February 14th 2020
On Thursday PYP Coordinator Mr Boyd presented insights into the Primary Years Programme (PYP).
Parents were challenged and enjoyed life as a PYP students, at least for an hour!
As they say the show must go on! Today in Atsumari students still got to celebrate where they come from. We were lucky enough to have performances from the Grade 3 and ukulele students.:
salamat, dank u, arigato, xie xie, terima kasih, kamsahamnida, thank you
ISA's @ KIS
This week the Grades 3 to Grades 8s worked through the International School Assessment (ISA). Students will be externally assessed in Reading, Writing, Math and Science (G6-8). The information from these assessments will assist teachers in developing the individual learning pathways and support the school in planning future directions.
Want to know more about Kamigyo Ward (The Ward for KIS) Here is a link to the latest information for our community:
Latest information for the novel coronavirus (COVID19)
Kyoto Council on Thursday 13 February released these links ------------------------>
- As of February 11, 2020 the World Health Organization (WHO) announced an official name for the disease that is causing the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak, COVID-19.
- A trend is holding in that again, as of 12 February, no new countries are reporting cases of COVID-19. (WHO).
- The 24-hour hotline (075-222-3421) that Kyoto City created last week is now open for anyone who returned to Japan recently from Hubei Province (previously from Wuhan City only) or anyone who was in contact* with someone who has traveled to Hubei Province.
- Please call:
- if you have a fever of 37.5℃+ and/or respiratory problems and were in contact* with somebody who was diagnosed with the novel coronavirus.
- if you have a fever of 37.5℃+ and/or respiratory problems and stayed or lived in Hubei Province 14 days prior to the appearance of these symptoms.
- if you have a fever of 37.5℃+ and/or respiratory problems and were in contact* with somebody who stayed or lived in Hubei Province 14 days prior to the appearance of these symptoms.
- if you have any symptoms that your doctor cannot diagnose you with immediately and also were required to have yourself tested for the novel coronavirus.
KIS Festival (24 May)
KIS Festival Sunday May 24
New parents may not be aware of what the KIS Festival is.
The KIS Festival is the largest annual even for KIS and the only one that is officially open to all outside visitors. Up to 1,000 people are expected to attend and enjoy international food booths, activities, and performances throughout the day.
We are currently making a team to help organize this fun event. If you are interested in participating, or just want to share your ideas or learn more, please contact the PTA via email <firstname.lastname@example.org> or Amiko (G5 Sakura’s mother) or Emi (G7 Nima’s mother) directly.
Save the Date
Where We Are in Place and Time
Grade 5 invites KIS parents and community to come and share in their IB PYP Exhibition Journey.
Everyone is welcome!
Monday 16th, March from 5 - 7 pm in the KIS community room.
See you there!
Dear KIS Community,
We are pleased to announce upcoming Coffee Mornings until the end of the school year.
We welcome your support and attendance at these events as we continue to make KIS a strong learning community.
Please find attached a description outlining each session.
Michael and Taylor
Parent Japanese Classes
Come along and learn Japanese with Ms. Tokura (=Ms. Jung Sook) 11:20 -12:05 on Wednesdays in the Community Room. If you would like to join, please contact Ms. Tokura directly (email@example.com).
Dates for this term:
- February 19, 26
- March 4, 11, 18, 25
Morning Library Time
On wet library mornings* from 8:10 to 8:50, we would like to welcome students and caregivers to the library. Every early learner needs to be accompanied by a caregiver. All other grade levels can come in on their own. We look forward to seeing you!
*Note: except Thursdays when the library is already booked.
See you in the library!
(Families And Books - The FAB librarian programme)
FAB got underway this week. A small but happy band of parents utilised the library with their children under the guidance of our librarian, Galina.
Goal: caregivers/parents to enjoy time with their children- choose books with their children; borrow up to two books with their children; and read with their children
Day: every Thursday
Venue: KIS Library
Time: 3:30 to 4:30
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.
- Feb 20: Fire drill with Kamigyo Fire Department
- Feb 21: G1, 3, 5, 7 Student Health Check
- Feb 24: School Closed - Emperor's Birthday (observed)