HUSKY EXPRESS Jan 14, 2020


 Administration Corner 

  Head of School    

A Welcome Back to School

We would like to welcome back everyone from the holidays and wish students our best as we wrap up the first semester and start into the second semester of the school year.
We wanted to thank our community members for coming out to the Winter Celebration at the end of 2019 year, just before we headed out on holidays.


  From the Principal’s Office  

Welcome Back from Winter Break!
Hoping you all had a wonderful and festive winter break and wishing everyone a very happy 2020!

Semester Report Cards
As we approach the end of the semester (January 30th), students should be working hard to complete their final assessments.
Elementary and Secondary: Reports will be downloadable on Alma as of Saturday, February 8th
Please note, I will also email all parents their child’s report card as PDF along with instructions about how to retrieve this and all future report cards directly from Alma.
Early Years report cards will be generated and distributed in paper format.

Parent Conferences - February 11 (8:30-3:30)
Information will soon be sent home regarding the arrangement of parent teacher conferences to discuss report cards and progress to date.

Next PTA Meeting
Looking forward to seeing parents at the next PTA meeting this week on Wednesday, February 5th, from 15:45 in Room 206. Please let me know if you need a babysitter so one can be arranged.

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

Santa Project 2019

Three cheers for Kristian Lund!
Kristian heroically volunteered to deliver gifts for the Iwanai and Rankoshi children for Santa Project 2019. I couldn't think of anyone being a better Santa Claus than Kristian. He has helped HIS Niseko in so many ways. Tip of the cap to you, Kris Kringle!
Big thanks go to Anita Churiki and Liene Lase for coordinating all of the endless logistics so the kids could get their requested gifts.
Thank you to Fuji Bakery of Kutchan for their fine cakes.
Thank you, donors, for your continued financial support in keeping this tradition alive each year.
I am sure that the kids are very happy.


Winter Celebration Thank You!

Thank you all for attending our Annual Winter Celebration. It was a joy to watch the children sing, dance, recite, play, and act. I very much appreciate seeing all taking the time out of this busy season to watch the kids perform.

Thank you for being such a fine audience.

Upcoming Dates:

  • Jan 17 Ski Day at Annupuri
  • Jan 27-31 The Great Kindness Challenge

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...

  • Ogawa-san and Norm who worked on the building over the holidays.

  • Tawaraya-san, Barry, and Neil who answered many emails over the break-in response to school needs and incoming students.


 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

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
Feb 11 - Parent-Teacher Conferences 


Good luck to our varsity basketball teams as they play in WJAA tournaments in Nagoya and Kobe this coming weekend. They are sure to give their best and play with great spirit and energy.

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  

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