HUSKY EXPRESS May 13, 2019


 Administration Corner 

  Head of School    

Report on May 9, 2019, General Meeting for Parents

On the evening of May 9, a gathering of parents met with school administration and Executive Board members for a presentation and Q & A session.

The Head of School, Barry Ratzliff, presented on items to celebrate from the year, plans and challenges for the future and the Executive Board’s tuition increase plans for the next three years. Principal Neil Cooke presented on academic achievement data and the WASC accreditation process.

A PDF version of the presentation slides will be sent out to all parents via ALMA. Please look for the email notification.


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 June 5th
Looking forward to seeing parents at the next PTA on Wednesday,June 5tth, 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 continue this week. 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
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

EIR Requirements
A reminder that extracurricular involvement credits are required for graduation. HS students please ensure that all your credits have been counted for this year by speaking to Ms Sugino as soon as possible.

 The HIS Reads Finals: May 24th 

What is the one factor that most greatly impacts our future? Our future kids, our future generations, our future world? A love for reading.

“But reading is dead!” you say.
Not quite yet.
Give it a chance. Watch 16 students give it life.

The HIS Reads Finals.
Friday, May 24th from 1:00-3:30.
4F Gymnasium.

Concessions available.
Defenses admirable.
Reading saves lives.

For more details on HIS Reads, visit the homepage:


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 

Sports Day, Thank You
Thank you to Ms. Marquez and her team for a wonderful Sports Day. The Niseko community is very grateful for your hard work.
The students had a blast on a most beautiful day.
Thank you again. 

Niseko Primary Cultural Exchange
Husky Hugs go out to Mr. Sinclair and Ms. Anita for hosting our annual Niseko Primary Cultural Exchange. This year was especially wonderful with over 150 kids, meeting, greeting, singing and posing for photos. Our students were poised and welcoming.
Great job.

Sapporo 6-Grade Visits HIS Niseko
Husky Hugs also go out to our Librarian, Nick Holywell. Nick brought the 6-graders from Sapporo to our campus to talk about their book projects and science fair exhibits.
Niseko students also had an opportunity to request for 2 books from our Wishing Well for next year.
Thank you, Nick, for making this effort to connect our two campuses.

HIS Niseko Financial Assistance Program (Final 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

 From the College Advising Team 

Dear junior parents,
As the year draws to a close, juniors continue to have the opportunity to sign up for one-on-one meetings with Mr. Fazio and Ms. Harmon to make sure they are on track for successfully applying to colleges or universities in the fall. Additionally, please be aware of the following after school required meetings for juniors:

Wednesday, May 22: 3:30-4:30 after school meeting in Room 304 introducing Common App
Required for any students applying to U.S. colleges (and encouraged for others as well. Increasingly, international schools like Temple University in Japan and some European schools are using Common App)

Wednesday, June 5: 3:30-4:30 after school workshop in 304 on personal statement writing

The College Advising Team
Nick Fazio ( and Laura Harmon (

 Upcoming Events 


Upcoming EVENTS

May 31 HIS CONCERT 2019 at Kitara Hall
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:


On Wednesday our super keen HS Volleyball girls will get their chance at a rematch with the `Old Fogies` aka the teacher's all-star team. Starts at about 4 and goes until 5 when community basketball will start.

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.



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

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