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ES Weekly Bulletin | November 16, 2018
Posted 11/16/2018 03:00PM

Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another:
What! You too? I thought I was the only one.

- C.S. Lewis

Upcoming Events

Friday, November 16–Sunday, November 18 HS Fall Play: antigone/CAESAR (reserve seats)
Thursday, November 22 Grade 5 Assembly: C.A.R.E.S Cooperation
Thursday, November 22 TPA Thanksgiving Potluck
Friday, November 23 All-School No classes
Tuesday, November 27 Sweet November Dance Company performance
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

A Farewell Message from Head of Elementary, Theresa Cullen Hill

Dear TASIS ES Community,

It has been a pleasure to work with you and your children these past four school years, and I have been proud to witness the growth of your children both academically and socially. Although I will miss this community dearly, please know that your children have an outstanding and dedicated group of teachers and will continue to be in good hands.

My last day at TASIS will be on Thursday, November 22. On this day, in which Americans will be celebrating Thanksgiving, we will have a celebratory assembly featuring our grade five students in the morning and a special “traditional American” dessert for all students during lunch.


Theresa Cullen Hill

Last Chance to Reserve Seats for antigone/CAESAR!

This year’s High School Fall play, the double tragedy antigone/CAESAR, will officially premiere in the Palmer Center tonight at 19:30 and will also be performed Saturday at 19:30 and Sunday at 14:30.

Reserve your seats now

To learn more about the inspiration behind this year’s unique play and hear Director Valerie Bijur Carlson’s thoughts on her talented cast and crew, read this engaging article by Bryan Soh ’18.

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 Monday, November 19. Ornaments can be dropped off in a well-marked car that will be located in the parking lot near the Gazebo from 7:30–19:00 that day.

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

No School Next Friday

This is a reminder that there will be no school on Friday, November 23. We will send next week’s bulletin on Thursday, and classes will resume on Monday, November 26.

Sweet November Dance Company to Perform on November 27

Sweet November Dance Company (SNDC) is excited to unveil an evening of original choreography at its Fall Concert on Tuesday, November 27, from 18:30–19:15 in the Palmer Center.

Reserve your seats now

This enthusiastic company is made up of TASIS High School students who dedicate their Sunday afternoons to learning company ensemble works from tap to contemporary dance numbers. The concert will include original faculty- and student-choreographed works with live and recorded accompaniment. The company, directed by Ms. Julie Frazier-Smith, will be joined on stage by dancers from the TASIS Faculty and even by student tap dancers from Focolare. Please come join the dance celebration of the season and make your November a little sweeter!

Learn more about Sweet November Dance Company and watch the debut performance from November 2017 here.

Holiday Market and Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on November 30

All members of the TASIS community and their guests are invited to commence the holiday season with the annual TPA Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at 16:30 and Holiday Market from 15:30–18:30 on Friday, November 30. A valet parking service will be available in the main campus parking lot from 16:00–19:00. Please note that no cars will be allowed into the parking lot until the buses depart at 16:00.

Program details:

  • Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony: Beginning at 16:30, this annual event will be hosted by Mr. Nikoloff with music provided by the TASIS choir.
  • Service Learning Program Fundraiser: High School students will be selling crafts, baked goods, holiday treats, and other delicious food at booths on the outdoor basketball court from 15:30–18:30. All proceeds will support TASIS service-learning groups and their partner organizations.
  • Winter Village: Beginning at 16:45, Elementary School students will be invited inside the Winter Village in the Palmer Center to enjoy holiday crafts. Admission into the Winter Village is CHF 15 per child.
  • Used Uniform Sale: This sale will be open to all divisions in the Palmer Center lobby.

All-School Christmas Service on December 9

The annual All-School Christmas Service will be held at the church of San Nicolao della Flüe at 15:30 on the afternoon of Sunday, December 9. More details regarding rehearsal schedules and plans for the service itself will be sent by email soon. (Please note that only members of the ES Choir will be participating in the All-School Christmas Service whereas all ES students participate in the ES Christmas Concert on December 14. See details below.)

ES Christmas Concert on December 14

You will not want to miss the annual Elementary School Christmas Concert at 11:00 on Friday, December 14. Our students have been working very hard in Ms. Melody’s music classes and are so excited to share their work with all of you at this popular community event!

Enjoy the 2017 ES Christmas Concert

Movember at TASIS

Dear Parents and Students,

I am taking part in what has become a tradition here at TASIS: the Mo-Bros! This would be a team of male staff growing mustaches in November to participate in the worldwide Movember charity movement. The charity raises money to support research into cancers that affect men and also support mental health services for men.

If you would like to support my efforts to grow facial hair and raise awareness, you can donate on my Movember page. Any money raised is put together with my other TASIS Mo-Bros so we have a joint TASIS donation.

See you around at TASIS, and I hope you enjoy the new look!

Matthew Friday, Grade 5 Teacher

One of the five excellent Movember videos produced by the TASIS Mo-Bros.

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! We already received Middle School parents gifts, one for each from the three grades!

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 Friday, November 30. Please contact with any questions, and thank you very much for all your support!

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