HUSKY EXPRESS March 7, 2016


 Administration Corner 

  Head of School   

Executive Board in Niseko- On Saturday, the Executive Board went over to Niseko in order to hold their March Board Meeting there. Board members went up in the school van and had lunch in Niseko town where they met up with Board members listened to a brief talk by Board of Councilors member, John Barton, on the major investment projects moving forward in the region. After that, members headed over to the HIS Niseko school building.

The meeting was hosted by Barry Mernin, Teaching-Administrator at Niseko. After a brief tour of the school board members conducted their meeting in the Multipurpose Room of the school and returned in the late afternoon to HIS Sapporo.

Many thanks to our hard working board members. Their input and work is greatly appreciated.


 Where are they now? 

University of British Columbia -- Student Body President, Adnan Sharif was excited to learn that he was accepted to be a bachelor of science major at the University of British Columbia. Along with that, he was awarded a Major Entrance Scholarship.

UBC ranks in the top 40 universities globally and in the top 20 for public universities so it is a significant indicator of Adnan’s years of academic hard work. Adnan hopes to pursue a bio-chemistry (pre-medicine) course of studies at the university and hopes to enter the Canadian Army’s Medical Officers Training Program.  

Adnan’s ultimate goal is to be a medical doctor and is excited by the potential offered by the Canadian military because of its humanitarian efforts around the world and because he hopes to extend his leadership learning experiences which began here at HIS.

Adnan is still awaiting responses from Western University (Ont. Canada), Waterloo University (Ontario) and McGill University (Montreal).


Photo: Adnan Sharif, 2015 ~ 16 Student Body President
Class of 2016

  From the Principal’s Office  

PTA Steering Committee Meeting:  The next PTA Steering Committee will meet in the teacher's lounge on Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Spring Bazaar Meeting:  The next Spring Bazaar organizing committee meeting is on March 15th  at 2:00 in the teacher’s lounge.

All parents are welcome!

Upcoming External Examinations:

End of March 28 - April 15:  Following Spring break, students in grades 4 to 11 will be sitting MAP tests.  A full explanation of these tests will be sent home soon.

May 2 - 13: AP Exams (regular testing period)

May 7: SAT Exams -- Note: This will be the redesigned SAT.  Please see a summary of changes in the following College Board produced presentation:

As well, here is a direct PDF link to the information packet I was distributing last month:

May 18 - 20: AP Exams (late testing period)

June 4:SAT Exams

Parent Coffee Time Reminder - Daily 2:30-3:30 in the Teacher Lounge (Room 206).  The PTA provides 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 

Singapore Math Professional Development
Cheers to Mr. Yeap Ban Har for his impressive display of knowledge and teaching habits of mathematics instructors. Merek Sinclair and I were fortunate to attend his weekend seminar at Tohoku International School in Sendai.
Were are both still processing all that we learned.
Some takeaway quotes:
“Mathematics expertise is NOT genetic.”
“All learning should start in an informal way.”
“Never raise your hand to ask a question---Instead, ask yourself...ask your friends...THEN ask your teacher.”
“Model, model, model how to write in a journal.”
“A math class CANNOT be quiet.”
“It is good to teach the kids to count, but it is better to teach what counts.”
“When we tell them EVERYTHING…...they get nothing.”
“Ultimately, mathematics is a brain-building tool.”
You can read more about Yeap Ban Har @

March 5 Executive Board Meeting at HIS Niseko
On March 5th, the HIS Executive Board traveled to Niseko for their monthly board meeting. We were proud to host this meeting. I discussed:

  • Students profile (new students etc?)
  • Community service
  • Mummy and Me program
  • Asobook
  • Ski Instruction and Outdoor Education
  • School Garden
  • Transportation Fees
  • Student Literacy Goals
  • PTA and PTA LIaison committee work
  • Summer School projections
  • International Read-aloud

New Movie Night Time
Please gently note that our scheduled movie night has been rescheduled to March 11 @ 18:30. We will present Inside Out from Pixar.
Thank you kindly.
Ski Instruction Reflection:
Last week's Ski Instruction was awesome! We practiced moguls, synchronized skiing and 360 turns. I was very impressed with the students and the guidance from our instructors from Hokkaido Core
Please kindly note that HIS Niseko does not allow students to ski amongst the trees. All students, during regular school hours, are to ski on groomed areas only.
Please see Mr. Mernin for if you have any questions or concerns.

Barry Mernin
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


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。


The MS Girls Basketball team had another fantastic weekend on and off the court in Kobe. The closest game was against Osaka who we lost to by just 2 points but then we had an excellent win against Nagoya. All the girls got their chances on the court and played really well. See the pic taken after the game. Nonno won our MVP award. A special thanks to Karen Katayama for all the encouragement and assistance that she offered to the girls over the weekend as official chaperone. Heading home this morning tired but very well satisfied with our efforts and enjoyment.

Community Basketball will continue to be from 5-7 pm every week. All welcome providing you have returned your uniforms to your managers ?

Go Huskies !

 Husky Hugs 

Husky Hugs go out t

  • Rod Kelly - for taking the MS girls down to tournament in Kobe.
  • Karen Katayama - who helped to chaperone the MS girls on their trip.
  • Secondary Teachers - for supporting such a wonderful HS outdoor ed experience for HS students at Jozankei.  


 Elementary Activities 

Just 2 more weeks of After School Activities but this will be the last week of `This and That` as Mrs Shibuya will be away next week.

 Husky Calendar 

Want to see more upcoming events?  Check out the newly updated calendar on the school website.


HIS Elementary Concert “MUSICing” 
Thursday March 17th at 6:30pm

Sapporo Kyoiku Bunka Kaikan (札幌市教育文化会館)
Concert-related Schedule for the next 3 weeks

March 7-11: Tickets on Pre-sale (limited to the Elementary families)
March 8: Rehearsal in HIS gym (12:35-2:00pm)
March 9: Students bring all necessary clothes to school (Please see "Dress Code Information")
March 11: Rehearsal in HIS gym (12:35-3:30pm) & School Bus Reservation Deadline
March 16 & 17: Tickets on Sale @HIS Office
March 17: MUSICing (6:30pm)

Transportation from HIS to Kyoiku Bunka Kaikan (Reservation Deadline: March 11th)
HIS発 教育文化会館行きのバス予約 (3月11日締め切り)

Transportation to Kyoiku Bunka Kaikan will be provided on Thursday March 17th for those students and families who need it.
School bus will leave HIS at 5:30pm and arrive at Kyoiku Bunka Kaikan at 6pm.
If you would like to reserve seats on school bus, please email Ms. Kumagai ( by Friday March 11th.
Please include the following information:

  • Name
  • Milepost
  • How many seats do you wish to reserve?

*This is on a first-come, first served basis.
*Please be on time. The bus will not wait for those people who are late.

 Outdoor Leadership 

AdHOC snowshoed across forested ridges and bright meadows on their way to the steep jutting of Sankyaku-yama on the Toishiyama trail. Trekkers ranged from sixth graders to twelfth grade, with even an alumni joinning in. Next AdHOC trip is the Yoichi-dake climb on April 23rd.

 Upcoming Events 


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

April 8 End of Quarter 3
April 16 Spring Bazaar
April 22 Sports Award Banquet
April 28 Drama Performance
April 29 Parent Teacher Student Conferences / Teacher PD (no school)

 From PTA 

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

The next Spring Bazaar organizing committee meeting is on March 15th  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 9, 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 March 7 - 11 !

 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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