HUSKY EXPRESS March 27, 2017


 Administration Corner 

  Head of School   

Welcome Back from Break

A warm welcome back from Spring Break. While Spring Break in Hokkaido rarely feels like spring, it did at leaset get a little warmer and it seems that our snow levels have dropped again, despite the fresh snow we received at the end of last week. One thing we do know is that the last, 4th Quarter of the school year seems to disappear as quickly as the melting snow.

There are many exciting school events and learning experiences that lay ahead of us in these last two and a half months of school. We have the Sports Awards Banquet this coming Friday, a Junior Service Learning presentation next week, Spring Bazaar and the Annual Music Performance at Kitara. Please check your calendar and read the HEX for details so that you are sure to be included in everything.

We’re looking forward to a really exciting warp up to the school year!


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. While it may not be feeling especially spring-like in Hokkaido, I would like to wish everyone a very happy “Spring Break” next week. A reminder that school will be closed from Monday, March 20 ~ Friday March 24. Happy Spring Break!


  From the Principal’s Office  

Welcome back from Spring Break!  I hope everyone had a wonderful time and is refreshed for the final three months of the school year!

MAP Testing This Week - Please note that the second round of MAP testing for 2016-17 starts this week.  Testing will run from March 27th to April 21st

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

Spring Bazaar Volunteer Information
The PTA is looking for volunteers for the Spring Bazaar (April 15th).  If you are willing to pitch in, please sign up!  The sign up 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

 @ Niseko 

MP1 IPC Exit Point
Kudos to the MP1 students for their shockingly exciting and informative IPC presentation. It was a joy to watch you celebrate learning about Electricity,. I was especially impressed with the poise and confidence of each speaker. It is a joy to watch you grow and learn.
Well done! I learned a ton from your hard work.

Upcoming Dates of Note:

  • No PIKININI on the 27th due to prior commitments.
  • 28th Chomin Centre Concert Practice 2:20- 3:20
  • 29th MAP TESTING MP3- (Block 1) Language
  • 29th Ohisama read aloud 11:00-11:40
  • 31st Claire Yao visits HIS NISEKO for ELL training. Mr. Sugino will visit to help us with our Spring Concert Preparations.
  • 31st MAP TESTING MP3- Block 1 (Reading)
  • April 3rd MAP TESTING- MP3- Block 1 (Math)
  • 4th April: Crazy Hair Day at HIS Niseko
  • 5th Mummy and Me 10:00-10:40
  • 6th International Read Aloud

Upcoming Ski Lessons with Hokkaido Core


Tuesday March 28 EY
Wednesday March 29 MP 1-3

Upcoming MP1/3 Bouldering Dates

As part of the PE program we would like to take the students bouldering at NAC for two sessions. Bouldering is climbing but without a harness and ropes. At NAC it is done on an inside wall several metres high. Students can fall safely onto a cushion base. Here are our scheduled dates.

1st Session
Wednesday April 5th 9:30- 12:10

2nd Session
Wednesday April 26th 9:30- 12:10


  • no cost to students for bouldering
  • no cost to students for shoe rental- (please note, NAC may not have enough pairs of everyone’s shoe size)

What to Bring

  • Snack/drink bottle for the bus
  • Climbing shoes and chalk (only if you have already have these items)

Please let us know any question you have about this activity. I hope it can spur the students interest in this great healthy sport.

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.

 Juniors Service Trip to Sri Lanka 


The Juniors Service Trip to Sri Lanka was from 13th-24th March. They provided service to 5 different charities and NGO’s over that time. They had fundraised over 1,060,000yen so far to contribute to the charities.

The Instagram link can be found here:

A youtube video about the trip has been uploaded:

 Husky Hugs 

Husky Hugs go out 

  • Ashlee Speirs for accompanying the Junior Service Learning trip to Sri Lanka.
  • Dan Adams for organizing and chaperoning the Junior Service Learning trip.
  • Mr. Upali Sunil Pathiraja, parent who help support and joined the Service Learning Trip.
  • Ms. Cindy Edwards, who helped connect the service learning trip to the Go-fly-wheelchairs charitable organization.
  • Norm Swarn for the additional work on the school building over the break


 Upcoming Events 


MARCH and APRIL Events

March 31 - Sports Award Banquet

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



6-9 PM

Always a great night. All welcome to come and support the efforts and achievements of the sports teams.

Go Huskies !

 Husky Lunch 

Please here for viewable and downloadable versions of the Husky Lunch Menu -  March. 27 - 31

 Elementary Activities 

Interested to hear from any teachers or parents who would like to lead a new activity after Spring Break ?

 Multicultural Fair 

4月3日(月)から5日(水)にかけてLanguage DepartmentではMulticultural Fairを実施いたします。それに先立ちまして、二つお願いがあります。


②日本の遊び紹介 保護者ボランティア募集!

日本語科 奈良・宮武

 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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