HUSKY EXPRESS April 3, 2017


 Administration Corner 

  Head of School   

Quarter 4 Payment Announcement

A reminder from the school office that 4th Quarter school payments should be made by April 10th, the first day of the final quarter.

If you have any questions regarding payment, please contact Ms. Shimako Abe in the school office.

Your timely payments are greatly appreciated. 


Financial Assistance Applications

On an annual basis, HIS sets aside funds to support families who may find themselves in financial.

The Executive Board updated the Financial Assistance application process and related documents ahead of the 2017 ~ 2018 school year. If you are in need of financial assistance, please stop by the school office and pick up the HIS Financial Assistance Application from Administrative Assistant, Mr. Hirotake Tawaraya.

Today is the first of four weeks of announcements regarding Financial Assistance. Applications will be available from Tuesday, April 4.

The deadline for Financial Assistance Applications is May 1.


  From the Principal’s Office  

PTA Steering Committee Meeting - Wednesday, April 5th at 3:45 in the teacher’s lounge.

MAP Testing Continues This Week - Testing will run from March 27th to April 21st.  If a student is absent on the day of testing, I will arrange a makeup session with classroom teachers.

Spring Bazaar Volunteer Information
The PTA is still looking for volunteers for the Spring Bazaar (April 15th).  If you are willing to pitch in, please sign up!  The signup sheets are on a table in the front entrance to the school (or you can contact us at
Feel free to add your name to more than one list if you would like!

Volunteers are needed for the following duties:
- Setting up (the day before the Spring Bazaar and / or the day of)
- Ticket sale (these are tickets for purchasing food / drinks and student activities / games)
- PTA vending booth (selling donated goods)
- Organizing / sorting of donated goods (in advance of the bazaar)
- Bake sale / coffee / tea sale (at the bazaar)

Spring Bazaar Vendor Information
Vendors can participate in the flea market to sell used or new goods - clothes, toys, books, handicrafts, etc. (excluding food/drinks). Vendor spaces are open to the school community and the general public. A vendor space costs 1,500yen and measures approximately 2 x 1.5 meters (a discount rate of 1,000 yen applies for current HIS Staff, Parents and Students).

To reserve a vendor space, please email  or call HIS (011-816-5000) by Tuesday, April 12th.

Vendor space positions are allocated on a first-come first-served basis - hurry up and register!!!

Spring Bazaar Donation Information
Donations will be accepted for PTA stall (please no clothes or stuffed animals)
If you have some items that you’d like to get rid of, but are not planning on having your own vending space at the bazaar, please consider a donation to the PTA.  All proceeds from sales go toward grants to school programming (which directly benefit our children).

Donation box is in the front foyer of the school in front of the communications office

- AP Exams--- May 1 - 19
- SAT Exams--- Saturday, May 6

 @ Niseko 

Good Luck:
Congratulations to the students of MP3. The boys and girls are currently ⅔ the way done with their MAP testing.
What is the MAP test?
MAP, or the Measure of Academic Progress, is a computerized adaptive test which helps teachers, parents, and administrators improve learning for all students and make informed decisions to promote a child's academic growth.
I am excited to see their results and use the data to guide my instruction.
Book Lovers, UNITE - HIS Niseko Community Book Club:
Do you love to read good books?
We are looking for lovers of good literature in our community to join our book club. Any adult receiving this message may join us. (Maximum: 14)
The book club will meet once during the months of September, October, and November 2017 then reconvene in January, February, March. Book club members each will have the opportunity to speak and be heard. Most of all, we will have fun.
No book will be longer than 450 pages!
Please reply @ for further information, dates, guidelines and book title ideas.


Gentle Reminder about Clothing:
Now that it is the season of mud and rain and melting snow. I would like to gently make our thinking clear, as to indoor recess.
It is my hope that we have the students still go outside as much as possible during each school recess. I feel that it is important for the kids to move around, explore, socialize and play with little adult interaction.
Please encourage your children to dress appropriately for the weather. Please encourage the children of the importance of outdoor play. Please encourage the kids to wear gumboots and keep those feet warm and dry.


Thank you, parents:
Sincere greetings to the PTA for their dedicated help in designing, creating, organizing, and maintaining our students' fabulous costumes for the upcoming Spring Concert. We are quite grateful for your amazing support and cannot wait to perform in Sapporo. We will look and sound terrific.
Thank you again for all that you do. We will not let you down.
Upcoming Dates of Note:

  • April 3rd MAP TESTING- MP3- Block 1 (Math)
  • 4th April: Crazy Hair Day at HIS Niseko
  • 5th Mummy and Me 10:00-10:40
  • April 5th 9:30- 12:10 Bouldering at NAC
  • April 5th Spirit Day: Crazy Hair Day. Every day is crazy hair day for Mr. Mernin :(
  • 6th International Read Aloud
  • 17th Apr: No School Day, Professional Development
  • April 26th 9:30- 12:10 Bouldering at NAC

Thank You, Hokkaido Core
“Nothing makes us happier than when we can share our passion for our sport and the magical Niseko area with others. “
Hokkaido Core is awesome!
For the second season in a row, the good folks at Hokkaido Core have shared their passion for skiing with our student-athletes. We could not be more fortunate to work alongside the Core.
Please allow me to offer the sincerest thanks to Winse, Norris and all the fine people of Hokkaido Core. You are exemplary role models for our school’s children. We look forward to more years of growing and learning together.


Something to Think About…
“In the year 2000 there were fewer than one million students attending 2,500 international schools available globally; mostly for expatriate families. Five years ago (2011), these figures had increased to 3 million students learning at 6,000 schools in a much wider range of countries and attracting many more children of local families. Today (as of 20 December 2016), the ISC Global Report indicates there are almost 4.5 million students attending over 8,600 international schools in virtually every country of the world, with the vast majority of student enrollment being local children aiming for Western university.”
Demand for Western Ed Continues to Expand Globally
By Richard Gaskell

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 

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.

 Husky Hugs 

Husky Hugs go out 

  • Hajime Katayama for volunteering his time to create posters and tickets for the music performance and Spring Bazaar. 
  • Rod Kelly for organizing the Sports Awards Banquet
  • Ms. Ashlee & Ms. Bossaer for putting all the food together.
  • Seniors for their entertainment at the Awards Banquet 


 Upcoming Events 


APRIL and MAY Events

April 3 - 5 - Multicultural Fair
April 6 -9 - Boys Futsol Tournament
April 7 - End of 3rd Quarter
April 15 - Spring Bazaar 2017
April 17 - School Holiday (teacher professional development)
April 21 - “A B C” Concert at Kitara Hall
April 23 - AdHOC Yoichidake trip

May 3 - AM Shortened Class Schedule /
            PM Parent Teacher Conferences
May 4 - 5 - HIS Golden Week Holiday (no school)
May 13 - Elementary Sports Day
May 13 - 16 - Freshman Class Trip
May 21 - AdHOC Sarugawa Raft
May 25 - Huskies Day
May 25 - 26 - Elementary School Overnight
May 26 - John Kamitsuka Piano Recital


The MPR was bursting at the seams last Friday night for the annual Sports Awards Dinner. It was fantastic to see so many players, students, parents, teachers and well wishers come along and support the efforts and achievements of the teams. Participation rates are the highest that they have ever been throughout all our teams. We even had a video presentation from JV Basketball Coach Shedrick who is now back in the USA. Congratulations to all the awards winners but special thanks to Lyu Hiroyama our SC Sports Officer who did so much to make the night a success. Special thanks also to Ms Ashlee and Mrs Bossaer who worked tirelessly in the kitchen to prepare the food for well in excess of 100 people !

Thanks also to all the members of HAA who supported by assisting in the kitchen, setting up tables, reception desk, serving and cleaning up the tables. Thanks again to Alex Togashi for his magnificent photo and video work this past year.

The night was climaxed by an extraordinary Senior Surprise performance so thanks also to them for their boundless energy and enthusiasm !

This week we will wish our 2 Futsul teams well as they head to Osaka on Friday for their tournament next Saturday accompanied by coaches Sim and Boyd. Good luck and have fun !

Go Huskies !

 Husky Lunch 

Please here for viewable and downloadable versions of the Husky Lunch Menu -  April. 3 - 7

 Elementary Activities 

I am still interested to hear from any teachers or parents who would like to lead a new after school activity group? We would like to send out notices this week and begin next week.

 Extracurricular Spotlight 

The Sumikawa Kendo Club invites HIS students to come and learn this traditional Japanese sword-based martial art. Please see the information below on a series of trial lessons held at HIS, for HIS students and parents:
The Sumikawa Kendo Club invites HIS students (MP1 and above ) and Adults for free trial lessons.


April 2 (Sunday) and April 9 (Sunday)  9:30 ~ 11:00
Place: HIS Gym (practice is normally held at Sumikawa Elementary School)
Instruction will be given in Japanese but English language support is available.
Please see the forthcoming email announcement from Husky Information
For more details, please contact

 Outdoor Leadership OP Snow Camp 

Thirteen Outdoor Pursuits students and two senior solo campers hiked up to and across Lake Okotanpe two weekends ago. After the 5 km hike, we set about digging into the 2-meter snow pack to construct snow shelters, which when covered with a blue tarp are quite cozy. A nearly full moon rose over Eniwa-dake as we started a bonfire to warm our toes around. The next morning was clear, a fine day to hike back across the lake and down to a waiting Marukoma onsen soak. Trip good.

 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!

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。

 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  April 5th at 3:45 in the Teacher’s Lounge
Free babysitting is available for during the meeting upon request.

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