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Director's Message
Posted 03/07/2019 12:22PM

Dear Students, Parents and Community Members:

Happy Women's International Day!

This week, members of the PSI community have enjoyed expressing their support for this year's International Women's Day theme, #balancefor better. Please enjoy the photographs we have posted on our Facebook page.

We hope you all enjoy Friday's national holiday.

Board of Governors Open Meeting

Thank you to our students, staff and parents who attended this week's Open Board Meeting. We enjoyed your participation and were happy to be able to share some of the current projects in focus.

Minutes of March 4 Open Board Meeting

Please find here the minutes of our most recent Board of Governors meeting.

CEESA

We have much to celebrate in terms of our involvement with the Central and Eastern European Schools' Association (CEESA) and I would like to share with you a particular achievement which is a first for PSI. On Friday and Saturday of last week, we hosted our very first CEESA Swimming Tournament. It was a superbly organised and run event, thanks to Athletic Director Ric Floyd, his team, our coaches, and our operational staff. We are also very grateful to our host families for their assistance and for making the visit such a pleasant ones for our sister CEESA schools. Please find here some data and feedback about the event:

40 Host Families; 35 pool deck officials; 5 gym officials; 9 SALT (Student Activities Leadership Team) / PSI Ambassadors; 24 cleaning staff, drivers, cooks and facilities workers; 7 Dept. managers - Transport, Purchasing, Cleaning, Operations, Facilities, IT, and Marketing; 17 classroom teachers support - red carpet, bean bag chairs, spectators.

PSI Swim Team Results

4 trophies - Middle School Boys and High School Boys ~ champions, Middle School Girls ~ second place, High School Girls ~ third place, 42 medals: 10 -Gold; 13-Silver: 19-Bronze, 24 new PSI swim records

Tournament Event Facts

8 Teams, 22 coaches, 110 swimmers, 74 personal best times were recorded

Visiting Coaches' Feedback

1 coach commented that it was the best ever CEESA tournament he has been to in 11 years of CEESA

1 coach commented that it was the best ever CEESA swim tournament in 4 years.

Career Day

Pechersk School International is proud to announce its first ever Career Day event which we hope to make an annual tradition. It will be held on Wednesday, 24 April 2019 in PSI classrooms from 8:35 am until 11:25am.

The intention is that this event will spark students' interest in career opportunities that appeal to them.

We are identifying presenters and would like to extend an invitation to parents and friends of PSI students and and their families. If you or someone you know would be willing to speak about their career, please contact Secondary School Counsellor Michele Basu at micheleb@psi.kiev.ua,. Michele is working hard to organise an exciting event and would appreciate hearing from you by 22 March 2019 at the latest.

We would like each presenter to deliver a 15 minute (approximately) presentation to different groups of Grades 6 - 12 students. Following the presentations, students will have 15 minutes to pose questions and to discuss career-based opportunities with the presenters. We plan for most talks to be delivered in English. However, if you would like to speak in another language, please let Michele know.

Students will attend a variety of presentations, moving from class to class to do so.

Futures Forum

The Future is Now! Join us for an Exciting Celebration of Learning at PSI ~ SAVE THE DATE!

The title above has been chosen for the next Futures Forum (FF) event. Parents are cordially invited to join us on 19 March from 14:00 until 16:00. We shall be sharing some of the great work already underway in regards to the skills identified by many as most significant for the future (complex problem-solving, critical thinking, creativity, people management, emotional intelligence, service orientation, cognitive flexibility, etc.). The event will be opened by one of our own parents, Wladimir Klitschko, a former athlete and founder of F.A.C.E the Challenge. Following the opening, we shall have a student performance, after which the audience will be invited to visit the eclectic mix of booths and presentations run by both students and faculty. Please come along to celebrate a range of exciting learning opportunities offered at PSI and to find out more about teachers' and students' passions and interests. Parents of students taking part in the event will be notified by their section Principal in the near future.

Please see here important information regarding student attendance at the event:

Secondary: Secondary school students may attend some of the Forum with their classes, and are welcome to stay after school as well, provided that they have arranged for appropriate transportation.

Primary: Parents of Grades 3 to 5 students who would like their children to attend the Forum with them starting at 2pm can collect their children from their classrooms and accompany them o the auditorium. Primary School students will not be attending the Forum during class time unless their parents are going along, too. Parents are also welcome to take Primary students after the end of the school day. Please let the teacher know ahead of time if you are intending to accompany your child during class time.


Save the Date - Annual General Meeting (AGM)

Our Board of Governors will host the annual AGM on Tuesday, 14 May 14 from 6:30pm - 8:30pm. It will be a very special occasion with student involvement, so please save this date, as we are very keen to ensure the best turnout ever! More information coming soon...

REMINDERS - PSI School App - PSI Kyiv - Available also for Android NOW

Our Pechersk School International official school Application - PSI Kyiv has been active for two weeks, and we have received a great deal of positive feedback. Ideas for how we might improve the features further have also been very useful. Please keep these coming by contacting emmaz@psi.kiev.ua at your earliest convenience.

The PSI School App is an application for parental use. It provides easy access to the most essential school information in a time-saving and straightforward manner. Parents are able to see their student(s)' schedules, our weekly cafeteria menu, school contact details, daily bus timetables, Parent Teacher Association (PTA) events, Extra Curricular Activities (ECA), Physical and Health Education (PHE) updates, school calendars, notifications, etc. The information is continually updated, allowing PSI families to stay up-to-date with all things at Pechersk School International Kyiv.

Please download the App - PSI Kyiv from the App Store or Play Market on your phones and start to use it on a daily basis. (Your MyPSI login and password will be required.)

PSI GDPR Consent Form

If you have not yet done so, please complete the PSI GDPR Consent Collection form. We appreciate your cooperation as we complete this important task. You can click on this LINK to do so. Thank you to the many parents who have already done so. Please contact our IT Director (brentz@psi.kiev.ua) for any additional information.

Best wishes,

Rachel Caldwell

PSI School Director

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