November 29th 2019

Winter Concert

Grade 5 Mini- Exhibition

As a celebration of student learning, Grade 5 will be holding their first mini exhibition. This event is held in part as a preparation for the PYP Exhibition held later in the school year. Students will be showing their understanding of how life adapts and evolves over time.

Winter Coding Camp

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 favourite 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).

  • We arranged two rooms:

1) For adults: The first floor in the community building (next to the gymnasium)

2) For kids: The middle school or G1 classroom on the second floor (main building)

As the rooms are separate, it would be appreciated if one of the parents of kids under four could accompany your child to watch the kids’ movie together. PTA team members will also be available to monitor the kids movie room (we will contact you immediately if your child experiences any problems)..

A party afterwards will be in the art room (basement).

Please register for MOVIE NIGHT here:

Sign up HERE

PTA Updates

Dear KIS community,

First of all, I would like to thank all of you for your ongoing support of KIS. The new PTA serves as a link between among parents and the school. As such, mutual communication between parents and the PTA team improves the learning environment at KIS.

The new PTA serves as a link between among parents and the school. As such, mutual communication between parents and the PTA team improves the learning environment at KIS.

PTA 2019 Fall Survey Results

Here are the results of the survey:

If you have any questions or require further information, please contact us at

We have many suggestions from parents. However, primarily due to lack of human resources, we unfortunately are not able to organize all events. As always, volunteers are not only needed but welcome.

PTA Meeting Minutes from November:

Volunteers Needed for the KIS Winter concert

PTA will have Winter Concert Cafe from 13:00-15:30, on Thursday, December 12th. We would like to ask for baked goods, cookies, cakes that you can kindly donate before the event. Please remember, you don’t have to actually bake things. Store-bought treats are fine, too. Please consider "Eco Friendly Wrapping."

We need volunteers for:

1. Decorating the gym 12:00pm - (more than 10 volunteers)

2. Cleaning up the decorations after the event (more than 10 volunteers)

Please sign up here:

We very much appreciate your continuous support on behalf of the school and all of its students.

Kind regards,

PTA Team

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

Permission Form: Please complete the permission form and submit by Thursday, November 28th.


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

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

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 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:

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!


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Kyoto Japanese Cooking School

Kyoto Japanese Cooking School offers cooking lessons in English. Only four students per class and better still you eat what you cook on the day.

To get a discount write KJC on the booking form making the price 3000 yen instead of 4800.

(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


  • Dec 1: Enrolment Intentions 2020-21 due
  • Dec 7: Christmas Movie Night (organized by PTA)
  • Dec 12: Winter Concert
  • Dec 13: Last day of Term 1 / Skating to Zero Hunger
  • Dec 16-20: Winter Camp
  • Dec 21-Jan 5: Office Closed