January 31st 2020

International Day - 14 February

Greetings everyone,

Two weeks today until International Day! The excitement in the student body is growing. We now have International Day Ambassadors to manage the afternoon; students to talk about what internationality means to them; and performances ranging ukelele through to the Olympics.

Starting time: 1130 (in the GYM)

Finish time: 1400 - Supervision will continue at school until 1530.

After school care will be as per normal. No clubs or lessons that day (tutors and teachers will hold follow up sessions).

Volunteers on the day

Please email Annie at annie@flyingpatang.com or Debby at dsakura@kis.ac.jp if you would like to be part of the team or see Annie at pick up time.

Two things for families to prepare for the day:

1. Send a plate of food to school that day which represents the students chosen country. Please complete the survey: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSewhOTwkXM8zXG0vTfsUPSGEh1e8sCj2i4Ti7CTbuWD7Sr54Q/viewform

ATTENTION: If your child has specific dietary needs please send them with a specific plate. You do not then have to bring another plate.

2. Wear clothes that acknowledge the students chosen nationality. National dress, clothes from the students country, symbolic clothing (eg sports teams) Sustainability KIS would like this to be a sustainable event in support of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 12 Responsible Production and Consumption.

Global Citizenship and KIS

KIS and Osaka YMCA International School

On Friday 31 January KIS Middle School and OYIS students collaborated for a workshop in Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) . This built on the work the KIS students have developed in class and with PTA President Emi Doyle during the SDG Game. The future for our world looks bright.

Latest update from Kyoto City Council - Coronavirus

Current information from Kyoto City Council regarding the novel coronavirus

(Japanese) https://www.city.kyoto.lg.jp/hokenfukushi/page/0000263411.html

(English) https://www-city-kyoto-lg-jp.j-server.com/LUCKYOTOC/ns/tl.cgi

Guided reading with Ms Kellie and Ms Tamarisk

Thursday morning Ms Kellie and Ms Tamarisk presented to parents the schools approach to guided reading. Great to see a big turn out and enthusiastic interest in reading.

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.

Mayoral elections come to KIS

This Sunday KIS will be one venue for voting in the Kyoto City Council elections.

The three candidates (pictured) are:

  • Murayama Shohei (candidate)
  • Kadokawa Daisaku (current mayor)
  • Fukuyama Kazuhito (candidate)

2020 ISA Assessment

Dear Parents,

On the following dates students in G3-8 will be participating in the annual ISA assessment. 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.

Date of assessment:

Trial Assessment Dates: Monday 3rd and Tuesday 4th, February

Assessment Dates: Monday 10th and Wednesday 12th, February.

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

If you have any questions please ask.



Grade 5: PYP Exhibition 2020

Dear Parents,

In the final year of the PYP, students engage in an exhibition—a student-led inquiry into a subject of interest to them. This is both a demonstration of student agency and a reflection on students’ capacity to orchestrate their own learning. The exhibition offers students the opportunity to put their interests, transdisciplinary thinking, knowledge, conceptual understandings, skills and attributes of the learner profile into action.

The theme for this exhibition is: Where we are in Place and Time

Task: Students have to choose a UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) that reflects their passion and dive deeper into a personal inquiry.

How the KIS community can help:

Part of the process is to involve community members to help support students in their journey through having connections to any of the SDG's.

For example:

  • you personally take action in your daily life, e.g. plastic free
  • your profession is focusing on implementing the SDGs e.g. it is a company goal
  • your occupation is striving towards making more sustainable choices e.g. making more sustainable products

We would really appreciate your time to come and share your journey with the students during a Day of Inspiration.

If you are willing to come and share please contact Mr Boyd (tboyd@kis.ac.jp) or Ms Candice (ctaubner@kis.ac.jp).

Thank you for your support,

Taylor and Ms Candice

PYP Exhibition

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!

High School Fair

Saturday 8th February

Time: 1pm-3pm

Community Room

Kennedy Catholic High School

Osaka YMCA International School

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.


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 5, 12, 19, 26
  • March 4, 11, 18, 25

Term 2 Clubs and Lessons

Long-awaited clubs and lessons have begun on Monday, January 20th! Please make sure to let your child(ren) know what clubs and lessons they are signed up for.

The school office will send you a lesson bill by email at the end of January. If your child wishes to withdraw from their lessons, please let the school office know by January 31st. After this date, it will no longer be possible to cancel their lessons for the term.

PTA Community Tour - 5 February

PTA Community Tour

PTA also arranges a new walking tour on 2/5 (Wed):

A Sutra Copying with a bowl of tea & authentic Japanese Sweets / Heian-Kyo Learning Center

Have you experienced transcriping a sutra in a quiete temple?

A small & local temple in Nishijin area which KIS is also located opens its door

and you will have a tranquil moment through the workshop w/ tea & sweets:-)

And did you know that we are living on a place that so many remains and ruins have still been burried underground?

Beause Kyoto was an official capital of Japan over one thousand years!

We walk and visit several old businesses (an oil shop, sake shop, etc) on the way and

we will stop by an educational center for Heian-kyo, which was an old name of Kyoto

and the official capital established in 794 & you also have an opportunity to take a photo w/ the traditional clothes!

Date: 2nd of February (Wed)

Time: 9h00-12h00-ish

Meeting point: @ KIS (in front of the office)

Ending point: @ the Centray Library (about 25 min walk from KIS)

Fee: \2000

Transportation: N/A (it is a walking tour)

Due for sign up: by 2/2 (Sun) & first 10 persons

Form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/11dzNJ6zr6D7bdhtWzuZejUpjDCAdRxh7TQJAd9nEREU/edit

Please fill the form for signing up and contact PTA for further information.


Hope to see you then!

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!


Volunteer Library Assistants

Dear parents,

As the library is developing into a school-wide literacy hub we are in need of volunteer library assistants. Volunteers will assist the main librarian with the running and maintenance of the library. For example, checking in and out books, stacking books, keeping log of books, tracking books, preparing books for grades who have requested specific topics, monitoring of the library during recess and lunch times, and assisting with upcoming library events.

Volunteers Library Assistant can work flexible hours. They are welcome to nominate times between 8:30am to 3:30pm, Monday to Friday. The hours of volunteering will be up to each volunteer.

If you think you are interested in the library assistant volunteer position please contact Galina, our head librarian, at library@kis.ac.jp

Thank you!


(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.

Upcoming Events


  • Feb 2: Kyoto City Mayor Election
  • Feb 3-4: G3 to G8 ISA Practice Test
  • 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 ***All clubs and lessons 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)