HUSKY EXPRESS February 23, 2015


 Administration Corner 

  Head of School   

Elementary Ski Days: On Thursday and Friday of last week, elementary students were treated to two days of skiing at Fu’s. Both days were a chance for students to test their confidence physically and mentally. It also gave the entire elementary an opportunity to connect with one another. At the end of the day one of our parents noted that everyone had came together over the day, parents, teachers and students.
A very big thanks for those who organized and for the many parents who helped out:

  • Dr. & Mrs. Seaton, Mrs Ando, Mr. Yamakawa, Mr. Ima, Mr. & Mrs. Johnson, Mr. Katayama, Mrs. Komaki, Mrs. Cooke, Mrs. Asai, Mr. & Mrs. Gulkin, Mrs. Ibragimova, Mrs. Evgeny, Mrs. Nakamura, Mrs. Morinari, Mrs. Nishikiori, Mrs. Cabanillas, Mr. Otake, Mr. Brown, Karliand Louis Wright (G12).

This is the kind of support that builds a wonderful community. Thank you so much!

  From the Principal’s Office  

The first middle school and high school progress reports for semester 2 are coming up next week.  I will send an email to parents when all grades have been updated for checking in PowerSchool.

Spring Bazaar:  Looking forward to the upcoming Spring Bazaar on April 18.   

Spring Bazaar Organizing Committee is meeting this Tuesday (February 24) at 3:30

The next PTA Steering Committee Meeting will be Wednesday March 4

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 

Elementary Concert "Do Re Mi" Tickets on Sale!

Pre-school & Elementary Parents:
To order tickets, please fill out the "order form" (---this went home with your child on Friday Feb. 20th), place it in an envelope, along with the exact money (NO CHANGE PLEASE!) and send it to your child’s homeroom teacher by Friday, February 27th. After February 27th, tickets may only be purchased directly from the office.

Other parents, students, community members:
Please purchase tickets directly from HIS office.
*All performers are free of charge.

Information : Hokkaido International School  011-816-5000 or

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
  • HS Winter Overnight in Jozankei - Feb 26/27
  • MS Girls Basketball Tournament - Feb 26 ~ Mar 1
  • MS Winter Overnight in Takino - March 5~6


The MS Girls Basketball Team have played 3 excellent warm up games with Japanese Junior High teams over the last week and together with their basketball camp sleepover are ready and for the tournament in Kobe this weekend. It should be plenty of activity and fun.
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, March 4th.

SPRING BAZAAR ORGANIZING COMMITTEE is meeting this coming Tuesday (February 24) at 3:30

-- 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!

DONATIONS are being accepted for the PTA stall (please no clothes or stuffed animals please unless brand new and in original packaging). Boxes will soon be placed in the hallway outside the office for collection of donations.

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

 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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