HUSKY EXPRESS October 5, 2015


 Administration Corner 

  Head of School   

Building Security -- This year we are working to ensure that the building is safe and secure and that student’s possessions are kept safe. As a result, we will be monitoring students after school more closely. We will be asking students to leave the building if they are not part of an after-school program or if they are not studying under the direct supervision of a teacher. We appreciate your understanding.

Parent Coffees
We look forward to seeing you there:
Tuesday, Oct. 13 (8:30 ~ 9:30 am)

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  From the Principal’s Office  

As we look forward to the HIS Fall Festival coming up on October 31, we should all acknowledge the amount of effort being put into preparation by the organizing committee led by Mika Nakamura and Atsuko Clipstone.  Thank-you so much for all of your hard work!!

PowerSchool (Secondary)
Please remember to check PowerSchool this week for an up-to-date progress report of how your child is doing.

Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences (Secondary)
I will be sending an email out to all parents this week regarding the scheduling of parent conferences for October 12.

MAP Testing continues this week

PSAT Exams scheduled for October 14

 @ Niseko 

Upcoming PTA Meeting: October 30 @ 9:20.
Please save the date for the second PTA meeting of the school year. During this meeting, we will discuss research from the PTA Liaison committee, Emergency Phone Tree procedures,Teacher Appreciation Day responsibilities, possible Family Movie Nights, and Open House reflections.
Please email Barry Mernin @ if you have anything that you would like to add to the agenda.

Parent Teacher Student Conference Day is October 12.
Each year, parents, students and teachers of HISNiseko get together to discuss parent teacher student (PTS) conferences. The conference process helps students comprehend the importance and means of taking charge of their own learning. These conferences are student driven, conversation based, opportunities for goal setting. It is a highlight of the academic school year.

Book Recommendation:
Drawing from the Right Side of the Brain by Dr. Betty Edwards
Translated into thirteen languages, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain is the world's most widely used drawing-instruction guide. People from just about every walk of life—artists, students, corporate executives, architects, real estate agents, designers, engineers—have applied its revolutionary approach to problem solving.The Los Angeles Times said it best: Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain is "not only a book about drawing, it is a book about living. This brilliant approach to the teaching of drawing . . . should not be dismissed as a mere text. It emancipates." (Amazon)

Barry Mernin
Teacher Administrator

 After School Violin Lessons 


HIS offers after school violin lessons with a professional musician. Lessons are held on Wednesday & are available in English & / or Japanese. A few lesson times remain available starting from 5:15pm If interested, please contact Alison Manjyoume, MP3 Teacher, Room 205 for an application or email

HISでは放課後にプロの先生によるバイオリンのレッスンをご提供しています。レッスンは英語または日本語で、毎週水曜日に行われます。午後5時15分から開始のクラスにまだ空きがありますので、ご興味のある方はMP3、ルーム205のAlison Manjyoume(アリソン万城目)までメールでご連絡ください。

 After School Piano/Keyboard Lessons 


HIS offers after school piano / keyboard lessons with a professional musician. Lessons are held on Monday &are available in English & / or Japanese. Lesson times remain available starting from 4:15pm. If interested, please contact Alison Manjyoume, MP3 Teacher, Room 205 for an application or email

HISでは放課後にプロの先生によるピアノのレッスンをご提供しています。レッスンは英語または日本語で、毎週月曜日に行われます。ご興味のある方はMP3、ルーム205のAlison Manjyoume(アリソン万城目)までメールでご連絡ください。

 After School Piano Lessons 


HIS offers after school piano lessons with a professional musician. Lessons are held on Tuesday  & are available in Japanese. A few lesson times remain available starting from 5:00pm. If interested, please contact Alison Manjyoume, MP3 Teacher, Room 205 for an application or email

HISでは放課後にプロの先生によるピアノのレッスンをご提供しています。レッスンは日本語で、毎週火曜日に行われます。午後5時から開始のクラスにまだ空きがありますので、ご興味のある方はMP3、ルーム205のAlison Manjyoume(アリソン万城目)までメールでご連絡ください。


Zumba Classes- see image for details.


From Coach Adams
The HIS JV Volleyball team was very impressive in their 6 games over the weekend at YIS.

Won vs YIS
Lost vs CA (undefeated for tournament)
Lost vs Marist
Lost vs St. Maur
Won vs Nagoya
Won vs Marist

That placed HIS 5th overall for the tournament. The tournament was very close and the JV girls showed incredible spirit. It was actually mentioned by 3 different coaches that HIS were the most difficult team to play against because they fought so hard for every point. Bob Johnson went down to the tournament and should have the games up online soon. I highly recommend watching the last game against Marist, it was an absolute thriller.

The MS girls travelled to Kobe for their first ever tournament, in fact their first ever games ! There were nerves aplenty in the first game against Kobe but they performed creditably in losing 25-15 and 25-21. The next game was against the very strong Canadian academy team, who were the eventual champions and we lost 25-15 25-13. Saturday morning saw renewed energy as we faced the girls from Osaka. We lost the first set 25-22 but bounced back brilliantly in the second set to win 25-14. The deciding set was point for point right to the end but unfortunately we fell just short losing 16-14 ….. but if you count the points we won more than them for the match !

So much improvement and a pity we didn`t get the chance to play again.

If you see the girls around on Monday please give them a pat on the back for their wonderful effort and a fantastic representation of Husky spirit.

A big thanks to Mrs Marinova and Mrs Fukui for chaperoning over the past 4 days.

Go Huskies !

 Husky Hugs 

Husky Hugs go out to:

  • Those teachers and parents who accompanied the MS and JV Volleyball Girls Teams to Kobe and Yokohama (Mr. & Mrs. Johnson, Mrs. Fukui, Mr. Adams, Mr. Kelly, Ms. Marinova)
  • the Junior Class and Mr. Piazza for supporting the Halloween event at HIS along with Mr. Barry Mernin who was instrumental in planning the event.


 Elementary Activities 

Two more weeks of After School activities remain before Fall Break. We would love to hear from any teacher or parent willing to lead an activity after this time.
We cannot give our children choices without your support.

 Outdoor Leadership 

AdHOC Ducky Trip
22 students kayaked the Shiribetsu river in Niseko. Though the river was fierce, no one got dumped.

 Husky Calendar 

Want to see more upcoming events?  Check out the newly updated calendar on the school website.

 From PTA 

The next PTA Steering Committee will meet in the teacher's lounge on Wednesday, October 7th at 3:30.
Please note, all Steering Committee meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month.

 Upcoming Events 


Oct 12:  Parent Teacher Student Conferences (no school)
Oct 17: - 25 Fall Break (no school)
Oct 30: End of Quarter 1
Oct 31: Fall Festival
Nov 3: Teacher PD Day (no school)
Nov 4: Parent Coffee - Outdoor Education (2:30-3:30)
Nov 7: OP Tarumae Lab

 Sapporo Community Events 

TERRY FOX RUN in Sapporo 2015

Terry Fox’s “Marathon of Hope” across Canada started in 1980.  His inspiring story has since spread around the world with charity runs held each year in honour of his courageous fight against cancer.

We are proud to support this annual Charity Run in Sapporo with the motto of “working together to outrun cancer.” All proceeds and goodwill contributions will be donated to the Terry Fox Foundation for cancer research. We’ve all been touched by cancer, so we hope you’ll add your touch to finding a cure by joining the 2015 Terry Fox Run in Sapporo. 

Look here for event details:



 Husky Highlights 

Fall Festival is coming!
Everyone is looking forward to the upcoming Fall Festival on
October 31, 2015. Please check out the HIS website for information and details on this important annual, PTA-sponsored event!

Fall Festival Information (HIS Website)

 Husky Highlights II 

Elementary Students Receive Recognition in Art Contest
We are especially proud our Elementary students this week because of their participation in the 7th Annual Idemitsu Hokkaido Children’s Drawing Contest! Students worked with Ms. Marinova to create the beautiful art you may have seen displayed on the 1-3F staircases. Finalists will be notified at the beginning of November. 

 Elementary Music  

Volunteers & Costume Crew Needed for Elementary Concert

The Music Department is looking for volunteers and costume crew who are available and willing to help to get ready for the elementary concert. Jobs for volunteers will include: taking photos and video during regular music lessons, helping out at rehearsals, etc. Jobs for the costume crew will include: sorting out costumes, making costumes and props, etc. If you have time and energy during school hours and/or after school and are willing to help, please email Ms. Kumagai ( the following information by Friday October 16th.

  • Your name
  • Your child's name
  • Can you help us as a general volunteer or as costume crew?
  • Your availability (For example, “Monday morning & Thursday after school”)
  • Your email address


  • お名前
  • お子様のお名前
  • コスチューム係、又は、その他の仕事のお手伝い係、どちらで活躍していただけますか?
  • ボランティア可能日/時間(例:月曜日の午前中と木曜日の放課後)
  • メールアドレス
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