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MS Weekly Bulletin | October 19, 2018
Posted 10/19/2018 03:00PM

The family is one of nature’s masterpieces.

– George Santayana

Upcoming Events

Sunday, October 21 TPA Halloween Brunch• 10:00–12:45, 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 No school for Grades 7–8
Thursday, November 8 Parent Book Club • 19:00, Casa Fleming (register)
Wednesday, November 14 MS Parent Coffee • 8:30, Casa Fleming
Friday–Sunday, November 16–18 HS Fall Play: antigone/CAESAR (reserve seats)
Friday, November 23 All-school: no classes

Thank You!

We would like to thank all the families that participated in Family Weekend. It was wonderful to see everyone on campus! Please enjoy a recap of the weekend here.

Assemblies and Advisor Meetings

On Tuesday, October 16, all students had Service Learning meetings.

During Assembly on Wednesday, October 17, MS Tech Coordinator Mrs. Bloodworth talked about digital citizenship.

During the Advisor block on Thursday, October 18, each grade had its second of three Academic Travel meetings.

TPA-Sponsored Halloween Brunch This Sunday From 10:00–12:45

The TPA will be sponsoring a delightful Halloween Brunch for all Middle and High School students (boarding and day) on this Sunday, October 21, from 10:00–12:45. Students are encouraged to dress up for this annual community-building event.

The TASIS Administration and the TPA would like to extend a hearty thank you to all the parents and students who put so much work in behind the scenes to make this event such a success each and every year! Many parents have volunteered to help High School students decorate De Nobili on Saturday evening, bake Halloween treats for the brunch, and help set up/clean up before and after the event. Middle School students have also volunteered to help take down decorations afterward.

The TPA greatly appreciates this outpouring of support from parents and students and would still happily welcome additional home-made Halloween treats. Those who would like to contribute can drop off desserts such as cookies, brownies, and cupcakes at De Nobili on Sunday starting at 9:30.

Please send an email to with any questions.

A Note About Fall Festival
Please note that after detailed discussions with the TPA, the Administration made the difficult decision to not host the Fall Festival on the TASIS campus this year. A big reason for doing so was to reduce the burden placed on the TASIS personale, who have been tasked with an incredible amount of behind-the-scenes work for more and more major events on campus in recent years. The Administration remains very excited about and supportive of the MS/HS Halloween Brunch and the various ES Halloween events planned for next week.

Fall Academic Travel: October 30–November 2 (November 1 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.

Note from the nurses: If your child has allergies that could result in an anaphylactic shock that requires an EpiPen or respiratory problems that require an inhaler, please make sure they bring any necessary equipment or medication with them on the trip. Please talk to your child’s advisor for any specific needs.

Please see the itineraries and packing lists for each grade level and group.

6th Grade: Verona, Mantova, and Sirmione • Itinerary and packing list

  • 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

GROUP A • Itinerary and packing list
GROUP B • Itinerary and packing list

  • 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

GROUP A • Itinerary and packing list
GROUP B • Itinerary and packing list

  • 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

MS After-School Sports and Activities

The After-School Sports and Activities Winter Term begins on November 19 and ends on February 21. Students can sign up for activities during Advisor Block on Monday, October 22, and may list their top three preferences.

All boarding students are required to participate in one or two activities for a total of two afternoons a week. Although this is not required for day students, participation in the After-School program is strongly recommended.

  • Boys Basketball: Mondays & Wednesdays, 16:00–17:30
  • Girls Basketball: Mondays & Wednesdays, 16:00–17:30
  • MS Indoor Soccer: Fridays, 16:00–17:30
  • Dance: Wednesdays, 16:00–17:30
  • Glass Painting: Tuesdays, 16:00–17:30
  • MS Musical: Audition on Tuesday, December 4, from 16:00–18:00. Rehearsals on Thursdays from 16:00–18:00 from January 10–February 21 and on Tuesdays and Thursdays from March 5–May 16. Performances will be on May 17–19.
  • Choir: Tuesdays, 16:00–17:30. This activity is a year-round commitment. Students already participating in Choir are required to remain in this activity. New students can sign up at the beginning of the winter term.
  • Ski and Snowboard Club (fee: CHF 500): Dates for our Sunday outings are January 13, January 20, February 10, and February 17. Please read a letter from Mr. Morton for details.

Additional notes:

  • The Fall Term Theater activity will continue until the performance on Thursday, December 6.
  • MS Robotics will continue until February 19, 2019.

Please contact Mr. Morton, MS After-School Activities Assistant Coordinator, with any further questions.

Upcoming Athletic Events

Date Event Location Time
October 20 MS Cross Country Invitational TASIS 9:00
October 23 MS Cross Country • NISSA TASIS 15:00

antigone/CAESAR Opens in Four Weeks

This is a reminder that 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, and will also be performed at 19:30 on Saturday, November 17, and at 14:30 on Sunday, November 18.

Please visit to reserve your free seats and learn more about the show.

Scuola Corale Cathedral Recruiting New Members

The prestigious Scuola Corale Cathedral (SCC) is proud to announce a new collaboration with TASIS that will offer students (ages 9 and above) and faculty members the opportunity to sing with the SCC. Inductions will be made through a brief interview and a short test, so as to assess ability levels and teaching requirements at each individual’s level. Rehearsals will be held twice a week, and previous experience is not obligatory.

For more information, consult this brochure or contact Robert Michaels, Master of the Choristers, at or +41 79 219 14 10.

Order your school portraits online

You may now order prints of the portraits that were taken earlier this month. These photos are used for the Yearbook and for Veracross, but you may also order printed copies of your child's portrait directly from Rotary Portraits.

All students who were photographed on one of the portrait days should have received a portrait proof from their advisor. With this portrait proof, please visit and enter the unique access code to place an order. If you have misplaced your ordering information, please contact Rotary directly at

No MS Weekly Bulletin the Next Two Weeks

Please note that the next MS Weekly Bulletin will be sent on Friday, November 9, as we typically do not send bulletins on the Friday preceding a week in which classes are not in session (or during the week in which classes are not in session). If any school-related information needs to be communicated in the meantime, it will be emailed directly.

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