HUSKY EXPRESS  March 5, 2018


 Administration Corner 

  Head of School    

Soroptimist International Donation
Soroptimist International is an organization of professional and business women who support efforts towards peace, with a particular focus on working to improve the lives of women and girls.
The organization recently approved the HIS Junior Service Learning trip for annual grants. This year our junior class is heading to Cambodia to build houses with the Habitat for Humanity organization.
On Monday, in the school office, representatives of Soroptimist International Chuo visited the school to hand off this year’s donation to Ms. Harmon, 11th-grade homeroom teacher, and Daniel Lopez, class president.
The school greatly appreciates the support of such a well-known organization as Soroptimist.

Construction Updates:
Itaya Construction has been delayed by a Sapporo City inspection process. It should resume in a week’s time.

Bus Parking:
In the morning, please avoid parking your car directly in front of the school as the bus needs to pull in to drop off children there. Usually, this is at 8:15 ~ 8:20 AM.
Thank you for your cooperation.


  From the Principal’s Office  

Upcoming Exam Schedule:
March 10 - SAT Exams (w/ Essay and w/out Essay)
May 5 - SAT Exams (w/ Essay, w/out Essay, and Subject Tests)
May 7 - 18 - AP Exams
May 14 - June 1 - MAP Exams

A reminder that the HIS Spring Bazaar is coming up soon on April 14th!

Spring Bazaar Volunteers Needed

The PTA is looking for volunteers for the Spring Bazaar. If you are willing to pitch in, please sign up!
Volunteers are needed for the following duties:

  • Setting up (the day before the Spring Bazaar and/or the day of)
  • Ticket sale (these are tickets for purchasing food/drinks and student activities/games)
  • PTA vending booth (selling donated goods)
  • Organizing/sorting of donated goods (in advance of the bazaar)
  • Bake sale/ coffee/tea sale (at the bazaar)

If you are interested, please contact us at: and/or please come to the next PTA meeting on Wednesday, March 7th.

Spring Bazaar Donations:
If you have some items that you’d like to get rid of, but are not planning on having your own vending space at the bazaar, please consider a donation to the PTA. All proceeds from sales go toward grants to school programming (which directly benefit our children).
A donation box will be placed at the front entrance of the school starting next week!

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 a 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, March 7th in the teacher’s lounge.
Parents interested in being involved in the Spring Bazaar, please join us!

Hokkaido International School Spring Bazaar

 @ Niseko 

Thank you all for a terrific week of learning at HIS Niseko.

Kitara Rehearsal
Big cheers to Mr. and Mrs. Sugino for making the trip from Sapporo to join our Kitara performers. We loved your generosity of time and talent as we enjoyed rehearsing our song and dance routines.
This year, the Niseko and Sapporo students will join forces to perform the night of June 1 with an expected audience of about 1,300 people.
Special thanks to Ms. Lola for her collaborative help in getting our students fully prepared for the concert. Thank you also, Mr. Sinclair, for filling in as our EY teacher.
You all were terrific.

Thank you Miyoko san!
Our good friend and former EY Babysitter, Miyoko san has taken some time out from her day in Kyoto to send me some photos.
All at HIS Niseko are pleased to her that she is doing well. Her photos are too beautiful to keep in my smartphone.
Spring is on the way!

Upcoming Dates

  • 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

 Husky Hugs 

Husky Hugs go out

  • Mr. Bob Johnson for publishing video and updates from last weekend’s girls’ basketball tournament.

  • Ms. Karen Katayama and Mr. Kelly for accompanying the MS girls basketball team to the tournament.

  • All HS and supporting teachers who took their students out to Jozankei on their overnight last week.
    (in advance) MS and supporting teachers for accompanying the MS on their overnight to Takino this week.


 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, March 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 



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

April 6 - Boys Futsal Tournament
April 6 - End of Quarter 3
April 14 - Spring Bazaar
April 19 - 20 - Multicultural Fair
April 25 - 28 - Freshman Kyoto Trip

 Husky Lunch 

Please see HERE for the Husky Lunch Menu for the week of March 5 - 9


Another great tournament in Kobe for the MS girls basketball team. We escaped the blizzard in Sapporo last Thursday to be greeted by perfect Spring-like conditions for the next 4 days. The basketball was excellent too as we placed 3rd out of 8 teams. A mighty effort by a very happy group of girls who had fun on the court while playing so well but also made so many off-court friends from other schools.
Congratulations to Haruki who was outstanding and was named as our MVP.
Our captain Winnie was also outstanding in the leadership and friendship that she provided on and off the court as well as being our number one rebounder !
A HUGE thank you also to Karen Katayama who came along as our chaperone.
Finally, thank you to all those who supported them by sponsoring them in the Goal a Thon, offering comments of support on social media and/or watching the live streaming of our games.

Go Huskies!

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