HUSKY EXPRESS  Oct 10, 2018


 Administration Corner 

  Head of School    

Changes at HIS for Child Safety

The Child Protection Team of HIS has met to discuss changes to improve safety practices at the school.

Our WASC accreditation visiting committee mentioned a need to strengthen our practices to bring them into better alignment with other international and local public schools.

Below are the changes that we will implement immediately after Fall Break:

  • Front Door Changes 
    ・Front door automated opening times will be tightened: 
    ・AM - 8:15 ~ 8:30 
    ・PM - 3:25 ~ 4:00 
  • All guests & parents must sign in at a desk to be established outside the office. 
    ・All guests must wear a lanyard bearing “Guest”, “Library Volunteer” or “Parent”. 
  • All Night Time Activities (After 5:00) 
    ・Students must be under direct supervision to remain in the building
    ・The front doors will be locked at 4:00 pm 
    ・Students may not return to school if they leave the building until their activity starts.
  • Medications
    ・Following public school practice, HIS will no longer give medications to school students.** HIS teachers ・will, however, give an epipen injection in the event of an emergency.

We appreciate your support as we work to better secure the campus and make it as safe a place as possible.

If you have any questions, please stop by to see Mr. Ratzliff.

** The dormitory is excepted from this rule so long as the parents of dormitory students give permission for basic medicines (cold or headache medicines)


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 a 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.

To help the PTA-organized activities at Fall Festival, there are three things we are seeking donations for:

The raffle has always been a popular event for HIS visitors and community members. We are looking for prize donations.. These donations should be new and unused and can be for children or for adults. “Experience” prizes can also be a donation option (for example dinner for two, concert tickets, hotel vouchers). It can be a great opportunity to promote your business!

Individually wrapped candies, chocolates, cookies or any kind of sweets. They can be left in a box labeled “PTA Trick or Treat” in room 206, starting from Monday, October 1st.

We will be having a bake sale again - a very popular event every year. It can be sweets or savory. There is no need to wrap portions (for example the whole cake can be uncut, cookies don’t need to be wrapped individually). Please bring them either on November 2nd to room 206 or on November 3rd to the gym.

For more details concerning donations, please check the PTA website under Fall Festival 2018 - or contact us at

MAP Testing October 1st to 19th
Starting on Monday, October 1st, HIS students in grades 4-11 will be administered standardized external tests called Measures of Academic Progress (MAP).
We give grades 4-11 students MAP tests to determine their instructional level and to measure academic growth throughout the school year (and from year to year) in the areas of Math, Reading, and Language Usage.
MAP tests are unique in that they adapt to be appropriate for your child’s level of learning. As a result, each student has the same opportunity to succeed and maintain a positive attitude toward testing. With MAP tests, we can administer shorter tests and use less class time while still receiving detailed, accurate information about your child’s growth. Over three weeks, your child will spend a total of about 4 hours completing these tests.
Teachers use the data collected on these tests to better adapt lessons and assignments to your child’s individual needs.
Reporting back to you:
Included with your child’s final report card this June, you will receive a report showing your child’s growth over this year. This report will show specific areas of growth, specific needs, and comparative data with peers, US norms, and other International schools.
If you have any questions about these exams, please feel free to contact me.
Also, I encourage you to check out the following 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 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.

Greetings from HIS Niseko.
Halloween Thank You
Thank you to all who braved the impending weather to take part in the Halloween festivities. The costumes were a treat this year and it was so good to see the families enjoying each other’s company. Thank you, especially to HIS Niseko’s Ms. Maho, Mrs. Anita, Ms. Liene and the HIS Sapporo Student Council members for helping us prepare for the day.
Great work.

PTA Fall Bazaar:
The HIS Niseko Autumn Bazaar is Saturday, November the 3rd.
We continue to be 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 2nd of November.

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

 Greetings from the Executive Board 

If you wish to learn about what the Executive Board is and what we do, please follow this link to the HIS homepage:
Our next meeting is on October 17th.
If you wish to read the minutes to our meetings, to read in detail, what exactly was discussed and decided on,
then follow this link to the HIS homepage minutes archive:

 Husky Hugs 

Husky Hugs go out to...

  • … to the teachers who accompanied students on the long weekend hike up Yotei-zan.
  • … to the Child Protection and Safety Team for their efforts to ensure a safer school campus.


 From PTA 

Fall Festival Organization

Dear Fall Festival volunteers,
Thank you for signing up as Fall Festival volunteer(s).
The Fall Festival is the biggest PTA sponsored, fundraising event, which is open to public.
This year, it will be on November 3rd from 10:00-14:00
Profit from this event goes to PTA funds, which allows PTA to give grants for betterment of students’ learning.
You can find information on Fall Festival and volunteer information under “Fall Festival 2018” at PTA website.

We are now collecting:

1)Individually wrapped sweets (candies, chocolate, etc.) for Trick or Treat
2) Prize for Raffle (Thing: toy, furniture, etc. Experience: dinner coupons, concert tickets, etc.)
For further information, please check the website or contact
Thank you for your support


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 November 7th, 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 



Oct 12-13 MS and HS Volleyball Tournaments

Oct 16 Elementary Assembly at 10:30 in the MPR

Oct 22-26 Fall Break


Thank you to everyone who ordered from our Scholastic Book Club.
We are delighted to let you know that thanks to your support we earned £101.67 to spend on books for the school.
Please look out for our next Book Club to order great books at great prices and earn loads of free books for our school while you do.

Alison Manjyoume
MP3 Teacher


The HS girls had a high quality game with Hiragishi HS last Wednesday at home and then on Friday we travelled to Hachijo JH to play. Both games were valuable experiences and this week they are away to Seishin Hs and Hokusei HS. Hopefully on Tuesday we will have a Futsul game for the boys with a teacher `All Star` team.  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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