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Kozak Korner #33. May 10th, 2024

| Director's Message

Dear Families! I hope your week was great. The weather has been beautiful, and it was nice to have a holiday mid-week! As the school year winds down there is a lot on our KIS calendar. I look forward to talking with parents during our Coffee Chats this coming week and seeing you all on Saturday, May 18th for the highly anticipated Spring Fling Art Fest.

Registration for our Student Led Parent Teacher Conferences on May 31st will begin soon. Please plan to attend. Reflection, accountability and transparency are an important part of your child’s education.

Best regards,
Rachel Geary

| Welcome Our New Teacher for 2024-25!

I am Hanna Oleksenko, a science teacher currently stationed in QSI Moldova for the past two enriching years. During this time, I have worked to bring a mix of scientific inquiry and project-based learning to our classrooms, creating an environment where experimentation meets enthusiasm.

My passion for science drives me to spark curiosity and support academic growth among my students. Through hands-on experiments and creative projects, we've embarked on a journey of discovery and learning that's been truly fulfilling.

While Moldova has been a rewarding experience, I'm eager to return to my homeland, Ukraine, to continue inspiring young minds and fostering a love for science.

I'm excited to share my knowledge and experiences with you as we embark on this academic adventure together.

| Spring Fling Fest


Dear KIS Community,

Get ready to celebrate spring / summer season with a day of fun, food, art and activities at our annual Spring Fling & Art Fest! Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 18th, as we gather together to revel in the sunnier days and embrace the vibrant atmosphere. 

This event is open to the entire KIS community, so bring your family and friends!

As one of our best-loved traditions, we will be having a potluck. Saying this, we invite you to contribute to the feast by bringing a dish to share with the community. To help us plan accordingly, please fill in the form to let us know what you'll be bringing.

We can't wait to see you all at the Spring Fling Fest!

| QVS Summer Intensive English Program

First page of the PDF file: IESummerProgramFlyer

Key Dates

May - June:

  • 13 - 15 May - AP Exams
  • 13-14-15 May - Parent Coffee Chats
  • 15 May - Softball / Baseball Exhibition
  • 18 May - Spring Fling and Art Fest
  • 22 May - Football Tournament Elementary
  • 24 May - Football Tournament MS & Sec -  postponed to further notice
  • 31 May - Student-Led Conferences
  • 1 June - Digital SAT 
  • 8 June - Graduation
  • 13 June - Prek Concert
  • 14 June - Elementary Concert
  • 17 June - Prek & Elementary Field Day
  • 18 June - MS & Secondary Field Day
  • 19 June - Last day of school

School Calendar 2023-24

School Calendar 2024 - 2025 

Event Calendar

| Coffee Chats


| Vyshyvanka Day


Hey Kozaks,

Show your Ukrainian spirit! Wear vyshyvanka on Thursday, May 16th!

| 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. 

| 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

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| 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.

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