HUSKY EXPRESS Oct 30, 2017


 Administration Corner 

  Head of School   

Supporting One Another

Over a two week period of time, HIS has faced the difficult loss of two members of this very close community. As we move forward into the school year; as we continue the process of learning, of supporting learning, of engaging, playing and even celebrating; we acknowledge that at times it may be difficult for everyone of us to do so against the backdrop of loss. As a community, let us pay close attention to our own needs and the needs of those around us. I would ask that we engage in conversations where needed, reach out where needed and seek the support that will pull us forward. Should you feel that a key means of support would be of help, please feel free to come and express how HIS might best be supportive to this community.


  From the Principal’s Office  

Fall Festival Volunteers
Thank-you all for the time you’ve committed to fall festival planning over the last few weeks.  I have no doubt that this will be another hugely successful PTA-sponsored event due to your efforts.

Next PTA Steering Committee Meeting:   Apologies.., our next PTA Steering Committee Meeting is postponed this month.  Since Fall Festival planning is taking up everyone’s time, we have moved the next Steering Committee Meeting to TUESDAY NOVEMBER 7.  Thanks for understanding.

SAT Subject Tests are scheduled for Saturday, November 4th.

 @ Niseko 

Greetings from beautiful Niseko.

Sincerest wishes of goodwill and condolence to all at the Sapporo campus. We at HIS Niseko are with you in spirit as you mourn the passing of Mayu Fujita and Shoshanah Kaufman.
Take care.

Spirit Days:
Spirit days are a great way for schools to shake things up during the school year. HIS Niseko students, teachers, and parents are invited to dress up on these days.
The following Spirit Days were chosen by the students of MP3:

FEBRUARY 8, 2018 Dress Up Like a HIS Niseko Teacher Day  (oh my…)

MARCH 8, 2018 Wear As Many Colors as Possible Day

APRIL 12, 2018 Bring a Stuffed Animal to School Day

Upcoming Dates:

  • October 30-Leo returns to EY (hooray!) 
  • October 31- RIce Cooking and optional Halloween Dress Up
  • November 1- Mummy & Me(2)
  • November 2- Shiroikawa Primary School Exchange in Kuromatsunai (MP1 and MP3 only)

Congratulations, Hemi

Three cheers to Hemi for showing the virtue of RESPECT this week. Hemi showed a great deal of this virtue when he pulled out a chair for his teacher. Pure class!
Thank you, Hemi.

We are lucky to work with you and we are very proud of you, every day. 

Barry Mernin

Teaching Administrator and Seasonal School Coordinator
Hokkaido International School Niseko

 HIS Parent E-mailing List 


Husky Parents!!
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 Husky Hugs 

Husky Hugs go out

  • Watanabe-san for taking several elementary students (and their parents) out on a fishing trip near Shakutan on Wednesday during Fall Break.


 Elementary After School Activities 

Welcome to Quarter 2 of Elementary After School!

Elementary After School Activities will run from November 7th until the start of winter holiday. Each activity is 45 minutes long, from 3:45 until 4:30. We have quite the full schedule of activities this quarter, with something for everyone and an activity going 4 days of the week!

Schedule of Activities

Monday: Paper Airplanes with Mr. Tomasine (MP1)
Tuesday: Table Games with Ms. Tull (MP2)
Wednesday: Photography with Ms. Dixit (MP3)
Thursday: Book Club with Ms. Riggins (MP2/3)


Please forgive us the delay in sending the sign-up form. It will be sent along shortly!

 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 Tuesday November 7th.


New! PTA Information Website:


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 




November3 - Fall Festival

November 4 - SAT Exams

November6 - Teacher PD (school closed)

November 19 - Bilingualism Event at Sapporo International Communications Plaza

November 23 - Teacher PD (school closed)

December 2 - SAT Test

December 15 - January 8 - Winter Break (no school)

January 9 - School resumes

 Husky Lunch 

Please see HERE for the Husky Lunch Menu for the week of October 30 - November 3


The MS Volleyball teams had another fabulous tournament in Kobe. It was the largest sporting group that we have ever taken … 19 lively girls! They were always well behaved and played really well to win many sets and games. We even won the service/receiving competition in both divisions! Special congratulations to Winnie and Riho who were chosen as our tournament MVPs.
A HUGE thank you too for Ms. Sugino who chaperoned the trip and probably missed a bit of sleep over 4 days and 3 nights!
After Fall Break, our basketball program will begin. Check out the schedules.

Go Huskies!

 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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