19 June 2020

Important Dates:

  • 25 June: Service as Action day

  • 25 June: EL1- G8 Reports sent out electronically

  • 26 June: Last Day (12 midday finish)

  • 24 August: First Day of 2020-21 (8:30 am start)

Thank you all for a great year

As this is the last newsletter of the year, KIS would like to thank everyone for all their support and effort over the course of 2019-20.

Last night, I spoke about how people develop skills in challenging times. The adage that 'rough seas develop skilled sailors' is very appropriate for KIS. This has been true of our entire community. From the students who have risen to embrace a new Distance Learning world; to our parents as they have needed to go 'back to school' to support learning in the home; and last but not least to the resilience and adaptability of the KIS teachers who have risen to the challenge and provided quality teaching and learning experiences for all students.

As KIS pushes toward 2020-21, we can look forward to the challenges and opportunities the next year will provide, safe in the knowledge, as a school community we cannot only 'navigate rough seas' but we do it well!


It is at this time of the year, schools go through change. Staff come and staff go. The school has been lucky to be so well served this year by the following staff and we we wish them well in their new challenges:

• Taylor Boyd

• Kate Boyd

• Josh Robinson

• Jung Sook Kim

• Emiko Nishino

• Debbie Sakura

To all our families who are moving away from KIS, we also wish you well. Hoping that our paths will cross again.

At the same time as staff leaving we welcome new staff for 2020-21:

• Sharyn Skrtic

• Colin Gallagher

• Chris Corrigan (returning from leave)

Welcome aboard!

Have a great summer, one and all. The entire staff look forward to seeing you back in 2020-21


Michael Taylor


The recoding of the final town hall for the year.

Great to be back

Here is a selection of images from our first full week back on campus. Such a wonderful sight to see all students coming through the gates and back in classes on campus.

Week 39 (22-26 June) What's on?

• Monday 22 June - Normal School

• Tuesday 23 June - Normal School

• Wednesday 24 June - ISA Reports go out. EAL Reports go out. Learning Support Reports go out.

• Thursday 25 June - Walking for the World (see details below). School finishes at 230pm

• Friday 26 June - Last day of Term 3. School finishes 12 midday.

Get Involved in Your PTA!!!

Dear KIS community members,

Thank you again for your ongoing support to school and students as always.

We are writing to ask for your help.

Despite the current difficult circumstances, the PTA has organized and supported several fun and educational activities. This would not have been possible without you.

We would like to thank you for your great support, precious time, and generous donations.

We have organized:

• the Halloween parade & café

• the Movie night,

• the café at the Winter Concert,

• the uniform selling,

• several community tours

• the gown project to Support Horikawa hospital.

We have had discussions with the school to provide a communication platform for the KIS community in the future. In order to maintain and expand our activities, we are looking for new members of the PTA committee.

Please consider joining us!

Our monthly meetings are open to any member of the KIS community at any time and will announce the schedule at the beginning of the new academic year.

You are always welcome to drop by! We need your help!

We are especially looking for a secretary and treasurer but anyone who supports PTA and our activities is most welcome!!!

Even though you have not decided yet if you join the PTA or not, just feel free to contact us and ask any questions that you may have!


Thank you again and hope to see you soon!

the PTA

UPDATE!! Yearbook 2019-20

Our PTA in response to the current year will sponsor the yearbook! All families will receive the yearbook compliments of the PTA.

A special thank you to the PTA for this support of the school community.

This year you can reserve your 2019-20 Yearbook from the school website.

Additionally if you would like a copy of last year's 2018-19 yearbook, they will also be available free of charge.

Board Meeting Update

The Executive Board (EB) held its final meeting for the academic year on Sunday 14 June. The EB reviewed the work it has undertaken over the year.

There was a review of the community surveys and and the board surveys.

The EB reviewed the performance of the Principal based on the survey results.

Finally first meeting dates were established for 2020-21.

The EB wishes everyone a wonderful Summer Break.

Walking for the World

Date: Thursday, June 25th

Time: 0830- 1430 (whole school finish time)

Dress: House colours or school uniform

Bring: hat, water, lunch, snack, raincoat, mask

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.

Looking forward 2020-21

Thank you to everyone who joined our online review of the 2019-20 and vision for 2020-21. Here is the video from our final meeting of the year and the slides presentation

Looking forward 2020-21

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. Check out the list and more details of our uniform on the website (https://www.kis.ac.jp/school-uniform/)

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2020-21 Intentions

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

Everyone has been sent an email, if you did not receive or would like to confirm by email, please contact admissions@kis.ac.jp

Tuition Payment Plans

Three payment options are available (some restrictions apply). Families should include their preferred payment arrangements on this form. If no response is submitted, 'Standard Payment Option' will be assumed.

External Summer Program with Mr. Oliver

Hi, many of you maybe stuck in Kyoto due to the Covid situation. I am here to offer help to keep your kids active and happy. I have two programs that may be of your interest:

1) Soccer/athletic program for kids

2) Mentor program

COVID-19 Contact App

Here is an introduction to the official COVID-19 contact tracing app provided by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare of Japan (MHLW). This app notifies you of close contact with COVID-19 positive users to help the government and healthcare organizations contain the spread of COVID-19. The app is available in 3 languages, Japanese, English and Chinese.

Downloadable as iOS App on Apple App Store or Android App on Google Play.

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.