February 21st 2020

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!!!

Global Literacy Week

March 2nd to 6th, 2020

To bring further awareness of how important literacy is to all us and celebrate the importance of literacy across all grades KIS will hold a week-long Global Literacy Week. During Global Literacy Week we are planning a number of engaging activities. The activities will be held in-classroom and during breaks. Examples of in-classroom activities are the following: Middle School Students Buddy Reading to younger grades, Book Reading Tournament, School Book Creation, Mystery Readers and Peer-Class-Buddy Reading. Examples of school-wide activities are the following: Read My Shirt Day, Read My Favorite Book Day, Book Character Dress Up, Multilingual Lunch Read Aloud and SWAP Book Day. All activities will be promoted to your child by their teachers on daily basis. We look forward to Global Literacy Week and thank you for your ongoing support.

Event precautions for KIS

As schools continue to respond to COVID-19, KIS aligns our decision making with Kyoto Council. That said Osaka Council has issued all schools in their region a directive about group meetings - 'Events planned to be open to visitors (concerts, club presentations, etc) from 20 February, should, in principle be cancelled.'

In light of this the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) has made the informed decision to restrict all KIS activities (excursions, sports trips, exchanges, visiting groups etc) to be within Kyoto Prefecture. This will be observed until Friday March 27. On this date the SLT will re-evaluate.

Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

Support Marlene's G5 Exhibition

I am Marlene from Grade 5 and for my PYP exhibition I created a clothing drive. You can donate any kind of clothes, torn, stained, too small, out of fashion, too big, ugly and old clothing. You can find the donation bob next to the sinks and the door on the first floor inside of the green dinosaur. The due date of the clothing drive is March 20th. All the clothing that you donate will go to people in need.

Car Parking reminder

The bank next door to KIS cannot be used for parking, even if it is short term. The school has received feedback that the KIS community is using the bank's carpark.

Please refrain from even temporarily parking in the banks parking area.

Corridor of Nations

Can you find your country?

Come for a walk down the Corridor of Nations.

Health checks Grade 1, 3, 5, 7

On Friday Grades, 1, 3, 5, 7 went through the biennial health check which included eye, height, weight, urine and basic heart and lung checks. This information will be available to parents by the end of February.

Safety procedure training

On Thursday the Kamigyo Fire Department ran a series of drills for all students and staff. These included an earthquake evacuation, a burning room simulation, correct use of a fire extinguisher and using a fire hose. Students from EL1 through to Grade 8 benefited. Thank you to our valiant fire fights in the Kamigyo area.

Middle School Language & Literature (L&L) Japanese

students had special lecture of "Haiku" from Haiku Master- Mr Nishimura We learned the history of "Haiku" and basic rule of haiku making from him. Finally, we enjoyed making haiku and "Kukai"(Haiku gathering). Students received advice about their own haiku works and were encouraged to make advanced level haiku works by "Kukai". Our creativity of Japanese literature were inspired by specialist's lecture.

Thank you for supporting L&L Japanese!

Want to know more about Kamigyo Ward (The Ward for KIS) Here is a link to the latest information for our community:

https://www-city-kyoto-lg-jp.j-server.com/LUCKYOTOC/ns/tl.cgi/https://www.city.kyoto.lg.jp/kamigyo/?SLANG=ja&TLANG=en&XMODE=0&XPARAM=kw,&XCHARSET=utf-8&XPORG=,&XJSID=0

Latest information for the novel coronavirus (COVID19)

Kyoto Council Update 20 February:

  • As of February 20, 2020
  • The hotline is open for anybody whose fever has been 37.5℃ and up for more than 4 days, or somebody who has respiratory problems whether they went to China or not. If you feel you are infected, instead of going to the hospital first, you have to call the hotline to inform yourself and let the school know as the school is responsible for notifying Kyoto Prefecture.
  • Please call:
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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)

Time- 10:00 to 15:00

We are happy to announce that we set up the festival committee.

Lin (G2,EL1,3),Akane(G7) in charge of the food booths

Yuka(EL3),Keiko(EL2),Yuki(EL2) in charge of the Gym Activities

Misuzu(G4),Amiko(G5) in charge of the stage performances

If you are interested in participating, or just want to share your ideas,

please contact the Festival committee members directly or email <pta@kis.ac.jp> .

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 <pta@kis.ac.jp> or Amiko (G5 Sakura’s mother) or Emi (G7 Nima’s mother) directly.

PYP Exhibition

Save the Date

Where We Are in Place and Time

PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE IN DATE

Grade 5 invites KIS parents and community to come and share in their IB PYP Exhibition Journey.

Everyone is welcome!

Monday 23rd, March from 5 - 7 pm in the KIS community room.

See you there!

Coffee Mornings

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.

Regards

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 (jkim@kis.ac.jp).

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!

Galina

(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

General

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

February

  • Feb 24: School Closed - Emperor's Birthday (observed)

March

  • 2-6 March: Literacy Week