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MS Weekly Bulletin | September 20, 2019
Posted 09/20/2019 01:00PM

Look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see, and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious.


– Stephen Hawking

Upcoming Events

Monday, September 23 Consular services for American citizens • 16:30, Palmer Center
Wednesday, October 2 MS Parent Coffee • 8:30, 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.

MS Parent Coffee

We want to thank all the parents who attended the Middle School Parent Coffee on Wednesday. Here is the presentation for those who could not attend.

We are fortunate to have a wonderful team of teachers to support and guide your children, and all of them are available by email if you have questions or concerns. To find their contact information, please visit the Faculty Directory page on the TASIS website or check Veracross.

If you feel your child is struggling to adjust academically or adapt to the rhythm of Middle School, please don’t hesitate to contact Mr. Fitzgerald, Ms. Breton, or your child’s advisor.

The next MS Coffee for parents will be held on the morning of Wednesday, October 2, from 8:30–9:30 at Casa Fleming. The topic will be health-related: vaping, e-cigarettes, drugs, and alcohol.

Academics: MAP Testing

MAP Testing: MAP testing in Math and English has finished for most students. We will be completing makeup tests next week. The reports will be sent home by regular mail in early October. We will be having an informational meeting for parents about the test and how to interpret the results on October 17.

Academics: MS Help Centers

Help Centers: Middle School Help Centers began this Tuesday. Each teacher will be available once a week during lunch recess. Please see the schedule below.

Day & Time Class Teacher Location
Monday 12:35–13:05 English Ms. Wiens Belvedere 2
Ms. El-Manadily Belvedere 3
Tuesday 12:45–13:10 German Ms. Meister Alba Upper
Technology and Coding Ms. Bloodworth Campo Pioneer
Music Ms. Rubb MS Music Classroom
Wednesday 12:45–13:10 Math Mr. Alava Campo Pagani
Ms. Scully Campo Pioneer
Ms. Thomas Campo Science Left
French Ms. Noseda Alba Upper
Ms. Philpot Alba Lower
Art Ms. Bellini / Ms. Hurst MS Art Classroom
Thursday 12:45–13:10 History Mr. Tripps Alba Upper
Italian (second language) Ms. Avaldi Alba Middle
Storia Dr. Bianchini Belvedere 3
Ms. Perani Belvedere 2
Lingua italiana Ms. De Bianchi Alba Lower
Ms. Perani Belvedere 2
Friday 12:45–13:10 Science 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

EAL Film Program

This is a reminder that students in Ms. Guarnieri Rosso’s Introduction to MS Academic English are required to 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

Founder’s Day and Class Outings

Enjoy photographs from the Founder’s Day Assembly and Class Hikes.

Assemblies and Advisory This Week

During our MS Assembly on Tuesday, September 17, students received information about two Service Learning groups: Student Council and Event Planners. Read more about MS Service Learning program below.

The Assembly on Wednesday, September 18, was devoted to the Global Day of Climate Action

During the Advisor block on Thursday, September 19, students took a survey and discussed ways to reduce their carbon footprints. 

MS Service Learning Program

Service Learning is an integral part of the entire TASIS curriculum, inspiring students to think beyond themselves and assume active roles in improving society. It combines the aspects of serving the community and understanding the needs of our environment while constantly learning new skills. The Middle School Service Learning Program reflects the School’s overall commitment to encouraging sound human values alongside academic excellence.

In the Middle School, Service Learning helps students develop their leadership, organizational, and citizenship skills while helping the TASIS community and local organizations. It develops a sense of independence, builds a strong work ethic, instills awareness and empathy, and encourages the value of service. 

Service Learning is integrated into the weekly schedule, and participation in the program is awarded with an effort grade. Groups are organized by grade level, which helps us tailor each project to the different interests and skills of each age group. 

  • Grade 6 focus: Hands-on service and support for projects within the TASIS community
  • Grade 7 focus: Support for local organizations
  • Grade 8 focus: Global awareness and support for global issues

Some groups are also available to all grade levels.

All groups meet on Tuesdays from 15:25–15:55. Some groups lead a Middle School assembly and may also participate in projects outside the meeting times. 

Students will be choosing their preferred Service Learning clubs electronically on Thursday, September 26, during the Advisor block. The first Service Learning meeting will be on Tuesday, October 1. Please feel free to contact Ms. Breton with any questions.

See this document for specific information about the 2019–2020 Middle School Service Learning 

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

Fall Academic Travel: October 28–30

Academic Travel is a core part of the Middle School academic program and is required for all students. This fall grade 6 will visit Mantova, Verona, and Sirmione; grade 7 will explore Lausanne and Gruyères; and grade 8 will discover Geneva.

Traveling Documents: All students are required to travel with their passports, as they are minors and traveling without parents. Please be advised that on school trips, children must travel with the passport that is registered with TASIS. (Please check the Household Profile section of your Parent Portal if you’re not sure which passport this is.)

Advisor Dinners and Special Meals for MS Boarding Students

Would you be interested in hosting an Advisor Dinner or a special meal for our MS boarding students? If so, please email your child’s advisor directly or email the MS Dorm Head, Mr. Beckwith Laube.

Key Bracelets

All students have received a bracelet to enter all MS buildings. It is important that they wear this bracelet every day, as all doors are kept locked at all times. If the bracelet is lost, students must come to Ms. Koreshkova to report it and order a new one. Replacement bracelets cost CHF 50. This sum will be included in the next invoice sent by the School (cash cannot be accepted). All bracelets will be collected at the end of the year. 

Fitness Room

Please note that the MS students are not allowed in the fitness room.

Consular Services Offered at TASIS on September 23

Wecordially 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.

Family Weekend Schedules Now Available

This year's Family Weekend will be held October 11–12, and the full schedule of events for Middle School parents is now available. Please use the link below to access the Family Weekend registration page.

Register for Family Weekend 2019

For hotel and travel information, please see the Visitor Information page on the TASIS website, and do not hesitate to contact Family Weekend Coordinator Eleonora Pinton with any questions.

Join the TPA for Autumn Aperitifs on October 10

Dear Middle School and High School Parents,

Please join us at THE VIEW Lugano from 18:00–20:00 on Thursday, October 10, for an Autumn Aperitif to kick off family weekend! This will be a wonderful opportunity to meet other parents and get to know each other! 

The aperitif will be organized on the covered terrace with a beautiful view of the lake. The central section of the terrace will be prepared with cocktail tables and sitting sofas. 

The gourmet aperitif will feature a selection of five finger-food varieties accompanied by a selection of the following delicious beverages:

  • Prosecco Conegliano di Valdobbiadene DOCG
  • A suggestion or red & wine selected by our Maitre Sommelier
  • A choice of aperitif cocktails (Spritz or Hugo)

The cost for this gourmet aperitif is CHF 50 per person. To register and submit payment, please click on the link below. We look forward to seeing you!

Register for the Autumn Aperitifs

Warm wishes,

Jennifer Hung-Zanarini
TPA President 

The View Lugano Hotel & Spa
Via Guidino 29
CH - 6900 Lugano, Paradiso
Tel +41 (0)91 210 00 00
Tel +41 (0)91 210 00 09

The inaugural Terry Fox Run at TASIS

2019 Terry Fox Run on October 16

The third annual TASIS Terry Fox Run will take place on the afternoon of Wednesday, October 16. The run is designed to honor the legacy of international hero Terry Fox—an extraordinary athlete, humanitarian, and cancer research activist who in 1980 embarked upon a Marathon of Hope across Canada after losing his right leg to cancer three years earlier, ultimately covering 5,373 kilometers (or 127.3 marathons) in just 143 days before the spread of his cancer forced him to abandon his quest and claimed his life.

For the run on October 16, Cross Country coaches Greg Birk and Danny Schiff have challenged High School students to complete as many 500-meter laps as possible on the School’s Grotto Cross Country course in a 45-minute window and are asking them to consider making donations that will be gifted to the Terry Fox Foundation.

To learn more about this TASIS tradition, read about the first two Terry Fox Runs on the TASIS website: 2017 and 2018.

Any parents who would like to learn how they can be involved with this community-building event are welcome to contact Mr. Birk at

TPA Refillable Water Bottles on Sale

This is a reminder that the TPA is now 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.


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