HUSKY EXPRESS Feb 18, 2019


 Administration Corner 

  Head of School    

Honoring the Memory of Dr. Richard Krajczar, Executive Director of East Asia Regional Council of Schools

HIS is a founding member of the East Asia Regional Council of Schools (EARCOS), an organization dedicated to supporting international schools in this region of the world.

HIS would like to honor the memory of the 22-year leader of EARCOS, Dr. Richard Krajczar, who unexpectedly passed away yesterday, just months away from his official retirement this summer.

Dr. Krajzczar was a renowned champion of international education having been a head of school in various locations for 20 years. He was a personal friend of two previous heads of school at HIS (Dr. Dan McClain & Mr. Wayne Rutherford) and was consistently interested in how HIS was doing. Dr. Krajczar visited HIS shortly after this school moved to the Toyohira campus.

“Dr. K” to everyone, he also took an interest in the Japan Council of International Schools (JCIS) of which HIS is also a founding member. He paid a visit to our JCIS fall meeting in 2017 as a special guest.

EARCOS turned 50 in 2018 and Dr. Krajczar was honored at the annual EARCOS Leadership Conference with a special celebration to mark his official and upcoming retirement.

Our sincerest thanks are extended in remembering such an amazing friend of HIs and of international education.

Link to the EARCOS memorial page: Dr. Richard Thomas Krajczar


  From the Principal’s Office  

Spring Bazaar coming up!
Please stand by for information about the upcoming Spring Bazaar.  An email will come home shortly. There are many ways for the whole community to get involved!

“Spring” MAP Testing
Please note the next session of MAP testing is coming up for students between grade 4 and grade 11:  February 25 - March 22

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, March 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.


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 

Congrats to Math Olympiad Team:
Congrats to Mack and Leon for their strong showing in Tuesday’s Math Olympiad contest. They have one remaining contest this year. Best of luck and keep studying!


Ski Day this Friday, February 22. NO MAITORIE on February 22
Please note that the EY, MP1 and MP3 students will ski with Hokkaido Core instructors this Friday, February 22.
Please also note that there is NO MAITORIE bakery service on this day. They will be on vacation. (I think.)


Last Wednesday 6th February the Wednesday STEAMists did their bridge presentations. It was great to see all the different bridge designs, they also made some egg parachutes. Well done to all the students for making some great bridges and egg parachutes and a big WELL DONE to Jack and Mack for being the only team that didn't crack their eggs! Thank you to all the parents who came and listened to the STEAMists presentations too.

Upcoming Dates:

  • NO MAITORIE February 22 Annupuri Ski Day
  • March 1st Ski Backup date:
  • MP3 Math Olympiad 5: Mar 5 (Div E)
  • March 8 Annupuri Ski Day

Barry Mernin 
Hokkaido International School Niseko

 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:
(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)

 From the College Advising Team 


Dear parents of 9th, 10th, and 11th-grade students,
As we move into second semester, our seniors are starting to receive good news of acceptances to colleges and universities. Congratulations to our seniors who have received offers of acceptance from the following schools! We look forward to hearing about more acceptances in the coming months.

  • Colorado State University
  • University of Oregon
  • University of Minnesota
  • Juniata College
  • Lawrence College
  • Sophia University Liberal Arts Program
  • Tokyo International University
  • Ohio Wesleyan University
  • The State University of New York- Albany
  • Whittier College

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

 Upcoming Events 


Upcoming EVENTS

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, March 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 in PTA website as soon as it is available

PTA Information Website:


The gym is busy again with Volleyball, Futsul and MS Girls basketball. See schedule for Volleyball practice times.
The MS Girls Basketball team will have their annual `Goal a Thon` this Thursday. Next week they will head off to Kobe for the WJAA tournament.

Go Huskies!


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...

  • Yuko for putting together the classroom medical kits here at the main school


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