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Kozak Korner #31. April 19th, 2024

| Director's Message

Dear Families,

A huge thank you to the community members who participated in the drama production: WOZ. Leanne Hume and her team did an amazing job with this hopeful, joyful show. We appreciate everyone who came to watch! This show spotlights the creativity and commitment of our community – teachers, parents and students!

I would like to remind parents of elementary students that if you remain on campus after school, it is your responsibility to actively supervise your child. That means your child must be in your line of sight and you need to be ready to intervene if necessary. You cannot be in the lobby if your child is outside. Thank you for your help keeping our campus both welcoming AND safe!

Save the date: May 18th. This is our Spring Fling Art Fest – an afternoon filled with games, activities, art and food.

This is not an event you want to miss!

Best regards,
Rachel Geary

| Welcome Our New Teacher for 2024-25!

My name is Amith Ravindar and I’ll be teaching classes related to technology, business, and the social sciences in the high school and middle school next year. I was born and raised in a small town not far from Chicago in the United States, but ended up graduating high school at an international school in Singapore.

I’ve always had a keen interest in computers and technology and I began programming at a young age. This led me to start working as a software developer at startup companies after my 2nd year of university, and I ended up continuing to work in this space for 4 years after graduating from university. During this time, I worked on software that was connected with education, and this led me to pursue a career as an educator. 

After leaving the tech industry, I taught Computer Science, Business, and English at the secondary school level in Vietnam, Kyrgyzstan, and Spain before moving to Lviv last year.

My teaching style emphasizes hands-on, project-based tasks and my goal is for my students to develop marketable, immediately monetizable skills.

In my spare time, I run an educational Youtube channel, try and fail to speak Ukrainian properly, and drink coffee at Lviv’s lovely cafes.

| Spring MAP Testing


Spring MAP testing is coming! KIS students will be doing MAP testing during the week of April 22. The make-up sessions will be after the break, during the week of May 6.

The NWEA MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) Test is an advanced tool designed to evaluate and promote your child’s academic growth and learning achievements. What makes this test special is its adaptive nature, ensuring a personalized testing experience that adjusts to your child’s unique learning level. (“NWEA Map - Overview.” TestingMom, 12 Jan. 2024,

The result? You, along with your child’s teachers, get valuable insights into your child’s learning trajectory. These insights can identify areas of strength and pinpoint where additional support might be beneficial. This can help tailor your child’s learning experience, keeping it challenging enough to foster growth, yet achievable enough to maintain confidence and motivation. (“NWEA Map - Overview.” TestingMom, 12 Jan. 2024,

| World Book Day Celebration

As the World Book Day (April 23rd) is approaching, KIS is eager to celebrate with engaging activities:

April 22nd to 26th:

  • Classroom doors will be transformed into vibrant book covers.
  • On Friday, April 26th, we invite your children to dress up as their favorite book characters.
  • Also on Friday, April 26th, during the Literacy block, students will have the freedom to choose their reading material, encouraging them to explore their interests.

Key Dates

April - May - June:

  • 22 - 26 April- Spring MAP Tests
  • 24 - 26 April - Book Fair Fest
  • 26 April - Literacy Dress Up
  • 27 April - 3 May - Spring break - no school
  • 8 May - Remembrance Day - no school
  • 6 - 17 May - AP Exams 
  • 13-14-15 May - Coffee Chats
  • 18 May - Spring Fling and Art Fest
  • 1 June - Digital SAT
  • 8 June - Graduation
  • 19 June - Last day of school

School Calendar 2023-24

School Calendar 2024 - 2025 

Event Calendar

| Moodle Account


Need help with your family Moodle Account? (This is where you should see MAP scores and Status Reports)

Please contact:

| Parent-Teacher Conference


Do you want to have a conference with your child's teacher?  No problem!  Please email: 

We will gladly schedule an appointment for you. 

| Talent Show


Dear Kozaks!  Do you have an amazing talent you would like to share with our community?   Please upload a short video to this form (the form is available in your child's email account). Please note that files cannot be bigger than 1 GB.  

These videos will be presented at our Spring Fling Art Fest on May 18th!  

Deadline to upload is MAY 7th! 

| PTO Spotlight


Dear KIS Community,

Thank you to all who took the time to cast their votes in our Garage Sale polls. 

We are delighted to announce that the overwhelming majority has shown enthusiasm for the idea of combining the Garage Sale with our upcoming Spring Fling Festival on Saturday, May 18th. This promises to be an exciting and vibrant event for everyone involved.

Here's how to register as a seller:

1. Pay the 200 uah reservation fee to the PTO Банка (🔗LINK and card number: 5375 4112 0466 5090), mark your name and the purpose of payment (Reservation fees are non-refundable. All funds will be donated to charity.)

2. Send your reservation request to

Please note that due to limited availability, we urge you to make your reservations promptly to avoid disappointment. Remember to mark your payment with your name and table reservation details. 

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to



What is KIS Moms & Dads? 

KIS Moms & Dads is a private group on Facebook for KIS parents and the Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO). It is a great way to find out what's going on with the PTO. To join please complete the membership questions. 

First page of the PDF file: KISMomsDads

How to join PTO? 

It's simple - just send an email at or talk to one of the PTO members at the PTO store.

| College & Counseling


| Meet Your School Counselor

Hello Everyone,

My name is Chelsey Zoromski and I am your school counselor this year.  I am available to meet with students, staff, and parents about any social emotional topics or university questions that may come up this year.  I am currently living in Moldova but am available to meet with you on Teams on Thursdays and Fridays.   

In order to schedule a meeting with me, please click here. This link will show you the time I am available and automatically adapt to your time zone.  It will also send you all the information for the Teams meeting.  You may contact me any time at: 

Please watch this short video to learn how to book appointments with me.

Chelsey Zoromski
School Counselor
Kyiv, Chisinau, Munster, and Montenegro
Click here to schedule an appointment with me

| "Empower" Lesson Plans

The Empower curriculum integrates the Success Orientations, Social Emotional Learning concepts, and Child Protection principles into individual lessons throughout the year. These lessons will be delivered during a dedicated weekly EMPOWER class time. This approach aims to equip students with a comprehensive set of skills applicable throughout their lives. Specific lessons tailored to each grade level ensure developmental appropriateness. While some concepts may be revisited annually, the lessons will vary based on the students' age. For more information, please see the QSI Empower statement.

Teachers will keep parents informed about the upcoming lessons for their child, and for certain grades, the lesson plans will be accessible in this newsletter. Click on the post below to view the message from the teacher.

| Week Highlights

PreK: 4 Year-Olds


This week, our class continued to learn about "Changes in and Around Me." It was an enlightening journey as the children explored the concept and profound effects of change in various aspects of our lives. One of our activities this week was creating a

Continue reading about PreK: 4 Year-Olds

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