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MS Weekly Bulletin | January 25, 2019
Posted 01/25/2019 10:00AM


Individual commitment to a group effort—that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.

- Vince Lombardi

Upcoming Events

Friday, January 25 Winter Photography Exhibition Reception • 16:00, Palmer Center
Friday, January 25–Sunday, January 27 Winter Photography Exhibition
Monday, February 4 No classes for MS and HS
Tuesday, February 5 TASIS Speaker Series: Mike Lesslie • 19:00, Palmer Center
Tuesday, February 5 MS Parent Meeting (IB, AP, and College Counseling) • 19:30, Monticello 1 and 2
Friday, February 8 Parent and Board of Directors Reception • 18:00, Resort Collina d’Oro
Monday, February 11—Friday, February 15 International Week
Wednesday, February 20 MS Parent-Teacher Conferences
Monday, February 25–Wednesday, February 27 MS Spring Academic Travel for grade 6
Thursday, February 28–Friday, March 1 No school for grade 6
Monday, February 25–Friday, March 1 MS Winter Adventure for grades 7–8
Monday, March 4 Yearbook portrait retakes

Academics: Second Semester and Schedule Changes

The first semester ended today, January 25. First Semester report cards will be available on Veracross as of Monday, February 4.

Students in semester classes will switch on Monday, January 28. This includes American Section students switching Art and Music classes and Italian Section students switching Scrittura and Arte classes. All other section or class moves are handled on an individual basis, and students have already been informed of any changes.

MS Assemblies and Advisor Meetings

The Assembly on Wednesday, January 23, was led by Ms.Bloodworth and was devoted to Digital Citizenship.

The main topics of the Advisor block on Thursday, January 24, were Body Image for 8th graders and Relationships and Friendships for 6th and 7th graders. With grade 6 and grade 7 students, Ms. Waters also touched upon the topics of teasing, burning, dissing, and insulting. Please find more details in this article.

Middle school TPA Potluck on January 31

All Middle School parents are cordially invited to a delicious potluck hosted at the home of Marianne Odfjell in Montagnola on Thursday, January 31, at 12:30. Please bring your favorite dish to share and confirm your attendance in advance by sending an email to

Upcoming MS Parent Meetings

MS Parent-Teacher Conferences on February 20
We will hold parent-teacher conferences on the afternoon of Wednesday, February 20, and students will have an early dismissal that day. Registration for conference times will open on Friday, February 15. We look forward to seeing you on the 20th.

AP/IB Programs and College Counseling on February 5
Please join us in the Palmer Center on Tuesday, February 5, from 19:30–20:30 to discuss theAP/IB Program and College Counseling in the High School.

MS Parent Coffees this semester:

  • Tuesday, February 19, 19:30–20:30, location TBD (Topic: MS Digital Citizenship, with Ms. Bloodworth)
  • Wednesday, March 13, 8:30–9:30, Casa Fleming (Meeting with School Counselor Ms. Waters)
  • Wednesday, April 3, 8:30–9:30, Casa Fleming (MS/HS transition meeting for 8th-grade parents)

After-School Sports and Activities

MS Ski and Snowboard Club: The second ski and snowboard outing will be on Sunday, February 10. The third and fourth outings will be on February 17 and March 10. Details will be shared in the next MS Bulletin.

The MS Boys Basketball team will play at International School of Milan (ISMilan) on Thursday, January 31. They will depart at 14:45 and return to campus by 18:30.

The MS Boys and Girls Basketball teams will host American School of Milan (ASM) on Thursday, February 7, at 16:45 in the Palestra. Go Tigers!

Spring After-School Sports and Activities begin on Monday, March 4, and end on Thursday, May 9. Here are the spring options:

  • Track and Field: Mondays and Wednesdays, 16:00–17:30
  • MS Girls Volleyball (Competitive): Mondays and Wednesdays, 16:00–17:30
  • Music Band: Thursdays, 16:00–17:30
  • Choir (will continue from the winter season): Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:40–13:10
  • Dance: Wednesdays, 16:00–17:30
  • MS Musical: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 16:00–18:00. Performances will be May 17–19.


MS Valentine’s Day Celebration

On Friday, February 8, MS students will celebrate Valentine’s Day in the Palestra from 19:00–20:30. Students are asked to wear a piece of clothing or an accessory that is red or pink. Dress code is casual smart (no t-shirts, ties are not required, and elegant jeans or trousers are allowed). Students are required to arrive by 19:00 and will not be allowed to leave until 20:30. This special event is organized by the Event Planners Service Learning Group.


International Week: February 11–15

The TASIS community will host its annual International Week in February. MS students will participate in the Parade of Flags, Middle School World Cup Soccer Tournament, International Brunch, and much more. Please see the MS schedule of International Week events.

There will also be themed lunch and dinners in De Nobili for MS and HS students every day of that week.

Parade of Flags: Please note that due to limited space in the Palestra, parents are kindly asked not to attend the Parade of Flags on Monday. (The event will be filmed and posted on the TASIS YouTube channel afterward.)

International Brunch: Our annual MS International Brunch will be held on Thursday, February 14, from 9:05 to 11:00. To make this event a successful one, family participation is essential! We would appreciate you making delicious homemade traditional dishes to share with our MS community.

MS World Cup/Soccer Tournament: The Poverty Awareness Service Learning Group is holding the MS International Week Football Cup for the seventh consecutive year. Join us as teams from Scandinavia to South America come together once again in the spirit of healthy competition and good sportsmanship! To form a team, students need to assemble six or seven players, all of whom must share something in common, and each team must have at least one active female player. Registration fees are CHF 5 per player. The winning team will have its name inscribed on our official trophy and receive a special prize. All proceeds will support our chosen beneficiary, Gram Vikas, an organization that works with rural communities in India. Students should see Mr. Alava, Mr. Tripps, or any student in the Poverty Awareness group to sign up.

Alternate Schedule during International Week: We will be running an alternate schedule for International Week. There will be no After-School Activities that week except for the MS Musical rehearsal on Thursday, February 14.

MS Winter Adventure For Grades 7–8

MS Winter Adventure in St. Moritz (February 25–March 1) 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 list.

  • Monday, February 25, at 11:45 Check in at De Nobili and depart for St. Moritz
  • Friday, March 1, at 15:30 Return at TASIS

Snowboarding during MS Winter Adventure: Please take note that during MS Winter Adventure, beginner snowboarding classes will not be offered due to safety precautions.

If you plan to take your child directly to the hotel in St. Moritz on February 25, please email your child’s advisor and Ms. Breton with the specific information at least one week before departure. If your child is a day student and needs to take medication during Winter Adventure, it is important that you talk to the advisor beforehand. Two school nurses will also be available on site.

MS Spring Academic Travel for Grade 6

MS Academic Travel is part of the TASIS curriculum and is required for all 6th-grade students. This spring the students will visit Zurich from February 25–27. Please see the packing list.

  • Monday, February 25, at 9:15 Check in at De Nobili and depart for Zurich
  • Wednesday, February 27, at 17:30 Return to TASIS

If you plan to take your child directly to the hotel in Zurich on February 25 or pick him or her up on February 27, please email your child’s advisor and Ms. Breton with the specific information at least five days before departure.

If your child is a day student and needs to take medication during Spring Academic Travel, it is important that you talk to the advisor beforehand.


Yoga Marathon Raises Thousands for Children of Zambia

Dear TASIS Community,

I would like to thank each and every one of you who joined the Yoga Marathon and supported a great cause. Although the final figures are still being tallied as some additional payments and donations come in, it looks as though we will raise around CHF 3000 for the Serving Southern Africa GSP group!

I would like to thank Mr. Chris Nikoloff, our Headmaster, for giving me the opportunity to hold the Yoga Marathon at TASIS. I also want to extend a big THANK YOU to our TASIS personale and kitchen staff for their help in making the event run as smoothly as possible. Thank you also to all the yoga teachers who helped make this event a success, and, last but not least, a special thanks goes to my colleague and friend Ms. Carol Hinchliff, whose tireless work behind the scenes made all of our jobs a lot easier.

I do hope to make this an annual event in order to continue raising money for the less fortunate children in Zambia, so I hope you can all join us next year!

With gratitude,

Mara Bernasconi


Winter Photography Exhibition on Display This Weekend

The TASIS Cultural Events Program and Fine Arts Department are pleased to present the Winter Photography Exhibition in the Palmer Center this weekend. The exhibition opens with a reception in the Palmer Center this afternoon at 16:00 (refreshments will be served) and will run all weekend. It will feature photographs from more than 70 students, including works in progress by AP, IB, and other advanced students. This exhibition is open to the public.

Join Us for Mike Lesslie’s TSS Address on February 5

This is a reminder that the next TASIS Speaker Series (TSS) event will be a visit from distinguished screenwriter and playwright Mike Lesslie, who will address the senior class on Tuesday, February 5, at 19:00 in the Palmer Center. Mr. Lesslie is best known for writing the screenplays for major film productions of Macbeth (2015) and Assassin's Creed (2016) and has also amassed many playwright credits.

In partnership with the TPA, TASIS is opening all TSS events to parents who would like to attend the lectures. Any parents who would like to attend Mr. Lesslie's address on February 5 should send an email to TSS Committee Chair Peter Locke to reserve a seat.

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