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ES Weekly Bulletin | March 29, 2019
Posted 03/29/2019 03:00PM

It is a happy talent to know how to play.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Upcoming Events

Friday, March 29–Sunday, March 31 HS Spring Musical: The Pirates of Penzance
Tuesday, April 2 Grades 5 and 8: Shadow Day
Saturday, April 6 Easter Egg Hunt and Lunch
Wednesday, April 10 Parent Meeting: Raising Responsible Technology Users
Saturday, April 13–Sunday, April 28 All-School Spring Holiday
Tuesday, April 30 Grade 5: Pizza and Movie Night
Wednesday, May 8 ES Parent Coffee • 8:30, Casa Fleming
Thursday, May 9 TPA 10-Year Anniversary Celebration
Friday, May 10 Music Field Trip for grades 2–5
Tuesday, May 14–Sunday, May 19 Spring Arts Festival • See details about ES events below
Friday, May 17—Sunday, May 19 MS Spring Musical
Friday, May 24 Children’s author Bruce Coville visits
Tuesday, May 28–Wednesday, May 29 ES Spring Musical
Saturday, June 1 HS Graduation
Thursday, June 6 ES Moving-Up Ceremony

The Pirates of Penzance Premieres Tonight at 19:30!

After a successful final rehearsal performance in front of the entire Middle School yesterday afternoon, the dedicated members of the cast and crew of The Pirates of Penzance (pictured below) are ready to showcase their talents for the general public this evening at 19:30 in the Palmer Center!

As of this morning, a handful of seats were still available for Friday night’s show. Check to see if you can still catch the premiere!

Director Valerie Bijur Carlson’s talented company will be back in action tomorrow evening at 19:30 and Sunday afternoon at 14:30. Both shows are filling up fast, so reserve your seats at before it’s too late!

Basketball Tournament Raises More than CHF 1100!

The 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament on Wednesday was a huge success! Many thanks to the High School Student Council for organizing this community-building event and to the many parent volunteers from the TASIS Parent Association (TPA) for running a delicious bake sale.

Between the tournament entry fees and food sales, the event raised CHF 1183! Most of the proceeds will be donated to the Nuovo Fiore Ethiopia Global Service Program group, which the winning team selected, with the remaining funds designated for another community-building event the Student Council will sponsor later this spring.

The TPA Bake Sale raised more than CHF 600.

Kadime Mbup Mandela from Irish Pub Sorengo sold burgers and donated a portion of the proceeds.

The Student Council’s faculty advisors and representatives look forward to sponsoring another fun event soon!

The champions, led by Coach Enzo Allanson

Order Your School Portraits Online

You may now order prints of the portraits that were taken on portrait retake day (March 4).

All students who were photographed that day 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

Orders placed online by the close of April 17 will be delivered to TASIS free of charge and distributed in advisor groups.

ES TASIS Times: Submissions Wanted!

It’s time again for the ES TASIS Times! We welcome written or artistic classwork, creative writing, poems, interviews, photographs, comics, recipes, crossword puzzles, and anything else creative. All work should be submitted in its original format, as a Word document, or as scanned JPEG. For more information, please contact Ms. Stolz or your child’s homeroom teacher.

Shadow Day on April 2

This year’s Shadow Day will be held on Tuesday, April 2. Grade five students will spend part of the day with 6th graders, and 8th-grade students will be with 9th graders. The MS Student Council and the Event Planners Service Learning group will host the annual Shadow Day activities and assembly for the 5th graders.

Please see the detailed schedule for the ES-MS Shadow Day.

Percussion Ensemble to Perform at TASIS on April 4

The Percussion Ensemble of the G. Verdi Conservatory of Como will return to TASIS and perform in the Palmer Center at 19:00 on the evening of Thursday, April 4.

Under the guidance of Maestro Paolo Pasqualin, this ensemble comprises the best students of the conservatory. The group plays a varied and multifaceted repertoire and has performed for the opening of the 2017 International Music Fair, the European Opera Days, AFAM Opera, the opening of the ComoNExT technology center, the Teatro Sociale of Como, and the Vatican Radio in Rome.

This exciting event is open to everyone but is required for students in grade 9. Learn more about the TASIS Cultural Events Program here, and please contact Cultural Events Coordinator Simone Aeschliman with any questions.

TPA Easter Egg Hunt and Lunch on April 6

Please join us at the annual TPA Easter Egg Hunt and Lunch on April 6 from 11:00 until 13:30. The egg hunt will begin promptly at 11:00 and will be followed by a wonderful lunch in De Nobili.

While the egg hunt is designed for Elementary School children, please note that all families are welcome to attend the lunch. If you do plan on joining us for lunch, we ask that you please click on the button below to confirm your attendance. We hope to see you there!

Register for the Easter Lunch

Please also note that students at Al Focolare (grades Pre-K through 1) will also have their own egg hunt on Friday, April 5, beginning at 15:00. Parents are more than welcome to attend.

Reminder: Important Parent Meeting on April 10

On the evening of Wednesday, April 10, TASIS will hold a parent meeting to discuss technology use issues we are seeing in 5th grade and beyond and to provide guidance about what parents can do to help their children become responsible and respectful technology users. We ask that at least one parent of each 5th-grade family attends. Parents of students in other grade levels are welcome to join us, as many of the issues we’ll be discussing may also affect their children as they get older.

Date: Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Time: 17:30–18:30
Location: Palmer Center (main TASIS campus)

Music Field Trip to LAC on May 10

Ms. Melody Tibbits Zanecchia and Ms. Simone Aeschliman have arranged a music field trip for students in grades 2–5 to attend an orchestral performance by the Orchestra della Svizzera italiana (OSI) at the LAC in downtown Lugano on Friday, May 10. Students will depart from TASIS by bus at 13:30 and will return to campus by 15:15.

This year's story is Pinocchio and will feature music by Beethoven, Fauré, and Ibert, with stage scenes provided by Compagnia Teatro D’Emergenza. The concert is intended for younger audiences.

ES Events at Spring Arts Festival

The full 2019 Spring Arts Festival schedule (May 14–19) will be shared soon, but for now we would like to call your attention to several ways in which Elementary Students will be involved this year.

Conducting Workshop on May 17

On Friday, May 17, Ms. Melody Tibbits Zanecchia’s fifth-grade students will have the unique opportunity to conduct a professional orchestra in the Palmer Center from 8:30–10:00. Parents are welcome to attend this exciting annual event.

Excerpts from The Magic Flute on May 17

Later that afternoon, beginning at 14:30 in the Palestra, many Elementary School students will perform in Excerpts from Mozart’s The Magic Flute, a musical story featuring a visiting conductor and live orchestra, conducting finalists and actors from grade five, and High School singers & instrumentalists. Parents are cordially invited to attend.

ES Artwork on Display

The Elementary School Art Exhibition for students in grades 2–5 will be in the Palestra from May 16–20. In addition, artwork created by students in grades Pre-K through 1 will be displayed in the Palmer Center from May 17–29. Please come visit, and we hope you enjoy celebrating our younger students’ creative efforts!

There will also be a number of arts and crafts workshops (and some delicious food!) offered on the outdoor basketball court that Sunday afternoon. All are welcome!

Young Artists Lend a Helping Hand

Ms. Caroline Rossi’s art students have been hard at work and are excited to contribute their talents to both the upcoming Spring Arts Festival and this weekend’s High School Spring Musical.

Students in grade one created the characters of Papagena and Papageno and will display them during The Magic Flute performance, students in grades four and five made stained glass panels for The Pirates of Penzance, and students in grade five constructed waterproof flowers to hang along the path guests will walk as they approach Spring Arts Festival events.

Celebrated Children’s Author to visit in May

Dear Parents,

I am very pleased to announce that the Elementary School will host a visiting author at the end of May.

Bruce Coville, who has been writing stories for kids for more than 40 years, will be here on Friday, May 24. He has written such well-known titles as My Teacher is an Alien, Into the Land of Unicorns, and Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher. According to Bruce, he “loves doing school visits!” and has “been doing them for nearly 40 years now, all across the country (United States) and the world.” He spent seven years as a classroom teacher and takes great joy in sharing his experience as a writer with young people. He will present to all students in grades Pre-K 4 through 5. To learn more about Bruce, please visit his website.

Bruce will be available to sign copies of his books after each presentation. If you would like to order his books beforehand, I will be sending home a form with your children next week. Please be on the lookout for this letter, which will explain how to order and when you can expect to receive the books. All of us, students and teachers alike, are thrilled to welcome Bruce to TASIS. We look forward to sharing this experience with your children.

All the best,

Alyssa Uecker
Elementary Librarian

Save The Date: ES Moving-Up Ceremony on June 6

The ES Moving-Up Ceremony will take place on Thursday, June 6, starting at 10:30 in the Palestra. All families are invited to a buffet luncheon at Villa De Nobili after the celebration.

There will be no afternoon shuttle buses, and all students should depart with their families. We plan to organize a valet service that day.

Please note the dress code for this event:

Pre-K–4th Grade

  • Boys: Blue pants, white TASIS polo shirt, dark shoes, and no sneakers
  • Girls: Blue skirt or pants, white TASIS polo shirt, blue or white socks/tights, and dark shoes—no red, pink, or purple

5th Grade

  • Boys: Nice shirt and tie, dress pants with belt, dark socks, dark dress shoes, and no sneakers
  • Girls: Nice dress or skirt or dress pants with top, tights, or socks. Skirts or dresses must be knee-length. No bare shoulders—straps on dress have to be at least three fingers wide. Dress shoes—no high heels.
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