HUSKY EXPRESS Sept 19, 2017


 Administration Corner 

  Head of School   

Typhoon Patience - September 18

We at HIS wish to extend a thanks to our families for their patience as we dealt with the unknowns and uncertainties of Typhoon 18 / Talim and made a decision to cancel school.

The typhoons that do reach Hokkaido are hard to predict. Will they bring excessive rain and cause flooding? Will winds be strong enough to break trees and damage structures? They certainly have in the past. Yet we have also often seen them lose strength, be downgraded to simple storms, cause us no harm at all and leave us wondering whether we should have worried about it or not.  On Monday we chose to err on the side of caution and close school.

As is always the case, we will strive to review warnings and advisories being presented and make the decision that takes into consideration the safety of our students first.

We again thank you for your understanding and look forward to seeing everyone back at school from Tuesday.


CPR Training for HIS Teachers

A thanks to the US Consulate General, which permitted six of our teachers to attend CPR training sessions on two days in early September. Teachers were taken through a review of how to use AEDs and through resuscitation techniques along with other emergency actions. Participating teachers were later able to share tips on to their peers at our first Full Faculty Meeting.

Cross Country Day

We welcome parents to come out to Cross Country Day, Tuesday 19 of September. Your children will enjoy the day that much more if you can spare a bit of time to cheer them on as they race to compete against their own best running time. Meet up at Makomanai Park, just in front of the Makomanai Open Stadium.  

  From the Principal’s Office  

Student After School Pickup

Each year, as weather gets cooler and students are not playing outside on the field after school as much, it is an important reminder that parents and students need to leave the MPR by 3:45pm each day - unless in an afterschool activity.
Most importantly, for safety concerns students are not permitted to play on the stage and run around anywhere in the school.
Parents: If you have a child in an afterschool activity, please feel free to wait for the activity to finish either in the MPR or at the hallway tables on the second floor.  However, we ask that you also keep your other children with you directly under your supervision at all times.
Thank you very much for your support and understanding.

MAP Testing - Please note the following test date changes for MAP testing this year (2017-18).
We think that these dates will better measure student progress for the school year.

OLD TEST DATES MODEL (originally planned for 2017-18) NEW TEST DATES (revised for 2017-18)

Fall (Sept 25 - Oct 13) (after 5 weeks instruction)

Winter (Jan 9 - Jan 30) (after 16 weeks instruction)

Spring (March 26 - April 13)(after 26 weeks instruction)

Spring (May 14 - June 6)(after 32 weeks instruction)

SAT Exams (October 7th  sitting)  - Deadline for registration: Friday September 8th

PSAT Exams (October 11th sitting) - PSAT Exams are  ordered for this year already based on requests last year.  However I am allowed to expand that order if there is need.  

Please note that payment for PSAT exams was due last week - Friday September 15.  Students who missed the deadline are asked to come to my office no later than Thursday (September 21st) this week to pay for these exams.  Thank-you.

Babysitting -- If you are an HIS parent and are looking for a babysitter for an evening or on the weekend, please feel free to contact
Interested HIS parents can then be provided with a list of students available for babysitting.

 @ Niseko 

Greetings from beautiful Niseko.

PTA Autumn Bazaar

  • The PTA Autumn Bazaar will take place on the 30th of September.  We are asking for donations of new or used items in good condition to be sold on the day.  Winter gear, toys, clothes, books etc are all gratefully received. A drop off area is at the back of the stage.
    Thank you!

Bike Safety Update

  • This year, many students are coming to school by bike. This is an excellent occurrence. For safety’s sake, please ensure that your child comes to and from school with a helmet.

Cultural Exchange Week with Niseko Elementary School

  • Tremendous thanks to Mr. Sinclair for preparing our students for Cultural Exchange Week. We enjoyed the neighborly spirit between the two schools. Thank you for your help, each year, in creating these meaningful learning experiences.

Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art

  • Last Sunday, my family visited the Vincent Van Gogh exhibit at the Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art. It was a wonderful day which exceeded my already high expectations. We viewed collected pieces from Italy, America, France, Japan, Netherlands, and Russia.

    On Friday, September 29, our MP3 and MP1 students will be traveling to Sapporo for the day to see the exhibit. It should be a red letter day of Art Education at our school.

    More info to come! We are currently looking for one female volunteer to chaperone for the trip. Please contact the office, if interested.

Reminder about Late Start-Wednesdays

  • A gentle reminder to all that the school day begins at 8:30 am each Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. We have a late start on Wednesdays so that teachers can collaborate with the Sapporo campus.
    Wednesday classes begin at 9:30 am.

Curriculum Information Night

  • A reminder that on October 2 from 4:00 -5:00 pm, there will be a Parent Informational Curriculum Night. This event is hosted by the three core teachers of HIS Niseko. We are excited to inform the community about the subjects that make our school so special.
    We will have a brief question and answer session following the presentation. See you there.

Upcoming Dates to Remember:

  • Open House September 18
  • Movie night 22nd of September. PTA Bazaar planning meeting at the same time.
  • Wednesday, September 27- tentative PTA Liaison Meeting @ 8:30-9:30
  • September 29th MP1 and MP3 NEW date for Van Gogh visit
  • October 2 from 4:00- 5:00 PM Parent Informational Curriculum Night

Barry Mernin

Teaching Administrator and Seasonal School Coordinator
Hokkaido International School Niseko

 Husky Hugs 

Husky Hugs go out

  • Mr. Fazio for putting together such a fantastic College / University Fair last week
  • Mr. Alsonso for all his efforts in putting Cross Country Day together
  • High School teachers who put in so much work on the Huskies Day on Friday



 After School Violin and Piano Program 

There are still a few time slots left for students to join our After School Violin and Piano program, where we offer private lessons for students from preschool to highschool. There are limited rental violins also available for elementary students.

We currently have 3 excellent professional violin teachers and 1 piano teacher. If you are interested, please take the forms hung in front of the music room, which has information about our teachers and their respective lesson fees and times.

Sign up will be a first-come-first-serve basis. There will be envelopes in front of the music room door. Please submit the forms into the appropriate envelope.

Violin Lesson Fee,
30 min lesson - ¥3,500 /lesson
45 min lesson - ¥5,000/lesson
60 min lesson - ¥6,500 /lesson
Piano Lesson Fee
30 min lesson - ¥3,000 /lesson
45 min lesson - ¥4,250/lesson
60 min lesson - ¥5,500 /lesson

 From PTA 


This year’s Fall Festival will be on November 3rd and it is one of the biggest PTA sponsored events at HIS.
 We need a lot of volunteers for selling food and drinks, helping with the raffle, and many other activities.
It would be wonderful if you could join us, even just for 30 minutes. If you cannot make it on the day, there are other ways to help in preparation. So, please let us know!
There will be a Fall Festival organizing meeting on Wednesday, September 27th.  We welcome everyone to come if they can.

If you have any questions, please write to the address above or call Megumi at 080-1893-3228. Or email
Your help is greatly appreciated.

PTA Steering Committee Meetings

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 will be Wednesday October 4th.


 Upcoming Events 



September 29 - 30 JV Girls Volleyball Tournament

October 7 - SAT Exams
October 9 - Parent Teacher Student Conferences
October 16 - 20 - Fall Break (no school)
October 27 - End of Quarter 1

 Husky Lunch 

Please see HERE for the Husky Lunch Menu for the week of September 18 -  22


The HS girls Volleyball team played the visitors from Sumikawa JH last Wednesday. We managed to fit in 5 hard fought sets of valuable experience.
This Thursday they travel to Seishin HS for some more games. Last  Friday the MS girls visited Sumikawa JH and played their younger teams. Great fun and great volleyball and let`s hope we can do it again.

Go Huskies !

 HIS Parent E-mailing List 


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 Zumba is up and "dancing!" 

This is an HIS community activity, welcoming all ages! We have a wonderful, energetic teacher (Shiho-Sensei) who leads us from 5:30-6:15 every Thursday evening in the MPR (Sapporo). The cost is 500 yen for middle school and high schoolers and 1000 yen for adults.  Besides this very reasonable fee, all you need is some determination to give it a go, a pair of supportive athletic shoes, and comfortable clothing. Mrs. Oda (teacher) and Mrs. Atsuko Clipstone (HIS parent) are the contact people for this activity. If you need babysitting, please let Mrs. Oda (Rm #202)  know -- we will be trying to arrange something if there is a need. See you there! ZUMBA ON!!!! 

 Outdoor Education 

Junior Overnight  On August 31st and September 1st the junior class hiked up Soranuma-dake, staying overnight at the Bankenuma hut. We enjoyed perfect weather at the summit, for excellent panoramic views of Sapporo and surroundings!

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