HUSKY EXPRESS Jan 27, 2020


 Administration Corner 

  Head of School    

All About B-Ball!! Come on out and Support the Huskies this Coming Weekend

This coming weekend HIS will again host its annual Snow Festival Classic basketball tournament. The three days of basketball fun (Friday Jan 31 ~ Sunday Feb 2) brings international and local high schools to our campus to compete for the Snow Festival Classic trophy. This year we are again welcoming back the Nagoya International School Dolphins, KIUA Flames and for the first time the tournament will be joined by Fukuoka International School. We excitedly look forward to an amazing weekend and we especially invite you, our parents and community members to come out to cheer on our basketball players. 

A special thanks also goes out to the coaches, the Athletic Director, Mr. Kelly, them members of HAA and of course the players who will be putting their hearts and energy into the upcoming games.


Pandemic Preparations

On Monday, the school set up five hand sanitation stations across the school in preparation for the potential threat of the Coronavirus. Alcohol pumps will be placed at the entry to the school, on the second and third floor hallways (midway) and one outside the entry to the gymnasium.

The above actions were taken a few years ago in keeping with our pandemic response protocols.

It is difficult to know how best to respond as we do not wish to alarm our parent and student body, however, the continued spread of the Coronavirus in China and to other countries places us at Level 1 of our protocols so we wish to respond appropriately.

We continue to monitor the situation and will keep the community informed as needed and as directed by the Private Schools Division of Hokkaido Government and other government agencies.

We are asking students to limit their time downtown, especially areas where tourists may congregate and to wear masks when on public transportation and in groups. We have also sent out educational videos to teachers on proper handwashing so they can share these with students. New cleaning routines will also be incorporated at the end of day classroom cleaning time.

Look for any announcements from the school. We appreciate your cooperation.

  From the Principal’s Office  

End of Semester One
Thursday this week (January 30th) is the end of semester one.


Report Cards - Elementary and Secondary (Sapporo): 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.

Report Cards - Elementary (Niseko): Mr Mernin and the Niseko school office will email report cards directly.

Early Years report cards will be generated and distributed in paper format.


Sapporo Parent Conferences - Tuesday, February 11 (8:30-3:30)
(Elementary) February parent conferences can be organized by parents contacting their child’s homeroom milepost teacher. In some cases, a teacher might contact you directly to arrange a conference if they feel there is a specific issue or concern to discuss.
(Secondary) Middle school or high school parents who would like to schedule a meeting with their child's teachers, please contact me at by February 7th.
If one or more teacher would like to organize a meeting to discuss an issue or concern, I will contact you within the next week.

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 to see our grade 3 students purposely annotating their understanding of the Solar System. I am excited to see the Grade 2 students develop a greater understanding of volume and capacity. I am excited to see the EY students discuss issues of pollution, plastics, and the need for us to plant more trees.
Outstanding job, teachers!

MUMMY and ME, this February 5!
The Early Years class welcomes local families once a month for Mummy & Me. During these sessions, we share dances, songs, books and crafts. The EY students enjoy sharing our songs and dances with new friends.

Our EY students help the smaller friends who join us on these days.
We look forward to learning alongside our new friends!

This week, our students are practicing their understanding of the virtue of kindness as we participate in The Great Kindness Challenge. The people of TGKC promote the event as the happiest week of the school year.

Upcoming Dates

  • January 27-31 The Great Kindness Challenge
  • Jan 31 MP1-MP3 Writing Celebration
  • 31st of January PTA Meeting
  • Feb 5 Mummy and Me
  • 2/6 - Mei Int’l Read Aloud

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 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


The final weekend of basketball comes down to our annual SFC Basketball Tournament. The action starts on Friday afternoon so check out the schedule for game times. It`s great to welcome back Nagoya Dolphins and Kyoto Flames but for the very best time, the Fukuoka Sharks will be here.
If you cannot be here in person you may want to check out our Livestream on :

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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