HUSKY EXPRESS Jan 14, 2019


 Administration Corner 

  Head of School    

Reggio Emilia

Next week, Hokkaido International School looks forward to welcoming Ms. Junko Cancemi, likely the most renowned expert on the Reggio-Emilia approach to early childhood learning here in the nation of Japan.

Ms. Cancemi was a longtime Early years teacher at Yokohama International School where she introduced the Reggio approach. HIS is bringing Junko-sensei to work with our EY teachers so that they may deepen their understandings on the Reggio approach.

Dormitory Parking

The parking spaces under the new dormitory wing are somewhat low at the far, north end of the building.
The school has installed signs to indicate the height. Please avoid parking tall vehicles in that section.
Our thanks for your cooperation.


  From the Principal’s Office  

Semester Report Cards

As we approach the end of the semester (January 31st), students should be working hard to complete their final assessments.
Please note the following distribution dates for reports:

  • Secondary: Reports will be downloadable on Alma as of Saturday, February 9th
  • Elementary: For the first time this year, elementary report cards will also be downloadable through Alma (as of February 9th).
  • Please note, I will email all parents their child’s report card as PDF along with detailed instructions about how to retrieve this and all future report cards directly from Alma.
  • Early Years report cards will still be generated and distributed in paper format.

Next PTA Meeting
Looking forward to seeing parents at the next PTA meeting this week on Wednesday, February 6th, from 15:45 in Room 206. 
Everyone is welcome, please join us! 

 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!

 The Publications & Media class 

This year the students have revived the online student website, www.TheHusky Pulse with lots of new content including artwork from elementary, middle, and high school students, MP3 narratives, high school writings, student articles on HIS events and the Hokkaido outdoors.

Also check out HIS Newscast, a series of quirky video reports created by high school students.

The Husky Pulse, created by students for all to see.

 @ Niseko 

Greetings from HIS Niseko.

Welcome Honored Newbies!
This week, we welcome our new and returning students, Tomoka, Kaito, Jayden, Damian. It is wonderful to have you learn with us. Welcome and welcome back to our school. We are glad you are here!
I was able to meet former students, Mia, Sam, Tom, Holly and Jake over the last few weeks. It is great to see you and your family again. Happy New Year!

Ski Session with Hokkaido Core:
Our first ski day of the season happened without any tears. It was pretty challenging, yet spectacular.


The Hokkaido Core instructors were wonderful, as usual. Thank you all, for helping us teach the students a little bit about the importance of organization, paying attention and having fun.

Upcoming Dates:

  • January 25 Moiwa Ski 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...

  • Mr. Ogawa who oversaw some important repairs to the buildings over the Winter Break.

  • Mr. Tawaraya who came into school to oversee the installation of height notification signs on the pillar of the parking for the New Dormitory wing.


 Upcoming Events 


Upcoming EVENTS

Jan 17-18 HS Boys BB in Kobe / HS Girls BB in Nagoya
Jan 31  End of Semester
Feb 1-3  Snow Festival Classic BB @ HIS

 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, February 6th, 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 on PTA website as soon as it is available

PTA Information Website:


Great News! HIS is running a Scholastic International School Book Club.

All books are now available for you to order online. You and your child can look through the paper catalog and make your selection and then place your order online at

The online catalog is also available for you to view directly at the Scholastic Website and to place your order online.
Please place your order online by Sunday, 27th January 2019.
Each order will earn free books for our school!
Delivery of the books to HIS will be between 7-10 days after the closing date.
Your order will then be dispatched to your child in their classroom.
If you have any questions, please contact Alison Manjyoume, MP3 teacher, at, Room 205


Have you seen the hilarious video of the Scottish granny reading The Wonky Donkey to her grandchild?
Great news! The book is available from the Scholastic Book Club this month!
Grab yourself a copy & be sure to check out the video for yourself



Alison Manjyoume
MP3 Teacher


Great effort by the JV Boys Basketball team at their tournament last weekend. On Friday they defeated YIS 43-35 and then CA 44-34. This put them straight through to the semi-finals to play Osaka IS on Saturday morning. This was a double overtime thriller which unfortunately we lost 46-44. Then we played St Maurs in the 3rd place playoff and we defeated them 25-21 to claim a trophy. A BIG thanks to Coach Cenobia and chaperone Ms. Tanya for always supporting the boys.
Meanwhile, at school, the HS boys and girls teams both had much-needed practice games over the weekend. This week they head off to Kobe and Nagoya for their tournaments. Good luck to everyone.

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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