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

Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.

– Mary Ritter Beard

Upcoming Events

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
Friday, November 30 TPA Holiday Market and Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
Saturday, December 8 MS Christmas Celebration for students and faculty
Sunday, December 9 All-School Christmas Service
Friday, December 14 Last day of classes before Winter Holiday
Saturday, December 15 Dormitories close at 16:00

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 (which includes Middle School student Arya Kelley '24), see rehearsal photos, and hear from Director Valerie Bijur Carlson at

Poster designed by Nensi Hasanbelli ’20


Alternate Schedule on November 15
The MS will run the following alternate schedule next Thursday, November 15, as students will be watching the HS Fall Play dress rehearsal in the afternoon.

EAL Film Program for Introduction to MS Academic English class (Mrs. Guarnieri Rosso’s class)
All of Ms. 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.

Midterm Grades
Midterm grades and comments will be released on Monday, November 19. Students will receive an academic and effort grade along with a comment from each teacher.

Assemblies and Advisor Meetings This Week

On Tuesday, November 6, we had Service Learning meetings.

During Assembly on Wednesday, November 7, we held the MS After-School Program Fall Term Awards Ceremony. Congratulations to the award recipients!

Theater Edoardo Vasino (creativity and collaboration)
Tiara Azimova (performance)
Choir Caroline Titland and Eleonora Riegger (choral musicianship)
Arya Kelley (choral leadership)
Glass Painting Dominique Grigorian (fine creativity)
Cheerleading Chloe Hassan (dedication award)
Delaney McKee (spirit award)
Lacrosse Nikita Gribush (most valuable player)
Kaan Kartal (most improved player)
Boys Soccer Michael Maffe (most improved player)
Tommaso Danisi (most valuable player)
Girls Soccer Marina Krasovskaya (most improved player)
Jennifer Buckley (coach's award)
Cross Country Bill Zhang and Kyla Bodnar (coach's award)
Denis Voedovin (most improved)
Climbing Club Alexander Bagrin (enthusiasm, positivity, promptness, and dedication)
Robotics Edoardo Vasino (robot design)
Kaan Kartal (robot programming)

Congratulations to the members of the MS Cheerleading team—Chloe Hassan, Delaney McKee, Lara Tocchio, Kateryna Smyslova and Helena Abrantes Pini—who put on a great performance during the Assembly!

On Thursday, November 8, we had Academic Travel wrap-up meetings. Enjoy the MS photo gallery on the TASIS SmugMug page.

Upcoming MS Parent Coffee

The next MS Parent Coffee will be held on Wednesday, November 14, from 8:30–9:30 in Casa Fleming. It will be dedicated to Technology and Digital Citizenship and will be led by Ms Bloodworth. We will review the MS assembly on live streaming and discuss what parents need to know about Fortnite Battle Royale and screen addiction. We will also share the results of a student survey and provide some tips on setting expectations, rules, and consequences at home.

Please use the links above to learn more about these important topics. 

Winter Holiday Travel Documents for Boarding Students

Boarding Parents: All boarding families should have received an email with details about the Winter Holiday. Please complete the Winter Holiday Travel documents and email them to Ms. Breton or Mr. Morton at the latest by Wednesday, November 14.

Winter Term After-School Sports and Activities

Please note that the After-School Sports and Activities Fall term ends today, November 9, and there will be no After-School Sports and Activities next week.

The Winter Term begins on Monday, November 19. Please see details below.

  • Boys Basketball: Mondays & Wednesdays, 16:00–17:30. Starts on Monday, November 19, and Wednesday, November 21. Meeting point: outside the Palestrina at 16:00.  
  • Girls Basketball: Mondays & Wednesdays, 16:00–17:30. Starts on Monday, November 19, and Wednesday, November 21. Meeting point: outside the Palestrina at 16:00.  
  • Glass Painting: Tuesdays, 16:00–17:30. Starts on Tuesday, November 20. Meeting point: outside the Campo Science Center at 16:00.  
  • Choir: Tuesdays, 16:00–17:30. Starts on Tuesday, November 20. Meeting point: Coach House/Music Room at 16:00.
  • Dance: Wednesdays, 16:00–17:30. Starts on Wednesday, November 21. Meeting point: outside the Palestrina at 16:00. 
  • MS Indoor Soccer (Futsal): Fridays, 16:00–17:30. Starts on Friday, November 30. Meeting point: outside the Palestrina at 16:00.  
  • MS Math: Starts on Friday, November 30. Meeting point: Pagani (Campo Science Center) at 15:20. 
  • 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 May 17–19. Meeting point: Palmer Center at 16:00. 
  • Ski and Snowboard Club (fee: CHF 500): Dates for our Sunday outings are January 13, January 20, February 10, and February 17. Students who signed up for Ski Club need to complete the Ski Club Form immediately and return it to Mr. Morton.

Additional notes:

  • The Fall Term Theater activity will continue to meet each Thursday until the performance on Thursday, December 6, at 19:00. Students enrolled in MS Theater will meet next Thursday, November 8, even though other after-school activities will not be meeting. 
  • MS Robotics will continue until February 19, 2019.

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

TPA Bake Sale on November 14

The TPA is organizing a bake sale on Wednesday, November 14. The cost will be CHF 2 per item.

There will be two opportunities for students to purchase home-baked and store-bought goods:

  • Morning snack time at Belvedere
  • Lunch recess near the Campo Science Center

The TPA is looking for lots of baked goods and many volunteers for this event. Baked goods can be brought to Belvedere at 9:30 on the morning of November 14 or to the Campo Science Center at noon. Please send an email to if you’d like to help out.

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.

Service Learning News: Christmas Bakers Needed!

The Personnel Appreciation service learning group will host the annual Personnel Appreciation lunch on Wednesday, December 5. All hands on deck for showing off your baking talents! Each year through the generosity and warmth of so many bakers, the personnel have enjoyed this special holiday brunch prepared in their honor. The Personnel Appreciation service learning group works hard to prepare the dining hall, set the tables, and send invitations. We need your help in preparing the brunch. Please contact Ms. Sartorelli or Ms. Wilga if you would like to donate a baked item the morning of the brunch.

MS Christmas Celebration for Students

On Saturday, December 8, the MS will hold its annual Christmas Celebration from 18:30–21:30. A formal dinner will start at 18:30 and be followed by a celebration with games and dancing. Students who participate may not arrive later than 18:30 or leave earlier than 21:30.

Student Council is taking an active part in the organization of the dinner, and the Event Planners are busy planning games and amazing activities for the celebration. Students will receive an invitation next week and must confirm their attendance. We hope that all students can join the MS Christmas Festivities.

Formal dress requirements for the dinner in De Nobili (18:30–19:45):


  • Dress (dress-code length—not more than one hand above the knee)
    • NO low-cut dresses
  • Or skirt (dress-code length—not more than one hand above the knee)
  • Or pants (NO jeans)
  • Dressy top or Pashmina (shoulders must be covered)
  • Shoes: high-heel shoes may not be higher than 5 centimeters


  • Pants (NO jeans)
  • Jacket
  • Shirt
  • Tie
  • Belt
  • Dress shoes
  • Boys may wear the TASIS suit

Dress requirements for games and dancing in the Palestra (20:00–21:30):

  • NO heels higher than 2 centimeters
  • Sneakers are acceptable.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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