HUSKY EXPRESS May 15, 2017


 Administration Corner 

  Head of School   

Elementary Sports Day / Grade 9s in Kyoto

It was such a great opportunity for the elementary school community to come out on Saturday to support students as they participated in their Sports Day events. While there was a chilly side to the breezes, there was a whole lot of warmth and energy among all ages of participants.

A thanks to the teachers, secondary students and parents who helped to put on the BBQ and support each of the races. For the first time in likely a very long time, it was good to see the teachers win the tug of war, although that did not happen without a little help from a few parents ;-)

Grade 9s in Kyoto

The grade 9 students are down in Kyoto today and tomorrow for their cultural trip to Japan’s cultural cradle. We thank Mr. Erickson and Ms. Sugino for accompanying the students. We know this is a valuable time for students to better develop an appreciation of this ancient culture and it’s also  a wonderful opportunity for the class to cooperate and bond together.

Grade 9 went to Kansai on Saturday morning and we look forward to seeing them back here Wednesday morning.


  From the Principal’s Office  

Next PTA Meeting

The last 2016-17 PTA Steering Committee meeting is coming up on Tuesday, June 6th.  We encourage everyone to come if you are interested in joining the steering committee for 2017-18.  New members bring new ideas, so please consider it!

PSAT Exams October 2017

All 11th grade students will take the PSAT exam in October 2017.  The school covers this cost in order to guarantee all juniors the practice and feedback that can inform their studying for the SAT in June and in the senior year.  

We also encourage HS students of other grades to sign up to take the PSAT.  The cost is about 1800 yen at current exchange rates.  I will be sending home information with current 8th grade and 9th grade students in the next couple of weeks.

Upcoming Testing:

- AP Exams--- May 1 - 19
- SAT Subject Exams--- Saturday, May 6

 @ Niseko 

Save the Date: June 9th @ 9:30 AM

There will be an upcoming PTA Meeting on June 9th at 9:30 AM. The main topic will be tuition fees and the Niseko Community and Corporate Scholarship Program. Mr. Ratzliff will attend this meeting. All HIS Niseko parents are invited and encouraged to attend.

Gentle Reminder

Please allow me to remind students, parents and teachers that we do not allow electronic video devices, such as Nintendo DS on campus or on the school bus. Please kindly help us in this regard.

Spring Bazaar

We are gearing up for yet another fantastic Spring Bazaar. HIS Niseko parents are welcome to start bringing in items they want to donate to the school for the bazaar. Cheers, and thank you, PTA!

May 18- International Day Celebration with Niseko Town Council

HIS Niseko is excited to have International Day brought to you by the good folks of the Niseko Town Council Coordinator International Relations. The morning will consist of cultural experiences from the countries of China, Ireland, and Germany. We will learn traditional dances and games from the respective countries.

Big cheers to the Town Council for supporting this inaugural event.

Upcoming Dates of Note:

  • May 15th Japanese presentation MP1-Shopping, MP3-Japanese Garden
  • May 18- International Day Celebration with Niseko Town Council
  • May 19 Movie Night will be Moana
  • May 27 HIS Niseko PTA Spring Bazaar
  • Teacher Administrator HIS Niseko


Ms. Mutsuko Tsubaki came as a guest speaker to our HS Advanced Japanese class last week. She works as a manner instructor at hotels, companies, and a university in Hokkaido and in China. Ms. Tsubaki taught us manners and formal Japanese (keigo) which students can start using now and in the future. Currently, HS Advanced Japanese class is researching about their job opportunities for the future. This lecture definitely will be a benefit for all and was a valuable time!

 Music Department 

A Big Thank You!

Dear HIS community,

Thank you so much for coming to support our students. Thank you also for your flexibility and understanding as we prepared for the big day. We were so extremely proud to see our students transform into the performers you saw that evening over the course of this year, and we hope you were too!

 Husky Hugs 

Husky Hugs go out 

  • Mr. Adams - for his organization of the ES Sports Day.
  • Mr. Kelly - for his support during ES Sports Day
  • HIS PTA - for coming out to support ES students on their day of sport and fun on the field.
  • Ms. Harmon & the Grade 10 Class - for providing snacks, coffee and the very popular car wash during the elementary sports day.



SKATEBOARDING will be on offer as an afterschool activity this Fall!!


HIS is on the lookout for used skateboards and skateboard parts. We hope to collect equipment donations to support this extracurricular activity.
If you have an old deck, helmet or pads, or even a set of wheels, trucks or bearings please contact Mr. Tomasine & Mr. Gambino:

 Grade 10 Donation Request 

The current Grade 10 class continues to fundraise in preparation for their service trip next year, and they are currently in need of a small refrigerator to store supplies for fundraising activities. If any HIS community members have a used, working refrigerator they would be willing to donate, please contact Ms. Harmon at

 Upcoming Events 


MAY & JUNE Events

May 13 - 16 - Freshman Class Trip
May 21 - AdHOC Sarugawa Raft
May 25 - Huskies Day
May 25 - 26 - Elementary School Overnight
May 26 - John Kamitsuka Piano Recital

June 1 - MS Science Fair
June 2 -Student Council Talent Show
June 7 - HIS Reads Finale
June 8-9 - MS Overnight Trip
June 14 - MS / HS Sports Day
June 15 - Last Day of School / Graduation
June 16 - Teacher’s Last Day


We now have a Volleyball referees stand thanks to the generosity of the PTA.

Go Huskies !

 Husky Lunch 

Please here for viewable and downloadable versions of the Husky Lunch Menu -  May. 15 - 19

 Elementary Activities 

Only 2 more weeks of basketball on Monday. The kids are enjoying learning some skills and playing some mini games.

 HIS Parent E-mailing List 


Do you ever have trouble receiving the weekly HEx, Husky-Info bulletins or other school-wide emails?  Do you have another email address to which you’d like to receive these electronic communications? If so, please email our communications coordinator at so we can update our mailing lists and include you as soon as possible!

 From PTA 

Please note, all Steering Committee meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month.  Any parent is welcome to attend, and please let Neil or Megumi know if you would like to become a regular (and voting) member of the committee.
Next meeting is  Tuesday, June 6th at 3:45 in the Teacher’s Lounge

Free babysitting is available for during the meeting upon request.

 Hand-Made Paper for Sale 

Dear HIS Community,

The Early Years class has been busy recycling paper to make new paper to help look after our environment. We have also been discussing the plight of animals on Earth, and are wanting to help endangered animals. We are looking to sell our recycled paper in order to fundraise money and make a donation. Please support us by buying a homemade card…perfect for all occasions such as Mother’s Day, Birthday’s and thank you notes.

Full size: 100yen
Half size with envelope: 100yen
E-mail Ms. Ashlee or visit the classroom to purchase.  (




ご購入されたい方は、Miss Ashlee宛てにメール連絡くださるか、直接EYクラスにいらしてください。ご協力よろしくお願いいたします!(

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