Administration Corner 

  Head of School   

Weekend of Husky Pride & Sportsmanship

The weekend of basketball sportsmanship and competition is one to annually look forward to. The tournament brings international and local teams together for three days of spirited sport.

Our thanks as a community go out to the many parents, students, teachers and community members who came to support the weekend.

While there are many people to thank, particular thanks goes to our intrepid Mr. Kelly who puts so much time and effort into making the weekend such a success.

We look forward to the coming years and growing participation in this weekend.


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  

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

Beginning of Semester 2: A reminder to all secondary students that if you were required to attend either office hours or study hall last semester, this obligation still continues in semester 2.  If parents or students would like clarification on this matter, please feel free to contact me directly.

Ainu Presentation: Many will remember that last year elementary students were visited by the Ainu cultural group “Uresspa”. Students were able to learn some Ainu language, dance and games.  This year, we are pleased to announce that Uresspa is returning  to present to the middle school in the MPR  on Tuesday, February 13 at 10:00 - 11:30.

After School Elementary Pickup:   Many thanks to parents for picking up children on time each afternoon last week.  When teachers already have many after school duties and responsibilities, it is very helpful when younger students are not running about in the MPR or up and down stairs past 3:45.

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

Thanks so much for your understanding.

 @ Niseko 

Ski Race Update
Please, kindly look out for an upcoming email on the Annual Niseko Town Ski Race. Mr. Mernin will send detailed information to current HIS Niseko families today.
Ice Sculpture 2017
Every year near JR Niseko. Local teams carve a variety of different snow sculptures for visitors and locals to enjoy. These sculptures provide a background to a variety of events and turn it into a magical winter wonderland. This year they are again looking for teams of people both corporate and private to create some sculptures and put your mark on 2017’s winter landscape. MP3 students are glad to be a part of this special outdoor event.
Below is the schedule of this year’s project.
Parents are most certainly invited anytime to join us:
Monday, February 6th

  • Barry will accompany MP3 to check out the project site.
  • Barry will chainsaw the outline of the sculpture after school.

Tuesday, February 7th

  • 8:40-Morning assembly led by the MP3 students
  • 9:00 ~MP3 heads to the project site. Barry will advise the students on safety, first aid, and tools of the trade.
  • 9:50 - 10:50- Mr. Sinclair, Leon, Mack, and Sam visit the project site.
  • 11:00 - 11.30- EY visit the project site.
  • 12:00-12:30- Lunch
  • 13:50-14:50 Mr. Sinclair and MP1 visits project site

This looks to be a wonderful community event.
Mommy and Me
Warmest greetings to all moms and children that were able to attend our latest Mommy and Me session. This monthly get together of prospective families is always a highlight for us.
Thank you, Ms. Lola, for your hard work in making this special event happen.
ELL update
Our English Language Learning program is starting to take form. Mrs. Susan Otani will meet with students this Tuesday morning. Students are already showing progress due to Susan’s teaching.
PTA Liaison Committee Meeting
Thank you, to Miyo Ueda and Melissa Moss for your helpful comments at our recent Liaison Committee meeting. Miyo, Melissa and I discussed the following bulleted items:

  • Community Cooking days
  • Early Years admission questions
  • PTA fund requests
  • Pikinini lunch service
  • Spring Concert concerns
  • Parent Volunteering possibilities for Spring Concert rehearsals
  • Taking ukuleles home to practice during weekends.
  • Costumes for the spring concert
  • Ski instruction concerns
  • English Language Learning program
  • Santa Project

I will share the above items with our team during Monday after school. Thank you, again.
Field Trip to Snow Clearing Station
Thank you to the Otaru Development and Construction Department for welcoming us to your work area. Our school was lucky to view your snow removal facilities and equipment. This Snow Clearing Tour was pretty amazing for students and teachers alike. We left with a newfound respect for the hard work in keeping our streets and sidewalks safe.
Thank you, Ms. Anita, for organizing this event.
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 P

HIS Niseko Writing Celebration:
The students are hard at work preparing for our First Annual HIS Niseko Writing Celebration. All are welcome to attend. The festivities begin Thursday, February 23, 2017, at 1:10.
Tea will be served as we celebrate our students' growth as writers and thinkers. See you there!
Upcoming Dates of Note:

  • February 6 Reports cards sent
  • February 7 Snow Sculpture Project Day
  • February 8th MP1 Asobook visit
  • February 9th International Read Aloud in the MPR
  • February 10 Annual Niseko Town Ski Race
  • February 23 at 1:10 HIS Niseko Writing Celebration

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.




It is always a fantastic weekend of basketball action for our annual SFC tournament. This year with 8 boys teams and 2 girls teams there were certainly heaps of people in the school over the weekend to see some great basketball played. Our Husky boys played well but finished up in 4th place with a 3-2 win/loss record. The girls beat the Nagoya girls to retain the Husky-Dolphin Challenge trophy. The tournament was won by our visitors from Kyoto who beat the mighty Hokkai HS in the semi final and then Nagoya IS in the final. A huge thanks to members of HAA who worked so tirelessly and efficiently over the weekend to keep everybody happy and games running on schedule. Also amazing work by Media manager Alex Togashi who set up the extremely popular live streaming. Thanks to everyone who came and supported the teams and filled up on food from the various classes who sold yummy goodies.

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 

After School Activities will began last week with Chess & Checkers on Monday, Guitar Club on Wednesday and also Snow Fun on Wednesday. Thanks so much to the teachers and parents for leading these activities.

 Upcoming Events 



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-  Feb 6 - Feb 10

 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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