HUSKY EXPRESS Dec 10, 2018


 Administration Corner 

  Head of School    

Wishing Our School Community a Very Happy Holiday

On our last week of the school’s calendar year, we would like to take this opportunity to thank our school community and to wish each and every one a very happy holiday and the best for the coming New Year.

A reminder that the Winter Break starts from December 14 (Fri).

The school will begin from Monday, January 7th

HIS 60th Anniversary Film

Hokkaido International School: The Steel, the Concrete and the Community

For over a year, HIS has been working with LHK Visionworks, to produce a promotional film for the new dormitory and for our 60th anniversary.

The 33 min. the film is finally complete and we are very excited to screen it for our community. The film was previewed by Executive Board members this past weekend and the next step is to show it to our school community.

The first viewing will take place before Winter Celebration at 13:10 in the Multipurpose Room of the school. Please come and join this exciting journey through the school’s history to the recent completion of the new dorm facility and on to a glimpse of the future for HIS.

  From the Principal’s Office  

Happy Holidays!  Wishing the students, parents and staff of HIS a very happy holidays!  Looking forward to seeing everyone again in the new year!

Project Santa


A huge thank-you from the HIS community service club to all the families that donated presents for this year's Santa Project.  Well over 100 gifts were received to be donated to children of all ages at three orphanages this Christmas.  

Thank-you for your generosity!

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.

Next PTA Meeting
Looking forward to seeing parents at the next PTA meeting this week on Wednesday, January 9th, 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.

Writing Celebration:
Thank you, Mr. Sinclair and Ms. Mary for the wondrous Writing Celebration. I couldn't believe the energy and authentic enthusiasm for the writing craft. Thank you, Ms. Kennedy, for providing the EY reading audience. The youngest ones got to see what writing is all about. Wonderful work, everybody!

Live Music at HIS Niseko
Thank you for all who joined the this week’s mini-concert festivities. We listened to the Pikinini band perform and it was a special treat for our community.

WINTER CELEBRATION -- December 13 -- 10:30 to 12:00 pm
The annual HIS Niseko Winter Celebration is an occasion for our community to come together and hear musical pieces from our students and...

Our intrepid PTA will be serving cookies to mark the start of the holidays, immediately after the musical performance has concluded.

Upcoming Dates:

  • December 15 Santa Project Delivery 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:

 Husky Hugs 

Husky Hugs go out to...

  • our PTA members for hosting us all to treats at the end of the Winter Celebration

  • Ms Sugino and Mr. Sugino for leading the choir and band at Winter Celebration

  • The Niseko staff for helping out and supporting each other during the Ice Skating trip.

  • London Kettle and Joe Tomasine for their work on the promotional film this past year.


 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 January 9th, 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


Thew MS boys had great fun at the Kobe Tournament last weekend at Marist IS. Although very inexperienced they showed great spirit and endeavour in all their games which culminated in a well deserved victory against the Fukuoka Sharks. They all showed great improvement and a growing self confidence. Congratulations to Hut who was named our MVP. I always want to thank Coaches William and Joshua for their guidance, encouragement, patience and support during all the practices and the games at the tournament. I know that we have some very keen and capable payers of the future.

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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