HUSKY EXPRESS January 18, 2016


 Administration Corner 

  Head of School   

Concerns for Safety: MPR

Dear HIS families -- At team meetings, HIS teachers have again raised concerns for student safety after school. Today I would like to bring up one area, that of safety of children in the MPR (Multipurpose Room) after school. It is a wonderful play space, but after school, children are often not following safety rules in the absence of teachers (who are busy attending to after school duties) and on many occasions are running. We fear that accidents will occur.

As we seek solutions -- we will be speaking about the issues with the PTA and at Coffee Mornings -- we would ask that you help us by monitoring children in the MPR so that we can ensure that accidents are prevented. The MPR is booked for activities almost every day so we would ask that children who are not in activities leave the building by 3:45. Many thanks -- School Administration


Executive Board & Board of Councilors PD

Dr. Marc Frankel from Triangle Associates visited HIS to present on board practices for independent schools. Dr. Frankel is one of the best known presenters on the topic among the East Asia Regional Council of Schools, of which HIS has been a member in long standing. We thank him for being here with us.


  From the Principal’s Office  

Please note that WrAP (Writing Assessment Program) testing for grades 3 to 10 is coming up next week (January 25 - 29).  This week I will send home a letter explaining to parents the nature and importance of these writing tests (administered by the Educational Research Bureau in the US).

Semester 1 Reports:  Semester 1 comes to a close on January 29th.  Teachers will complete report cards and they will be sent out at the end of the following week.

A reminder that the next sitting of the SAT is this coming Saturday (January 23rd). Students participating should remember to be on time and bring proper ID.

 @ Niseko 

Greetings from HISNiseko.

Skiing Unit
Yesterday’s skiing session went off without a hitch. Today on Mt Moiwa, the MP1 and MP3 students learned proper habits from the expert instructors of Hokkaido Core. We are indebted to Mr. Sinclair, Winse Heywood, Mrs. Senzai, our PTA for organizing such a meaningful event.
Our next trip will be to Moiwa on Friday afternoon, January 22, for racing lessons. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

Community Lunch this Thursday
Students do not need to bring in lunch this Thursday, January 21. Please pack the children's snacks as usual. Mr. Mernin will serve vegetarian Texas Chilli and Bread.

Movie Night
Our first movie night of 2016 will be held on Friday, January 29 from 6:00- 8:00 PM. The entire HISNiseko community is invited to join us for some family fun. Please contact Barry Mernin by early next week, if you would like to help out with snacks and cleaning up.

Next PTA Meeting
Our next PTA meeting will be held on Friday, January 29 from 9:20- 10:30. Our topic of discussion is:
“What is International Mindedness @ HISNiseko?”

Teacher Administrator HIS Niseko

 After School Music Lessons 


HIS offers after school violin, piano & keyboard  lessons with  professional musicians. Lessons are held Mon-Thurs. &  some 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。 


The JV boys basketball team enjoyed their tournament in Yokohama over the weekend. They didn`t win any games against the bigger schools but it was a great experience for all. A big thank you to coach John and Mr Gambino for supervising over the past 3 days. This week our HS boys and girls teams travel to tournaments in Nagoya and Kobe. Good luck to them both.

Go Huskies !

 Husky Hugs 

Husky Hugs go out to

  • Diane Brown -- for bringing the Momotaro Story Time Program to the elementary students of HIS
  • EB & BoC Board Training Participants -- for joining Board training sessions with Dr. Marc Frankel.


 Elementary Activities 

Hopefully we can finalise after school activities this week and send out information regarding new choices.

 Husky Calendar 

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



HIS Elementary Concert “MUSICing”
Thursday March 17th at 6:30pm
Sapporo Kyoiku Bunka Kaikan (North 1 West 13)

*Music Department is looking for pirate’s hats and cowboy hats. Please email Ms. Kumagai ( if you have any that we can borrow.

エレメンタリーコンサート “MUSICing”


*もしご家庭に「海賊ハット」又は「カウボーイハット」が眠っていて、コンサートのために貸しても良いという方がいらっしゃいましたら、熊谷 ( まで連絡ください。

 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.

More information will be sent out within the next couple of weeks.

 Upcoming Events 


Jan 21 ~ 24 HS Boys and HS Girls Basketball
Jan 29 - End of First Semester
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 (MS / HS in session)

 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 

The weekly menu for HIS school lunch will now be posted on our website. Please check HERE for viewable and downloadable versions of the menu for January 18 - 22!

 HIS Cheerleading Recruits
 Elementary Students


As the snowy season approaches, every year during the Snow Festival season, HIS hosts a basketball tournament here in our gym. The Snow Festival Classic showcases  the Junior Varsity Boys, Varsity Boys, and Varsity Girls teams. Our teams are joined by those from all around Hokkaido and even an international school in Nagoya.

In order to make the tournament more enjoyable for all, HIS Athletics is creating a Cheerleading Team for students in Early Years and Mileposts 1, 2 & 3. Boys and girls are both invited and practices will be every Thursday from 3:30~4:30. Practices will begin based on the availability of those who sign up. Performances will include the Pep Rally on Day 1 of the Tournament, Feb 5th, and the half-time show on Saturday, Feb 6th. If your child would like to join, please contact us as soon as possible!! We are looking forward to seeing everyone at practice!!




 Student Council One Yen Drive


HIS Student Council is currently raising money for an orphanage in Cameroon. Our fundraiser is called the one yen drive. There will be petroleum bottles in every class and classes will put one yen coins in the bottles. The goal is to collect as many one yen coins as possible. Our goal is to raise $800-$1000 this year. Funds raised will go towards building showers for those who live and work at the orphanage, as well as towards buying school supplies, computers and indoor cooking facilities. The fundraiser will run until February and donations will be made in March.

 College Corner 

Seniors are now working on submitting materials for deadlines.
One area we’ve seen changes in are the requirements for students who are attending international schools abroad and need transcripts from previous schools to HIS. If you are in this category, please take time to contact those schools and request official transcripts. Even if the school accepts our combined transcript, visa applications may require originals.

Upcoming Events:SAT - January 23 (register by December 15th)

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