HUSKY EXPRESS  Nov 12, 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  

Project Santa
This year the students, parents and teachers of HIS will again come together to support "Project Santa” - a gift-giving donation drive for Hokkaido orphanages during the holiday season.

We would like to ask the HIS community to support this project by donating gifts, which will be taken to three orphanages in Hokkaido (Hokko Gakuen in Ikutahara near Kitami, Nansoen in Sapporo, and Kousho Gakuen in Sapporo)

Starting on Monday November 19th, students are asked to bring donated gifts to HIS. Please read the following instructions carefully:

- Price range of a gift from 1500 yen to 2000 yen
- Each student should buy a present for their same gender and age level.
- Families with more than one child at HIS are welcome to donate just one gift total if they would prefer
- NO CARDS / LETTERS / NAME should be attached to the gift
- Please write your age, gender, a simple description of the gift on a “post-it” and attach it to the gift. (ex; “age 7, girl, stuffed animal”)
- Please do not write anything directly on the present
- Important: Please do not wrap the gifts
- All gifts should be store-bought (no used or 100 yen shop items please)

Presents are to be brought to HIS by: Wednesday, December 5th (at the latest)

Elementary Students: Student Council will collect your gifts from your homeroom teacher
Secondary Students: Please deposit gifts in the box found at the library desk

We appreciate your contributions to help us make the holiday season more joyful for others.

--- Thank-you!

Secondary Student Progress Reports
A reminder to secondary parents to please check Alma regularly to keep track of your child’s progress.
Please also note that progress reports will be sent out (via email) during the week of November 26th.

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.


What is Santa Project?
Santa Project time is upon us!
This year, our MP3 students, Liene and I are coordinating the Santa Project for two local orphanages: Aiseigakuen and Iwanai Kouseien (around 90 children).
Our friends, Rie Pickering and Ami Small have begun this project many years ago. HIS Niseko is proud to build upon their achievements.
For this upcoming Christmas season, we again humbly request donations of money to buy:

  • toys
  • stationary
  • socks
  • Gloves and towels
  • Christmas cake

Just as last year, we request that people donate 2000-3000 JPY so that HIS Niseko can order the above items via online purchase. HIS Niseko is organizing a group of student volunteers to order, wrap and tag each gift.
Below are two bank accounts where you may kindly deposit any donation:
#Post Office Bank (Yucho) Branch 908
Normal account 19946851 サンタノヘルパー
or Post Office Bank ATM 19060-19946851

# Hokuyo Bank Kutchan branch
Ordinary account 3612218 サンタノヘルパー
You may also drop off your donation of money to the Administration Office at HIS Niseko ℅ Administrative Assistant.

If you or your company would like to help, we would appreciate it greatly.
Please send any questions or comments to or

Volunteers still needed for Library
We still could use the support of volunteers to assist the organization and upkeep of the school library. Please contact me at if you would like to help us out.

MP3 Math Olympiad 1:
Best of luck to our MP3 students as they begin their first Math Olympiad event of the academic year. Our mathematicians will study math problems and compete with fellow students from around the globe.
For 40 years, Math Olympiads for Elementary and Middle Schools strive:

  • To stimulate enthusiasm and a love for Mathematics
  • To introduce important Mathematical concepts
  • To teach major strategies for problem-solving
  • To develop Mathematical flexibility in solving problems
  • To strengthen Mathematical intuition
  • To foster Mathematical creativity and ingenuity
  • To provide for the satisfaction, joy, and thrill of meeting challenges

I am grateful to the good people of MOEMS for their help in providing perplexing and challenging mathematics problems for our students to enjoy.
Upcoming Dates:

  • November 14 Mummy and Me 10:00- 10:0
  • November 21 visit Niseko ES morning 
  • Nov 22 Ice Skating Day
  • Nov 23 Lesson Study/ Labor Day

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:
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:

 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 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 


November / December EVENTS

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


JV boys will have their first game this Thursday against the traditionally strong Hiragishi HS. Come along and lend your support to our young team.
We are trying hard to organize more games for all our other teams. Stay tuned …..

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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