HUSKY EXPRESS Nov 18, 2019


 Administration Corner 

  Head of School    


Poetry with Harps a la Chopin - Bilingual Poetry Reading and Harp Event

10 free tickets: A bilingual fund-raising event for PMF. “Spoken Poetry with Harps a la Chopin.” Chopin’s piano pieces transcribed for 3 types of harps: solo & accompanied by poems in Eng. & Jpn by Yuriya (poet), Tomomi (popular harpist) & Michael(narrator). Tues. Nov. 26 (19:00). Tokeidai Hall (N-1W-2). A total of 10 free tickets available for Eng. speakers and/or accompanying parents. Write to *include "HEx" in the subject line. Online flyer(チラシ):

「朗読とショパンなハープたち~秋から冬へのひとときハープが奏でるショパンの旋律とポエムをどうぞ」。ショパンピアノ曲を3種類のハープ用にアレンジ。国際プラザ後援のためイングリッシュスピーカー(6歳以上)と保護者先着10名に招待券プレゼント。熊谷ユリヤ(詩人), 松浦朋美(人気ハーピスト) マイケル・ヘンシャ(ナレーター) 12/26(火)19:00時計台ホール(北1西2)。申し込み(件名に HEx と明記)

  From the Principal’s Office  

Project Santa
Long-time board member Phred Kaufman will be at HIS this week 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 hear Phred speak during the special student assembly at 10:00am 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 Friday, November 22nd, students are asked to bring donated gifts to HIS. Please read the following instructions carefully:

  • Price range of a gift from 1500 yen to 2000 yen
  • Each student should buy a present for their same gender and age level.
  • Please write your age, gender, a simple description of the gift on a “post-it” and attach it to the gift. (ex; “age 7, girl, stuffed animal”)
  • Please do not write anything directly on the present
  • Important: Please do not wrap the gifts
  • All gifts should be store-bought (no used or 100 yen shop items please)

Presents are to be brought to HIS by: Monday, December 9th (at the latest)
* Elementary Students: Please bring your gifts to your homeroom teacher
* Secondary Students: Please deposit gifts in the box found at the library desk
Presents will later be brought to be placed under a christmas tree on the MPR stage.
Thank you for your support of this wonderful cause.


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:
We are excited about the learning happening here.
This week, we are especially excited about the growth of the EY students’ conversation skills and their practice of the virtue of peacefulness. We are excited to see the MP1 student enthusiasm for memorizing Katakana. We are pleased to see the orderliness and precision during the MP3 word study sessions. I am quite happy to see the kids enjoy dancing.
Thank you teachers for providing, each day, high interest, low stress learning at HISNiseko.

Bus Transportation Update

We are pleased to announce that we will offer a contract to our winter seasonal bus driver, Niseko resident, Mr. Kenta. I truly hope we will be able to keep him.
It remains our intention to pick up and drop off additional students in the school's minivan. This way, both round trip, and one-way passengers may continue to use our bus service, uninterrupted, throughout these winter months.
I am filled with gratitude towards Ms. Liene and Ms. Anita for their teamwork and continued dedication to our community school. They both should be commended for their professional service and appropriate background checks.

Ski Forms from the Town of Niseko

Please be on the lookout for the seasonal school ski pass discount forms. Ms. Anita has sent them out with the students yesterday. When students, older than Japanese school Gr.1, bring back the seasonal ski pass discount form, they get two, free, one-day vouchers for skiing in Niseko. This service is provided by the Niseko Town Council.


Project Santa 2019 Collection Season has Begun

This year, we are coordinating our 5th annual Santa Project for two local orphanages: Aiseigakuen and Iwanai Kouseien (around 90 children). Our friends, Rie Pickering and Ami Small have begun this project many years ago. HIS Niseko is proud to build upon their achievements.
For this upcoming Christmas season, we again humbly request donations of money to buy:

  • toys
  • stationary
  • socks
  • gloves and towels
  • Christmas cake

Just as last year, we request that each person donate 2000-3000 JPY so that HIS Niseko can order the above items via online purchase. HIS Niseko is organizing a group of student volunteers to order, wrap and tag each gift.

My family will deliver the gifts on December 20th.

Below are two bank accounts where you may kindly deposit any donation:

#Post Office Bank (Yucho) Branch 908
Normal account 19946851 サンタノヘルパー
or Post Office Bank ATM 19060-19946851

# Hokuyo Bank Kutchan branch
Ordinary account 3612218 サンタノヘルパー

You may also drop off your donation of money to the Administration Office at HIS Niseko c/o Administrative Assistants.

Please send any questions or comments to or

Thank you for your consideration, and Happy Holidays to you and yours.

Upcoming Dates:

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

Barry Mernin
Hokkaido International School Niseko

 HIS Parent E-mailing List 


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 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 21 - Phred Kaufman’s presentation on the Santa Project in the MPR at 10:00 am.
Dec 7 - SAT Exams
Dec 13-14 - JV Basketball Tournament
Dec 19 - Winter Celebration
Dec 20-Jan 13 - Winter Break
Jan 17-18 - Boys and Girls Varsity Basketball Tournaments
Jan 30 - End of Semester 1
Jan 31-Feb 2 - Snow Festival Classic Basketball Tournament

 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


We have some games organised with Hiragishi HS early next month and also we are arranging with Shinyo HS.

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 


Thank you to everyone who ordered from our Scholastic Book Club.
We are delighted to let you know that thanks to your support we earned $38.00 to spend on books for the school.
Please look out for our next Book Club to order great books at great prices and earn loads of free books for our school while you do.
Happy Reading!
Alison Manjyoume
MP3 Teacher

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