Administration Corner 

  Head of School   

Fall Festival as a Demonstration of the HUSKIES

The Fall Festival drew one of the largest crowds that we have likely had in several years. Based upon ticket sales alone, it seems that everyone engaged in every aspect of the food, games and participation in the many activities available. It is a really wonderful example of a community coming together to share in the values that we hold as a school.

Perhaps most of all, Fall Festival provides our students the platform upon which they can grow and learn as individuals and put into practice the very values that we stand for. Students have been planning for for weeks to set up stalls of various kinds to provide the food and games that formed the basis of the day. Those in turn generate funds that will contribute to the service learning experiences that will make a difference in our world in the future.

I would like to extend a personal thanks for those member of the community who came out to support this, our biggest event of the school year. Parents, students and teachers plus the many guests who came out to take part in the fun.

  From the Principal’s Office  

Fall Festival Thanks! - Thank-you to everyone who volunteered and helped make the fall festival such a tremendous success this year!  We had a wonderful turnout - despite the weather - and a lot of money was generated with which the PTA will continue to support the school and its students.  It was encouraging to see the parents, teacher and students of the HIS community work together for a common goal.  Great work!

PTA Steering Committee Meeting - This Wednesday (Nov 9th)  at 3:45 in the teacher’s room (Room 206).

PowerSchool progress reports are available to parents online today -  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 

Movie Night is THIS FRIDAY, November 11.
Ski Season
Snow has made a significant appearance on our friendly mountains. There will be much more information regarding our updated ski curriculum in future newsletters. The following is a checklist to prepare:

  • Skis 
  • Ski helmet (compulsory for all students)
  • Ski boots
  • Ski poles (optional for beginner skiers)
  • Ski wear 
  • Ski goggles
  • Ski gloves
  • Tights or easy to move pants (to be worn under ski pants)
  • Thermals - undershirt ( polyester works well, layers) 
  • Jumper - (fleece works well)
  • Lift pass holder (if not part of ski jacket)

Thank you, Mr. Sinclair for providing this list.

Upcoming Dates of Note:
November 4 Professional Development (No school for students)
November 11, Movie Night: TBA
November 23 Japanese National Holiday (No school for students)

Barry Mernin

Teacher Administrator HIS Niseko

 Elementary Activities 

The new round of After School Activities will start this week. Anyone who hasn`t returned their form should do so.  Thank you so much to Ms Ashlee(Art & Play), Mr Johnson(Guitar) and Mrs Yamakawa(Hula) for leading these activities.

 Husky Hugs 

Husky Hugs go out

  • Our PTA, and the Parents, Teachers and Students who made the Fall Festival such a great success.
  • Mr. Swarn, Mr. Tara and Mr. Watanabe - for shoveling out so much of the driveway on Monday morning.


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 


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 so we can update our mailing lists and include you as soon as possible!

 Upcoming Events 


November Events

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


HS boys will open their season on Monday against the visitors fro Seishu HS. Then next Friday we are very excited to be playing an away game with Hiragishi HS, our closest neighbours, who we haven`t played for several years. Next Monday the JV boys team will play Keihoku HS.

We are also trying to arrange games for all of our other teams as well during November.

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. 7 - Nov. 11

 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  November 9 at 3:45 in the Teacher’s Lounge (November 2, the PTA will be busy prepping for the Fall Festival of the following day)

Free babysitting is available for during the meeting upon request.


 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



 Outdoor Leadership

AdHOC Wheel had it second-ever excursion over the weekend. We explored 12 kilometers of pristine single-track, enjoying the autumn colors while dodging the bountiful tanuki dung heaps.

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