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MS Weekly Bulletin | October 11, 2019
Posted 10/11/2019 02:17PM

Other things may change us, but we start and end with the family.

– Anthony Brandt

Upcoming Events

Friday–Saturday, October 11–12 Family Weekend
Wednesday, October 16 MS Parent Coffee • 8:30, Casa Fleming
Wednesday, October 16 TPA Hike • 11:00, Carona parking lot
Thursday, October 17 MAP information meeting for MS parents • 18:00, Monticello 1 and 2
Sunday, October 20 TPA Spooky Sunday Brunch • 10:00–12:45, De Nobili
Tuesday, October 22 Informational Event for Parents • 11:30, Casa Fleming
Monday–Wednesday, October 28–30 MS Academic Travel
Thursday–Friday, October 31–November 1 No classes for MS
Wednesday, November 13 MS Parent Coffee • 8:30, Casa Fleming
Friday–Sunday, November 15–17 HS Fall Play: A Christmas Carol (reserve seats)
Saturday, November 23 Yoga Marathon • 9:00–16:30
Friday, November 29 All-school: no classes
Please refer to for a more detailed look at upcoming events.

Welcome to Family Weekend! 

Family Weekend got off to a great start with a terrific assembly this morning (available on YouTube soon) followed by classroom visits throughout the day. Events will continue through Saturday afternoon. See the High School athletics schedule below and the full Middle School schedule for more details.

Family Weekend Athletics Schedule
Saturday, October 12 JV Girls Volleyball vs. ASM 13:45 • TASIS Palestra
Saturday, October 12 Varsity Girls Volleyball vs. ASM 15:00 • TASIS Palestra
Saturday, October 12 Varsity Boys Soccer vs. ASM 15:00 • FC Agno Field
Saturday, October 12 Varsity Boys Volleyball vs. ASM 16:15 • TASIS Palestra
Saturday, October 12 Varsity Girls Soccer vs ASM 16:15 • FC Agno Field

MAP Results

The MAP student profile reports were mailed this week, and you should receive them by early next week. There will be a MAP information meeting for parents on Thursday, October 17, at 18:00 in Monticello 1 & 2.

Email Communication With Teachers 

This is a reminder that if you need to write an email to a teacher, please check to make sure you are sending the email to the teacher’s correct 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.

Assemblies and Advisor Meetings 

The assembly on Wednesday, October 10, was led by TASIS Risk & Safety Manager Mr. Paul Diviani and was dedicated to safety and security on campus.

During the advisor block on Thursday, October 10, grade 6 had its first of three Academic Travel meetings, grade 7 advisor groups discussed “How to be courteous and show empathy,” and grade 8 participated in a Community Building Activity.

A Note About PE Classes

Dear Students & Parents,

Until Academic Travel, Middle School Physical Education (PE) classes will be outside for the practical part of each lesson. This means that we will likely be outside even if it is raining. (We will NOT be outside if there is lightning or hail.) If there is rain in the forecast, we ask that students please come prepared with extra underwear, socks, and a rain jacket. 

We have a hairdryer and towels in each changing room. If the conditions are wet, students will be given extra time to dry off properly and change before they need to head to their next class. 


Tom Lill
PK–12 Physical Education Department Chair

Student Council Elections and Structure: 2019–2020

Student Council is open to all students in grades 6–8. The group is responsible for creating positive connections between students and faculty along with raising the profile of the Middle School at TASIS. They discuss issues and find solutions while also organizing events and assemblies, including Family Weekend, 5th-Grade Shadow Day, and International Week. Students have the opportunity to make changes in the Middle School and serve as the voice of their peers. They work together on developing such skills as leadership and commitment, teamwork and collaboration, communication and IT, and listening and public speaking.

The elections for President and Vice President of Student Council were held during an assembly on September 25. The candidates gave speeches, and all Middle School students voted. Congratulations to all those who gave a speech: Edoardo Vasino, Pedro Frascogna, Alexander Bagrin, and Adam Al Askari. It takes courage and discipline to do so in front of peers and teachers. 

The results of the votes were really close, but Edoardo Vasino (President) and Adam Al Askari (Vice President) got a slightly higher percentage. 

During our first Student Council meeting, it was agreed that all members of the Council would put their efforts together and use each other's skills to make the most of the Student Council. The Student Council 2019–2020 wants to work as a team, and therefore the following structure was agreed to by all members of the Student Council:

  • First Semester: Pedro Frascogna will take the role of President, and Adam Al Askari will serve as Vice President. They will be assisted by Artur Loika as Secretary.
  • Second Semester: Edoardo Vasino will take over the role of President, and Alexander Bagrin will serve as Vice President. They will be assisted by Max Lim as Secretary.

The full 2019–2020 Student Council is as follows:

  • Adam Al Askari, Alexander Bagrin, Pedro Frascogna, Vladislav Kozlov, Max Lim, Artur Loika, Edoardo Milani, Anthony Nikoloff, and Edoardo Vasino. Congratulations to them all!

Student Council wishes a successful and productive year to all MS students! 

TPA Hike & Lunch Moved to October 16

Due to poor weather this Wednesday, the TPA hike has been moved to this coming Wednesday, October 16. Join hike leaders Vittoria Marazzi and Francesca Varano for 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! 

All hikers will meet in the Carona parking lot at 11:00. Please RSVP to so that the TPA can contact you with any additional details. The trip may be postponed again in the event of inclement weather.

Spooky Sunday Brunch on October 20 

The TPA will be sponsoring a Spooky Sunday Brunch for Middle and High School students on Sunday, October 20, from 10:00–12:45. Parents who would like to help decorate Villa De Nobili, bake treats, or serve food should contact their TPA division coordinator or send an email to


Join Us for Lunch and a Discussion on October 22

All TASIS parents are invited to an informational event in Casa Fleming on Tuesday, October 22, beginning at 11:30. Headmaster Christopher Nikoloff and Accreditation Coordinator Nilda Lucchini will provide an update about the accreditation process and lead a discussion about the School’s ongoing efforts to develop a Definition of High Quality Learning, for which parents will be encouraged to provide feedback. 

A panini lunch will be served in Casa Fleming at 11:30 for those interested. The presentation and Q&A will commence at 12:00 and should conclude by 13:00. 

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 details can be found below:

6th Grade: Mantova • Itinerary and packing list
    Monday, October 28, at 8:30
Check in at De Nobili and depart for Mantova
    Wednesday, October 30, at 17:30
Arrive at TASIS
7th Grade: Lausanne & Gruyères • Itinerary and packing list
    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: Genève  • Itinerary and packing list
    Monday, October 28, at 8:00
Check in at De Nobili and depart for Geneva
    Wednesday, October 30, at 19:00
Arrive at TASIS

All students must meet the Academic Travel Expectations. Please review these expectations with your children before the trips. 

MS After-School Sports and Activities

Upcoming event:

Date Event Location Time
October 22 MS Cross Country • NISSA Como 9:00

MS Boarding Life: An Overnight Adventure to Capanna Basodino

TASIS Middle School boarders spent the night at Capanna Basodino, located in the mountains outside Cevio, Switzerland. The students were able to unplug from their regular days and connect to the natural world with hikes while learning about the glacial surroundings. They hiked to the foot of the Basodino Glacier, where the students could stand where the glacier was 100 years ago, several kilometers away from its current location.

Reserve Your Seats for A Christmas Carol

This year’s High School Fall Play, A Christmas Carol, will premiere in the Palmer Center at 19:30 on the evening of Friday, November 15, with additional performances at 19:30 on Saturday, November 16, and at 14:30 on Sunday, November 17. The cast and crew include faculty members and students from all three TASIS divisions.

Please visit to reserve your seats for this treasured holiday classic.

Join us as we kick off the winter holiday season with the theatrical production of Charles Dickens’s world-famous A Christmas Carol. In the tale, miserly, mean-spirited Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by three spirits who take him backwards, forwards, and sideways in time to try to teach him the values of compassion and empathy. The production stays faithful to Dickens’s story, filling the stage with colorful characters, music and dance, ghosts and spirits, and an author whose love of life and humanity provokes us to seek out the best in ourselves. 

Save the Date: Yoga Marathon on November 23

The second annual TASIS Yoga Marathon will take place on Saturday, November 23, from 9:00–16:30. This Serving Southern Africa fundraiser will be structured similarly to last January’s very successful event, which raised CHF 3000 for underprivileged children in Zambia. More information will be shared soon.

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