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MS Weekly Bulletin | November 8, 2019
Posted 11/08/2019 02:00PM

Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.

– Edward Everett Hale

Upcoming Events

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, Palestra Dance Studio (register)
Friday, November 26 Sweet November Dance Company performance • 18:30, Palmer Center (register)
Friday, November 29 Thanksgiving Holiday (no classes)
Friday, December 6 TPA Holiday Market and Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony • 16:30
Saturday, December 7 MS Christmas Celebration for students and faculty
Sunday, December 8 All-School Christmas Service • 15:15, San Nicolao della Flüe, Lugano-Besso
Wednesday, December 18 Last day of classes before Winter Holiday
Thursday, December 19 Dormitories close at 16:00
Please refer to for a more detailed look at upcoming events.


Alternate Schedule on November 14
The MS will run the following alternate schedule next Thursday, November 14, as students will be watching the HS Fall Play dress rehearsal in the afternoon.

EAL Film Program for Introduction to MS Academic English class (Ms. Guarnieri Rosso’s class)
All of Ms. 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. 

The first film session will be held on Friday, November 15, from 15:30–17:30 and on Saturday, November 16, from 10:00–12:00 in Alba Lower. The students will be watching A Christmas Carol.

Midterm Grades
Midterm grades and comments will be released on Monday, November 11. Students will receive an academic and effort grade along with a comment from each teacher.

Assemblies and Advisor Meetings This Week

During Assembly on Wednesday, November 6, we held the MS After-School Program Fall Term Awards Ceremony. Congratulations to the award recipients

Theater Sarah McClellan (Theater Award)
Choir Ana Beatriz Ribeiro Moritz Cavalcanti (Music Excellence Award)
Ensemble Antara Stromayer (Music Excellence Award)
Dance Alexia Essaris (Dance Award)
Glass Painting Anastasiia Martynova (Prolific and Original Artwork) 
Lacrosse Nikola Borisov (Most Valuable Player)
Patrick Camargo (Most Improved Player)
Boys Soccer Michael Maffe (Coach Award)
William Mikkelsen (Most Improved Player)
Girls Soccer Delaney McKee (Coach’s Award)
Giulia Panontin (Most Improved)
Martina Gallone (Most Spirited)
Cross Country Kyla Bodnar (Coach’s Award)
Max Lim (Coach’s Award)
Sarah McClellan (Coach’s Award)
Climbing Club Sarah McClellan (Best Climber)
Theodor Riegger (Best Climber)
Antara Stromayer (Coach’s Award)
Robotics Alexander Bagrin (Robot Design)
Pietro Furlan (Programming Award)

Congratulations also to the members of the MS Cross Country team for their fine performance at the NISSA Championships on October 22!

Please note that Fall Term after-school activities will continue until Friday, November 15.

On Thursday, November 7, we had Academic Travel wrap-up meetings. Enjoy the MS Academic Travel photo gallery on the TASIS SmugMug page.

Upcoming MS Parent Coffee

The next MS Parent Coffee will be held on Wednesday, November 13, from 8:30–9:30 in Casa Fleming. It will be dedicated to Technology and Digital Citizenship and will be led by Ms. Bloodworth. We will review the MS assembly on digital footprints and discuss what parents need to know to support their children in developing a positive digital footprint. We will also provide some tips on setting expectations, rules, and consequences at home.

Service Learning News: Environmental Saveurs

The 8th-grade Service Learning group Environmental Saveurs will participate in an educational and service experience all day on Tuesday, November 12. 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!

Winter Term After-School Sports and Activities 

The After-School Sports and Activities Fall Term continues until Friday, November 15.

The 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. Starts on Monday, November 18. Meeting point: Basketball Field (in front of Campo Science). Coaches: Mr. Volpi & Mr. Angelitti.

  • MS Girls Basketball: Mondays & Wednesdays, 16:00-17:30. Starts on Monday, November 18. Meeting point: Basketball Field (in front of Campo Science). Coaches: Mr. Zanecchia & Mr. Morton.

  • MS Futsal (Indoor soccer): Fridays, 16:00-17:30. Starts on Friday, November 23. Meeting point: Palestra. Coach: Mr. Morton.

  • Glass Painting: Tuesdays, 16:00-17:30. Starts on Tuesday, November 19. Meeting point: Entrance of Art building. Instructor: Ms. Brown.

  • MS Dance: Wednesdays, 16:00-17:00. Starts on Wednesday, November 20. Meeting point: Dance Studio. Instructor: Ms. Frazier-Smith.

  • 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. Meeting point on November 19: Coach House 2, Music Room. Instructor: Ms. Rubb.

  • Ski and Snowboard Club (extra cost of CHF 525): Click on this link for details. Dates for our Sunday outings are January 12, January 19, February 9, and February 16. Coaches: Ms. Breton and Mr. Alava.

  • 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 in Palmer Center. Performances will be May 15-17. Musical director: Mr. Frazier-Smith. 

Additional notes:

  • The Fall Term Theater activity will continue until the performance on Thursday, December 12.

  • MS Robotics will continue until February 18. 

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

High School Fall Play Opens Next Friday!

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.

Director Valerie Bijur Carlson and Assistant Director Matthew Frazier-Smith have put together a tremendous cast and crew that not only feature High School thespians in acting, design, tech, and stage management roles but also include several young actors from the Middle and Elementary Schools. Learn more on the TASIS Blog.

A Christmas Carol will premiere in the Palmer Center on Friday, November 15, at 19:30 and will also be performed Saturday at 19:30 and Sunday at 14:30.

Seats are filling up quickly, so be sure to reserve yours now!

Reserve your seats

Yoga Marathon on November 23: Register Now

The second annual TASIS Yoga Marathon will take place on Saturday, November 23, from 9:00–16:30. This community-building event will include five yoga sessions—each featuring a different style of yoga with a first-rate instructor—and a raffle with a number of exciting prizes. 

All proceeds will go toward Serving Southern Africa, an Opsahl Global Service Program group that spends two weeks each June serving rural and urban communities in Zambia—helping the elderly, volunteering at a local preschool, assisting with the provision of medication at a local hospital, planting trees, holding art workshops for street children, and transforming the community through service.

To register and see the full schedule of events for this year’s Yoga Marathon, visit

Sweet November Dance Company to Perform on November 26

TASIS's own Sweet November Dance Company (SNDC) will present its annual fall showcase, Take Flight, on Tuesday, November 26, from 18:30–19:15 in the Palmer Cultural Center. The performance will include contemporary, hip hop, jazz, and aerial dance. Reserve your seats before it’s too late!

This enthusiastic company is made up of TASIS High School students who dedicate their Sunday afternoons to learning company ensemble works from contemporary to hip hop dance numbers. Take Flight will feature work from two guest choreographers, Jordine Cornish (Tel Aviv) and Alessia della Casa (Lugano), and will include original works choreographed by both students and faculty members. The company, directed by Ms. Julie Frazier-Smith, will be joined on stage by dancers from the TASIS Faculty, Middle School, and Elementary School, and ballerina-themed artwork created by Elementary School students will be exhibited in the Palmer Center lobby. Please come join the dance celebration of the season and make your November a little sweeter!

Reserve seats

Watch Sweet November Dance Company’s most recent performance here, and see photos on the TASIS SmugMug page.

Volunteers Needed for TPA Holiday Market on December 6 

The TPA has begun organizing this year’s Holiday Market, which will be held at TASIS on Friday, December 6. They had their first planning meeting this week and are excited to get started! If you are interested in volunteering for this annual community-building event, please send an email to

MS Christmas Celebration on December 7

On Saturday, December 7, the MS will hold its annual Christmas Celebration for students and faculty from 18:30–21:30. A formal dinner will start at 18:30 and be followed by a celebration with games and dancing. Students who participate may not arrive later than 18:30 or leave earlier than 21:30. 

Student Council is taking an active part in the organization of the dinner, and the Event Planners are busy planning games and amazing activities for the celebration. The students have received the invitation this week and the confirmation is necessary. We hope that all students join the MS Christmas Festivities. 

Formal dress requirements for the dinner in De Nobili (18:30–19:45):


  • Dress (dress-code length—not more than one hand above the knee)
    • NO low-cut dresses
  • Or skirt (dress-code length—not more than one hand above the knee)
  • Or pants (NO jeans)
  • Dressy top or Pashmina (shoulders must be covered)
  • Shoes: high-heel shoes may not be higher than 2 centimeters


  • Pants (NO jeans)
  • Jacket
  • Shirt
  • Tie
  • Belt
  • Dress shoes
  • Boys may wear the TASIS suit

Games and Dance in the Palestra (19:45–21:30)

  • NO heels higher than 2 centimeters
  • Sneakers are acceptable.

A Letter Regarding the 2019 Christmas Service 

Dear Parents,

Please be advised of the following details about the 2019 Christmas Service.

Rehearsal Schedule on December 4
There will be a mandatory rehearsal for all participants at the church on Wednesday, December 4.

  • ES Choir students will leave campus at 12:30.
  • MS first semester Music students and MS Choir students will leave campus at 12:45.
  • HS Choir and Instrumental Ensemble students will leave at 12:45. 

Transport to and from the San Nicolao Church will be coordinated by Ms. Simone Aeschliman.

Details are as follows:

  • ES students will return to campus by 14:15 in time for their after-school activities and shuttles home.
  • MS first-semester music students will return to campus at 14:40 in time for their last class, after-school activities, and shuttles home. Please see the altered schedule for this day below.
  • HS and MS Choir and instrumental students will continue rehearsing with the orchestra until 16:00.
  • MS and HS Choral singers will be taken by bus to the Villa Principe Leopoldo to sing for a Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony that begins at 17:00.
  • Instrumentalists will return to school by 16:30.
  • HS recreational sports are canceled that afternoon. HS day students who wish to return home directly from the Villa Principe Leopoldo must obtain permission from their parents, who must advise both Ms. Samantha Forrest and Mr. KC McKee.

Christmas Service Schedule for Performers: Sunday, December 8

12:15               Students must be in the main TASIS parking lot.

12:30               All participants—singers, musicians, and readers—will be taken by bus from TASIS to church. 

13:00–14:45    Final rehearsal in the church

15:15–16:15     Christmas Service

16:15                Dismissal for all students except for performers

16:15–16:45     Reception in the Reception Hall following the service for parents, friends, and performers

17:00               Dismissal from the church (performers return to campus by 17:15)

Day families: Please note that day student performers must travel to the church with the School. If day students wish to depart after the service with their families, they must inform their music teacher by Thursday, November 28.

Please contact your divisional teacher or Ms. Simone Aeschliman with any questions or concerns.

Thank you, and happy holidays!

Ms. Simone Aeschliman ( – Cultural Events Coordinator)
Samantha Forrest ( – High School Music Teacher)
Yara Abu Er Rubb ( – Middle School Music Teacher)
Melody Tibbits Zanecchia ( – Elementary School Music Teacher)

Middle School Alternate Schedule on Wednesday, December 4 

Blocks G–B Normal schedule
12:25–12:40: Lunch Choir, music, and orchestral students get priority in line
12:40–13:30: Recess/Help Centers Choir, music, and orchestral students depart at 12:45 from parking lot
13:35–14:40: C Block

MS Choir + Fall Semester music and orchestral students will miss C Block
All are expected to return at 14:45 for D Block

14:45–15:55: D Block All MS students should be present for D Block
No Assembly  

TPA Bake Sale for Middle School

The TPA bake sale during snack time in Belvedere Salon this past Thursday was a great success. Thank you, TPA, for delicious treats and baked goods!

TPA October Newsletter 

Please click here to view the TPA’s October Newsletter, and please send an email to if you are on the TPA mailing list and did not receive this newsletter OR if you would like the TPA to add you to its mailing list.

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