HUSKY EXPRESS February 15, 2015


 Administration Corner 

  Head of School   

Russian Consular Visit: Last Friday, our Russian elementary students and school administration hosted Consul-General & Mrs. Fabrichnikov of the Consulate General of the Russian Federation to tea at school.

The visit included a chance to speak with Russian elementary students, an opportunity to watch video greetings from Russian secondary school students, who were away on their ski trip to Foos, and later there was a full tour the school building.

The morning concluded with more tea and a visit in the school office and at that time HIS was given a gift of Russian lacquerware, which is on display on in the school's Trophy case.

Mr. Fabrichnikov expressed his interest in connecting HIS with the Russian Embassy School in Tokyo, which is a similar size to HIS. We look forward to the opportunity to deepen connections to a similar educational institution in Japan.

Parent Coffee Morning & Afternoon - Don’t miss the Parent Coffee Afternoon on February 18 from 3:30 pm. Administration will be introducing the newly hired teachers for the 2015 ~ 2016 school year!! We hope that this allows as many families as possible to come.

  From the Principal’s Office  

Spring Bazaar: Looking forward to the upcoming Spring Bazaar on April 18. Please stay tuned for information about how you can get involved. The PTA organizing committee is meeting this week to get things started.

Student Attendance:
The morning check-in / late-slip system seems to be cutting down on tardiness in the high school. We’d also like to thank parents for their help in enforcing our late policy from the home side. It is a big help!

 @ Niseko 

HIS Niseko spent last week building a Husky snow sculpture outside Niseko Station. It’s big and bold and has bright blue-glitter eyes.

 Husky Hugs 

A thanks to our ES students Nikita, Denis and Arina for so kindly stepping in to welcome Mr. & Mrs. Fabrichnikov from the Russian Consulate. They were wonderful hosts!

A thanks to Mr. Adams for organizing the wonderful ski days for secondary students. An additional thanks to the parents who came out to help supervise groups and teach skills at each level.


 Outdoor Education 

Toishiyama Snowshoe

Sasha & Mr. Robinson somewhere east of Toishiyama (Ph cap)
A student of the Outdoor Pursuits snowshoed 8.2 km over the weekend, reaching her goal of Sankyakuyama of the Toishiyama trail.

Next ADHOC snowshoe is February 15.

AdHOC trips … just email Dave Piazza
at for more information

 Elementary Concert 2015 

Friday, March 6th 2015, OPEN 6:00PM > START 6:30 PM
Adult 1000 yen / Child 500 yen

Do Re Mi at L Plaza 3rd Floor
Kita-ku kita 8 jyo 3chome , Sapporo

Hokkaido International School 011-816-5000 or

 Elementary Activities 

Monday is `Snow Fun`
Tuesday is `Puzzles and Games`
Wednesday is `Mini Golf` and `Guitar`

 Husky Calendar 

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

 College/Alumni Corner 

Joshua Gan, an Admissions Officer at the Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne will be in Sapporo on Thursday, 29th January 2015, to meet and recruit potential students and to introduce the hospitality industry and the wide range of career opportunities available.

Summer Programs
I’ve been receiving a variety of info on various summer programs both locally and abroad. Stop by and check out the lovely brochures. Here is a link to the page on US programs updated by the counsellor at Saint Maur from the Kanto Plains International Schools Counsellor Association (KPISCA):

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

Upcoming Events:
Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne in Sapporo - Thursday 29 January 2015 at lunch

May 2 SAT date registration is now open.

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

Link of the Week:
Poll shows more students in summer programs

 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.

 Upcoming Events 

  • Feb 18 Parent Coffee Afternoon
    Introduction to New Teachers for 2015~16 : We’ll start at 3:30 PM :-)


Focus now goes onto the MS Girls Basketball team as they prepare for their upcoming tournament in Kobe. A big thank you to everyone who sponsored them in the `Goal a Thon` that they had last Thursday. They will be busy collecting the money this week.  Go Huskies !
Go Huskies !

 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!

 From PTA 

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

 Yearbooks still available! 

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


A reminder that this is the last week to place orders for the 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 February 28th, 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


PLEASE NOTE: There has been an error made on the paper catalogue. The prices should be:

675 Binky the Space Cat  £2.42 / $3.99

760 Magic Tree House: Merlin Missions Pack £30.15 / $48.25

 Executive Board Update 

The Executive Board had their 4th meeting of the school year on Wednesday, January 28th. 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.”

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