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ES Weekly Bulletin | May 17, 2019
Posted 05/17/2019 05:06PM


Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.

– Plato

Upcoming Events

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 Commencement Ceremony
Wednesday, June 5 ES Field Day
Thursday, June 6 Grade 5 Moving-Up Ceremony

Spring Arts Festival Off to a Great Start!

The 45th annual Spring Arts Festival is now in full swing. The early performances have been phenomenal, and the Palestra is filled to the brim with exceptional student artwork!

Check out the full schedule to see which concerts, theatrical performances, art exhibitions, and workshops are still to come, and please note that this weekend’s events will proceed as planned (regardless of the weather).

Please enjoy watching some of the early events:

You can also find lots of great photo galleries on the TASIS SmugMug page.

ES Art Exhibition

Many examples of Elementary School students’ artwork are now on display in the Palestra and in the upper lobby of the Palmer Center. Stop by today, tomorrow, or Sunday to enjoy the show!

Sketch Opens Tonight!

You won’t want to miss this year’s Middle School Spring Musical, Sketch, which premieres in the Palmer Center at 19:00 this evening and will also be performed tomorrow at 19:00 and Sunday at 13:00.

Learn more and reserve seats


TPA Teacher Appreciation Cocktail on May 20

On Monday, May 20, the TPA will host an Appreciation Cocktail for teachers 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 click on the button below.

Volunteer Sign-Up Form


TPA 10-Year Anniversary

Dear Parents,

The 10-Year Anniversary Celebration of the TPA was a success. Thank you to all who supported and attended the dinner on May 9. We had 60 parents celebrating together and dancing all night long. We really appreciate all your support and all you do for TPA, TASIS, and our kids.

We are also very pleased to announce that Jennifer Hung-Zanarini will be the new TPA President for the 2019–2020 school year!

All our best wishes,

Laura and Brunella

Bake Sale on May 24

On Friday, May 24, the TPA will host a bake sale at Hadsall and Focolare beginning at 14:00. If you would like to bake or volunteer to serve, please click on the button below.

Volunteer Sign-Up Form


The Prince and the Pauper Premieres on May 28

This year’s Elementary School Spring Musical, The Prince and the Pauper, will open in the Palmer Center at 19:00 on Tuesday, May 28, with a second performance at 19:00 on Wednesday, May 29.

Learn more and reserve seats


A Very Generous Act

Many thanks to Renato Kurmanaev Chernov, grade 5, who very kindly donated CHF 180 to the Nuovo Fiore Ethiopia GSP group, which is in the midst of its fundraising week. Half of that was earned as an assistant coach as part of his tennis club, and half of it was his personal pocket money. When asked why he wanted to donate so much money, Renato said:

“Because we have to treat everyone equally. We need to treat Ethiopian children the same way we treat TASIS children. I really like a quote by Ryunosuke Satoro that made me think of this: ‘One person, one drop. If everyone does it together, it can be a whole ocean.’ I want my donation to raise awareness and help.”

The Nuovo Fiore Ethiopia group is also pleased to announce that yesterday’s Pajama Day raised just over CHF 1000, which will make a huge difference to the school TASIS students work with in Addis Ababa each year. Thank you to everyone who participated!

Team TASIS Advances to Swiss Football Association National Championship!

Hearty congratulations are due to Coach Eric Nowak and the 11 fourth-graders who represented Team TASIS at the Credit Suisse Kids Cup Qualifying Tournament in Rivera on Thursday, May 9. The TASIS contingent won three of its four matches—outscoring opponents 12 to 2 in the process—and will now proudly represent the Canton of Ticino at the National Championship Finals of the Swiss Football Association in Basel on June 12!

The performance was especially impressive in that the fourth graders were actually competing against older players for the entire tournament—something they weren’t aware of until afterward.

“Only after the tournament did I tell the kids that all the other teams they played in fact had been 5th-grade teams with much older players, so this was really a remarkable performance,” said Coach Nowak. “We received a lot of compliments from other coaches and the FTC organizers on how well our team played and what a great squad they are.”

Best of luck to Coach Nowak and Team TASIS—Lucas Airolo, Luca Amabile, Lavinia Cerra, Giancarlo Farina, Lennart Nowak, Timothy Ogilvie, Lucas Schwab, Ivan Stefano, Lucian Talamo, Matteo Vanossi, and Finn Withers—in Basel!

A Chance to Experience Boarding Life

The 2019 TASIS Summer Programs are nearly filled, but we still have room for a few more boarding students in the Château des Enfants (CDE) program during session one, which runs from June 22–July 18. Families with children between the ages of 7–10 who may be interested in seeing what a boarding experience is like are encouraged to apply at All inquiries can be directed to

ES Field Day on June 5

This year’s ES Field Day is scheduled for Wednesday, June 5. The motto of Field Day is FAIR, FUN, & FRIENDSHIP. Games will be located in six areas: the grass field, Hadsall, the Palestra, the dance studio, the outdoor basketball court, and the Palestrina.

Field Day rules:

  • Each homeroom is to stay together for the entire day.
  • Each homeroom must stay in its assigned area for the duration of an activity or event until a signal is given to move to the next area.
  • Homerooms are encouraged to use banners, cheers, songs, and shirts to identify and promote a positive FAIR & FUN team atmosphere.

Things to send with your child:

  • Sunscreen
  • Water bottle
  • Hat
  • Dry clothes (some of the games involve water)

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 take note of 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.

Shuttle Bus Service Sign-Up Form for 2019–2020

The Shuttle Service Sign-Up Form for 2019–2020 is now available. Please review the updated Shuttle Service Routes Schedule and fill out the sign-up form if you are interested in using the shuttle service next school year.

Please note that all current submissions have to be renewed if a student will continue to use the shuttle service next year. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Koreshkova at

New interactive shuttle route map
For the 2019–2020 school year, you can now browse shuttle routes and stops on google maps. The route number and drop-off/pick-up times are listed in the info box for each stop.

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