HUSKY EXPRESS December 7, 2015


 Administration Corner 

  Head of School   

Security Gate Takes Shape

Over the weeknd, sections of the new security gate were installed between the dormitory and the school building.

HIS has been concerned by the easy access to the playing field. The new security gate -- which was funded by the Office of Overseas Schools with the help of the US Consulate General -- will better help us to secure our back field from intruders.

The gate will not be fully working until Winter Break. We believe it will limit access to the back parking lot. However, we will have time to develop the procedures for using the gate . We appreciate your patience as we develop how best to use a gate that will increase the security level for our students.


  From the Principal’s Office  

A reminder that the next sitting of the SAT is on Saturday, January 23rd. Students wishing to take this exam should register online by December 15th and then inform me (so that I can arrange for them to be added to the HIS SAT roster).  

Redesigned SAT Exams (as of May 7)
Everyone should be aware that, following the January SAT, the format of the exam will be redesigned.  I have information packages explaining the changes in my office.  Any student (or parent) who would like to pick one up, please drop by this week.  The May 7th SAT exam will include these changes.

Many thanks to Ms Kumgai, Ms Sugino, Mr Jansson and their students for their hard work in preparation for the upcoming Winter Celebration.  We all look forward to seeing their performances on Friday December 11th.  

We hope that all mothers and fathers can take the afternoon off work and join us from 2:45 to 5:00 to enjoy the wonderful musical talents of HIS children.

 @ Niseko 

Greetings from HISNiseko.

HISNiseko is coordinating this year’s Santa Project for two local orphanages: Aiseigakuen and Iwanai Kouseien (114 children). We have contacted last year’s coordinators, Rie Pickering and Ami Small and we hope to build upon their achievements.

For this Christmas, we request donations of money to buy:
small mesh bags to carry school lunch aprons
Christmas cake
Just as last year, we request that each person donate 2000-3000 JPY so that HIS Niseko can order the above items via online purchase. HIS Niseko is organizing a group of volunteers to order, wrap and tag each gift.

Below are two bank accounts that you may kindly deposit your donations:

#Post Office Bank (Yucho) Branch 908
Normal account 19946851 サンタノヘルパー
or Post Office Bank ATM 19060-19946851

# Hokuyo Bank Kutchan branch
Ordinary account 3612218 サンタノヘルパー

You may also drop off your donation of money to the Administration Office at Hokkaido International School-Niseko ℅ Kyoko Senzai.

If you or your company would like to help, we would appreciate it greatly. Please send any questions or comments to or

Thank you all for attending our latest PTA meeting. Next meeting is January 29 @9:20

Discussion Topic:
“What is International Mindedness @ HISNiseko?”

Upcoming events in December:

  • December 1st, Shiroikawa Primary visit by MP1, MP3
  • December 2, Mommy and Me from 10:00-10:40
  • December 8, ELL Professional Development visit from HIS Sapporo
  • December 4 Radio Niseko visit and recording session
  • December 11- MP1, MP3 visit HIS Sapporo for Winter Celebration (Parents Welcome)
  • December 15- Gift Wrap for Orphanages (Volunteers Needed) TBD
  • December 17 -Secret Santa/Pot Luck (Volunteers Needed) TBD
  • December 17- Christmas Concert @ Niseko library (Parents Welcome)
  • December 18- Winter Break begins
  • January 11 Professional Development 
  • January 12 Students return from WinterBreak

Teacher Administrator

 After School Violin Lessons 


HIS offers after school violin, piano & keyboard  lessons with  professional musicians. Lessons are held Mon-Thurs. &  some are available in English & / or Japanese. If interested, please contact Alison Manjyoume, MP3 Teacher, Room 205 for an application or email

HISでは放課後にプロの先生によるバイオリン、ピアノ、キーボードのレッスンをご提供しています。レッスンは英語または日本語で、毎週月曜〜水曜日に行われます。まだ空きがありますので、ご興味のある方はMP3、ルーム205のAlison Manjyoume(アリソン万城目)までメールでご連絡ください。

 Winter Celebration Update! 

Dear MP1, 2, 3 Parents
Please have your child/children wear a white shirt (preferably a long-sleeve) and black pants (or black jeans). 

Friday December 11th in HIS Gym
Niseko @2:45pm
Elementary (MP1, 2 and 3) @3:00pm
Instrumental & Jazz Band @3:30pm
Choir & Music Appreciation @4:15pm
Please join us in an afternoon of music making♫♫♫

*Since there is no intermission during this event, you may wish to pack your child an extra snack that they can eat in the classroom just before they assemble in the gym for the start of the show.


The MS boys had an excellent preparation this week with 3 games to prepare for their Kobe tournament. They showed great improvement from their first game and played really strongly. A feature was their improved defence and teamwork. Good luck this week boys.

Go Huskies !

 Husky Hugs 

Husky Hugs go out to

  • Mr. Piazza, Ms. Shibuya, Mr. Pangier and Ms. Oda for their ownership and  leadership of Lesson Study.
  • The many teachers who stepped in to help out with subbing during this past week.
  • The JV team for their valiant efforts this week in their last game against Keihoku.  



 Elementary Activities 

Activity Guide

Two weeks remain for our current block of after School Activities. We would love to hear from any teacher or parent willing to lead an activity in the new year. We need your support in order to give our children choices for after school activities.

 Husky Calendar 

Want to see more upcoming events?  Check out the newly updated calendar on the school website.

 Upcoming Events 


Dec 11: International Day / Winter Celebration

Dec 15:Parent Coffee - Report Cards / Assessment (8:30-9:30)

Dec 8 - Jan 11 - Winter Break (No School)

Jan 12 - School Resumes

 From PTA 

The next PTA Steering Committee will meet in the teacher's lounge on Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Please note, all Steering Committee meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month.


 Husky Lunch 

The weekly menu for HIS school lunch will now be posted on our website. Please check HERE for viewable and downloadable versions of the menu for December 07 - 11!

 HIS Cheerleading Recruits
 Elementary Students


As the snowy season approaches, every year during the Snow Festival season, HIS hosts a basketball tournament here in our gym. The Snow Festival Classic showcases  the Junior Varsity Boys, Varsity Boys, and Varsity Girls teams. Our teams are joined by those from all around Hokkaido and even an international school in Nagoya.

In order to make the tournament more enjoyable for all, HIS Athletics is creating a Cheerleading Team for students in Early Years and Mileposts 1, 2 & 3. Boys and girls are both invited and practices will be every Thursday from 3:30~4:30. Practices will begin based on the availability of those who sign up. Performances will include the Pep Rally on Day 1 of the Tournament, Feb 5th, and the half-time show on Saturday, Feb 6th. If your child would like to join, please contact us as soon as possible!! We are looking forward to seeing everyone at practice!!




 Student Council One Yen Drive


HIS Student Council is currently raising money for an orphanage in Cameroon. Our fundraiser is called the one yen drive. There will be petroleum bottles in every class and classes will put one yen coins in the bottles. The goal is to collect as many one yen coins as possible. Our goal is to raise $800-$1000 this year. Funds raised will go towards building showers for those who live and work at the orphanage, as well as towards buying school supplies, computers and indoor cooking facilities. The fundraiser will run until February and donations will be made in March.

 College Corner 

Seniors are now working on submitting materials for deadlines.
One area we’ve seen changes in are the requirements for students who are attending international schools abroad and need transcripts from previous schools to HIS. If you are in this category, please take time to contact those schools and request official transcripts. Even if the school accepts our combined transcript, visa applications may require originals.

Upcoming Events:SAT - January 23 (register by December 15th)

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