HUSKY EXPRESS February 1, 2016


 Administration Corner 

  Head of School   

Welcome to Semester 2

Mid winter has arrived and the start of the second semester of the school year. We would like to welcome the many new students who are joining us from today, January 1. There is much ahead of us this semester: amazing learning experiences, outdoor educational opportunities and school events and functions.

We will be starting off Semester 2 with 191 students, up by 11 from the start of the year!
Featuring Some Husky Spirit:
Mr. Watanabe’s Snow Fort

If you have had a chance to enter the back field of the school, you will have seen the Snow Fort that our bus driver Mr. Watanabe has been building.

Mr. Watanabe wanted to make a fort that the kids could enjoy playing in and he set to work on it during his own free time. It has evolved into a very fun space.

If you have a moment to thank Mr. Watanabe for the fort, I am sure he would be greatly pleased to hear it is being appreciated. Mr. Watanabe, thanks for sharing your Husky Spirit!


  From the Principal’s Office  

Welcome to February and Semester 2!

Secondary student phone use:
Please be reminded that (following significant debate at secondary teacher meetings about student use of phones at school), it was unanimously decided to ban phone use altogether (except at lunch hour).

Although smart phones occasionally have practical learning applications (use for research, teaching apps, etc), teachers have come to the conclusion that phones are, in balance, far more a distraction to learning than they are a benefit.

To address this concern, students have been told that, starting in semester 2, teachers will confiscate any phone seen during class time - including in the hallway.

These phones will be given to me and students will need to pick them up from my office after school.

(As noted in my email last week, there will be consequences for repeated offence).

Note: If in an emergency parents need to contact their child during school hours, we ask that you phone the office, rather than your child directly.

Thank-you to parents for your understanding and support of this policy.  

Semester 1 Reports will be sent home within the next 2 weeks.

PTA Steering Committee Meeting

Our next meeting is Wednesday, February 3rd.  Please remember that all parents are welcome to attend.

 @ Niseko 

Three Cheers for the MP3 Writers.
Congratulations are in order for the MP3 students for successfully completing their annual standardised writing tests. I am quite pleased with their opinion essays and look forward to seeing the results.
Teachers, we will use the upcoming data as one tool to move our writing curriculum forward. We will set collective writing goals for the 2016-17 academic year.

Skiing Unit
Yesterday’s skiing session again was simply wonderful. We learned a ton from the expert instructors, Todd of greater Toronto and Joe from Fukuoka. Both are professional instructors of the highest caliber from Hokkaido Core.

With their training, we are ready for the Friday’s race day.

Thank you, PTA for a most interesting discussion. I look forward to further discussions with the staff on what International Mindedness means specifically for our little school.
Our next PTA meeting is scheduled for March 4 @ 9:20 am in Mr. Mernin’s room.

Movie Night -The Incredibles
Our first movie night of 2016 was a complete success. Thank you, Mr. Sinclair and Mrs. Senzai for making it so family-friendly. I loved watching the kids (and grandmother) enjoying the fine storytelling from the folks of Pixar.
Great night.

Enjoy this video and have a relaxing Saturday.
Take care,

Teacher Administrator HIS Niseko


The biggest event on the basketball calendar on this weekend as we host our own Snow Festival Classic Tournament. The boys will be trying hard to improve on last years` 2nd place finish. Check schedules posted around the school or on Facebook for times.

Great action, food and fun for all !

The MS basketball girls will be having a bake sale this Wednesday to raise funds for their upcoming Kobe tournament.

Go Huskies !

 Husky Hugs 

Husky Hugs go out to

  • Mr. Watanabe - for the beautiful snow fort on the back field!.
  • Mr. Adams, Mr. Tomasin & Mr. Kelly - for taking the AdHoc students out for a day of skiing over the weekend.
  • All Teachers  -- for making Semester 1 such a wonderful semester!! 


 Elementary Activities 

We have `This & That` with Mrs Shibuya on Monday, `Guitar` with Mr Johnson and also `Snow Fun` with Mrs Oda and Ms Speirs on Wednesday and finishing up with `Drumming` and Mr Katayama on Friday.
Please return those notices as soon as you can to join up in a fun activity.

 Husky Calendar 

Want to see more upcoming events?  Check out the newly updated calendar on the school website.


HIS Elementary Concert “MUSICing” Update!

Thursday March 17th at 6:30pm

Sapporo Kyoiku Bunka Kaikan (札幌市教育文化会館)

Please find "Dress Code Information" in your email (it was sent by Husky Information on January 26th). Students will be asked to bring all the necessary items to school on Thursday March 9th.

コンサートの "Dress Code Information" に目を通してください。(1月26日に Husky Information からメールで送られているはずです。)必要な物を3月9日(水)に一度全て学校に持ってきてもらうことになりますので、早めの準備をお願いします。

 Outdoor Leadership 

Outdoor Leadership Class:
Sapporodake Snowshoe Hike

The Outdoor Leadership class embarked on their Sapporodake hut and hike trip during the weekend of January 16th and 17th. The trip started with a 5k snowshoe hike in the dark up to the rustic Heyamizu hut where the students spent a cool night. The next morning an array of hot ramen and rice meals were consumed before the snowshoe towards Sapporodake summit. The advance on the summit was filled with beautiful panoramic views and picturesque fields of Hokkaido powder. After a successful summit, the students descended down the mountain for onsen and curry as a finish to a great weekend!  Great work OL class!

 Upcoming Events 


Feb 5 ~ 7 Snow Festival Classic
Feb 11 Foundation Day (no school)
Feb 18 - 19 MS / HS Ski Days
Feb 24 - 25 Elem Ski Days
Feb 26 Elementary No School (Secondary in session)

Mar 3 - 4 Jozankei Overnight (HS)
Mar 3 - 6 MS Girls Basketball Tourney
Mar 10 - 11 Takino Overnight (MS)
Mar 12 - 21 Junior Class Service Trip
Mar 17 Elementary Concert
Mar 19 - 27 Spring Break (no school)
Mar 28 School Resumes

 From PTA 

The next PTA Steering Committee will meet in the teacher's lounge on Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Please note, all Steering Committee meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month.  Any parent is welcome to attend, and please let Atsuko and Neil know if you would like to become a regular (and voting) member of the committee.

 Husky Lunch 

Please check HERE for viewable and downloadable versions of the Husky Lunch Menu for February 1 - 5 !

 Physical Education 

Middle and High School ski dates are 18th & 19th February.
Elementary ski dates are 24th & 25th February.
H.I.S. will be skiing at Fu's Ski Resort.

All the ski money and permission slips to be handed in by Monday February 1st.
I really need as many parents as possible to help out. Any level of skiing/snowboarding ability is welcome. 

 After School Music Lessons 


HIS offers after school violin, piano & keyboard  lessons with  professional musicians. Lessons are held Mon-Thurs. & are available in English & / or Japanese. 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、ピアノ、キーボード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〜水曜日に行われます。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。

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