April 17th 2020

ZOOM staff meeting

ZOOM Staff meeting

Distance Learning Update

Greetings everyone and welcome to your Distance Learning Update

Japan declares a state of emergency

This week Japan declared a state of emergency for the whole country. This reinforces the need to physically distance yourself from others, stay in well ventilated spaces, and wash those hands.


Distance Learning goes Bi-Weekly

I have talked with parents about receiving Distance Learning Updates. From next week, the Distance Learning Update will come out on Monday and as part of the Friday Newsletter.

Town Hall update

On Thursday evening the first ever ZOOM Town Hall was held. The school was represented by the Executive Board and a number of teachers. The session went through the FAQs for Distance Learning document. The document can be found further down in this newsletter.

Atsumari WordCloud

Please encourage your children to vote 'Why is Atsumari so much fun?'


Coffee Morning - Min Ku from TELL on mental health and well being

Here is Thursday's Coffee Morning recording. Some great information about looking after yourself in times of challenge.

Coffee Morning 16 April.mp4

NEXT WEEK'S (ZOOM) Coffee Morning 23 April: Assessment with Mr Boyd

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Courses in:

  • Computer programming
  • Humanities
  • Art & Design
  • Social Sciences
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Check it out at- Free Online Learning @ Harvard University

Guidelines for Accessing the Library

Accessing the Library Guidelines April 13th to May 1st 2020

Distance Learning website

The KIS Distance Learning website is the place to find:

  • Class timetable
  • Specialist subject information
  • Links and recordings for Parent Coffee Mornings
  • Atsumari and Challenge day recordings and links

The Coronavirus explained for the younger years:


Travel Restrictions

Distance Learning

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Click on the page to view the full version

FAQs Distance Learning

Preventative measures to stay healthy

Exciting news from the Yearbook Committee! This year you can pre-order your 2019-20 Yearbook from the school website.

Don't miss out on the memories of this year:

- Meet The Teachers

- Halloween

- Winter Concert

- Distance Learning (a special addition!)

- Plus much more!!!

Shipping options will be available both domestically and international.

Yearbook 2019-20

Grade 9 in 2020-21

KIS recently announced, on social media, the re-introduction of Grade 9 to the school. It gives the school great pleasure in confirming Grade 9 will be offered in 2020-21 academic year.

This has been made possible through the availability of experienced high school teachers, as of next academic year.

So please, get the word around that KIS is an Early Years to Grade 9 school!!!

Families And Books (FAB) time

FAB will return Thursday 7 May

Enjoy FAB time with your children:

  • choose books with them
  • borrow up to two books
  • take some time to read together

Day: every Thursday

Venue: KIS Library

Time: 3:00 to 4:00

Requirement: Every Child has to be accompanied by a parent.

Book borrowing: Students can borrow up to two books at a time

Weather Warnings - Update


Adjustments to the school day may be necessary in the case of inclement weather or other situations which may endanger the students and faculty. In general, KIS is guided by warnings issued from the Japan Meteorological Agency.

In specific circumstances KIS applies the following guidelines:

Heat Stress Index- KIS is guided by the Ministry of Environment Heat Illness prevention guides Heat Illness Prevention Guides. KIS applies the guides for temperatures in Kyoto Prefecture found at Heat Stress Index (Kyoto) This may result in a change of normal activities and routines for school that day.

Hazardous Wind Watch- KIS is guided by the Japan Meteorological Agency. KIS is guided by the warnings for Kyoto Prefecture found at Hazardous Wind Watch Kyoto. This may result in a change of normal activities and routines for school that day.

Thunderstorms- KIS is guided by the Japan Meteorological Agency.

KIS is guided by the warnings for Kyoto Prefecture found at Weather Warnings/Advisories (Thunderstorms) : Kyoto-shi If a warning is then outdoor activity must be suspended and students and staff must take shelter.

Upcoming Events


  • April 23rd: 10am - Parent Coffee Morning (Assessment)
  • April 29th: 10am - Parent Coffee Morning (Parent sharing session)