Head of School
Emergency Absence -- I have had to return to Canada for a few days because of a family health issue. I apologies for any inconvenience this may cause. While I am away, Principal Neil Cooke will be able to respond to any questions or concerns that I would otherwise respond to.
I appreciate your understanding.
From the Principal’s Office
-MAP Testing and AP Exams continue this week.
Thank you to all the parents who came out to support our students in our learning celebrations and to help in the spring clean up outside.
Check out our newest HIS Niseko editions!
HIS is proud to be showcasing the talents of its student who have been taking After School Violin and Piano lessons with the professional musicians and teachers, Eiko Ishikawa, Masami Tomioka and Kayoko Oshima. As well as, the Middle School Keyboard class under the musical direction of Ms Kumagai.
Join us for an afternoon of music at The House of Jazz on Saturday, 30th May at 4pm.
ArtSonia Gallery for
Elementary On-line Gallery at ArtSonia
Art Room News – Invitation to the Art Gallery of your child
MP1 through 3 students have explored art and created very nice work. Their beautiful art is uploaded to their own Art Gallery on ArtSonia (http://www.artsonia.com). Please do not forget to activate the digital portfolio of their individual Art Gallery.
It is easy to activate the gallery. Please go to artsonia.com/permission, and then go to your child’s screen typing in the screen name on the Permission Form. On the screen, you will see the column to type the security key. Please type the unique security key on the Permission Form, and set up the security Q&A. Please feel free to contact me if you have any question or concerns.
The online gallery is also a great way to share your child’s art work with family, relatives and friends.
PIANO & VIOLIN LESSONS
HIS has offered the chance for students to have violin and piano lessons with professional teachers after school hours for over 15 years!
We would like to keep this opportunity going and are asking students who are interested in taking either violin or piano lessons to please contact Ms Manjyoume (MP3 teacher) (firstname.lastname@example.org) so that your name can be placed on a waiting list.
Positions are limited and scarce (and currently unavailable) so we would like you to be aware that your name will be placed on a waiting list which is on a first come first served basis as well as seniority on the number of years you have attended HIS (this assumes that you have been waiting for an opening the longest)
If you would like information about the piano lessons including costs please contact Ms Manjyoume and for information about violin lessons, please contact Mrs Otsuka (email@example.com) but you must contact Ms Manjyoume so that your name can be placed on the list.
When a violin position is available, the school has violins that you may be able to use (depending on availability of the size)
Please note that both the violin and piano lessons are conducted in Japanese.
Thank you for your understanding.
John Kamitsuka Piano Performance
June 15, 2:00 pm
All of the HIS community is invited to hear Mr. John Kamitsuka perform on the piano in the MPR at HIS. Mr. Kamitsuka was an student at Hokkaido International School in the early years of the school. Mr. Kamitsuka went on to become a world-renowned concert pianist who has played at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Lincoln Center. We enjoy welcoming Mr. Kamitsuka each year. Please come and join us.
Husky hugs go out to Ms. Meagan Pavey and Ms. Jennie Munson who lead the WASC accreditation mid-cycle visit to HIS last week. The process is always helpful to the ongoing work of school improvement.
Hugs also go out to Mr. Robinson and the drama students for their incredible staging of “Our Town”. There was more than one teary eye in the audience.
Notices will come out this week for the last block of activities. Any parents or teachers who can volunteer to lead an activity please contact Mr Kelly.
AdHOC Rocks Club
Every Tuesday after school from 4-7 o’clock, members of the Rockers do indoor rock climbing. All secondary students are encouraged to come enjoy the thrilling and technical sport of rock climbing. If your interested, please talk to Mike (photographed above) or to Mr. Piazza.
Babysitting/Odd Jobs Directory
Check out this directory of students able to help! Email Mrs. Currie at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have trouble accessing the directory or would like to post any job needs. If you know of anyone that needs help with specific projects, just write!
Want to see more upcoming events? Check out the newly updated calendar on the Calendar
Selecting where to apply is what students begin to focus on this time of year. Taking advantage of summer opportunities to explore interests and places can be an option. Please let me know if you have any options that we can research. All high school students either have or will check out the link below run by the CollegeBoard. It can provide some useful information (although is limited to schools in North America and some in Canada and Europe).
As always, please write if you have any questions.
Office hours are B-days from 2-3:30.
June 6th SAT
AP Exams begin have begun!
Link of the Week:
Great News! HIS is running a Scholastic International Bookclub!
All books are now available for you to view and order online. You and your child can look through the paper catalogue and make your selection and then place your order online at http://world-schools.scholastic.co.uk/hokkaido-international
The online catalogue, which contains the entire Scholastic book list, is also available for you to view directly at the Scholastic Website and to place your order online.
Please place your order online by April 6th, 2015.
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 email@example.com
Summer’s Cool 2015
Summer School is happening!! Mark it on your calendar. June 22nd to July 17th. Applications are now available, here. Preschool will be learning “All About Me”, Elementary will be learning “Land, Sea, Sky”, and Secondary will be learning “Adventure Stories”. Secondary students can also improve their grades in other classes by registering for summer assistance.
Please email Mrs. Koga for more information.
- May 8 - 12: Grade 9 class trip to Kyoto
- May 15, 2:00 pm in the MPR - John Kamitsuka Piano Performance
- June 3 - 15: Senior Service Trip / Habitat for Humanity
- June 18: Last day of school / Senior Graduation
Community Basketball returns this Wednesday night from 6pm. All welcome.
Go Huskies !
Special Thanks to PTA
A special thanks to the PTA for their grant supporting elementary class purchases of four document cameras to be used for IPC and other subject area learning in our elementary milepost classes. We appreciate the PTA's support for student learning!
from the Elementary Teachers
Financial Assistance Applications Available for 2015 ~ 2016
Financial Assistance Applications will be available for the next three weeks. Please speak to Ms. Shimako Abe in the office to receive an application packet.
The next PTA Steering Committee Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday June 3rd. Our 11th and final meeting of the 2015-15 school year!
HIS FACEBOOK PAGE
The PTA encourages all HIS families who have facebook to join “HIS Family and Friends” as this is a great way to find out about things going on at the school and in our community.
Yearbooks still available!
Our Publications team has been working around the clock, and now our yearbooks are being printed as we speak! If you purchase the yearbook before May 8th, the “Early Bird” price is 4,500 yen. After May 8th, the regular price for the yearbook is 5,000 yen. Sibling discount for the yearbook is two for 8,500 yen. Contact Mr. Shaffer at firstname.lastname@example.org or find a yearbook representative in the MPR every lunch time!
Executive Board Update
The Executive Board had their 7th meeting of the school year on Wednesday, April 29th. Minutes of each Executive Board meeting appear a month later in the homepage Governance tab, section “Meeting Minutes Archives.” There is also a brief summary of each board meeting in the Governance section of the HIS website under the heading “Board News.” This is updated after each meeting. All the year’s minutes and previous years’ are accessible from the HIS homepage site, under the Governance tab, section the “Meeting Minutes Archive.”