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Shimbun Post for Week 12 (November 20th, 2020)

We have published a new Shimbun Post for Week 12 (November 20th, 2020) on our portal!

In this edition:

  • Message from the Principal
  • Grade 4 – Unit on ‘Who We Are’
  • MSHS Information Session
  • Latest COVID-19 Update
  • Counter Measures – COVID-19
  • PTA Questionnaire
  • PTA meets Kamigyo Ward Officers
  • External: “Movie to the Future”, the due is TODAY!!
  • External: Thinking about studying in Canada?
  • Contact Info – Change/Update Form
  • LINE for Emergency and Ease!
  • Comments

Key Info & Dates:

  • November 21st @ 2PM – Kids Smile Stadium (External Event)
  • November 23rd – Public Holiday
  • December 3rd @ 7PM – MSHS Info Session (Zoom)
  • December 11th – Winter Concert

The school calendar overview can be viewed here.

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Shimbun Post for Week 11 (November 13th, 2020)

We have published a new Shimbun Post for Week 11 (November 13th, 2020) on our portal!

In this edition:

  • COVID-19 Situation Update
  • Kyoto Food Bank – Donations
  • External Event: Kids Smile Stadium on Nov 21st at 2PM
  • Welcome to new students and families
  • The Community Event News from PTA
  • PTA Meeting – Nov 18th @ 8PM (Zoom Link)
  • Grade 4 – Unit on ‘Who We Are’
  • Dr Lomax Update (COVID) from November 10th

Key Info & Dates:

  • November 18th @ 8PM – PTA Meeting (via Zoom)
  • November 21st @ 2PM – Kids Smile Stadium (External Event)
  • November 23rd – Public Holiday
  • December 11th – Winter Concert

The school calendar overview can be viewed here.

Shimbun Post for Week 9 (October 23, 2020)

We have published a new Shimbun Post for Week 9 (October 23, 2020) on our portal!

In this edition:

  • Keeping our community safe
  • Grade 4 – Unit on ‘Who We Are
  • Halloween Food Donations by October 30th
  • School Photos for 2020/2021 Yearbook
  • ManageBac – Reports, Attendance, & More
  • Dr Lomax Update (COVID) from October 20th
  • Quick access to forms, portal, and more with the KIS Official LINE account

Key Info & Dates:

  • October 28th – School photos
    Wear your school uniform
  • October 30th – Halloween @ KIS (Students Only)
    Food donations to Food Bank Kyoto are required by any student wearing a costume.
  • November 2nd to 6th – Aki Yasumi

The school calendar overview can be viewed here.

Shimbun Post for Week 7

We have published a new Shimbun Post for Week 7 (October 9th, 2020) on our portal!

In this edition:

  • IMPORTANT: Verify your Emergency Info
    Please notice that an important document was sent home with each student today. There is personal and emergency contact information that needs to be confirmed. Please have this completed and returned to the school.
  • Halloween Planning by MSHS
  • Photos of Learning during Week 7
  • Next TELL/JCIS Workshop – Wellbeing in times of challenge
  • Signup for 3WC closes October 13th at 6pm
  • Update (COVID) from October 6th
    REMINDER – if any family is sick with the identified symptoms, before any students return to school (brothers and sisters) they must be clear for 48 hrs or have a doctor’s release to return to school.
  • Art exhibition by MS Wendy Carroll
  • Car Parking – Refrain from using the bank’s parking.

Key Info & Dates:

The school calendar overview can be viewed here.

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Shimbun Post for Week 6 (October 2nd, 2020)

We have published a new Shimbun Post for Week 6 (October 2nd, 2020) on our portal!

In this edition:

Key Info & Dates:

The school calendar overview can be viewed here.

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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!

Shimbun Post – Week 4 (September 18th, 2020)

We have published a new Shimbin post on our portal!

In this edition:

Read this and other posts at https://portal.kis.ac.jp/. Please note you will need to log in. If you need an account or have issues with logging in, please complete this contact form for assistance.

Thanks & Regards,
KIS Admin

The Final KIS Shimbun of 2019/20

Thank you for a great year

As this is the last newsletter of the year, KIS would like to thank everyone for all their support and effort over the course of the year. Last night, I spoke about how people develop skills in challenging times. The adage that ‘rough seas develop skilled sailors’ is very appropriate for KIS. This has been true of our entire community. From the students who have risen to embrace a new Distance Learning world; to our parents as they have needed to go ‘back to school’ to support learning in the home; and last but not least to the resilience and adaptability of the KIS teachers who have risen to the challenge and provided quality teaching and learning experiences.

As KIS pushes toward 2020-21, we can look forward to the challenges and opportunities the next year will provide, safe in the knowledge, as a school community we cannot only ‘navigate rough seas’ but we do it well!

STAFF CHANGES

It is at this time of the year, schools go through change. Staff come and staff go. The school has been lucky to be so well served this year by the following staff and we we wish them well in their new challenges:

  • Taylor Boyd
  • Kate Boyd
  • Josh Robinson
  • Jung Sook Kim
  • Emiko Nishino
  • Debbie Sakura

At the same time as staff leaving we welcome new staff for 2020-21:

  • Sharyn Skrtic
  • Colin Gallagher
  • Chris Corrigan (returning from leave)

Welcome aboard!

Have a great summer, one and all. The entire staff look forward to seeing you back in 2020-21

Best,
Michael Taylor


UPDATE!! Yearbook 2019-20

Our PTA in response to the current year will sponsor the yearbook! All families will receive the yearbook compliments of the PTA.

A special thank you to the PTA for this support of the school community.


Get Involved in Your PTA!!!

Dear KIS community members,
Thank you again for your ongoing support to school and students as always.
We are writing to ask for your help. Despite the current difficult circumstances, the PTA has organized and supported several fun and educational activities. This would not have been possible without you. We would like to thank you for your great support, precious time, and generous donations.

We have organized:

  • the Halloween parade & café
  • the Movie night,
  • the café at the Winter Concert,
  • the uniform selling,
  • several community tours
  • the gown project to Support Horikawa hospital.

We have had discussions with the school to provide a communication platform for the KIS community in the future. In order to maintain and expand our activities, we are looking for new members of the PTA committee.

Please consider joining us!

Our monthly meetings are open to any member of the KIS community at any time and will announce the schedule at the beginning of the new academic year. You are always welcome to drop by! We need your help!
We are especially looking for a secretary and treasurer but anyone who supports PTA and our activities is most welcome!!!

Even though you have not decided yet if you join the PTA or not, just feel free to contact us and ask any questions that you may have!
pta@kis.ac.jp

Thank you again and hope to see you soon!
the PTA


Thank you message to Mr Kinoyama

Mr. Kinoyama has been working hard to keep KIS clean for many years. Thank you for your hard work.

COVID-19 Contact App

Here is an introduction to the official COVID-19 contact tracing app provided by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare of Japan (MHLW). This app notifies you of close contact with COVID-19 positive users to help the government and healthcare organizations contain the spread of COVID-19. The app is available in 3 languages, Japanese, English and Chinese.

Downloadable as iOS App on Apple App Store or Android App on Google Play.

It will use Bluetooth to find out whether the user had any contact with any of the infected people out there. After all, a notification platform that is co-developed by Apple and Google. And the application is available on both Android and iOS platforms. Japan named the app ‘COCOA’. Although, the app is currently named as simply COVID-19 Contact App’ in iOS. The COCOA is an acronym standing for COVID-19 Contact Confirming Application. Beyond all, the application developed by Microsoft for the government.