HUSKY EXPRESS March 4, 2019


 Administration Corner 

  Head of School    

Message from Head of School Search Committee Chair, David Wakabayashi


Dear Members of the HIS Community,

This week (March 12 ~ 15) begins the search to fill the position of Head of School. The position will be open with the July 2020 departure of Barry Ratzliff.

In the winter, the Executive Board voted to work with International School Services (ISS) as the agency with whom HIS will work in order to find our next head of school.

At the Executive Board March 4th meeting, board members commissioned a Search Committee to work with Mr. David Randall of International Search Associates. Mr. Randall will be coming next week to interview various members of the school community (teachers and staff, parents, students and board members) in order to establish the criteria by which the school will select its next school leader.

I (David Wakabayashi) have been selected to chair the Head Search Committee, which is made up of Board, teacher and school community representatives. We have invited members of our community to contribute to the process through participation in group meetings as well. Please see the scheduled meetings below.

Wednesday, March 13

  • 9:30 ~ 10:30 Parent Group #1 (for parents who can come in the AM)
  • 12:10 ~ 13:00 Student Council & Select Grade 5
  • 15:45 ~ 17:00 Elementary Teachers & Cross-Division Teachers, Group #1

Thursday, March 14

  • 15:45 ~ 17:00 Secondary Teachers & Cross-Division Teachers, Group #2
  • 17:00 ~ 18:00 Parent Group #2 (for parents who can come in the PM)

I look forward to working with the community over the next few months as we work through this process. If you have any questions you would like to send to me, please contact me at the following email account:

Sincerely yours,
David Wakabayashi

Junior Class Heads off on Their Service Learning Trip to Laos

The junior class has been fundraising since grade 6 for this momentous occasion. Everyone gathered on Sunday evening at Chitose Airport to take the first of three flights via Haneda, Bangkok to their final destination, Luang Prabang, Laos. From there, it will be a vehicle journey into the mountain village where they will be working in community development to construct infrastructure that will improve village life.

We look forward to the our students’ return to hear all about their adventures in Laos and to the life-changing contributions that they will have made.

  From the Principal’s Office  

Junior Service Trip to Laos
We all wish the junior class (accompanied by Mr. Erickson and Ms. Sugino) a joyful and productive service learning trip in Laos this week.
Can’t wait to hear about your adventures when you return!

2019-2020 Secondary Course Selections
Hard to believe it but we are at that time already when we are preparing for the next school year!
Early next week, secondary students will bring home their course selection sheets for 2019-2020. Please be sure to review these with your child and return them to me by April 5th after Spring Break.

Spring Bazaar Volunteers Needed
The PTA is looking for volunteers for the Spring Bazaar. If you are willing to pitch in, please sign up!
Volunteers are needed for the following duties:
- Setting up (the day before the Spring Bazaar and/or the day of)
- Ticket sale (these are tickets for purchasing food/drinks and student activities/games)
- PTA vending booth (selling donated goods)
- Organizing/sorting of donated goods (in advance of the bazaar)
- Bake sale/ coffee/tea sale (at the bazaar)
If you are interested, please contact us at: and/or please come to the next PTA meeting on Wednesday, March 6th.

Spring Bazaar Donations:
If you have some items that you’d like to get rid of, but are not planning on having your own vending space at the bazaar, please consider a donation to the PTA. All proceeds from sales go toward grants to school programming (which directly benefit our children).
A donation box is situated in front of the genkan.
Look for the big red caged trolley and the “Spring Bazaar Donations” sign.
If you have things that are still in good condition but are no longer used/needed, we will find them a new home!
Maybe you can encourage your child/ren to go through their toys and books!
* No clothes please (unless new with a tag). Also, no shoes or stuffed animals.
* All proceeds from sales provide grants to clubs, activities, and materials which benefit student learning and enjoyment of school life.

Vendor Information:
Vendors can participate in the flea market to sell used or new goods - clothes, toys, books, handicrafts, etc. (excluding food/drinks). Vendor spaces are open to the school community and the general public. A vendor space costs ¥1,500 and measures approximately 2 x 1.5 meters (a discount rate of ¥1,000 applies for current HIS Staff, Parents and Students).
To reserve a vendor space, please email or call HIS (011-816-5000) by Wednesday, April 10th.
Vendor space positions are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis - hurry up and register!!!
*HIS welcomes amateur and professional vendors alike. Specific guidelines will be explained to all vendors in order to ensure a relaxed atmosphere for this family event.

“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.

  • 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, April 3rd, 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 

Thank you, PTA for your meeting with me yesterday. There was an awful lot on the plate and we were able to get through a good deal of it. I took many notes and will have plenty to say next time I head to Sapporo.
Some immediate things I will do:

  • Inquire about timeliness and clarity regarding Board Minutes.
  • send an email to Melissa requesting a date for the next PTA meeting and will ask that the Board Chairman and possibly, Head of School attend.
  • Contact town to discuss if we can have more snow plowed during the winter months to accomodate more parking spaces.
  • Connect with two parents about helping out with a PTA sponsored, Fun and Fitness Day for HIS Niseko. I will speak with the teaching team about possible spring dates.
  • Talk to the team about incorporating more Spirit Days, Writing and Exit Point Celebrations in the upcoming months.

Of course I will continue to review communication procedures and discuss measures to appropriately notify the community without causing avoidable alarm

Upcoming Dates:

  • March 15 Annupuri Ski Day
  • Mar 18 - Sapporo Barry visits HIS Niseko
  • March 21- PD Day with Sapporo (Non-Instruction 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)

 From the College Advising Team 


Dear secondary parents,

Tuesday, March 12 students will have the opportunity to hear about the undergraduate programs offered in English by Ritsumeikan University (APU). The representative will share information on the two application tracks: one for students with Japanese passports and one for students without Japanese passports. Please encourage your student to attend this informational session during lunch on Monday, March 12 in the teacher’s lounge!

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

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, April 3rd, 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 had another fun time at their 8 school basketball tournament in Kobe. They had a very strong win against CA Falcons, then a narrow loss to Osaka Sabers, maybe their worst game was against Kyoto Flames but they still only lost by 9 pts and then Nagoya beat us by just 10 pts. We were very close in all games and probably just lacked the height of the other teams. Ena was outstanding and a very deserving MVP for the Huskies plus she also won the Shooting Comp. !
It was great to catch up with old friends but also make new friends from other schools. A HUGE arigatou to Megumi Ando who was so caring and efficient as our chaperone.
Futsul players will now be able to start their practices straight after school every Tuesday and Thursday.
Community Basketball will resume this week from 5 pm as Coach Mario has returned from his European adventures.

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...

  • Norm Swarn who lost his mother over the weekend. We wish him safe travels as he returns to be with his family this week.
  • Rod for accompanying the MS Girls Basketball team down south!!
  • MS & HS teachers who will be accompanying students on their annual winter overnight trips to Jozankei and Takino.


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