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MS Weekly Bulletin | September 13, 2019
Posted 09/13/2019 05:00PM

Mrs. Fleming had a vision that we could bring students from around the world and have a wonderful, beautiful community and make the world a better place. You are a part of that. You are her vision, and you’re making that happen every day.


– Headmaster Christopher Nikoloff at yesterday’s Founder’s Day Assembly


If I stand on my mountaintop and look down at the last ninety years—or if I look up—outward and up at the next 90 years, what do I see? This is what I hope to see: TASIS bursting at the seams with very special young people, from all over the world, preparing themselves for leadership roles in their own countries, where they will strive to eliminate poverty, hunger, disease, exploitation, injustice, and war!

– TASIS Founder M. Crist Fleming’s Yearbook message in 2000

Upcoming Events

Monday, September 16 MS Class Outings
Wednesday, September 18 MS Parent Coffee • 8:30, Casa Fleming 
Wednesday, September 18 TPA Welcome Lunch • 12:00–14:00, Casa Fleming
Friday, September 20 Global Day of Climate Action
Friday, September 20 TPA Hike • Monte Brè-to-Monte Boglia
Monday, September 23 Consular services for American citizens • 16:30, Palmer Center
Thursday–Friday, October 3–4 School Portrait Days
Monday, October 7 No classes for MS/HS (ES has classes that day.)
Thursday, October 10 Autumn Aperitifs • 18:30 - 20:00, The View (Lugano)
Friday–Saturday, October 11–12 Family Weekend

Please refer to for a more comprehensive look at upcoming events.

TASIS Portugal Opening in Fall 2020: Help Us Spread the Word!

We are delighted to announce that the TASIS family will be extending to the Iberian peninsula! Learn about this exciting development here, and if you know of anyone in the Lisbon area who could be interested in learning more, please direct them to this inquiry form.

Founder’s Day Assembly and Class Outings

TASIS held a special assembly yesterday afternoon to celebrate the incredible life of international education pioneer M. Crist Fleming, who overcame many obstacles to found the School in 1956 and nurture it to greatness. The inspiring assembly, which can be viewed in full below, included engaging remarks from Headmaster Christopher Nikoloff and a number of excellent presentations and musical performances designed to highlight Mrs. Fleming’s love of learning languages and conviction that TASIS would, well beyond her own lifetime, “continue to bring young people of the world together with a shared vision that the world is really one big family, that no matter what our color, race, or creed, we are all part of the human species, we are all human beings.”

Following the assembly, students and faculty members moved to the MCF Piazza to enjoy cake and the time-honored Founder’s Day tradition of tossing yellow rose petals into Mrs. Fleming’s fountain.


The 2019 Founder’s Day Assembly

The celebration of Mrs. Fleming’s life will continue on Monday, September 16, with the annual MS Class Hikes. Grade 6 will go to Gandria, grade 7 will go to Monte Tamaro, and grade 8 will go to San Salvatore. Students will have regular classes from 8:00 to 11:20 ( (blocks A,B,C,D) and early lunch at 11:20. Please find details below.

What to bring:

  • backpack (to hold everything listed below)
  • water bottle (the school will not provide water bottles)
  • healthy snacks (fruit, cereal bar, dry fruits, etc.), or any special diet snacks
  • sun hat
  • sunscreen
  • CHF 10 maximum
  • thin jacket

Wear: PE uniform, sneakers

*** Please take note that students can come to school in the morning wearing their PE Uniforms. ***

GRADE 6 - Gandria-Lugano

11:20 Lunch in De Nobili
11:45 Check-in at outdoor basketball court
11:55 Departure
15:45 Arrive at TASIS

GRADE 7 - Monte Tamaro

GROUP A: Advisor groups of Ms. Perani, Ms. Rubb/Mr. Mendes, Dr. Kelly

11:20 Lunch in De Nobili
11:40 Check-in at outdoor soccer field
11:50 Departure
15:45 Arrive at TASIS

GROUP B: Advisor groups of Mrs. Frazier-Smith, Mr. Frazier-Smith, Dr. Merritt

11:20 Lunch in De Nobili
11:40 Check-in at outdoor soccer field
11:50 Departure
15:45 Arrive at TASIS

GRADE 8 - San Salvatore

Group 1: Advisor groups of Mr. Alava, Dr. Bianchini, Ms. Avaldi, Mr. Laube

11:20 Lunch in De Nobili (after 6th and 7th graders)
11:50 Check-in and hike Instructions (safety and expectations) at Science Lab Left
12:05 Departure
15:40 Arrive at TASIS

Group 2: Advisor groups of Mr. Yo, Ms. Sartorelli, Dr. Sinnathamby, Ms. Scully

11:20 Lunch in De Nobili (after 6th and 7th graders)
11:50 Check-in and hike Instructions (safety and expectations) at Science Lab Left
12:10 Departure
15:40 Arrive at TASIS


New Teachers: We are happy to welcome Yara Rubb, Samantha McTigue, Vitor Mendes, and Tony Shelley to our Middle School Faculty. Ms. Rubb has joined our Performing Arts Department and will teach Middle School Music. Ms. McTigue will be working as our MS Academic Intern for the year, and Mr. Mendes will work as the Administrative Intern. Mr. Shelley will primarily teach in the High School but will also teach one section of History 8 in the Middle School.

Schedules: This weekend we will be making placement changes for some students in Math and English/EAL classes. As we balance classes for size and gender equity, we may need to move students from one section to another. Please have your child check his or her schedule in Veracross on Monday morning for possible changes.

MAP Testing: MAP testing will continue this week with English classes testing in Reading and Language Usage. Individual MAP reports will be sent home in early October.

Academics: MS Help Centers

Help Centers: Middle School Help Centers will begin on Tuesday, September 17. Each teacher will be available once a week during lunch recess. Please see the schedule below.


Day & Time





12:35 - 13:05


Ms. Wiens

Belvedere 2

Ms. El-Manadily

Belvedere 3


12:45 - 13:10


Ms. Meister

Alba Upper

Technology and Coding

Ms. Bloodworth

Campo Pioneer


Ms. Rubb

MS Music Classroom


12:45 - 13:10


Mr. Alava

Campo Pagani

Ms. Scully

Campo Pioneer

Ms. Thomas

Campo Science Left


Ms. Noseda

Alba Upper

Ms. Philpot

Alba Lower


Ms. Bellini / Ms. Hurst

MS Art Classroom


12:45 - 13:10


Mr. Tripps

Alba Upper

Italian (second language)

Ms. Avaldi

Alba Middle


Dr. Bianchini

Belvedere 3

Ms. Perani

Belvedere 2

Lingua italiana

Ms. De Bianchi

Alba Lower

Ms. Perani

Belvedere 2


12:45 - 13:10


Ms. Bloodworth

Campo Science Left

Dr. Merritt

Campo Science Left

Dr. Sinnathamby

Campo Science Right

EAL (English as an additional language)

Ms. Guarnieri Rosso

Alba Lower

Ms. Sartorelli

Alba Middle

Dr. Merritt

Campo Pagani

How to Request Tutoring

Families seeking additional academic support for their children may want to consider requesting a tutor. The TASIS Tutoring Parent Authorization Form can be accessed directly at You will be prompted to enter your Veracross username and password and will be taken directly to the form once you do so.

Once received, we will try our very best to find the right tutor for your son or daughter, but please be aware that due to changes in schedules and tutor availability throughout the year, it may not always be possible to find a tutor immediately—or at all in some cases.

If you or your son or daughter would like to discuss tutoring needs in person, please contact Tutoring Coordinator Stephanie Chevalier at to schedule an appointment.

EAL Film Project

EAL Film Program for Introduction to MS Academic English class (Mrs. Guarnieri Rosso’s class):

Our Middle School EAL Film Program is part of the EAL Beginner curriculum. Mrs. Guarnieri Rosso’s students in the Introduction to MS Academic English class are required to follow this program outside of regular academic hours. This project has been designed to provide students the opportunity to learn English through the analysis of film while being guided by expert faculty. We have planned activities related to the three films using iPads, group work, discussions, and games. These activities will help students understand the underlying linguistic and cultural messages in the films and improve their English. Students must attend the following film sessions this year:

  • November 15–16 (Film: A Christmas Carol)
    • Friday, 15:30–17:30
    • Saturday, 10–12
  • January 31 - February 1 (Film: Hugo Cabret or Heidi)
    • Friday, 15:30–17:30
    • Saturday, 10–12
  • March 27-28 (Film: Alice in Wonderland)
    • Friday, 15:30–17:30
    • Saturday, 10–12

MS Assemblies and Advisor Meetings

During the advisor block on Tuesday, September 10, students reviewed the details of the upcoming class outings. 

During our MS Assembly on Wednesday, September 11, the Magnificent 7—the timeless values TASIS stands for—were presented: Respect, Integrity, Responsibility, Compassion, Humility, Service, and Vision. 

On Thursday, September 13, we held our Founder's Day Assembly to honor Mrs. Fleming (as noted above).

Fall Term After-School program

All after-school activities will start on Monday, September 16. Placements will be posted on the bulletin board in Belvedere next Tuesday, September 10. If you have any questions regarding the After-School Program, please contact After-School Activities Assistant Coordinator Mr. Mendes.

  • MS Football/Soccer Boys (competitive/twice a week): Mondays & Wednesdays, 16:00–17:30. Meeting point: outdoor soccer field at 16:00.
  • MS Football/Soccer Girls (competitive/twice a week): Mondays 16:00-18:00, Wednesdays, 16:00-17:30. Meeting point: outdoor soccer field at 16:00.
  • MS Boys and Girls Cross Country (twice a week): Mondays and Wednesdays, 16:00-17:30. Meeting point: outdoor basketball courts at 16:00.
  • MS Lacrosse: Mondays, 17:30-18:30. Meeting point: outdoor soccer field at 16:00.
  • MS Book club: Tuesdays 16:00-17:30. Meeting point: Campo Pagani at 16:00.
  • MS Glass Painting: Tuesdays, 16:00-17:30. Meeting point: in front of Campo Science at 16:00.
  • MS Dance: Wednesdays, 16:00-17:00. Meeting point: Dance studio at 16.00.
  • MS Theater: Thursdays, 16:00-17:30 (ends on December 6th). Meeting point: Palmer Center, at 16:00.
  • MS Ensemble: Thursdays, 16:00-17:30. Meeting point: Coach House 2 at 16:00.
  • MS Choir: Tuesdays, 16:00-17:30; this activity is a year-round commitment. Meeting point: Coach House 2 at 16:00.
  • MS Weekend Climbing Club: September 22 and 29, October 20 and 27. Meeting point for first session on September 22: TASIS parking lot at 8:45.
  • MS Robotics: Tuesdays, 16:00-17:00 (From September to February). Meeting point: Campo Science Right Laboratory at 16:00. 
  • Private Vocal or Instrumental Lessons: Please contact Performing Arts Department Chair Ms. Samantha Forrest.

NOTE: Students will change into their sports clothes, if required, after meeting the activity leaders.

MS Parent Coffee On September 18

The first MS Parent Coffee will be held on the morning of Wednesday, September 18, from 8:30–9:30 at Casa Fleming. We will discuss the MS Program.

TPA Welcome Lunch on September 18

Please join the TASIS Parent Association (TPA) at Casa Fleming on Wednesday, September 18, from 12:00–14:00 to welcome new and returning parents over a relaxing lunch. This will be a great opportunity to catch up with old friends and meet new ones!

We will talk about the TPA, discuss upcoming events, and introduce the Parent Support Committee (PSC). This lunch is for parents of students in all grades. Everyone is welcome! Please RSVP to

TASIS students and faculty members are among the millions inspired by Greta Thunberg’s message.

TASIS To Participate in Global Day of Climate Action on September 20

Dr. William Sawyer, a senior computational climate scientist at the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre, will join forces with the TASIS Green Team and Service Learning groups to present to students at a special assembly, and lessons in all Elementary, Middle, and High School classes throughout the day will be directly connected to environmental issues. The day of action will be followed by a week of awareness and activism with several anchor events designed to foster collaboration among teachers, administrators, and students. 

Learn more

TPA Refillable Water Bottles on Sale 

The TPA is selling BPA-free refillable water bottles for CHF 30. Help the TASIS Green Team promote environmental consciousness by buying a bottle for your children to refill and reuse! These bottles are also useful for class trips, outings, and sports. 

To place an order, please email (And stay tuned for upcoming sales on campus!) All proceeds will go toward TPA events organized on behalf of our students.

TPA Mountain Trekking on September 20

“A walk in nature brings the soul back home.” We are excited to begin a new year of TPA hiking trips led by Francesca Varano and Vittoria Marazzi and are pleased to welcome all parents to join us for a Monte Brè-to-Monte Boglia trek on the morning of Friday, September 20

Our group will meet in the Sant’Abbondio parking lot in Gentilino at 10:15 or in the Monte Bre Alto parking lot at 10:35. We expect the hike to take just over four hours to complete. 

Don’t miss this opportunity to meet other TASIS parents and take in the breathtaking views of Lugano that await you! Bring your best hiking shoes and a sack lunch! Everyone is welcome! Please RSVP to so we can reach you with any additional details (such as a cancellation email if the weather is bad), and please also let us know if you have any questions or concerns.


Upcoming Sports 

Date Event Location Time
September 21 Middle School Girls Soccer: ISSL Tournament ISB 10:00
September 21 Middle School Boys Soccer: ISSL Tournament ZIS 9:00
September 22 Cross Country: ISSL Tournament TASIS Grotto 10:00
September 28 Middle School Cross Country: SGIS Championships ICSZ 9:00

More information can be found in the Athletics section on the TASIS website.

Consular Services Offered at TASIS on September 23

We cordially invite all American citizens to a consular services event on the afternoon of Monday, September 23, from 16:30–18:30. To request an appointment, please send an email to

Representatives from the US Embassy in Bern will be on hand to offer the following services:

  • Passport applications
  • Consular report of birth abroad applications
  • Notarial services

There is no cost to attend the event, but fees may be incurred for consular services and are payable in Swiss francs (cash only). For more information about documentary requirements and applicable fees, visit the US Embassy in Switzerland and Lichtenstein website.

MS Attendance 

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 soon 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

Email Communication between Teachers and Parents Through Veracross

Please note that the Veracross system allows teachers to send messages to parents through its portal. Often these messages have an email address that looks something like If you receive an email with such an address, you may use the “Reply” feature to write back to the teacher. But please know that this email address is system-generated and is only valid when you are using the “Reply” function. If you save this address as a contact (or if your iPhone automatically does this), it will not work if you use it to send a new email.

If you need to write a new email to a teacher (meaning you are not replying to an email already sent to you), please check to make sure you are sending the email to the teacher’s TASIS address. The standard format for a TASIS email account is, and you can always refer to the Faculty and Staff directory if you’re unsure.

Save the Date: Autumn Aperitifs on October 10

More details about this event, including registration info, will be shared in next week’s bulletin.

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