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MS Weekly Bulletin | October 18, 2019
Posted 10/18/2019 02:00PM

The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.

– Mark Van Doren

Upcoming Events

Sunday, October 20 TPA Spooky Sunday Brunch • 10:00–12:45, De Nobili
Sunday, October 20 Ballet Performance • 19:00, Palestra
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
Tuesday, November 26 Sweet November Dance Company Performance • 18:30, Palmer Center
Friday, November 29 Thanksgiving Holiday (no classes)
Please refer to for a more detailed look at upcoming events.


Thank You for Visiting!

We were honored to welcome families to campus last weekend for our annual Family Weekend celebration. Thank you also to everyone who attended the TPA Autumn Aperitifs at THE VIEW Lugano on Thursday evening. What a wonderful event!

Read more about Family Weekend on the TASIS Blog, and see more photos on the TASIS SmugMug page.

MAP Information Meeting

Thank you to everyone who came to the MAP information meeting last night. Here is the presentation for those who couldn't make it or would like to take a closer look.

TPA Spooky Brunch this Sunday 

The TPA will be hosting a “Spooky Sunday” Brunch for Middle and High School students on October 20 from 10:00–12:45. A delicious feast of delights and baked goodies (no candy) awaits you! 

Parent volunteers who have baked something for this event, please bring your treats to De Nobili by 9:30 AM on Sunday. It is never too late to volunteer, so please contact your TPA division coordinator or send an email to if you would like to help out!

Ballet Dancers from Teatro Alla Scala to Perform at TASIS on Sunday

Five dancers plus for the first time a soloist from the Corps de Ballet of the Teatro alla Scala in Milan will be performing three classical pas-de-deux and one contemporary group piece in the Palestra at 19:00 on Sunday, October 20. Performances will include the following:

  • From Le Corsaire, inspired by Lord Byron's epic poem, “The Corsair”
  • From The Flames of Paris, a ballet in four acts based on songs of the French Revolution
  • Grand Pas Classique from the ballet Raymonda. This ballet is famous above all for its Grand Pas Classique in the third act, which is often performed independently from the ballet itself. 
  • Alchemy: a contemporary group dance choreographed by soloist dancer Matteo Gavazzi 

A group of Corps de Ballet dancers has been coming to TASIS every few years for the past 20 years. We are fortunate that they are willing to sacrifice their day off to come and perform for us since they are often on tour. They were in China this summer, will be heading to Kuwait in January to perform Giselle, will be in Los Angeles for Giselle and Onjegin this spring, and will go to Japan to perform the dance scenes in the opera La Traviata this summer.

Everyone is welcome to attend this TASIS Cultural Event

Join Us for Lunch and a Discussion on Tuesday

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 Council of International Schools (CIS) 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. 

To help the School prepare for this event, please RSVP to if you plan to attend the panini lunch. (You may also let your child’s room parent or TPA section coordinator know if you’d prefer.)

TPA Used Uniform Sale on Thursday 

Fall into spectacular savings at the TPA Used Uniform Sale in the Palestrina on Thursday, October 24, from 14:00–17:00. All proceeds from this fundraiser will go toward events organized for our students.

TPA Umbrellas for Sale

Support TPA fundraising and help prepare our students for the rainy weather ahead by purchasing beautiful artisan umbrellas made in Italy. Two models of these umbrellas, which also make for wonderful gifts, will be available for purchase at the Used Uniform Sale on Thursday. They can also be ordered by sending an email to

Don’t miss out on this TPA fundraiser, as all proceeds go toward TPA events organized on behalf of our students!

Assemblies and Advisor Meetings 

The assembly on Wednesday, October 16, was led by MS Technology Coordinator Ms. Bloodworth and was dedicated to educating students about their digital footprints.

During the Advisor block on Thursday, October 17, each grade had Academic Travel meetings. These meetings will continue next Thursday, October 24. 

Next Wednesday, October 23, our students will discuss how to be a good member of the community while traveling.

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. 

Note from the nurses: If your child requires an EpiPen for allergies that could result in anaphylactic shock or an inhaler for respiratory problems, please make sure he or she brings any necessary equipment or medication on the trip. Please talk to your child’s advisor for any specific needs.

Please see the itineraries and packing lists for each grade level and group. 

Academic Travel was the main topic of the MS Parent Coffee on Wednesday, October 16. We want to thank all the parents who attended, and here is the presentation for those who could not make it. 

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. 

Service Learning News: Environmental Saveurs

The 8th-grade Service Learning group Environmental Saveurs will participate in an educational and service experience all day on Friday, November 8. Biologist Andrea Persico, who works with the Ticino chapter of ProNatura (the oldest Swiss preservation organization in Switzerland!) will be teaching students how to restore the peat bog area in Bedrina, which was harmed by a recent avalanche. The biodiversity of the area is in need of restoration. The group will spend the day learning how to restore this habitat and then doing some of the work necessary to make that happen!

In the event of inclement weather, the group will go on Tuesday, November 12, instead. 

MS After-School Sports and Activities

The After-School Sports and Activities Winter Term begins on November 18 and ends on February 21. Students can sign up for activities during the Advisor Block on Monday, November 11, and may list their top three preferences. 

All boarding students are required to participate in one or two activities for a total of two afternoons a week. Although this is not required for day students, participation in the After-School program is strongly recommended. 

  • MS Boys Basketball: Mondays & Wednesdays, 16:00-17:30
  • MS Girls Basketball: Mondays & Wednesdays, 16:00-17:30
  • MS Futsal (Indoor soccer): Fridays, 16:00-17:30
  • Glass Painting: Tuesdays, 16:00-17:30
  • MS Dance: Wednesdays, 16:00-17:00
  • Choir: Tuesdays, 16:00-17:30. This activity is a year-round commitment. Students already participating in Choir are required to remain in this activity. New students can sign up at the beginning of the winter term.
  • Ski and Snowboard Club (extra cost of CHF 525): Dates for our Sunday outings are January 12, January 19, February 9, and February 16.
  • MS Musical: Rehearsals on Thursdays from 16:00-18:00 from January 9–February 20 and on Tuesdays and Thursdays from March 3–May 14. Audition on Tuesday, December 3, from 16:00-18:00. Performances will be May 15-17.

Additional notes:

  • The Fall Term Theater activity will continue until the performance on Thursday, December 12.
  • MS Robotics will continue until February 18, 2020. 

Please contact Mr. Mendes, MS After-School Activities Assistant Coordinator, with any further questions. 

Upcoming event:

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

MS Cross Country Team Participates in Terry Fox Run

More than 400 TASIS High School students, Middle School Cross Country runners, and faculty members participated in the School’s third annual Terry Fox Run—completing as many 500-meter laps as possible in 45 minutes—on Wednesday afternoon to raise money for cancer research and honor the legacy of inspiring athlete, humanitarian, and activist Terry Fox. Through donations and the purchase of pink ribbons, the event raised just over CHF 1000 for the Swiss Cancer Foundation, which used last year’s donation to develop digital marketing tools designed to continue raising awareness for the many facets of this terrible disease.

Learn more about this year’s Terry Fox Run on the TASIS Blog, and please enjoy the letter below from MS Cross Country coaches Dr. Jill Sawyer-Price and Mr. Tommy Manning:

Dear Brave Students and Proud Parents,

We set off this afternoon determined to try our best to achieve our goal of running a collective marathon as emotional supporters of cancer patients and survivors, and also to contribute to TASIS efforts to raise money in aid of the Swiss Cancer Foundation.

Coach Manning and I should have been more ambitious—between the efforts of ten brave Middle School runners and two coaches, we managed to complete 80-some kilometers of collective running on our cross country course over the 45-minute race period!

For many of you, this was definitely the furthest you have run in a “race.” We had students complete 5 km, 8 km, and even 9 km of running. Our Middle School team absolutely left the High School participants standing, and many of them were impressed not to mention inspired by your fitness and determination.

So a HUGE well done to all of you! You deserved every single one (or two or three) of those after-race ice creams!

Time now to feel proud of yourselves and mentally prepare for the last race of the season, the NISSA Championships in Como next Tuesday.

For those parents who kindly offered to make a donation, please note that you can do so by reaching out to Anna Scheliga, our contact at the Swiss Cancer Foundation, at

If you prefer to give your child a cash donation to bring to school, we will gladly pass it on to Global Service Program Director Danny Schiff, who will make sure it reaches the foundation.

We are so proud of you, team!

Coach Sawyer and Coach Manning

Reserve Your Seats for A Christmas Carol Before it’s Too Late!

Seats are filling up quickly for A Christmas Carol, which will be performed in the Palmer Center on Friday, November 15 (19:30), on Saturday, November 16 (19:30), and on Sunday, November 17 (14:30).

Visit to reserve your seats, and learn more about this year’s High School Fall Play on the TASIS Blog.

Yoga Marathon on November 23: Register Now

You can now register for the second annual TASIS Yoga Marathon, which will take place on Saturday, November 23, from 9:00–16:30. To register and see a full schedule of events, visit

A Safety Note About the Morning Drop-Off Routine

The TASIS Security Team would like us to remind families that when students are dropped off on the Hadsall side of the street, they should always exit their vehicle on the right side (the side farther away from the street) for safety reasons.

No MS Weekly Bulletin the Next Two Weeks

Please note that the next MS Weekly Bulletin will be sent on Friday, November 8, as we typically do not send bulletins on the Friday preceding a week in which classes are not in session (or during the week in which classes are not in session). If any school-related information needs to be communicated in the meantime, it will be emailed directly.

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