HUSKY EXPRESS Feb 26, 2018


 Administration Corner 

  Head of School    

Too Much Technology?
As we raise our children surrounded by an excess of technology, understanding how much screen time might be too much is an essential thing to consider.
Here is an important article that parents might find of help:


Mayu Fujita Memorial: A General Thanks
On behalf of the school, I would like to extend a general thanks to this incredible community for its support as we remembered one of our very own students, Mayu Fujita, who was lost to us in October.
The memorial came together in an incredibly beautiful way with the input of Mayu’s family, her closest friends, and supporting staff and parents.
I would like to thank the PTA for supporting the beautiful floral displays, and for helping to make the day possible.

Construction Updates:
On Monday, March 26, Itaya Construction will begin erecting a fence around the construction site where the new dorm extension will stand.
The construction will not disrupted school operations but will best ensure safety over the remaining six months of the project. 

  From the Principal’s Office  

Upcoming Exam Schedule:
March 10 - SAT Exams (w/ Essay and w/out Essay)
May 5 - SAT Exams (w/ Essay, w/out Essay, and Subject Tests)
May 7 - 18 - AP Exams
May 14 - June 1 - MAP Exams

A reminder that the HIS Spring Bazaar is coming up soon on April 14th!

Spring Bazaar Volunteers Needed

The PTA is looking for volunteers for the Spring Bazaar. If you are willing to pitch in, please sign up!
Volunteers are needed for the following duties:

  • Setting up (the day before the Spring Bazaar and/or the day of)
  • Ticket sale (these are tickets for purchasing food/drinks and student activities/games)
  • PTA vending booth (selling donated goods)
  • Organizing/sorting of donated goods (in advance of the bazaar)
  • Bake sale/ coffee/tea sale (at the bazaar)

If you are interested, please contact us at: and/or please come to the next PTA meeting on Wednesday, March 7th.

Spring Bazaar Donations:
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 will be placed at the front entrance of the school starting next week!

Donations will be accepted for PTA stall
Spring is a nice time to clean the house. If you have things that are still in good condition but are no longer used/needed, we will find them a new home!
Starting in March, there will be a large donation box at the school’s entrance.
Maybe you can encourage your child/ren to go through their toys and books!

* No clothes please (unless new with a tag). Also, no shoes or stuffed animals.

* All proceeds from sales provide grants to clubs, activities, and materials which benefit student learning and enjoyment of school life.

Vendor Information:
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 for current HIS Staff, Parents and Students).
To reserve a vendor space, please email or call HIS (011-816-5000) by Wednesday, April 11th.

Vendor space positions are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis - hurry up and register!!!

*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.

Next PTA Steering Committee Meeting -
Wednesday, March 7th in the teacher’s lounge.
Parents interested in being involved in the Spring Bazaar, please join us!

Hokkaido International School Spring Bazaar

 @ Niseko 

Thank you all for a terrific week of learning at HIS Niseko.

IPC Exit Point Celebration of Learning- March 1, 2018
Please save the date of March 1 for our MP1-MP3 IPC Exit Point and Knowledge Harvest. Our students are hard at work preparing to make our learning visible and accessible for our community.
The festivities begin at 14:50. We hope to see you there.

Well Done, Nino!
Congratulations to our EY student, Nino! Nino practiced the virtue of CREATIVITY this week as he showed his classmates a new way to sled. I was thoroughly impressed and I thought I had seen it all.
Great job, Nino. We are lucky to learn alongside you each day.

Upcoming Dates

  • March,1, IPC Exit Point and Knowledge Harvest
  • March 1, Kitara Practice in Niseko 10:30- 3:00
  • March 2nd 2018 Ski Day
  • March 7 Mummy & Me(5)
  • March 7 Asobook 2:15- 3:00
  • March 8, International Read Aloud
  • March 9th, 2018 Ski Day
  • March 12, 10:30-3:00 Kitara Practice in Niseko
  • March 14, PI DAY

Barry Mernin
Teaching Administrator and Seasonal School Coordinator
Hokkaido International School Niseko

 Husky Hugs 

Husky Hugs go out

  • Mr. Alonso and all supporting teachers and parents for organizing two days of HS skiing fun on the slopes at Fu’s Mountain
  • The many HIS teachers and PTA members who have volunteered to help out with Mayu Fujita’s Memorial this coming weekend


 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, March 7th


New! PTA Information Website:


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.

 Upcoming Events 



March 1 - 2 - HS Overnight at Jozankei
March 2 - 3 - MS Girls BB Tournament
March 8 - 9 - MS Overnight at Takino
March 10 - SAT Exam
March 10 - 19 - Junior Class Service Trip
March 19 - 13 - Spring Break (no classes)
March 30 - Sports Award Banquet

April 6 - Boys Futsal Tournament
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 Feb. 26 - Mar. 2.


Almost all the uniforms have been returned. Those who have not will still be under gym suspension.
Good luck to the MS basketball team as they head to Kobe this week for their tournament. Thank you to all those who supported them by sponsoring them in the Goal a Thon.
The picture shows most of them but not all of them!

Go Huskies!

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