Administration Corner 

  Head of School    

Welcome to the Reiwa Era:

Time Capsule for the Future
Last week on Thursday, members of the school, lead by the Student Council and Student Body President, Ms. Sari Hirata, buried a time capsule containing various items from representative groups across the school. Burying a time capsule is one of the events to mark the 60th anniversary of the school. May 2, the second day of the Reiwa Era, also allows us to mark a fresh start in a new era for the Japanese calendar.

Milepost 2 teacher, Ms. Sherrie Oda, ceremonially buried the time capsule and the school also took the opportunity to thank Ms. Oda for her 24 years as a teacher at the school.

The time capsule is scheduled to be dug up for the 75 anniversary of the school during the 2033~34 school year.

Organization of Hokkaido International School: Roles, Responsibilities, Decision-Making and Report

Last month there was a feature article on the Organizational Chart for HIS. This is here followed by the Roles, Responsibilities, Decision-Making and Reporting document (see photos), which outlines the who and how of decision-making at the school.

We hope that this will clarify who members of the community might seek out when wishing to find information from the individual(s) with responsibilities at the school.

We appreciate your reviewing this chart and if there are any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

Sincerely yours,
Barry Ratzliff

  From the Principal’s Office  

PTA Meeting - Wednesday May 8th
Looking forward to seeing parents at the next PTA on Wednesday,May 8th, from 15:45 in Room 206.
Everyone is welcome, please join us!
If you would like to have a babysitter, please contact me at

AP Exams are all this week and next. A reminder to students to get lots of sleep on the night before an exam. As well, could all students please be mindful of your peers taking exams and be quiet in the hallway during testing.

Important Information for CDGP
Friday May 10th - Students must be at most one short for their year’s HUSKIES standards commitments. After school "CDGP Camp" for those who have fallen behind.

Monday June 3rd - Students must have completed all their year’s HUSKIES standards commitments.

How many should you have completed?
1st Semester - 1 standard
1st Year - 3 or 4 standards
2nd Year - 7 standards
3rd Year - 10 standards


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


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 Monday, 6th May 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

 @ Niseko 

Congratulations to Ms. Liene!
Baby Laima arrived on Wednesday at 11:05. She is a healthy 3200 grams. Both Mom and Laima are well and resting comfortably.
HIS Niseko Financial Assistance Program (Third Notice of Four)

The HIS Niseko Financial Assistance Program application season has begun. Current and prospective HIS Niseko families are welcome to apply. We expect families to be honest about their finances, in order for their children to attend HIS Niseko. HIS safeguards the confidentiality of applications, records, and decisions.
Application forms are available at the school. You may read more about applying here: HIS Niseko Financial Assistance Program.

Barry Mernin
Hokkaido International School Niseko

 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)


 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!

 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

 Upcoming Events 


Upcoming EVENTS

May 11 Elementary Sports Day
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, June 5th, 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:


Thank you to all who came to the Sports Dinner to help celebrate the efforts and achievements of our players, coaches and managers. We truly appreciate your support.

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...

  • All in a welcoming return to school from the break. 


 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.


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