Administration Corner 

  Head of School    

Greetings from HIS’ Incoming Head of School

The incoming head of school for the 2019 ~ 2020 school year is Mr. Tim Schlosser. Mr. Schlosser presents his greetings to the Husky Community below: 

Dear HIS Community: 

It was such a pleasure to visit both the Niseko and Sapporo campus in September, and I am thrilled to be accepting this opportunity.  

On behalf of my whole family, thank you all so much for the warm and generous welcome.  It will be a privilege to join you in writing the next chapter of the HIS story. Leading up to my arrival next summer, I will be working with the Executive Board and Leadership Team to ensure a smooth transition.  I truly look forward to all the great work we will do together! Wishing you all a safe and peaceful holiday season. 

Sincerely yours, 

Tim Schlosser 

We wish Mr. Schlosser every success as we work with him ahead of his arrival next summer.

New Library ID Cards 
IT Coordinator, Mr. Katayama, has been working with the library to establish new student ID cards. 
The new cards will bear pictures of the student, a bar code (for easy library book check out) and an issue date of November 1. Cards will be valid for a period of one calendar year. The new cards will make it easier for students to get transportation passes for the bus and subway system.
Our appreciation to Mr. Katayama for the hard work to professionalize our school’s ID card system.


  From the Principal’s Office  

Project Santa


Long-time board member Phred Kaufman will be at HIS on Thursday, November 21st to give a presentation on the “Santa Project” which he has spearheaded in Sapporo for many years.  He’ll bring slides and plenty of anecdotes about how the gifts provided by HIS families have brought a bit of joy to young people living in orphanages during the holiday season.  We invite parents to come to hear Phred speak during the special student assembly at 10:00 am on the 21st.

We would like to ask the HIS community to support this project by donating gifts, which will be taken to three orphanages in Hokkaido (Hokko Gakuen in Ikutahara near Kitami, Nansoen in Sapporo, and Kousho Gakuen in Sapporo)

Starting on Monday, November 18th, students are asked to begin bringing donated gifts to HIS. 

We will provide more details next week. 

The Fall Festival is coming soon! 
Please see below important information about this community event.

The PTA is looking for volunteers for the Fall Festival (November 9). 
If you are willing to pitch in, please sign up!
Volunteers are needed for the following duties:

  • Setting up (the day before the Fall Festival and/or the day of)
  • Ticket Sale (these are tickets for purchasing food/drinks and student activities/games)
  • PTA Bake Sale and Drinks Booth (selling donated goods)
  • Help with the Raffle
  • Decorating
  • Clean-up at the end of the day

Even 30 minutes of your time at the Fall Festival can be a big help!

If you are interested, please contact us at and/or please come to our informal information meeting before the elementary assembly (9:00-10:30 in room 206) on Tuesday, October 8th.


The raffle has always been a popular event for HIS visitors and community members. We are looking for prize donations... These donations should be new and unused and can be for children or for adults. 
“Experience” prizes can also be a donation option (for example dinner for two, concert tickets, hotel vouchers). It can be a great opportunity to promote your business!

Individually wrapped candies, chocolates, cookies or any kind of sweets. They can be left in a box labeled “PTA Trick or Treat” in room 206, starting from Monday, October 15th

We will be having a bake sale again - a very popular event every year. It can be sweets or savory. There is no need to wrap portions (for example the whole cake can be uncut, cookies don’t need to be wrapped individually). Please bring them either on November 8th to room 206 or on November 9th to the gym.

For more details concerning donations, please check the PTA website: or contact us at

PTA Steering Committee Meeting
A reminder that on Wednesday, November 6th the PTA Steering Committee meeting will be held in the teacher’s lounge (Rm 206) at 3:45. All interested parents, guardians, and teachers are welcome. Please come to learn how you can get involved! Babysitting is provided for parents who need it. Please contact me for details.

 Greetings from the Executive Board 

If you wish to learn about what the Executive Board is
and what we do, please follow this link to the HIS homepage:
(Governance page is here)
If you wish to read the minutes to our meetings,
to read in detail, what exactly was discussed and decided on,
then follow this link to the HIS homepage minutes archive:
(Minutes Archive is here)

The Executive Board had its annual Scholarship Fundraiser this June. If you wish to see the Final Report,that shows how much money we were able to raise, please find the link to the document here.


 @ Niseko 

Thank You, Donors!
A generous funding base is the key to development and maintenance of an ongoing Financial Assistance Program. Throughout each year, HIS Niseko publishes the names of individuals and corporations who support our Financial Assistance Program.
We are grateful to our Niseko Business donors. Each donor provides the foundation of our fundraising efforts by making gifts to the HIS Niseko Financial Aid program. These donors deserve to feel a tremendous sense of pride in the role that they play within this community.

  • Hokkaido Tracks Resort Properties
  • West Canada Properties
  • West Canada Homes
  • The Niseko Company
  • Rhythm Japan
  • Niseko Village
  • Holiday Niseko

We are now in the process of putting on the finishing touches to our Financial Assistance Program Donor Recognition Wall. With help from our partner, Yunasoto Desk in Rankoshi, the display wall is seen by each incoming visitor to our school. 

Thank you, Naomi Noda and Liene Lase for your work in getting our donations, receipts and tax limitation documents to this year’s donors.


US Consulate General-Andrew Lee
Thank you to US Consulate General- Andrew Lee for visiting our school during the G20 Summit Tourism Ministers’ Meeting. Andrew gave me a lot to think about in regards to serving the Niseko community. Andrew sends his best to the HIS Niseko parents and staff and hopes to make it back to Niseko sometime soon.


Bus Transportation
We have our new bus driver position filled from April 2020, however, as you know, our bus driver position is a serious struggle to fill. Therefore, we have decided to lease a smaller van. 

Starting November 27, we will need to limit our bus service to yearly students who will use round-trip service. Unfortunately, that would mean that everyone who is taking a one-way bus at the moment, will not be able to have space as the bus is full.

Snow Pants First
Just a reminder, during the snow season, students go outside for morning, afternoon and lunch recess. They require proper gear to go outside so that they will not get wet.
Even with the proper gear, students may need to change into dry clothes at school.
What to bring for daily use:

  • Snow pants and jacket or Snow jumpsuit...Can leave at school if they have extra.
  • Gloves or mittens ( leave a pair at school)
  • Beanie/snow caps ( leave at school)
  • Snow boots

Message from Melissa Moss of the PTA
The PTA Autumn Bazaar is on November the 9th.
You can:
Donate - winter gear, English books and children's clothes are always popular
Bake, prepare snacks or other items to sell
Help Set Up - Friday, November the 8th from 2pm
Help on Saturday the 9th - 9am to 1:30pm
Thank you to those who have already offered to help and donated.
Any offers, (polite) suggestions or questions, let Ms. Moss know.

Upcoming Dates:

  • 6th Nov 2019: Mummy and Me
  • 11 Nov 2019 School Holiday

Barry Mernin 
Hokkaido International School Niseko

 Library News 

Hello Parents the library would like you to assist your students get more out of our library.  You are welcome to come in with your child and borrow from 3:30 to 4:30 each school day. Of course students can always come in before school and at lunchtime as well so do encourage them to always have a book to read that interests them!

We are actively seeking to recruit volunteers to help our existing dedicated parents and former parents who are the mainstay of our library service.  Without the support of parents we could not provide the range of books that we currently have. Please contact me if you would like more information or drop into the library.

 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 us at  or phone the main office so we can update our mailing lists and include you as soon as possible!

 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 Megumi or Neil know if you would like to become a regular (and voting) member of the committee.

PTA Information Website:

 Husky Hugs 

Husky Hugs go out to...

  • Tawaraya-san for the additional work last week
  • All teachers for the additional work that will go into the Fall Festival


 Upcoming Events 


Upcoming EVENTS

Nov 6 PTA Meeting
Nov 9 Fall Festival
Nov 11 School Holiday / No classes
Nov 13 Board of Councilors Meeting

 H.I.S Guitar Club 

What: Acoustic Guitar Club- Let’s play some tunes and find out where the rock button is!

  • 3 chord songs
  • easy rock and blues
  • strumming techniques & patterns
  • Scales and solos and more

When: Wednesdays 3:45-4:30, November 6th - December 18th.
Please pay a one time 500 Yen to cover a fun-filled musical Christmas party.

Where: Rm. 201, Mr. Fazio’s Room (unless otherwise noted)

Who: Grades 4-9

So, come to learn from each other and have FUN! Please bring your own guitar if possible. If not, the school can provide a loaner.

Download: H.I.S Guitar Club Permission Slip

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Well done to the Varsity Girls Volleyball team who placed 4th out of 10 teams at the recent WJAA tournament in Nagoya. All the games were very close with little separating the teams.

Thank you to Coaches Bossaeur and Marquez.

This Thursday we will have a `sayoonara` game between Varsity and JV.
Basketball teams have begun their practices. Please see the coach if you still want to join and be there!

Go Huskies!

 Science in Action 

No photos from science this week, but some text updates.

Nature of Science: Students have been reviewing basic chemistry, logical thinking, and graphing skills as they review for next week’s chemistry unit test.

Biology: Students learned about heredity of human characteristics, and created pedigrees based on their own family data. Later this week they will begin another lab to model genetic mutations and their effects.

AP Physics: Students are studying Newton’s Laws and forces, in preparation for their second major lab.

AP Psychology: Students have continued their study of biopsychology, with emphasis on sleep and the effects of drugs. Their unit test is this Wednesday.


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.
Also, if you are looking for a student tutor for your child, please contact  

 The Publications & Media class 

This year the students have revived the online student website, www.TheHusky Pulse with lots of new content including artwork from elementary, middle, and high school students, MP3 narratives, high school writings, student articles on HIS events and the Hokkaido outdoors.

Also check out HIS Newscast, a series of quirky video reports created by high school students.

The Husky Pulse, created by students for all to see.


 Scholastic Book Club 

Great News! HIS is running a Scholastic International School Book Club.


All books are now available for you to order online. You and your child can look through the paper catalog and make your selection and then place your order online at 

The online catalog is also available for you to view directly at the Scholastic Website and to place your order online.

Please place your order online by Sunday, 17th November 2019. 

Each order will earn free books for our school!

Delivery of the books to HIS will be between 7-10 days after the closing date. 

Your order will then be dispatched to your child in their classroom.

If you have any questions, please contact Alison Manjyoume, MP3 teacher, at , Room 205


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