HUSKY EXPRESS May 23, 2016


 Administration Corner 

  Head of School   

Elementary Assemblies - It was so exciting to see such a large turnout of parents, friends and families at the elementary assembly last week. The ES Assemblies are becoming a popular attraction and we would encourage community members to come out and join these events where you can see students perform and show what they are learning in school. Thanks to the elementary teachers and the MP3 emcees for putting on such a great event.


Big Book Buzz - This year’s Big Book Buzz was again a great success. Mrs. Riggins introduced some really exciting new books from the library, students requested book titles and genres by recording their wishes on paper “coins” that were then placed into the library’s Wishing Well.

Perhaps most important of all, students were able to showcase their own favorite book through posted written summaries along with an artifact that best seemed to represent their story. Students moved around the display tables to read book summaries and see each artifact.

As parents we can appreciate this successful means of encouraging reading!


Celebrating a Student Success - We congratulate Student Body President, Adnan Sharif, for his successful acceptance to his first choice university, the University of Toronto. Adnan wishes to pursue a medical career and is excited to be in his favorite Canadian city as well. A big Husky Cheer and hug to Adnan.

 HIS Summer School 2016: Accepting Applications 

Please head over to our Summer School 2016 Page to check out the details!


  From the Principal’s Office  

Final 4 Weeks!  We are well into the last month of school now.  As AP exams are over, the weather gets warmer, and we begin to look forward to our summer vacations, please do not lose sight of the work still ahead.  Secondary students, please continue to work hard to get assignments in on time.  Teachers will be using this assessment data as they calculate your final class grades.

The next PTA Steering Committee Meeting is Wednesday, June 1st at 3:45 in the teacher’s room (Rm 206).  The PTA is looking for new members for next year.  We hope that all interested parents will drop by on June 1st and get an idea of what we do, what is planned for next year, and how you can be involved!

 @ Niseko 

Native English Teacher Wanted for Niseko Seasonal School:
HISNiseko is currently accepting applications for a full time teaching position for an experienced native english speaker.

This paid position will require the teacher to participate in the academic and outdoor activities of our seasonal school and help out with lunch supervision.

HISNiseko will provide the teacher with residence for their time spent on campus.

The contract will run for three weeks from August 1 to August 19th.

Please see our link and contact Barry Mernin for further details:

Movie Night:
Three decades after the defeat of the Galactic Empire, a new threat arises. The First Order attempts to rule the galaxy and only a ragtag group of heroes can stop them, along with the help of the Resistance .
On Friday, May 27th, all of the HISNiseko community are invited to join us in the viewing of “Star Wars Episode VII-The Force Awakens”
The movie begins promptly at 18:30 in the Multi Purpose Room.

Sports Day Thank You
Last Saturday, students and parents gathered on the HIS Sapporo field for our annual Sports Day festivities. It was a wonderful time. Students especially enjoyed the track and field events and being out under the warm sun. Thank you parents, teachers and students for your enthusiastic participation. Thank you also to the folks at the Sapporo campus for making us feel so very welcome.

Upcoming Dates of Note:
May 25th
4:30 Exec. Bd./Meeting Board of Councilors meeting in Sapporo, Barry to attend)
May 26, 27, Camp Jozankei trip MP3 overnight MP1 day trip
May 27th Movie Night- “Star Wars The Force Awakens”
June 1st Asobook 2:30-3:00 (leave school 2:15 return 3:15)
June 2nd Final PTA Meeting @ 08:40

Barry Mernin
Teacher Administrator HIS Niseko

 After School Japanese (ASJapanaese)


Japanese Classes Currently Available! 生徒募集中

HIS has begun offering after school Japanese Language lessons. Classes are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:45 - 4:45 PM in Room204.
Seats are currently available for native or near-native Japanese speakers, from MP3 - High School.
For program information and applications, please contact the program director at


お問い合わせは: まで。皆さんのご応募をお待ちしております。

 Husky Calendar 

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

 Secondary Music Concert “Otodama” 

All are welcome to join the Secondary Choir and Music Appreciation students in this year’s music concert “Otodama,” meaning “Soul of Sound.” The songs chosen for this concert are meant to represent the power and energy that words and sounds can have through music. So of course, you will see the students singing, body “percussing”, drumming, and even dancing! We will be performing at the Sapporo Children’s Theatre Yamabikoza- a first time venue for us. We would love to see the familiar and warm faces of the HIS community there!

Date: Friday, June 10th
Sapporo Children’s Theatre Yamabikoza
Address: Kita 27-jo, Higashi 15-chome, Higashi-ku, Sapporo
Time: 6:00 pm OPEN, 6:30 pm START
Tickets: Available at School Office
Adult (High School and above): 1500 yen
Child (Middle School and below): 500 yen

日  時6月10日(金)開場 6:00 開演 6:30
会  場:札幌市こどもの劇場やまびこ座
住  所:札幌市東区北27条東15丁目
チケット:大人(高校生以上)1500円 子ども500円

 High School Theatre 

Dear HIS Community,

Again, a big thank you from the High School Theatre class of 2016 to all that attended the show last month. With your generosity we have earned a total of 37,000 yen. All proceeds will go to the Japan Association for Refugees. Your presence and show of Husky Spirit meant a lot to all of us. Thank you thank you thank you!

 Sapporo University Music Festival in SUICC 2016 - Musicians Needed!!! 

This year Sapporo University students in GAP (Global Action Program)-Culture are organizing a music festival for July 11, (Monday) from 6:30pm-8:30 pm in SUICC (Sapporo University Inter Communication Center).

GAP-Culture promotes active learning with opportunities for Sapporo University students to learn the intercultural skills necessary to develop as global citizens. GAP-Culture members are SU students,foreign exchange students, teachers, and staff. Their goal is to connect with the community to form friendship networks, increase cultural awareness, and experience active learning through projects.

GAP- Culture members are planning, promoting, and preparing the music festival and need to find bands to participate in this event!

All interested musicians should contact Diane Brown at :


HIS is proud to be showcasing the talents of it students who have been taking After School Violin and Piano lessons with the professional musicians and teachers, Eiko Ishikawa, Masami Tomioka, Kayoko Oshima, Shoko Kumagai and Yoko Kawamura.
Join us for an afternoon of music in the MPR on Sunday, 5th June at 2pm. FREE

日 時 6月5日 午後2時より
場 所:HIS 1階MPR 


 “MUSICing” Photo Information 

MUSICing pictures are finally ready to be purchased online!

Instruction on how to purchase pictures, including “Photo Exhibition Room Code” will be sent to all elementary parents by email. We’d like to ask you not to share the code with anyone else as these pictures are only for the HIS elementary families.

*Please purchase pictures by Sunday August 14th, 2016.
*If you would like to purchase a Concert DVD (4500 yen), please email Ms. Kumagai by Monday June 13th

コンサートの写真 オンライン販売開始 

写真の閲覧•購入方法と「写真展示室コード」は担任の先生から email にてお知らせがいく予定です。コンサートの写真は HIS のエレメンタリーの保護者にのみ公開していますので、「写真展示室コード」を外部の人に教えることはお控えください。

image03.png*コンサートのDVD (4500円) を購入希望の方は、6月13日(月)までに熊谷までメールでお知らせください。

 Husky Hugs 

Husky Hugs go out to

  • Mr. Shaffer, Mr. &  Mrs. Johnson and Teiji Midorikawa - for chaperoning the grade 9 trip to Kyoto.
  • Dan Adams & the Elementary Teachers - for organizing the incredible Elementary Sports Day. It couldn’t have been a better event.
  • PTA Parents -- for helping out in so many ways, and especially with the food, at the ES Sport Day. Special thanks go to PTA Co-Chair Atsuko Clipstone, Mika Kawano, Megumi Ando, David Wakabayashi, Fausto Mori, Silas Brown and the many, many more who had a hand in the day’s success. 


 Elementary Activities 

Really good numbers of kids having fun and learning some new skills after school in our last block of activities for the year.
Thanks again to the activity leaders.

 Upcoming Events 


May 25 - 27 Elementary (MP3) Overnight

June 2 - 3 Middle School Overnight
June 4 SAT Exams
June 15 HS Sports Day
June 16 Last Day of School / HS Graduation
June 20 Summer School Begins

 From PTA 

PTA Steering Committee Meeting - Wednesday June 1st in the teacher’s room (Rm 206)

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.


Soccer on the back field every Monday after school. All welcome
Open gym Volleyball every Wednesday from 3:30 - 5pm … All welcome
Thursday is Volleyball for girls only
Community Basketball each Wednesday from 5pm.

Go Huskies !

 Husky Lunch 

Please check HERE for viewable and downloadable versions of the Husky Lunch Menu for May 23 - May 27 !

 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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