Administration Corner 

  Head of School   

HIS Participates in the Annual International Youth Forum

The documentary film, Paper Lanterns, tells the story of kind-hearted, part-time historian and Hiroshima hibakusha, Mr. Mori, whose 20 years passion has been to connect with the loved ones of the 12 American POWs who perished in the atomic bombing of the city.

This story of deep compassion and humanity was the backdrop for discussions at the International Youth Forum that brought leading local high school and university students together to meet and consider the US-Japan relationship in the context of the past, present, and future.

Nine HIS students participated in the half-day event and, as always, were recognized for their strengths as communicators. A proud moment for such Husky ambassadors.


  From the Principal’s Office  

Fall Festival Thanks!
Many, many thanks to all the volunteers and to everyone who came out to the Fall Festival on Friday.  
It was a very successful event and fun for all, made possible by a great display of collaboration between parents, teachers, and students.  

Next PTA Steering Committee Meeting is Tuesday, November 7th.

Next SAT Testing day is Saturday, December 2nd.

 @ Niseko 

Greetings from beautiful Niseko.

Thank you all for a terrific week of learning.
Thank You, Shirokawa Primary School
Please allow me to thank all the fine folks at Shirokawa Primary School of Kuromatsunai for inviting our MP1 and MP3 students to their school. Our students reflected on how much they enjoyed playing, presenting and eating alongside their “friends.” It was a perfect example of a proper cultural exchange.
I was very impressed with the many examples of enthusiasm, friendliness, and respect. It was a memorable experience.
We are already making plans for next year’s Cultural Exchange. Thank you, Mr. Sinclair, for your hard work in getting our two schools together. Great Job!

Mummy and Me
Thank you to Ms. Lola for yet again, another terrific Mummy and Me event this past Wednesday. My kid was quite enthusiastic about read-aloud, mixing pancake dough and learning alongside his friends in the HIS Niseko EY.
These moments are special because of your dedication and service to our school. Thank you!

Santa Project 2017
Santa Project time is upon us!
This year, our MP3 students, our Administrative Assistants and I are coordinating the Santa Project for two local orphanages: Aiseigakuen and Iwanai Kouseien (around 88 children). Our friends, Rie Pickering and Ami Small have begun this project many years ago. HIS Niseko is proud to build upon their achievements.


For this upcoming Christmas season, we again humbly request donations of money to buy:

  • toys
  • stationary
  • socks
  • Gloves and towels
  • Christmas cake

Just as last year, we request that each person donate 2000-3000 JPY so that HIS Niseko can order the above items via online purchase. HIS Niseko is organizing a group of MP3 student volunteers to order, wrap and tag each gift.

Below are two bank accounts where you may kindly deposit any donation:

#Post Office Bank (Yucho) Branch 908
Normal account 19946851 サンタノヘルパー
or Post Office Bank ATM 19060-19946851

# Hokuyo Bank Kutchan branch
Ordinary account 3612218 サンタノヘルパー

You may also drop off your donation of money to the Administration Office at HIS Niseko ℅ Administrative Assistants.
If you or your company would like to help, we would appreciate it greatly.
Please send any questions or comments to or

Upcoming Dates:

  • November 8 Music concert 9~9:30 and Lesson Study Group Meeting
  • November 9 @ 15:00 MP1 and MP3 Exit Point Celebration in the MPR
  • November 9 International Read Aloud
  • November 13, Halloween Reflection meeting at HIS 4:00
  • NOVEMBER 14, First Math Olympiad Competition (MP3)
  • November 23 WASC PD DAY

Facebook Followers
HIS Niseko currently has 354 Facebook followers. Thank you for sharing the good word about our school.
Congratulations, Arren
Three cheers to Arren for showing the virtue of LOVE this week. Arren showed a great deal of this virtue when he showed me how much he loves books. I can see that he will be a reader for life. This warms my heart.
Thank you, Arren!
We are lucky to read 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!!
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!

 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 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 




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 November 6  - November 10


The basketball program is in `full swing` now with good numbers of players attending practices for all of our teams. The HS boys played a game last week against the visitors from Seishu HS and recorded a strong win. This Wednesday the MS boys and JV boys both have away games. The MS boys have an intensive schedule coming up as the tournament in Kobe is just 4 weeks away on December 1 - 2 in Kobe. Coach McKinney has been very happy with the boy`s attitudes and efforts so far.
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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