HUSKY EXPRESS March 9, 2015


 Administration Corner 

  Head of School   

Elementary Music Performance, Do Re Mi: It was exciting to see a full hall at L Plaza for the Elementary Music Performance. A thanks to the students, Ms. Kumagai, Ms. Koga and all the other teachers, parents and HS students who helped. It was a great performance.

Jazz Band & Instrumental Music Performance -- Please come out for the Jazz Band Performance on Friday night (13th). Mr. Jannson and the Jazz band have prepared a wonderful show. See details here in the HEx.

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  

The first middle school and high school progress reports for semester 2 are ready for viewing.  Please log into your parent or student PowerSchool accounts to view current standings.

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!

 @ 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.

 Executive Board Update 

The Executive Board had their 5th meeting of the school year on Wednesday, February 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 “Executive Board Minutes.”

Hokkaido International School JAZZ BAND With Special Guests A Night of Jazz

Friday, March 13th 2015, OPEN 5:30PM > START 6:00PM
Place : House of Jazz
Adult / Child 500 yen
Address : Chuo-ku minami 3 jyo nishi 27 chome 1-15, Sapporo
(closest subway stop is Maruyama station)
Information : Hokkaido International School 011-816-5000 or

 Husky Hugs 

Hugs go out to Ms. Shoko Kumagai, Ms. Shannon Koga and the parents, high school students and teachers who worked so hard to support the elementary music performance, Do Re Mi, at L PLaza this past Friday.

Hugs go out to the MS teachers, Mr. Fazio, Ms. Currie and Ms. Lopez who accompanied the MS student to Takino for two days of collaborative activities and winter sporting events.

A thanks to Mr. Kelly and Ms. Roe for accompanying the MS Girls Basketball Team down to Kobe a full week ago. Additional thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Johnson for joining the trip to support the team. 


 Elementary Activities 

This is the last week of this block of activities. Thank you so much to all of the leaders. We need some new people to offer their services so that we can organise the program after the Spring Break. We would love to hear from you !

 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 

Upcoming University Visit: Arts University Bournemouth
HIS Alum Teal Barnes is currently studying here. Ms. Chizu Frankish will be here on March 11th, Wednesday at lunch.

Career possibilities in Japan for foreign students…
Thanks to Mrs. Roe who came across this article in The Japan Times on career options:
Getting a job in Japan is a major concern for foreign students, who want to stay here after graduating.While the number of foreign students intending to stay and work in Japan after graduation increases, Japanese companies are starting to pay more attention to foreign students.
According to the Immigration Bureau of the Ministry of Justice, the number of foreign students employed at Japanese companies in 2007, was 10,262, an increase of 24.1 percent over the previous year.
This column will introduce Japan's leading companies and companies that actively employ foreigners, and their thoughts about foreign student employment.

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

Upcoming Events:

  • AP exam fees due March 1st
  • Arts University Bournemouth visit March 11th
  • May 2 SAT date registration is now open. We will also offer June 6th as well.
  • 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:
Who would Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg hire?

 Upcoming Events 

  • Jazz Band Performance, Friday Mar. 13 - 6:00 pm at House of Jazz
  • Spring Break - March 16 ~ 20
  • 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


All players are reminded that uniforms should be returned before the end of this week. Community basketball continues each Wednesday from 6pm and all are welcome.
Go Huskies !

 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.

 Invitation to be a Game Critic 

Though a family contact the school was introduced to Mr. Kevin Yockey, founder of Club Penguin, a children’s gaming company that is now owned by Disneyland. The Mr. Yockey started a new gaming software company and has developed an educational game based on the abacus (soroban / そろばん). The company is looking for feedback on their developing game product.

The game provides challenges in the form of math question that need to be solved on the soroban abacus.  The faster a player completes the challenges the harder the challenges become.  The math is currently limited to addition and subtraction. The owners believe that someone who is actually familiar with the soroban will not find the game too challenging.  There isn't a specific age-group in mind, anybody familiar with the soroban and able to add/subtract numbers should be able to play.  The secondary students might be the perfect age (?)

They would like feedback on:

  • Is the game fun?
  • Is it clear how the game is played?
  • Is the game easy to play but difficult to master?
  • What do players like or dislike about it?
  • Is there value in pursuing an educational angle or should we stick to casual gaming?

They are also eager to hear about any teaching tips or tools they could use to help an audience understand the mechanics of an abacus and play the game better.  So far the biggest challenge is teaching people how to play the game, but once they learn it they typically enjoy it and come back for more.

If you or your child is interested in this opportunity, please send an email to Head of School, Barry Ratzliff at


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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