September 20 2019

Shuubun no hi (Autumnal Equinox)

On Monday 23 September we celebrate the Autumnal Equinox or Shuubun no hi. This signifies the beginning of autumn. This became an official Japanese public holiday in 1947. It is a day of equal daytime and night time! Enjoy your day.

Sports Update

The KIS Swim Team ventured to Osaka YMCA International School (OYIS) on Wednesday and competed in a swim meet for Grade 3-8. Well led by Ms Cote, our PE teacher, our team of 17 strong athletes went up against the best of OYIS. Everyone competed in good spirits and a great was had by all. The KIS students once again reflected the IB Learner Profile in being Balanced and Risk Takers. Well done team on doing yourselves and the school proud.

Experiential Learning Camp- Hakuba

Next week Grade 6-8 head to Hakuba, up in the Nagano region for four days of experiential learning. The goals for this trip are to challenge students physically and mentally, build team and leadership skills, to develop trust, and to support students outside of their comfort zone so they may face adversity with confidence. Some activities that students will be participating in are: mountain biking, rafting, hiking, orienteering, tree climbing, and rock climbing (some events are subject to change due to inclement weather). If you want to learn more about what our partner in Hakuba will do with the students, go to Good luck Middle School!

PTA Update

Dear parents.

Your newly constituted PTA would like to ask for your help in order to improve activities that support the KIS community. We would appreciate it if you could answer this short anonymous questionnaire. Thank you for your time.

PTA Parent Survey

The 2019-2020 PTA team.

(Families And Books - The FAB librarian programme)

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

Clothes Swap

Next Wednesday there is a clothes swap for parents and friends in the KIS community. Please read the flyer for details.

PTA Update

Congratulations to all our inaugural PTA members for this Academic Year:

Chair(s)- Emi Doyle, Martin Roth

Vice Chair- Misuzu Uehara

Secretary(s)- Fatma Onat, Mai Hayashi

Treasurer- Amiko Busch

Principal/Teacher Representative- Michael Taylor

EL parent representative- TBD

PYP parent representative- TBD

MS parent representative- TBD

From the Board Chair (Michi Saki)

Some thought provoking conferences to attend:

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Raising Children and Parents' Mother Tongue- a discussion together with foreign residents

Saturday, October 5, 2019

The Living on the Edge: The Joys and Challenges of Being Different in Japan

Weather Warnings

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.

Club and Lesson Update

Here is the finalized club and lesson list.

Also please check Club and Lesson calendar.

Externally-provided Lessons Sign up Guidelines

  • Parents can cancel/change lessons during first 2 weeks through the school office. (This is not a free trial, it will incur a charge.)
  • After 2 lessons, school office will send bills for the whole term. Parents/caregivers have to pay within one week by bank transfer.
  • Externally-provided lessons will remain open for application until they are full. Parents/caregivers may sign up through the school office by the 20th day of each month to commence from the following month. After the sign up, the school office will send bills for the rest of the term.

Open invitation to Atsumari (Assembly)

Each Friday KIS celebrates the week in our Atsumari (Assembly) EL1-G8 gather in the Gym from 14.30. Please join us and end the week on a KIS high!

Parent Japanese Classes

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

Dates for this term: September 25 October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

November 13, 20, 27 December 4, 11

Upcoming Events


Tuesday, September 24: G2-5 Swimming

Monday, September 23: School Closed

Tuesday 24 September- Friday 27 September: MS Hakuba trip

Thursday 26 September; Futsal tournament at Canadian academy