HUSKY EXPRESS Sept 25, 2017


 Administration Corner 

  Head of School   

International Youth Forum

HIS students will again be participating in the International Youth Forum on Sunday, November 5. The event is supported by the America-Japan Society of Hokkaido. The events aims to bring high school and university students together to discuss relevant topics of global and diplomatic importance. This year’s theme will focus heavily on WWII and the post-WWII relationship and will begin with a screening of the award-winning film, Paper Lanterns.
Look out for more information on our student's participation.
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.


A brief reminder to parents who may be dropping off their children in the morning. If you are going to make use of the front parking lot, we would ask that you avoid parking in the middle of the parking area. This will prevent cars from being blocked. Make use of the drive-through area in front of the main building or use the back parking lot if the front is full. We appreciate your help.


Cross Country Day

A thanks to those parents who came out to add to the fun of the day and cheer on their and other children at the annual Cross Country Day. It was a treat to see so much support for the students and school.

  From the Principal’s Office  

Fall Festival Organization Meeting - Parents who have volunteered to help at the Fall Festival this year are invited to attend an organization meeting this coming Wednesday (September 27) at 3:45 in the teacher’s room (Room 206).  Please email me at if you require a babysitter.

Parent-Teacher Conferences - Monday October 9th:
Secondary parents: Please contact me at if you would like to set up an appointment to see your child’s teachers.  I will be sending out an email later this week containing further details.

Elementary parents: Please contact your child’s homeroom teacher to schedule a meeting time.

Student After School Pickup Reminder
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.

SAT Exams / Proper ID Reminder: (October 7th  sitting) - Students participating in the exam are reminded to bring proper ID.  Passports are recommended.  Please see me if you have any questions.

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.

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)

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.  Each year, the PTA spends their time and energy to support our thriving school. Thank you, in advance, for what looks to be another amazing day of fellowship and fundraising.
This school runs well because of the dedicated, organized and specific support of our parents. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Curriculum Information Night
On October 2 from 4:00 -5:00 pm, there will be a Parent Informational Curriculum Night. This inaugural event is hosted by the three core teachers of HIS Niseko. We are excited to inform the community about the learning that makes our school so special.
See you there.

Cross Country Day
Thank you HIS Sapporo, especially Mr. Mariano Alonso for hosting HIS Niseko as we competed in Tuesday's Cross Country race in Sapporo. This was a great day of personal goal setting. I was especially proud how each student looked to improve their personal best times. Great job, runners and Thank you, Mr. Mariano Alonso!

Welcome to HIS Niseko, Lindsey! Assistant to our Early Years Teacher
Welcome to HIS Niseko Mrs. Lindsey! I am writing this message to welcome Lindsey Heyward to our team. Lindsey has accepted the position of EY Assistant to Ms. Lola. Lindsey is a registered nurse, Seasonal School teacher, Ski Instructor with Hokkaido Core, wife of Winse, and all-around super person. We are quite fortunate to have Lindsey join our team.
Welcome, Mrs. Lindsey!

Upcoming Dates to Remember:

  • 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  date for Van Gogh visit.
  • September 30th Autumn Bazaar hosted by the HIS Niseko PTA.
  • 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. Alonso and all the supporting teachers and parents for the work done on the cross country day last week.



 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 8 - Terry Fox Run (Sapporo)
October 8 - Niseko Halloween 2017 (Niseko)
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 25 -  29


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 


Husky Parents!!
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!

 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!!!! 

 Junior Service trip Information session 

For parents and students interested in receiving general information on the upcoming Habitat service trip, there will be an information session on Monday October 2 at 5:00 in Room 304. The presentation will feature a video from a past Habitat trip and the opportunity for Q&A.

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