HUSKY EXPRESS  Nov 26, 2018


 Administration Corner 

  Head of School    

Revised Articles of Incorporation

At the last meeting of the Board of Councilors, members gathered to pass the revised Articles of Incorporation for the school. ‘The Articles’, as they are usually referred to, serve as a kind of constitution for the governance of the school and define the roles of the Executive Board and the Board of Councilors, and they help to define the relationship between both boards.

Last year, the school’s attorney felt that the Articles needed revising to ensure that the Executive Board was the clear final authority of the school and that the Board of Councilors hold the position as the main advisory body for the school. This was echoed by recommendations made by the school’s accrediting body, WASC, to streamline the school’s governance. Discussions were held across last school year and a revised document created.

The Executive Board passed the revised Articles in the summer of 2018. At the last meeting of the Board of Councilors, the document was unanimously passed by all members in attendance. The final step will be to register the Articles with the Government of Hokkaido.

The school believes that the new Articles will serve the best interests of the school far into the future.


Bilingual Poetry Reading on Harps for Hokkaido’s 150th

There will be a bilingual charity event for the Tsunami/Earthquake orphans college education)

URL of the flyers (English & Japanese *the 2nd and the 3rd ones from the top of the page)
「バイリンガル朗読とハープ 命名150年目の冬に」
Bilingual Poetry Reading on Harps for Hokkaido’s 150th Anniversary
URL of the recipient of the donations (an average of 100,000 yen annually)


  From the Principal’s Office  

Secondary Student Progress Reports will be distributed via email by Wednesday this week. If you do not receive a report, please contact me.
Note that progress reports will also be stored and available to you within Alma.

Parent ALMA Accounts
All parents and guardians from EY to 12th grade should have an Alma account. If you never received an account activation email, please contact me and I will resend it for you.

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!

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.

Letter from Nick Holywell, HIS Sapporo Librarian

Hello Niseko Community!
In your library, you will be pleased to hear, you have an average of 40 books per student. This is an exceptionally high ration. On the searching I have done, this makes your library outstanding! Many private schools are in the 10-14 range and state and government schools in America and Australia aim for 20 per student. South Carolina suggests a school with 15 current volumes per student is in its 'Exemplary' category. Your library stock is all 'current'.


The two basic divisions are Fiction and Non-fiction (see pie chart below)
This would seem to be a reasonable distribution. The need for growth in the nonfiction area is dependant on teacher use and emphasis. If teachers place value on the non-fiction section by using strategies to encourage its use e.g. use at least 1 book for research or 1 book allows a student to use 1 website, then it will be worth putting more effort into this part of the collection.


Skating Thank you
Thank you to the HIS Niseo team, including Naruse san and Ms. Emily for providing a fun day of skating and gumboot hockey at the Tomari Ice Arena.
Special thanks to Tomomi and Paul Cadogan for providing an extra van. Thank you Ben Antoni for volunteering to drive. It was a great day.

Upcoming Dates:

  • November 28 EY travels to Yoji center
  • Wednesday 28th 2:50 Winter Celebration Rehearsal
  • November 29th Cultural Exchange Kaisei High School in Niseko AM only 9-12:00am
  • November 30 Ski Gear day
  • Friday 30th 2:50 Winter Celebration Rehearsal

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 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
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


The HS girls had an enjoyable game with Seishu HS last Sunday. We hope to have a rematch soon. This week the HS boys have away games on Wednesday and Friday against Shinyo HS and Hiragishi HS. The JV boys will have a home game with Seishu HS on Thursday.

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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