HUSKY EXPRESS June 1, 2015


 Administration Corner 

  Head of School   

Events, Events, Events -- The remaining three weeks of the school year are going to be very busy. There are many events and items you will want to make sure you have scheduled into your planning diary. Make sure to check out the Upcoming Events so you can make the most of the Husky experience. 

Sincerely yours,
Barry Ratzliff 

  From the Principal’s Office  

PTA Steering Committee Meeting is scheduled for this week on Wednesday June 3rd in the teacher’s lounge at 3:45.  The last of the 2014-15 school year!

This week the seniors (with Mr Salter and Ms Roe) head out for their service trip to Vietnam.  We wish them good luck and safe travels - and a huge thanks for spreading the Husky spirit abroad!

 @ Niseko 

Thank you to all the parents who came out to support our students in our learning celebrations and to help in the spring clean up outside.

Check out our newest HIS Niseko editions!

 ArtSonia Gallery for
Elementary Students

Elementary On-line Gallery at ArtSonia
Art Room News – Invitation to the Art Gallery of your child

MP1 through 3 students have explored art and created very nice work. Their beautiful art is uploaded to their own Art Gallery on ArtSonia ( Please do not forget to activate the digital portfolio of their individual Art Gallery.

It is easy to activate the gallery. Please go to, and then go to your child’s screen typing in the screen name on the Permission Form. On the screen, you will see the column to type the security key. Please type the unique security key on the Permission Form, and set up the security Q&A. Please feel free to contact me if you have any question or concerns.

Ms. Machidori

The online gallery is also a great way to share your child’s art work with family, relatives and friends.



HIS has offered the chance for students to have violin and piano lessons with professional teachers after school hours for over 15 years!
We would like to keep this opportunity going and are asking students who are interested in taking either violin or piano lessons to please contact Ms Manjyoume (MP3 teacher) ( so that your name can be placed on a waiting list.

Positions are limited and scarce (and currently unavailable) so we would like you to be aware that your name will be placed on a waiting list which is on a first come first served basis as well as seniority on the number of years you have attended HIS (this assumes that you have been waiting for an opening the longest)
If you would like information about the piano lessons including costs please contact Ms Manjyoume and for information about violin lessons, please contact Mrs Otsuka ( but you must contact Ms Manjyoume so that your name can be placed on the list.

When a violin position is available, the school has violins that you may be able to use (depending on availability of the size)
Please note that both the violin and piano lessons are conducted in Japanese.

Thank you for your understanding.

バイオリン&ピアノ レッスン(有料)のご案内
HISでは15 年以上、放課後にプロ講師によるピアノとバイオリンのレッスンをご提供して参りました!
バイオリンレッスン の内容について詳しくお知りになりたい場合、コーディネータの大塚さん(にメールでお問い合わせください。

 Husky Hugs 

  • MS Teachers/IMYC Team -- A big thanks to all those teachers involved in the Moving Up morning to introduce the grade 5 students and parents to middle school life. It was both fun and informative.

  • All Teachers & Staff -- Thanks to those who came out to attend the final presentation of the Branding Project and for your various involvements across the school year in order to make this project ‘work’. Everyone’s voice has made brought out the kind of knowledge we needed about HIS that allows us to acknowledge, address aspects of our school and built towards a better future.

  • Branding Project Core Team -- Please take your time to pause and extend a thanks to the member of the Core Team who put in so many hours across the school year to ensure that every aspect of the school was considered.

  • Corinne Diehl -- Please also extend a thanks to Corinne for the work she has done. I know for a fact that she has gone beyond what was outlined to deliver the professional and in-depth look into our institution and provide us with a clear look to the future.

  • Shoko Kumagai -- The piano and violin concert for the keyboard classes and for the after school violin students was held at the House of Jazz for all participants and attending family members. It was a very enjoyable hour. Shoko, thank you for the time and effort taken to put the program of music together.

  • Hajime Katayama -- Hajime put more time this weekend at the above recital, taking photos of students and assisting in many different ways (as he does). Thank you for supporting Shoko in her work!

  • Alison Manjyoume -- Alison has been the faculty point person for the violin program all year and helped in the planning of the event.

  • Ethan Salter -- Any of you who has been on a Habitat for Humanity trip knows the amount of preplanning and paperwork that is involved. Please extend a thanks to Ethan who has -- as the Gr. 12 HR teacher -- is deeply involved in the process and who now will be chaperoning his class to Habitat over the next few days.

  • Meg Roe -- Meg is the female chaperone for the Habitat trip and has been busily wrapping up work in middle school, math, data collecting and tech stuff to head out on the trip. Please wish Meg and Ethan a wonderful trip as they shepherd the kids through one of the most powerful learning experiences they will have.



 Elementary Activities 

Two more weeks to go for these activities. There have been very good numbers for both Fun Games and Crazy Paint.

 Outdoor Leadership 

AdHOC at Akaiwa Cliffs
Last weekend high school students in the HIS rock climbing club spent a day scaling sea-side cliffs out at Otaru. The photo shows Hiro looking for the next hold on “chimney”.

 Babysitting/Odd Jobs Directory 

Check out this directory of students able to help! Email Mrs. Currie at if you have trouble accessing the directory or would like to post any job needs. If you know of anyone that needs help with specific projects, just write!

 Husky Calendar 

Want to see more upcoming events?  Check out the newly updated calendar on the Calendar

 College/Alumni Corner 

It has been great checking in with alum who have returned after their first year out of HIS. They are a wealth of information and have been able to share with our students in homeroom and at lunch.

PSAT (Practice SAT) will take place next October. If you are in grades 9-11 and considering programs that require the SAT, you are encouraged to take this practice exam to assess your areas of strength and improvement for the actual test. Also, as a grade 11 US citizen, this test is a qualifier for the National Merit Scholarship.

See this link for more information:

The test is approximately 2500 yen. I have checked in with students via their homerooms and we will place the initial order this next week.

As always, please write if you have any questions.

Office hours are B-days from 2-3:30.

Upcoming Events:

June 6th SAT

Link of the Week:



 Summer’s Cool 2015 

Summer School is happening!! Mark it on your calendar. June 22nd to July 17th. Applications are now available, here. Preschool will be learning “All About Me”, Elementary will be learning “Land, Sea, Sky”, and Secondary will be learning “Adventure Stories”. Secondary students can also improve their grades in other classes by registering for summer assistance.
Please email Mrs. Koga for more information.


 Upcoming Events 

June 3 ~ PTA Steering Committee 3:30 ~ 5:00
June 3 ~ 15 Senior Service Trip / Habitat for Humanity 
June 10 ~ Discovery Day (M.S. Exit Points) - 2:00 ~ 3:30 
June 10 ~ HIS Branding Project Presentation to Parents 3:30 ~ 5:00 in MPR
June 16 ~ H.I.S. Reads, Book Debates 8:30 ~ 11:00 in the MPR  
June 16 ~ MP3's Grade 5 Moving Up Ceremony: 11:00 ~ 12:00 in the MPR
June 17 ~ Lunch Jazz Band Performance - 12:00 ~ 12:45 - Field (Weather Permitting)
June 18 ~ Last Day of School (1/2 Day) Graduation Ceremony from 4:30 pm
June 19 ~ August 18 Summer Break 
Aug 19 ~ Opening Ceremony 10:30 am (New School Year Start)
Aug 19 ~ All Community Picnic 12:00 noon


Community Basketball each Wednesday night from 6 pm. All welcome so come and get some exercise and have some fun !

Go Huskies !

 Financial Assistance Applications Available for 2015 ~ 2016 

Financial Assistance Applications will be available for the next three weeks. Please speak to Ms. Shimako Abe in the office to receive an application packet.

 From PTA 

The next PTA Steering Committee Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday June 3rd.  Our 11th and final meeting of the 2015-15 school year!

The PTA encourages all HIS families who have facebook to join “HIS Family and Friends” as this is a great way to find out about things going on at the school and in our community.

 Executive Board Update 

The Executive Board had their 7th meeting of the school year on Wednesday, April 29th. Minutes of each Executive Board meeting appear a month later in the homepage Governance tab, section “Meeting Minutes Archives.” There is also a brief summary of each board meeting in the Governance section of the HIS website under the heading “Board News.” This is updated after each meeting. All the year’s minutes and previous years’ are accessible from the HIS homepage site, under the Governance tab, section the “Meeting Minutes Archive.”

 Yearbooks still available! 

Our Publications team has been working around the clock, and now our yearbooks are being printed as we speak! If you purchase the yearbook before May 8th, the “Early Bird” price is 4,500 yen. After May 8th, the regular price for the yearbook is 5,000 yen. Sibling discount for the yearbook is two for 8,500 yen. Contact Mr. Shaffer at or find a yearbook representative in the MPR every lunch time!


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