HUSKY EXPRESS March 23, 2015


 Administration Corner 

  Head of School   

Welcome Back from Break: I would like to welcome everyone back from Spring Break. Nature seems to have moved rather unexpectedly over the week we were away from school and, I think I can say, springs seems to have actually sprung!! Enjoy the warmer weather. 

Spring Break -- I wish everyone a wonderful Spring Break. The school will be closed from March 16 ~ 20. We’ll see you all on Mon. 23 (B-Day).

Bilingualism Presentation - On Wed. March 25 at 10:00 am in the MPR, Barry Ratzliff and Shannon Koga will present on bilingualism one more time. This event will be translated into Japanese by Joe Tomasine of JALT (Japan Association of Language Teachers). The event will also be recorded.


  From the Principal’s Office  

Welcome back from Spring Break!
2015-16 Course Selections: Sometime this week or early next, MS and HS students will be bringing home their elective choices for the 2015-16 school year.  Parents please take some time to review options with their children and sign the form for return to me.  If you have any questions about the elective choices, please feel free to contact me by phone or email.

The next Spring Bazaar Organizing Meeting will be held Tuesday March 24th at 3:30

PTA Spring Bazaar Update
Many thanks to the parent volunteers who have taken our Spring Bazaar posters to various schools and businesses in the area. Coupled with our advertising on Hokkaido Insider, Mixed Roots, HIS Families and Friends, etc, these efforts seem to be paying off.  So far, over one-third of the vending spaces have already been reserved!  Please don't forget to reserve yours soon.  Don't miss out!

PTA Steering Committee Meeting: April 1st at 3:45

 @ Niseko 

Thanks to everyone who came out to show their support for Do Re Mi! Thanks to Ms. Kumagai for all her hard work and thank you to all of the parents, teachers and students for the lovely bouquet of flowers. The kids did a wonderful job!

 Outdoor Leadership 

Okotanpeko Snow Camp

Outdoor Pursuits students and soloist Lise hiked up to and across Lake Okotanpe to winter camp. OP students build snow shelters, and Lise—who was on a solo project—set up camp on a different shore of the lake.

 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.

Hokkaido International School Choir Concert at House of Jazz

Friday, April 3rd 2015, OPEN 6:00PM > START 6:30PM

Place : House of Jazz
Adult 1000yen
Child 500 yen
Address : 1-15, South 3, West 27 Chuo-ku Sapporo
Information : House of Jazz   011-611-9037
Hokkaido International School  011-816-5000 or

House of Jazz

 Husky Hugs 

Congratulations and hugs to Mr. & Mrs. and Jude Shaffer for the safe arrival of their son (brother), Ezra Edwin Shaffer who was born on the 18th of March at 12:53 a.m weighing 9 lbs and 6 ounces and measuring 22.25 inches.

Hugs to Mr. Jansson, his students for the wonderful jazz & instrumental music performance that so many of the community enjoyed on the 13th.  

Congratulatory hugs go to Ms. Koga (Niseko) who has been offered the position of Director of Instructional Practices at Beijing World Youth Academy. We wish Ms. Koga our best after her many years of service here at HIS.


 Elementary Activities 

Notices will come out this week with activity choices including Storybook Club, Basketball, Spanish and Guitar.

 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!

 Husky Calendar 

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

 College/Alumni Corner 

There is an ever-growing mass of inexpensive to free resources for test prep and college selection. This week’s column is sharing Shmoop’s new College Profiles feature.

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

Upcoming Events:

May 2 SAT date registration is now open. We will also offer June 6th as well.

AP Exams begin after Golden Week.

The College Corner on the 3rd floor has a variety of new summer program mailings - stop by and check them out!
Link of the Week:

We've Shmooped over 100 colleges and universities across the country, with stats and personality quirks to help students find their best match. Add to that our huge list of college majors (from accounting to puppetry) and our other College 101 tools and tips, and your students will be ready for college in no time.

As always, don't forget about our old standards like Essay Lab and Math Shack. In fact, Essay Lab will be getting a huge upgrade next month: it will include over a dozen different essay types so your students can get specific tips, examples, and guidelines depending on the type of essay they're writing. Hopefully that means less red ink for you.

 Executive Board Update 

The Executive Board had their 6th meeting of the school year on Wednesday, March 25th. 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.”

 Upcoming Events 

  • Bilingualism Presentation - March 25, 10:00 am in the MPR (English with Japanese Translation)
  • Choir Performance, Friday April 3 - 6:00 ~ 7:00 @ House of Jazz
  • End of Third Quarter - April 10th
  • Prom Dance, Friday April 10th - 6:00 ~ 9:00 pm


Community basketball resumes this Wednesday night from 6-8 pm. All welcome!
Go Huskies !

 Parent Coffee Morning: Bilingualism Presentation 

Time:  Wednesday, March 25th at 10:00 am.  (Coffee from 9:30 am)
Place: The MPR (Multi-Purpose Room) F1
Presenters: Shannon Koga and Barry Ratzliff  (both former ELL Coordinators at HIS)
Translation: English to Japanese translation will be provided by Mr. Joseph Tomasine of JALT (Japan Association of Language Teachers).
Recorded: Mr. Bob Johnson has offered to video the presentation and post it to the community via the school's Facebook page and email.


 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.

 From PTA 

The next PTA Steering Committee meeting will be Wednesday, March 4th.

-- April 18, 2015 -- 10AM to 2PM in the HIS Gym
(A fundraiser organized by the HIS Parent Teacher Association)
Flea market, food for sale, games to play, entertainment, hot and cold drinks - bargains and fun for the whole family!

Boxes are now outside the office to collect donations for the PTA stall at the bazaar.  Again, as stated above, all profits from the bazaar benefit the students and school though funding future events and the PTA grant program.  If you have goods you'd like to sell, but are not going to rent a vending space at the bazaar yourself, please consider supporting the PTA through a donation or two to this box.  (Please, no clothes or stuffed animals - except if new in original packaging).

Мы собираем пожертвования для Весенний ярмарки. Коробка для пожертвований находится возле офиса.
Пожалуйста, внесите свой вклад!
기증용 상자가 사무실 앞에 준비되어 있습니다

Vendors can join the flea market to sell used or new goods - clothes, toys, books, handicrafts, etc. (excluding food/drinks). Vendor spaces are open to the school community and the general public. A vendor space costs 1,500yen and measures approximately 2 x 1.5 metres (a discount rate of 1,000yen applies for current HIS Staff, Parents and Students).
To reserve a vendor space, please email or call HIS (011-816-5000) by Tuesday, April 13th
Vendor space positions are allocated on a first-come first-served basis - hurry and register!

The PTA is looking for parent volunteers to help make the spring bazaar a success. Atsuko Clipstone and Mika Nakamura will set up a table at the front entrance on Wednesday afternoon at 3:30 (February 18) to collect names of volunteers.
You can also contact them through
Please ask them how you can be involved in this fun event.

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.


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

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

 Yearbooks still available! 

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

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