October 18th 2019

KIS Teacher Conferences

On Wednesday and Thursday this week we held our teacher conferences. A wonderful two days of rich conversations, feedback and a vision on how learning is developing in your child(ren) and as importantly at KIS in general.

Over the two days KIS fielded a number of questions about 'Why are students now expected to attend the conferences with their parents?' Effective learning has always been a collaboration between the home and the school. A supportive and understanding relationship between the student, the parent and the teacher is key to successful learning. For this reason it is imperative that all parties (the student, the parent and the teacher) are in the same conversation at the same time, as goals, challenges and aspirations are discussed together.

If as a parent you would like more in-depth discussions, KIS teaching staff are always available.

We look forward to seeing everyone for our Student Led Conference March and KIS Teacher Conferences, which will run over a full day.

Class parents

EL1-Grade5 and Middle School are still looking for Class Parents to liaise between the PTA and each grade level. If you are interested in this role, please reach out directly to your child's classroom teacher. This role serves as a key link for communication between the PTA and the grade levels.

Reporting in Middle School Coffee Morning 31 October

Greetings Middle School Parents,

On Thursday 31 October Mr Taylor will be discussing Reporting and Assessment in the Middle School. In this session parents will:

  • review the philosophy of assessment at KIS
  • better understand criterion based assessment
  • experience assessment in an IB environment
  • Explore a Middle School Report and what it all means

When: Thursday 30 October, 2019

Time: 9am-10am

Where: Conference Room in the East Building

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.

Please sign up to help with the neighbourhood parade.


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.

If you have any questions, please ask any member of the PCA or email pta@kis.ac.jp

Happy Halloween !

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.

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 23, 30

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.

Kyoto-Nishiki Lions Club Event

Ms.Mayphy and KIS Hip Hop team will be presenting two dance performances on stage on Sunday, October 27th at Wings Kyoto. The doors will open at 12:30 pm and the event starts at 1 pm. It is free for primary school and EL students, and 1,000 yen for MS students and up. If you are interested, we sell tickets at the KIS office.

Juraku Community Earthquake Drill

Kamigyo Police will be holding an earthquake drill for those living in the Juraku Community. It will be a great opportunity for us to learn what needs to be done in case of a disastrous earthquake and also to be well prepared. It will take place on the KIS field at 9 am on Sunday, October 27th.

Upcoming Events


Tuesday 29th Oct : G2-5 Swimming

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

Friday 25th Oct: G5 Field trip to Monkey Park in Arashiyama

Friday 01 Nov: Halloween celebrations (see information above)