially when you’re able to see that you’ve raised responsible and caring children.




Nataliya Yegorova
Preschool/SO Coordinator

CAS Book Review


“Witch Boy” is a young adult graphic novel that follows Aster, a thirteen-year-old boy living in a world filled with magic and shape-shifting. Magic, however, is only socially acceptable for women to use, while shape-shifting is considered a “male-only” endeavor. Nevertheless, Aster is determined to go along with his dreams and desires to become a witch. As Aster’s magical abilities grow, he discovers a mysterious danger that threatens his community. He and his friends embark on a journey to discover the source of this danger and save their community. Along the way, he must confront the rigid gender roles and prejudices that have kept him from pursuing his true passion.

This book is perfect for anyone who is struggling to figure out their own gender identity or people who often wanted to do something outside of their stereotypical gender norms.

- Sasha and Liza

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

Tetyana Zlydar
Titles: Teacher Assistant

Why am I teaching: In my mind, a teacher is a great profession that is useful even in personal life. A teacher is someone who  has a good education; is like an actor, or a parent when parents are not around, a psychologist, a friend, a nurse, a person who believes and inspires and gets the best out of students, lets them spread their wings and then fly independently; makes the students love their subject; always improves herself/himself and constantly enjoys the process; is passionate about the job and is easy to deal with!

Favourite Quote:  “Once a Kozak-always a Kozak!”
“Always remember the goal!”

Favourite thing about KIS: I enjoy its international community, “a school is like a second home” approach, “Once a Kozak-always a Kozak” attitude...

Morning Mindset: Tasty Fridays

Morning Mindset: Tasty Fridays

Teachers: LOE Department

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! 

Click to Read about Morning Mindset: Tasty Fridays
Feeling of community

Feeling of community. We are one team

 Teacher: Anna Plakhotniuk

One of the most significant challenges facing teachers in this new environment is how to create a sense of community and belonging among our students. In a physical classroom, students have the opportunity to interact with one another, engage in group projects, and form personal connections. In a virtual classroom, these opportunities are limited, and it is easy for students to feel isolated and disconnected from their classmates.

To address this challenge, we work to create a sense of community.  This can be achieved in several ways, including encouraging open communication, celebrating holidays and special occasions, and providing opportunities for individual expression.

We encourage open communication among students, to share their thoughts and feelings openly, both in class discussions and in private communications. We are creating an environment where students feel comfortable expressing themselves.

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