Alerts Signup
MS Weekly Bulletin | September 27, 2019
Posted 09/27/2019 03:00PM

The Earth does not belong to us: we belong to the Earth.

– Marlee Matlin

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, October 2 MS Parent Coffee • 8:30, Palmer Center
Thursday–Friday, October 4–5 School Portrait Days
Monday, October 7 No classes for MS and HS
Thursday, October 10 TPA Autumn Aperitifs • 18:30, THE VIEW (Lugano)
Friday–Saturday, October 11–12 Family Weekend
Wednesday, October 16 MS Parent Coffee • 8:30, Palmer Center
Thursday, October 17 MAP information meeting for MS parents • 18:00, Monticello 1 and 2
Sunday, October 20 TPA Halloween Brunch • 10:00–12:00, De Nobili
Monday–Wednesday, October 28–30 MS Academic Travel
Thursday–Friday, October 31–November 1 No classes for MS
Please refer to for a more detailed look at upcoming events.

Academics: MAP Testing & Homework Club

Homework Club: Homework Club will begin this week. It will be held in Belvedere Inner after school from 16:00–17:00 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. This is for students who are required by a teacher to complete homework that has not been handed in. Teachers will alert parents one day in advance if their child needs to attend.

MAP Testing: We are finishing up MAP makeup tests. The score reports will be sent home by regular mail in early October, and we will have an informational meeting for parents about the test and how to interpret the results on October 17 from 18:00 to 19:00 in Monticello 1 and 2.

MS Service Learning Program & Student Council Elections

During our MS grade level meetings on Tuesday, September 24, the Service Learning leaders presented their groups to the MS students by grade level:

  • Grade 8: Poverty Awareness, World Issues, Hope and Homes for Children, Environmental Saveurs
  • Grade 7: Cometa, Heifer International, The Green Heart Group
  • Grade 6: Random Acts Of Kindness, E-Club, 5th-Grade Transition, Art Therapy

During Wednesday Assembly on Wednesday, September 25, the elections for President and Vice President of Student Council were held. The candidates gave speeches, and all MS students voted. The results will come out on Tuesday. Congratulations to the four students who gave speeches: Adam Al Askari, Alexander Bagrin, Pedro Frascogna, and Edoardo Vasino!

During the Advisor block on Thursday, September 26, advisors and students reviewed the Service Learning options and designated their top three choices. Please note that some students may be assigned to their second or third option. Lists of groups will be posted in Belvedere by Monday, September 30. 

Service Learning starts on Tuesday, October 1. Service Learning meetings are weekly, on Tuesdays, from 15:25–15:55.

Descriptions of all 2019–2020 Service Learning groups can be found on the TASIS website (click on the MS Service Learning tab).

Upcoming MS Coffee on October 2

The second MS Parent Coffee will be held on the morning of Wednesday, October 2, from 8:30–9:30 at Casa Fleming. We will discuss several health-related topics, including vaping, e-cigarettes, drugs, and alcohol.

TPA Hike & Lunch on October 9

The TPA invites you to join hike leaders Vittoria Marazzi and Francesca Varano on a beautiful 90-minute hike—with a stop for lunch at Ristorante Vicania in Vico Morcote before heading back to the point of origin. Everyone is welcome! Come make new friends and join old ones! 

Please RSVP to so that we can reach you with any additional details! In the case of rain or bad weather, the trip will be canceled.

TPA Autumn Aperitifs on October 10

Please consider joining the TPA and other Middle School and High School parents on the outdoor terrace of THE VIEW Lugano for a relaxing aperitif on Thursday, October 10. This will be a wonderful opportunity to meet TASIS families while enjoying sweeping views and a delicious selection of food and beverages.

To register and submit payment, please click on the link below.

Register for the Autumn Aperitifs


Register Now for Family Weekend 

This is a reminder that Family Weekend will be held October 11–12. Please use the link below to access the Family Weekend registration page and see the full schedule of Middle School events.

Register for Family Weekend

For hotel and travel information, please see the Visitor Information page on the TASIS website. Please contact Family Weekend Coordinator Eleonora Pinton with any questions.

Shuttle Schedule on October 11

Please note that there will be a few changes to the MS/HS shuttle schedule on Friday, October 11, as class schedules for MS and HS students have been adjusted to accommodate the start of Family Weekend. Please note the following:

  • Shuttles for MS and HS students will depart at 14:30.
  • MS and HS car riders will depart between 14:30–14:45.
  • ES shuttles will depart at their usual time of 16:00.
  • ES car riders will depart between 16:00–16:15 (as usual).

Save the Date: TPA Used Uniform Sale on October 11 

Fall into spectacular savings at the TPA Used Uniform Sale by the Monticello arches on Friday, October 11 (time to be determined). All proceeds from this TPA fundraiser will go toward events organized for our students.

Fall Academic Travel: October 28–30

Academic Travel is a core part of the Middle School academic program and is required for all students. Students receive a Passing (P) or Failing (F) grade for participating and completing the academic work related to their trip. 

Academic Travel will be the main topic of the MS Parent Coffee on Wednesday, October 16, from 8:30–9:30 at Casa Fleming.

Travel Information: 

6th Grade: Verona, Mantova, and Sirmione

  • Monday, October 28, at 8:30 Check in at De Nobili and depart for Verona/Mantova
  • Wednesday, October 30, at 17:30 Arrive at TASIS

7th Grade: Lausanne & Gruyères

  • Monday, October 28, at 7:45 Check in at De Nobili and depart for Lausanne
  • Wednesday, October 30, at 20:30 Arrive at TASIS

8th Grade: Geneva

  • Monday, October 28, at 8:00 Check in at De Nobili and depart for Geneva
  • Wednesday, October 30, at 19.00 Arrive at TASIS

Traveling Documents: All students are required to travel with their passports, as they are minors and traveling without parents. Buses will also travel through Italy even if the final destination is Switzerland, so they must have their passport. 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.) 

MS After-School Sports and Activities

Berne Invitational Cross Country Race on September 21:
This Middle School Cross Country invitational event was held on a glorious autumnal day at International School of Berne (ISBerne), with seven members of the TASIS team competing in separate boys and girls races on a pretty 3.6-km trail nestled in the forest. The race represented quite a big challenge since the Tigers only had two training sessions beforehand. 

Max Sulla '25, Max Lim '24, Kyla Bodnar '25, and Platon Bukharin '25 each put on very solid performances, with great personal times for this distance. And Sarah McClellan '24 WON her first-ever running event representing TASIS, with a stunning 16:03 time for the course! 

Congratulations to all of the students for making the very most of this beautiful day and for achieving such a positive start to the race season!

Sports this weekend:

Date Event Location Time
September 28 Middle School Cross Country: SGIS Championships ICSZ 12:30

Recent results:

Middle School Cross Country • ISSL Championships First in Girls Category C

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

Security Note: Dropping Students Off at School

In our efforts to reinforce our security measures at TASIS, we would like to remind you that all exterior gates are locked and that it is therefore not possible to drop students off in the Belvedere, Alba, and Lanterna areas. We ask parents to drop students off at the main campus entrance, by the Gazebo.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation, and please contact the Security Department with any questions.

A Reminder About the TASIS Uniform

All students are required to wear uniforms. Students should be dressed neatly and cleanly, according to the uniform guidelines, throughout the entire school day. All students must have the TASIS crest on their top layer. 

If a student is missing a uniform item, he or she will be sent to the Belvedere Office to borrow this item. After a few warnings, parents or guardians of day students will be expected to bring the child’s missing article(s) to school. After three warnings, students will be issued a detention.

We ask that students avoid accessories (belts, shoes, etc.) that are emblazoned with brand names or are attention-grabbing (bright colors). 

Navy blue is the dress code color—black pants are not allowed.

  • TASIS white, navy blue, or red polo shirts
  • TASIS navy blue v-neck vest
  • TASIS white or light blue oxford short-sleeved shirts
  • TASIS grey round-neck sweater 
  • TASIS navy blue zipped cardigan
  • white or light blue long-sleeved shirt
  • white, grey, and navy blue turtleneck
  • TASIS plaid skirts (hems may not be higher than hand-width from the kneecap)
  • tailored navy blue or beige capri or long trousers*
  • tailored navy blue trousers*
  • TASIS scarf
  • black sneakers (and black sole), dress shoes or low-heeled (2 cm) shoes with a heel strap

Not permitted:

  • trousers with large pockets, tabs, rivets, or stripes
  • athletic shoes, white soles, rubber rain boots, Uggs, or heavy boots (this policy may be relaxed during inclement weather)
  • heels (exceeding 2 cm)
  • sneakers, shoes with white soles, etc.
  • TASIS white, navy blue, or red polo shirts
  • TASIS short-sleeved white or light blue oxford shirts 
  • white or light blue long-sleeved shirt
  • white, grey, and navy blue turtleneck
  • TASIS navy blue v-neck vest 
  • TASIS light grey v-neck sweater 
  • TASIS navy blue zipped cardigan
  • TASIS navy blue suit jacket
  • tailored navy blue, beige, or dark grey trousers or chinos (no outside pockets, no rivets, hemmed, no frayed edges, simple lines, not baggy)
  • black sneakers (and black sole), dress shoes, Oxford (lace-ups) or loafers
  • TASIS striped or dotted tie
  • Boys must wear a belt
  • TASIS scarf

Not permitted:

  • trousers with large pockets, tabs, stripes, or rivets
  • athletic shoes, white soles, heavy boots, or sandals (this policy may be relaxed during inclement weather)

Please refer to the MS Student Handbook for more information.

MS Parent Support Committee (PSC) Members: 2019–2020

Muriel Aciman (MS PSC Coordinator) Grade 7, Italian Section Turkish, English, Italian, French
Jennifer Zanarini  Grade 7 American Section English, Italian
Marianne Odfjell Grade 8, American Section Norwegian, English
Linda Lopes Grade 6, Italian Section Spanish, English, Italian, French

TASIS Cultural Events Program: Upcoming Events

The TASIS Cultural Events Program is designed to provide valuable cultural opportunities both on and off campus that are geared toward aspiring student artists.

All members of the TASIS community (students, faculty, staff, parents, friends of the School) are welcome to attend cultural events that take place on campus. All off-campus trips, however, are reserved for High School students and faculty chaperones.

Below please find details for all cultural events that will be offered in October, November, and December. To sign up for an event or request further information, please contact Simone Aeschliman at 091 960 51 50 or

October 3 

TASIS: Palmer Cultural Center
Evening concert: The Violinists

Vladimir and Anton are violin virtuosos who have been making a name for themselves on the European music scene. This dynamic duo is returning to TASIS again to perform their unique musical arrangements of classical and contemporary classics.

October 13

Departure from TASIS at 15:15
Lugano Arte e Cultura (LAC)
Daniele Finzi Pasca’s Donka

Don’t miss this homage to Anton Chekhov through dance, acrobatics, juggling, and art.

October 20

TASIS: Palestra
Dance performance: La Scala Theatre Ballet

Enjoy this performance of classical ballet and contemporary dance featuring six performers from La Scala Theatre Ballet in Milan.

October 23

Departure from TASIS at 19:00 (pre-concert introduction at 19:30 and concert at 20:30)
Lugano Arte e Cultura (LAC)
Symphony orchestra concert: Gewandhausorchester Leipzig

The program will include Gustav Mahler, Blumine; Robert Schumann, Cello concerto op. 129; Richard Wagner, Overture from The Flying Dutchman; Felix Mendelssohn, Symphony op. 56 (Scottish); Andris Nelsons, conductor; and Gautier Capuçon, cello.

November 15–17

November 15 at 19:30; November 16 at 19:30; November 17 at 14:30
TASIS: Palmer Cultural Center
High School Fall Play: A Christmas Carol

Don’t miss the TASIS High School Theater Program’s production of this timeless Charles Dickens classic. 

November 26

TASIS: Palmer Cultural Center
Dance performance: Sweet November Dance Company

TASIS’s own Sweet November Dance Company presents its fall showcase, Take Flight, which will include contemporary, hip hop, tap, jazz, and aerial dance. 

December 8

Church of S. Nicolao della Flüe, Lugano-Besso
TASIS Christmas Service 

TASIS choirs, musicians, and readers will headline this elegant annual event.

TPA Refillable Water Bottles on Sale

This is a reminder that the TPA is now selling BPA-free refillable water bottles for CHF 30, with all proceeds going toward TPA events organized on behalf of our students. 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 send an email to There are only about 10 remaining in stock, so get them now so that you do not have to wait!

powered by finalsite