HUSKY EXPRESS  Oct 16, 2018


 Administration Corner 

  Head of School    

Fall Break

A reminder that HIS will be closed for the fall break, October 22 ~ 26. We trust that students and staff will have the opportunity to rest ahead of the start of winter and share valuable personal and family time.

We look forward to seeing everyone back on Monday, October 29. 


Parking at HIS

At school we notice that many community members are parking in front of the main school building. This blocks the flow of traffic and prevents the bus from using this lane.

For safety reasons, we ask that parents use the pick up and drop off lane at the front for that purpose and park their vehicles either in the dormitory parking spaces or in the back parking lot.

We appreciate your understanding.

Changes at HIS for Child Safety [Updated]

Teachers have further discussed changes regarding child safety. As a result, some adjustments have been made and are announced below.

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 - 8:00 ~ 8:30 
    PM - 3:25 ~ 4:00 
    AM - 9:15 - 9:30
    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. 
  • After School Supervision 
    ・To ensure safety, we ask that students leave the campus unless they are being directly supervised on the playground outside by a parent.

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)


  From the Principal’s Office  

Fall Break
Wishing all HIS families a wonderful fall break next week. School starts up again on Monday, October 29th.

Traffic Safety
A reminder to everyone. Please discuss traffic safely with your children if they are coming to school by themselves. In particular, students arriving at Sumikawa station should exit from the North Exit (the taxi side) and cross at the light before heading through to the steps and the usual path through the park up to HIS.

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!

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

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.
Everyone is welcome, please join us!
If you would like to have a babysitter, please contact me at


 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.

PTC, Thank You
A sincere and hearty thank you to the teachers and parents of HIS Niseko for making the time to discuss the learning that is happening at our school. Our annual Parent Teacher Conference Day was, by all measures, a success. Please, let us keep the lines of communication running smoothly so that we can continue to do what is right for the students.
Thanks again!

PTA Fall Bazaar:

The Autumn Bazaar - on Saturday, November the 3rd - is shaping up to be an exciting event. A big thank you to all of those have helped with planning and to those who have already donated items for sale!
We are still in need helping hands to make sure the day runs smoothly. Please see the sign-up list in the school genkan or contact Melissa ( to help out.
Donations can be left on the stage in the school MPR. We are hoping to make this our best bazaar yet so please ask around for quality winter gear to sell to the community.

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 

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 prizes for the 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.
Everyone is welcome, please join us!
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 


October EVENTS

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


A fantastic weekend of volleyball for both the HS and MS girls in Nagoya and Kobe respectively. Congratulations to all the girls on their play and their behavior in representing the school. tyIt is always a great experience to play and socialize with students from other international schools. Our HS girls placed 6th in their competition against some very strong opposition. I know that coaches Bosseaur and Marquez were very pleased with their improvement and performance in all games this season. Congratulations to Lilith who was named team MVP. The MS had 2 teams at their tournament with the A-Team placing 6th and the B Team placing 4th. A feature of the A-Team was that they scored at least 20 points in every set and the fact that they beat the eventual champions Marist 25-17 in the first set before losing 15-12 in the 3rd set. The very inexperienced B Team did a great job in all their games and well done on beating CA #3
Well done also to Ena and Koyuki who won the serving competition and also to Ena and Karen who were named as their teams` MVPs.
Also good to see a former student and player Ayumi Fukuyama who came along to watch the Saturday games.
Finally, a HUGE thanks to Coaches Bossaer and Marquez and to Mrs. Marinova who chaperoned the MS girls in Kobe. Without their care and willingness to give their time we would not be able to provide these opportunities for our athletes.

The HS girls had a high-quality game with Hiragishi HS last Wednesday at home and then on Friday we traveled 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 Futsal 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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