HUSKY EXPRESS Sept 4, 2018


 Administration Corner 

  Head of School    

Typhoon Jebi Interrupts Fall Overnights

The secondary school overnight trips are always looked forward to every year. Students in the high schools head out on overnight trips as a means to bond together at the start of the school year.

Typhoon Jebi, however, will leave us with poor weather for the next few days, so a decision was made to postpone the trips from this week until next week. The overnights will now be on Monday, September 10 ~ Tuesday, September 11.

We trust that students have a quiet weekend and enjoy the overnights in the better weather that is predicted for next week.


Welcome to ‘60 Years of Leaning’ at HIS 
Opening Ceremony brought out the largest annual turn out of parents, students and students and staff. It was an exciting opportunity to welcome and welcome back a community on such an exciting year as this, our 60th anniversary year.

After students briefly met their classroom and homeroom teachers, they rejoined their parents (post a PTA meeting) to form a giant 60 on the back field while their parents and teacher surrounded them in in a giant circle. This a fun first activity for the year and a great photo opportunity.

We will be hosting other 60th Anniversary Events across the school year. These will include:

  • The Formal Opening of the New Dormitory addition. 
  • Screening of the HIS Documentary 
  • 60th Anniversary Gala Event
  • 60th Anniversary Piano Concert

HEX Distribution Every Tuesday
HIS Huskies, please look for the HEx (Husky Express) to come out every Tuesday after lunch.

Publishing the HUSKY is a major job and we thank contributing teachers and our IT Coordinator, Mr. Katayama for all the work that goes into keeping you updated each week.

  From the Principal’s Office  

ALMA ACCOUNTS - New secondary students and parents will receive activation emails this week for their Alma accounts. Alma is our school’s student information system on which student information is stored and schedules / grades / reports are generated.
In the upcoming weeks, information will also be sent home to elementary parents regarding setting up Alma accounts as we transition to Alma for elementary assessment reporting as well.

The evening parent orientation sessions are scheduled this week for:
Monday, September 3 for elementary
Wednesday, September 5 for secondary
Both presentations will be at 5:30pm in the MPR

At both sessions, Mr Ratzliff and Mr Cooke will be presenting details of the school life and curriculum at HIS.

SAT Exams (October 6th sitting) - Final deadline for registration: September 7th

A reminder that on Wednesday September 5th the first PTA Steering Committee meeting of the school year will be held in the teacher’s lounge (Rm 206) at 3:45. All interested parents, guardians and teachers are welcome. Please come to learn how you can get involved! Babysitting is provided for parents who need it. Please contact me for details.

 @ Niseko 

A Note from Barry Mernin
Welcome to HIS Niseko for the 2018-2019 academic year. We are honored that you have chosen to entrust your child to our care.
I encourage you to become a part of our learning community as we strive to make our learning more visible.
Please let us stay in touch. Call or write if you have any suggestions, questions or concerns.

Emergency Updates
We have decided to discontinue our use of Class Phone Trees for the foreseeable future.
All future communication about emergency closures or early dismissals will be conducted by email from Barry Mernin.
I will write more about disaster preparedness in future newsletters.


Back to School Night Recap
Thank you to the teachers and staff for their extra effort in making Thursday’s Back to School Night a success.
It was a casual, cozy night hosted by crackerjack educators.

I am quite grateful for their hard work.

We are excited to begin our English Language Learning services starting next week.
Sara Murakawa will begin meeting with select students starting this Monday.

Upcoming Dates:

  • September 5 Pool DAY
  • September 6th International Read Aloud
  • September 7 Annupuri Climb MP3/MP1 Parents Invited in Monday’s email.

Barry Mernin
Hokkaido International School Niseko

 Information from the Music department 

After School Violin and Piano Program

Please consider joining the After School Violin and Piano program, where we offer private lessons for students from preschool to highschool. There are limited rental violins also available for elementary students.

We currently have 3 excellent professional violin teachers and 1 piano teacher. If you are interested, please read the attached document below, which has information about our teachers and their respective lesson fees and times.

Sign up will be a first-come-first-serve basis except for those students who decide to continue lessons from last year. All returning and new students must sign the Application/Consent Form by Aug. 30 (Thursday)

There will be envelopes in front of the music room door. Please submit the forms into the appropriate envelope by the deadline. 



Lesson Room


Teaching Language

Ms. Ichikawa (Violin)


Rm 206

3:45 - 6:00


Ms. Oshima (Piano)


Music Room

3:45 - 6:00


Ms. Kawamura (Violin)


Rm 201

3:45- 6:00

Japanese or English

Ms. Tomioka (Violin)


Rm 206

3:45 - 6:00



Violin Lesson Fee
30 min lesson - ¥3 500 /lesson
45 min lesson - ¥5 000/lesson
60 min lesson - ¥6 500 /lesson

Piano Lesson Fee
30 min lesson - ¥3 000 /lesson
45 min lesson - ¥4 250 /lesson
60 min lesson - ¥5 500 /lesson

 From PTA 

PTA Steering Committee Meetings
Please note, all Steering Committee meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month. Any parent is welcome to attend, and please let Megumi or Neil know if you would like to become a regular (and voting) member of the committee.

Next PTA Meeting
Looking forward to seeing parents at the next PTA meeting this week on Wednesday, September 5th, from 15:45 in Room 206.
This is our first Steering Committee Meeting of the school year. If you are interested in perhaps becoming a member for 2018-2019, please and join us to check it out!
Everyone is welcome, please join us!
We will be discussing and voting on PTA Grants.
If you would like to have a babysitter, please contact me.


New! PTA Information Website:

 HIS Parent E-mailing List 


Husky Parents!!
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!


If you are an HIS parent and are looking for a babysitter for an evening or on the weekend, please feel free to contact
Interested HIS parents can then be provided with a list of students available for babysitting.

Also, ff you are looking for a student tutor for your child, please contact

 Upcoming Events 



Sept 5-7 Daisetsuzan - Grade 12
Sept 6-7 Soranuma - Grade 11
Sept 6-7 Niseko - Grades 9-10
Sept 17 Open House
Sept 18 Cross-country Day
Sept 24 School Holiday
Sept 25 11-12 Grade College Info Night, 5pm
Sept 28-29 JV and MS Volleyball Tournament
Oct 10 PSAT Exams
Oct 8 Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences (No Classes)
Oct 12-13 MS and HS Volleyball Tournaments
Oct 22-26 Fall Break

 Husky Lunch 

Please note that from next week, the Husky Lunch Menu will no longer be posted to the website, instead it will be delivered directly to your email each Thursday. 


Really good numbers at both Volleyball and Futsul. We will be trying to schedule some games for these teams as well. The gym is a hive of activity each day from after school until 6 o`clock. Every Wednesday is Community Basketball between 6-8 pm. All welcome. Go Huskies ! Go Huskies !

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