Administration Corner 

  Head of School    

Elementary Assembly  

One of the monthly highlights at HIS are the Elementary Assemblies. Each assembly is an opportunity for the Mileposts to present on some of their learning and/or to mark something special in the lives of our students and their achievements. These events are very popular with parents and our audience seems to increase each time.

At this week’s assembly, art teacher, Mr. Erickson was able to recognize one of our MP3 students as this year’s winner of the Nakamura Keith Harrington Museum’s award for his painting on “Movement”. 

The Early Years students involved the audience in an interactive story they had created as part of their studies and their were learning presentations from MP3 and MP2 an interactive activity with MP1. 

We value our assemblies and would like to thank our parents for supporting these and our teachers and students for putting so much valued time and energy into our assemblies.

New Library ID Cards 
IT Coordinator, Mr. Katayama, has been working with the library to establish new student ID cards. 
The new cards will bear pictures of the student, a bar code (for easy library book check out) and an issue date of November 1. Cards will be valid for a period of one calendar year. The new cards will make it easier for students to get transportation passes for the bus and subway system.
Our appreciation to Mr. Katayama for the hard work to professionalize our school’s ID card system.


  From the Principal’s Office  


The PTA is looking for volunteers for the Fall Festival (November 9). 
If you are willing to pitch in, please sign up!

Volunteers are needed for the following duties:

  • Setting up (the day before the Fall Festival and/or the day of)
  • Ticket Sale (these are tickets for purchasing food/drinks and student activities/games)
  • PTA Bake Sale and Drinks Booth (selling donated goods)
  • Help with the Raffle
  • Decorating
  • Clean-up at the end of the day

Even 30 minutes of your time at the Fall Festival can be a big help!

If you are interested, please contact us at and/or please come to our informal information meeting before the elementary assembly (9:00-10:30 in room 206) on Tuesday, October 8th.


The raffle has always been a popular event for HIS visitors and community members. We are looking for prize donations.. These donations should be new and unused and can be for children or for adults.
“Experience” prizes can also be a donation option (for example dinner for two, concert tickets, hotel vouchers). It can be a great opportunity to promote your business!

Individually wrapped candies, chocolates, cookies or any kind of sweets. They can be left in a box labeled “PTA Trick or Treat” in room 206, starting from Monday, October 15th

We will be having a bake sale again - a very popular event every year. It can be sweets or savory.
There is no need to wrap portions (for example the whole cake can be uncut, cookies don’t need to be wrapped individually). Please bring them either on November 8th to room 206 or on November 9th to the gym.

For more details concerning donations, please check the PTA website: or contact us at

PTA Steering Committee Meeting
A reminder that on Wednesday, November 6th the PTA Steering Committee meeting will be held in the teacher’s lounge (Rm 206) at 3:45. All interested parents, guardians, and teachers are welcome. Please come to learn how you can get involved! Babysitting is provided for parents who need it. Please contact me for details. 

Parent-Teacher Conferences - Monday, October 14th
Secondary parents: Please contact me at if you would like to set up an appointment to see your child’s teachers. 
Elementary parents: You will soon be receiving the parent conference schedule from your child’s homeroom teacher.

 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)

The Executive Board had its annual Scholarship Fundraiser this June. If you wish to see the Final Report,that shows how much money we were able to raise, please find the link to the document here.

 @ Niseko 

Our Best Examples of Learning:
We at HIS Niseko are excited about the learning that is happening here. The MP1 students are honing their reading fluency skills. The Kindergarteners are clicking very nicely. The EY kids are paying attention to their environment, investigating and using tools. The MP3 students are making huge strides with their IPC presentations. The grade 2 and grade 5 students did fantastic work with their Keith Haring.inspired posters.

MAP testing
The 4th and 5th-grade students will take their MAP tests in Reading, Language and Math this week. Every year, HIS students are given standardized tests to mark their progress and to assess the school's overall effectiveness. For this assessment, HIS subscribes to the MAP testing services, which was implemented in 2009.

MAP (Measure of Academic Progress) testing is unique in that the evaluations adapt to your child’s level of learning. As a result, each student, 4th grade and over, has the same opportunity to succeed and maintain a positive attitude toward testing. With MAP tests, HIS Niseko can administer shorter tests and use less class time while still receiving detailed, accurate information about your child’s growth. Over two weeks, fourth, fifth and sixth grade Niseko students spend a total of about 4 hours completing these tests.

Included in your child’s final report card this June, you will receive a report showing your child’s growth over this year. This report will show specific areas of growth, specific needs, and comparative numbers with peers and other International schools.

MAP testing in Reading, Language Usage and Math is delivered to Grades 4 to 6, twice a year.
This Monday, October 14 is PTC day. Our Parent-Teacher Conferences are held each autumn as a chance to discuss your child's progress and learning goals for the school year. No classes are scheduled on this day. Each conference is about 25 minutes.
Please confirm your PTC appointment with your child’s homeroom teacher at your earliest convenience.

Ice Skating:
HIS Niseko students are going ice skating at the Tomari Ice Rink on October 18. We are still 9 or so seats short and in need of parents who are willing to drive children to the rink. Please contact Liene at if you would like to volunteer to drive.

October 5 Niseko Halloween Festival Thank You!:
Thank you to the Town of Niseko and the students of HIS Sapporo for their help in a most successful Niseko Halloween Festival. HIS Niseko is proud each year to help the town host Halloween Festival. For many years now, the town and HIS Niseko have brought spirit of Halloween to the children of the region. Each year, HIS Niseko paints the cow for display during the Halloween Festival.
Thank you, Ms. Lola for spearheading this year’s Cow design. Thank you Maho sensei for volunteering to help out during the day.


Barry Mernin 

Hokkaido International School Niseko

 Library News 

Hello Parents the library would like you to assist your students get more out of our library.  You are welcome to come in with your child and borrow from 3:30 to 4:30 each school day. Of course students can always come in before school and at lunchtime as well so do encourage them to always have a book to read that interests them!

We are actively seeking to recruit volunteers to help our existing dedicated parents and former parents who are the mainstay of our library service.  Without the support of parents we could not provide the range of books that we currently have. Please contact me if you would like more information or drop into the library.

 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!

 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.

PTA Information Website:

 Husky Hugs 

Husky Hugs go out to...

  • The members of the Head Search Committee for their tireless work in working through the process to select the next head of school.
  • Coach Marquez for accompanying the Girl’s VB Team down to Nagoya for their tournament. The girls came in 4th!! Way to go Huskies.


 Upcoming Events 


Upcoming EVENTS

Oct 14 Parent-Teacher Conferences
Oct 17-19 Varsity Girls VB tournament
Oct 21-25 Fall Break
Nov 4 No classes. Teacher PD Day
Nov 6 PTA Meeting
Nov 9 Fall Festival
Nov 11 School Holiday / No classes
Nov 13 Board of Councilors Meeting


The JV girls enjoyed a game with Sumikawa JH on Monday afternoon. The girls showed the benefit of their recent tournament experience and were way too strong for the visitors. It was great to see so many students and parents come along to support the efforts of both teams. See pics of both teams after the game and the JV girls. This week the varsity girls will get some challenging games against the very strong Hiragishi HS as preparation for their Nagoya tournament next week.

Go Huskies!

 Science in Action 

Biology students have continued their work in genetics and heredity, learning the basics of genetic crosses and how to use Punnett Squares. This included modeling activities using coins and dice to generate random samples for statistical analysis.

In The Nature of Science, students are continuing to learn about chemical reactions, how to interpret chemical equations, and how to balance those equations.

AP Physics students concluded their kinematics unit by designing and conducting three experiments to explore the relationships between position, velocity, and acceleration. These simple early experiments give the students a chance to develop skills that will allow them to tackle more challenging questions later in the year.

In AP Psychology, students are learning about the biological bases of behavior. Part of this has been an introduction to neuroanatomy, for which students constructed physical models of neurons and brains. Rumy led a discussion about whether “split brain experiments” imply that we have two brains (spoiler: they don’t!).

Finally, a big thanks to science Lab Assistant Hut and his friends for cleaning out Nagini’s snake habitat!

 From the College Advising Team 

Save the date:
Thursday October 17 from 5-6pm
The College Advising team will be holding an information session, specifically geared towards parents of 11th and 12th grade students, about the college application process. We will talk about what students should be doing now in order to best position themselves for college or university applications. Please bring your questions!

Nick Fazio and Laura Harmon
The College Advising Team

Nick Fazio and Laura Harmon
The College Advising Team


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  

 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.


 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.

This year, 2 of our violin teachers are offering group lesson options. Please see the attached pdf for Ms. Ichikawa and Ms. Kawamura’s lessons for more information.

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. 29 (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

Download Document Here

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