KIS Shimbun - Week 10

October 30th, 2020

Have a great Aki Yasumi

It has been a great start to the school year. From out of the challenges KIS faced in the 2019-20 academic year, we have 'hit the ground running' in 2020-21. The learning that is happening throughout the campus is incredibly inspiring. All our new teachers have settled in well, bringing their wealth of experience to the benefit of KIS. The student body display a new found resilience and independence having adjusted to the 'new' normal that the pandemic has brung. The staff are update to date in the latest delivery of educational technology in the classroom. KIS is moving forward.

KIS is now in the membership process for Council of International School (CIS). Becoming a member school of CIS is not only prestigious, but it also enables the school to move towards the 'gold standard' of accreditation. This establishes the school on an international stage.

Great to see many families at 3 Way Conferences. This was our first real sign of getting our community back at school. As we slowly and safely welcome parents back onto the campus and also the resumption of Bukatsu and Lessons Kis continues to focus on creating a safe environment.

Our students have found new found voice and lead many of the activities we hold. such as Atsumari and Halloween.

So, enjoy your Aki Yasumi and we will see everyone on Monday November 9.


Winter Concert - Dec 11th, 2020

A recording of the Winter Concert will be shared on Seesaw and the Portal

Savor the hope - a TELL event

TELL is once again supporting the mental health of the community.

This event is usually in Tokyo, but it will be online for the first time this year, on Friday, November 6th.

The theme is "Savor the Hope" and there will be a week of online bidding on auction items starting this Friday. Next week, on Friday Nov 6th we will have an evening of entertainment, success stories, a live auction, and raffle prizes. Please feel free to share this event, and I hope you can join us! There are different ways to participate in the event. You can buy raffle tickets without auction participation:, bid at the online auction only (no fee to enter): or go all out and join the evening program and live auction:

Please feel free to share this event, and I hope you can join us! Tickets and more details are here:

Parent Teachers Association (PTA) News

Following on from our October meeting we have some exciting updates.

We would like to introduce new PTA members in 2020-2021:

  • Chair Misuzu Uehara (G5 Haru's )

  • Vice Chairs Mandy Meissne & Akitoshi Mizutani (G6 Mizuki's)

  • Secretary Billy Wong (EY3 Hiroaki's)

  • Treasurer Sally Gray (EY2 Caleb's)

  • Teachers' Representative Ms. Felicity Tillack

We are very excited to work as PTA members this academic year and we will keep you posted on the activities from now on!

The PTA Meeting on October 21st

Thank you all for attending the 2nd PTA meeting!

Main point are...

1) elected new PTA members

2) reviewed the PTA previous activities according to the circumstances with Covid-19

3) talked about the communication tool, etc

The Next PTA Meeting

The next PTA meeting will be held on Wednesday November 18th at 8pm by zoom.

Hope to see you then!

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us.

Fire drill Thursday

Photos Halloween 2020

Thank you for all the Food Donations gathered which will be donated to Food Bank Kyoto.

There was some great fun and costumes during our afternoon Halloween activities. Please check/download your photos from our portal.

Successful school photo day

Thank you to the Yearbook Team for a successful day of school photos.

The photos will appear on progress reports and the yearbook. A replacement photo day will be provided for students who were unable to attend.

Tech Tip: Navigating ManageBac as a Parent

What is ManageBac?

MB is a learning platform, with reports, and attendance used by many IB schools. Accessable at or shortcut from

Last week's tip: Submitting Absence with ManageBac
Simple ManageBac Guide for Parents: PDF

Navigating ManageBac as a Parent

In this video, Nick has introduced some basics to the ManageBac dashboard.

Academics: List of class, key contacts, attendance, and reports (coming later this semester)

IB Parent Association: Messages, Files, and Links to common forms.

User Profile: Change your ManageBac user interface language, password, or other profile details.

If you have any questions or need assistance, please feel free to reach out to Nick at

Dr Lomax Update (COVID) from October 27th

Situation Report summary (27 October 2020)

The reproduction rate (R) has increased marginally again R= 1.05 (last week R= 1.02). Osaka has increased the number of infections Osaka (R=1.32 up from 1.03 the week before)

Mortality rates continue to decline marginally over the last month.

Rates of infection remain stable in Tokyo and have not changed noticeably since late August. However, over the coming month, testing capacity is likely to increase markedly, with the availability of rapid, lower cost point of care diagnostics available without recourse to public health units. This may lead to some increase in the numbers of new diagnoses as a consequence of expanded testing of people with mild or no symptoms.

REMINDER - if any family is sick with the identified symptoms, before any students return to school (brothers and sisters) they must be clear for 48 hrs or have a doctor's release to return to school.

Managing illness at home

Dr Lomax has given us guidance as we head into cold and flu season- "If a household member has mild symptoms, remember that they could still have COVID19, Before children return to school, the individual with symptoms should seek medical advice and should specifically ask if children within the household can safely return to school".

Individuals need to be symptom free for a minimum of 48 hours before returning to school.

The symptoms Dr Lomax indicates parents should be aware, as per the Centre for Disease Control (CDC), in no order of priority:

  • Fever or chills

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • Fatigue

  • Muscle or body aches

  • Headache

  • New loss of taste or smell

  • Sore throat

  • Congestion or runny nose

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Diarrhea

Keeping our community safe

PCR testing

On Monday 9 November KIS will PCR test all staff. Our business manager received notification of a test protocol through a subsidiary of Softbank. Our Senior Leadership Team sees this as a proactive step towards the health and safety of the community. KIS sees this as an opportunity to continue to build confidence and support within the community. We recognise this protocol as hygiene maintenance and not a definitive diagnostic assessment.

Staff will test on 9 November (after our Aki Yasumi)

Test will be analysed on 11th Nov. at

Result back on 11th or 12th Nov.

This is the kit that will be used:

KIS will potentially repeat the process for all staff following longer school breaks (greater than 7days), depending on how the first round proceeds.