HUSKY EXPRESS November 25, 2014


 Administration Corner 

  Head of School   

Please make a point of coming out to see the wonderful performance of You Can’t Take it With You, which will be staged by drama students this coming Friday. Look for the details here in the HEx!

  From the Principal’s Office  

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!

 @ 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 

  • Nov 28 Sapporo Drama Performance @ Sumikawa Chiku Center (6:00 ~ 8:00)
  • 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)

 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!

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 

Hugs go to the Senior Class and other students and teachers who went over to Niseko to support the town’s annual Halloween event, which was planned by HIS Niseko. Aside from student participation, thanks go to Ms. Koga (main planner), Ms. Currie, Mr. Salter, Ms. Roe and Mr. Roe who helped to put on the event.  

 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 Theater 

The HIS High School Theatre Class and Jazz Band presents:
"You Can't Take it With You"

This Friday at 6:30 p.m. at the Sumikawa Chiku Center.  Tickets are 500 yen at the the door or you can pre-order at the HIS office.  Please come and check out this phenomenal cast as they take on a zany group of characters from this classic American comedy!  The show will feature the sweet sounds of the HIS Jazz band in live performance!

This Pulitzer Prize-winning classic by the team of Kaufman and Hart is perhaps the greatest American comedy ever written. Alice Sycamore must introduce her fiancé's straight-laced family to her rather more eccentric family. When the wildly different families meet, the worlds of the wealthy, uptight Kirbys and the off-kilter Sycamores collide. At first the Sycamores seem mad, but it is not long before we realise that if they are mad, the rest of the world is madder. Come see the wonderful HIS actors and Jazz band put on this American classic.

Sapporo Performance:
When: November 28th (Friday), 18:30.
Venue: Sapporo Sumikawa Chiku Center
How Much: 500 yen Tickets sold at the HIS Office and at the door on the day of the performance.
Address : 4-40, 4jo 4chome, Sumikawa, Minami-ku, Sapporo Parking is Limited. 

 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 high school girls basketball team had a 52-48 win last Saturday against the visitors from Seishin. It was great to see so many new members of the team contributing to the performance. The middle school boys played away against Nakanoshima JH on Sunday afternoon and went down 64-52 in an entertaining game which also featured many new players to this sport. This week the JV team play at home on Wednesday and the MS boys have another away game on Saturday morning. 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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