HUSKY EXPRESS Oct 28, 2019


 Administration Corner 

  Head of School    


Fall Break / Celebrations / Fall Festival / Quarter 2

We would like to welcome families and school staff back from Fall Break, October 21 ~ 25. We hope that the community members enjoyed the short break just before the weather cools down. The Fall Break is often a perfect time to take in the beautiful fall colors for which Hokkaido is famed. This year the holiday also incorporated a special national holiday on October 22 to mark the new emperor’s enthronement ceremony. 

As you may have noticed, we had some issues with the school website over the break due. These were resolved and the website is back up and operating as normal. We thank you for your patience. 

The Second Quarter of the school year will also begin shortly after the break. Teachers will have a professional development day on November 4 to learn more about the Virtues Project (school will be closed) and the new Quarter will begin from Tuesday, November 5. In the new quarter, we will be welcoming a few students to both campuses. Please be on the lookout for our newest community members and give them a warm welcome to HIS. 

Our largest school event of the year, Fall Festival, will be held in the school on Saturday, November 9th from 10:00 AM. This is an open, public event and we encourage the HIS community to invite family and friends to participate in the international food and game-centered event. Funds raised from the event primarily go towards student service-learning trips in their 11th year.

We wish you an enjoyable fall break and look forward to seeing students and families back on Monday, October 28th.

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  

Welcome back from Fall Break!
Hope you and your families had a wonderful time over the week.

The Fall festival is coming soon! Please see below important information about this community event.

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.

 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:
Lately, I am loving the enthusiasm for music in MP1. I am jazzed so see the MP3 students actively reading for pleasure and bringing home books to read. I enjoy seeing the EY students confidently in charge of their own learning and their ability to explain what they are studying. I am overjoyed when seeing the MP1 students using mentor texts to help with their understanding of punctuation.

Message from Melissa Moss of the PTA
The date has been set for the PTA Autumn Bazaar: November the 9th.

We are requesting donations of quality second hand items to sell on the day. Children’s winter gear, including skis, helmets and snowsuits, is particularly popular. English books and toys also sell well. So please think of us as you prepare your house for the snow!

Donations can be left on the side of the school stage.
Thank you and please look out for further information.

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

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 varsity girls volleyball team had a series of excellent games with the visiting team from Hiragishi HS last Friday. This should hold them in good condition as they travel to Nagoya this Thursday for the WJAA tournament against other international schools. Good luck to them all.
The basketball schedule has been posted around the school so all prospective players should check their practice days and times. All welcome … old and new players!

Go Huskies!


Title: Performance you should go to!

What: Children’s Puppet Show “Wind-up Robot Alpha”
Where: Sapporo Children’s Theatre - Kogumaza

  • Nov. 1 (Fri) 19:30
  • Nov. 2 (Sat) 11:00, 14:00, 17:00
  • Nov. 3 (Sun) 11:00, 14:00
  • Nov. 4 (Mon) 11:00. 14:00

Address: 1-minute walk from Nakajima Koen St. Exit 3
Sapporo Chuo-ku Nakajimakoen 1-1

Tickets: Adults 1800 yen, Middle School and under 500 yen
Language: All Japanese but very interactive!
Interested?: please email me ( or ( if you can write in Japanese.
Why should you go?: This show is a great opportunity for kids to watch a high-quality puppet show. The story is about friendship and finding one’s dreams. The venue is super child-friendly with lots of toys and a stage that is cozy and cute!
Please look at the attached poster for details:

 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!


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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