HUSKY EXPRESS  Nov 6, 2018


 Administration Corner 

  Head of School    

Signing-in and Name Tags

A thanks to the many parents who have attended our “Child Protection” sessions and for the expressions of support and understanding as we move forward to ensure that HIS is a more secure place for those in attendance.

Please help us out by making a point to stop outside the office to sign yourself into the building and take a parent badge to hang around your neck. If you happen to be bringing a guest, please make sure to give them a guest badge as well.

We greatly appreciate the time taken.


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 Festival Thanks!
Thank-you so much to all the parent volunteers and to everyone who came out to the Fall Festival on Saturday.
Yet again, great collaboration between parents, teachers and students made the Fall Festival a tremendous success and fun for all.

Next PTA Meeting
Looking forward to seeing parents at the next PTA meeting this week on Wednesday, December 5th, 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.

PTA Fall Bazaar:
Huge thanks go out to our intrepid PTA, led by the indomitable Melissa Moss. This year’s bazaar was, by all measures a complete success. On behalf of the students of HIS Niseko; Thank you!

Maitorie Holiday:
Please note that there is no Maitorie this Friday, November 9. The kind-hearted bakers will take a much-deserved vacation. We will continue with our Maitorie service the following Friday, November, 16.


Upcoming Dates:

  • MP3 Math Olympiad 1: Nov 13 (Div E)
  • November 14 Mummy and Me 10:00- 10:40

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 

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, December 5th, 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 


November / December EVENTS

Nov 7 Board of Councilors
Nov 13 Elementary Assembly (10:30 AM)
Dec 11 Elementary Assembly (10:30 AM)
Nov 23 Labor Day (No School) / Teacher Professional Development / Lesson Study Day
Dec 13 Winter Celebration
Dec 14 - Jan 4 Winter 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


MS girls had their `sayonara` volleyball game last night against Hokusei JH and had a strong win by 3 sets to 1.
A little bit `rusty` in the first set but played very strongly after that.
Way to go girls!
Basketball practices are going well for all teams. Really pleased to see the MS boys team doing their best under senior boys coaches William and Joshua.
Go Huskies!

Basketball 2018 / 19


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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