12 June 2020

Students on-campus for the full school day starting from Monday 15 June

On Monday 15 June KIS students will return to a full school day on-campus. The key indicators are consistent to support a return to a full timetable. We will continue to maintain the timetable that has been used over the last three (3) weeks.

The following guidelines will be in use as of Monday 15 June:

• ALL students (EL1-G8) will commence school at 0830. Students will be allowed on campus from 0820am

• EL1- EL3 will be DISMISSED at 1430

• EL1- G2 students will enter and leave the campus through the Eastern Gate (See Map)

• G3-G8 students will enter and leave the campus through the Western Gate (See Map)

• ALL students will continue to enter their classrooms though Entrance 1 , 2 or 3 (this will continue as per the last three weeks.)

• NOTE The Wednesday schedule is the same as Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday (See schedule below)

• Continue to wear a face mask

• Continue to submit the Self Screening tool

• Continue to wash hands as often as possible

• Continue with only drop off and pick up for all families

Parent Teacher Conferences

Rationale:

In more normal times KIS would have organised conferences for parents and teachers to discuss a students progress over the course of 2020-21. This year in unique.

Next week you can reach out to any teacher in a grade level or subject from Early Years 1 to Grade 8 to discuss your child(ren).

• When: Monday 15 June - Friday 19 June

• Venue: online/ virtual/ phone call/ email

• Contact: Setup a meeting by reaching out to the teacher directly

This week Dr Lomax, the JCIS medical consultant, answers questions about the effect of COVID-19 in Japan and how schools can respond.

PTA News

Dear KIS community members,

Thank you for your ongoing support of the PTA and KIS!

We, the PTA, have decided not to collect the PTA fee from each family for the next academic year in 2020-2021, given the difficult circumstances we are all in right now.

It has been our mission to organize and support fun and educational events for the students, the school and the community, and we do really hope that this decision will contribute to making us a stronger community.

As always, please feel free to contact us with any comments, questions, ideas or issues that regard the KIS community - pta@kis.ac.jp

We will share further information in the coming weeks!

Thank you again and have a great weekend,

the PTA

Walking for the World

Thursday, June 25th

The school day finishes together at 1430.

On the morning of Thursday 25th, KIS students will be walking to support the UN SDG's. G3-MS will be walking around the Imperial Palace. EL - G2 walking shorter routes down the Horigawa River.

Walking for the World aims to focus attention on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. We are pleased to announce that we are teaming up with the Food Bank Kyoto to provide them with canned food items. Through our efforts, we aim to help many local community groups and families who struggle to make ends meet.

Donation boxes will be placed outside the school office for students to drop off their cans.

In the afternoon we will be finishing our final Challenge Day for 2020!

Thank you again for your support.

Transition Workshop EL3 into G1

Dear KIS parents,

On Friday 19th June, at 8:30 am we will be holding two parent information sessions.

Welcome to Primary PYP: Mr. Boyd in the Grade 3 room (Top floor)

This workshop is designed for EL3 parents whose children are moving to G1.

This is an opportunity for you to gain an understanding of the transitions that your child/children will be making next year and how you can support that move. It is also a great time for you to ask any questions.

We look forward to seeing you next Friday.


Transition Workshop G5 into G6

Dear KIS parents,

On Friday 19th June, at 8:30 am we will be holding two parent information sessions.

Welcome to Middles School: Mr. Taylor in the Science room (East Building)

This workshop is designed for G5 parents whose students are moving to G6.

This is an opportunity for you to gain an understanding of the transitions that your child/children will be making next year and how you can support that move. It is also a great time for you to ask any questions.

We look forward to seeing you next Friday.


2020-21 Intentions

A reminder to submit your intentions for 2020-21 academic year.

Everyone has been sent an email, if you did not receive please contact admissions@kis.ac.jp

Deadline Friday 12 June

Tuition Payment Plans

Payment Plans: Three payment options are available (some restrictions apply). Families should include their preferred payment arrangements on this form before June 12, 2020.

Tuition and Fess 2020-21

Dear KIS Community,

KIS has taken into account the current challenges surrounding the school year and the next academic year. In consideration of the many physical, social and financial challenges that are being faced by our community members at this time, there has been a number of allowances including:

  • No raising of tuition for next academic year (except an adjustment for Early Years One)
  • Multiple tuition payment options to assist parents

The school will continue to explore ways in which it can further support the KIS community as soon as final enrollment numbers for the academic year can be confirmed.

Thank you again for your continued support, patience and understanding during these challenging times.

Tuition Payment Plans

Payment Plans: Three payment options are available (some restrictions apply). Families should include their preferred payment arrangements on this form before June 12, 2020.

Summer Camp Registration

Update

Tuition has been discounted for currently enrolled KIS students. This decision was made to support families during these challenging times and provide more face-to-face time:

  • (¥70,000) ¥20,000 for 2 weeks
  • (¥100,000) ¥30,000 for 3 weeks

*TIME* 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

*AGE* EL1 ~ Gr.6

*Minimum 2 weeks participation required*

  • First week: June 29 - July 3
  • Second week: July 6 - 10
  • Third week: July 13 - 17

Summer school sign up closes today Friday 12 June

Uniform 2020-21

This clothing is part of a school-wide uniform at Kyoto International School. Students are expected to wear a KIS t-shirt every day including school events and outings. School clothing can be ordered here.

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Looking forward 2020-21

Online Parent Meeting 18 June @ 730pm

Join the head of school and Executive Board as we look to the future and the exciting developments in store for KIS.

Meeting ID: 985 9185 3522

Password: y402iU

Grade 5 PYP Exhibition 2020

This year’s PYP Exhibition has been focused on taking action towards achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. We started in February, but have since adapted our action to reflect the current learning climate as well as our transdisciplinary theme of Where we are in place and time.

As such, the goal of this virtual Exhibition is to educate all of us in the hope that we can each make small changes that will together make a big difference.

Click the link to view the presentations. The students would really appreciate to hear your feedback so please comment.

Congratulations to all our G5 students and to Ms Candice.

Yearbook 2019-20

Samples Pages

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

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

- Meet The Teachers

- Halloween

- Distance Learning (a special addition!)

- Plus much more!!!

Shipping options will be available both domestically and international.

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 in 2020-21

Enjoy FAB time with your children:

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

Day: TBA

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

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.


Important Dates:

  • 8-12 June Blended Learning
  • 18 June Online Parent Meeting 'Looking Forward 2020-21'
  • 19 June G5 into G6 Parent meeting
  • 19 June EL3 into G1 Parent meeting
  • G5 transition to G6 day
  • 25 June Service as Action day
  • EL1- G8 Reports sent out electronically
  • 26 June Last Day (12 midday finish)