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  

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.  If a teacher (or teachers) are requesting a meeting, I will contact those parents early this week.

Elementary parents: You will soon be receiving the parent conference schedule from your child’s homeroom teacher.

Wednesday Morning Schedule Information
A reminder that students should not arrive on Wednesday mornings until after 9:00am. 
Students who take the school bus arrive at the normal time, however there is only supervision enough in the gym for those students alone.  All other students should arrive according to the late-start Wednesday schedule.
In the interest of student safety (and to allow time for important teacher-collaboration), we thank you for your cooperation on this matter.

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.

PTA Steering Committee Meeting -- This Wednesday (October 4) at 3:45 in Room 206.

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.  

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.

Congratulations to Mack!
Last Friday, our MP3 student, Mack, was awarded the prize for best design. Each MP student was asked to design a sticker for Hokkaido Core. The sticker could be placed on skis, hats and/or anything else. In its first year, the Student Design Award challenged students with design thinking. Submissions came from individual students only.
Congratulations, Mack. This season, we look forward to seeing your design all over the Niseko region.


PTA Bazaar
From all accounts and by all measures, our PTA Bazaar was a very successful day. Congratulations on an amazing Autumn Bazaar. Our school community is so very fortunate to have such a dedicated, loving, and responsible group of champions.
On behalf of the children of HIS Niseko; Thank You!

October 4 Mummy & Me
HIS Niseko welcomes area mothers to our first Mummy and Me orientation of 2017-2018.
Mummy and Me is a prime opportunity for mother and child (zero to 5) to socialize and learn about our Reggio Emilia inspired international school.
Below are the dates of our future Mummy and Me events.

  • November 1
  • December 6
  • February 7
  • March 7 
  • April 4

Niseko 10th Annual Halloween Festival
Thank you to the town council for the upcoming Niseko Town Halloween Festival.
This October 8, marks Niseko’s 10th year of hosting this event. As always, HIS Niseko is proud to be part of this special day.
Special thanks to our Parent Teachers Association for stepping up to volunteer. We are quite grateful to have you on our side.

Vincent Van Gogh and Japan
On Friday we attended the Vincent Van Gogh and Japan exhibit at Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art.
Thank you, students and staff, for your terrific exhibition of organization and kindness. Special thanks to the HIS Executive board for providing us with our school vans.
Additional special thanks to Naruse san for your consistently safe driving.
Have a great week of learning!

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 

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.


New! PTA Information Website:

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


 Upcoming Events 



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

November 3 - Fall Festival 
November 4 - SAT Exams
November 6 - Teacher PD (school closed) 
November 23 - Teacher PD (school closed)

 Husky Lunch 

Please see HERE for the Husky Lunch Menu for the week of October 3 - 6


Fantastic effort from the JV Volleyball team last weekend in Osaka. They had wins over Marist, Osaka and Nagoya and a narrow loss to YIS in the preliminary rounds. Osaka then reversed the earlier result to narrowly defeat us in the semi final. We then had another great win over Marist to place 3rd in the tournament. Osaka beat YIS in the final so it was such a close contest between all teams. Special congratulations to Nina Neilsen and Lilith Horner who were named in the All Tournament team. See pic. Special thanks also to Coach Alonso and his right hand man Mr Aseltine for handling the team so superbly. This week the Varsity girls head to Nagoya and we wish them all the very best.

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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