HUSKY EXPRESS Nov 20, 2017


 Administration Corner 

  Head of School    

Shoshanah Kaufman Memorial Saturday 25


Friends of the Kaufman family are invited to a time of remembrance and celebration for the life of their beloved daughter and sister, Shoshanah Kaufman.
The memorial will be held in the gym of Hokkaido International School on Saturday, November 25 from 1:00 pm.
In remembrance of Shoshanah, please come dressed in bright and cheerful clothing. Traditional KOTEN / 香典 (gift money) is not required.

The memorial will conclude with a reception in the Multi-purpose Room on the ground floor of the school.

Time Schedule Shift


To bring the school in line with labour law and soon to be adopted Rules of Employment, teacher’s work day will need to shift from the current 8:00 AM to 8:15 AM.  The change for this will be from December 1, 2017.

If you could note this change on your calendar and plan to have your child arrive to school between 8:15 ~ 8:30 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and at 9:15 on Wednesdays,  that would be greatly appreciated.

We will make additional announcements through the school’s administrative system, ALMA. We appreciate your understanding as we make changes.


  From the Principal’s Office  

Project Santa
This year, the Student Council, ACT Club (HIS Community Service Club) and the PTA will again cooperate in organizing the school’s participation in "Project Santa," which is a gift-giving donation drive for Hokkaido orphanages during the holiday season.

We would like to ask the HIS community to support this project by donating gifts, which will be taken to three orphanages in Hokkaido (Hokko Gakuen in Ikutahara near Kitami, Nansoen in Sapporo, and Kousho Gakuen in Sapporo)

Starting on Monday November 20th, students are asked to bring donated gifts to HIS. Please read the following instructions carefully:

Price range of a gift from 1500 yen to 2000 yen
Each student should buy a present for their same gender and age level.
Families with more than one child at HIS are welcome to donate just one gift total if they would prefer
NO CARDS / LETTERS / NAME should be attached to the gift
Please write your age, gender, a simple description of the gift on a “post-it” and attach it to the gift. (ex; “age 7, girl, stuffed animal”)
Please do not write anything directly on the present
Important: Please do not wrap the gifts
All gifts should be store-bought (no used or 100 yen shop items please)

Presents are to be brought to HIS by: Wednesday, December 6th (at the latest)

* Elementary Students: Student Council will collect your gifts from your homeroom teacher
* Secondary Students: Please deposit gifts in the box found at the library desk

We appreciate your contributions to help us make the holiday season more joyful for others.

Secondary Student Progress
A reminder to secondary parents to please check Alma regularly to see your child’s progress.  As you know, the assessment and grading system has changed significantly since last year so that now we have a standards-based grading approach. So far we are very encouraged by the effect this change has had on student motivation and learning.  If you have any questions about the changes we have introduced, please feel free to contact me.  As well, I hope to present another parent information session on the subject early in the second semester.

Next PTA Steering Committee Meeting is Wednesday, December 6

Next SAT Testing day is Saturday, December 2nd.

 @ Niseko 

Greetings from beautiful Niseko.

Language Learning Discussion at HIS Niseko

What can I do to support my child's language development at home?
What are the ideas about language that guide our work together?
All members of the HIS community are cordially welcome to attend a session to discuss bilingualism and language learning on Friday, November 24, 2017, from 8:30 to 9:30 AM.
This discussion will include Claire Yao, Susan Otani, Merek Sinclair and Barry Mernin
Thank you, Ms. Lola, for spearheading this event.

Winter Celebration


Please kindly save the date of December 14th for our school’s Winter Celebration. Winter Celebration will be followed by a potluck lunch so please kindly bring food or drink items to share.
The festivities begin at 10:30 AM.  The school will dismiss for Winter Break at 1:00 PM.
May I send along my sincerest and best wishes to you as we celebrate the season with our learning community.

Upcoming Dates:

  • November 22 PTA Liaison Meeting @ 8:30 in Mr. Mernin’s room
  • November 22 Marketing Meeting @ 3:45 n Mr. Mernin’s room
  • November 23 WASC PD DAY
  • November 24 Language Learning Discussion at HIS Niseko

Barry Mernin

Teaching Administrator and Seasonal School Coordinator
Hokkaido International School Niseko

 Husky Hugs 

Husky Hugs go out to...

  • Mr. Brian Rafter for his proofreading work


 Elementary After School Activities 

Quarter 2 activities are under way!

Monday: Paper Airplanes with Mr. Tomasine (MP1) in room 102
Tuesday: Table Games with Ms. Tull (MP2)  in room 302
Wednesday: Photography with Ms. Dixit (MP3)  in room 204
Thursday: Book Club with Ms. Riggins (MP2/3) in room 204

General Information

Elementary activities will run until the beginning of winter holiday.. Each activity is 45 minutes long, from 3:45 until 4:30. We have a full schedule of activities this quarter, with something for everyone and an activity going 4 days of the week!


Please click the following link to sign up your child for after school activities!!!

Sign up for (Quarter 2)

 From PTA 

Winter Celebration

The PTA will provide snacks and refreshments for the Winter Celebration held at 2:00 on December 14 in the school gym.

Please stay tuned for more details and ways you can be involved!

We hope that everyone can take the afternoon off to attend this final school event of 2017!  Come see music performances from across the school!

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 December 6th


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.

 ADHOC Cycle 

Last Sunday 3 teachers and 8 students enjoyed a fabulous day of cycling along the trail from Shiroishi to Kita Hiroshima. The Autumn colours were in full bloom and the weather was splendid. We all agreed to do it again in the Spring and hope that many more will join us. Thanks to bus drivers Piazza and Watanabe and also to  our student leader Elijah.

 Upcoming Events 



November 23 - Teacher PD (school closed)

December 2 - SAT Test
December 14 - Winter Celebration at 2:00 in the Gym
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 November 20 - November 24


The MS boys had a game last week with Shinyo HS and last night with Hachijo JH. Both games were great tests for our team even though we lost both games narrowly. The HS boys and JV boys had narrow wins last week against Keihoku HS. This Wednesday the JV boys will play Seishu HS. We had a great fun day last Sunday at Shinyo HS for a `3 on 3` … many MS, JV and V players attended. There were even 3 pro players who played a scratch game against 2 of our teams. See pics

Go Huskies!

 HIS Parent E-mailing List 


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 Zumba is currently on break 

Zumba is taking a break for the time being. Thus, there will be no Zumba classes on Thursdays for the foreseeable future. Please check back here for details on Zumba's return. We'll keep you posted.

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