TASIS Parent Association (TPA)



Current parents are members of the TASIS Parent Association (TPA).

Contact: tpa@tasis.ch for more information.


 

 

The TPA is committed to building a strong school community by

  • fostering a spirit of inclusion and cooperation within the school community.
  • promoting open communication between parents, teachers, and school administrators.
  • connecting the community through social events to make all families feel welcome.
  • enhancing the school environment through fundraising activities.

Run by parent volunteers, the TPA works closely with the TASIS administrative team to coordinate key programs and events throughout the year.

TPA Leadership 2019–2020

TPA Executive Committee:

  • President: Jennifer Zanarini
  • Vice President and Communication: Lisa Orlando-Izsa
  • Treasurer: Laura Colombo
  • ES Co-Coordinators: Lada Saratova, Lindsay Guest
  • MS Co-Coordinators: Marianne Odfjell, Maria Popova
  • HS Co-Coordinators: Sabine Moravi, Manuela Cerra

TPA Organizing Committee Members:

All-School

  • Used Uniform Sale: Melany Tekock
  • HS Sports Banquet Coordinator: Aleksandra Dochnal
  • Spring Events Coordinator: Consuelo Soldanini Nores
  • Winter Events Coordinator: Open position
  • Autumn Events Coordinator: Open position

Parent Support Committee (PSC) 2019–2020

Mission

The mission of the PSC is to promote open communication between parents, teachers, and school administrators.

Objectives

The primary objective of the PSC is to create an open dialogue between parent representatives and the School. It also is a platform for communicating families/parents feedback and common concerns and issues about academics, School events, trips, and initiatives. In this way, parents and the School administration work together on solutions for these and other issues.

Structure

There is a separate PSC for each division: Elementary School (ES), Middle School (MS), and High School (HS). Each of these committees comprises parents representing the American and Italian sections, different nationalities, multiple languages, and all grades.

Each division-level committee meets regularly with its respective School administrators to discuss and find solutions about topics and issues brought forth by parents during the school year. Each committee has a maximum of eight PSC members, including a PSC Coordinator selected by the TPA and the TASIS administration.

Process

PSC meeting are scheduled with the faculty and the Headmaster four times per year. Each PSC Coordinator sets up meeting dates with the administration before the end of the School year.

Each PSC committee has a one hour meeting with

  • Headmaster
  • ES Head, MS Academic Dean and MS Dean of Student Affairs, HS Academic Dean, HS Dean of Students, and Italian Section Coordinator (ES and MS) according to each division
  • If relevant, other School leaders and employees deemed appropriate by the Headmaster
  • Director of the Learning Resource Center

Each PSC Coordinator shares agenda points at least 24 hours before the meeting and minutes after the meeting with the administration for approval.

Minutes will be written in the same format for all divisions and highlights will be added to Weekly Bulletins. PSC members communicate regularly during the year to stay aligned on the shared vision of PSC.

To get involved in the PSC, please contact the relevant PSC Coordinator or tpa@tasis.ch.

2019–2020 Parent Support Committee (PSC)

Elementary School

Brunella Pignaton - ES PSC Coordinator
Grade 4, Italian section
Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, French, English


Middle School

Muriel Aciman - MS PSC CoordinatorGrade 7, Italian section
Turkish, English, Italian, French
Jennifer Zanarini
Grade 7 American sectionEnglish, Italian
Marianne OdfjellGrade 8, American sectionNorwegian, English
Linda Lopes
Grade 6, Italian section
Spanish, English, Italian, French

 

High School

Hanne Wibholm Hansen - HS PSC CoordinatorGrade 11Danish, English
Angelika CamargoGrade 10English, German
Manuela CerraGrades 9Italian
Lorenza FioriGrade 10Italian, English
Katja Mohr
Grade 12
German, English, Italian
Vibeke StanfordGrade 11Italian, English, Norwegian
Jennifer Zanarini Grade 9English, Italian

TPA Events and Activities on Campus

Throughout the year, the TPA organizes events and activities that promote school spirit and enhance the School environment.

Events

  • Fall Festival 
    Students celebrate Halloween with games, and trick-or-treating for Elementary students. Middle and High School students enjoy a Halloween Brunch.
  • Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and Holiday Market
    Students and faculty members sing carols around the tree decorated by the TPA. The one-day Holiday Market features unique products offered by TASIS students and parents and food stalls to benefit the Service Learning Program.
  • Egg Hunt
    Held just before Spring Break each year, the Egg Hunt is a festive occasion for Elementary students with crafts, games, and prizes for the whole family.
  • Spring Gala
    Held every two or three years, this themed event aims to raise money for specific campus development projects.
  • Teacher Appreciation Dinner
    The TPA coordinates parent initiatives to support teachers, including teacher gifts and an annual teacher appreciation lunch for all TASIS faculty and staff.

Fundraising Activities

Proceeds from fundraisers support the TPA and TASIS programs.

  • Gently-Used Uniform Sale — Throughout the year, the TPA accepts donations of clean uniforms in good condition. These are sold on Opening Day and on the first Monday of each month.
  • TPA Cook Book Sale — A collection of international recipes from TASIS parents and TASIS Chef Fabio Marrone. Copies of the cook book are available at reception for CHF 35.

Community Life Activities

The Community Life Committee connects our families through on- and off-campus events and activities.

  • Gite (Day Trips)
    Discover hidden treasures in the villages and mountains of Ticino and in Lombardy, Italy, through a gita (an outing)! Throughout the year, TASIS parents organize gite to encourage friendships between new and existing TASIS families as we learn about our beautiful local surroundings.
  • TPA Lunches
    Held regularly throughout the school year, these popular lunches are a great way to welcome new families and catch up with other TASIS parents.

ES Room Parent Program

Each Elementary School class has a room parent dedicated to supporting the teacher’s activities throughout the year, including the following:

  • Help teachers and students with class activities throughout the year. Halloween, Christmas, Carnival, and Easter are opportunities to spend time in class decorating and doing activities.
  • Help moms meet and get to know each other.
  • Help new moms understand the School and surrounding area.

Athletic Booster Club

The Booster Club supports our TASIS sports teams and assists the Athletic Director and coaches. Possibilities for parent volunteering include the following:

  • Help plan sports banquets.
  • Act as team parents for specific teams.
  • Organize appreciation gifts for coaches.

How to get involved

All of the exciting activities and events that the TPA does throughout the year would not be possible without a strong group of volunteer parents that make them happen. Please email tpa@tasis.ch to get involved and help make the TPA even stronger.

Newsletters & Documents

For additional resources and information, current families may use the community login below to access the private Parent Portal.

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