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Kozak Korner #33. April 28, 2023


Director's Message

Dear KIS Community,

I hope that everyone was able to have an enjoyable Spring Break. Just a reminder that we will not have school on Monday, May 1st, as this is a school holiday (Labor Day). This year is really beginning to move quickly, as we only have a couple months remaining and the end of this school year will be here in no time.

We are hoping to finalize the re-enrolment process at the end of April. If you haven't already completed this process, we ask you to take a moment and do this.

As we are thinking about our lunch and transportation services at KIS, we ask you to take a moment to complete this short survey.

KIS will use this to determine possible bus routes and make preparations for a lunch program.

Enjoy the long weekend!




Luke Woodruff
Kyiv International School

On Campus / Online Learning 2023-2024

We hope all our returning students will be able to attend classes on campus next year.  If your family believes that online learning is the best option for you, please reach out to Ms. Geary at to discuss what this might look like next year.  

Key Dates

01 May - Labor day - No school
02 May - MAP testing window opens
04 May - IB Art Exhibition
05 May - 5th Quintile begins
09 May - Victory day - No school
18 May - Vyshyvanka Day

02 June - Student Led Conferences (no school)

KIS Information 2023-2024

School Calendars


IE Summer Program

First page of the PDF file: IESummerProgramFlyer

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.  


Coordinator's Message

Dear Preschool Parents and Students,

Welcome back!

I hope you all had a lovely Spring Break.

At our preschool we have recently completed topic “Pets”. Through this topic, our children have learned about different types of pets and the responsibilities that come with being a pet owner. We focused on teaching our students about pet care, including feeding, grooming and exercise, as well as how to be kind and gentle towards animals. We also talked about the various ways in which pets can bring joys and companionship into our lives. Through hands-on activities and interactive experiences, we helped our students to understand the responsibilities and joys of being a pet owner. We hope that this topic has helped to foster a love and appreciation for animals in our young learners and that it has equipped them with knowledge and skills needed to be responsible and compassionate pet owners in the future.

Let me remind you that there will be no school on Monday May 1st. Have a wonderful long weekend!

Best regards,

Ms. Nataliya Yegorova



Nataliya Yegorova
PreK / SO Coordinator

School Day Schedule


DI's Message

Dear Elementary and Middle School Families,

We have finished the 4th Quintile of school! Success Orientation certificates and Status Reports will be available before next Friday on the parent site: KISMET: Dashboard

If you run into trouble accessing or navigating the site, please contact

MAP Testing Season: Please keep an eye out for communication from your child’s homeroom teacher regarding your child’s MAP testing schedule. The best preparation for testing is a good night’s sleep and a hearty breakfast.

Students and Parents are encouraged to follow the link for more information about the MAP test:

Looking Ahead: Student Led Conferences are scheduled for June 2nd. During the month of May, your child will prepare with guidance from their teachers. Student-led conferences are an opportunity for students to lead a reflective conversation about their learning. Parents are asked to fill out this preference form before May 22: SLC Preferences

Parents and students will receive more detailed information about their SLC appointment during the week of May 22nd.

Here are a few more wildflower photos to brighten your day.

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

Elementary Office:
Middle School Office:

Enjoy the long weekend!

Best regards,

Mrs. Carla Grossman



Carla Grossman
Director of Instruction

School Day Schedule


DI's Message

What’s Going on in Secondary

It is nice to see our students back from break rested and committed to finishing the year successfully!

Morning Mindset Unit Recovery
For the next two weeks, we will be using our Morning Mindset time to work on closing/upgrading units. This is an additional opportunity for students to meet with teachers and master TSWs. For some students this is mandatory – students and families will receive an email if they are required to attend these Morning Mindset Makeup Sessions.

MAP Testing for Secondary I and II students will take place in the next few weeks. This is the schedule:

  • Thursday May 4 Block 3: Reading (Secondary I and II)
  • Friday May 5 Block 1: Language Usage (Secondary I)
  • Friday May 5 Block 2: Language Usage (Secondary II)
  • Thursday May 11 Block 2: Math (Secondary I and II)
  • Friday May 12: Makeup tests

Here are some reminders about testing: MAP Testing - Spring 2023.docx

For more information about MAP testing:

We are excited about the great team of students and teachers we will see on campus next year! In June, Ms. Rech and I will meet with our Secondary students to discuss their class options and their path to graduation! For Secondary I and II students, they primarily take courses to fulfill their graduation requirements, but they do have some options. Secondary III and IV students have a wide range of choices, including IB/AP classes. If you would like to make an appointment to discuss your child’s path to graduation, please feel free to contact or




Rachel Geary
Director of Instruction


School Day Schedule

National Honor Society

First page of the PDF file: NHS

Advise for Secondary

First page of the PDF file: Listofsuggestions

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
  • University of British Columbia Okanagan


  • 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


KIS STUCO Presents


The KIS STUCO presents the following activities you can participate in to help support Ukraine. When completing one of the activities from the list, make an Instagram post or story as evidence. Make sure you tag @kissecstuco so we can see your participation. We will then donate the raised funds to the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

List of Activities:

  • Make Ukrainian Food - 100 UAH
  • Create a collage of memories from Ukraine - 200 UAH
  • Create Ukraine-inspired artwork - 200 UAH
  • Take a picture with Ukrainian Flag - 50 UAH
  • Sing Ukrainian Song - 200 UAH
  • Post a fun fact about Ukraine - 50 UAH
  • Post photos/memories from Ukraine - 50 UAH
  • Dress up in blue and yellow - 200 UAH
  • Take a picture with Ukrainian colors - 100 UAH
  • Recommend a Ukrainian song - 50 UAH
  • Take a picture in a vyshyvanka - 100 UAH
  • Share your favorite place to visit in Ukraine - 200 UAH


Flyer to Download

First page of the PDF file: KISSTUCOInstagramCharityEvent-2

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

Bill Rech

Titles: Technology Integrationist Coordinator

Why am I teaching: Billy Madison! Seemed like the right fit!

Favourite Quote: Before you critisize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way when you criticize them, you are a mile away from them and you have their shoes.” —Jack Handey

Favourite thing about KIS: The people, life is always about the people!

“Fish in a Tree”

“Fish in a Tree”

Teacher: Ksenia Revents

If you love uplifting stories about overcoming obstacles and finding your own voice, you will definitely enjoy the novel “Fish in a Tree” by Lynda Mullaly Hunt. It became very engaging for our 11 year olds, as well as for teachers. It is a great book that explores themes of friendship and acceptance through the eyes of the main character, Ally, who struggles with dyslexia. Readers who have experienced learning difficulties or know such children find it especially resonant. However, it is also relatable for anyone - young or old – who has ever felt like they do not belong or struggled to fit in. “Fish in a Tree” is a must-read for educators and parents as it provides insights into challenges faced by individuals with dyslexia.

Click to Read about “Fish in a Tree”

Tasty Fridays

On Friday before spring break our LOE Department traditionally organized cooking master class for our Secondary students. They were making delicious burritos! What a satisfying and flavorful breakfast that's sure to start your day off right.


First page of the PDF file: A2-weekannualartexhibitionofWorldsHistory3




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