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ES Weekly Bulletin | November 9, 2018
Posted 11/07/2018 11:00AM

Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Upcoming Events

Friday–Sunday November 16–18 HS Fall Play: antigone/CAESAR (reserve seats)
Friday, November 23 All-School: no classes
Tuesday, November 27 Sweet November Dance Company performance • 18:30, Palmer Center
Friday, November 30 TPA Holiday Market and Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
Sunday, December 9 All-School Christmas Service
Friday, December 14 ES Christmas Concert • 11:00, Palestra
  • School ends after the concert
  • No bus shuttle service that afternoon

High School Fall Play Opens Next Friday!

The High School Theater Program is delighted to present the double tragedy antigone/CAESAR in the Palmer Center at 19:30 on the evening of Friday, November 16, with additional performances at 19:30 on Saturday, November 17, and at 14:30 on Sunday, November 18. Seats are filling up fast, so be sure to reserve yours now!

Reserve your seats

Learn about the cast and crew, see rehearsal photos, and hear from Director Valerie Bijur Carlson at

Poster designed by Nensi Hasanbelli ’20

TPA Thanksgiving Potluck on November 22

All parents are invited to a Thanksgiving TPA potluck hosted at the home of Francesca Varano in Montagnola on Tuesday, November 22, at 12:30. Bring your favorite dish to share! Please confirm your availability by sending an email to Additional details will follow.

Ornaments Needed for Christmas trees

TPA members will be decorating four live Christmas trees on the TASIS campus. If your family would like to donate an ornament for the trees, please bring it to campus on November 19. Ornaments can be dropped off in a well-marked car located in the parking lot near the Gazebo from 7:30–19:00 that day.

TASIS Holiday Market: Community Vendors

The TASIS Holiday Market will take place on Friday, November 30, on the TASIS campus. This year the Holiday Market will not be open to outside vendors, but if members of the TASIS community would like to sell their wares during the market from 16:00 to 18:30, they can reserve a booth for CHF 80. The booths will be set up on the outdoor basketball court, and they must be reserved by Monday, November 12. Please contact to make a reservation

Raffle Prize Donations for TASIS Staff

The annual TASIS Staff Christmas Dinner Celebration will be held on Saturday, December 15. As a thank you to the staff for all their hard work during the year, the TPA would like to participate by providing raffle prizes.

Our goal is to provide one raffle prize (valued at CHF 100 or less) from each grade—Pre-K3 to 12th grade—but we need your help!

If you would like to participate, please contact parents within your grade to coordinate the purchase and collection of the prize. The TPA will create a list of all prizes purchased. Please email your grade's prize to so that it can be added to the list. In addition, the TPA will donate 100 TPA Cookbooks for the event.

All raffle prizes will be collected in Casa Fleming on November 30. Please contact with any questions, and thank you very much for all your support!

Upcoming Cultural Events

The Cultural Events Program at TASIS provides valuable cultural opportunities both on and off campus that are geared toward aspiring student artists. All members of the TASIS community (students, faculty, staff, parents, alumni, and friends of the School) are welcome to attend cultural events that take place on campus while off-campus trips are reserved for students and their chaperones.

Upcoming cultural events include trips to the Lugano Arte e Cultura (LAC) Hall for a student flute ensemble on November 4, an open rehearsal with the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana on November 8, and the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin on November 18; productions of antigone/CAESAR in the Palmer Center November 16–18; the Sweet November Dance Company’s latest dance showcase in the Palmer Center on November 27; and a performance by Swiss harpist Elisa Netzer in the Palmer Center on November 29.

See the Cultural Events calendar on the TASIS website for more information.

Shuttle Bus Service Update

As part of our ongoing efforts to improve the TASIS shuttle service and to make it more convenient for parents, we have been looking for location-sharing solutions for our community. We have begun using the Glympse app this school year, as it provides real-time information about bus locations and current traffic situations. See instructions for how to set up the app, and please contact Shuttle Bus Coordinator Ms. Koreshkova with any questions.

Dogs on Campus

This is a friendly reminder that all dogs must be kept on leashes while they are on campus. Thank you for your cooperation!

Calling All Singers!

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 nine 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.

Faculty Choir Welcomes TASIS Parents to Join
The TASIS Faculty/Staff choir cordially invites any and all singing members of the TASIS community to join our adult choir and enjoy the camaraderie and the singing of a variety of musical styles. We are not a professional group and welcome all singers regardless of experience.

Please join us on Tuesdays from 17:30 to 18:30 in Music 1, which is located in the basement of the Palestra. Please contact the director, Tamara Schumacher, at with any questions.

ES PSC Meeting Highlights

Below is a summary of the feedback and topics discussed at the October 22 Parent Support Committee (PSC) meeting:

  • The new ES structure with merged Italian and American sections is working well so far. Students report that there is more interaction in the classroom between students and new friendships have developed as a result.
  • Homework begins in first grade with 10–20 minutes of reading per night. Homework increases each year by, on average, an additional 10 minutes per night. The emphasis remains on reading.
  • All classes with more than 15 students have additional teachers supporting the homeroom teacher. There is currently no grade streaming and leveling is flexible.
  • Teaching organizational skills in the ES is part of the Responsive Classroom framework. It is ongoing and developmental.
  • A Middle School informational event for parents will take place on January 23, and there will be a Shadow Day for grade five students on April 2.
  • A new After-School Program survey will be offered this month so that parents can provide additional feedback.
  • ES students should sit in the front seats on shuttle buses. These seats are to be “saved” for the ES.
  • While the ES Opening Day was a success this year, the PSC suggests asking current TASIS parents to serve as dedicated contacts for new families to help them with logistical issues and speed up integration into the community.
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