HUSKY EXPRESS Feb 13, 2017


 Administration Corner 

  Head of School   

Fukuoka Guests & Service

Last week, HIS hosted a group of Fukuoka International School 10th graders and their teachers. The group came up to visit Sapporo for the week to see the Snow Festival and to sample winter sports at Fu’s Ski Hill.

The opportunity allowed our grade 10 students to get to know another group of students who are learning in international settings and together, the two classes were able to work together to provide some support to the immediate community by shoveling off the snow-bound and ice-bound steps that lead through the park to the subway station.

HIS along with FIS, is a member of the Japan Council of International Schools. This association provides HIS with valuable ties to the international school community in Japan. We look forward to even strong connections as we engage with other schools in support of an international education.


  From the Principal’s Office  

PTA Steering Committee Meeting - This Wednesday March 1st at 3:45 in the teacher’s lounge.

Spring Bazaar 2017: Looking forward to the upcoming Spring Bazaar on April 15th.. Please stay tuned for information about how you can get involved.
Event organization will get started at the PTA meeting on March 1st.
All parents are welcome!

AP Students - Parents of AP students will receive invoices this week for ordering AP exams.  Exams are scheduled for the weeks of May 1st and May 8th.  One exam will also be scheduled for May 17th due to a scheduling conflict with our school holidays.

MAP Testing - Please note that the second round of MAP testing for 2016-17 is coming up in March.  Details and a full schedule is coming soon.

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.

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 

Niseko Ski Race Recap
Thank you to the good folks of Niseko Town Council for inviting our school to the 63rd Annual Niseko Ski race. This race is a highlight of each winter. Thank you Mr. Sinclair for preparing our young racers. Your dedication to this event is noted and appreciated by all. We are proud of all our students and thankful for the chance to compete. Finally, we are thankful to Winse, Norris and all the instructors from Hokkaido Core. You trained our skiers to be their best.
A most special thanks to Noah of MP3. HIS Niseko chose Noah to represent our school. He spoke on behalf of all racers. In his speech, Noah pledged to do his best and to not give up until he reached the finish line. Noah did himself and his school proud. Thank you, Mrs Suzuki, for providing Noah with support in this endeavour.
Great work, everybody!

Ice Sculpture 2017
Every year near JR Niseko, local teams carve a variety of different snow sculptures for all to enjoy. HIS Niseko students were proud to take part in this special creative event. This year, our MP3 students led the way. They designed. They modelled. They reflected. They sculpted. They collaborated. They persevered. And they rose to the challenge to create a thing of beauty out of a block of ice.
Thank you for all the adults who came to support our students. You helped us focus, kept us warm gave us a ton of good cheer.

Early Years Valentines Day Showcase
You are all invited to our Early Years Valentine's Day Showcase! We would like to have you join us on the 14th February 2017 to celebrate love! Kindly RSVP with Lola at if you are happy to join so we can make the necessary preparations. Also, kindly note that there is a ticket charge of a bag of chocolates or goodies per adult and a piece of chocolate per child. These will be shared with the school at the end of the day!
Please spread the love!

Upcoming Ski Lessons with Hokkaido Core

  • 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

HIS Niseko Writing Celebration:
The student writers 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 your there!

Upcoming Dates of Note:

  • February 13th will be our 100th day of school.
  • February 13th- Jade is welcomed back to school
  • Happy Valentine’s Day! -February 14th- All You Need is Love-EY Festival
  • February 23 at 1:10 HIS Niseko Writing Celebration

Spring Concert Update
Now that the Ski race day is complete. We are ready to begin thinking about the upcoming Spring Concert. Starting next Thursday and Friday, students may take ukuleles home to practice for the weekend.
More information, music lyrics/songsheets/ tutorials to come in next week’s email to parents.

Barry Mernin

Teacher Administrator HIS Niseko


HS boys and girls team members should return their complete uniforms by the end of the week to Mr Kelly. MS girls continue their practices on Tuesday and Thursday leading up to their tournament in Kobe at the beginning of March. These girls will also be having a fund raising effort through a `Goal a Thon ` so please consider sponsoring them. Futsal begins this week and  will be on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. All welcome as are anyone who wants to join in Community Basketball each Wednesday from 5pm.

Go Huskies !

 Fukuoka IS Visit 

We were very pleased to host Fukuoka IS last week. They stayed in our school and enjoyed snow related activities each day away from the campus. Here is a pic of them with some of our gr10 class clearing the steps of snow and ice. It certainly was a different world for them coming from their climate !

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!

 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 Middle / Elementary Ski Days
February 23 - 24 High School Ski Days

March 2 - 3 - HS Overnight Trip (Jozankei)
March 2 - 3 - Middle School Girls BBall Tourney
March 9 - 10 - Middle School Overnight (Takino)
March 13 - 24 Junior Service Trip (Sri Lanka)
March 31 - Sports Award Banquet

 Husky Lunch 

Please here for viewable and downloadable versions of the Husky Lunch Menu-  Feb 13 - Feb 17

 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  MARCH 1st at 3:45 in the Teacher’s Lounge
Free babysitting is available for during the meeting upon request.


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