Administration Corner 

  Head of School   

Annual Terry Fox Run - In partnership with the Canadian Trade Office, local marathon runners and supporters, HIS provides many of the resources to support this event. As a community that has been touched by cancer and a school that has lost a teacher to cancer, this is a valued way of contributing to our world and making a difference; another way that we can fulfill our commitment to the HUSKiES by demonstrating Social and Personal responsibility for the greater good.  

The schedule for guests is as follows:

  • Date: October 9
  • Location - Toyohira Running Trail at Horohirabashi (Horohira Bridge)
  • 9:00 - Reception Begins
  • 9:30 - Opening Ceremony
  • 10:00 - Run Begins
  • 11:30 - Raffles
  • 11:45 - Closing Ceremony

Come and run or walk the 1 km, 3 km, 5 km or 10 km course. As friends to donate to support you and join the fun!!
For more information, click here for the downloadable flyer (チラシ) and/or see the HIS Families and Friends Facebook page.

PTA BBQTHANKS - I would like to thank the PTA personally and the many PTA volunteers who came out to make the Open House BBQ such an amazing success. Co-Chairs Megumi Ando and Neil Cooke, thank you for your leadership!! 


  From the Principal’s Office  

Parent Fall Festival Volunteers Needed - A letter and form from the PTA will be coming home in the next couple of days for parents to sign up to volunteer at the HIS Fall Festival (a highly enjoyable annual event).  
The success of such events depends much on the contribution and cooperation of people from across the school.  The recent success of the Community BBQ is a fine example of what can happen with many people pitching in - parents, students and teachers.  
Please help out in any way if you can.

Secondary Progress Reports - With the end of the month approaching, we encourage you to log into PowerSchool on or after September 30 to see how your child is doing currently.  

PowerSchool Login Information - Students will have received their PowerSchool login password from their homeroom teacher.  As well, parents were mailed a letter with this information at the beginning of the school year.  Note that parents and students use the same information, so if you did not receive these details, please check with your son or daughter.

Student Babysitters - Parents looking for babysitters are invited to look at the HIS Babysitter List 2016-17
In the next couple of days, I’ll be updating this list with details about availability and specific language and other skills the students have.  Please feel free to contact one of these students if you are in need of a babysitter.

 @ Niseko 

OPEN House-Thank You
Open House is a chance for prospective and current parents to watch our students and teachers learning together. Thank you to all parents, staff and teachers in creating yesterday’s special event.
Twenty families visited and a few guaranteed to join our school. Words like "perfect," "lovely,""delightful'" and "awesome" were heard from our prospective families.
It was a pleasure to see so many happy faces. Thank you all for a wonderful example of community building.
Autumn Bazaar
Our intrepid PTA is holding its annual Autumn Bazaar on Saturday, the 8th of August We would like to request donations of new or used items in good condition for sale on the day. As much as possible, items should be suitable for the winter season - coats, woollen garments, gloves, hats etc. but contributions will be greatly received.
Larger pieces such as skis, helmets and poles are more than welcome. Donations can be dropped in school by the sign on the stage area.
Thank you!

Back to School Night September 29th from 6:00- 7:00ish.
HIS Niseko is proud to open our doors for our annual Back to School Night this September 29th from 6:00 to 7:00 PM. Students and teachers will share their thinking and show exhibitions of our learning. It is a great night for our HIS Niseko learning community.

Best of luck and thank you.
Barry Mernin

Teacher Administrator HIS Niseko

 Husky Hugs 

Husky Hugs go out

  • The Ms. Yao and Her Family - A special note of support for the family of Ms. Yao, her partner, Miki, her son Heiwa and her extended family who lost a father-in-law, a father and a grandfather. Please remember them this week as they mourn a passing and celebrate a life. 
  • PTA - for the wonderful Open House BBQ and a special thanks to all of those who put in a hand to make it such a success. 
  • Mr. Piazza, Mr. Tara, Ms. Speirs and Ms. Marinova - for supporting the overnight trip up Mt. Yotei.



 HIS Parent E-mailing List 

Do you ever have trouble receiving the weekly HEx, Husky-Info bulletins or other school-wide emails?  Do you have another email address to which you’d like to receive these electronic communications? If so, please email our communications coordinator at jtomasine@his.ac.jp so we can update our mailing lists and include you as soon as possible!


 Elementary Activities 

There will be 3 more weeks of the current activities before we change to some new activities after the Fall Break. See a couple of future rock stars from the guitar group.
I would love to hear from any teachers or parents willing to lead an activity.

 After School Music Lessons 

Please consider joining the After School Violin and Piano program, where we offer private lessons for students from preschool to highschool. There are limited rental violins also available for elementary students.

We currently have 3 excellent professional violin teachers and 1 piano teacher. If you are interested, please read the attached documents below under each teacher’s name, which has detailed information about their respective lesson fees, times, our course regulations, and the Application/Consent Form.

Sign up will be done on a first-come-first-serve basis except for those students who decide to continue lessons from last year. All returning and new students must print and sign the Application/Consent Form by Aug. 31st (Wed). If you are unable to open these documents, there will be some printed and placed in front of the music room. In addition, there will be envelopes where you may submit your forms. Please submit them by the deadline. We will not accept electronic submissions!

Teacher (please click the teacher’s name to open the attached document and Application/Consent Form. Date Lesson Room Time Teaching Language
Ms. Ichikawa (Violin) Tue Rm 206 3:45 - 6:00 Japanese
Ms. Oshima (Piano) Tue Music Room 3:45 - 6:00 Japanese
Ms. Kawamura (Violin) Wed Rm 201 3:45- 6:00 Japanese or English
Ms. Tomioka (Violin) Thur Rm 206 3:45 - 6:00 Japanese

Violin Lesson Fee
30 min lesson - ¥3 500 /lesson
45 min lesson - ¥5 000/lesson
60 min lesson - ¥6 500 /lesson  

Piano Lesson Fee
30 min lesson - ¥3 000 /lesson
45 min lesson - ¥4 250 /lesson
60 min lesson - ¥5 500 /lesson

If you have any questions, please contact:
Kirin Sugino at ksugino@his.ac.jp or
Yutaka Sugino at ysugino@his.ac.jp

After School Japanese (ASJapanaese) 課外日本語教室  

Japanese Classes Currently Available! 生徒募集中
Back by popular demand, HIS offers after school Japanese language lessons. Classes are held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3:45 - 4:45 PM.
The following classes are available:

Day Level (Current) Age Range Room
Tuesday Beginner + Grade 7 - 11 Room 302
Thursday Native / Near-native Grade 4 - 10 Room 301
Friday Beginner Grade 2 - 5 Room 302

For program information and applications, please contact the program director at asjapanese@his.ac.jp

曜日 レベル 年齢幅(現時点) 教室
火曜日 初級から 7年生〜11年生 302番
木曜日 ネイティブ ・上級 4年生〜10年生 301番
金曜日 初級 2年生〜5年生 302番


asjapanese@his.ac.jp まで。皆さんのご応募をお待ちしております。

 Japanese Kanji Proficiency Test (Kanji Kentei)  


The HIS Japanese Department would like to announce that we are scheduling the Kanji Proficiency Test (Kanji Kentei) on Saturday, October 29th at HIS.
Students can choose from Level 2 through Level 10. We need to have at least 10 people to have HIS as a venue.
For registration and any questions, please email Yumi Miyatake (ymiyatake@his.ac.jp) by Thursday, September 22nd including birthdate, Japanese name in Kanji/katakana, and level. Both students and parents are welcome to register.

Levels and Fee:

  • Level 2 (University): 3500 yen
  • Level semi-2 (10~12th grade): 2500 yen
  • Level 3 (9th grade): 2500 yen
  • Level 4 (7~9th grade): 2500 yen
  • Level 5 (6th grade): 2000 yen
  • Level 6 (5th grade): 2000 yen
  • Level 7 (4th grade): 2000 yen
  • Level 8 (3rd grade): 1500 yen
  • Level 9 (2nd grade): 1500 yen
  • Level 10 (1st grade): 1500 yen


 Upcoming Events 


September & October Events

September 29 - October 2 - JV and MS Volleyball Tournament

October 3 - School Holiday
October 6- 9 - HS Girls Volleyball Tournament
October 10 - Parent Teacher Conferences (no classes)
October 17 - 21 - Fall Break (no classes)
October 28 - End of 1st Quarter


One of the really great things that exists in sport is the camaraderie between teams. This was evident in games that both our soccer and volleyball teams had last week. See pics of combined teams

This week our soccer boys have another game with Shoshi Gakkuen on Monday. We will also have 2 volleyball teams traveling south for WJAA tournaments. Good luck to the JV girls in Osaka and the very young MS girls who will be playing their first ever games under tournament conditions in Kobe. Good luck also and our appreciation to the coaches and chaperones who will accompany these teams over 4 days.

Go Huskies !

 From PTA 

Fall Festival Volunteers Needed!  Please contact us at pta.sapporo@gmail.com if you are interested.  Fall Festival organizing meeting will be scheduled for sometime next week (TBA).

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 or Megumi know if you would like to become a regular (and voting) member of the committee.

Next meeting is  October 5 at 3:45 in the Teacher’s Lounge

Free babysitting is available for during the meeting upon request.

PTA EMAIL:pta.sapporo@gmail.com

 Husky Lunch 

Please check HERE for viewable and downloadable versions of the Husky Lunch Menu for Sep 26 - Sep 30 !

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