HUSKY EXPRESS Nov 28, 2016


 Administration Corner 

  Head of School   

Service Learning

While HIS students and their families were enjoying a day off last Wednesday, Nov. 23, HIS teachers were attending a professional development workshop with Mr. Mario Saez, the Service Learning Coordinator at Yokohama International School and the former elementary school Service Learning Coordinator at United World College, Singapore.

Service Learning is not merely “doing good” or simple “volunteerism”. Service Learning is when a school identifies a genuine need at the school, local, national or international level, researches (research = learning) how to solve that problem and then builds relationships in partnership with others to sustain an ongoing solution to that problem.

HIS is moving forward to build an EY ~ Gr. 12 Service Learning Program. The type of learning is the another one of the key “glues” that brings the school together and walks us towards accomplishing the goals of the HUSKIES.  

Where are they now? -- Emi Oda (Class of 2004) -- It was so special to welcome back Emi Oda and her husband, Corey, who were over from Portland Oregon to visit Emi’s home town of Sapporo. Emi maintains a busy schedule in massage therapy while Corey works in IT with Intel. It was great to have them at school!! We wish you both the best! 


  From the Principal’s Office  

Winter Celebration - Friday December 9 - 2:00pm

HIS invites all parents to come enjoy an afternoon of music, performance and dance in the gym followed by snacks and refreshments in the MPR (courtesy of the PTA).
If you are working, please consider taking a few hours off to come see the many talents of our K - 12 students.

Performances by:

  • Secondary Choir
  • Middle School Performance Arts
  • MP1, MP2, MP3
  • Dance Club
  • Guitar Club
 Please note:Busses will run as usual for students who need to return home on December 9 at the usual time.

MAP Testing Presentation - Coffee Afternoon
If you are interested in learning more about what MAP testing is and how it benefits instruction and your child’s learning, please come to our information session on December 6 at 1:00pm.

Project Santa Reminder
The “Project Santa” is a charity which collects donated gifts to give to orphans of all ages during the holiday season.  This year, the HIS Student Council, “ACT” (Community Service Club) and the PTA are cooperating to organize our school’s participation in the project.  Please do contribute a donation to this worthy cause.  Hopefully together we can make a difference in the lives of some less fortunate during this season.  Thanks!  

(Please see below for how to donate).

  • Price range of a gift from 1500 yen to 2000 yen
  • Each student should buy a present for their same gender and age level.
  • NO CARDS / LETTERS / NAME should be attached to the gift
  • Please write your age, gender, a simple description of the gift on a “post-it” and attach it to the gift. (ex; “age 7, girl, stuffed animal”)
  • Please do not write anything directly on the present
  • Important: Please do not wrap the gifts
  • All gifts should be store-bought (no used or 100 yen shop items please)

* Elementary Students: We will collect your gifts from your homeroom teacher
* Secondary Students: Please deposit gifts in the box found at the library desk 

Presents are to be brought to HIS by: Monday, December 5th (at the latest)

 @ Niseko 

Save the Date: April 21, 2017
We will perform at the HIS school concert at Sapporo Concert Hall-Kitara on April 21st 2017. Please save the date. Mr. Mernin will share the finalized rehearsal schedule at a later date.

MP3 Student Reflections on Writer’s Workshop:

  • “This week, I notice that I write new things I have not used in writing before, for example, -parenthesis.”
  • “My teacher can help me write stronger words.”
  • “I am helping myself become a better writer by trying to do different types of writing that I have seen in my books.”
  • “It is good the way you are teaching writing now.” 
  • I used to wirte stories that are boring and not fun to read. Now, I write better and I don’t think writing is boring like I did before.”
  • “I am going to use harder words that I learn in word study class. For example, I can use the word ‘benignly’, which means showing kindness or gentleness. I want to learn other words that are hard and I will try to use them in writing class.”
  • “I need help using metaphors and good phrases.”
  • “I am helping myself become a better writer by writing.”
  • “I am helping myself become a better writer by challenging myself on using the words that I learned in word study time.”
  • “I notice that I like to think about what I am going to write today. Right now, I am writing the thesis statement that friends are important. I finished the thesis statement of ‘dogs are better than cats.’ It was fun writing it because I like dogs.”

Santa Project 2016 Update:

On the morning of December 2, 2016 our intrepid PTA will be hard at work, wrapping presents for wrapping day. This service from our parents is most humbly appreciated.
HIS Niseko parents will be treated to an performance by our Early Year students and our MP1 Japanese language class students.
Afterwards, parents can sample our lunch service with our partners from the lovely people at Pikinini.

ES Community Open House November 29

Just a quick note that our friendly neighbors at Niseko Elementary School will be having a Community Open House on November 29. All Niseko residents are invited.
First Ski Instruction Day
Please note that our first ski sessions for the season is scheduled for Friday, December 9. Early Years students will learn at Annupuri during the morning hours. MP1 and MP3 will learn at Moiwa for the afternoon hours.
We are indebted to our expert ski instructors from our friends at Hokkaido Core.

Bring a Friend to School Day

Please save the date of January 12, 2017 for Bring A Friend to School Day at HISNiseko. More information to follow in our next newsletter.

Upcoming Dates of Note:

  • November 25th HIS-Board Exec Meeting (6-8) in Sapporo- Mr. Mernin will attend.
  • December 1st International Read Aloud with Niseko Town Council
  • December 2 Santa Project 2016-Gift Wrapping Morning
  • 7th December: Spirit Day-Christmas Colours
  • 7th December: Mummy & Me 10:00-10:40 with Ms. Lola
  • 7th December: Asobook visit with Mr. Sinclair
  • December 9 Staff Party (tentative)
  • Dec. 9th PE Ski instruction for EYs at Annupuri AM and older kids at Moiwa for PM

Barry Mernin

Teacher Administrator HIS Niseko

 Music Department 

Hokkaido International School proudly presents our annual music concert,

"A B C"

Date:    April 21st, 2017 FRIDAY
Time:   7 p.m.
Venue: Sapporo Concert Hall Kitara (Small Hall)
Tickets: Adult: 2000 yen
Child (High School and under): 1000 yen 

The HIS Music Department is pleased to announce that we will be performing at Sapporo Kitara Concert Hall next April! Kitara is one of the most prestigious concert halls in Japan with beautiful facilities and fabulous acoustics. Since 2001, HIS had held more than 10 annual concerts there, and we are so excited to be returning to this venue!

All students from Milepost 1 to Grade 12 will be involved in either the performing or producing of the concert. It is going to be a fantastic showcase where you will see them singing, dancing, and playing instruments. Here are our

MP1, MP2, MP3 music
Secondary Choir
Instrumental Class
Jazz Band
MS Performing Arts
HS Music Appreciation 

If your child or friend is in one of these classes, please consider coming to the concert to support their work. Quick! Grab a pencil and mark your calendars!

We are looking for volunteers:

We are currently looking for parents who would be willing to volunteer to support our concert in the duties listed below. If you are interested, please contact Mr. or Ms. Sugino via email by November 30th. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

  • Printing programs, tickets, flyers
  • Organising costumes and props
  • Public relations
  • Ticket Sales
  • Any other contributions you can think of!

 Husky Hugs 

Husky Hugs go out

  • Our Student Council - for participating in the International Youth Forum


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。

 Husky Spotlight 

HIS Students Receive Awards in Art Contest!
Out of 5483 entries from all over Hokkaido, 166 art works were selected and have received different awards in the recent Idemitsu Art Contest.
4 awards in the "Fine Art" category were given to the following students:

  • Theodore MP2
  • Baylie MP3
  • William MP3
  • Koyuki MP3

All 166 pieces will be on display from January 5 -9 at the underground walkway between Sapporo St. and Odori St. Congratulations!

 Elementary Activities 

It was great to see all the Hula dancers last Friday being expertly led by Mrs Yamakawa.
See pic.
This will be the last week of Hula for this year as the following week is Winter Celebration of course.

 Upcoming Events 

image04.jpgDecember Events

December 1- 4 - Middle School Boys Basketball Tournament
December 9 - Winter Celebration
December 16 (- Jan. 9) Winter Break (No Classes)


The JV boys played a quality Shoshi HS team last week and were in the game until late in the 4th period when some errors and concentration lapses cost them dearly. See pic. The MS boys had a great experience Saturday morning against Nakanoshima JH. It was their first ever game and they showed promise for their upcoming tournament this weekend in Kobe. Coaches Xy and Chris were very pleased with their efforts. See pic. The HS girls will play a home game this Saturday against Hokkai HS.

Go Huskies !

 Basketball Season Gym Schedule  

Please see here for information on when the gym is scheduled for use during the basketball season.

 Husky Lunch 

Please see here for viewable and downloadable versions of the Husky Lunch Menu for Nov. 28 - Dec. 2

 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, January 28th 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 ( by Monday, December 12th 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



 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 or Megumi know if you would like to become a regular (and voting) member of the committee.
Next meeting is  December 7th at 3:45 in the Teacher’s Lounge
Free babysitting is available for during the meeting upon request.

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