HUSKY EXPRESS Oct 11, 2016


 Administration Corner 

  Head of School   

Terry Fox Run - A thanks is to be extended to the students, teachers and families of HIS who came out to support the annual Terry Fox Run. Students and teachers ran, helped put up tents, tables and chairs, and other equipment, all of which was on loan from HIS as a means of reaching out to our local community. In total, 273 participants from the local community came to participate, including guests from the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo. In the end, ¥704,100 was raised and will be donated to cancer research right here in Japan. We look forward to supporting this cause again next year.

Fall Break Reminders - The school staff would like to wish the HIS Community a happy Fall Break. The school will be closed all of next week, Monday October 17 ~ October 21. We look forward to seeing everyone back on Monday, October 24, which will be a B-Day.

Alumni Visits - The late summer and early fall often have students returning to visit the school. This year we welcome many. Here is a warm thanks and photo tribute to those former students who took the time to come back, remember us and visit!


  From the Principal’s Office  

Parent Teacher Conferences - Thanks to all the parents who came out on Monday, October 10th for parent teacher conferences.  In secondary in particular, we had record numbers of parents schedule appointments with teachers - in large part due to the large number of new middle school and high school students this year.

Parent Fall Festival Volunteers Needed - The PTA is still looking for more parents who can help out before and at the fall festival.  Please contact them at to find out how you can contribute to this annual event.

Note: All interested parents are also welcome to attend todays (October 11) fall festival organization meeting at 2:30.

MAP Testing - Students in MP3 to grade 11 continue MAP testing this week.  If a student was absent on one of the days their class was tested, I will be scheduling make-up tests during the week after fall break.

Fall Break Studies - With the end of quarter coming up on October 30, it is suggested that students take advantage of the fall break to catch up on any overdue assignments and to get ahead.  

PowerSchool progress reports will be available to parents online by November 7th.

Student Babysitters - A reminder that busy parents looking for babysitters are invited to look at the HIS Babysitter List 2016-17  Please feel free to contact one of these students if you are in need of a babysitter.

 @ Niseko 

Autumn Bazaar
On behalf of the children of HIS Niseko, please allow me to offer a most heartfelt thank you for Saturday's effort. By any measure, the Autumn Bazaar was a tremendous success.
Thank you to the Niseko Town Council for all the hard work to make Niseko Halloween Festival a very successful day. The kids of Niseko seemed to enjoy themselves. My family had a blast! The costumes were terrific.
Mostly, I am impressed at how everyone got together to help out. It’s an honour to be a part of the Niseko community and look forward to doing my part to make the 10th #Halloween Festival special.
Great job and thank you all again.
MAP Testing
Congrats to the MP3 students for their perseverance and confidence as they completed their standardized testing for the fall semester. I am proud of their results.
Skating Recap
Big thanks to Merek Sinclair, Anita Churiki and Yuuki Suzuki for organizing our skating trip. The students and teacher had a terrific time learning how to shoot and skate. I especially enjoyed playing Boot Hockey. (Team Mernin beat Team Sinclair 1-0)
We made good memories while we learned some serious skills. Each kid had a hockey stick in hand and practiced taking some shots.
Thank you, Yuuki san and Naruse san for helping us with transportation. We greatly appreciate your extra efforts.

Barry Mernin
Teacher Administrator HIS Niseko

 Elementary Activities 

This will be the last week of activities until we change after the Fall Break.
I would love to hear from any teachers or parents willing to lead an activity.

 Husky Hugs 

Husky Hugs go out

  • All teachers who came out to the Terry Fox Run to help, cheer and run! All for a great cause.
  • Mark Erickson - Who took the Outdoor Ed students out on their overnight to Mt. Shokanbetsu and the Uryunuma Marsh.
  • Dan Adams - for his coaching and leading the girls to the tournament over the weekend.
  • Ashlee - for chaperoning the girls trip down for volleyball.


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

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


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。

 HIS Parent E-mailing List 

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 Upcoming Events 


October and November Events

October 17 - 21 - Fall Break (no classes)
October 28 - End of 1st Quarter

November 3 - Fall Festival
November 4 - Teacher PD (NO CLASSES)
November 9 - Branding & School Progress Update Presentation
November 23  - Teacher PD (NO CLASSES)

Don’t Miss this important November Event:
Branding Committee & School Progress Update Presentation

When: Wed, November 9, 5pm – 6pm
Where: 1F Multi Purpose Room (Sapporo Campus)

What: Brief presentation with question & answer session addressing progress made toward our goals for the 2016 -2017 school year


Another great weekend of volleyball for our Varsity girls team in Nagoya. They won three and lost three games to place 5th out of 10 schools. All of their games were close and many went to the deciding 3rd set but we couldn`t quite make the semi finals. We are so proud of their efforts on and off the court. A big thanks also to Coach Adams who has been away for 2 weeks running to coach our teams. Miss Ashlee chaperoned the girls and offered great moral support. The MS girls wound up their season with a `cake party` last Thursday. The soccer boys have their turn to play this week as they play a game with Shoshi Gakkuen on Tuesday and then against an `All Stars` (maybe Old Stars?) teacher/parent team this Friday after school. Come and cheer … or maybe laugh ?

Basketball season will begin immediately after the Fall Break. Intending players should check the schedule which will be displayed later this week.

Everyone new and old is invited to play either MS, JV or HS for boys and girls.

Go Huskies !

 From PTA 

Fall Festival Volunteers Needed!  Please contact us at 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.


 Husky Lunch 

Please see our website for viewable and downloadable versions of this week’s Husky Lunch Menu.

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