HUSKY EXPRESS April 9, 2018


 Administration Corner 

  Head of School    

Morning Pick UP & Drop Off:
As dormitory construction causes congestion in the morning, we are asking that parents drop their children off further down the street from the building than usual and have your children walk back to the school building. This will prevent congestion around the school driveway.

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.

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.


  From the Principal’s Office  

Secondary Progress Reports
Progress reports will be uploaded to Alma this week. As soon as they are done and available for view, I will send a notification email.

Parent Teacher Conferences
Please note that Parent-Teacher conferences are coming up on May 2nd. (There will be no classes on that day)
Secondary parents: If you wish to schedule a meeting with your child’s teachers, please contact me by Monday, April 30th. If there is a specific concern that your child's teacher would like to discuss, you may be contacted directly to arrange a meeting time.
Elementary parents: If you would like to sign up for a conference, please contact your child’s homeroom teacher and they will schedule an appointment. As well, your child's teacher may be contacting you if they wish to meet with you to discuss progress.

WASC Accreditation Report
This coming Thursday at 2:00 pm and then again at 6:30 pm, there will be a presentation on our WASC Self Study process. Please join us at either of these times for an overview of our 2018 WASC Accreditation Report. Come hear what we have planned to improve student learning at HIS over the next few years.

Food Concern
A concern has been raised about parents providing snacks for their child’s friends after school. While this is, of course, a very nice gesture, there is a worry that this might cause a problem if the other child has a food allergy or special dietary issue. Therefore, we ask parents and students to please not share snacks. Thank-you for your understanding.

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
This week, 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
If you have not already paid, please note that AP exam fees are now due. Payment can be made at the school office. Please provide exact change.

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

Spring Bazaar Vendor Spaces - Only a few spaces remaining!!
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)

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).
A 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,


Financial Assistance System and Application- (Second Announcement)
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 document 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.

Bring a Stuffed Animal to HIS Niseko Day
Spirit days are a great way for schools to shake things up during the school year. HIS Niseko students, teachers, and parents are invited to dress up on these days.
Spirit Days were chosen by the students of MP3.
This Thursday, April 12, students, and teachers are invited to bring ONE stuffed animal to HIS Niseko.
This writer looks forward to bring his beloved sock monkey.

Mummy and Me
HIS Niseko held our final Mummy and Me session of the 2017-2018 season. The EY students, babies, and moms smiled all the way as they sang, listened to a story and created adorable works of art.
Big thanks to Ms. Lola for her incredible dedication to our community. You are a true ambassador of beauty.

Upcoming Dates:
April 12- Bring a Stuffed Animal to HIS Niseko Day

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, May 9th


New! PTA Information Website:

Students in Milepost 2 Rank 11th in the World, Milepost 3 rank 17th!!

Congratulations are in order as the 3rd-grade maths class, taught by Ms. Kristin Dixit, ranked 11th in the world on the Mathletics World Math Day Competition!

Many teams participated and the top 100 performing teams were ranked. You can see on the bottom of the attached image that our very own 3rd-grade class ranked 11th among the top 100. Go Huskies!

What's more, Mr. Kelly's 5th grade class also ranked in the top 20! These mathematicians ranked 17th in the world, among their peers.

Let’s give a big round of applause to these two teams of problem-solving Huskies in our midst!!

 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!

 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!

 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 - 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 9 - 13


Fantastic effort by the Futsal players last Saturday in the Osaka Tournament. After losing their first 2 games by just 1 goal to Fukuoka Sharks 3-2 and Osaka B Sabers 2-1, they needed a big win against Canadian Academy Falcons to make the semi-finals. They won 9-0! They then beat Osaka A Sabers 4-1 in that semi-final which put them into the Championship game against KAISLLamas. We lost this game 2-1 but a mighty effort all round seeing we haven`t even been able to play outside since last October. Second place out of 8 teams was a just reward for their efforts.

Big thanks to Coach Boyd for his tactical acumen, Miles for chaperoning and also managers Ayumi and Pop who provided live streaming of games for their fans back in Sapporo.

Tuesday MS Volleyball
Wednesday Community Basketball
Thursday HS Volleyball
MS/JV Basketball to be arranged 

Go Huskies!

 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. 


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.

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