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MS Weekly Bulletin | September 28, 2018
Posted 09/28/2018 02:00PM

I am building a fire, and every day I train, I add more fuel. At just the right moment, I light the match.

– Mia Hamm

Upcoming Events

Thursday–Friday, October 4–5 Yearbook Portrait Days
Monday, October 8 No classes for MS and HS
Friday–Saturday, October 12–13 Family Weekend
Wednesday, October 17 MS Parent Coffee • 8:30, Casa Fleming
Sunday, October 21 MS/HS Fall Festival Brunch • De Nobili
Monday–Wednesday, October 29–31 Grade 6 Academic Travel
Thursday–Friday, November 1–2 Grade 6 no school
Monday–Thursday, October 29–November 1 Grades 7 and 8 Academic Travel
Friday, November 2 Grades 7 and 8 no school
Thursday, November 8 Parent Book Club • 19:00, Casa Fleming (register)


Help Centers: Math, English, and Technology Help Centers will start running this week. They will be open during MS recess time from 12:45–13:05. This is an opportunity for students who need specific help in Math, English, or Technology to get the help they need during the school day. There will be one teacher to help with each subject area.

  • Math
    • Belvedere Outer
    • Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday
    • 12:45–13:05
  • English/EAL (also for English help in any subject)
    • Belvedere Inner
    • Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday
    • 12:45–13:05
  • Technology
    • Belvedere Salon (Monday) and Campo Science Left (Thursday)
    • Monday and Thursday
    • 12:45–13:05

Homework Club: Homework Club will also begin this week. It will be held in Belvedere Inner after school from 16:00–17:00 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. This is for students who are required by a teacher to complete homework that has not been handed in.

MAP Testing: We are finishing MAP makeups. Results will be shared with parents the week of October 7.

EAL Film Program for Introduction to MS Academic English class (Mrs. Guarnieri Rosso’s class):
All of Mrs. 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 16, from 15:45–18:00 and on Saturday, November 17, from 10:00–12:00. The students will be watching A Christmas Carol.

Assemblies and Advisor Meetings Last Week

During our MS Assembly on Tuesday, September 25, students received information about two Service Learning groups that are open to all grade levels: Peer Mediation and Personale Appreciation.

On Wednesday, September 26, the Service Learning Leaders presented their groups to the MS students by grade level:

  • Grade 8: Poverty Awareness, World Issues
  • Grade 7: Cometa, Heifer International
  • Grade 6: Random Acts of Kindness, Art Therapy, E-Club

During the Advisor block on Thursday, September 27, advisors and students reviewed the Service Learning choices and students chose their first three options. Please note that students might get their second or third option.

Fall Academic Travel: October 29–November 1 (October 31 for Grade 6)

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.

Academic Travel is the main topic of the next MS Parent Coffee on Wednesday, October 17, from 8:30–9:30 at Casa Fleming.

Travel Information:

6th Grade: Verona, Mantova, and Sirmione

  • Monday, October 29, at 8:30 Check in at De Nobili and depart for Verona/Mantova
  • Wednesday, October 31, at 17:30 Arrive at TASIS

7th Grade: Sorrento and Pompeii

  • Monday, October 29, at 11:00 Check in at De Nobili and depart for Malpensa Airport
  • Thursday, November 1, at 18:45 Arrive at TASIS

8th Grade: Edinburgh

  • Monday, October 29, at 7:30 Check in at De Nobili and depart for Malpensa Airport
  • Thursday, November 1, at 19:00 Arrive at TASIS

Please bring all requested documents for the trip to Edinburgh to Ms. Koreshkova by Friday, October 5.

MS Service Learning Program

Descriptions of the 2018–2019 Service Learning groups can be found on the Middle School Service Learning page on the TASIS website. Students made their choices electronically during the Advisor block on Thursday, September 27.

Lists of groups will be posted in Belvedere by Friday, October 5. Service Learning starts on Tuesday, October 9. Service Learning meetings are weekly, on Tuesdays, from 15:25–15:55.

MS After-School Sports and Activities

The MS Boys Soccer team made its debut on Saturday, September 15, in the ISSL tournament in Cademario. The boys finished third in their division with a record of 1-2-1. Enjoy photos from the tournament.

MS/HS Cross Country athletes will compete at the SGIS Championships at ICS Zurich tomorrow, September 29. They will depart at 7:00 and return around 16:30. Good luck to our athletes!

Upcoming games:

Date Event Location Time
September 29 MS Cross Country • SGIS Championships ICSZ 10:45
October 6 MS and Varsity Cross Country • ISSL Invitational

(TASIS will be hosting its first race of the year down on the Grotto Course.)

TASIS 10:00

If you have any questions regarding the After-School Sports and Activities Program, please contact Mr. Jack Morton, the MS After-School Program Assistant Coordinator.

Enzo Scionti ’24 Represents USA at World Karting Championship

Info Kartcom / © Photo KSP

Hearty congratulations are due to Enzo Scionti ’24, who was the top American finisher and placed 14th overall in a strong field of 113 drivers at the 2018 World Junior Karting Championship in Sweden. Learn more about Enzo’s accomplishments here.

TPA Mountain Trekking on October 9

The TPA welcomes all parents to join them for a Monte Bre-to-Monte Boglia trek on the morning of Tuesday, October 9. From the summit (1,129 meters), the beautiful panorama opens up over the Lugano bay.

The group will meet in the Sant’Abbondio parking lot in Gentilino at 9:30 (or at 10:00 on Monte Bre). The trek from Monte Bre to Monte Boglia takes two hours. Please bring your own lunch and water. We will return to TASIS by 15:00. Please send an email to to confirm your attendance or ask any questions.

Terry Fox Run on October 10

As mentioned last week, High School students and faculty members will participate in the School’s second-annual Terry Fox Run on the afternoon of Wednesday, October 10. Athletic Director Sonny Lim and Varsity Cross Country coaches Greg Birk and Danny Schiff have challenged students to complete as many 500-meter laps as possible on the School’s Grotto Cross Country course in a 45-minute window.

Mr. Lim is looking for six parent volunteers from 13:30–14:30 to hand out bracelets as runners cross the finish line, and parents are also invited to run or walk the course. Please contact Mr. Lim if you are interested in volunteering or participating.

Register for Family Weekend

Please use the button below to access the Family Weekend registration page and see the full schedule of events for High School parents.

Register for Family Weekend 2018

Contact Family Weekend Coordinator Eleonora Pinton with any questions, and see the Visitor Information page on the TASIS website for information about hotels in the area.

Shuttle Schedule on Friday, October 12

Please note that there will be a few changes to the MS/HS shuttle schedule on Friday, October 12, as class schedules for MS and HS students have been adjusted to accommodate the start of Family Weekend. Please note the following:

  • Shuttles for MS and HS students will depart at 14:30.
  • MS and HS car riders will depart between 14:30–14:45.

  • ES shuttles will depart at their usual time of 16:00.
  • ES car riders will depart between 16:00–16:15 (as usual).

Used Uniform Sale and Drop-Off on October 12

The TPA will host a Used Uniform Sale outside Monticello on the afternoon of Friday, October 12, from 15:00–17:00. Parents are also encouraged to donate used uniforms at this time, and anyone interested in volunteering to work at this event should speak to the Used Uniform Coordinator in their child’s division or send an email to

Security Note: Dropping Students Off at School

In our efforts to reinforce our security measures at TASIS, we would like to remind you that all exterior gates are locked and that it is therefore not possible to drop students off in the Belvedere, Alba, and Lanterna areas. We ask parents to drop students off at the main campus entrance, by the Gazebo.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation, and please contact the Security Department with any questions.

A Reminder About the TASIS Uniform

All students are required to wear uniforms. Students should be dressed neatly and cleanly, according to the uniform guidelines, throughout the entire school day. All students must have the TASIS crest on their top layer.

If a student is missing a uniform item, he or she will be sent to the Belvedere Office to borrow this item. After a few warnings, parents or guardians of day students will be expected to bring the child’s missing article(s) to school. After three warnings, students will be issued a detention.

We ask that students avoid accessories (belts, shoes, etc.) that are emblazoned with brand names or are attention-grabbing (bright colors).

Navy blue is the dress code color—black pants are not allowed.

  • TASIS white, navy blue, or red polo shirts
  • TASIS navy blue v-neck vest
  • TASIS white or light blue oxford short-sleeved shirts
  • TASIS grey round-neck sweater
  • TASIS navy blue zipped cardigan
  • white or light blue long-sleeved shirt
  • white, grey, and navy blue turtleneck
  • TASIS plaid skirts (hems may not be higher than hand-width from the kneecap)
  • tailored navy blue or beige capri or long trousers*
  • tailored navy blue trousers*
  • TASIS scarf
  • black sneakers (and black sole), dress shoes or low-heeled (2 cm) shoes with a heel strap

Not permitted:

  • trousers with large pockets, tabs, rivets, or stripes
  • athletic shoes, white soles, rubber rain boots, Uggs, or heavy boots (this policy may be relaxed during inclement weather)
  • heels (exceeding 2 cm)
  • sneakers, shoes with white soles, etc.
  • TASIS white, navy blue, or red polo shirts
  • TASIS short-sleeved white or light blue oxford shirts
  • white or light blue long-sleeved shirt
  • white, grey, and navy blue turtleneck
  • TASIS navy blue v-neck vest
  • TASIS light grey v-neck sweater
  • TASIS navy blue zipped cardigan
  • TASIS navy blue suit jacket
  • tailored navy blue, beige, or dark grey trousers or chinos (no outside pockets, no rivets, hemmed, no frayed edges, simple lines, not baggy)
  • black sneakers (and black sole), dress shoes, Oxford (lace-ups) or loafers
  • TASIS striped or dotted tie
  • Boys must wear a belt
  • TASIS scarf

Not permitted:

  • trousers with large pockets, tabs, stripes, or rivets
  • athletic shoes, white soles, heavy boots, or sandals (this policy may be relaxed during inclement weather)

Please refer to the MS Student Handbook for more information.

MS Parents Support Committee (PSC): 2018–2019

Irina Svetlova: MS PSC coordinator (Grade 8, American Section)

  • Languages spoken: Russian, English, Italian

Muriel Aciman (Grade 6, Italian Section)

  • Languages spoken: Turkish, English, Italian, French

Jennifer Hung Zanarini (Grades 6 and 8, Italian Section)

  • Languages spoken: English, Italian

Francesca Notarbartolo (Grade 7, American Section)

  • Languages spoken: Italian, English, French, Spanish

Anne Tanderup Riis (Grade 8, Italian Section)

  • Languages spoken: Danish, English, German, Italian
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