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Kozak Korner #31. May 06, 2022



Director's Message

Dear KIS Community,

It always takes a bit of time for everyone to get back into the swing of things following a school break. I hope this past week has gone well. I think of our community often - where you all are and what is happening.

I want to wish all the mothers out there a Happy Mother's Day on Sunday. I look at this day with fresh eyes, as I have watched the sacrifice of so many mothers and fathers in Ukraine and think more often of these important parental roles. I have always valued and appreciated how valiantly mothers stand up to protect and fight for their children and families in all aspects of life. Happy Mother's Day!

Victory Day will be on Monday, May 9th, and I just wanted to remind everyone that we will not have school. I continue to be in awe of Ukrainians and the steadfast fight for freedom and liberation of their people, country, and land.

This week, I will be sending out a separate KIS informer with more information about next school year, as I don't want this message to get lost in the newsletter. I know things are still very unpredictable, but we appreciate you continuing to inform the school of your plans concerning next school year.




Luke Woodruff
Kyiv International School


Key Dates

May 9th - No School 

May 18th - Community Coffee Chat: Secondary Program - Graduation Planning (Secondary Admin Team)

May 27th – Art Fest 

June 1st - Community Coffee Chat: Transition Week (transitioning within school and to new schools)

June 3rd - Student Led Conferences 

June 12th - Graduation 

June 15th - Community Coffee Chat: 2022-23 School Year (Leadership Team)

Frequently Asked Questions

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  Learning Stories & Highlights


What is Cinco de Mayo?

Teacher: Daniel Alvarez

Many people believe that “Cinco de Mayo” (May 5th), is the anniversary of the Mexican Independence but they are mistaken, since the Mexican Independence Day is September 16.

In order to understand the origins of the celebration, you need to go back to the middle of 19th century. After the Mexican-American War of 1846-48, Mexico was in a fiscal crisis. In 1861 Mexican President Benito Juárez declared that Mexico was suspending payment on all its foreign debt for two years.

Even though Juárez had said payments would resume in 1863, Great Britain, France and Spain were not satisfied. Although the British and Spanish government backed off, France insisted on using force to secure its debt payments. French Emperor Napoleon III named his relative, Archduke Maximillian of Austria, as ruler of Mexico.

Marching toward Mexico City, the French Army encountered stiff resistance. On May 5, 1862, General Ignacio Zaragoza defeated them in the Battle of Puebla. The Mexican victory was a surprise - the French Army was larger and better equipped.

There is a saying that it's possible to win the battle and to lose the war. The French won other battles, and Maximillian became the ruler in 1864. However, facing Mexican resistance and American pressure, France withdrew its troops in 1867. Nowadays, this holiday is popular wherever there are people of Mexican descent, for example, in the United States.

This week, at KIS, we had a fiesta too. In Spanish classes, students learnt about this important event and celebrated this date. Above all, we remember that “Cinco de Mayo” is a day to recognize the bravery of those who fought against the oppression of the past and those won the freedom of the present.

“Who doesn’t respect and value his past, is not worth the honour of the present, and has no right to a future” - Jozef Pilsudski

Talent Show Announcement

Couple of Minutes of Fame is one of the most anticipated events of the Art's Festival. This year's talent show will be virtual - giving all members of the campus community the opportunity to showcase their talent!

The date is May 27, 2022.

We hope you will participate!

All talents are welcome:  singing, dancing, drawing, cooking, juggling, etc.!


Video length: 3 minutes

This will be facilitated through Flipgrid:

Join Code: (if needed): 2dd0f072

Deadline for submitting your Video Responses: May 20, 2022

Lyrics of the songs need to be sent to Mrs. Ionova for confirmation: May 17, 2022

For help with uploads email:

First page of the PDF file: ArtFest

  School Announcements

First page of the PDF file: Postersmall_Semeniuk
First page of the PDF file: KISBusDriver_postersmall
First page of the PDF file: PosterforZooPatrulKyiv

Dear Campus Community,

As you know, we added Classifieds section to our Connect Page on the school website. The Section contains the following branches: 




If you have an announcement you would like us to place there, please email .



First page of the PDF file: KISSchoolCalendar2021-22_Final
First page of the PDF file: KISSchoolCalendar2022-23