HUSKY EXPRESS Jan 16, 2017


 Administration Corner 

  Head of School   

Instilling Care & Concern for Every Bit and Every Individual of Our School

In the Autumn, HIS hosted Mario Saez for staff professional development. Mario is a leading educator in Service Learning and comes from an qunie background.

Mario’s father was a leading member of the General Augusto Pinochet’s oppressive dictatorship in Chile. Mario grew up in privileged circumstances but know of the crimes that the government was committing. He knew it was not right and at the age of 17 made a choice to leave his family and his country to fulfill a dream to be a teacher, the one profession that his father forbade his children to pursue.

Mario’s compassion for the oppressed and needy of the world is immense and his presentation was a powerful one. He challenged us as educators and us as a school with one very important question:

Have you instilled a care and a concern for every bit and individual of your school?

At the start of the school year, teachers and students will be having conversations around this important question. We ask that you join us by asking your child how they have or could help HIS instill care and concern for every bit and for every individual of the school.New Year!!


  From the Principal’s Office  

End of Semester / Report Cards:  As we approach the end of the semester, students should keep in mind the importance of completing all assignments in time for final semester grading by teachers.

Teachers will complete report cards through the week of January 30th.  Parents will receive reports the following week.

A reminder that the next sitting of the SAT is coming up on Saturday, January 21st. Students participating must remember to be on time and bring proper ID or they will not be admitted.

Upcoming Important Dates:

January 21 (Saturday) - SAT Exam
January 30 (Monday) - End of 1st Semester
February 6 (Monday) - Report cards completed and distributed (elementary) / mailed (secondary)

** PTA Steering Committee Meeting - Wednesday January 18th at 3:45 in the teacher’s lounge.

 @ Niseko 

Bring a Friend to HIS Niseko Day
Thank you parents, teachers and students for your help with Bring a Friend to HIS Niseko Day. I saw an awful lot of smiling faces. The event was quite successful by all measures.
We welcome your comments in order to make our next event even more special.

Skiing Instruction:
Thank you to the good folks who helped, this week, our students learn to ski. Our older students are getting ready for the Niseko Big Race. We are lucky to be on the slopes as part of our PE curriculum. We at HIS Niseko love Hokkaido Core.
Thank you for your expert instruction.

Upcoming Ski Lessons with Hokkaido Core

  • Jan. 18th EYs at Annupuri AM
  • Jan. 20th older kids Moiwa PM
  • Feb. 8th EYs at Annupuri AM
  • Feb. 17th older kids Annupuri PM
  • March 8th EYs Annupuri AM
  • March 10th older kids Annupuri PM
  • March 15th EYs Annupuri AM
  • March 17th older kids Annupuri PM

Writing Celebration:
Just a note that all students, teachers and parents are welcome to attend our Writer’s Workshop Writing Celebration on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 1:10.
Tea will be served as we celebrate our growth as writers and thinkers.

Upcoming Dates of Note:

  • Jan. 18th Asobook 2:15- 3:15
  • Jan 25th Yoji Centre readaloud
  • January 31 Snow Clearing Field Trip to Kutchan

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。

 Elementary Activities 

We will hand out new forms for students to choose any after School Activity very soon. So far we have Snow Fun, Chess & Checkers and Guitar.
I would still like to hear from any parents or teachers who would like to be a leader of any activity.

 Upcoming Events 



January 19 - 22 - HS Girls and Boys Basketball Tournament
January  21 - SAT Exam
January 28 - Kanji Proficiency Test
January 28 - 29 - Outdoor Leadership - Sapporodake
January  30 - End of 1st semester

February 3 - 5 - Snow Festival Classic BBall Tourney
February 6 - 10 - FIS / HIS Exchange Week
February 16 - 17 Elementary Ski Days
February 23 - 24 Middle / High School Ski Days


Well done to the JV boys basketball team who managed to win one game over the weekend in Yokohama against some very strong opposition.

A big thanks to Coach Shedrick, Asst Coach Blake Mayberry and Chaperone Mr Gambino. Congratulations also to Blair and Joshua who were named joint winners of the MVP for our team. This week the HS girls go to Nagoya and the HS boys go to Kobe. Good luck to both teams.

Go Huskies !

 Husky Lunch 

Please here for viewable and downloadable versions of the Husky Lunch Menu-  Jan 16 - Jan 20

 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. Please be on time!

Time: 9:40 am

Place: Rm. 303



 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  January 18th at 3:45 in the Teacher’s Lounge

Free babysitting is available for during the meeting upon request.


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