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ES Weekly Bulletin | April 5, 2019
Posted 04/05/2019 02:00PM

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.

– Maya Angelou

Upcoming Events

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 1 Beat the Bells Run
Saturday, May 4 Spring Celebration and TPA Teacher Appreciation
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
Thursday, May 16–Sunday, May 19 Grades 2–5 Art Exhibition • Palestra
Thursday, May 16–Sunday, May 19 Grades Pre-K through 1 Art Exhibition • Palmer Center
Friday, May 17—Sunday, May 19 MS Spring Musical: Sketch
Friday, May 24 Children’s author Bruce Coville visits
Tuesday, May 28–Wednesday, May 29 ES Spring Musical: The Prince and the Pauper
Saturday, June 1 HS Graduation
Thursday, June 6 ES Moving-Up Ceremony

Spring Holiday on the Way: No Bulletin Next Three Weeks

The spring holiday will commence at the close of school on Friday, April 12. Please note that we will not send a Elementary School Weekly Bulletin next Friday or on the two Fridays during the holiday. Classes will resume on Monday, April 29, and our next ES Weekly Bulletin will be sent on Friday, May 3.

We wish all students and teachers a wonderful and well-deserved holiday!

The Pirates of Penzance Take Over TASIS!

Congratulations to High School Theater Director Valerie Bijur Carlson and her talented and hardworking cast and crew for delighting audiences with three outstanding performances of Gilbert and Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance last weekend! Learn more and watch two of the shows.

TPA Easter Egg Hunt and Lunch Tomorrow!

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

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

Register for the Easter Lunch


Raising Responsible Technology Users

This is a final reminder that on Wednesday, April 10, we will hold a parent meeting to learn about 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. This meeting will be held in the Palmer Center from 17:30–18:30, and we kindly 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.

Pizza, Games, and Movie Night for 5th-Grade Students

On Tuesday, April 30, from 16:00–18:45, the MS Event Planners Service Learning group will host a Pizza, Games, & Movie night for grade 5 students in the Belvedere Salon. It’s a fun and welcoming activity, providing a chance for 5th graders to meet and get to know some of the middle schoolers. If you would like your child to attend, please let his or her homeroom teacher know by Friday, April 12.

Join Us for the 6th Annual Beat the Bells Run

All TASIS parents are cordially invited to join TASIS students and teachers for the 6th annual Beat the Bells Run on the morning of Wednesday, May 1. (And why not invite your friends to join you in some healthy exercise to celebrate the start of the month of May along with the springtime beauty of Lugano?)

All runners should plan to check in at the De Nobili Salon at 6:00 AM for a 6:15 sharp start to beat the 7:00 bells. The course is just under 7 km in length going down to Paradiso and then along the lake and back up to campus before the 7:00 Sant'Abbondio bells ring. The dining hall will open early for breakfast at 7:00, so a post-run breakfast will be provided!

For a small donation (minimum CHF 10) to the Nepal Global Service Program group, participants will get a commemorative Beat the Bells shirt (limited sizes available). Please consider joining us for this annual community-building event!

Spring Celebration and TPA Teacher Appreciation on May 4

The TASIS Parent Association (TPA) and the High School Student Council are joining forces to establish a new community-building event and express their gratitude for everything TASIS teachers do for their students. This event will kick off at 17:00 on Saturday, May 4, and will feature a delicious BBQ and plenty of games on campus. All TASIS parents, students, and teachers (and their families) are cordially invited!

Music Field Trip to LAC on May 10

This is a reminder that 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 2019 Spring Arts Festival will run from Tuesday, May 14, through Sunday, May 19, and we hope you will be able to join us as we celebrate the many artistic achievements of our Elementary Students!

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
Also on May 17, 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 16–19 while artwork created by students in grades Pre-K through 1 will be displayed in the Palmer Center during the same dates. (Note that these dates have changed since last week’s bulletin.) Please come have a look!

There will also be a variety of fun arts and crafts workshops (and some delicious food!) offered on the outdoor basketball court on the afternoon of Sunday, May 19, All are welcome, and more details will be shared soon.

Young Artists Lend a Hand

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

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 that were featured in last weekend’s The Pirates of Penzance performances, and students in grade five constructed waterproof flowers to hang along the path guests will walk as they approach Spring Arts Festival events.

Sketch was originally performed as part of the 2016 TASIS Summer Arts Festival

MS Spring Musical, Sketch, to Open on May 17

Violet is thirteen, bookish, and an outcast among her peers. She spends her school days ducking insults and dreaming up villainous alter-egos for her classmates and teachers. When the bullies who have plagued her for years discover her artistic talents, they convince her that sketching parodies of students and teachers is a victimless crime. Will she learn to use her powers only for good and become the hero of her own story?

Sketch was written by Stephanie Figer, Michael Rosenbaum, and TJ Liquori, all of whom are veteran members of the TASIS Summer Programs’ Dedicated Performing Arts Team (DPAT).

Featuring an all-star cast of Middle School students, Sketch will open in the Palmer Center at 19:00 on Friday, May 17, and will also be performed May 18 at 19:00 and May 19 at 13:00.

Reserve your seats


ES Spring Musical, The Prince and the Pauper, to Open on May 28

Tom Canty and Prince Edward are born on the same day to two very different families in two very different parts of London. Tom, poor and unwanted by his family, is raised in the slums of Offal Court, where he dreams of being a Prince. Edward, drowning in the power and riches of royalty, dreams of what life might be like outside the castle walls. One day, the two look-alike boys meet and decide to swap places and experience life from a different perspective. Both learn valuable lessons throughout their respective journeys in this Mark Twain masterpiece about truth and mercy.

This version of The Prince and the Pauper was adapted by Stephanie Figer, Michael Rosenbaum, and TJ Liquori and will be directed by Mr. and Mrs. Matthew and Julie Frazier-Smith. The enthusiastic cast of Elementary School students can’t wait to showcase its talents in the Palmer Center at 19:00 on Tuesday, May 28, and at 19:00 on Wednesday, May 29.

Reserve your seats


Bruce Coville to visit on May 24

Bruce Coville, who has been writing stories for children for more than 40 years, will visit TASIS on Friday, May 24. He will present to all students in grades Pre-K 4 through 5

Mr. Coville will be available to sign copies of his books after each presentation. Ms. Uecker has sent home a form with your children that explains how to order his books. Everyone in the Elementary School is very excited for his visit!

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.

ES TASIS Times: Submissions Wanted!

This is a reminder that Ms. Stolz is currently seeking written or artistic classwork, creative writing, poems, interviews, photographs, comics, recipes, crossword puzzles, and anything else creative for the 2019 ES TASIS Times. 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.

Order Your School Portraits Online

All students who were photographed on portrait retake day (March 4) 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.

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