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ES Weekly Bulletin | May 3, 2019
Posted 05/03/2019 08:31AM

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Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.

– Aristotle

Dear Families,

I hope you and your loved ones had a restful, magical Spring Holiday. With the advent of the 45th annual Spring Arts Festival, final exams, promotion ceremonies, prom, graduation, and many other community events including the Student Council-sponsored barbecue on campus this Saturday, we have much to look forward to in the final stretch of school.

I am writing to let you know that I am encouraging everyone in the TASIS community to make every minute count both in and outside the classroom for the rest of the year. Management guru Peter Drucker reminds us that the bottom line of non-profits is changing lives for the better. Let’s finish the year even more inspired and stretched by the timeless values of truth, goodness, and beauty. We can do so thanks to your support and trust in these values and the school. Thanks to all of you!

Christopher Nikoloff, Headmaster

Upcoming Events

Saturday, May 4 Grill & Chill • 17:45–22:45
Tuesday, May 7 All-ES field trips
Wednesday, May 8 ES Parent Coffee • 8:30, Casa Fleming
Wednesday, May 8 Used Uniform Sale
Thursday, May 9 TPA 10-Year Anniversary Celebration
Friday, May 10 Music Field Trip for grades 2–5
Wednesday, May 15 TPA Lunch
Friday, May 10–Sunday, May 19 Spring Arts Festival
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
Monday, May 20 TPA Teacher Appreciation Cocktail
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
Wednesday, June 5 ES Field Day
Thursday, June 6 Grade 5 Moving-Up Ceremony

Grill & Chill Event Kicks Off at 17:45 this Saturday

We hope you can join us on campus this Saturday, May 4, for our inaugural Grill & Chill event. All TASIS families are cordially invited to come enjoy a delicious BBQ (17:45–20:30), ice cream treats and marshmallow roasting (19:30–20:30), lots of fun games throughout the evening (wiffle ball, soccer, basketball, bocce, frisbee, hide and seek, tag, etc), and an outdoor movie (20:30–22:30).

Please take note of the following details:

  • We have decided to show a movie that will be suitable for students of all ages. If Elementary School students and their parents would like to stay for the outdoor movie, they are welcome to do so.
  • Students who stay for the outdoor movie should bring their own blanket or lawn chair to sit on.
  • No babysitting service will be provided as part of this event, meaning parents are still responsible for supervising their own children (particularly those in the Elementary School).

If you plan to attend this community-building event and have not registered yet, please take a moment to do so in order to help our Food Services team know how much food to prepare for the BBQ.

Register Now

grill and chill

TPA Teacher Appreciation Cocktail: Date Changed to May 20

Please note that the Teacher Appreciation Cocktail will no longer be a part of this Saturday’s Grill & Chill event. It will instead be held on Monday, May 20, in Casa Fleming at 18:00.

This is an important event to show TASIS teachers how much we appreciate their hard work! Parents, if you would like to help out at the event, please send an email to

Spring Arts Festival Opens Next Friday

The 45th annual TASIS Spring Arts Festival will open with a Kickoff Event in the Monticello Piazza at 10:10 on Friday, May 10, and conclude with a Closing Celebration in the Palestra at 17:00 on Sunday, May 19. All members of the TASIS community and the general public are cordially invited to campus to enjoy concerts, theatrical performances, dance performances, film screenings, visual arts exhibitions, guest lectures, and art workshops, and more.

ES Events at the Spring Arts Festival

The following events may be of particular interest to our Elementary School parents:

ES/MS Percussion Showcase on May 10
Join us in the Palestra Snack Bar at 16:00 on Friday, May 10, to see our young percussionists in action!

Conducting Workshop on May 17
On Friday, May 17, Ms. Melody Tibbits Zanecchia’s fifth-grade students will have the special 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.

Instrumental and Vocal Recitals on May 18–19
Elementary School students will take part in instrumental recitals on Saturday, May 18 (piano at 10:00, string and acoustics at 11:00, and woodwind at 12:00), and in a vocal recital at 9:30 on Sunday, May 19. All are welcome to come to the Palmer Center to support our young vocalists and instrumentalists!

ES Artwork on Display from May 16–19
The Elementary School Art Exhibition for students in grades 2–5 will be in the Palestra from May 16–19, and artwork created by students in grades Pre-K through 1 will be exhibited in the Palmer Center on the same dates. Please come support our young visual artists!

ES Artists Brighten the Festival
Ms. Caroline Rossi’s art students are also excited to contribute their talents to other areas of the festival. Students in grade one created the characters of Papagena and Papageno and will display them during The Magic Flute performance, students in grade three (pictured above) made flowers for the Sweet November Dance Company’s “Full Bloom” performance on May 16, and students in grade five constructed waterproof flowers to hang along the path guests will walk as they approach Spring Arts Festival events.

Don’t Miss the Finale on May 19!
Families may be particularly interested in attending the festival on the afternoon of Sunday, May 19. Local food trucks will be on campus from 13:30–17:00, and there will be a number of outdoor art workshops and interactive performances designed for guests of all ages. In addition, the Closing Celebration will commence at 17:00 that evening.

All-ES Field Trips on May 7

Our second academic field trip of the year will be on Tuesday, May 7, with all students in grades Pre-K through 5 participating. We are using the Veracross system to verify student information and seek permission for the trip. If you have not done so, please go to your Parent Portal in Veracross and complete the sign-up form. Please double check to make sure the passport and Swiss ID numbers you provide are accurate.

Where are we going? We have some new and wonderful trips planned. Our trips relate to our curriculum, and we are fortunate to have these opportunities so close to home:

  • Pre-K 3: walk in the woods in Gentilino
  • Pre-K and K: Farm Habitat and Animals | Fattoria Pasqué, Varese, IT
  • Grade 1: Exploring the Ticino Mountains | Funicolare Cardada, Locarno, CH
  • Grade 2: Exploring Plants and Senses | Parco San Grato, Carona, CH
  • Grade 3: Safari Park | Pombia, IT
  • Grade 4: Centrale Elettrica, Valle Verzasca, CH
  • Grade 5: Villa Balbianello, Tremezzo, IT

Parent Coffee on May 8

Our next ES Parent Coffee will be held in Casa Fleming at 8:30 AM on Wednesday, May 8. The topic is the importance of reading over the summer holiday.

Used Uniform Sale on May 8

The TPA will hold a used uniform sale for all three divisions (ES, MS, and HS) outside Monticello on Wednesday, May 8, from 14:30 to 16:30.

Music Field Trip to LAC on May 10

Students in grades 2–5 will 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.

TPA-Sponsored Lunch on May 15

Please join us for lunch at Casa Fleming on Wednesday, May 15, from 12:00 to 14:00. The TPA will share highlights from this year and announce the new TPA board members for 2019–2020.

Reserve Your Seats for Sketch (May 17–19)

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


Reserve Your Seats for The Prince and the Pauper (May 28–29)

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


Grade Four to Work with a Visiting Artist

Over the next few weeks, Ms. Rossi’s fourth-grade students will have the unique opportunity to work with Ms. Sufen, a visiting artist from China who will be leading workshops on calligraphy and fan-making.

A message from the library

Author Visit
We are counting down the days until Bruce Coville, our guest author, will visit on Friday, May 24. The students are excited, as we have been reading several of his stories. For those of you who purchased books to have signed, please know that I will hand them out the day of his visit. If you were unable to order his books, I do have a few extra copies and am happy to sell them on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please contact me at if you would like to purchase one of his titles.

End-of-Year Preparations
As we prepare for the end of the 2018–2019 academic year, I would like to ask for your help in ensuring that all library books are returned to the library. Friday, May 17, will be the last day that students may check out books from the library.

This means that all books should be returned to the library no later than Friday, May 24. Overdue/lost book notices will be sent home in the coming weeks, and I would be grateful if you would help your children find their lost books or ensure that they are paid for. Thank you very much.

Ms. Uecker

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. To improve the parking situation, we have organized a valet service from 9:30–13:00.

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 After-School Program: Cooking Club

Please enjoy a quick look at the latest adventure of for our children in the Cooking Club. They visited Pizzeria Verace and the pasticceria Flagu, where they learned how to make a pizza and how to cook pasta frolla—all while really enjoying themselves!

See more photos on the TASIS SmugMug page.

6th Annual Beat the Bells Run Draws 48 Runners

Forty-eight runners departed from the TASIS gates at 6:15 on Wednesday morning for the 6th annual Beat the Bells Run, with 38 making it down to Lake Lugano and back before the Sant’Abbondio bells chimed at 7:00. The challenging run, which is just under seven kilometers with an elevation change of 340 meters, helped raise more than CHF 400 for the Nepal Global Service Program group.

Thirty-two TASIS students, 10 faculty and staff members, three parents, and three guests (including the remarkable Fatah Soroush, who made his first trip back to TASIS since graduating in 2014) accepted the challenge. Though this is a community-building event and not a race, it’s worth noting that High School Math Teacher and World Masters Mountain Running Champion Tommy Manning cruised to a course record of 26:44, guest Storm Keays was not far behind at 27:57, and the trio of Danny Schiff (Global Service Program Director and ultramarathon runner), Denis Breus ’20, and Enzo Allanson ’21 crossed the finish line at 31:14.

Learn about the history of this TASIS tradition.

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