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Kozak Korner #37. May 26, 2023


Director's Message

Dear KIS Community,

It has been so wonderful to be on campus this week and see so many smiling faces. I can't express how amazing it always feels to be back in this place. No matter what the circumstances, KIS always has a special vibe and feel.

I would like to wish everyone a Happy Kyiv Day, this Sunday!!! What an incredible city!

If you did not get a chance to complete one of the following forms, please take a moment to help us with some feedback.

🔗 Yearly School Climate Survey

🔗 Summer Camp Survey - We currently don't have anyone who has expressed interest in this. If nothing by the end of next week, we will not plan on a summer camp.

Enjoy your weekend!




Luke Woodruff
Kyiv International School

Key Dates

02 June - Student Led Conferences (no school)
04 June - KIS Secondary IV Graduation (in Bratislava)
10 June - School Picnic / 30 Years Anniversary Celebration
21 June - Last day of 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.  

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,

This week at our preschool we talked and learned about Bugs.

Learning about bugs is a fun and exciting experience for children. It provides them with opportunity to explore the outdoors, learn about different types of bugs, and gain a better understanding of their role in the environment. To start of their bug exploration our students listened to books about bugs and watched videos to learn about their characters, habitats and behavior. Our students participated in activities such as bug hunts, and insects observation, where they used magnifying glasses to see these tiny creatures up close. To make learning about bugs even more engaging for kids our Preschool teacher prepared a couple of bug-related art projects.

Learning about bugs at preschool not only instill a love for nature but also promotes curiosity, observation skills, and appreciation for diversity. By learning about these small but fascinating creatures children can develop a sense of wonder and respect for the environment that will stay for years to come.

Let me remind you that there will be no school on Friday June 2nd due to Parent Teacher Conferences. Please contact your child’s teacher to arrange a convenient time for your Conference. Have a wonderful weekend!

Best regards,

Ms. Nataliya Yegorova



Nataliya Yegorova
PreK / SO Coordinator

School Day Schedule


DI's Message

Dear Elementary and Middle School Families,

My favorite day of the school year is almost here – Student Led Conference Day!

SLCs are scheduled for June 2nd you should have received an email with appointment details. If you have not, please email the office as soon as possible.

During Student Led Conferences, the child leads the discussion about their learning. After introductions, your child will be given time to share about their year. They have spent time preparing with guidance from their teachers over the past few weeks. After the student presentation, adults are encouraged to ask the child follow-up questions and celebrate their accomplishments!

Gentle Reminders:

  • Please join the Zoom session’s waiting room 1-2 minutes before the meeting time to ensure a smooth start. Conferences are limited to 20 minutes.
  • If you are unable to make this conference time, please contact the office, it may be possible to find an alternate time. Parents who filled out the preference form (past Kozak Korner Newsletters) were accommodated first.
  • We understand that circumstances may prevent parents from attending. With parent permission, we are happy to record the presentation and share it with you. Please let the office know if you would like us to arrange this for your family.
  • If parents would like specific course progress feedback before end-of-year Narratives are published, please reach out to teachers directly after the conference.

We are all looking forward to a wonderful day of reflection and celebration of learning!

Summer Break Countdown: 18 School days left. Mark your calendar, the last day of school, June 21, will be a half day.

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

What’s Going on in Secondary

Graduating Class 2023
All eyes are on our seniors – the graduating class of 2023 as they finish up their final units and their secondary school! Teachers and students have done an amazing job getting to this final point! We are excited to see our grads on June 4th for the KIS Graduation 2023.

Summer School for Secondary Students
Students can get ahead or make up missing units with courses delivered by Quality Virtual School. You can learn more about course offerings and fees here:

Student Led Conferences
Student presentations are ready! Next week students will practice their presenation skills in preparation for Friday’s conferences.

Classes for 2023-2024
I will work with all returning students in June on their class schedules for next year. We will offer a broad range of classes to ensure students complete their graduation requirements and are engaged, interested and challenged academically.

Incoming Secondary III students will have the option of joining the IB Cohort 2025. You can learn more about this program here:

Students will also have an opportunity to take AP Courses both in person at KIS and online with our QSI Virtual School. You can learn more about this program:

End of Year Deadlines:

  • 12th of June – work submitted for previous units
  • 16th of June – work submitted for current units
  • 19th-20th of June teachers will work with students on revision of any components of the last unit which they didn’t master by the 16th. If students do not need to do any revision for the final unit, they will have the opportunity to upgrade.




Rachel Geary
Director of Instruction


School Day Schedule

Sec IV Graduation 

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


IB Art Exhibition Silent Auction

Support Ukraine by purchasing artworks by 4 KIS IB Visual Arts Year II students. All the money raised during the auction will be donated to United 24 charity organization.

All artworks are displayed on the Instagram 

Instructions on how to make a bid:
- Select the piece / pieces you wish to purchase
- Comment or direct message your bid under the post
- Check the comment section under your selected work for the updates 

Bidding Rules:
- Lowest bid is 1000 UAH
- You can bid on unlimited number of works
- Highest bid wins

You'll be in formed if your bid wins and how to get the artwork / artworks. 


Scan the QR Code to access the Auction: 

Book Fair Fest


Dear readers, It has been awhile since we last gathered all together. We do hope that all of you are safe and sound.

We are happy to announce a book fair that will take place on June 10th within the walls of your school. We are returning with a collection of your most favourite books and will bring along the latest releases and bestsellers of recent years.

When? June 10th, 12:00-16:00
Where? School grounds
For whom? All book lovers are welcome to attend! If you won’t be able to come, please visit our online store. Promo code KIS10 will give you 10% discount for all available titles. See you soon! Best regards,

Dinternal Book Lovers Team

CAS Book Review


In hopes of satisfying the Sea God and avoiding devastating floods and storms, villages sacrifice a maiden every year. People believe that when the true bride of the Sea God is found, all disasters and sacrifices will forever cease to occur. Sixteen year-old Mina’s is focused on saving her brother Joon, who breaks rules to follow his love, this year’s chosen sacrificial bride, out to sea. Joon plans to fight the Sea God’s dragon servant, but Mina hides on the boat and throws herself into the water instead. After Mina wakes up in the Spirit Realm, she finds a ribbon, the Red String of Fate, tied around her palm and connecting her to a young enchanted Sea God. Suddenly, a nobleman and his cohorts appear, cutting the ribbon and thereby taking Mina’s soul, arguing this is necessary for the safety of the Sea God and peace within the realm. Soulless and now also voiceless, Mina must navigate the politics and warring gods of the Spirit Realm to retrieve her soul and break the Sea God’s enchantment in order to bring peace to both human and spirit worlds.

The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea is a beautiful retelling of the tale of Shim Cheong that focuses on the agency of young women, explores the ideas of fate and the power of love, and teaches us the importance of carving your own destiny.

- 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


Among The Winners!

Among The Winners!

Teacher: Lily Gorbatenko

Ten- and eleven-year-old students participated in various activities at PE. Those were games with scoops, hula hoops, cones, dodgeballs, hurdles, a parachute, a giant light beach ball and others. We managed to work on endurance and flexibility during warmups as well.

Although our main focus in the current unit was throwing and catching, we also worked on other essential skills, like team work and leadership. 

Click to Read about Among The Winners!
11- Science Project 

Science Project 

Teacher: Alla Titova

Bringing inventions into the classroom is a way to spark creativity and possibly bring out future engineers. 11 y.o students were real inventors this week. During Science class they have been working on their own inventions. It was a lot of fun and challenging at the same time! Students were creative, really engaged in the process, and proud of their final results!

Click to Read about 11- Science Project 

School Days Highlights






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