Administration Corner 

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Guest Visitor: HIS Graduate Shohsei Oda

On Tuesday, December 11, we were privileged to have Ms. Shohsei Oda (Graduated 2009) return to HIS to visit the campus, see some of his former teachers and talk to our music students. Shohsei is a University of Richmond graduate who worked in the world of business before deciding to follow his passion in music.

At the invitation of Mr. and Ms. Sugino, Mr. Shohsei came to talk about the music industry. A couple of months ago, we had a similar guest, Kenta Yonesaka, who came to talk to students about the music industry as well. Mr. Yonesaka’s perspective was from the production side of the music industry, Shohsei Oda’s perspective was a musicians perspective. 

Shohsei plays drums in the band, Sunbathers, which has been making headway into the music world from their base in Washington, D.C. It was a good opportunity for our students to be inspired by our own graduate and we appreciate Shohsei taking the time to visit us at HIS and to share about his experiences. 

We wish the Sunbathers our every success. Please follow the Sunbathers online: and enjoy their videos on Youtube! 


  From the Principal’s Office  

Project Santa Thanks!
Thank you to everyone who contributed to Project Santa this year. As always, HIS donations were very generous and will help bring some happiness to children in local orphanages this Christmas season.

Secondary Progress Reports
Secondary Student Progress Reports will be distributed via email on Friday this week. If you do not receive a report, please contact me.
Note that progress reports will also be stored and available to you within Alma.

Parent ALMA Accounts
All parents and guardians from EY to 12th grade should have an Alma account. If you never received an account activation email, please contact me and I will resend it for you.

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 about the EY students learning about the intricate sense of smell; I am excited about the MP1 students' experiments in mixing of primary colors; I am excited about the extensive reading habits building in MP3.
Thank you, teachers, for providing, each day, high interest, low stress learning at HISNiseko.

Updated Donor Wall News!
Dear Donors to the HIS Niseko Financial Assistance Program:

I hope this message finds you well. I want to thank and recognize your generous leadership in donating to our school.

With generous help from our donors and our partner, Yunasoto Desk, our Financial Assistance Program Donor Recognition Wall is getting bigger each year. The display wall looks awesome and is seen by each incoming visitor to our school.

Each donor listed on our recognition wall has played a distinct role in helping Niseko families to defray the cost of international school tuition.

December 6th Ski Gear Day- Thank You!
Thank you, MP3 students, Ms. Anita, Ms. Emily and Mr. Sinclair for your help with Ski Gear Day. I was very impressed with how the newbies were able to properly get dressed and organize their gear.


Here’s to a great ski season!

Upcoming Dates:

  • Maitorie Bakery Dec. 13th.
  • Dec 18 Winter Celebration
  • Dec 21 Santa Project Delivery

Barry Mernin
Hokkaido International School Niseko

 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

 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 14 - Secondary Progress Reports
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
Feb 7 - Semester 1 Report Cards


The MS boys basketball team enjoyed a great experience last weekend in Kobe for their tournament. Wins were hard to come by but they showed great spirit in all their games. Congratulations to Chihiro who was named our teams` MVP.
Good luck to the JV boys as they travel to Canadian Academy, Kobe for their tournament this weekend.
The HS girls will play an away game with Hiragishi HS.
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

 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

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

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