HUSKY EXPRESS April 20, 2017


 Administration Corner 

  Head of School   

BIGAnticipation for Kitara: The Sneak Preview at the Spring Bazaar

This past weekend we were witness to the coming together of students, parents and staff, to host another very successful Spring Bazaar! The flea market was held in the bustling and busy gymnasium and there were several vendors from outside the school and a long line of eager shoppers who were at the door.

Seeing the Jazz Band up on stage was very heartwarming. It is amazing to see how much progress the band has made over this year and we hope the short glimpse into the Kitara was another reminder of how wonderful this performance will be.


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  

Thanks to everyone who came out to the Spring Bazaar this Saturday!
It was another very successful HIS community event!  Wonderful to see parents, students and teachers all working together so cooperatively.
A very special thanks to all the PTA members and parent volunteers who worked so hard leading up to Saturday and throughout the day.
Yet again, your efforts helped the PTA raise a huge amount of money with which to support the students and school programing through grants.
Have a great week, and I look forward to seeing many of you again this coming Friday at Kitara!

Next PTA Steering Committee meeting is  MAY 10th at 3:45 in the Teacher’s Lounge

Upcoming Testing:

  • - MAP Testing  Make-up sessions - this week
  • - AP Exams--- May 1 - 19
  • - SAT Exams--- Saturday, May 6

 @ Niseko 

PTA Liaison Update:
Thank you to our intrepid HIS Niseko PTA liaison members, Miyo Ueda, Mitsuko Sakakibara and Melissa Moss for joining last week’s discussion. Topics included:

  • Increase in School Fees
  • ELL Program
  • Spring Bazaar
  • Spring Concert
  • Sports Day
  • Movie Night
  • Teacher Appreciation Day
  • Health Check
  • Math Olympiad for Next Year
  • Each meeting, we appreciate your dedicated and valued work in making our school grow.

April 21- Kitara Update

We are all set for the ABC Spring Concert in Kitara Small Hall. The mission for the night is to inspire the audience. I am sure that our performers will make the show worth watching and that all will be moved.

Best of luck to all on this very long day. Sincere gratitude to all for supporting our child performers. It should be a great night.

Upcoming Dates of Note:

  • 18th Apr. Lesson Study Visit from HIS Sapporo ES teachers
  • April 21 Late Start  to the school day (9:30 am) Kitara Concert
  • April 26th 9:30- 12:10 Bouldering at NAC
  • April 27 Writing Celebration 2:15-2:50 MPR

Barry Mernin

Teacher Administrator HIS Niseko

 Grade 10 Donation Request 

The current Grade 10 class continues to fundraise in preparation for their service trip next year, and they are currently in need of a small refrigerator to store supplies for fundraising activities. If any HIS community members have a used, working refrigerator they would be willing to donate, please contact Ms. Harmon at

 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.  


 Upcoming Events 


APRIL and MAY Events

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 TripMay 21 - AdHOC Sarugawa Raft
May 25 - Huskies Day
May 25 - 26 - Elementary School Overnight
May 26 - John Kamitsuka Piano Recital


Really big numbers of MS girls turned up last week for the first day on `unofficial` Spring practice. It was great to see so many newcomers as well.

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. 17 - 21

 Elementary Activities 

Mr Johnson and Mr Katayama do such a fantastic job every Wednesday afternoon leading our guitar group. We really have some budding guitarists of the future.

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

Free babysitting is available for during the meeting upon request.

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