HUSKY EXPRESS June 13, 2016


 Administration Corner 

  Head of School   

All Welcome to Graduation 2016 - Parents, Students and Community members. We would like to welcome all of you to Graduation 2016. Below are the details for the day:

  • Place: HIS Gymnasium
  • Doors Open: 4:00 pm
  • Ceremony Start: 4:30 pm
  • Reception: 5:30 pm in the MPR

HIS Arts & Talents On Stage: It has been another incredible week of showcasing the talents and developing skills of our HIS students. The week started with the HIS Art Show in the MPR and was followed by the HIS Reads debates.

After the visual and academic talents came the opportunity for the musical talents of the school to again be heard. The ‘Otodama’ Secondary Music Concert was staged at Yamabikoza in Motomatchi. Attending parents, students and guests were entertained by choral, drum and percussion pieces under the direction of our fabulous own Ms. Sugino. Definitely look forward to the video on facebook!

HIS Reads 2016 Winners - A congratulations goes out to the winners of HIS Reads, 2016.

  • Katy Shin - First
  • Kanade Suzuki - Second
  • Joshua Kamioka

Winners of the debate receive the the annual winning book from the nationally broadcast Canada Reads debates along with a bookstore gift certificate to encourage further reading. This year’s winning title was The Illegal by Lawrence Hill. Second and third place winners receive bookstore gift certificates.


 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  

Last few days of school!

A reminder to all students to finish their last few assignments (don’t give up yet!) and begin bringing back all borrowed school materials.

 @ Niseko 

Garden Update from Kohina- MP3
“Comparing our garden with last year, there are a lot of changes. For example, last year, we didn’t have our own plots. We used all the area and made it everyone’s garden. This year, we got our own plots, so I think it is very fun!
Another good thing about this year is we get to take care of our own plants. Also, I think we ge to communicate more in our classroom because everyone in class helps each other. Each day we all go out to the garden and we all talk about it.
I am a bit concerned about our garden during the summer vacation but Mr. Mernin says he will take care of it.”
From, Kohina- MP3

Math Journal Question of the Week:
Thank you, Mr. Sinclair for these groovy Math Journal questions regarding palindromes!

Last Day of School Schedule
Below is the the schedule for June 16th, the final day of school. Parents are kindly welcome to join us at 10:30 AM.
8:30 School opens for students
10:30 Doors Open for Parents
10:35 Talent Show: Open to teachers, parents and students. Hosted by Mr. Mernin and Mr. Sinclair
11:15 School Song: Parents, Students and Teachers sing along.
11:20 Goodbyes Hosted by Ms. Lola
11:30 Potluck Lunch Preparation
12:00 Potluck Lunch
1:00 Clean up
1:30 Doors close for summer vacation

Barry Mernin

Teacher Administrator HIS Niseko

 “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 t

  • Ms. Sugino - and the secondary music students for the wonderful performance, Otodama, at Yamabikoza.
  • Mr. Katayama and Mr. Johnson - for the photography and videography at Otodama.
  • Mr. Pangier - for HIS Reads.
  • Mr. Erickson & Ms. Marinova - for the first K~ 12 HIS Art Show.
  • Our Departing Teachers - for their contributions to HIS and it’s students during their time here at HIS:
    • Mr. Ben Janssen
    • Ms. Shoko Kumagai
    • Mr. Joshua Shaffer
    • Ms. Megan Shaffer
  • Retiring PTA Steering CommitteeMembers (Co-Chair Atsuko Clipstone, and Ms. Mika Nakamura) - for their contributions on the committee for the past two years.
  • Ms. Megumi Ando - for taking on the PTA Co-Chair position for 2016~17. We look forwarding benefiting from your experience and helpfulness.


 Elementary Activities 

A huge thanks to all the teachers who have freely given some time after school to be activity leaders this year.

 Upcoming Events 


June 15 HS Sports Day
June 16 Last Day of School / HS Graduation
June 20 Summer School Begins
Aug 17 Opening Ceremony  

 From PTA 

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


The soccer team will have  a game with Shoshi Gakkuen on Monday 13th. Good luck Huskies !
Open gym Volleyball every Wednesday from 3:30 - 5pm … All welcome
Community Basketball each Wednesday from 5pm.
Basketball will also continue throughout the Summer break each wednesday night.

Go Huskies !

 Husky Lunch 

Please check HERE for viewable and downloadable versions of the Husky Lunch Menu for June 13 - June 16 !

 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。

 Husky Calendar 

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

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