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MS Weekly Bulletin | March 22, 2019
Posted 03/22/2019 10:00AM

There is nothing new in art except talent.

- Anton Chekhov

Upcoming Events

Friday, March 22–Sunday, March 24 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
Tuesday, May 14–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

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.

All students leaving campus before dismissal time for family reasons, medical appointments, sports engagements, or any other reason 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).

As per our policy, if a student feels unwell during the school day, he or she must go to the Health Center. The nurses will contact the family in case of need and will authorize an early dismissal if necessary. The students should not contact their parents directly to ask to be collected from school earlier and will not be allowed to leave campus if they don’t follow the correct procedure.

We would also 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, please contact


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.

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. The film sessions will be held in Alba Middle.

Celebrate the Arts at TASIS This Month!

The 45th annual TASIS Spring Arts Festival may not kick off for another few months, but there are still a pair of exciting visual and performing arts events to enjoy before the month of March is out. Please join us on campus for the IB Visual Arts Final Exhibition, which kicks off this afternoon and runs through Sunday, and for the High School Spring Musical, which opens next Friday evening and also runs Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon. See below for more details.

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 16:30 this afternoon. Join us for some refreshments and discover 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 8:30 until 18:30 and on Sunday from 15:30 until 18:30.

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 multiple swordfights, bumbling policemen, spirited teenage girls, comic romance, high-energy and beautiful songs, rowdy dancing, 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!

A rehearsal shot from this week

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.

Reserve your seats at before it’s too late!

Of special note to Elementary School families: Ms. Caroline Rossi's fourth-grade art classes helped create stained glass window screens for the musical’s Act II set, so don’t miss out on this chance to see their beautiful scenic art onstage!

MS Assemblies and Advisor Meetings

At assembly on Wednesday, School Counselor Ms. Pamela Waters talked about social learning.

The Advisor block on Thursday, March 14, was devoted to the upcoming Shadow Day for 6th-grade students. Grade 7 students had a Digital Citizenship activity, and grade 8 students received information about student life in the High School.

During the next assembly on Wednesday, March 27, High School Musical Director Ms. Valerie Bijur Carlson will present to MS students about this year's High School Spring Musical.

MS students will be watching the dress rehearsal of The Pirates of Penzance on Thursday, March 28. Please see the alternate schedule for that day:

TPA Bake Sale on March 27

The High School Student Council has organized a 3-on-3 basketball tournament for High School and Middle School students from 16:00–18:00 on the afternoon of Wednesday, March 27. All games will be played on the outdoor courts on the main TASIS campus.

The TASIS Parent Association (TPA) will help organize a bake sale for this event, which all students, teachers, and parents are welcome to attend. The TPA is looking for lots of baked goods and many volunteers. Please send an email to or sign up here if you would like to join us for this event. Baked goods can be brought to the Gazebo between 8:00–8:30 or to the Kay Hamblin Terrace (next to the Campo Science Center) between 15:00–16:00 on the day of the bake sale.

All proceeds from this event will benefit the TASIS Service Learning Program.


Transition Meetings and Activities

Shadow Day will be held on Tuesday, April 2. Students in grade 5 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.

Please see the detailed schedules for the ES-MS Shadow Day and for the MS-HS Shadow Day.

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.

A short clip from last year’s performance at TASIS

Percussion Ensemble to Perform at TASIS on April 4

There will be yet another opportunity to enjoy the arts at TASIS early in April, as the Percussion Ensemble of the G. Verdi Conservatory of Como will return to TASIS and perform in the Palmer Center at 19:00 on the evening of Thursday, April 4.

Under the guidance of Maestro Paolo Pasqualin, this ensemble comprises the best students of the conservatory. The group plays a varied and multifaceted repertoire and has performed for the opening of the 2017 International Music Fair, the European Opera Days, AFAM Opera, the opening of the ComoNExT technology center, the Teatro Sociale of Como, and the Vatican Radio in Rome.

This exciting event is open to everyone but is required for students in grade 9. Learn more about the TASIS Cultural Events Program here, and please contact Cultural Events Coordinator Simone Aeschliman with any questions.

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.

Save the Date: TPA 10-Year Anniversary Dinner on May 9

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