HUSKY EXPRESS Feb 20, 2017


 Administration Corner 

  Head of School   

Ainu Cultural Experience

Last week middle school students were treated to a bit of Hokkaido’s unique cultural diversity through a visit of Sapporo University students who came to present on Ainu culture.

Sapporo University, a sister school of HIS, is home to an Ainu studies program that has drawn much interest. The students came to dressed in traditional Ainu clothing, performed on Ainu instruments and worked with our students to join in Ainu dances.

HIS is thankful for the opportunities provided by our relationship with Sapporo University and we look forward to hosting them again in the future.


  From the Principal’s Office  

AP Students - Today many HS students will receive invoices for 2017-18 AP Exam payment.

Parents are asked to please pay the office by April 7th.

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.

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!

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.

 @ Niseko 

Early Years Valentines Day Showcase
Big, lovely cheers to Ms. Lola and the EY students for your Valentine's Day showcase. Thank you for providing some good cheer and chocolate to this special day. The showcase was a perfect display of what our school is all about. We will remember it for a long time. Please continue to spread the love!

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 you there!

Barry Mernin

Teacher Administrator HIS Niseko

 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.


 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 

About 2 more months left till the big day- ticket sales for "ABC" have finally begun! Please don’t wait to get one or two or more! The concert will feature students from MP1 to Gr. 12 who will perform songs from different places, times, and occasions. It will also feature two songs composed by 2 of our very own community members!

Starting this year, we will introduce two types of tickets: free seating general tickets and reserved seat invitation tickets. For details, please see the following:

<For Free Seating General Tickets>
Adult: 2,000 yen
High school & under: 1,000 yen

Early Years to MP3 students and parents:
Submit the form sent out to all students and money in an envelope to your child’s homeroom teacher by March 8th*.

Secondary students and parents:
Submit the form and money in an envelope to the HIS office*.

*no change available

<For Reserved Seat Invitation Tickets>
Adult: 5,000 yen
High school & under: 4,000 yen

This year, we have special reserved seats for people who wish to donate 3000 yen in addition to the ticket price to reserve a good seat without having to wait in a long line before the concert. These reserved seats are limited to 50 people and are given on a first come first serve basis. The donations will be used to cover the cost of the concert, and the balance will be carried forward to next year's production. If you wish to purchase these seats, please send an email to the HIS Concert office. The seats will be assigned in the order of the emails received. In your e-mail, please write the student’s name, grade, and the number of tickets you wish to purchase (adult and/or child). The names of those who have made the donation by purchasing these tickets will be listed in the concert program. If you have any questions, please contact HIS Concert office at

  • Students who will be performing in the concert will not need to purchase tickets.
  • Early Years will not be performing. To see the concert, they will need to purchase tickets.
  • Tickets for the general public will be on sale at Daimaru Fujii Central (South 1 West 3 Chuo-ku Sapporo) from March 15th.

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!

 Upcoming Events 



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


There are still some HS girls who have not returned their basketball uniforms but well done to the HS boys who have returned all. The MS girls will play a game on Monday with Nishioka Kita and then they will have their `Goal a Thon` on Thursday. Thank you to everyone who sponsored them to support their efforts.

The boys Futsal team have had a good week of practice and on Sunday afternoon they played a fun game to `fine tune` their team skills against a local community group.

Community Basketball each Wednesday from 5 pm… all members of the community welcome.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 !

 Husky Lunch 

Please here for viewable and downloadable versions of the Husky Lunch Menu-  Feb 20 - Feb 24

 Elementary Activities 

See pics of our large group of chess and checkers players enjoying some games.
You want to join us ?

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