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MS Weekly Bulletin | March 8, 2019
Posted 03/08/2019 09:00AM

One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.

- Henry Miller

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, March 12 TPA Potluck
Wednesday, March 13 MS Parent Coffee
Friday, March 15 Open House at Al Focolare
Wednesday, March 20 TASIS Speaker Series: Mark Trodden (parents welcome to attend)
Friday, March 22–Monday, March 25 IB Visual Arts Exhibition
Friday, March 29–Sunday, March 31 HS Spring Musical: The Pirates of Penzance
Saturday, April 13–Sunday, April 28 All-School Spring Holiday
Tuesday, April 2 Grades 5 and 8: Shadow Day
Tuesday, April 30 Grade 5: Pizza and Movie Night
Thursday, May 16–Sunday, May 19 Spring Arts Festival
Friday, May 17—Sunday, May 19 MS Spring Musical
Tuesday, May 28–Wednesday, May 29 ES Spring Musical
Saturday, June 1 HS Graduation
Tuesday, June 4 MS Moving-Up Ceremony


EAL Film Program for Introduction to MS Academic English (Mrs. Guarnieri Rosso’s class): Students are required to attend the last film session on Friday, April 5, from 15:30–17:30 and on Saturday, April 6, from 10:00–12:00.

MS Assemblies and Advisor Meetings

The MS After-School Program Winter Term Awards Ceremony was held on Wednesday, March 6.Congratulations to the well-deserving award recipients:

CHOIR Caroline Titland (enthusiasm and leadership award)
GLASS PAINTING Joshua Gomes (most improved technique award)
Platon Bukharin (risk-taker award)
MATH CLUB Bill Zhang (most valuable player)
Anna Batyreva (most tenacious, grade 7)
Alisa Keselman (most tenacious, grade 8)
DANCE Anna Trofimova (commitment and performance award)
MS MUSICAL Kyla Bodnar (dedication award)
Nina Mondin (performance award)
ROBOTICS Edoardo Vasino and Artur Loika
INDOOR SOCCER Alexander Bagrin (passion award)
Jennifer Buckley (commitment award)
GIRLS BASKETBALL Sayaka Shiraishi (commitment award)
Nika Grigorian (passion award)
Léa Le Mat (most improved)
BOYS BASKETBALL Giovanni Barbieri (commitment award)
Michael Maffe (passion award)
Pedro Frascogna (most improved)
SKI/SNOWBOARD CLUB Rodion Salaev and Sebastian Airolo (boys award)
Kyla Bodnar and Delaney McKee (girls award)

Spring After-School Sports and Activities began on Monday, March 4, and will end on Thursday, May 9. The list of activities, locations, times, and student names is posted in Belvedere.

During the Advisor block on Thursday, March 7, students had their follow-up Academic Travel and Winter Adventure meetings.

MS Parent Meetings

A Presentation on Digital Citizenship was held on Wednesday, March 6 in the Palmer Center. The meeting was led by MS Tech Coordinator Ms. Amy Bloodworth, and the presentation will be shared with all MS parents by email.

The next MS Parent Coffee will take place on Wednesday, March 13, from 8:30–9:30, in Casa Fleming. It will be led by our School Counselor Ms. Waters, and she will discuss mental health in adolescents—particularly anxiety, depression, fear of failure, and means for seeking help.

Transition Meetings and Activities

Shadow Day will be held on Tuesday, April 2. Grade five students will spend part of the day with 6th graders, and 8th-grade students will be with 9th graders. The MS Student Council and the Event Planners Service Learning group will host the annual Shadow Day activities and assembly for our 5th graders.

8th-Grade Parent Meeting: The MS Parent Coffee devoted to the 8th-to-9th-grade transition will be held on Wednesday, April 3, at 8:30 in Casa Fleming.

Pizza, Games, and Movie Night for 5th-Grade Students: On Tuesday, April 30, from 16:00–18:45, the MS Event Planners Service Learning group will host a Pizza, Games, & Movie night for grade 5 students in the Belvedere Salon. It’s a fun and welcoming activity, providing a chance for 5th graders to meet and get to know some of the middle schoolers.

Open House at Al Focolare Next Friday

We will host an Open House at Al Focolare (Via Bora da Besa 9 in Gentilino) on Friday, March 15, from 9:00 to 11:00. All are welcome to come and learn more about the TASIS Early Childhood Program, and please help us spread the word if you have any friends who may be interested!

The Open House program will begin promptly at 9:00 AM and will include the following elements:

  • Welcome from Christopher Nikoloff, TASIS Headmaster
  • Description of the Pre-Kindergarten 3-year-old and 4-year-old programs from Carol Hinchliff, Early Childhood Coordinator
  • Highlights of the TASIS Elementary School program from Tim Fitzgerald, Lower School Head
  • Highlights of the Italian Section
  • Tour of Al Focolare facilities
  • Tour of main TASIS campus

Questions about the Open House or general inquiries about TASIS may be directed to the Admissions Office at or +41 91 960 51 51.

Register for the Open House

TPA Potluck on March 12

The TASIS Parent Association (TPA) invites all parents to its next Potluck on Tuesday, March 12, at the home of Stefania Rovelli. The TPA is sponsoring a bus service to and from the event. The bus will leave at 11:30 from Centro Ricreativo in Collina d'Oro and return at 15:00.

To RSVP, please complete this Google Form no later than Sunday, March 10.

MS Spring Academic Travel and Winter Adventure

MS students are back to the classrooms this week after an amazing winter adventure experience in St. Moritz and a trip to Zurich that was full of discoveries. Some seventh and eighth graders skied for the first time in St. Moritz while others discovered the fun of horse sleigh riding and movie-making with their schoolmates. Our sixth graders visited Zurich and got a chance to explore the old city together and do numerous scientific experiments at the Technorama Museum.

Enjoy photo galleries from MS Winter Adventure for Grades 7 and 8 and Academic Travel for Grade 6.

Academic Travel/Winter Adventure 2019-2020: MS Academic Travel, a core part of the MS Curriculum and the TASIS experience, is required for all students at TASIS. The 2019–2020 Academic Travel dates for Middle School are as follow:

  • October 28–30: Fall Academic Travel for all 6th, 7th, and 8th Graders
  • February 24–26: Academic Travel for Grade 6
  • February 24–27: Winter Adventure for Grade 7 and 8

Service Learning News

Cometa Service Learning Group: On February 19, the Cometa Service Learning group visited the Cometa facility in Como. In the morning, students and teachers had the opportunity to take a guided tour and see the two different realities of Cometa: one an association for temporary adoptions where families welcome children who were abandoned or have other difficulties, and the other an excellent school that teaches manual jobs like cooking, tailoring, and decoration.

The TASIS group was exposed to the beautiful context of Cometa by learning about architecture and how every symbol and detail conveys a deeper meaning. It was particularly interesting that the tour was led by young students close in age to the TASIS visitors and very meaningful that the TASIS students met both adults and students for whom Cometa represents a source of happiness and meaning.

After enjoying a delicious lunch prepared by Cometa’s cooking students, the TASIS group spent the afternoon with the children of the association. They had a wonderful (and also very emotional) time playing outdoors together and playing specific games that were prepared by the TASIS group prior to the visit. The children of Cometa immediately showed affection toward our students, who also bought some presents. It was a memorable day full of meaningful beauty, experiential learning, and charitable activities.

See more rehearsal photos on the TASIS SmugMug page.

Reserve Your Seats Now for the HS Musical

Rehearsals are in full swing for this year’s High School Musical, The Pirates of Penzance, which will premiere in the Palmer Center on Friday, March 29, at 19:30. Additional shows will be performed in the Palmer Center on Saturday, March 30, at 19:30 and on Sunday, March 31, at 14:30.

Reserve your seats at before it’s too late!

An Important Note About Food Safety at TASIS

Dear Parents,

Each year we have a number of food exhibitions on campus (International Week brunch, Halloween brunch, bake sales, etc.), and the School very much appreciates your willingness to prepare delicious food for these popular events. Your generosity contributes so much to our community!

As food allergies and intolerances become increasingly common, we would like to make you aware of a few steps we’re taking to help protect our community. We kindly request that you review the following guidelines before preparing any food that will be shared on the TASIS campus:

  • Please review this document: Five Keys to Safer Food.
    • We are sure that you follow these guidelines already, but a reminder never hurts!
  • Please consult this document: Substances that may cause allergies or other undesirable reactions.
    • If the dish you plan to bring to campus contains any of the ingredients listed, please print the document and circle the items accordingly.
    • If you do not have access to a printer, please make sure you let the person in charge of the event know which ingredients your dish contains when you drop it off. We will have extra copies of this document available and will help you label it accordingly.

Thank you very much for your help and understanding as we do all we can to ensure a safe experience for our community!

Best wishes,

The TASIS Dining Services Team

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