HUSKY EXPRESS December 2, 2014


 Administration Corner 

  Head of School   

On Dec. 12, the school will come together for "International Day" and "Winter Celebration". Look for details so that you can attend the various activities that are being prepared across the school day. This is an important time for us to gather as a community. For the full schedule for the day, please connect here to the International Day/Winter Celebration section of the webpage:

  From the Principal’s Office  

A reminder that the PTA Steering Committee will meet in the teachers lounge at 3:45, Wednesday (December 3).

Stay tuned for news of our upcoming International Day / Winter Celebration events. If you would be interested in volunteering a bit of time, please contact me at Thanks!

Mr. Salter and Ms. Machidori will soon be announcing details of a Sapporo City art contest to their classes There are categories for 4 age groups --- 4-7, 8-11, 12-15, and 16-18. If your child enjoys art please encourage them to enter!

Mrs. Riggins and the HIS Library needs your help. If you have some time to spare on weekdays, and would like to help us out in the library, please contact Mrs. Riggins at  Mrs. Riggins and the volunteer librarians provide an invaluable service to the school and to the literacy of its students.  Any support you can give would be very much appreciated.

Late Start Wednesdays: As students arrive on Wednesday mornings, supervision is provided in the gym until teachers finish their curricular meetings.  Mrs. Bossaer is doing a great job each week, however she needs assistance.  If you are available on Wednesday mornings, and wouldn't mind helping out for an hour during the weeks and months ahead, it would be a big help.  Please email me so I can put your name on a rotational list.

 @ Niseko 

Crazy Hat day!
Niseko celebrates a day of fun with Crazy Hat Day.

 Outdoor Education 


Priyanka, Yuri, Ayaha, Mukhayyir, Jun Hyun, Hiro,
& Lev at the summit.


Students of the Outdoor Pursuits course climbed Mt. Tarumae and decended to Lake Shikotsu over the weekend.


Community members welcome on AdHOC trips … just email Dave Piazza at for more inofrmation.

 Upcoming Events 

  • Dec 4~7 MS Boys Basketball Tournament 
  • Dec 12 International Day & Winter Celebration 
  • Dec 19 ~ Jan 13 Winter Break 
  • Jan 15~18 JV Girls & Boys BB Tournament 
  • Jan 22~25 HS Girls & Boys Tournament 
  • Jan 30 End of First Semester (Report Cards)

Great News! HIS is running a Scholastic International School Book Club.

All books are now available for you to order online. You and your child can look through the paper catalogue and make your selection and then place your order online at

The online catalogue is also available for you to view directly at the Scholastic Website and to place your order online.
Please place your order online by November 30th, 2014.

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


 Noh Invitation 

Invitation to the Noh performance

HIS Japanese class has been practicing the Noh as a cultural asset of the program. Mr. Iwamoto, the director of the Hosho School in Sapporo, kindly is inviting students and parents to the performances held in Kyoiku Kaikan on November 29th.
You can enjoy the performances by the three schools; Kanze, Hosho and Kita). The Noh program (with the mask) is "Katsuragi" performed by the Kanze school. The performances will start from 13:30 and will be until 16:30.

10 tickets are available for free admission for the HIS community members. If you are interested in and/or have any questions, please contact me via email.

Naoko Machidori

If you are new to Japan, this would be a great opportunity to learn about the traditional theater performance.

Ms. Machidori

 Elementary Activities 

After School activities start this week. Great job by the Guitar Club at the Fall Festival too !
Here’s some taste testers from last session’s Husky Snacks:

 Husky Hugs 

There is a whole round of Husky hugs that need to be given to Mr. Robinson and the entire cast and backstage members of the secondary drama class for their wonderful stagging of  "You Can't Take it With You". The second performance of the event at our newly discovered neighborhood performance space in Sumikawa Chiku Center, was thoroughly enjoyed by the many members of the HIS and Sapporo communtiy who came out to enjoy the show. Congratulations to the drama class.

 Yearbooks still available! 

The books are 5000 yen. Sibling price is 8500 yen for two books. Limited supply. Contact Mr. Shaffer at

 Husky Calendar 

Want to see more upcoming events?  Check out the newly updated calendar on the Calendar

 From PTA 

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.

 ArtSonia Gallery for
Elementary Students

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 ( Please do not forget to activate the digital portfolio of their individual Art Gallery.

It is easy to activate the gallery. Please go to, 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.

Ms. Machidori

The online gallery is also a great way to share your child’s art work with family, relatives and friends.

 New HIS Website 

HIS is very excited to finally be switching over to a new website. From Monday of next week (November 17) make a point of visiting the new school website. HIS will also be hosting a “New Website Launch Party” the following week, November 24th at 8:30 in the morning. School administration will be on hand to explain the details of the website. Please make a point of joining the Launch Party! Coffee and treats will be on hand!

 HIS Event Information 

International Day / Winter Celebration on December 12

We are looking forward to the International Day / Winter Celebration on December 12. Events are scheduled throughout the day until 5:30 at night. Food will be provided courtesy of the PTA.

Click here more detail >>

 College/Alumni Corner 

The fair went really well! Thanks to all who attended, contributed, and supported the efforts of exploring post-HIS options. Seniors are now working on submitting materials for deadlines.

One area we’ve seen changes in are the requirements for students who are attending international schools abroad and need transcripts from previous schools to HIS. If you are in this category, please take time to contact those schools and request official transcripts. Even if the school accepts our combined transcript, visa applications may require originals.

As always, please write if you have any questions. Office hours are B-days from 2-3:30.

Upcoming Events:SAT - January 25 (register by December 27)

 Babysitting/Odd Jobs Directory 

Check out this directory of students able to help! Email Mrs. Currie at 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!


The MS Boys had an entertaining away game last Saturday afternoon with Hachijo JH. It was an ideal `tune up` for their upcoming tournament this weekend in Kobe. Good luck boys. The JV team will return to the same school this coming Saturday to play the same team. Hopefully, we can also arrange for the HS girls to play this Saturday too. The next HS game will be next Monday against Hokkai at our own court. This is always a keenly contested event. Go Huskies !

 Executive Board Update 

The Executive Board had their 2nd meeting of the school year on Wednesday, September 24th. Minutes of each Executive Board meeting appear a month later in the homepage archives. However there is also a brief summary of each board meeting on the Administration page of the HIS website under the heading “Board News.” This is updated soon after each meeting. Below the summary is a link to the latest minutes from the prior month. All the year’s minutes and previous years’ are accessible from the HIS homepage site, click the tab HIS Downloadable Documents to see the Executive Board Meeting Minutes Archive.

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