HUSKY EXPRESS Nov 12, 2019


 Administration Corner 

  Head of School    

Guest Visitor from the Australian Consulate 

Last week we were kindly visited by Mr. Ronald Greene of the Australian Consulate. Mr. Greene toured the building and spent time with the Milepost 3 students and their teachers. While with the classes, Mr. Greene presented slides and information on the Hokkaido ~ Australia and Japan ~ Australia relationship. 

HIS would like to thank Mr. Greene for taking the time out of his schedule to visit the school to represent Australia here among our staff and students. 

Mr. Greene will be moving on to a new post in the Spring where he will be working at the Australian Embassy in Korea. We wish him our sincerest best.

  From the Principal’s Office  


Fall Festival Thanks!

Thank you, everyone, who came out for the Fall Festival on Saturday.  It was a wonderful day, and would not have been possible without the tremendous support of so many parents, teachers and students.

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. More details coming soon!

PTA Steering Committee Meeting
A reminder that on Wednesday, December 4th 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.


 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.

 @ Niseko 

Our Best Learning of Late:
At HIS Niseko, we are excited about our Early Years student learning of word blending and word formations; we are excited about our MP1 Kindergarteners learning about mapmaking; we are excited about our grade 3 students improved reading fluency and expression.
Thank you, teachers, for providing, each day, high interest, low stress learning at HISNiseko.
Thank You, PTA
Thank you, PTA, for our lovely Autumn Bazaar. It was a real joy to see the expat and local families sharing laughs and smiles. The goats and bunnies from Hopi Hills Farm were an absolute delight.
Big cheers to Ms. Melissa Moss for her tireless work in organizing us all. Thank you, fifth graders, for your retail duties. I had two visitors come up to me and tell me how our school had such polite students. Service with a smile!
Tough break that we had to compete against the cold, snowy weather and a number of other events in the region.
Thank you all.

Winter Driving Tips from Merek and Barry
Attention newly arrived drivers. Mr. Sinclair and I got together on Friday to think about winter driving. Below are some tips we would like to share:

  • Drive slowly.
  • Windshield wipers should be in an upright position each night
  • If you absolutely must idle; be considerate of those around when idling your engine.
  • Keep a half tank of petrol in your tank.
  • Japan Auto Federation membership is usually a good idea.
  • Park in designated areas that are shoveled.
  • Seek advice from the locals.
  • Winter tires are essential
  • Pull over and stop the car when experiencing a whiteout.
  • When roads are icy, do not drive.

You may find more information from our good friends at Powderlife Magazine and Peak Niseko Car Rental
Enjoy and Happy Motoring!

Hokkaido Core Logo Design Contest
Big thanks to the MP1-MP3 students. Your designs for the Hokkaido Core Logo Contest are top shelf! Hokkaido Core will choose the winning design and present it to the contest winner during Gear Day this December 6.
Good Luck!


Winter Celebration Program
Save the Date of December 18 for our annual HIS Niseko Winter Celebration. Check this space for more details in upcoming newsletters. 

Upcoming Dates:

  • Nov 22 MP1-MP3 Writing Celebration
  • Nov 26 PTA Meeting

Barry Mernin
Hokkaido International School Niseko

 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...

  • Mr.Swarn - our often unsung hero - for all the hard work he put for Fall Festival clean up. 
  • All teachers for the additional work that will go into the Fall Festival


 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.


 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

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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


Basketball teams have been in training for 2 weeks now.
We have MS Boys, JV Boys, V Boys, and V Girls.
We are trying to arrange games before their tournaments.
Watch this space!

Go Huskies!


Concerts you should go to!
- Ranbyoshi -

20 year Anniversary Taiko Performance


Ranbyoshi is a semi-professional performance group that uses the taiko drums to showcase a variety of traditional Japanese performing arts including the lion dance(獅子舞), classical Japanese dance (日本舞踊), folk songs(わらべ歌), acting, etc. The performance is child-friendly, interactive, and entertaining for all ages!

 Dates & Times:

  • Dec. 13 (Fri)  6:30 pm
  • Dec. 14 (Sat) 10:30 am OR 2:00 pm
  • Dec. 15 (Sun) 10:30 am OR 2:00 pm

Hall opens 30 minutes before each performance time.

Program length: About 1 hour 45 minutes

Location: Sapporo Children's Theatre Yamabiko-za.

A 5-minute walk from Motomachi Station (Blue line)

 Address: Kita 27-jo, Higashi 15 chome, Higashi-ku Sapporo

Cost (on the day, + 300 yen!! Get it quick!)

  • Adults= 2500 yen
  • Students (High school/University students)= 2000 yen
  • Children (3 yrs. old to middle school)= 1500 yen

Available at Lawson Ticket

Available through email at (Japanese) or (English)

Questions?: Ask Ms. Sugino at


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  

 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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