HUSKY EXPRESS April 10, 2017


 Administration Corner 

  Head of School   

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  

SPRING BAZAAR this Saturday (April 15th) - We look forward to seeing the whole community there!  There are still a few vending spaces available…

Spring Bazaar Volunteer Information  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 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

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.

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

 @ Niseko 

April 10 Gentle Reminder
On April 10, at 7:00 PM, HIS informed the community on general school costs and the need for tuition increases. Alongside, we presented our upcoming Niseko Community and Corporate Scholarship Program.
HIS Niseko hopes to raise a total of 30 million yen. Our goal will allow select students to attend HIS Niseko. This is part of a multi-year year plan to help grow the school in line with the needs of the community and businesses.
Barry Ratzliff, and Paul Nikel, the Executive Board Chair attended to make the presentation.

April 11- Travel to HIS Sapporo
On Tuesday, the HIS Niseko MP1 and MP3 students attended their first walk through for the spring concert rehearsal. We were excited to join our fellow classmates and teachers at the Sapporo campus.
Students ate lunch at 11:50 until 12:30 with the Sapporo kids.
We left by school bus at 8:40 to arrive at HIS Sapporo around 10: 45. HIS Niseko left HIS at 13:30.
The Sapporo PTA conducted costume fitting for us while we were there.
Thank you all for your incredible collaboration to get this event off the ground.
I will send more details of the Spring Concert in a forthcoming email.

Upcoming Dates of Note:

  • 17th Apr: No School Day, Professional Development
  • April 21 Late Start
  • April 26th 9:30- 12:10 Bouldering at NAC

Barry Mernin

Teacher Administrator HIS Niseko

 Music Department 

Hokkaido International School proudly presents our annual music concert,

"A B C"

About 3 more weeks left till the big day!
Please read below for two important notices about the concert.


Date:    April 21st, 2017 FRIDAY
Time:   7 p.m.
Venue: Sapporo Concert Hall Kitara (Small Hall)

Tickets are still available in the school office or at Daimaru Fuji Central (South 1 West 3 Chuo-ku Sapporo). For details, please see the following or please contact the HIS Concert office at

Adult: 2,000 yen

High school & under: 1,000 yen

Adult: 5,000 yen

High school & under: 4,000 yen

Secondly, because this will be a long day for all students and teachers, the Administration and the Music Department has agreed that following a Wednesday schedule would be the most beneficial for all.

Please take a look at the following schedule for details:

Friday April 21st (A day)

9:30 The morning school buses run on a Wednesday schedule
EY and ES students report to school
EY has a normal "Wednesday" school day.
9:45 MP2&3 students, teachers, leave HIS on school bus
10:15 MP2&3 arrive at Kitara
10:45 MP1 students and teachers leave HIS on school bus
11:15    MP1 arrives at Kitara

All secondary students will report directly to Kitara on their own at designated rehearsal times.

Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns to both:

Kirin and Yutaka Sugino

 Husky Hugs 

Husky Hugs go out 

  • Naomi Noda for clearing the mud from the shoes closet at the front entrance of HIS Niseko.
  • The HISNiseko PTA. Our school  is lucky to have such dedicated parents helping us out.  Thank you for providing comprehensive support for all we do here at HIS. I look forward to meeting with the PTA Liaison representatives in the upcoming weeks.
  • Mr. Sim and Mr. Boyd for chaperoning the Futsal team down to their tournament in Osaka.
  • PTA Mothers who are working so hard to support the performance at Kitara.
  • PTA for their generous donations to meet various needs across the school.  


 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  MAY 10th at 3:45 in the Teacher’s Lounge

Free babysitting is available for during the meeting upon request.

 Upcoming Events 


APRIL and MAY Events

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 HS Futsal teams enjoyed their tournament at Osaka IS last Friday and Saturday. We split our squad into 2 equal strength teams. We managed to win a game and draw a game and have some other close contests in what was a fantastic experience for our inexperienced team. I know that Coach Sim and Coach Boyd cannot wait to go again next year. A big thank you as well to Ayumi and kate who supported the teams so well as managers.

Gym use from this week. Monday … Elementary Basketball. Tuesday … MS Volleyball. Wednesday … Community Basketball. Friday … MS Volleyball

Go Huskies !

 Husky Lunch 

Please here for viewable and downloadable versions of the Husky Lunch Menu -  April. 10 - 14

 Elementary Activities 

AS activities began this week with basketball and guitar. There were a good number of MP2 and MP3 students who joined and enjoyed basketball.

 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


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