March 6th 2020

Images from Distance Learning

Getting the most out of Distance Learning

A few takeaways from this weeks Distance Learning:

- Keeping a balance between screen time and other activities is important

- Communication between school and home is crucial to effectiveness

- Timely communication between student and teacher is key

- Workloads need to be managed by the entire community (students/ parents/teachers)

- Consistency of instructions is optimal

- Including time to relax is important

Here is the parent survey:


A parents perspective on COVID-19

Exciting news from the Yearbook Committee! This year you will be able to pre-order your 2019-20 Yearbook from the school website.

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

- Meet The Teachers

- Halloween

- Winter Concert

- Distance Learning (a special addition!)

- Plus much more!!!

Shipping options will be available both domestically and international.

Yearbook 2019-20

Kyoto Citywide Emergency Drill

Wednesday 11 March, 0930am

Preventative measures against COVID-19

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!!!

Support Marlene's G5 Exhibition

I am Marlene from Grade 5 and for my PYP exhibition I created a clothing drive. You can donate any kind of clothes, torn, stained, too small, out of fashion, too big, ugly and old clothing. You can find the donation bob next to the sinks and the door on the first floor inside of the green dinosaur. The due date of the clothing drive is March 20th. All the clothing that you donate will go to people in need.

Car Parking Reminder

The bank next door to KIS cannot be used for parking, even if it is short term. The school has received feedback that the KIS community is using the bank's carpark.

Please refrain from even temporarily parking in the banks parking area.

Q&A about Novel Coronavirus (COVID19) From Kyoto City Council

Here is a link for the English translation: link

Latest information for the novel coronavirus (COVID19)

Kyoto Council Update 20 February:

  • As of February 20, 2020
  • The hotline is open for anybody whose fever has been 37.5℃ and up for more than 4 days, or somebody who has respiratory problems whether they went to China or not. If you feel you are infected, instead of going to the hospital first, you have to call the hotline to inform yourself and let the school know as the school is responsible for notifying Kyoto Prefecture.
  • 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.

KIS Festival (24 May)

Time- 10:00 to 15:00

We are happy to announce that we set up the festival committee.

Lin (G2,EL1,3),Akane(G7) in charge of the food booths

Yuka(EL3),Keiko(EL2),Yuki(EL2) in charge of the Gym Activities

Misuzu(G4),Amiko(G5) in charge of the stage performances

If you are interested in participating, or just want to share your ideas,

please contact the Festival committee members directly or email <pta@kis.ac.jp> .

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

PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE IN DATE

Grade 5 invites KIS parents and community to come and share in their IB PYP Exhibition Journey.

Everyone is welcome!

Monday 23rd, March from 5 - 7 pm in the KIS community room.

See you there!

Coffee Mornings

NEXT MEETING: March 12th - Digital Citizenship

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:

  • 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

March

  • 2-6 March: Literacy Week
  • 12th - Coffee Morning in the Community Room
  • 20th: Student Led Conferences EL to G5. Parent Teacher Conferences G6-8 (sign up forms to be sent out on the 9th)
  • 23rd: Grade 5 PYP Exhibition 5pm - 7pm in the community room
  • 27th: Last day of Term 2: KIS Olypmics Sports Day