HUSKY EXPRESS Jan 30, 2017


 Administration Corner 

  Head of School   

Middle School Entry Points

Last week the Middle School’s Exit Point presentations were featured in this article. This week, I would like to feature the Middle School’s Entry Point activity for their new unit of study, Resilience.

To put “resilience” to the test, middle school students went on an outing to Maruyama Park, where, after a brief stop cultural stop at Hokkaido Shrine, students continued on to hike the somewhat steep trail up Maruyama. The first group of students reached the mountain peak at about 11:00 AM with Mr. Pangier and Mr. Ratzliff and were rewarded with an incredible view over a sunny Sapporo.

From the peak, students descended the mountain on the back trail, emerging at the Zoo entrance from where they continued on to the US Consulate General where they were hosted to hot chocolate and watched a presentation from A.J. Hunt on the topic of resilience and talked further on the topic under the direction of Consul Justin Tull. Mr. Hunt demonstrated immense resilience after an accident left him a quadriplegic.

Activities like this are powerful ways of introducing students to new themes in the IMYC units of study.

Glasses for Sri Lanka

HIS and the Grade 11 class would like to express their sincerest thanks to Fuji Megane (Glasses) Company for their very generous donation of over 2300 pairs of glasses. This donation was made in response to an appeal in the Husky Express and through the school’s HIS Families and Friends facebook page for donations of glasses so the Grade 11 class can take them on their service learning trip to Sri Lanka. Glasses will be handed over to NPOs working to help individuals with a need for glasses who cannot afford them.

Fuji Megane is well-known for its support of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees and other UN organizations and annually donates thousands of pairs of glasses to help refugees and individuals caught in poverty and unable to afford a pair of glasses.


  From the Principal’s Office  

End of Semester 1: As of today we are halfway through the school year! Teachers are busy completing reports to update parents on student progress.  Please expect reports brought home by students (elementary) or mailed (secondary) early next week.  If you have any questions about your child’s report, please feel free to contact me or subject teachers for clarification.

After School Elementary Pickup:  Elementary parents please be sure to pick child(ren) up on time.  Please understand that by 3:45 at the latest, they need to be directly under your care.  

In winter months especially, we find there are far too many children running around the MPR and up and down the stairs while waiting for their parents to take them home.  Aside from being dangerous, this is disturbing to teachers who have many after-school duties.  

If your child is in an afterschool activity, please note that the pickup time will be 4:30

Thank-you so much for your understanding.

** Next PTA Steering Committee Meeting -
Wednesday February 8th at 3:45 in the teacher’s lounge.

 @ Niseko 

Ice Sculpture 2017
Every year at JR Niseko, local teams carve a variety of different snow sculptures for visitors and locals to enjoy. These sculptures provide a background for a variety of events and turn the grounds into a winter wonderland.
Again, HIS will be participating in this event. Our MP3 students have jumped at the chance to lead this project and we are delighted to help them.
Parents, please kindly contact us if you would like to help out in any way. It looks to be a wonderful time for community building. More details to follow in our next newsletter.
This year’s sculpture is titled: “Books.”

ELL update
Cheers to the lovely, Mrs Susan Otani for meeting with our students and teachers. We are proud to announce that Susan will be working part time as our English Language Learning teacher.
Susan is an accomplished educator and brings a world of experience. We are very lucky to have her join us.

Upcoming PTA Meeting
Please kindly note that our intrepid PTA will be meeting this January 30th at 8:30. The meeting will be in the Chomin Center.

Field Trip to Snow Clearing Station
On Tuesday, January 31st from 9:45 to 12:00, HIS Niseko will temporarily close our doors to attend a Snow Clearing Tour hosted by the Otaru Development and Construction Department. They will escort our students to the snow plowing station in Kutchan and present to us all of the equipment that they use to keep our streets safe and snow free.

Mommy and Me
Mommy and Me, our monthly get together of prospective moms and children (5 and under) will be this Wednesday, February 1 from 10:00 to 10:40. All are invited.

Feb 6. reports sent home
On February 6, 2017 Student Reports will be sent home to parents.

Upcoming Ski Lessons with Hokkaido Core

  • 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

Barry Mernin

Teacher Administrator HIS Niseko

 Husky Hugs 

Husky Hugs go out

  • Consul Justin Tull and Mrs. Tull for for hosting the HIS middle school at the US Consulate.
  • Mr. Kanai of Fuji Megane for bringing the donation of glasses to HIS for the Grade 11 service trip.
  • Bus driver, Mr. Watanabe, for his generous donation of personal time to build a snow frt and snow sculptures for the benefit of HIS elementary students. We thank you for your kindness.




Another chance for our boys HS basketball team to perform this weekend in our own SFC Tournament. The action starts on Friday afternoon at 2:15 when we will play the reigning WJAA champions from Kyoto in KIUA Flames. Should be a great game. The girls will play Nagoya Dolphins at 4:30 and the action will continue until Sunday afternoon as 8 teams will battle it out for supremacy. Always a great weekend so why not come along and support our teams and appreciate the efforts of all the other teams too.

Go Huskies !





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。

 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!

 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  30 - End of 1st semester

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

 Husky Lunch 

Please here for viewable and downloadable versions of the Husky Lunch Menu-  Jan 30 - Feb 3

 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  FEBRUARY 8TH at 3:45 in the Teacher’s Lounge
Free babysitting is available for during the meeting upon request.


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