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MS Weekly Bulletin | February 1, 2019
Posted 02/01/2019 10:00AM

Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.

- John Ruskin

Upcoming Events

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 Wine and Hors d'oeuvres Reception • 18:00, Resort Collina d’Oro
Monday, February 11—Friday, February 15 International Week
Friday, February 8 MS Valentine’s Celebration
Wednesday, February 20 MS Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • Early dismissal for MS at 12:20
  • 12:30 shuttle bus departure; 12:40 car pick-up
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
Friday, March 29–Sunday, March 31 HS Spring Musical
Saturday, April 13–Sunday, April 28 All-School Spring Break

Batyreva ’24 Takes Silver at Swiss Figure Skating Championships

Hearty congratulations are due to 7th-grade student Anna Batyreva, who won a silver medal in the MINI category at the 2019 Swiss Figure Skating Championships, which were held the St.Galler Kantonalbank Arena in Rapperswil last weekend. After this amazing accomplishment, she is now ranked second in the nation in her category!

Anna received glowing congratulatory letters from Skating Club Lugano President Fausta Alberti-Meroni and from Ticinese Skating Federation President Franco Gubitosa, who praised her commitment to the sport and thanked her for bringing prestige to both organizations.


Please note that there will be no classes for MS and HS on Monday, February 4.

Fall Semester report cards will be available on Veracross as of Monday, February 4.

MS Assemblies and Advisor Meetings

The Fall Virtue Award Ceremony was held during assembly on Wednesday, January 30. Congratulations to the recipients of the Magnificent Seven Awards!

Grade 8: Mia Galmor
Grade 7: Anna Trofimova
Grade 6: Ginevra Cribari

Grade 8: Romolo Cerra
Grade 7: Michael Maffe
Grade 6: Kyla Bodnar

Grade 8: Arina Kalashnikova
Grade 7: Denis Voevodin
Grade 6: Chloe Hassan

Grade 8: Joshua Gomes
Grade 7: Anna Batyreva
Grade 6: Giada Bonardo

Grade 8: Mira Rosa Marini
Grade 7: Edoardo Vasino
Grade 6: Ana Beatriz Ribeiro Moritz Cavalcanti

Grade 8: Giovanni Barbieri
Grade 7: Pedro Frascogna
Grade 6: Giulia Mondin

Grade 8: Marina Krasovskaya
Grade 7: Arya Kelley
Grade 6: Theodor Riegger

During the Advisor block on Thursday, January 31, students had their first Academic Travel and Winter Adventure meetings.

MS Parent-Teacher Conferences on February 20

The Middle School will be holding parent-teacher conferences on Wednesday, February 20. Students will be dismissed at 12:20, shuttle buses will depart at 12:30, and car drivers can pick up students at 12:40. There will be no after-school activities that afternoon. MS day students can’t remain on campus during parent-teacher conferences without adult supervision.

The first conference session will begin at 13:15. We will have the session sign-up portal available on Friday, February 15. There will be four one-hour sessions.

We look forward to seeing you on the February 20.

Upcoming MS Parent Meetings

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 the AP/IB Program and College Counseling in the High School.

A Presentation on Digital Citizenship will take place on Wednesday, March 6, from 19:30–20:30 in the Palmer Center. The meeting will be led by MS Tech Coordinator Ms. Bloodworth.

MS Parent Coffees this semester:

  • 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)

Recent Parent Support Committee (PSC) Meeting

The following topics were discussed at the PSC meeting on Thursday, January, 19.

  • Vaping on campus
  • Academic Dean in the Middle School
  • Teachers: qualifications and quality
  • Academic Travel
  • 6th-grade placement
  • Heavy backpacks

Printed copies of the meeting minutes are available in the Belvedere Office of MS Assistant Svetlana Koreshkova.

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. More details will be shared in the next MS Bulletin.

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.

Join Us Tuesday Evening for Mike Lesslie’s TSS Address

Acclaimed screenwriter and playwright Michael Lesslie will address the senior class on Tuesday, February 5, at 19:00 in the Palmer Center. Parents are cordially invited to attend this exciting TASIS Speaker Series (TSS) event and are asked to please email TSS Committee Chair Peter Locke to reserve a seat.

Memorial Mass for Mrs. Fleming on February 7

The entire TASIS community is cordially invited to attend a Memorial Mass held in memory of TASIS Founder M. Crist Fleming at the Sant'Abbondio Church in Gentilino on Thursday, February 7, at 8:30 AM.

Wine & Hors d’Oeuvres Reception on February 8

Lynn Fleming Aeschliman, Chairman of the TASIS Board of Directors, and Christopher Nikoloff, Headmaster, cordially invite all TASIS parents to a reception at the Resort Collina d’Oro in Agra on Friday, February 8, from 18:00–19:30.

Start the weekend in style by joining us for this aperitivo, and take advantage of the opportunity to socialize with the School leadership team and the Board of Directors—and with each other!

Please RSVP to Yvonne Procyk at or + 41 91 960 5181 by Wednesday, February 6, if you’d like to attend.

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 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.

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

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. Drop-off at the Youth Hostel in St. Moritz will be from 16:00–16:15, and pick-up will be possible between 12:30–13:00 on Friday, March 1. Please find the hotel’s details below:

St. Moritz Youth Hostel
Via Surpunt 60
7500 St. Moritz Bad
Tel: +41 81 836 61 11

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 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.

Portrait Retake Day

Portrait retake day will be held on Monday, March 4, in the MCF Library for the students and faculty/staff who did not have their portrait taken in October. This photo will be used in the Yearbook, in Veracross, and in the faculty/staff directory, so it’s very important that students remember to go.

Potluck Celebrates 10 Years of TPA at TASIS

Dear Parents,

The TPA Potluck on January 24 was such a special event and an opportunity to celebrate 10 years of the TPA at TASIS! Thank you so much for supporting our community, for organizing events, and for celebrating friendship. Our passion for volunteering to serve this amazing community, our kids, their fellow students, and our friends is what makes TASIS so meaningful to all. And a special thanks to Francesca Varano for hosting this wonderful event!

Laura Colombo and Brunella Pignaton
TPA Co-Presidents

Franklin University Students Available for Hire

An updated list of Franklin University students who are available this semester for babysitting, cleaning, yard work, and other odd jobs is now available. ( Username: fcedu\oddjobs | Password: Juloct~19 )

Please contact Franklin students directly if you would like to discuss a potential job with them.

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