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ES Weekly Bulletin | October 12, 2018
Posted 10/12/2018 02:00PM

“Continuous effort—not strength or intelligence—is the key to unlocking our potential.”

– Winston Churchill

Upcoming Events

Wednesday–Friday, October 17–19 Grade 5 overnight trip to Kandersteg, Switzerland
Wednesday, October 17 TPA Trek • Gentilino, 10:00
Thursday, October 18 All-ES Field Trips. The permission form is due by October 15 in order for your child to participate.
Thursday, October 25 Parent-Teacher Conferences • Palestrina, 12:30–17:30, early dismissal at 11:00
Friday, October 26 TPA and ES Halloween Celebration & Parades
Thursday, November 8 Parent Book Club • 19:00, Casa Fleming (register)
Friday–Sunday, November 16–18 HS Fall Play: antigone/CAESAR (reserve seats)
Friday, November 23 All-school: no classes

TPA Trek on October 17

Please join the TPA on Wednesday, October 17, for a hike from Carona to Alpe Vicania to gather chestnuts and enjoy the fall colors. If you would like to meet us for lunch only, that is also possible.


  • Meeting point: 10:00 in the Gentilino parking lot (across from Sant’Abbondio) or 10:30 in the Carona Lido parking lot
  • Lunch at Alpe Vicania: 12:00
  • Return to Carona: 14:45

Please email to confirm your attendance or ask questions.

Field Trips on October 18

There are many exciting field trips planned for Thursday, October 18! Please remember to register your child in Veracross by Monday, October 15, or he or she may not be able to participate. Please also send any necessary medicine (in a labeled bag) to your child’s homeroom teacher by Monday, October 15.

The destinations for each grade:

  • Grade 5: Adventure in Kandersteg, Switzerland (October 17–19)
  • Grade 4: Bellinzona Castles, Bellinzona
  • Grade 3: Museo dei fossili di Meride, Monte San Giorgio
  • Grade 2: Museo in Erba, Lugano (Children’s Museum)
  • Grade 1: Explore Natural Habitats on Monte Bre, Lugano
  • Kindergarten: The Five Senses Nature Walk, Origlio Lake
  • Pre-K4: Autumn Sights and Smells: Scavenger Hunt, Origlio Lake
  • Pre-K3: Park Treasure Hunt, Gentilino

Parent-Teacher Conferences October 25

Parent-teacher conferences will be held on Thursday, October 25, and are available in 15-minute increments beginning at 12:30. The last conference starts at 17:30. Sign-up information will be emailed to parents next week.

Our specialist teachers for PE, Music, Art, Italian language and Library will also be available, but it is not necessary to sign up for these conferences in advance. For easy access, all teachers will be located in the Palestina (the small gym).

Students will be dismissed by 11:00, and lunch will not be served that day. Dismissal times are as follows:


10:50 • Bus departure
11:00–11:15 • Car dismissal


11:00 • Bus departure
11:00 • Walker dismissal
11:05 • Car dismissal

ES Halloween Treats on October 26: Volunteers needed!

The TPA and TASIS are working together to create a fun-filled Halloween afternoon for our students on Friday, October 26. All ES students will be served a delicious home-made Halloween treat, wear costumes and walk in the Halloween Parade, and receive a bag of Trick-or-Treat candy to take home.

To make this day a success, the TPA needs your support. We invite parents to bake a Halloween-themed treat, serve the baked treats during lunch, decorate the lunchrooms, or pass out candy. For volunteer details and to sign up, please click on the button below.

Volunteer for ES Halloween

(Note: Volunteer spots will be assigned based on the order in which this form is completed. Please know how much we appreciate everyone who offers to help!)

A Note About the TPA Book Exchange

The Book Exchange was a great success this week, and we sincerely thank all the parents who volunteered during the event! Thank you also to all the parents and students who donated books. To support and encourage our young readers, we will organize another Book Exchange in the future. Your help makes all the difference.


Laura Colombo and Brunella Pignaton
TPA Co-Presidents

Reserve Your Seats for antigone/CAESAR

This year’s High School Fall Play, antigone/Caesar, will premiere in the Palmer Center at 19:30 on the evening of Friday, November 16. There will be additional performances in the Palmer Center at 19:30 on Saturday, November 17, and at 14:30 on Sunday, November 19. Please visit to reserve your seats (admission is free) for what is sure to be an outstanding production.

Director’s Note from Valerie Bijur Carlson:

Antigone, by Sophocles, and Julius Caesar, by Shakespeare, are two of Western Civilization's most famous tragedies and are used throughout the TASIS curriculum. Their themes of leadership, tyranny, and individual resistance still resonate powerfully with us today. Goodness, wisdom, and honor vie with pride, arrogance, and rhetoric through characters in conflict with themselves and each other. We invite you to come engage your mind and heart through the power of theater this November.

Terry Fox Run Once Again a Big Success

In honor of international hero Terry Fox, more than 300 High School students and faculty members participated in the School’s second-annual Terry Fox Run on the afternoon of Wednesday, October 10, with the goal of raising at least CHF 5,373 (the number of kilometers Terry ran across Canada on one leg) for cancer research. TASIS Athletic Director Sonny Lim would like to thank all the parents who donated their time and money to ensure the success of this community-building event. More details will be shared next week when the final figures have been tallied.

Global Service Program Looking to Connect With Local Doctors

The TASIS High School’s Global Service Program (GSP) is interested in connecting with local doctors concerning its vaccination program for international service trips. Any Swiss-based physicians who are available to speak with the GSP Department—Mr. Daniel Schiff and Ms. Borana Sarcevic—about the program are asked to please send an email to to begin a discussion.

TASIS Photo Galleries

This is a quick reminder that a wide variety of well-organized photo galleries from current and past school years (and summers) can be found on the TASIS SmugMug page.

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