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MS Weekly Bulletin | December 7, 2018
Posted 12/07/2018 03:00PM

When we recall Christmas past, we usually find that the simplest things—not the great occasions—give off the greatest glow of happiness.

- Bob Hope

Upcoming Events

Saturday, December 8 MS Christmas Celebration for students and faculty
Sunday, December 9 All-School Christmas Service
Tuesday, December 11 Institutional Update from the Headmaster
Friday, December 14 Last day of classes before Winter Holiday
Saturday, December 15 Dormitories close at 16:00
Saturday, January 5 Dormitories open for boarding students at noon
Monday, January 7 Classes resume

Winter Holiday Begins Next Friday

Friday, December 14, will be the last day of classes before the Winter Holiday. There will be regular shuttle bus service in the morning and afternoon for MS students that day.

Dormitories will close at 16:00 on Saturday, December 15, and reopen at noon on Saturday, January 5.

Please note that we will not be sending any Weekly Bulletins next week. Classes will resume on Monday, January 7, and our next Weekly Bulletins will be sent on Friday, January 11.

We wish everyone a joyous holiday season!

Message from the TPA

Dear TASIS Parent Community,

We very much appreciate all you do to keep this community strong and focused on the importance of friendship and respect. We have organized so many events involving parents and students from all divisions this semester.

The TPA is something special! Those who are involved understand what we are talking about. We learn from each other every day and see how passion can drive our choices to be generous and become better people by dedicating time to others. We believe there is nothing more beautiful than a firm handshake, a warm hug, and a smiling and understanding friend.

Thanks to our partnership, the TASIS Service Learning Programs raised CHF 2,860 for their humanitarian projects during the Holiday Market. These students want to enrich their lives and this world, and we are happy to support them. We are thrilled to share this amazing result!

Are we hard workers? Yes! Together, we make a strong and unstoppable community. We are very proud of this!

Thanks a lot, dear friends. We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

All the best,

Brunella and Laura
TPA Co-Presidents

See more photos from the TPA Holiday Market and Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on the TASIS SmugMug page.

Please Join Us for Holiday Celebrations This Weekend!

The MS Christmas Celebration for students and faculty will be held tomorrow, December 8. A formal dinner will start at 18:30 and be followed by a celebration with games and dance. Students may not arrive later than 18:30 or leave earlier than 21:30. They should aim to arrive between 18:15–18:25 and go to the Snack Bar to drop off their jackets. No jackets can be taken to De Nobili.

Formal dress requirements for dinner in De Nobili:


  • Dress (dress-code length—not more than one hand above the knee)
  • NO low-cut dresses
  • Or skirt (dress-code length—not more than one hand above the knee)
  • Or pants (NO jeans)
  • Dressy top or Pashmina (shoulders must be covered)
  • Shoes: high-heel shoes may not be higher than 2 centimeters


  • Pants (NO jeans)
  • Jacket
  • Shirt
  • Tie
  • Belt
  • Dress shoes
  • Boys may wear the TASIS suit

The 2017 TASIS Christmas Service

Lynn Fleming Aeschliman, Chairman of the Board, and Christopher Nikoloff, Headmaster, cordially invite you to the annual TASIS Christmas Service at the church of San Nicolao della Flüe (Via al Colle, Lugano-Besso) on Sunday, December 9, at 15:30.

The Service will feature performances from the ES, MS, HS, and Faculty Choirs and the TASIS Instrument Ensemble. The musicians will be supported by TASIS music teachers, associated members of the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana, and the Opera Viva Orchestra. A reception for parents, friends, and performers will follow the Service.

Directions and parking information can be found here.

Christmas Service schedule for performers on December 9:

12:30 Students must be in the main TASIS parking lot.
12:45 All participants—singers, musicians, and readers—will be taken by bus from TASIS to the San Nicolao Church.
13:15–15:00 Final rehearsal in the church
15:30–16:30 Christmas Service
16:30 Dismissal for all students except for performers
16:30–17:00 Reception in the Reception Hall following the service for parents, friends, and Performers
17:15 Dismissal from the church (performers return to campus by 17:30)

Institutional Update from the Headmaster on December 11

This is a reminder that Headmaster Christopher Nikoloff will provide an institutional update on the strategic directions and initiatives of the School in the Palmer Center on Tuesday, December 11. Refreshments will be served at 18:30, and the presentation will begin at 19:00.

MS Assemblies and Advisor Meetings

On Thursday, December 6, we held an extra Service Learning class.

Next Wednesday, December 12, the MS Theater and Dance Club will perform during assembly.


Presentation From This Week’s MS Parent Coffee

This week’s MS Parent Coffee was led by School Counselor Ms. Pamela Waters and was dedicated to “Parenting approaches in step with adolescent development."

Parenting your child who is transitioning from pre-teen to teen (often referred to as Tweens) has become much more challenging, particularly in terms of children’s access to the wider world and a multitude of influences. In the present climate, it is important to remember that your attentive relationship with your young person is still the most effective way to support them through this time.

Here is the presentation from the meeting.

Audition for MS Spring Musical: Sketch

The audition for this year’s MS Spring Musical, Sketch, will be held on Tuesday, December 11, from 16:00–18:00 in the Palmer Center. Each student who attends the audition will be cast in the show and is expected to commit to the entire rehearsal/performance schedule listed below. We are looking forward to a fabulous production!


  • Starting on Thursday, January 10: every Thursday from 16:00–18:00 until Academic Travel/Ski Week
  • Starting on Tuesday, March 5: every Tuesday and Thursday from 16:00–18:00

The performances will be held on Friday–Sunday, May 17–19, and the activity will finish after the final performance.

High School Global Service Students Working on Behalf of Tibetan Refugees

Nepal: Tibetan Refugees, an Opsahl Global Service Program group, will host an education/fundraising week on campus Monday, December 10, through Friday, December 14. The spirited video above was created by Alex Secilmis ’19 to help spread a little Christmas cheer and raise awareness among the student body for the full slate of events ahead, which will include a dodgeball tournament for Middle School students (see details below).

All proceeds raised throughout the week will be donated to a group of Tibetan refugees in Tserok that the Nepal group has partnered with since 2015. This year's service project will be reinforcing and building a new section of a water retention wall to protect their village from flooding when the nearby river rises. New Global Service Program Director Danny Schiff worked with outgoing director Zach Mulert to develop the two-week trip to Nepal after traveling to the Everest region on his own six years ago.

Speed Dodgeball Games For MS Students

On Tuesday, December 11, during recess from 12:45–13:10, the Nepal Global Service Program group will be hosting speed dodgeball games for the Middle School students in the Palestra. Please come join the fun. CHF 3 per game!

We hope many of you come out to engage in an awesome recess of dodgeball fun! Please contact Ms. Frazier-Smith with any questions.

Cometa Service Learning Group: No-Uniform Day on December 15

The Cometa Service Learning group will hold a "Christmas Spirit" No-Uniform Day on Thursday, December 13. We encourage students to wear something green or red to share in the Christmas Spirit. The bracelets will cost CHF 5 and will include a small candy gift. Proceeds will go to fund a scholarship for a Cometa student in need.

Located in Como, this unique charity home serves as a community of families involved in temporary or permanent adoption. Cometa also teaches manual/practical jobs to high schoolers who have found traditional schools challenging or have a big interest in learning manual jobs. MS students in the Cometa SL group have been introduced to this extraordinary institution, and they are enthusiastic to help. For further information, do not hesitate to contact Ms. Avaldi, visit the Cometa website, or read this article.

MS Ski and Snowboard Club

For a seventh season, we’ll be skiing and snowboarding with a wonderful group of MS students in various ski resorts around Switzerland. The first outing will be on January 13. The other outings will be on January 20, February 10, and February 17. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Alava or Ms. Breton.

MS Winter Adventure: February 25–March 1

MS Winter Adventure in St. Moritz is required for all students in grades 7–8, as it is a core part of the MS Curriculum and the TASIS experience. Please see the packing lists.

Winter Uniform

Many students are getting sick this time of the year, and this is a gentle reminder that students must come to school dressed in their winter uniforms.

  • All students must have the TASIS crest on the top layer.
  • Only TASIS scarves are allowed.
  • Hats must be taken off while indoors.
  • Athletic shoes, white soles, heavy boots, rubber rain boots, and Uggs are not permitted (though this policy may be relaxed during rain and snow).

Yoga Marathon on January 19

TASIS faculty member and yoga instructor Mara Bernasconi is organizing a “Serving Southern Africa” Yoga Marathon that will take place on Saturday, January 19. The event will feature a variety of yoga classes offered from 9:00–17:00, a lunch provided by Beautyful Greens, and a raffle with a number of exciting prizes. All proceeds will benefit Serving Southern Africa, an Opsahl Global Service Program group that travels to Zambia and Botswana for two weeks each year.

Visit to register for yoga classes and learn more about this exciting event.

TPA Italian Potluck on January 24

All TASIS parents are cordially invited to an Italian Potluck hosted at the home of Francesca Varano in Montagnola on Thursday, January 24, at 12:00. Bring your favorite dish to share! This is a kind and generous invitation from a TASIS mom. It is important to confirm your availability in advance. To RSVP, please send an email to

During the lunch, Brunella and Laura, TPA co-presidents, will share results from recent events and discuss TPA events planned for February–June, 2019. We are excited to welcome you!

Resort Collina d’Oro Offering Discount for TASIS Families

The beautiful Resort Collina d’Oro in Agra is pleased to offer a 10 percent discount to any TASIS families interested in a six-month or 12-month membership to the resort’s Spa and Fitness Center. All TASIS parents and TASIS students aged 16 and over are eligible for this discount.

Contact Resort Collina d’Oro at +41 91 641 1111 or with any questions.

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