HUSKY EXPRESS  March 12, 2018


 Administration Corner 

  Head of School    

HIS Junior Class Students on the Ground in Cambodia
It was exciting to hear very early this morning that Grade 11 students, homeroom teacher Ms. Harmon, and Mr. Piazza were safely on the ground in Cambodia after a smooth departure yesterday from Chitose Airport.
We look forward to hearing about their service learning work with Habitat for Humanity as they progress across the week.
Keep tuned for updates on HIS Families and Friends.

Construction Updates: 
Construction has resumed on the dormitory.
Itaya Construction has added a mirror at the corner of the old dorm building so that you can see if a student is going to cross the driveway to school. Please make use of the mirror where possible.

Bus Parking:
In the morning, please avoid parking your car directly in front of the school as the bus needs to pull in to drop off children there. Usually, this is at 8:15 ~ 8:20 AM.
Thank you for your cooperation.

Next Week is Spring Break
Hard to believe, but Spring Break is almost here. We would like to wish our students and parents an enjoyable week away from school and we look forward to welcoming you back again on Monday, March 26.


  From the Principal’s Office  

Junior Service Trip
Wishing the junior class (accompanied by Ms Harmon and Mr Piazza) a joyful and productive service learning trip in Cambodia this week.
We look forward to hearing all about their adventures upon their return.


Lost and Found
Please note that the contents of the lost and found are currently being displayed on tables at the front entrance to the school starting today.
We hope that students will come to claim their misplaced belongings this week.
Items that are left unclaimed will be disposed of after spring break.
If you know your child is missing something, please encourage them to come and check it out.
Thank-you very much..


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 April 4th.

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!
Please find 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.

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

Next PTA Steering Committee Meeting -
Wednesday April 4th 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.

Mummy and Me
We held yet another outstanding Mummy and Me event. This week, our EY students shared teamed up with moms and babes to learn, sing, listen, read and play together. It was another special moment at HIS Niseko.
Thank you, Ms. Lola, for your valuable service to our community.

IPC Exit Point Celebration


Thank you to the boys and girls of MP1-MP3 for their outstanding Exit Point presentations. It was a joy to watch the students show evidence of thinking. I was especially impressed with the students' ability to think on their feet. It was a joy.
Great job students!

Facebook Followers
Our Facebook page is up to 378 followers. Thank you!
Sharing is caring. Please share our good news with your friends.

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

 Husky Hugs 

Husky Hugs go out

  • Ms. Harmon for the many months of planning that she has put into the junior class’ service learning trip with Habitat for Humanity. It is a very complicated process and one that she has accomplished with great attention and care.
  • Mr. Piazza who joined the junior class as chaperone on their trip to Cambodia.
  • MS and supporting teachers for accompanying the MS on their overnight to Takino this week.


 From PTA 

PTA Steering Committee Meetings
Please note, all Steering Committee meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month.  Any parent or teacher 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 on Wednesday, April 4th


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 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 March 12 - 16


Sports Dinner :
Friday March 30th is the night that we honour the efforts and achievements of our Sports teams. All are invited to the dinner. Tickets are available from team leaders and the office.
Come one come all !
Volleyball on Tuesday this week after school. Thanks to Coach Bossaur for coming along and giving the girls an early start to Spring training. All welcome
Futsul players have been preparing in the gym 3 times a week for their upcoming tournament in Osaka in early April. Coach Boyd is doing a great job as are all the players. 

Go Huskies!

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