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ES Weekly Bulletin | June 1, 2018
Posted 06/01/2018 02:00PM

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.

- Mahatma Gandhi

As the 2017–2018 Academic Year draws to a close, I would like to thank the entire TASIS community for an amazing year of discovery, growth, and service. I especially thank the students for their hard work and the teachers for their dedication. The student-teacher relationship is the battery that will power a brighter future. I wish each and every one of you a wonderful summer, and I look forward to seeing you all in August!

– Christopher Nikoloff, Headmaster

Upcoming Events

Friday, June 1 ES Musical • Palmer Center, 19:00
Wednesday, June 6 ES Field Day
Thursday, June 7 Last day of classes; Grade 5 Moving-Up Ceremony 10:30
Saturday, June 23 TASIS Summer Programs open

A Message from Theresa Cullen Hill, Head of ES

Dear Families,

This year has been filled with many exciting opportunities for the Elementary School. There is a wonderful feeling of joy and excitement that permeates our school. We harness this positive energy and appreciate the many nationalities and languages representing our school. This is what makes our school special and unique.

As we near the finish of the school year, I’d like to share a few notes about the summer and the 2018–2019 Academic Year.

Combined American and Italian Sections

A new schedule for 2018–2019 will offer a combined homeroom approach for our Italian and American Section students. We believe combining the groups will offer many academic and social benefits. In addition, the new schedule will allow for more academic time in English, Science, and Italian language. We have changed our dismissal times to accommodate this new schedule. Please see the new dismissal times below.

Academic Curriculum Enhancements

Our new schedule will allow for more English instruction time—120 minutes per day. All students will receive instruction from their homeroom teacher. American Section students will have Italian language daily for one hour.

Mr. Laurent Carsana will continue to lead our science curriculum and deliver lessons in the lab. We will offer two science labs per week for students in grades 2–5 for a total of 105 minutes of instruction. Grades Pre-K through 1 will continue to enjoy science lab once each week.

Summer Academic Work

It is very important for your children to continue reading throughout the summer—in native tongue and in English. Please visit our ES library website for a collection of English language books recommended by age/interest/reading level.

Thanks to the organization of our TPA, our Hadsall library will be open again this summer and will offer library checkouts. For more information, please contact Ms. Susan Puckett.

2018–19 ES Calendar and School Times: To see an up-to-date calendar throughout the school year, please refer to the all-school calendar on our website.

New Afternoon Departure Times:

  • Focolare (Pre-K through grade 1) dismissal: 15:30 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday (14:30 on Wednesday) for car riders and walkers
  • Focolare (Pre-K through grade 1) dismissal: 15:50 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday (14:50 on Wednesday) for shuttle bus riders
  • Hadsall (grades 2–5) dismissal: 15:45 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday (14:45 on Wednesday) for shuttle bus riders and walkers
  • Hadsall (grades 2–5) dismissal: 16:00 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday (14:55 on Wednesday) for car riders

A Few More Scheduling Notes

  • Our first official day of classes is Monday, September 3.
  • Grades 2–5 will begin school at 8:00. Pre-K through grade 1 will begin school at 8:15.
  • Parent Conferences will be held on Thursday, October 25, and Thursday, February 21.
  • There will be no school for ES students the week of October 30–November 3 and February 25–March 1. These are the MS/ HS Academic Travel weeks.
  • The ES will have its last day of school on Thursday, June 6, dismissing at 12:00 after the ES Moving-up Ceremony.

Thank you for sharing your children with us,

Theresa Cullen Hill

Cry Wolf Off to a Great Start! 

Congratulations to directors Matthew Frazier-Smith and Julie Frazier-Smith and the entire cast and crew of Cry Wolf for a tremendous performance in front of a full house in the Palmer Center last night!

The Elementary School Musical will be performed again at 19:00 this evening. All seats have been reserved, but please send an email to if you’d like to be added to the waiting list.

Last night’s performance was filmed and will be uploaded to the TASIS YouTube channel soon, and a gallery of outstanding photographs can be found on the TASIS SmugMug page.

Congratulations to the Class of 2018!

TASIS was proud to confer 103 diplomas to the Class of 2018 at the School’s 62nd Commencement Ceremony on the morning of May 26. Use the links below to read about Graduation Week and see lots of great photos.

Articles about Graduation Week
TASIS Presents the Impressive Class of 2018
TASIS Students Accepted to More Than 160 Universities and Colleges
TASIS Announces the Class of 2018 Graduation Awards
Enjoy the Inspiring Senior Banquet Speeches
Eight TASIS Students Inducted to Cum Laude Society Chapter
TASIS Honors Three Juniors for Admirable Service Record

Photos from Graduation Week
Wednesday afternoon: Farewell Assembly (also see Kim Nelson's amazing Farewell Slideshow)
Wednesday evening: Alumni Induction on Lake Lugano
Thursday evening: Prom on Lake Como
Friday evening: Senior Banquet
Saturday's Commencement Ceremony: General 1 | General 2 | Diploma shots (girls) | Diploma shots (boys)

Reminder: Parent Survey Closes on June 6

This is just a friendly reminder that the 2017–2018 Parent Survey will close on Wednesday, June 6. We greatly appreciate your feedback and hope you’ll be able complete the survey before then if you have not already had a chance to do so.

As noted when the survey was initially sent out a few weeks ago, we are working with Independent School Management (ISM), the largest independent-school consulting firm in North America, to conduct this year's survey. ISM has more than 25 years of experience surveying school constituencies and absolutely guarantees the anonymity of your responses. We will be provided with only the survey summary data, along with any recommendations ISM may have based on the survey findings.

Thank you for your valuable feedback!

Field Day on June 6

Dear Parents,

Field Day is scheduled for Wednesday, June 6. We hope for good weather! Please send an extra set of clothes/shoes and a towel with your child. Also make sure to put sunscreen on at home.

Field day is about teamwork.

Activities will be located in six areas throughout the day: Hadsall, the grass field, the gym, the dance studio, the outdoor basketball courts, and the Palestrina.

General Rules 

  1. Each homeroom is to stay together for the entire day.
  2. Each homeroom must stay in their assigned area for the duration of their activity or event until a signal is given to move to the next area.
  3. Homerooms are encouraged to use banners, cheers, songs, and shirts to identify and promote a positive team atmosphere.

Helpful Field Day Tips

The following are some items you may want to consider sending with your child on field day:

Sunscreen: All students should wear sunscreen.

Water bottle: All students should have a water bottle (labeled with child’s name)

Hat: If it’s a sunny day, students should wear a hat.

Dry clothes: Please send a spare set of clothes. Some of our games involve water.

Special note: TASIS dads will serve ice cream as part of Field Day beginning at 11:45.


Giorgio Volpi
Physical Education Teacher

ES Moving-Up Ceremony on June 7

The ES Moving-Up Ceremony will take place on Thursday, June 7, starting at 10:30 in the Palestra. All families are invited to a buffet luncheon at Villa De Nobili after the celebration. There will be no afternoon shuttle bus. All students should depart with their families.

Please note the dress code for this event:

Pre-K–4th Grade

Boys: Blue pants, white TASIS polo shirt, dark shoes, and no sneakers

Girls: Blue skirt or pants, white TASIS polo shirt, blue or white socks/tights, and dark shoes—no red, pink, or purple

5th Grade

Boys: Nice shirt and tie, dress pants with belt, dark socks, dark dress shoes, and no sneakers

Girls: Nice dress or skirt or dress pants with top, tights, or socks. Skirts or dresses must be knee-length. No bare shoulders—straps on dress have to be at least three fingers wide. Dress shoes—no high heels.

To improve the parking facilities up the hill, we have organized a valet service from 9:30–13:00.

Shuttle Bus Service Sign-Up Form for 2018–2019

Please note that next year shuttle buses for all divisions will leave campus every day at 16:00. On Wednesdays, shuttles for Elementary School students will leave campus at 14:55.

The Shuttle Bus Service Sign-Up Form for 2018–2019 is available now. Please review the new Shuttle Service Routes Schedule and fill out the sign-up form if you are interested in using the shuttle service next school year.

Please note that all current submissions have to be renewed if a student will continue to use the shuttle bus service next school year. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Koreshkova at

Final Parent Support Committee (PSC) Meeting

The PSC held its last meeting of the 2017–2018 Academic Year on May 14. The agenda included the following:

  1. The new ES structure for 2018–2019
  2. Handwriting
  3. Responsive classroom
  4. School security guards

The full minutes from this meeting are available in the Hadsall and Focolare offices for anyone who would like to review them.

Closing Message from the TPA

Dear TASIS Parents,

We hope you have a wonderful holiday, and we look forward to seeing you in September! We will be ready to support each other and our students in the coming school year.

The TPA has many new coordinators, and our goal is to let more people be involved as we develop a new events calendar with lots of interesting activities. To learn more, please have a look at the TPA presentation we shared this week in Casa Fleming at the Potluck Lunch.


TPA Co-Presidents Brunella Pignaton and Laura Colombo

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