HUSKY EXPRESS February 9, 2015


 Administration Corner 

  Head of School   

An Exciting Weekend: I would like to congratulate the Husky Boys Team and Coach Mario for their ____ place finish in the Snow Festival Classic. I would also like to thank Mr. Kelly, our AD for his many weeks of planning. This is an exciting weekend for sport at HIS.

Parent Coffee Morning& Afternoon - Don’t miss the Parent Coffee Morning on February 10 from 8:30 am. I will be introducing the newly hired teachers for the 2015 ~ 2016 school year!! A second parent coffee afternoon will be held on Feb 18th (Wed) at 3:30 pm. 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 

Happy 3rd Birthday HIS Niseko!! 
We celebrated with stone soup!
Hang on to your hats because this Thursday is Pyjama Day!!

 Husky Hugs 

Please give a big Husky Hug, and maybe even a Husky kiss to Coach Mario, Coach Kaori Kohga, Athletic Director Rod Kelly and of course both the Boys and Girls Basketball team members for their spectacular effort at the games over the weekend.
Give an additional hug to Mr. and Mrs. Johnson for fundraising table of food items that kept the crowd of onlookers going all weekend. 


 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

 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.

 Volunteers Needed

The Music Department is looking for volunteers who are available and willing to help to get ready for the concert. Jobs will include: sorting out costumes, making small props, helping out at rehearsals,etc. If you have time and energy during school hours and/or after school and are willing to help, please email me the following information by Friday, January 30th.

  • Your name
  • Your child name
  • Your availability (For example, “Monday morning & Thursday after school”)
  • Your contact info.


  • お名前
  • お子様のお名前
  • 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)
  • 連絡先

Thank you for your support!
Musically Yours,
Shoko Kumagai

 Foreign Language Department 

International Day and Winter Celebration 2014 was a great success! The devotion of students, faculty and parents to this event proves once again that HIS is very special place where everyone honors the cultures we came from.

The foreign language department would like to give special thanks the following people and groups:
PTA for the financial support,
Mr. Katayama for organizing the communication through art and technology,
HIS Office Staff for the welcoming reception and helping the lantern,
Niseko students and teachers for travelling in the snow and participating in many programs,
Mr. Ratzliff and Mrs. Oda for the mochi pounding,
Mr. Salter and his art class students for decorating the school building with beautiful art works,
Mr. Swarn for the arrangement of the equipments,
Mr. Piazza and Mrs. Currie for the fun booths,
Ms. Nara for helping out students and displaying artworks everyday,
Hugh, Adnan, Raffi and Amy for outstanding service as emcees,
Sports teams for setting up the tables and chairs,
All teachers for showing the spirit with your flexibility and smile,
All students for the enthusiasm, kindness, creativity and volunteer. 

 Elementary Activities 

There are still opportunities for students to sign up for After School Activities. Try something new and fun with your schoolmates and teachers.

 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

 Upcoming Events 

  • Jan 30 End of First Semester (Report Cards)
  • Feb 2 Start of Semester Two
  • Feb 6~8 Snow Festival Classic
  • Feb 10 Parent Coffee Morning
    Introduction to New Teachers for 2015~16 : We’ll start at 8:30 AM :-)


Congratulations to our HS boys team and Coach Mario Bogunivic for a magnificent weekend of basketball by thrilling the very supportive fans with their great spirit and skill in recording our best ever result in this tournament by finishing runners up to Hokkai HS for the championship. A huge thank you to the students of the Husky Athletic Association for their untiring efforts and efficiency in running the scorebench, Snow Cafe and countless other tasks.
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


Great News! HIS is running a Scholastic International School 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

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 3rd meeting of the school year on Wednesday, November 26th. The Board of Councilors had their 1st meeting on Wednesday, October 29th. 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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