HUSKY EXPRESS February 8, 2016


 Administration Corner 

  Head of School   

Health Awareness

Influenza seems to have found its way into Sapporo and now the school community. We had several out sick over the past week and into the weeknd. Even our basketball stars were coming down sick during the weekend.

We are monitoring the situation carefully and counting the number sick students in each section of the school and also across the school. Note that HIS protocols for sickness means that we would close a section of the school if 30% of the students are sick with the same symptoms or illness.

Please make sure to call us at school if your child is sick with the flue.


A Whole Weekend of Husky Spirit:

HIS played host to an exciting weekend of basketball and international friendship. A thanks to the basketball teams, their coaches, Mr. Kelly for organizing everything, and to the parents and students who are all essential to making the ‘Snow Festival Classic’ weekend a reality. GO HUSKIES! 


  From the Principal’s Office  

Student Pick-up / Safety Concern: Elementary parents are reminded to please help with the smooth the transition to after-school events by please picking up children on time at 3:30.  The MPR and the first floor get far too busy and chaotic if students are left to run about as activities are being set up. Thank-you very much for your cooperation.

Parent Coffee Time - Daily 2:30-3:30 in the Teacher Lounge (Room 206)

Starting Monday, February 8th, the PTA will be providing coffee and tea in the teacher’s lounge (Room 206) from 2:30 - 3:30 each day.  We encourage parents who wish to meet each other to come early and relax in warmth and comfort with a hot drink.

 @ 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

 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




The Husky spirit was alive and kicking over the weekend. Some tremendous basketball games played over 3 days … our girls were brave in defeat against Seishu HS on Saturday. We should be very proud of our boys who eventually finished 4th in the tournament but they really gave it their al in some very exciting games. Well done team ! Thank you also to the efforts and encouragement of Coach Mario and assistant coach John.

A HUGE Husky thank you to the fantastic members of HAA who did everything and more to make sure that the tournament ran smoothly and efficiently. We really appreciate all that you do !

Special mention to MS player Reika who won the free throw challenge and Hs player Hanaka who finished a close second. Well done !tournament.

Go Huskies !

 Husky Hugs 

Husky Hugs go out to

  • Mr. Kelly - for making all the arrangements for a wonderful Snow Festival Classic weekend!
  • Coaches & BB Teams - for a really exciting weekend of sportsmanship and Husky Spirit!
  • Mr. Johnson - for supporting the weekend by providing UStream access to the basketball games.


 Elementary Activities 

Great to see so many kids enjoying the After School Activities … It`s a great experience for all !

 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。

 Upcoming Events 


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 PTA is looking for volunteers to help organize for the upcoming Spring Bazaar.

The first coordinating meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 23rd at 2:00 in the teacher's lounge.  

Please lend a hand to help make this year's event as successful and fun as last year's.

We hope to see you there!

The next PTA Steering Committee will meet in the teacher's lounge on Wednesday, March 2, 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 8 - 12 !

 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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