HUSKY EXPRESS Feb 12, 2018


 Administration Corner 

  Head of School    

Flu Season
Cases of the flu are cropping up in the school and we have begun to monitor how many.
According to our protocols, if the school confirms 30% of absences in a class, section or across the school as a whole, we will need to announce closures to protect the health of our community.
Please pay attention to school email or health bulletins over the next few days and weeks until we can clear the flu season.


Construction Begins:
Representatives of Itaya Construction, Endo Architects, and the Executive Board Chair, met last week to finalize the contract to begin construction of the dormitory expansion.

Construction on the new dorm wing began today, Tuesday, Feb 6 with a power shovel scraping away the brickwork covering the front parking lot.

The structure of the new building wing will be completed by mid-June. Dormitory students will be able to move into the new facilities by mid-August. Finishing details on the exterior of the new wing will continue until August 31.

  From the Principal’s Office  

Hokkaido International School Spring Bazaar
Saturday - April 14, 2018
When: 10 am to 2 pm
Where: Gym and in the MPR
There will be a flea market, food for sale, games to play, hot and cold drinks - bargains and fun for the whole family!

Donations will be accepted for PTA stall
Spring is a nice time to clean the house. If you have things that are still in good condition but are no longer used / needed, we will find them a new home!
Starting in March, there will be large donation box at the school’s entrance.
Maybe you can encourage your child/ren to go through their toys and books!

* No clothes please (unless new with a tag).  Also, no shoes or stuffed animals.

* All proceeds from sales provide grants to clubs, activities and materials which benefit student learning and enjoyment of school life.

Vendor Information:
Vendors can participate in the flea market to sell used or new goods - clothes, toys, books, handicrafts, etc. (excluding food/drinks). Vendor spaces are open to the school community and the general public. A vendor space costs 1,500yen and measures approximately 2 x 1.5 meters (a discount rate of 1,000 yen applies for current HIS Staff, Parents and Students).

To reserve a vendor space, please email  or call HIS (011-816-5000) by Wednesday, April 11th.

Vendor space positions are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis - hurry up and register!!!

*HIS welcomes amateur and professional vendors alike.  Specific guidelines will be explained to all vendors in order to ensure a relaxed atmosphere for this family event.

Next PTA Steering Committee Meeting -
Wednesday, February 7th at 3:45 in the teacher’s lounge.

Hokkaido International School Spring Bazaar

 @ Niseko 

Annual Niseko Town Ski Race
Bravo to the Niseko Town Council for hosting today’s annual ski race at Moiwa. Our MP1 and MP3 skied with confidence and purposefulness. I was proud of our entire community. On behalf of the children of Niseko; Thank You!

HIS Niseko Ice Sculpture 2018
Every year at the Scenic Niseko Event at JR Niseko. Local teams carve a variety of different snow sculptures for visitors and locals to enjoy.
This year, our MP3 students led the way and helped create a toy automobile for kids to climb. The sculpture looks exactly like something that was created by elementary aged kids! ;)
Thank you, MP3 for your leadership, perseverance, kindness, and teamwork. You did us all proud.

Upcoming Dates:

  • February 19 Executive. board meeting at 6:30 pm.
  • March,1, IPC Exit Point
  • March 1, Kitara Practice in Niseko 10:30- 3:00
  • March 2nd, 2018 Ski Day
  • March 7 Mummy & Me(5)
  • March 7 Asobook 2:15- 3:00
  • March 8, International Read Aloud
  • March 9th, 2018 Ski Day
  • March 12, 10:30-3:00 Kitara Practice in Niseko
  • March 14, PI DAY

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.

The next meeting is this week on Wednesday, February 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.

 Husky Hugs 

Husky Hugs go out

  • the Husky Basketball teams, coaches and the Athletic Director, Mr. Kelly, for the wonderful weekend of basketball at the Snow Festival Classic
  • Mr. Swarn who annually takes on the additional work created by the Snow Festival Classic
  • Husky Community members who came out to cheer on our teams! Go Huskies!!


 Upcoming Events 



February 15 - 16 - ES/MS Ski Days
February 22 - 23 - HS Ski Days

March 1 - 2 - HS Overnight at Jozankei
March 2 - 3 - MS Girls BB Tournament
March 8 - 9 - MS Overnight at Takino
March 10 - SAT Exam
March 10 - 19 - Junior Class Service Trip
March 19 - 13 - Spring Break (no classes)
March 30 - Sports Award Banquet

 Husky Lunch 

Please see HERE for the Husky Lunch Menu for the week of February 12 - 16.


A reminder to players of all teams … except for MS girls … that you should have by now washed, folded and returned your uniform to your manager or me.
It is a very time-consuming job each year to collect all these uniforms and we appreciate your support and responsibility.

Go Huskies!

 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!

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