Administration Corner 

  Head of School    

Welcome Back from the Holidays

A welcome back to all members of our school community. We are very excited to be back and to see the fresh snow on the ground that helps us to mark the start of the ski and board season. From next week our Tuesday and Wednesday night ski and boarding trips will begin again for secondary students, some of whom will be heading up with teachers to Fu’s Ski Hill.

Over the holidays, repairs to the typhoon-damaged shed were completed and some major cleaning was completed across the school buildings.

A reminder that next Monday (January 14) school will be closed for the Coming of Age national holiday.


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  

Welcome Back
Hoping you all had a wonderful and festive winter break and wishing everyone a very happy 2019!

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.

 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.

Thank You and a Gentle Reminder
I am delighted to see so many happy faces, both new and old. Welcome and welcome back to our school. We are very glad to help your child grow, academically, socially, and emotionally. Thank you for your support.
Please, help us keep the lines of communication running smoothly so that we can continue to do what is right for your child.
A gentle reminder that students may still need to bring in spare clothes, extra pairs of socks, indoor shoes, toothbrushes, hats, gloves, and snowsuits. Please check with your kid and make sure they are prepared for each day.
Learning Exhibition and Celebration
In lieu of "Kitara," the team is deciding how we want, this year, to celebrate and exhibit student learning at HIS Niseko. This time may include poetry, presentations, Japanese drama, dancing, looking at student artwork, singing, listening to students present their writing.
Please look for more information in this space.

HIS Niseko PTA on LINE
LINE lets you share photos, videos, voice messages, contacts, and location information.
For our newly arrived parents, I started a group via Line. The Head of School, Niseko teachers and parents of HIS Niseko students are invited to join.
To receive an invite, please download the Line App via your smartphone. send a friend request to me, Barry Mernin. (My phone number is 080 8425 1325, my LineID is barrymernin) I will then send you an invitation to join the HIS Niseko PTA group. Please see me on any morning if you have any problems joining.
Special Thank you to our Donors
On behalf of the HIS Executive Board, the HIS Niseko PTA, our faculty and most importantly, our students; may I wish you a prosperous and happy new year. We are most fortunate to be able to live and work in this incredible corner of the world.

As you already know, we are a private, coeducational day school. We offer a WASC accredited education from early years through 6th grade. We welcome students and teachers of all nationalities. We were established in 2011 and are a branch of Hokkaido International School in Sapporo.

HIS Niseko and HIS Sapporo are the only international school campuses on the island of Hokkaido.

HIS Niseko makes every effort to provide help to students who show financial need. Donations to our Financial Assistance Fund show a commitment that our business community has to an international school option in Niseko.

With that, we are extremely grateful to our 2018-2019 Donors:



The logo of each donor appears on our newsletters, social media postings, board, and annual reports. We have updated our donor board in our library to recognize your generous support. The duration of a donor’s logo on signage is updated yearly and continue for years to come. We are constantly seeking more ways to promote this initiative and its benefactors.

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 10-11  JV Boys BB in Yokohama
Jan 14  Coming of Age Day (School Holiday)
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


Good luck to the JV Boys Basketball team as they head down to Yokohama IS for their tournament this Friday and Saturday. It`s going to be a great weekend of basketball against some quality teams.

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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