Welcome to 2021

Important inclusions:

  • All students return to school on Tuesday 12 January.
  • Situation Report
  • Updated health procedures
  • Changes to Bukatsu/ Lessons/ Afteschool care
  • Semester Two events

Greetings everyone,

Year of the Ox
KIS wishes everyone a healthy and prosperous 2021. As we approach the Year of the Ox (ushi), we are informed the ox is epitomised as gentle; loyal in virtue; being trustworthy and grounded. I am sure you would agree, recalling recent times, looking for stability and confirmation are areas our entire community will once again try to establish.

Situation Report
As of this communication, areas of Japan are in a State of Emergency (SoE) and Kyoto Prefecture is also considering what are the safest next steps. The school is monitoring these situations and reviewing the latest communications from the Ministry of Education (MEXT) which have been updated this week. A common point of these updates is that schools are being encouraged not to close but to continue to minimise risk behaviour for the transmission of COVID-19.

Over the holiday break, the school has maintained continuous updates from JCIS and with Dr Lomax. In his most recent presentation (January 7) the doctor reinforced that schools are places where there has been the least transmissibility in the age groups up to high school age students. This continues to support the KIS response to the pandemic.

A newer development from Dr Lomax is that potential symptoms for COVID-19 are not as consistent as previously identified. As more research is completed it is now evident not all COVID-19 patients had:
● Increased temperature
● Cough
● Runny nose
● Body aches
● Tiredness

When to stay at home?
As a result of this information, the school asks that parents keep students at home if there are any signs of being unwell, until there is an absence of any symptoms for 24hrs. This is an update from previously published information. When in doubt keep your child at home.

Bukatsu, Lessons and After School Care
For the first week (Tuesday 12 Jan – Friday January 15) KIS will suspend ALL after school activities. This is consistent with all other schools in the JCIS network. The outcome of this will mean less time for interaction outside of the essential delivery of teaching and learning. KIS is committed to continuing to offer face-to-face lessons until it is deemed unsafe. This is one step that will help support our commitment.

Looking forward
What can we look forward to in 2021? The second semester is a significant one for KIS. The school will go through a number of validation processes being our IB evaluation; the WASC re-accreditation and the renewal of our Guiding Statements (Vision, Mission and Values). As well we are continuing our journey for membership with the Council of International Schools (CIS). All key aspects in reinforcing who we are as school and what we strive for students in their education.

Events
What types of events the school can provide will be mixed in comparison to previous years. Rest assured the Senior Leadership Team continues to reflect on ways to support the community and maintain connection.

Of course the KIS Festival will be held but not necessarily in its traditional format. It is important that the school continues to celebrate the community and culture that makes us KIS.

Experiential learning opportunities for students will look different as students will not be able to go to camps this year. This does create opportunities to work on different models whereby students can continue to have authentic experiences inside and outside the classroom, with a true reflection of our culture.

More online community events will be on offer. Coffees mornings, online education sessions and of course we have the option for parent conferences online if face-to-face is not available.

It will be a busy Semester Two but the school approaches it with excitement and enthusiasm. We look forward to connecting with everyone over the course of the year.

Best
Michael Taylor

EXTERNAL EVENT: English Drama & Art Program

We are please to inform you that Kyoto Lesson will be offering an English Drama & Art Program this coming Winter Break from 21 December to 8 January (3x 1 week).
You can register to any of the three weeks. Each week will have a different program so you can register your child to more than one week.

The class will be from Monday to Friday, from 9:30am to 12:30pm at Community Lab N5.5 (GoogleMap)
The school fee is ¥20,000 per week.

Below is a quick outline of a typical day:

  • Warm Up: active repeat after me type of activity: Get to know you, Name Game, Jellyfish, I met a bear, A Ram Sam Sam, Milk Song
  • 1 or 2 activities among: Music, Writing, Art, Games, Challenges, Drama, Reading, Language
  • Relax time / Bring your own toy / book / board game, present it and play time
  • 1 or 2 activities among: Music, Writing, Art, Games, Challenges, Drama, Reading, Language
  • Project time: Newspaper, Manga or Movie
  • Closing activity: String Games, Hangman, Bingo/Ogniv, Memory Game, Murderer Wink, 

For Winter Camp this year, the plan is to have a major theme for each week. The students will learn about something such as weather, or Christmas / new years traditions. These weeks will incorporate small daily activities in art, drama & games and a cumulative activity for the end of the week. 

Week 1:  White Christmas ️ with Ashley & David
Song of the Week: White Christmas
Learning: Extreme Weather- Blizzards and Snowstorms
Stories: Christmas Stories- various
Group Activity: Write your own Christmas Cards

Week 2: The Night Before Christmas with Kris & David
Song of the week: Have A Holly Jolly Christmas
Learning: Christmas around the world
Stories: Christmas Stories- Various
Group Activity: Twas the Night Before Christmas mini-play

Week 3: Feliz Navidad ️ with David & Ashley
Song of the week: Feliz Navidad
Learning: New Year’s traditions
Stories: Christmas / New Years Stories- Various
Group Activity: Make your own Times Square Ball Drop

Kind regards,
Alan
Kyoto Lesson

More information on our program

Wellbeing in times of challenge – a TELL/JCIS event

In conjunction with TELL counselling Japan and the Japan Council of International Schools (JCIS) is presenting a number of workshops for parents.

TELL has already held sessions for school leaders and is following up with sessions for teachers.

KIS hopes you find these sessions useful.
Great initiative!

Summer Camp Registration 2020

Thank you for your patience regarding Summer Camp 2020 registration. KIS administration and teachers have planned for a safe and responsible re-entry to school. Feel free to review our current re-entry guidelines, summer camp specific guidelines will be shared at a later date.

Details for fees, dates, and more can be reviewed on the Summer Camp page.

Former students, Saturday School students, and Non-KIS students can use this form to register.

Registration for Summer School 2020 is now closed. Please contact the Admissions officer (admissions@kis.ac.jp) for any inquiries.

Update regarding KIS Festival

5月24日(日)に開催を予定しておりました京都インターナショナルスクール・フェスティバルは新型コロナウイルスの感染が拡大している状況を受け、開催中止を決定いたしました。

Due to the circumstances surrounding the coronavirus, the KIS Festival scheduled for May 24th has been cancelled. Thank you for your understanding.

Parent Coffee Mornings

Date/TimeTopicObjective
April 9th: 10amQuestion and AnswersGeneral Q&A about Distance Learning
April 16th: 10amTELL Counselling & Support ServicesBeing mindful in challenging times
April 23rd: 10amAssessmentTo inform how what assessment will look like via distance learning
April 29th: 10amParent sharing sessionParents share what are the challenges: EL, PYP, MS

You will need to join Zoom (free account) on your phone or computer. I link will be sent to KIS community via email. Please check the step-by-step guide. We will record the Coffee Morning for people to catch up on later.