HUSKY EXPRESS Nov 27, 2017


 Administration Corner 

  Head of School    

Shoshanah Memorial

Saturday, November 25th brought many from the HIS Community together to mourn the loss and celebrate the life of 2008 graduate, Shoshanah Kaufman.

The memorial allowed attendees to join the Kaufman family in watching a slide and video presentation highlighting Shoshanah's very active and people-filled life. Memories from friends, family friends and teachers were shared at both the memorial and the following reception.

Shoshanah, you will be dearly missed yet treasured for your wealth of talents and contributions.



On Thursday, November 23, right after the WASC Accreditation work day, the HIS Dormitory was host to both dorm residents and school staff for the annual Dormsgiving. This Thanksgiving-like event brings everyone together for amazing dishes that are shared together along decorated tables, amidst enjoyable conversation.

A thanks to the hosts of the event, the dorm students and dorm parents, Anna and Mariano.

  From the Principal’s Office  

Project Santa


This year, the Student Council, ACT Club (HIS Community Service Club) and the PTA will again cooperate in organizing the school’s participation in "Project Santa," which is a gift-giving donation drive for Hokkaido orphanages during the holiday season.

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 20th, 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.
Families with more than one child at HIS are welcome to donate just one gift total if they would prefer
NO CARDS / LETTERS / NAME should be attached to the gift
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: Wednesday, December 6th (at the latest)

* Elementary Students: Student Council will collect your gifts from your homeroom teacher
* Secondary Students: Please deposit gifts in the box found at the library desk

We appreciate your contributions to help us make the holiday season more joyful for others.

Secondary Student Progress

A reminder to secondary parents to please check Alma regularly to see your child’s progress.  As you know, the assessment and grading system has changed significantly since last year so that now we have a standards-based grading approach. So far we are very encouraged by the effect this change has had on student motivation and learning.  If you have any questions about the changes we have introduced, please feel free to contact me.  As well, I hope to present another parent information session on the subject early in the second semester.

Next PTA Steering Committee Meeting is Wednesday December 6

Next SAT Testing day is Saturday, December 2nd.

 @ Niseko 

Greetings from beautiful Niseko.

Language Learning Discussion at HIS Niseko

Thank you to Claire Yao, ELL Coordinator, and Susan Otani ELL teacher for leading a most interesting and informative discussion about language learning.

Everyone appreciated your thoughtful approach to acquiring language ability. Thank you also for sticking around to observe student work in writing.

The HIS Niseko community very much value your expertise and timely advice.

Thank you Ms. Lola for spearheading this event.

Upcoming Dates:

  • November 29th EY Ohisama Read Aloud
  • December 6 Mummy&Me(3)
  • December 6 Asobook 2:15 -3:20
  • December 7 International Read Aloud
  • Friday, December 8th 2017 SKI AM-EY -PM-MP1/3
  • December 14 Winter Celebration
  • December 16 Santa Project Delivery

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

 Husky Hugs 

Husky Hugs go out to...

  • Mr. Brian Rafter for his proofreading work
  • All the parents who help out in so many ways around the school on a regular basis.  Thank-you!


 Elementary After School Activities 

Quarter 2 activities are under way!

Monday: Paper Airplanes with Mr. Tomasine (MP1) in room 102
Tuesday: Table Games with Ms. Tull (MP2)  in room 302
Wednesday: Photography with Ms. Dixit (MP3)  in room 204
Thursday: Book Club with Ms. Riggins (MP2/3) in room 204

General Information

Elementary activities will run until the beginning of winter holiday.. Each activity is 45 minutes long, from 3:45 until 4:30. We have a full schedule of activities this quarter, with something for everyone and an activity going 4 days of the week!


Please click the following link to sign up your child for after school activities!!!

Sign up for (Quarter 2)

 From PTA 

Winter Celebration

The PTA will provide snacks and refreshments for the Winter Celebration held at 2:00 on December 14 in the school gym.
Please stay tuned for more details and ways you can be involved!
We hope that everyone can take the afternoon off to attend this final school event of 2017!  Come see music performances from across the school!

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.

Next meeting will be Wednesday December 6th


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.

 ADHOC Cycle 

Last Sunday 3 teachers and 8 students enjoyed a fabulous day of cycling along the trail from Shiroishi to Kita Hiroshima. The Autumn colours were in full bloom and the weather was splendid. We all agreed to do it again in the Spring and hope that many more will join us. Thanks to bus drivers Piazza and Watanabe and also to  our student leader Elijah.

 Upcoming Events 



December 2 - SAT Test
December 14 - Winter Celebration at 2:00 in the Gym
December 15 - January 8 - Winter Break (no school)

January 9 - School resumes

 Husky Lunch 

Please see HERE for the Husky Lunch Menu for the week of November 27 - December 1


The JV boys had a good win against Seishu HS. The MS boys lost by 2 points against Sumikawa JH on Sunday afternoon. It was a nailbiter with a 3 point buzzer beater. The MS girls had their first game against Hachijo JH also on Sunday.
This week we wish the MS boys all the best as they head off to Kobe for their annual tournament this weekend.

Go Huskies!

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 Zumba is currently on break 

Zumba is taking a break for the time being. Thus, there will be no Zumba classes on Thursdays for the foreseeable future. Please check back here for details on Zumba's return. We'll keep you posted.

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