October 11th 2019

Coffee morning at KIS

On Wednesday morning a good gathering of KIS parents met with Mr Taylor in the Community Room. This was the first chance to explore teaching and learning at KIS for the year. Topics discussed were the future of the IB in Japan; how to be collaborative in learning; and comparing and contrasting an IB education and a Japanese education.

These sessions are interactive and meant to embed our community in the KIS Core Values to Inspire Active Learners and Developing Global Citizens.

Our next coffee morning will be Wednesday 13th November (9am). Hope you can make it. Theme 'Languages at KIS'

KIS walking tour

A very successful walking tour was held on Friday 11 October. Leaving from KIS and ably lead by Misuzu Uehara, our experienced guide, the team enjoyed the culture that Kyoto has to offer.

Well done everyone and hope to see more people next walking tour.

KIS Teacher Conferences

It's that time of the year to attend KIS Teacher Conferences. These are a rich source of feedback for students, parents and teachers alike. Students are expected to attend the meetings.

Hope the new format using Sign Up Genius works for everyone. Feedback is always welcome on how we can improve what we do here at KIS.

Sign Up for Wednesday, October 16th

  • Primary Teachers G1-5: link
  • Middle School Teachers: link
  • Specialist Teachers (e.g. PE, Japanese teachers): link

Sign Up for Thursday, October 17th:

  • Primary Teachers G1-5: link
  • Middle School Teachers: link
  • Specialist Teachers (e.g. PE, Japanese teachers): link

If you have any difficulties signing up for appointments on either day or need to change your appointments, please contact Taylor Boyd at tboyd@kis.ac.jp for assistance.

Please sign up before Monday 14th.

Hello from our counselor

Dear KIS parents,

Hello! My name is Naho Kikuchi. Please call me Ms. Naho. I am the new school counselor who will be coming to KIS for two days a month. Some of you might have seen me in the morning this week as you drop of your children. I look forward to getting to know you and being a part of KIS community.

For the past 22 years, I was a school counselor at The American School in Japan. My husband, Ron, and I together with our little dog Pickles live in Tokyo, and our two children (a son and a daughter) are working and studying in the U.S.

I have enjoyed observing many classrooms during this visit. Students here are well taken care of, happy, and are enjoying each other’s company.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns about your child. I will meet with you, observe your child, talk with your child’s teacher, and offer suggestions. If you are interested I can be reached at counselor@kis.ac.jp. I will also be on campus on November 14th &15th, and December 5th & 6th.

Hope to meet many of you this year!


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 library@kis.ac.jp

Thank you!


KIS uniform guidelines

Winter is coming!

It is a good time to remind ourselves that KIS transitioned to being a uniform school two years ago.

  • KIS has a complete uniform policy which can be found in the Parent Handbook
  • All students at KIS will be expected to wear only the school wear items (tops/hats) specified on the Top of the Class website.
  • KIS has outsourced its school wear to Top of the Class School Uniform. Please go online to: http://www.schooluniform.jp/kyoto-international-school-kis/ to purchase all required items. Items may be delivered to your home or to the school.

Halloween Event

The KIS Halloween Event is coming up fast! Mark your calendars and get the costumes not only for your children but for yourself as well.

It’s on Friday, November 1, 2019 Afternoon !

We are starting to collect candy donations from 15th October. The PCA will set up a Halloween Basket at the front entrance. We have over 120 students this year so we need a lot of CANDY for trick-or-treat. Please leave donations in the basket.

For those of you new to KIS this is a great event where students get to dress up in costumes, trick-or-treat, some activities.It is always one of the most memorable events of the school year, but we need help from the entire community to make it happen!

This year, we’ve changed the route of the parade due to the construction work. Please check the parade route map below.

(School ⇒ Horikawa riverside walkway ⇒ Horikawa shopping street ⇒ School)


I. We will have Halloween Cafe from 13:00-15:30.

We will also 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 just make sure they are individually wrapped (for example, two or three cookies in a single bag).

II.As always, we need volunteers to

1, Supervising parade (1:00pm to 2:30pm)

2, Decorating Gym (12:00pm - )

3, Helping Halloween Cafe (12:00pm - 15:30 except during the parade time)

4, Cleaning up decorations after event.

Please sign up


If you have any questions, please ask any member of the PCA. Happy Halloween !

Up Coming Art Exhibitions

Ms Wendy, will be presenting next week at the following art exhibitions.

The first is the Kyoto International Exhibition of Art at the Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art Annex. Starting next week on Tuesday the 8th till Sunday the 13th. It features almost 100 International and Japanese artists.

The Second, is a small group show at Porta Gallery Hana, near Kyoto station. It starts October 29th to November 10

Congratulations to Ms Wendy, we wish her all the best.


The school grounds are closed from KIS supervision at 3:30pm each day.

At this point all students who are not in clubs, lessons, childcare or supervised by their parent/ guardian must leave the school grounds.

Parents are responsible for their children and are expected to be actively supervising. We want KIS to be a safe and enjoyable place for all.

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: http://www.kis.ac.jp/programs/winter-camp/

(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 (jkim@kis.ac.jp)

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

Dates for this term: October 16, 23, 30

November 13, 20, 27 December 4, 11

Weather Warnings - Update

Warning Typhoon #19 (Hagibis) for the season is coming our way. Please continue to track via the Japan Meteorological Agency. website which has daily tracking at Typhoon Tracking


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


Tuesday, 8th, 15th, 29th Oct : G2-5 Swimming

Monday 14th Oct: Health and Sports Day (School closed - public holiday)

Wednesday 16th Oct: Parent Teacher Conferences (2.30pm-6pm)

Thursday 17th Oct: Teacher Conferences (3.30pm-6pm)

Tuesday 22nd Oct: The Enthronement of New Emperor (School closed - public holiday)

Friday 01 Nov: Halloween celebrations (see information above)