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MS Weekly Bulletin | March 29, 2019
Posted 03/29/2019 03:00PM


Life is a gift, and it offers us the privilege, opportunity, and responsibility to give something back by becoming more.

- Tony Robbins

Upcoming Events

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 9 TPA 10-Year Anniversary Celebration
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

The Pirates of Penzance Premieres Tonight at 19:30!

After a successful final rehearsal performance in front of the entire Middle School yesterday afternoon, the dedicated members of the cast and crew of The Pirates of Penzance (pictured below) are ready to showcase their talents for the general public this evening at 19:30 in the Palmer Center!

As of this morning, a handful of seats were still available for Friday night’s show. Check to see if you can still catch the premiere!

Director Valerie Bijur Carlson’s talented company will be back in action tomorrow evening at 19:30 and Sunday afternoon at 14:30. Both shows are filling up fast, so reserve your seats at before it’s too late!

Basketball Tournament Raises More than CHF 1100!

The 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament on Wednesday was a huge success! Many thanks to the High School Student Council for organizing this community-building event and to the many parent volunteers from the TASIS Parent Association (TPA) for running a delicious bake sale.

Between the tournament entry fees and food sales, the event raised CHF 1183! Most of the proceeds will be donated to the Nuovo Fiore Ethiopia Global Service Program group, which the winning team (pictured atop the bulletin) selected, with the remaining funds designated for another community-building event the Student Council will sponsor later this spring.

The TPA Bake Sale raised more than CHF 600.

Kadime Mbup Mandela from Irish Pub Sorengo sold burgers and donated a portion of the proceeds.

The Student Council’s faculty advisors and representatives look forward to sponsoring another fun event soon!


The MS Spring Midterm 2018–2019 Dean's List has been posted in Belvedere. Congratulations to the MS students on the list! Being on the Dean's List comes with the privilege of going to Sara Li's or the Snack Bar on Wednesdays after lunch.

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. They will be watching Heidi.

MS Assemblies and Advisor Meetings

During assembly on Wednesday, High School Theater Director Ms. Valerie Bijur Carlson presented to MS students about this year's High School Spring Musical, The Pirates of Penzance, and MS students watched the dress rehearsal on Thursday afternoon.


Next Wednesday, April 3, MS students will enjoy the show of illusionist Larry Mancini at assembly. While our Cultural Assemblies (as described below) regularly showcase talents such as singing, acting, and playing instruments, this show is designed to demonstrate to students that other types of artistic talent exist and can be developed over time with hard work and persistence.

Please see the alternate schedule below:


During the Advisor block on Thursday, April 4, the Middle School will have a Cultural Assembly. This assembly will feature student instrumentalists, singers, dancers, and an emcee. We are excited for this opportunity for the MS students to share their talent and hard work with the community. Parents of the performers are welcome to attend.

Shadow Day is coming next Tuesday!

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 on April 3

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, and members of the High School administration will be available to answer questions about the MS-to-HS transition. The following topics will be addressed:


  • Curriculum and general information

Student Life

  • Advisor Program
  • Service Learning Program
  • Academic Travel and Ski Adventure
  • After-School Sports and Activities Program
  • Student support

MS Service Learning News: Cometa Bake Sale on April 4

The Cometa SL Group will hold a bake sale on Thursday, April 4, in De Nobili during MS lunch and recess. Students and teachers are invited to enjoy special goodies prepared with enthusiasm by students to help raise funds for Cometa. All proceeds will be given as a scholarship to a student in need who would like to attend Cometa High School, which helps students who may have struggled with academics in the past build a new future by learning important skills that will help them gain meaningful employment.

Percussion Ensemble to Perform at TASIS on April 4

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.

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.

Book Donations Due by April 12

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. All books must be donated by April 12.

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

After-School Sports and Activities

The MS Track & Field team will participate in an invitational tournament at International School of Basel (ISBasel) on Thursday, April 11. GO TIGERS!

Dress Code for 8th-Grade Moving-Up Ceremony

The MS Moving-Up Ceremony for 8th-grade students and their parents will be held on the afternoon of Tuesday, June 4. An invitation will be emailed to 8th-grade parents before the Spring Holiday.

For this formal event, students in grade eight must respect the dress code requirements listed below. A dress check will take place in mid-May. If you are unsure about the instructions below, please contact Ms. MJ Breton.

Dress requirements


  • Dress (dress-code length—not more than one hand above the knee)
  • Or skirt (dress-code length—not more than one hand above the knee)
  • Or pants
  • Dressy top
  • Pashmina or scarf might be needed (shoulders must be covered)
  • Shoes: high-heel shoes may not be higher than 3 centimeters


  • Pants
  • Jacket
  • Shirt
  • Tie
  • Belt
  • Dress shoes
  • Boys may wear the TASIS suit (tailored trousers and jacket)

Order Your School Portraits Online

You may now order prints of the portraits that were taken on portrait retake day (March 4).

All students who were photographed that day should have received a portrait proof from their advisor. With this portrait proof, please visit and enter the unique access code to place an order. If you have misplaced your ordering information, please contact Rotary directly at

Orders placed online by the close of April 17 will be delivered to TASIS free of charge and distributed in advisor groups.

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