June 5 2020

Blended Learning 8-12 June

At the Senior Leadership Team meeting Tuesday (2 June) it was decided to maintain the Blended Learning model for the week of Monday 8 June to Friday 12 June. This decision was made in light of the recent increase of cases in Kitakyushu area and the increase in numbers in Tokyo. The school is also mindful that Japanese local schools open full time on Monday 15th of June. This will allow the school to monitor the outcome of their return.

KIS now plans to return to full time classes on campus starting Monday 15 June.

We appreciate that this may impact your decision to return your children to KIS under this model. We fully support your decision.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss this further please do not hesitate to reach out.

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

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


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

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

Everything you need to know about Re-Entry

Posted Guidelines (subject to change):

Map for Entry and Dismissal

No Lesson or Clubs for Term Three (3)

Due to the current environment with reducing activities, KIS will NOT offer Clubs and Lessons for the remainder of the school year. For parents with students who had aleady signed up for March the organisation is as follows:

- parents leaving KIS will be refunded March cancellation Lesson fees

- parents returning will be credited next years fees for Lessons.

We look forward to offering Extracurricular Activities (ECAs) when school resumes in August, 2020.

Please contact kis@kis.ac.jp if you have any questions.

School Satisfaction Survey

Thank you to everyone who completed the satisfaction survey

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.

Blended Learning Update

Expert guidance

Dr Thomas N Lomax (BSc MBBS MRCGP DRCOG) provides expert updates for our school as a member of JCIS. This week he shared his insights into the importance of wearing masks and that this practice may continue for some time; being aware of peoples mental state in response to the recent challenges; and the recent increase in cases is not cause for alarm but needs to be monitored.

Blended Learning

Preparation for full time days

Included in this weeks update on Blended Learning is a complete daily Timetable for when KIS returns to full time school. Whilst we cannot be definitive on a date, the school is aiming for a minimum of two full weeks to finish out this academic year.

For the Early Learning this will mean trialling next years model of EL students starting at 0830 and finishing at 1430. This is in response to feedback that the two 30 minute differences (current model of 9am-3pm) at the beginning and end of the day were more disruptive for families.

Next Weeks Blended Learning Schedule

8 June - 12 June

Monday - Blended Learning; 0830-1130 EL1-G2; 1230-1530 G3-G8

Tuesday - Blended Learning; Blended Learning; 0830-1130 EL1-G2; 1230-1530 G3-G8

Wednesday - Blended Learning; Blended Learning; 0830-1130 EL1-G2; 1230-1530 G3-G8

Thursday - Blended Learning; Blended Learning; 0830-1130 EL1-G2; 1230-1530 G3-G8

Friday - Blended Learning Blended Learning; 0830-1130 EL1-G2; 1230-1530 G3-G8

Full time school timetable

Timetable for when KIS returns to full school days:

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


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)