HUSKY EXPRESS June 8, 2015


 Administration Corner 

  Head of School   

Branding Project Presentation for Parents --
A reminder to parents to come out on Wednesday after school (3:30 in the Teacher’s Lounge) for the final presentation of the HIS Branding Project. It has been a fascinating year of learning about ourselves. Come learn the goals and next steps that will move HIS towards a brighter future!!
HIS Mourns the Passing of HIS Parent, Herb/Osamu Wakabayashi
Herb Wakabayashi was a Husky Parent for several years here at HIS. Better known across Japan as "Osamu Wakabayashi", he was a member of Japan's Olympic ice hockey team three consecutive times from 1972 and he later coached the Seibu ice hockey team. Herb was born and raised in Ontario, Canada but came to his ancestral home in 1969 and spent the rest of his life here.

Herb advised several HIS students who were interested in ice hockey and was warm and personable member of our parent community who always had time for a conversation. He will be dearly missed.

As a community, we extend our deepest sympathies to his daughter, Nina Kuramasu (graduated 2008), his wife and extended family both here and in Canada.

Parent Survey 2014~15
Please remember to complete the parent survey for this school year. We will be closing access to the survey on Tuesday at noon. Thanks in advance for sharing your thoughts.

  From the Principal’s Office  

This week the seniors (with Mr Salter and Ms Roe) are 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!
Please check out the pictures they’ll be uploading on Instagram:

 @ 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 

Husky Hugs go out to:

  • 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.
  • 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 & Meg Roe -- We wish Ms. Salter and Ms. Roe a successful Habitat for Humanity trip and look forward to their return and presentation. 


 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 

Upcoming events for next fall include attending our own college fair as well as the Kanto Plains area fair. Ours will take place on September 10th from 1-3pm. The largest one in Japan will take place at St. Mary’s in Tokyo on September 11th. Over 90 recruiters will be present to answer questions about their schools. These are great opportunities not just for rising Juniors, but anyone trying to figure out options after HIS.

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:
summer break begins June 19th :)
Link of the Week:
If you’re applying for schools using Common App, over 60 universities joined for next year!

 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!


 Discovery Day around the theme Global Citizens 

Some exciting upcoming events on Wednesday, June 10th starting at 2pm!
As we are in an international school we want to answer how we represent HIS as internationally minded citizens. We planned the Discovery Day around the theme Global Citizens by including the entire school and to expand our view of differences and embrace cultures of the world. Please come and help support us by wearing clothes that represent your cultures. 

Facing challenge is one of the hardest but most rewarding parts of life. On June 10th from 2pm, come check out our middle schoolers as they explore the different facets of challenge, opening up their minds to other worlds of struggle as they open up their own world to greater possibilities. They have created interactive websites and hands-on survival equipment and models designed to overcome the toughest odds from natural disasters to wartime conflicts. Come experience the challenge together. 

 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 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.”

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