HUSKY EXPRESS September 14, 2015


 Administration Corner 

  Head of School   

Parent Coffees

Following up on last week’s article, I would like to share with you the Parent Coffee times that have been scheduled in.

We look forward to seeing you there:

Tuesday, Oct. 13 (8:30 ~ 9:30 am)

  • The Inside View of School Transcript

Wednesday, Nov. 4 (2:30 ~ 3:30 pm)

  • Outdoor Education Program

Tuesday Dec 8 (8:30 ~ 9:30 am)

  • Assessment & Report Cards


  From the Principal’s Office  

College Fair:  A big thanks to Mr. Fazzio for his organizing of our college fair last week.  We had a great turnout from universities and our students were well prepared to ask questions and collect valuable information for their application process - either for this year or for next.

PSAT Tests Students who have requested to take PSATs in October should have paid by now.  If you still plan to take the exam, please be sure to pay this week - Tuesday at the latest.  WIthout payment, a student may lose their examination spot to another student on our waiting list.

PowerSchool (Secondary) Hopefully everyone has received their PowerSchool login information by now.  If not, please let me know.  It should be noted though that if you view grades outside of the quarterly report period, grades will not be representative for the “big picture”.  The end of each quarter would be the best time to receive a true, balanced, summative view of how a student is doing.  I will email parents a reminder at the end of each quarter.

The PTA is organizing an HIS community BBQ for September 23rd (the day of the open house).  More information will be announced shortly.

 @ Niseko 

Annupuri HIKE

Thank you for all that were able to make the annual hike atop Mt. Annupuri. We nearly made it until the weather intervened. Alas, it was a memorable time for all. Thank you again for a great adventure!

Back to School Night

This Thursday, September 17, HISNiseko will be having our annual Back to School Night. The students are busy preparing their notes so that they can present what their knowledge, skills and understanding.  It looks to be a special moment. Doors open from 18:00 to 19:00. All family members are welcome.


On Wednesday,September 23, HISNiseko will open its doors to all prospective families looking to possibly enroll.. Come visit us from 10:00 to 12:00.

Save the Date:

October 3-Niseko Halloween 2015
Details forthcoming!

Watch this space as HISNiseko grows and feel free to drop me a line.

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 4:45pm. 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4時45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。


Yoko Kawamura
Ms Kawamura has been teaching violin in Sapporo for over 25 years. Ms Kawamura founded the HIS After School Violin Lessons Program in 1996 where she taught until 2005.
She graduated from Senzoku Gakuen College of Music in Kanagawa and studied at the St. Louis Conservatory of Music in the U.S under the direction of Silvian Iticovici. Ms Kawamura has worked as a freelance musician as well as performing regularly with the Sapporo Symphony Orchestra. 

 School Playground Safety  

Dear Parents

A concern was brought to me in regards to the playground after school. For many years our teachers have been concerned about the safety of children playing on the playground. Coaches have often asked parents not to have their children play on the playground after school during soccer practice. Unfortunately this plea has not been listened to. A stray soccer ball could easily hurt a young child and we do not wish this to happen.

We will be asking the PTA to discuss this problem with us so we can seek common understanding and a solution-in-partnership for student safety after school.

I appreciate your understanding and in the meantime I would like to ask that you have your children play in the park down the street on Tuesdays and Fridays when the soccer team is practicing on the back field. This will ensure that younger children are kept safe.

Sincerely yours,
Barry Ratzliff 


 Husky Hugs 

Husky Hugs go out to:

  • Nick Fazio for putting together the 2nd annual College Fair at HIS last week.
  • Outdoor Education and the many support teachers who made the first major OE Trip to Pippu Dake such a success for 18 young lives.
  • Yuki Suzuki for her amazing work leading the garden harvest at HISNiseko. Yuki is a treasure. Thanks Yuki!



The high school girls volleyball team had their first game against another school last Saturday when we played Makomanai. It was an entertaining 6 sets of play. This Friday they will play a home game against Sumikawa.

Go Huskies !

 Elementary Activities 

After school activities began last week and big numbers of kids enjoyed Storybook Club, Fun Games and Guitar.

 Outdoor Leadership 

Highschool Gets Out
Grades 9-10 to highland Niseko and grades 11-12 to lake Shikotsu, for the entire highschool went hiking and camping for two days last week.  

 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.



Zumba Classes- see image for details.

 Upcoming Events 


Sep 17 Back to School Night 6 pm (Elementary)
Sep 21-22 Holiday (No school)
Sep 23 Open House 10:00am
Sep 24 Back to School Night 6 pm (Secondary)
Sep 24 Cross-country Day Makomanai Park (All School)
Oct 3 SAT Exams
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

 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:



 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. If Monday lessons fill up Wednesday will be available. 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。


Shoko Kumagai
Ms Kumagai graduated from the University of Montana with a Bachelor of Music Education and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Psychology. She is due to complete her Master’s Degree in Music Education from the Teachers College, Columbia University, this year. She has taught K-12 music at schools in both USA and Japan. She was an active piano accompanist in Missoula Montana, USA, founded and directed Show Choir in Rokkasho Village, Aomori Prefecture, and taught Middle School Keyboard Class at HIS last school year.


 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。


Kayoko Oshima

Ms Oshima graduated from Hokkaido University of Education with a music degree. She has performed with Concerto da Salone and Concorde and many concerts hosted by the Chopin Association. She is currently teaching at Otani Junior College and is a member of Japan Piano Education Alliance.

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