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MS Weekly Bulletin | March 15, 2019
Posted 03/15/2019 10:00AM

From the end spring new beginnings.


- Pliny the Elder

Upcoming Events

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
Wednesday, April 3 MS-to-HS Parent Transition Meeting • 8:30, Casa Fleming
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


Midterm grades and comments will be released on Monday, March 25.Students will receive an academic and effort grade along with a comment from each teacher.

Course registration process for rising 9th graders: Next week our Curriculum Coordinator Ms. Lucchini will begin meeting with students in grade eight to explain the course registration process for the 2019–2020 Academic Year. She will explain the different tracks available to familiarize students with the TASIS course requirements and make them aware of the IB and Advanced Placement courses offered. At these meetings, students will be able to select their preferred courses for grade nine and look ahead to grades 10, 11, and 12 to create a four-year plan.

In addition, teachers will recommend High School courses for students entering grade nine. Very soon you will be able to see these courses in your Veracross portals. Please do not hesitate to contact Ms. Lucchini with any questions.

More information about course planning can be found in the presentation slides from the parent meeting that was held in February.

EAL Film Program for Introduction to MS Academic English (Ms. 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 Advisor block on Thursday, March 14, was devoted to the upcoming Shadow Day for 6th-grade students. Grade 7 students continued discussing the topic of Digital Citizenship, and grade 8 students received information about the HS Academic Program.

MS Assemblies and Advisor Meetings

At the Spring Digital Citizenship assembly this Wednesday, Ms. Bloodworth discussed developing healthy online habits with students. During the assembly, students were challenged to monitor their online activities for one week using either the Apple Screen Time app or the Android Digital Wellbeing app. The results will form the basis for discussions in our Advisor lessons next week.

The Advisor block on Thursday, March 14, was devoted to the upcoming Shadow Day for 6th-grade students. Grade 7 students continued discussing the topic of Digital Citizenship, and grade 8 students received information about the HS Academic Program.

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, from 8:30–9:30 in Casa Fleming. High School academics and student life will be discussed.

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.

Middle School Book Swap on May 1

The TASIS Parent Association (TPA) will host a book exchange for Middle School students on Wednesday, May 1. Students can donate as many used books as they’d and will receive a token for each book (up to a maximum of five tokens). They can then exchange the tokens for other used books (up to three) or delicious baked goods.

All donated books should be in decent condition and appropriate for ages 10–15. Please remember to donate books that you feel another student may enjoy. All languages are welcome.

Books should be given to Ms. Svetlana in the Belvedere Office in exchange for tokens. They must be donated by April 12.

Unclaimed books will not be returned. They will be donated to the Cometa Association.

New Early Dismissal Check-Out Procedure

In our efforts to reinforce our security measures at TASIS, we are introducing a new check-out procedure for MS students who need to be dismissed earlier than 15:50.

Starting from Monday, March 18, all students leaving campus before dismissal time for family reasons, medical appointments, sports engagements, or any other reason will have to follow the check-out procedure at the Gazebo Checkpoint. Please note that students must show their key bracelet to the Checkpoint staff for identification and will not be allowed to leave campus if they don’t have it.

Please make sure to send your early dismissal request in Veracross as early as possible (at least two hours before the dismissal time).

We would like to remind you that all exterior gates are locked and that it is therefore not possible to drop off or pick up students in the Belvedere, Alba, and Lanterna areas. We ask parents to please drop off and pick up students at the main campus entrance, by the Gazebo.

Attendance in Veracross

To inform the school of an absence (for the full academic day, single classes, or after-school activities), please go to the Student Attendance & Transportation Request area of the Veracross Parent Portal as early as possible and provide details of the absence. Please be specific, make sure to choose the correct date, and always provide the reason. An absence may only be excused by the School, which reserves the right to determine whether an absence is excused or unexcused.

If you have any questions regarding the attendance records or need assistance in reporting the absence in Veracross, contact

Lost and Found in Belvedere Salon

The MS lost-and-found area is located in the Belvedere Salon, and there are currently many winter jackets and sweatshirts.

A reminder About Footwear

All students are required to be in uniform each day, and this includes wearing uniform-approved shoes. Please take note of the following:

Permitted for girls:

  • dress shoes or low-heeled (2 cm) shoes with a heel strap, black sneakers (and black sole)

Not permitted for girls:

  • athletic shoes, white soles, rubber rain boots, Uggs, or heavy boots (this policy may be relaxed during inclement weather)
  • heels (exceeding 2 cm)

Permitted for boys:

  • dress shoes, Oxford (lace-ups) or loafers, black sneakers (and black sole)

Not permitted for girls:

  • athletic shoes, white soles, heavy boots, or sandals (this policy may be relaxed during inclement weather)

If students have injuries or a health-related need for special shoes, black sneakers, as per our policy, are allowed. The sneakers must be all black with no visible brands.

IB Visual Arts Final Exhibition Opens Next Friday

All members of the TASIS community and the general public are cordially invited to celebrate the IB Visual Arts Final Exhibition in the Palestrina and Ferit ┼×ahenk Fine Arts Center beginning at 16:00 on Friday, March 22, and enjoy some refreshments while discovering what our talented senior artists and designers have been up to in the studio over the past two years.

The exhibition, which constitutes the internal assessment element of the IB Visual Arts course, will also be open on Saturday from 9:00 until 18:30 and on Sunday from 15:30 until 18:30.

See more rehearsal photos on the TASIS SmugMug page.

HS Musical Premiere Just Two Weeks Away!

Fall Tragedy turns to Spring Comedy with Gilbert & Sullivan’s very funny musical operetta, The Pirates of Penzance. This year’s High School Spring Musical features rousing swordfights, bumbling policemen, spirited teenage girls, comic romance, high-energy dances, beautiful songs, and, of course, PIRATES! With wit and broad humor, hummable songs, a playground of a set, beautiful costuming, and terrific performances from the cast, the show is guaranteed to be great fun for all ages!

The Pirates of Penzance will open in the Palmer Center on the evening of Friday, March 29, at 19:30, with additional shows performed in the Palmer Center on Saturday, March 30, at 19:30 and on Sunday, March 31, at 14:30.

Seats are filling up fast—reserve yours at before it’s too late!

A Beautiful Day for a Potluck

Dear Parents,

The TPA Potluck on March 12 was the perfect day to meet new friends and enjoy a delicious lunch in beautiful surroundings. Friendships were formed, ideas were shared, and the commitment to support our children and the community is stronger than ever. Thank you so much to Stefania Rovelli for opening her home and hosting a wonderful event.

Laura Colombo and Brunella Pignaton
TPA Co-Presidents

TPA and PSC Survey Open for One More Week

Dear Parents,

The TPA and PSC survey discusses the TASIS Parent Association (TPA), Parent Support Committee (PSC), and ES room parents. We are lucky to have these volunteer organizations that help strengthen and improve our community. We value your feedback and appreciate you taking the time to complete this anonymous survey.

Please click on the button below to complete the survey if you had not already had a chance to do so. The survey will remain open until Friday, March 22.

TPA and PSC Survey

Best wishes,

The TASIS Administration Team

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