HUSKY EXPRESS Sept 18, 2018


 Administration Corner 

  Head of School    

Open House BBQ

It was very fun to see so many parents, families and students come out for the PTA-sponsored BBQ that followed the day of open classes.
Parents enjoyed a variety of meats and veggies and visited.

HIS on Open House day, September 17, 2018.


Emergency Updates

After the September 6 earthquake, the teachers of HIS met to discuss the school’s response, emergency communication methods and other aspects of our emergency response.

We learned a great deal through the experience of an earthquake, discovering what did and did not work when power is lost and wifi and cell phone connections are disrupted. After the discussion, we came to some final conclusions:

PUBLIC SCHOOLS LEAD THE WAY - In a post-disaster situation, HIS will follow the lead of public schools. If public schools close, HIS will close.
LOSS OF POWER AT SCHOOL = SCHOOL CLOSURE - Without power, we can’t provide a safe and sanitary environment to open the school.
RELYING ON ALMA - We will rely on ALMA to communicate all emergency message, not the telephone tree.
CLOSURE OF PUBLIC TRANSPORT - If public transportation is closed, HIS will keep all children at school until parents can safely come to pick them up.

We thank you for your understanding of the above information. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact school administration.

  From the Principal’s Office  

Mark your calendars…
The Fall Festival is coming up on Saturday, November 3rd, 10:00 - 14:00. Please see the PTA section of the HEx for more details.

Alma Accounts - New secondary students and parents should have received 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.

If you have NOT received this mail or if you have any questions, please contact me at

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.

SAT Exams (October 6th)

Autumn MAP Testing - The schedule for October MAP testing will be sent home soon along with an information packet explaining the benefits of this testing for your child. All students in grade 4 to grade 11 will be tested.

A reminder that on Wednesday October 3rd 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.

 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 us at  or phone the main office so we can update our mailing lists and include you as soon as possible!

 @ Niseko 

Greetings from HIS Niseko.

Earthquake Drill Reflections:
Just a note to tell you that we conducted an earthquake drill on Thursday morning. The students followed up with a reflection afterwards. We will have another disaster awareness drill in the upcoming weeks. More information can be found below:
Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

Fall Bazaar:
The HIS Niseko Autumn Bazaar will take place on Saturday, the 13th of October. We are on the lookout for good quality items to sell on the day and for potential stallholders to join us. We'd appreciate donations of used clothes, books, winter gear, toys etc that are in great condition and we'd like to hear from those who are interested in joining us to sell their own crafts.
Please spread the word!
Donations can be left on the stage in the MPR before the 12th of October.
Cross Country:
We are getting excited about our upcoming Cross Country race this Friday, September 21. During PE, our students are setting goals and working hard to reach them. I look forward to seeing them run. I will post some results in an upcoming letter.
Sincere thanks to Ben and Yuuki for the gift of sweet corn. We are most grateful for your generosity.

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 the College Advising Team 


11th and 12th grade parents: please come join us next week on Tuesday, September 25th at 5pm in the MPR. Mr. Fazio and Ms. Harmon will be presenting information on college and university applications, timelines, and things to discuss with your son or daughter in order to put them on the path towards college or university. Students have received this information during their student orientation, but we encourage parents to come with students to establish a foundation for future conversations. 9th and 10th grade parents are also welcome, but please keep in mind that the presentation will be geared towards the upper grades. A short presentation will be followed by a question and answer session. We would love to see you all there!

 Husky Hugs 

Husky Hugs go out to...

  • … to all the parents, teachers and students who pitched in on Monday at the PTA Community BBQ. A fun event for all!
  • … to Ms. Marquez for organizing the cross country event on Tuesday. Everything went very smoothly and the students had a wonderful time.
  • … to the weather for cooperating with us on Monday and Tuesday! :)


 From PTA 

Fall Festival Organization
The Fall Festival is the biggest PTA sponsored, fundraising event of the year and is open to public.
This year, it will be held on November 3rd from 10:00-14:00.
Profits from this event go to PTA funds, which allow us to distribute grants for the betterment of student learning at HIS.
Please note that there will be a Fall Festival Organization Meeting on September 26th at 3:45 in room 206.
You can find more information about the Fall Festival and last year’s PTA Grants on the PTA website. 

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 October 3rd, 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 Neil at

English lesson offered by a parent with teaching experience. If you are interested or would like to have more details, please contact More information will be posted in PTA website as soon as it is available


PTA Information Website:

 Upcoming Events 



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. 


The HS girls volleyball team will be playing the All Star teachers team this Friday straight after school. It promises to be an exciting game. The girls have also organised their own personalised Husky jackets with their own names printed on. See the art work. Tournaments for both HS and MS volleyball teams are now less than one month away. 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 !


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

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