TPA

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 2020–2021

TPA Executive Committee:

  • President: Jennifer Zanarini
  • Vice President/Communications: Lisa Orlando-Izsa
  • Treasurer: Laura Colombo
  • ES Co-Coordinators: Sevim Arslan, Stefania Rovelli , Lada Saratova and Sabine Moravi
  • MS Co-Coordinators: Manuela Cerra, Maria Popova
  • HS Co-Coordinators: Marianne Odfjell, Linda Lopes

TPA Organizing Committee Members:

All-School

  • Used Uniform Sale: Melany Tekock
  • HS Sports Banquet Coordinator: OPEN
  • Spring Events Coordinator: Consuelo Soldanini Nores
  • Winter Events Coordinator: OPEN
  • Autumn Events Coordinator: OPEN

Parent Support Committee (PSC) 2020–2021

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)

High School

Vibeke StanfordHS PSC Coordinator
Kristina Leppanen, Vibeke StanfordGrade 12
Aleksandra Doschnal, Angelika KaheGrade 11
Ana Cristina de Attayade , Linda LopesGrade 10
Marianne Odfjell, Nicolas Girotto
Grade 09

 

Middle School

Muriel AcimanMS PSC Coordinator
Ana Cristina de Attayade, Muriel AcimanGrade 8
Ana Costa Felix , Linda LopesGrade 7
Manuela Cerra, OPEN (to represent American section)Grade 6

 

Elementary School

Brunella Pignaton, OPEN
ES PSC Coordinator
OPEN, OPENGrade 5
OPEN, OPENGrade 4
Zane Skrastina, OPENGrade 3
OPEN, OPENGrade 2
Katrine Kay Nelson, OPENGrade 1
OPEN, OPENKindergarten
OPEN, OPENPre-Kindergarten

 

Volunteer to be a Room Parent

  • Act as a representative of your classroom communicating with parents, class teacher, and TPA.
  • Create a WhatsApp group chat as the main channel of communicating.
  • Support classroom teacher and students with class activities/events by finding volunteers among parents.
  • Help find and organize volunteers for TPA events such as Holloween, Christmas, Easter, student book swaps, bake sales, etc.
  • Create moments where parents can meet and get to know each other, building community through social meetings, coffees, outings, lunches, etc. 
  • Work closely with ES Coordinator and Parent Support Committee (PSC) Head, acting as a channel of communications between TPA and the School.
  • Communicate parent concerns and needs that are academic in nature or related to school administration initiatives to PSC.
  • Communicate ideas and work together with ES Coordinator for all social events.
  • Attend necessary meetings with division heads and/or school administration.

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.
  • Spring Grill & Chill
    The TPA and HS Student Council team up to coordinate this annual all-school event. Students, parents, and teachers celebrate spring with a delicious barbecue, games, and an outdoor movie.

Fundraising Activities

Proceeds from fundraisers support the TPA and TASIS programs.

  • Gently-Used Uniform Sale — Throughout the year, the TPA accepts donations of gently used, clean uniforms in good condition (free of stains or holes). These are sold on Opening Day and throughout the year. Sale dates are announced through the weekly division bulletins and on the TPA instagram account: @tasis_tpa_lugano.
  • Reusable Water BottlesThe TPA sells BPA-free refillable water bottles for CHF 30. 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 tpa@tasis.ch or send a message to the TPA Instagram account: @tasis_tpa_lugano. All proceeds will go toward TPA events organized on behalf of TASIS students.
  • Artisan Umbrellas (made in Italy) — The TPA sells beautiful umbrellas that students can put in their backpacks for any rainy day! These gorgeous umbrellas also appeal to parents and make great gifts! To order, please send an email to tpa@tasis.ch or send a message to the TPA Instagram account: @tasis_tpa_lugano.

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 & Cocktails
    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 parents meet and get to know each other.
  • Help new parents 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

Donation Information

Donations by bank transfer:

TASIS Parent Association
Via Collina d’Oro 15
6926 Montagnola

IBAN: CH04 0900 0000 1512 5586 0
BIC: POFICHBEXXX

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

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