HUSKY EXPRESS Oct 10, 2017


 Administration Corner 

  Head of School   

Terry Fox Run

This Sunday, October 8, a very large showing of students, teachers, and parents came out to support the very important Terry Fox Run.
Terry Fox is a Canadian national hero who began the Marathon of Hope to raise awareness and money of the need for greater cancer research.
HIS provides volunteer support, tents, tables, chairs and several other small items that helped to make this event a major success.
This year 420 participants raised nearly ¥900,000. Funds will be contributed to cancer research in Japan.

Bus Monitors

Introductions to this incredibly fine group of contributing middle schoolers who are working to make a positive impact on the bus. The team of six middle school bus monitors met in the office last week to provide updates and suggestions for making the bus a safer and quieter environment. Some suggestions bus parents:

  • Allow younger students to sit with older students as the older students can monitor seat belts and behavior.
  • Talk to your child about singing on the bus. It can get quite load at times.

Best luck team, you are already making a big impact. Mr. Watanabe, the bus driver, has really appreciated your help.


Alumnus Visit

Gi Hee Haw, who spent four years from middle to high school, at HIS and in the dormitory program, came back to HIS to pay a visit. As always it is fun to catch up with old students and to hear what HIS meant to them. Ms. Haw, who now works for Playstation - Korea, also got to meet up with her old friend and classmate, Ms. Sugino!

  From the Principal’s Office  

Parent-Teacher Conferences - Thanks to all the parents who came out for parent conferences on Monday this week.  We hope this experience gave you valuable insights into your child’s learning.

Secondary HUSKIES Day  - This coming Friday (October 13).  An opportunity for high school students  to work toward the completion of their online graduation portfolio during an extended homeroom period between blocks one and two. (Note, this will cause no change to the day’s elementary schedule).

PSAT Exams - All 11th grade students and many students in 9th and 10th grade will take the PSAT exam this coming Wednesday, October 11th.  

All students sitting this exam should report to room 301 no later than 8:15am.

 @ Niseko 

Greetings from beautiful Niseko.

Niseko 10th Annual Halloween Festival
Sunday marked  Niseko’s 10th year of hosting Halloween Festival.

HIS Niseko is proud to be part of this special day.  The town council met with the HIS Niseko team many times throughout the past few months.
This festival was, by all accounts, incredible.
Thank you, Town Council and PTA volunteers. Your hard work and dedication to the cause made the day so special.
It was a highly appropriate celebration of Halloween in this unique part of our world.

Curriculum Information Hour-Thank you
Last Monday, the three core teachers plus Ayumi-sensei hosted Curriculum Information Night.

Thank you to all who wrote their reviews and suggestions for next time. We will heed your timely advice. Special thanks to the teachers for putting in the extra work to educate the community.
We look to model our work in future information hours.

PTA Bazaar Thanks!
Last Saturday was a wonderful day of fellowship and good cheer on our campus.

Sincere thanks to our PTA for your incredible energy, organization, and style. Throughout the Bazaar, I saw lots of smiles. Our school is so very grateful for your comprehensive support.

Rice Harvest Cultural Exchange with Kondo Elementary School-Thanks!
On Tuesday, our MP1 and MP3 students experienced a unique cultural experience. We cut, gathered and tied up oodles of rice stalks. The event was a slice of life in our town and we were happy to be able to take part.

Thank you to the school leaders of Kondo Elementary School for your camaraderie. We are so lucky to have been able to take part with this.

October 4 Mummy & Me-Thanks!
HIS Niseko welcomed area mothers to our first Mummy and Me orientation of 2017-2018. We were proud to welcome a bunch of moms and kids.

Mummy and Me is a prime opportunity for mother and child (zero to 5) to socialize and learn about our special school.

Below are the dates of our future Mummy and Me events.

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

Thank you, Ms. Lola, for your flexibility and grace as you welcome our guests to learn what we are all about. It is always appreciated.

Upcoming Dates to Remember:

  • October 8 Niseko Halloween Festival Day
  • October 10 Cha Cha Cha book celebration
  • October 12 MP Writing Celebration
  • October 13 Ice Skating
  • October Autumn Holiday begins

Have a great week of learning and please enjoy your PTC’s.

Barry Mernin

Teaching Administrator and Seasonal School Coordinator
Hokkaido International School Niseko

 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



PTA Steering Committee Meetings

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.

 Upcoming Events 



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 9 - 13


Big thanks to Coach Bosseur and Kristin for taking the girls to Nagoya last week.
They started the tournament by claiming the Husky-Dolphin Challenge Cup by beating them in a pre-tournament game.
Unfortunately when we met them again in a semi-final qualifying game, they just managed to beat us in 3 sets even though at one stage we had a match point on offer.
We also managed to beat MC Perry (American base school) and Fukuoka IS
So the tournament was very close and could have gone either way.
A special congratulations to Ayumi who was named to the All-Tournament Team!
We are proud of the efforts and achievements of all the girls and appreciate the opportunity provided for them by Alan and Kristin.
After Fall Break, our basketball program will begin.

Go Huskies!

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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!!!! 

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