November 15th 2019

Grade 5 Pancake Breakfast

Grade 5 Pancake Breakfast

in support of Zero Hunger

Dear KIS Community,

The Grade Five class are hosting a Pancake Breakfast in support of the Sustainable Development Goal Zero Hunger and to raise money to buy vegetables and plants for our gardens.

When: Friday November 22nd

Time: 8:00-9:00am

Where: At the entrance to the school

Cost: 1 pancake 120¥ including one topping

1 hot cocoa 110¥ including marshmallows

  • If you bring your own plate we will give you 10¥ off.
  • If you bring your own cup we will give you 10¥ off.
  • If you download the Share the Meal App and show us on the day we will give you 10¥ off.

Please feel free to invite your friends, family and maybe even your neighbours to come along to help us develop these areas:

See you there!

Grade 5

Skating Towards Zero Hunger


Important to the culture of KIS, is developing Global Citizens and Active Learners. Aligning to these values, this year the school will be Skating Towards Zero Hunger. Students will be promoting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Good Health and Well Being (SDG3) by ice skating on that day as this supports ‘improving the health of millions of people, (and) increasing life expectancy’. Students will also focus, in the weeks leading up the event, on those people in the world that do not have enough to eat on a daily basis- ‘821 million people who are hungry today’ as per Zero Hunger (SDG2). KIS will work with Foodbank Kyoto who ‘has donated food in cooperation with welfare facilities and organizations. It is delivered to those who need it. And we are doing activities that work in good faith of each person that anyone can support someone.’

Our action

On Friday November 22 Grade 5 will be supporting SDG2 by cooking a pancake breakfast for the KIS community. In Atsumari on Friday December 6 Foodbank Kyoto will be accepting our first donations of food, through each class. On Friday December 13 Foodbank Kyoto will return to our Atsumari to receive our final donations for Skating Towards Zero Hunger

When: Friday 13 December


  • 0900-1200 Grade 1- Grade 8
  • 0930-1200 Early Learning 1-Early Learning 3

Venue: Kyoto Aquarena

Intentions for 2020/21

Greetings KIS community,

We are already planning for next academic year- staffing, calendars, events etc.

Please fill in the following form indicating your intentions for 2020-21, as this information helps the school to plan effectively for the next school year.

All families - please fill out this form

Thank you!

KIS Community- Jo Wilkinson

This weeks newsletter highlights Jo Wilkinson, who is our uniform supplier. Jo is very aligned with the concept of Global Citizenship. There is a brief bio and an article about her ethical practices in the clothing industry.

'Jo, originally hailing from the UK, has a love of fashion and is the founder of two companies in Tokyo:

Vintage Kimonos, is a tailoring company Joanne started in 2012 to employ tailors in the Tohoku region after the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami in that area. Vintage kimonos and obi (preferably the silk of pre-1970 kimono) are carefully deconstructed to then be made into innovative tailored clothes and bags. Jo herself creates the designs and patterns whilst the tailors then convert them into amazing pieces. Vintage Kimonos also make one-off denim pieces.

Top of the Class, Joanne’s other company is a a school uniform supplier.

Joanne has an evolving commitment to making both companies as ethical as possible, in what can be a somewhat otherwise ‘dirty’ industry!'

Jo Wilkinson, creator and owner of two diverse companies

KIS Winter Camp

KIS will be offering Winter Camp this year.

Date: Monday 16 December - Friday 20 December

Age: EL1 ~ G3

The deadline for signing up for Winter Camp is November 29th

Sign up here

School website:

Recently Grades 6-8 spent a number of days in Hakuba in Nagano Prefecture. The students wrote a report on their return. Here are some insights into their thoughts and reflections. Enjoy!

Mr Robinson and Ms Cote

Hakuba 2019 Mission Report

KIS community movie and popcorn night

December 7, 2019 @KIS

Dear KIS community,

The PTA is pleased to announce a movie night for kids and adults!

Movie date and time: 15:30-17:30, Saturday, December 7, 2019 at Kyoto International School

Christmas movie for kids: either Polar Express, Elf, or The Grinch (TBC). Educational documentary for adults: Most Likely to Succeed (a well done and highly recommended film; see link below for further information).

Party: 17:30-18:30 (bring your own favorite alcoholic or non-alcoholic drink).

Cost: 500 yen per adult and 300 yen per child for donations to pay for snacks and popcorn (any left over money will go towards painting the walls next to the entrance).

Sign up HERE

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

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

Parent Japanese Classes

Great to see the parent Japanese classes kicking off this week. Jung Sook Kim sensei leading the way. If you would like to join, contact Jun Sook Kim directly (

Come along and learn Japanese with Ms. Tokura (Jung Sook) 11:20 -12:05 on Wednesdays in the library.

Dates for this term:

  • November 13, 20, 27
  • December 4, 11

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


Nov 19: G2-5 Last Swimming 🏊

Nov 21: Traffic Safety Workshop with Kamigyo Police🚲

Nov 25: G6 field trip to Sekigahara Warland

Nov 27: Annual Futsal Tournament at Marist Brothers