HUSKY EXPRESS April 2, 2018


 Administration Corner 

  Head of School    

Soroptimist Recognition Ceremony:
An after-school ceremony was held last Wednesday to recognize the HIS Junior Class as an official S-Club of Sapporo Chuo Soroptimist Association. Recognition as a “club” of the organization allows the Junior Class to be annual recipients of donation monies provided by this well-known women’s business and charitable support organization. Soroptimist donated ¥50,000 to the most recent Junior Class Service Trip to Cambodia. At the Recognition Ceremony, an additional ¥60,000 was provided and will be set aside for next year’s Junior Service Trip.

HIS is thankful to the members of Soroptimist who have generously committed to the long-term support of the service learning trips of future junior classes. 

Financial Assistance: 
Financial Assistance Applications will be available from the school office from Tuesday, April 2 ~ to Monday, April 30. 
HIS Financial Assistance is designed to support families who find themselves in temporary need of support. 
Please ask office staff for an application packet. 

May 2 - ALL DAY Conference Day
Please note a change to the calendar from a ½ of instruction to no instruction for May 2. 
Teachers and administration made a decision to make May 2 an all-day student-parent-teacher conference day so that more time would be available to families to meet with teachers. 
There will be no instruction on May 2nd. 

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 of children there. Usually this is at 8:15 ~ 8:20 AM.
Thank you for your cooperation.


  From the Principal’s Office  

After School Pick Up
A reminder that the MPR is not a suitable place for students to run and play after school.
Students should be picked up by 3:40 each day. If you remain in the building until 4:00, please remember to keep your child by your side and not allow them to run about in the MPR. It is potentially dangerous and is disruptive to teachers who are often in meetings after school.
Now that the property is (almost) clear of snow, we invite you to take your child to the backfield to play with their friends before you take them home. Remember though that students there should remain under the direct supervision of their parents. Thanks very much for your understanding.

2018-2019 Secondary Course Selections
In the next few days, secondary students will bring home their course selection sheets for 2018-2019. Please be sure to review these with your child and return them to me by May 1st, 2018.

AP Exam Payment
Students taking AP exams this year should pay their fees by April 6th this week. Payment can be made at the school office. Please provide exact change.

PTA Steering Committee Meeting - This week - Wednesday, April 4th - at 3:45 in the teacher’s lounge.
Spring Bazaar Volunteer Information
The PTA is still looking for volunteers for the Spring Bazaar (April 14th). If you are willing to pitch in, please contact us at

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)

Spring Bazaar 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 to current HIS Staff, Parents and Students).
*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.

To reserve a vendor space, please email or call HIS (011-816-5000) by Tuesday, April 12th.

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

Spring Bazaar Donation Information
Donations will be accepted for PTA stall (please no clothes or stuffed animals)
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).
The donation box is in the front foyer of the school in front of the communications office
Upcoming Exam Schedule:
May 5 - SAT Exams (w/ Essay, w/out Essay, and Subject Tests)
May 7 - 18 - AP Exams
May 14 - June 1 - MAP Exams
June 2 - SAT Subject Tests

Hokkaido International School Spring Bazaar

 @ Niseko 

Dear Teachers, Staff, Parents and Prospective Parents of HIS Niseko,


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

Financial Assistance System and Application
HIS Niseko is committed to offering some degree of financial assistance to families that demonstrate financial need in paying tuition. First and foremost, consideration is given to students who have no educational alternatives in Niseko.
Each year, the school allocates 20% of the funds generated by our Corporate and Personal Financial Aid Fundraising drive.
Hard copies of the application and information documents are on display in our school’s genkin until May, 31.
Please gently read each document and kindly contact Barry Mernin,, if you have any questions or concerns.
400 Facebook Likes for HIS Niseko
Thank you all for sharing the news of our thriving, little school. We are most appreciative of your support. Keep sharing!

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

 Husky Hugs 

Husky Hugs go out

  • Ms. Harmon for the many months of planning that she has put into the junior class’ service learning trip with Habitat for Humanity. It is a very complicated process and one that she has accomplished with great attention and care. 
  • Mr. Piazza who joined the junior class as chaperone on their trip to Cambodia. 
  • 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 April 4th


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.

 Big Book Buzz 

Dear Husky Parents,

Thank you for supporting your children and their learning here at Hokkaido International School!
I am pleased to announce the upcoming Elementary Assembly will be held on Tuesday, 17th April at 10:30 am in the Multi-Purpose Room (MPR). All parents are welcome to take part!
The assembly is a great place to witness the fruits of your child's learning. Student lead and showcasing recent learning in the elementary, this monthly event brings smiles to all who attend.
What's more, April's assembly will be followed by the Big Book Buzz (BBB), lead by our librarian Mrs. Tull. Your child will hear more about the BBB through his or her classroom teacher. Suffice to say, the April Elementary Assembly is shaping up to be a very special event!
Feel free to come out to support your children and their learning here at HIS! You are welcome even if your child is in the Middle or High schools; the more the merrier!

 Elementary After School Activities 

Dear Husky Parents,

Each of the following extracurricular activities will be offered for 6 weeks (starting the week of APRIL 2nd, and running up until the week ending MAY 11). All activities start at 3:45 PM, finish at 4:30 PM and are held once each week :


Please see the sign up above, or activities descriptions below for information on the instructor, day of the week and location
We hope you enjoy ES Extracurriculars in quarter 4. Go Huskies!!

- Activity Descriptions -

(open to grades 2 - 5) - meets Mondays, in the Gym, with Mr. Kelly
Have fun with your friends as you learn and practice some fundamental basketball skills and play some mini-games!
(open to grades K - 1) - meets Tuesdays, in room 102 (Mr. Gambino's room) with Mr. Tomasine & Mr. Gambino
Do you like to draw? How about reading stories? Do you like to build things? Do you like to talk with your friends or tell funny stories? Most of all, do you like to learn about yourself, your friends, your neighborhood and the world around you?
If you do, then come join CREATIVE ACTIVITIES with Mr. Tomasine and Mr. Gambino!
(open to grades 2 - 5) - meets Fridays, in room 205 (Mr. Kelly's room), with Mr. Cooke
Do you enjoy playing chess? Do you want to learn how to play chess? Either way, come and join us on Friday afternoons at 3:45 until 4:30 in room 204. We’ll practice chess moves and strategies, build friendships, and show good sportsmanship – all while having fun! We may even have a mini chess tournament at the end!

 Upcoming Events 



April 6 - Boys Futsol 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 April 2 - 6


Thank You … to all who came and enjoyed themselves last Friday night as we honoured the efforts and achievements of our sporting teams. Congratulations to all the winners but congratulations to everyone who played, coached or managed a team this year. There were well over 100 people who attended and a big thanks to all members of H.A.A. who helped out in so many different ways.
We appreciate all that you do !
HUGE thanks to Mrs Bossaer, Ms Tanya, Mrs Oda, Mrs Shibuya and all their assistants who had the job of preparing and serving the food to feed all those people.
Special thanks to Sports Officer Ayumi who was superbly efficient and capable in the many tasks she did to prepare for this event. Also, it was her initiative that has led to the creation of the Wall of Fame that will honour all teams who have won a championship at a tournament … only 8 in Husky history !
Finally, all the very best to our Futsul players as they head off down to Osaka this week for a tournament on Saturday.

Go Huskies!

 HIS Parent E-mailing List 


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 Junior Service Trip to Cambodia School-wide Presentation 

The HIS community is invited to hear from the junior students who attended the service trip to Cambodia about their experience and learning. The presentation will take place on Wednesday, April during A4 block between 2:40 and 3:30 in the MPR. 

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