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MS Weekly Bulletin | May 3, 2019
Posted 05/03/2019 08:47AM

Reading is a conversation. All books talk. But a good book listens as well.

- Mark Haddon

Dear Families,

I hope you and your loved ones had a restful, magical Spring Holiday. With the advent of the 45th annual Spring Arts Festival, final exams, promotion ceremonies, prom, graduation, and many other community events including the Student Council-sponsored barbecue on campus this Saturday, we have much to look forward to in the final stretch of school.

I am writing to let you know that I am encouraging everyone in the TASIS community to make every minute count both in and outside the classroom for the rest of the year. Management guru Peter Drucker reminds us that the bottom line of non-profits is changing lives for the better. Let’s finish the year even more inspired and stretched by the timeless values of truth, goodness, and beauty. We can do so thanks to your support and trust in these values and the school. Thanks to all of you!

Christopher Nikoloff, Headmaster

Upcoming Events

Saturday, May 4 Grill & Chill • 17:45–22:45
Wednesday, May 8 Used Uniform Sale
Thursday, May 9 TPA 10-Year Anniversary Celebration
Wednesday, May 15 TPA Lunch
Friday, May 10–Sunday, May 19 Spring Arts Festival
Friday, May 17—Sunday, May 19 MS Spring Musical: Sketch
Monday, May 20 TPA Teacher Appreciation Cocktail
Tuesday, May 28–Wednesday, May 29 ES Spring Musical: The Prince and the Pauper
Saturday, June 1 HS Graduation
Tuesday, June 4 8th-Grade Moving-Up Ceremony
Wednesday, June 5 Dormitories close • boarding students must depart by noon

Grill & Chill Event Kicks Off at 17:45 this Saturday

We hope you can join us on campus this Saturday, May 4, for our inaugural Grill & Chill event. All TASIS families are cordially invited to come enjoy a delicious BBQ (17:45–20:30), ice cream treats and marshmallow roasting (19:30–20:30), lots of fun games throughout the evening (wiffle ball, soccer, basketball, bocce, frisbee, hide and seek, tag, etc), and an outdoor movie (20:30–22:30).

Please take note of the following details:

  • We have decided to show a movie that will be suitable for students of all ages. If Elementary School students and their parents would like to stay for the outdoor movie, they are welcome to do so.
  • Students who stay for the outdoor movie should bring their own blanket or lawn chair to sit on.
  • No babysitting service will be provided as part of this event, meaning parents are still responsible for supervising their own children (particularly those in the Elementary School).

If you plan to attend this community-building event and have not registered yet, please take a moment to do so in order to help our Food Services team know how much food to prepare for the BBQ.

Register Now

TPA Teacher Appreciation Cocktail: Date Changed to May 20

Please note that the TPA Teacher Appreciation Cocktail will no longer be a part of this Saturday’s Grill & Chill event. It will instead be held on Monday, May 20, in Casa Fleming at 18:00.

This is an important event to show TASIS teachers how much we appreciate their hard work! Parents, if you would like to help out at the event, please send an email to

Spring Arts Festival Opens Next Friday

The 45th annual TASIS Spring Arts Festival will open with a Kickoff Event in the Monticello Piazza at 10:10 on Friday, May 10, and conclude with a Closing Celebration in the Palestra at 17:00 on Sunday, May 19. All members of the TASIS community and the general public are cordially invited to campus to enjoy concerts, theatrical performances, dance performances, film screenings, visual arts exhibitions, guest lectures, and art workshops, and more.

Academics: Course Selection for Next Year

On Thursday, May 2, sixth and seventh grade students received elective course selection sheets in the Advisor block. Middle School students at TASIS have eight courses in their schedule, and seven of these courses are required (note that eight are required for Academic English students). The eighth class can be filled with German, French, Coding, Drama, or Study Hall. Please fill in the course selection sheet with your child, sign it, and have your child return it to his or her advisor on Monday, May 6.

Academics: MAP Testing

The Middle School has started our Spring MAP testing. MAP assessment comes from Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA), a US educational organization. The MAP tests allow us to determine your child’s instructional level and to measure academic growth throughout the school year—and from year to year—in the areas of Reading, Language Usage, and Mathematics. Individual MAP reports will be sent home in early June, and please note that these tests have no effect on your child's grades.

Students will take the three subject tests on three separate days. If your child is absent on one of his or her testing days, we will arrange times for make-up tests.

Testing began this week with EAL classes getting under way. Math 2, 3, 4, and 5 classes will follow on the week of May 6–10. English classes will be taking the Reading and Language Usage tests the week of May 13–17. Your child's teacher will provide the specific dates.

Testing days should be no different than any other school day. Since each MAP test is individually tailored for each child, there is no way to study for the test. To best prepare, your child should SIMPLY make sure to do the following:

  • Get a good night’s sleep
  • Have a nutritious breakfast
  • Come to school with a positive attitude

MS Assemblies and Advisor Meetings

In recognition of International Jazz Day, during Wednesday’s assembly MS student Mira Rosa Marini performed a jazz song called “God Bless the Child” (by Billie Holiday and Arthur Herzog Jr .) with accompaniment from TASIS Performing Arts Chair Ms. Forrest. Mira also sang at the HS assembly on Tuesday (see the video clip in this article).

After the beautiful and inspiring performance on Wednesday, Global Service Program Director Mr. Schiff presented and invited students to participate in the 7th annual Walk for Water, which will take place on the afternoon of May 8.

Thursday’s assembly was devoted to MS Service Learning. The Art Therapy, Cometa, and Heifer International Service Learning groups shared information about their recent activities and projects.

MS Service Learning News

The Event Planners Service Learning group held a Pizza, Games, & Movie Night for grade-five students on Tuesday, April 30, in the Middle School hub, Belvedere. They would like to thank all students who participated in this event and showed great enthusiasm for the games, movie, and tasty treats.

Heifer International Group: Before the Spring holiday, the Heifer International Service Learning group hosted the G.O.A.T. (Greatest Of All Time) Events, G.O.A.T. DESSERT and G.O.A.T. GAMES, as a fundraiser to purchase a goat for a family in need through Heifer International's gift catalog.

The G.O.A.T. DESSERT baking competition was a popular event during recess on April 11. Anyone who purchased a dessert would then rate the dessert on a scale of 1–5, rating whether it truly was the "Greatest Of All Time" dessert they’d ever had. Thank you to all the bakers that entered the competition and to those of you who participated in the competition by purchasing the desserts.

The G.O.A.T. GAMES brought bustling fun to recess on April 12. The Heifer International Service Learning students worked hard as they organized and ran an egg hunt, an obstacle course, a stacking golf ball competition, and a hula hoop contest!

We are grateful for everyone's participation in these events. Together we were able to raise CHF 587, which is enough to give four families the gift of a goat!

After-School Sports and Activities

The MS Girls Volleyball team, which took on the SFG Stabio U13 team before the Spring Holiday, will host the ISSL Championships at TASIS on Saturday, May 4. The matches will start in the Palestra at 9:00, and TASIS will play at 10:00, 11:00, and 14:00.

The MS Girls Volleyball team will also participate in the NISSA Championships at SE (Milan) on May 11.

The MS Track & Field team will participate in an invitational tournament at Inter-Community School in Zurich (ICSZ) on Friday, May 24.

The Spring After-School Sports and Activities Term will conclude on Friday, May 10.

Book Swap and Bake Sale a Big Success

The Middle School community would like to thank the TPA for organizing this week’s event and thank all the families that donated books and prepared delicious baked goods. We all hope that this first MS book swap is the inauguration of a bi-annual event!

The TPA would also like to thank all parents who dedicated their time to create this beautiful event: “A big thank you to all the parents who baked and to the fabulous students who exchanged their books! We look forward to hosting this again next year!”

Used Uniform Sale on May 8

The TPA will hold a used uniform sale for all three divisions (ES, MS, and HS) outside Monticello on Wednesday, May 8, from 14:30 to 16:30.

TPA-Sponsored Lunch on May 15

Please join us for lunch at Casa Fleming on Wednesday, May 15, from 12:00 to 14:00. The TPA will share highlights from this year and announce the new TPA board members for 2019–2020.

Reserve Your Seats for the Middle School Musical, Sketch

The Middle School Theater Program is delighted to present Sketch in the Palmer Center during the 45th annual Spring Arts Festival.

Violet is thirteen, bookish, and an outcast among her peers. She spends her school days ducking insults and dreaming up villainous alter-egos for her classmates and teachers. When the bullies who have plagued her for years discover her artistic talents, they convince her that sketching parodies of students and teachers is a victimless crime. Will she learn to use her powers only for good and become the hero of her own story?

Sketch was written by Stephanie Figer, Michael Rosenbaum, and TJ Liquori, all of whom are veteran members of the TASIS Summer Programs’ Dedicated Performing Arts Team (DPAT).


  • Friday, May 17, at 19:00
  • Saturday, May 18, at 19:00
  • Sunday, May 19, at 13:00

Reserve your seats


MS students will also attend a dress rehearsal on Wednesday, May 15. Please see the alternate schedule below.

Reserve Your Seats for the ES Musical, The Prince and the Pauper

Tom Canty and Prince Edward are born on the same day to two very different families in two very different parts of London. Tom, poor and unwanted by his family, is raised in the slums of Offal Court, where he dreams of being a Prince. Edward, drowning in the power and riches of royalty, dreams of what life might be like outside the castle walls. One day, the two look-alike boys meet and decide to swap places and experience life from a different perspective. Both learn valuable lessons throughout their respective journeys in this Mark Twain masterpiece about truth and mercy.

This version of The Prince and the Pauper was adapted by Stephanie Figer, Michael Rosenbaum, and TJ Liquori and will be directed by Mr. and Mrs. Matthew and Julie Frazier-Smith. The enthusiastic cast of Elementary School students can’t wait to showcase its talents in the Palmer Center at 19:00 on Tuesday, May 28, and at 19:00 on Wednesday, May 29.

Reserve your seats


MS Yearbook Distribution

MS Yearbook Distribution will take place on Monday, June 3, during our Farewell Assembly.

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.

Students must bring their complete outfits to school (including shoes) for the dress check that will take place on Thursday, May 16:

  • Girls from 15:00–15:55 in Belvedere Salon
  • Boys from 15:25–15:55 in Belvedere Inner

For this formal event, students in grade eight must respect the dress code requirements listed below. If you are unsure about the requirements, 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)

See more photos on the TASIS SmugMug page.

6th Annual Beat the Bells Run Draws 48 Runners

Forty-eight runners departed from the TASIS gates at 6:15 on Wednesday morning for the 6th annual Beat the Bells Run, with 38 making it down to Lake Lugano and back before the Sant’Abbondio bells chimed at 7:00. The challenging run, which is just under seven kilometers with an elevation change of 340 meters, helped raise more than CHF 400 for the Nepal Global Service Program group.

Thirty-two TASIS students, 10 faculty and staff members, three parents, and three guests (including the remarkable Fatah Soroush, who made his first trip back to TASIS since graduating in 2014) accepted the challenge. Though this is a community-building event and not a race, it’s worth noting that High School Math Teacher and World Masters Mountain Running Champion Tommy Manning cruised to a course record of 26:44, guest Storm Keays was not far behind at 27:57, and the trio of Danny Schiff (Global Service Program Director and ultramarathon runner), Denis Breus ’20, and Enzo Allanson ’21 crossed the finish line at 31:14.

Learn about the history of this TASIS tradition.

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