HUSKY EXPRESS Feb 25, 2019


 Administration Corner 

  Head of School    


MP2 Builds a City in the MPR

As part of a combined Art & IPC learning connection, MP2 students built their own city, a project that began with individual houses and buildings that were later pieced together to form the whole.

This study not only connects to art and design, it also incoroprates references to the students IPC unit of “Saving the Earth” and previous units studied on “Communities”.

If you have a chance, please stop by the MPR this week and take a look at the project first hand.

  From the Principal’s Office  

Spring Bazaar coming up!
Please stand by for information about the upcoming Spring Bazaar. An email will come home shortly. 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 

Ski versus Snowboarding:
We absolutely LOVE the Core!


Hokkaido Core has given students the option to receive either snowboard or ski instruction for their upcoming three sessions.
Please kindly click the google forms link sent in a previous email to request skiing or snowboarding instruction from Hokkaido Core for your child this March 1, 8, 15.

Correction: Non-Instruction Day, March 21
Please note that March 21 is a non-instruction day. The day was slated to be Bring a Friend to HIS Niseko Day. Instead, teachers will be taking professional development sessions with the Sapporo teachers on this day. I apologize for the inconvenience caused.

Upcoming Dates:
March 1st Ski Backup date:
MP3 Math Olympiad 5: Mar 5 (Div E)
March 8 Annupuri Ski Day
March 13 Mummy and Me 10:00- 10:40

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)

 From the College Advising Team 


Dear secondary parents,

Monday, March 4 students will have the opportunity to hear about the undergraduate programs offered by the University of Illinois at Chicago. Additionally, the UIC representative will introduce a new application process specifically for international students called International Direct, which fast-tracks international students in the admissions process and provides more transitional support for study in the U.S. Please encourage your student to attend this informational session during lunch on Monday, March 4!

We continue to offer congratulations to our seniors who have received offers of acceptance from the following schools:

  • Colorado State University
  • University of Oregon
  • University of Minnesota
  • Juniata College
  • Lawrence College
  • Sophia University Liberal Arts Program
  • Tokyo International University
  • Ohio Wesleyan University
  • The State University of New York- Albany
  • Whittier College
  • Indiana University- Bloomington
  • University of Buffalo
  • Iowa State University
  • Washington State
  • The University of Illinois at Chicago
  • University of Minnesota- Crookston
  • University of Wisconsin Superior
  • International Christian University

The College Advising Team, Nick Fazio and Laura Harmon


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 catalogue and make your selection and then place your order online at

The online catalogue 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, 24th March, 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

Alison Manjyoume
MP3 Teacher

 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:


Good luck to the MS Girls Basketball team for this weekend in Kobe. they always have a good time and I know that this time will be the same. Thank you to all who sponsored them in the `Goal a Thon`.
Volleyball …. Monday HS boys … Wednesday … Mixed … Friday … HS Girls

Go Huskies!


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...

  • David & Joe for taking OE students out on their Winter Snow Camp experience.

  • All the teachers and staff who helped to support ski days. Thanks once again!


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