HUSKY EXPRESS Dec 11, 2017


 Administration Corner 

  Head of School    

Wishing the Husky Community a Very Happy Holiday

The end of the calendar year marks many national and international holidays, including Christmas and of course New Years. We would like to wish everyone in the school community the very best of the holiday season and we look forward to welcoming everyone back to the year of the dog.


Preparing for the 60th Anniversary

Quite amazingly, HIS is nearing its diamond anniversary. As many will know, HIS was founded as Hokkaido American School in 1958 when the US base, Camp Crawford, closed and with it came the closure of the base school that had been open to non-military expatriate Americans.

As we look forward to the next school year and our opportunity to celebrate 60 wonderful years, we are reaching out to current and past parent and especially alumni who wish to help out with the planning for the 60th year.

If you are interested in supporting HIS for the coming year, please email the head of school at


We are looking forward to hearing back from the Husky Community!!

  From the Principal’s Office  

Winter Celebration  - Thursday December 14 - 2:00pm

HIS invites all parents to come enjoy an afternoon of music, performance, and dance in the gym followed by snacks and refreshments (courtesy of the PTA).
If you are working on the day, please consider taking a few hours off to come see the many talents of our K - 12 students.
Please note: Buses will run as usual for students who need to return home on December 14 at the usual time.
Looking forward to seeing you all!

Project Santa

The community service club, the student council. the PTA and I would like to extend our sincere thanks! For the many many gift donations this year.  We were able to collect almost 100 gifts in total which exceeded our goals and expectations. This week a number of our students will wrap these gifts in preparation for their delivery to the orphanages at Christmas.

Progress Reports

On Monday I uploaded secondary progress reports to Alma.  Parents please take this opportunity to see how your child is doing.  If you have any question or have difficulty logging into Alma to view reports, please contact me.

 @ Niseko 

Greetings from beautiful Niseko.

Change in Starting Time at HIS Niseko

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 , 11,2017.

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.
Please see Mr. Mernin if you have any concerns about the change of schedule.

Bring a Friend to HIS Niseko Day is January 11, 2018

We are gearing up for this year's Bring a Friend to HIS Niseko Day. Prospective parents are welcome to watch our students learn in MP1 and MP3.

Please kindly allow the EY students their space, while they are learning. Parents of EY students are invited to congregate in the Multi Purpose Room while the EY students our EY students learn.

Finally, in order to ensure a meaningful day for all; please adhere to these rules:

  • Only 1 friend per student.
  • Friend must be close to the same age group as HIS student
  • EY time frame - 1hr 9:30 - 10:30
  • MP1/3 9:30 - 12:30
  • Name tags are to be worn by all guests.

Thank you for your understanding.

Upcoming Dates:

  • December 12 Math Olympiad Competition
  • December 14 Winter Celebration
  • December 16 Santa Project Delivery
  • 15th Dec to 9th Jan: Winter Break (school resumes 9th Jan 2018) Happy Hollidays!
  • January 11, 2018 MAP MP3 Math Test @8:30 am
  • January 11, Bring a Friend to HIS Niseko Day.
  • Friday, January 12th 2018 Ski Instruction

Barry Mernin
Teaching Administrator and Seasonal School Coordinator
Hokkaido International School Niseko

 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 January 10th


New! PTA Information Website:

 Elementary After School Activities 

Quarter 2 activities are finished!

HIS would like to thank our after-school activity sponsors for their hard work volunteering this last 6 weeks!

Thank you Ms. Tull for leading Games on Tuesdays.

Thank you Ms. Dixit for leading Photography on Wednesdays.

Thank you Ms. Riggins for leading Book Club on Thursdays.

Please look forward to more after school activities in late January / Early February, as Quarter 3 rolls around.


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 



December 14th - Winter Celebration
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 December 11 - December 15


The HS girls played 3 games this past week for 2 big wins against Shinyo HS and then a loss against Seishu HS. On Tuesday this week they will visit Hiragishi HS to play another game. Good job girls and Coach Kaori ! The JV boys scored a win last Wednesday against Shinyo HS and the HS boys recorded a strong win against Hiragishi HS on Sunday afternoon. This week they will play Shoshi HS on Wednesday. The pic shows almost all of the boys team with Coach Bogunovic and Manager Lydia.

Go Huskies!

 HIS Parent E-mailing List 


Husky Parents!!
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