HUSKY EXPRESS Jan 20, 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. There were celebrations at both campuses and each was very well attended. Winter Celebration has come to be an important aspect of our school community and one that we hope we can support year on year as a means of bringing our members together. 

Now that we are already into our second week of school for the new year, we encourage you to keep careful watch of the upcoming school events and encourage your participation once again. 

At Sapporo, we will very shortly be hosting the annual Snow Festival Classic (Jan 31 ~ Feb 2), a weekend of basketball competition with both local and international school teams. Please come out and join the fun! 

  From the Principal’s Office  

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

Our Best Learning of Late:
I am excited about the learning happening here. This week, we celebrated the virtue of commitment. I am excited about how our EY students were committed to limiting their use of plastic. I am excited about how our MP1 students were committed to improving as math students. I was excited to see the MP3 students commit to strengthening their friendships and taking charge of their reading habits.
Welcome back, all and have a great 2020.


Three cheers to the good folks of Hokkaido Core Snowsports for yesterday’s superb transportation and ski instruction. This year marks the fifth year of partnership with the Core and I could not be more delighted with their team. 
Yesterday, I watched our skiers from Saipan, Singapore, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, Vietnam, Canada, China, England, Japan, the USA and more. It warms my heart to help bring the joy of Niseko skiing to our international school children. 
Thank you Hokkaido Core and thank you, teachers, staff, and parents for getting the kids ready to ski.

This January 27-31, our students will practice the virtue of kindness in the Great Kindness Challenge. More information to come.
Upcoming Dates:

  • 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 


Great job by both our basketball teams last weekend in their tournaments down south. The girls went to Kobe and took out the 3rd place trophy. Well done to Kaori Perez who was named MVP. The boys went to Nagoya and took out 4th place. Well done to PK Cheng who was named MVP. We are indebted to our coaches Cenobia and Mario for their expertise and efforts right through the season. Thank you also to chaperones Yvette Marquez and Ian Aseltine and of course Kai Walker who did all the livestreaming from Nagoya.
Our own SFC Basketball tournament is coming up on the weekend of Jan 31 Feb 1-2 … 3 days of basketball ! We are excited this year to welcome Nagoya IS, Kyoto Is and Fukuoka IS plus local Japanese high schools.
We will post a schedule in the husky xp next week.

Go Huskies!


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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