HUSKY EXPRESS Dec 16, 2019


 Administration Corner 

  Head of School    

Seasons Greetings to Our Community

Thursday marks the last day of school before the Winter Holidays (December 20 ~ January 13) and we at Hokkaido International School would like to take this opportunity to wish every member of our school community the very best of the holiday season. We wish you safe travels, enjoyable times with family friends and we look forward to welcoming everyone back in the New Year.


Disaster Response Training 

On Thursday of last week, Hokkaido International School was host to the Ishikari Promotions Bureau of Hokkaido Government. Members of the bureau have been planning a disaster response training with our Student Council and members of staff for some time. 

Student Council presented a set of information facts about natural disasters in Japan and gave facts on how best to respond in each situation. Students then participated in a quiz show, which the elementary students seemed to quite enjoy. 

Following the quiz, teachers and students alike participated in creating slippers out of newsprint, a handy way to protect feet from potential hazards in the aftermath of a disaster. Students could then test these out by walking over hundreds of egg shells that had been brought in specially for the experience. 

The final activity was to set up emergency shelter beds made out of cardboard. 

HIS would like to thank our student council members for their hard work and for the members of the Ishikari Promotions Bureau for organizing this inforamtive session.

  From the Principal’s Office  

Seasons Greetings!
Wishing everyone a very happy holidays. Have a restful winter break and looking forward to seeing you in the new year!

Teacher and Staff Appreciation Day Thanks!
On behalf of the teachers and staff of HIS, thank you so much to all the parents who contributed to the wonderful table of delicious food today! Everyone very much enjoyed their trip (or trips!) to the teacher room throughout the day.

Babysitters and Tutors
Any family looking for a babysitter or a tutor is welcome to contact me. From time to time, students are looking to make some extra money after school. I have a list of some students who are interested in finding out about babysitting or tutoring opportunities in the HIS community. Please contact me at


 Greetings from the Executive Board 

Notices from the Executive Board:

Outgoing EB Chair:
November 30, 2019

Dear HIS Community,
It is with regret that I am writing to inform you of my decision to resign my position on the HIS Executive Board, effective immediately.
Although I have only been Executive Board Chair since August 1, 2019, it has been increasingly difficult for me to fulfill the requirements of Executive Board Chair as well as Board member, and I feel it would be best for me to step down from my board responsibilities at this time.
It has been a pleasure being part of the HIS Executive Board and I am honored to have served the HIS community as a Board member these past 5 1/2 years. The experience I earned has been very valuable and I wish the Board and New Chair, Phred Kaufman, the very best.

Warmest regards,
Alan Bossaer

Incoming EB Chair:

Dear Husky Community,
I would like to thank Alan B for all of his hard work on the HIS Board.
I look forward to working with the Executive Board and Administration of the school in ensuring a smooth and positive transition to the new head of school.

Sincerely yours,
Phred Kaufman

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.

 @ Niseko 

Dear Teachers, Staff, Parents and Prospective Parents of HIS Niseko,

Our Best Learning of Late:
I am excited about the learning happening here. I am excited by the MP3 Math Olympiad students discovering the joy of doing mathematics. I am excited about the EY student discussions on paleontology. I am excited about how the MP1 students can answer detailed questions about their fictional writing protagonists.
Thank you, teachers, for providing, each day, high interest, low stress learning at HISNiseko.

Winter Break
We will have a half-day of school on Thursday, December 19th to accommodate those who need to travel. Dismissal on Thursday is 11:40. Our buses will leave the campus at 11:45.
School resumes January 14, 2020.

Winter Celebration

Thank you and good cheer to all who came out to see our children sing, dance, recite, play, and act at our annual Winter Celebration.
Please allow me to wish you all the happiest of holidays.

Thank You
I do want to thank a few people who have helped us so far, this year.

Naomi Noda for updating and redesigning our HIS Niseko Donor Wall.

Liene Lase and Anita Churiki for their incredible support each day, and especially with Project Santa 2019.

Ms. Emily Atkinson, Mr. Merek Sinclair, Mr. Andrew Wanner, Ms. Lola Lai, Ms. Maho Taniguchi, Ms. Anita Churiki for their daily work with our students. I want to thank our cleaning lady, Doi san and our bus drivers, Kenta san and Wakata san.

I wish to thank Melissa Moss and the PTA for their support, especially with the highly successful Autumn Festival. We are very grateful to you for your Christmas cookies.

I wish to thank all of the new families who have joined our community. We truly love you and your kids.

Thank you to our Head of School, Barry Ratzliff, for making the trip out here to celebrate with us.

Upcoming Dates:

  • Dec 18 Winter Celebration
  • Dec 20 Start of Winter Vacation
  • Dec 21 Santa Project

Barry Mernin
Hokkaido International School Niseko

 HIS Parent E-mailing List 


Husky Parents!!
Do you ever have trouble receiving the weekly HEx, Husky-Info bulletins or other school-wide emails?  Do you have another email address to which you’d like to receive these electronic communications? If so, please email us at  or phone the main office so we can update our mailing lists and include you as soon as possible!

 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...

  • Ms Marquez for accompanying the JV Boys BB Team down to Kobe for their tournament this week.



 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

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
Feb 7 - Semester 1 Report Cards 


Great effort by the JV boys and Coach Marquez as they placed 3rd in their tournament last weekend. They played against teams with much larger student populations. Thanks also to Sarina and Yvette marquez who accompanied the team as chaperones/asst coaches/ motivators and calming influencers !
The varsity boys and girls both have tournaments first week back after the Holiday break.

Go Huskies!

 Library News 

Our Christmas Break is coming and we would like to see you in the Library helping your child to select books for the break. 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 or at lunchtime as well, so please do encourage them to always have a reading book that interests them!

We are also 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.


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  

 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

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