February 7th 2020

International Day - 14 February (Postponed)

Postponement of International Day

Dear KIS Community,

Given the increasing impact of the novel coronavirus throughout the region, KIS will postpone International Day (Friday 14th February).

This is not a decision the Senior Leadership Team and Board Chair made lightly and not one made from a position of alarm. This was a decision made from being conservative and ensuring the entire community is taking precautions to prevent any infection.

KIS does hope to reschedule International Day at a time when the entire community can fully enjoy this important event.

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Travel Notification

KIS is asking the support of the entire community to advise the school if anyone in your family has travelled to China since the commencement of Term Two (6 January, 2020). This is, once again, a precautionary measure to help monitor the welfare of all students.

Thank you for your understanding,

Michael


2月14日インターナショナルデー延期のお知らせ

新型コロナウイルス感染の影響を鑑み、インターナショナルデーを延期することといたしました。

理事長及び管理職で協議を重ねた結果、明らかな根拠によるものではありませんが、コミュニティー全体の安全と感染予防を最優先に考えて決定いたしました。

コミュニティー全員が安心して楽しめる時期が来た時には、このインターナショナルデーを改めて開催したいと考えています。

ご質問等ございましたら校長までご連絡いただけますようお願い申し上げます。

渡航・滞在経歴の調査のお願い

1月6日以降にご家族の中で中国に渡航・滞在・帰国等された方がいらっしゃる場合、学校へお知らせいただきますようお願いします。学校でも情報を把握し、生徒の衛生と安全を守るために、皆様のご理解とご協力をお願いします。

校長 マイケル テイラー

High School Fair

Saturday 8 Feb

Considering pathways for your children after they leave KIS Grade 8? Join OYIS and Kennedy Catholic High School careers advisors and discuss your child's future.

Time: 1pm-3pm

Where: Community Room

2020 International Schools' Assessment (ISA)

Monday 10th, February and Wednesday 12th, February.

Dear Parents,

G3-8 will be participating in the annual ISA assessment on Monday 10th, February and Wednesday 12th, February. The International Schools’ Assessment (ISA) is a set of tests used by international schools and schools with an international focus to monitor student performance over time and confirm that their internal assessments are aligned with international expectations of performance.

The ISA is designed to assess mathematical , reading , writing and scientific literacy. In general, the questions assess how well students can apply their mathematical, reading and writing skills to situations relating to real life in the 21st century.

Please see the parent privacy statement letter below. The school will make the ISA results available.

If you have any questions please ask.

Regards

Taylor

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 coronavirus from Kyoto Prefecture

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:

  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.

*Definition of "in contact"

- live in the same place

- stay for a long time in the same area (including in the car, airplane, etc...)



Community Tour - 5 February

Thank you for Joining to the community tour. We enjoyed stopping by old local businesses, scripting sutra at a temple, and leaning about the ancient capital of Kyoto with traditional clothes at that time.

All the best,

Misuzu

Thank YOU!!!

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 <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

#whatrudoing4sdg

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!

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 12, 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 8: High School Fair
  • Feb 10: G3 to G8 ISA Assessment - Day 1
  • Feb 11: School Closed (National Foundation Day)
  • Feb 12: G3 to G8 ISA Assessment - Day 2
  • Feb 13: Parent Coffee Morning ☕️
  • Feb 14: International Community Day POSTPONED

***All clubs and lessons are still cancelled on this day***

  • 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)