HUSKY EXPRESS Jan 28, 2019


 Administration Corner 

  Head of School    

All About B-Ball

Husky parents and community members, we hope that you have marked your calendars for this upcoming weekend because HIS is playing host to several teams from Sapporo and other international schools for a weekend of basketball competition.
HIS annually hosts the Snow Festival Classic. We hope that you will come out and cheer on our teams!!

Reggio Emilia

It was very exciting for our two Early Years teachers, Ms. Tanya, and Ms. Kennedy, to work so closely with Dr. Junko Cancemi. “Junko” arrived early at Chitose on Monday and headed immediately to HIS Niseko where she spent the day.

In the afternoon she accompanied EY teachers to Sapporo so that Tuesday morning she could come to be with the EY students and teachers at the Sapporo campus.

Ms. Cancemi was a longtime Early years teacher at Yokohama International School where she introduced the Reggio approach. HIS is bringing Junko-sensei to work with our EY teachers so that they may deepen their understandings on the Reggio approach.

  From the Principal’s Office  

Parent Conferences - February 11 (8:30-3:30)

- Elementary
If you would like to sign up for a conference, please contact your child’s homeroom teacher and they will schedule an appointment.

As well, your child's milepost teacher may contact you directly if they have something specific they’d like to speak with you about.

The deadline for signing up for a conference is Thursday, February 7th.

- Secondary
If you would like to sign up for a conference, please contact me at and I will schedule an appointment.  If any teacher has a particular concern they would like to talk about, I will contact those parents directly to arrange a time.

The deadline for signing up for a conference is Thursday, February 7th.

Semester Report Cards
As we approach the end of the semester (January 31st), students should be working hard to complete their final assessments.  

Please note the following distribution dates for reports:

  • Secondary: Reports will be downloadable on Alma as of Saturday, February 9th
  • Elementary: For the first time this year, elementary report cards will also be downloadable through Alma (as of February 9th).
  • Please note, I will email all parents their child’s report card as PDF along with detailed instructions about how to retrieve this and all future report cards directly from Alma.
  • Early Years report cards will still be generated and distributed in paper format.

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.

  • March 9th - SAT with Essay and SAT without Essay only (No Subject Tests).  Final deadline for registration is February 8th
  • 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, February 6th, 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.

 @ Niseko 

Greetings from HIS Niseko.

Naruse san
This week, I would like to recognize the virtues of Naruse san. Our school’s bus driver demonstrates the virtues of diligence, trustworthiness, reliability, care, gentleness, and humility. Each morning and afternoon, without fail, Naruse san delivers our children to our doors safely and soundly.
My son is going to meet many good and decent people. Few, if any, will be as honorable as Naruse san. I feel very lucky to be able to work with him.


EY Reggio-Emilia Professional Development
HIS Niseko hosted Dr. Junko Cancemi at our campus. Dr. Junko helped us think about the story of Reggio Emilia as understood by HIS Niseko. Specifically, Dr. Junko helped me think about instilling an intellectual collaboration with our learning community. She left a lot for me to process and I am excited about our school’s possibilities.


Ski Festival
This Friday, our MP1 and MP3 students will take part in an all-day skiing event at Moiwa Ski Resort. This is a special day where kids from the town all get to ski together. It is a highlight of our school year. Thank you to Anita for all you do so that we may be good neighbors with our local residents. The Town Ski Festival looks to be a blast.
More information to come.

Notes about Sleep
If you are reading this message and you are sleepy, you have my sympathy. We are all ridiculously busy during this time of the year. Here are some articles on balancing school, homework and sleep for your child.
Tonight’s homework: SLEEP!

Upcoming Dates:

  • January 30 EY to Yogi center
  • February 1 Start of Semester 2
  • February 1 Review Reports
  • February 1 Annual Niseko Ski Race 
  • MP3 Math Olympiad 4: Feb 12 (Div E)
  • February 5th 11:00 HIS 60th Annual film

Barry Mernin 

Hokkaido International School Niseko


 From the College Advising Team 

Dear parents of 9th, 10th, and 11th-grade students,

This Friday, February 1st, HIS will have the honor of welcoming the Dean of Admissions from Northwestern University, Chris Watson. He will be available for students to ask questions about how to best position themselves and strengthen their applications to U.S. universities. Students do not have to be interested specifically in Northwestern University to take advantage of this opportunity. Mr. Watson will answer questions generally about the application process to U.S. colleges and universities. Students can drop-in to ask Mr. Watson questions during A2 with prior permission from their A2 teacher. Please encourage your students to make use of this valuable opportunity!

-- From the College Advising Team, Laura Harmon and Nick Fazio

 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:
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:

 Upcoming Events 


Upcoming EVENTS

Jan 31 End of Semester
Feb 1-3 Snow Festival Classic BB @ HIS
Feb 5 Elementary Assembly (10:30 in MPR)
Feb 11 Parent Teacher Conferences (no classes)
March 5 Elementary Assembly (10:30 in MPR)
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, February 6th, 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 gym and the school will be bursting with bodies this weekend as we stage our annual Snow Festival Classic Basketball Tournament. We will have 10 teams all together which includes our Husky girl's team who will play and invitation game with the Seishu girls. Perennial visitors Nagoya Dolphins will be returning as well as local Japanese high schools, our Varsity boys plus for the first time ever our JV boys team. As well as the fantastic basketball action there will also plenty of places to buy yummy snacks while you watch the games.
Please see the schedule posted around the school and in this document.
Here is the link to the live stream of all games
Go Huskies!

Snow Festival Classic Basketball Tournament schedule


Thank you to everyone who ordered from our Scholastic Book Club.
We are delighted to let you know that thanks to your support we earned £136.65 to spend on books for the school.
Please look out for our next Book Club to order great books at great prices and earn loads of free books for our school while you do.

Alison Manjyoume
MP3 Teacher


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...

  • Mr. Kelly for all the work that has gone into preparing for our upcoming weekend of basketball.

  • B-Ball team coaches and the Husky teams as they head into the Snow Festival Classic weekend.


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