HUSKY EXPRESS April 20, 2015


 Administration Corner 

  Head of School   

Welcoming New Families -- The final quarter of the school year means that several new families and students are joining HIS. If you see someone new at school, please make sure to welcome them and greeting them with a warm Husky welcome.

Science Fair - A thanks to family and friends who came out to see the Science Fair last week. Also, a thanks to Mr. Fazio for guiding his students through the process of preparing for the fair.


  From the Principal’s Office  

- HIS SPRING BAZAAR SUCCESS  - Thank-you to everyone who came to the spring bazaar yesterday.  It was a tremendous turnout with large numbers of people from the HIS community and from the general public.

And a huge thank-you to all the volunteers who made it possible.  Mrs. Clipstone and Mrs. Nakamura should especially be commended for their tireless coordinating efforts in the last few weeks and throughout the day yesterday.  Thanks too to Mrs. Ando for organizing the vending spaces so efficiently.

- I have not yet received all 2015-16 Course Selections from students.  Please refer to the Course Description Handbook 2015-16 and contact me if you have any questions.

- Spring Parent Conferences are scheduled for the morning of Wednesday, April 29th.  All conferences are scheduled according to parent or teacher request.

Elementary School - Parents will be contacted by homeroom teachers if a conference is required.  If you wish to schedule a conference, please contact the homeroom teacher directly

Secondary School - I will be contacting specific parents regarding conferences as required.  If you would like to arrange for a conference time on the 29th, please contact me at

 @ Niseko 

It is the season of “Changes” in Niseko. Snow is melting, tulips are coming up, and baby cows are being born.

 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 

This weeks our hugs are hugs of welcome to the students and families that we are welcoming to Hokkaido International School for the first time. It is so exciting to see our numbers grow and program expand. We welcome the contributions of new families and hope that you find your home here at HIS. 


 Elementary Activities 

Great to see so many enthusiastic elementary students joining in after school activities. Spanish, Storybook Club, Basketball and Guitar.

 Outdoor Leadership 

AdHOC Rocks Club
Every Tuesday after school from 4-7 o’clock, members of the Rockers do indoor rock climbing. All secondary students are encouraged to come enjoy the thrilling and technical sport of rock climbing. If your interested, please talk to Mike (photographed above) or to Mr. Piazza.

 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 

Thinking about comparing options after HIS? This link may be of help. It allows you to take surveys to narrow down the options as well as what types of universities may provide a better fit.

As always, please write if you have any questions.

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

Upcoming Events:
May 2nd SAT
June 6th SAT

AP Exams begin after Golden Week.

The College Corner on the 3rd floor has a variety of new summer program mailings - stop by and check them out!

Link of the Week:
State universities v. private ones (US schools)
(and one of the interviewees is related to Mrs. Roe - thanks to her for this link of the week)


Great News! HIS is running a Scholastic International Bookclub!

All books are now available for you to view and order online. You and your child can look through the paper catalogue and make your selection and then place your order online at

The online catalogue, which contains the entire Scholastic book list,  is also available for you to view directly at the Scholastic Website and to place your order online.

Please place your order online by April 6th, 2015.

Each order will earn free books for our school!

Delivery of the books to HIS will be between 7-10 days after the closing date. Your order will then be dispatched to your child in their classroom.

If you have any questions, please contact Alison Manjyoume, MP3 teacher, at

 Executive Board Update 

The Executive Board had their 6th meeting of the school year on Wednesday, March 25th. 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.”

 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 

  • Sports Awards Dinner Friday April 24th from 6pm


Sports Awards Dinner this Friday night April 24th to honor the efforts and achievements of our sports teams, managers and coaches. Always a good night …. tickets available from members of teams or from the office.
Community basketball  this Wednesday night from 6-8 pm. 

Go Huskies !

 Special Thanks to PTA 

A special thanks to the PTA for their grant supporting elementary class purchases of four document cameras to be used for IPC and other subject area learning in our elementary milepost classes. We appreciate the PTA's support for student learning!

from the Elementary Teachers


 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 May 6.


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

 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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