HUSKY EXPRESS Feb 11, 2019


 Administration Corner 

  Head of School    

Niseko Students & Teachers Watch, The Steel, the Concrete and Community Film  

On Tuesday morning, February 5, the HIS Niseko school community gathered together in the multipurpose room of the school to watch the film that was made to mark HIS’ 60th anniversary year and the completion of the school’s second dormitory facility.

Many of the Niseko students were very excited to be able to identify their former classmate and friend, Hemi, who appeared in the video as one of the new residents of the new dormitory facility in Niseko.

In the next few weeks, HIS will upload the film and make it available online to the general school community. Look for an email update.


  From the Principal’s Office  

Spring Bazaar coming up!
Please stand by for information about the upcoming Spring Bazaar. There are many ways for the whole community to get involved!

“Spring” MAP Testing
Please note the next session of MAP testing is coming up for students between grade 4 and grade 11: February 25 - March 22

SAT Exam Schedule - Semester 2
If you are a first time SAT taker, you will need to set up a College Board account to register. Please come to see me if you have any questions.

  • March 9th - SAT with Essay and SAT without Essay only (No Subject Tests). Final deadline for registration is February 8th
  • May 4th - SAT with Essay, SAT without Essay, and SAT Subject Tests offered on this date. Final deadline for registration” April 5th
  • June 1st - SAT Subject Tests only (No SAT with Essay or SAT without Essay). Final deadline for registration: May 3rd

Next PTA Meeting
Looking forward to seeing parents at the next PTA meeting this week on Wednesday, March 6th, 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!

 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.


Dear Parents and Guardians,
Each year, the HIS music department produces a 2-hour musical show outside campus to provide students with an opportunity to perform in a professional hall setting. This year we will be in the Sapporo Kitara Concert Hall again, one of the most prestigious concert halls in Japan. We are now reaching out for volunteer parents who would help us with (re)constructing and organizing costumes for over 120 students.

For those of you who can sew or have a knack for arts and crafts, please contact Megumi at by February 14th, 2019. In your e-mail, please include:
- - 1. Your interest: crafts or sewing
- - 2. I have a sewing machine / I do not have one (but know how to use) / I do not know how to use a sewing machine
- - 3. If applicable, your sewing level: I can sew simple things / I can make a dress/shirt/ etc.
- - 4. Your availability:
I can come to school to work on certain days
I can work at home
I can commit ____amount of time____ per week to work on projects

More information for other costume and props work (such as measuring, packing each students' costumes, etc.) will follow in later months.
In this year’s production, we will be providing costumes for around 130 students. It is definitely a hefty amount of people! Therefore, we ask for your commitment and flexibility. Communication will be a must. For this reason, projects will only be given to those who have signed up via e-mail.
Please note that all projects will be done and completed prior to the concert day, and you will be able to see the concert seated (no assistance backstage necessary)!

If you have any questions, please also contact Megumi at the address mentioned above.

Kitara Concert Costume Team

 @ Niseko 

Letter of Intent
Thank you to all for returning the letter of intent for next year. This information helps us grow smartly and budget for the upcoming year. If you have not returned the letter, please do so at your earliest convenience.

Emily Atkinson ELL
Our new ELL teacher is Emily Atkinson. Emily has been dutifully filling the role previously held by Sara Murakawa. Emily, I hope, will be in this role for many years to come. Welcome Emily! 


Below is Emily’s biography:
“Emily Atkinson graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a first class degree in Japanese Studies. During her studies she spent a year abroad studying at Kyoto University where she furthered her proficiency in the Japanese language. Whilst in Kyoto she spent most evenings teaching English to Japanese children which she greatly enjoyed. As a child, Emily had been immersed in a broad assortment of cultures having spent most of her life in Malaysia and further yet having been brought up by a mother who is Japanese and a father who is British. Emily has always been naturally drawn to working with children and wishes to continue learning from the influential teachers at HIS in hopes of becoming a teacher herself one-day.”

How do we know a child is mathematically-inclined?

  • I can make a model.
  • I can draw a picture of my thinking
  • I can talk about my thinking
  • I can give a written explanation.
  • I seek further challenges myself.

Yeap Ban Har

Upcoming Dates:

  • MP3 Math Olympiad 4: Feb 12 (Div E)
  • February 13 Mummy and Me 10:00- 10:40
  • Feb 19 EY to Yogi center
  • NO MAITORIE February 22 Annupuri Ski Day
  • March 1st Ski Backup date:
  • MP3 Math Olympiad 5: Mar 5 (Div E)
  • March 8 Annupuri 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:
(Governance page is here)
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:
(Minutes Archive is here)

 Upcoming Events 


Upcoming EVENTS

March 5 Elementary Assembly (10:30 in MPR)
April 9 Elementary Assembly (10:30 in MPR)
May 7 Elementary Assembly (10:30 in MPR)
June 17 Moving On Up Ceremony
June 18 Elementary Assembly (10:30 in MPR)

 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, March 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 the PTA website as soon as it is available

PTA Information Website:


The MS girls are the last basketball team still preparing for a tournament. They will go to Kobe at the end of this month. They have an annual `Goal a Thon` to help them raise funds for this. They may politely ask you to sponsor them or donate so please understand that we are grateful for any consideration that you give them.
We have set a new gym schedule for the next 6 weeks or so … please see in this newsletter or posted around the school. This includes the days for HS volleyball for both boys, girls and mixed. See Sasha Goolsbee if interested as he has taken on the leadership role.

Go Huskies!


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 £136.65 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


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  

 Husky Hugs 

Husky Hugs go out to...

  • Joe for translating when the firefighters were here
  • Everyone for their conversations with parents and students during PTC days


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