HUSKY EXPRESS Nov 25, 2019


 Administration Corner 

  Head of School    


Keeping Healthy
As we head deeper into winter, we are all having to be more careful in regards to the spread of illnesses. Recently we have seen a jump in reported influenza cases so we share below a few important points regarding school protocols and illness.

Influenza Cases
At HIS, we are experiencing a sudden increase in influenza cases and we will, in fact, be closing the Milepost 2 classes for Monday and Tuesday (Nov. 25 ~ 26) in order to prevent the spread of the illness.


The influenza test may come back negative but your child may still be spreading influenza for 5 more days.


Things to be aware of are:

  • Symptoms appear 1-4 days after exposure.
  • They include: fever, chills, cough, sore throat, headache, bodyache and fatigue (extreme tiredness).
  • Influenza A cannot be detected until 12 hours AFTER a fever starts.
  • Best time to be tested: 12-48 hours after fever starts (After that time, a test may show negative but child is still spreading influenza germs!!).

If your child is sick with influenza, doctors recommend FIVE DAYS at home.

If your child is sick with another illness, please remember the HIS rule - Your child must be FEVER-FREE for 24 hours (without medicine) before they can come back to school.

Frequently, we see students being sent to school even though they remain sick. Please help us prevent the spread of this and other illness is by keeping your sick child home until fully recovered.

Note that the school will be monitoring absences and confirmed influenza cases across the school in case we need to respond as a school with information and class our section closures.

  From the Principal’s Office  

Influenza cases this week
It's been a difficult week with lots of students out with influenza. Please, everyone, take care and stay healthy. Hopefully, we can have a full uninterrupted week of learning next week!

Project Santa
A reminder that we are accepting gift donations for Project Santa. Gifts can be brought directly to the following locations:
Elementary Students: Please bring your gifts to your homeroom teacher
Secondary Students: Please deposit gifts in the box found at the library desk
All students can also bring their presents directly to the MPR and place them under the Christmas tree by the stage.
(And THANK YOU byt the way to the PTA for the donation of the new beautiful tree this year!)

Thank you for 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).
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)


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.

 ACT Club 

ACT Club is selling wristbands to support an organization that works towards raising cancer awareness starting from November 22nd to December 6th! Please buy one to show your support to ACT Club and the Japan Cancer Society.

ACT Club Cancer Awareness Bracelet.pdf

 @ Niseko 

Our Best Learning of Late:
I am excited about the learning happening here.
I greatly enjoy watching the MP1 students kindly and instantly give feedback on each other’s show and tell presentations. I love how the EY students are so incredibly focused on developing their hand-eye coordination. I am overjoyed learning how to step-dance alongside the MP3 students.
Thank you, teachers, for providing, each day, high interest, low stress learning at HISNiseko.

MPR Pikinini Concert
We are proud to host, once again, our friends from the Pikinini this Wednesday, December 4 at 09:00 sharp. This concert is a yearly tradition, We welcome our friends as they give us the gift of live music, as well as delicious food! All in the HIS Niseko community is welcome to join us.

Thank You, MP1-MP3 Writers
Thank you, MP3-MP1 student writers, for your output during the writing celebration. I was impressed and look forward to watching you grow as writers. I truly respect your work and know how difficult it is to write well.
Write every day. Keep observing, keep sharing and keep kindly commenting upon each others’ pieces. It is the only way to grow as a writer.


Cool Library Fact from HIS Sapporo
Librarian, Nick Holywell shared a really cool fact about our school’s library stock. HIS currently has approximately 60 books per student. Public school libraries (US) have between 10 ~ 15 per student. Appreciations for a legacy of quality book purchases that have kept our library so resourced.


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 


Husky Parents!!
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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...

  • Tawaraya-san for the additional work last week
  • 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.


 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.


 Upcoming Events 


Upcoming EVENTS

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

Guiter Club.png

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


Varsity girls get to play the first home game of the basketball season against the visitors from Seishu HS on Wednesday afternoon. On Friday the varsity boys will play Kagaku HS at home. On Sunday afternoon the JV boys will play an away game with Hiragishi HS followed by a home game with the same team next Wednesday.
Plenty of action coming up for basketball fans!

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  

 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.

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