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ES Weekly Bulletin | September 13, 2019
Posted 09/13/2019 05:13PM



Mrs. Fleming had a vision that we could bring students from around the world and have a wonderful, beautiful community and make the world a better place. You are a part of that. You are her vision, and you’re making that happen every day.


– Headmaster Christopher Nikoloff at yesterday’s Founder’s Day Assembly


If I stand on my mountaintop and look down at the last ninety years—or if I look up—outward and up at the next 90 years, what do I see? This is what I hope to see: TASIS bursting at the seams with very special young people, from all over the world, preparing themselves for leadership roles in their own countries, where they will strive to eliminate poverty, hunger, disease, exploitation, injustice, and war!

– TASIS Founder M. Crist Fleming’s Yearbook message in 2000

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, September 18 TPA Welcome Luncheon • 12:00–14:00, Casa Fleming
Wednesday, September 18 ES Curriculum Night 
  • Focolare Classrooms, 17:00
  • Palmer Center Presentation, 18:00
  • Hadsall/Aurora Classrooms, 18:45
Thursday, September 19 TPA Coffee and Conversation • 14:00, Bora Da Besa
Friday, September 20 Global Day of Climate Action
Friday, September 20 TPA Hike • Monte Brè-to-Monte Boglia
Monday, September 23 Consular services for American citizens • 16:30, Palmer Center
Thursday–Friday, October 3–4 School Portrait Days
Monday, October 7 ES has classes this day. (MS/HS do not have classes.)
Wednesday, October 9 ES Parent Coffee • 8:30, Casa Fleming
Friday and Saturday, October 11–12 Family Weekend

Please refer to for a more comprehensive look at upcoming events.

TASIS Portugal Opening in Fall 2020: Help Us Spread the Word!

We are delighted to announce that the TASIS family will be extending to the Iberian peninsula! Learn about this exciting development here, and if you know of anyone in the Lisbon area who could be interested in learning more, please direct them to this inquiry form.

Founder’s Day Assemblies

TASIS held a special assembly yesterday afternoon to celebrate the incredible life of international education pioneer M. Crist Fleming, who overcame many obstacles to found the School in 1956 and nurture it to greatness. The inspiring assembly, which can be viewed in full below, included engaging remarks from Headmaster Christopher Nikoloff and a number of excellent presentations and musical performances designed to highlight Mrs. Fleming’s love of learning languages and conviction that TASIS would, well beyond her own lifetime, “continue to bring young people of the world together with a shared vision that the world is really one big family, that no matter what our color, race, or creed, we are all part of the human species, we are all human beings.”

Following the assembly, students and faculty members moved to the MCF Piazza to enjoy cake and the time-honored Founder’s Day tradition of tossing yellow rose petals into Mrs. Fleming’s fountain.


The 2019 Founder’s Day Assembly

ES Curriculum Night This Coming Wednesday

The ES Curriculum Night will take place on Wednesday, September 18. We invite all parents to join Mr. Fitzgerald in the Palmer Center from 18:00–18:30 to learn more about the TASIS curriculum and meet our specialist teachers.

Parents with children in Pre-K, Kindergarten, and first grade are also invited to be at Focolare from 17:00–17:30. All parents are then invited to join Mr. Fitzgerald in the Palmer Center at 18:00. Hadsall and Aurora parents will have a chance to meet their children’s homeroom teachers in their classrooms from 18:45–19:15.

To summarize:

  • 17:00–17:30: Visit Focolare homerooms
  • 18:00–18:30: Greeting from Headmaster Christopher Nikoloff; introduction of our specialist teachers
  • 18:45–19:15: Visit Hadsall and Aurora homerooms

TPA Welcome Lunch Also on Wednesday

Please join the TASIS Parent Association (TPA) at Casa Fleming on Wednesday, September 18, from 12:00–14:00 to welcome new and returning parents over a relaxing lunch. This will be a great opportunity to catch up with old friends and meet new ones!

We will talk about the TPA, discuss upcoming events, and introduce the Parent Support Committee (PSC). This lunch is for parents of students in all grades. Everyone is welcome! Please RSVP to


Join Us at Bora da Besa on Thursday

All parents of students at Focolare (grades Pre-K 3 through 1) are invited to the TPA’s first "Coffee & Conversation” at Bora da Besa on Thursday, September 19, at 14:00. Come to chat with other parents about student life, activities, and academics.

We especially look forward to meeting Focolare parents who are new to TASIS this year! Please send an email to if you have any questions.

TPA Mountain Trekking on Friday

“A walk in nature brings the soul back home.” We are excited to begin a new year of TPA hiking trips led by Francesca Varano and Vittoria Marazzi and are pleased to welcome all parents to join us for a Monte Brè-to-Monte Boglia trek on the morning of Friday, September 20

Our group will meet in the Sant’Abbondio parking lot in Gentilino at 10:15 or in the Monte Bre Alto parking lot at 10:35. We expect the hike to take just over four hours to complete. 

Don’t miss this opportunity to meet other TASIS parents and take in the breathtaking views of Lugano that await you! Bring your best hiking shoes and a sack lunch! Everyone is welcome! Please RSVP to so we can reach you with any additional details (such as a cancellation email if the weather is bad), and please also let us know if you have any questions or concerns.


TASIS students and faculty members are among the millions inspired by Greta Thunberg’s message.

TASIS To Participate in Global Day of Climate Action on September 20

Dr. William Sawyer, a senior computational climate scientist at the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre, will join forces with the TASIS Green Team and Service Learning groups to present to students at a special assembly, and lessons in all Elementary, Middle, and High School classes throughout the day will be directly connected to environmental issues. The day of action will be followed by a week of awareness and activism with several anchor events designed to foster collaboration among teachers, administrators, and students. 

Learn more

TPA Refillable Water Bottles on Sale 

The TPA is selling BPA-free refillable water bottles for CHF 30. Help the TASIS Green Team promote environmental consciousness by buying a bottle for your children to refill and reuse! These bottles are also useful for class trips, outings, and sports. 

To place an order, please email (And stay tuned for upcoming sales on campus!) All proceeds will go toward TPA events organized on behalf of our students.

Consular Services Offered at TASIS on September 23

We cordially invite all American citizens to a consular services event on the afternoon of Monday, September 23, from 16:30–18:30. To request an appointment, please send an email to

Representatives from the US Embassy in Bern will be on hand to offer the following services:

  • Passport applications
  • Consular report of birth abroad applications
  • Notarial services

There is no cost to attend the event, but fees may be incurred for consular services and are payable in Swiss francs (cash only). For more information about documentary requirements and applicable fees, visit the US Embassy in Switzerland and Lichtenstein website.

Email Communication between Teachers and Parents Through Veracross 

Please note that the Veracross system allows teachers to send messages to parents through its portal. Often these messages have an email address that looks something like If you receive an email with such an address, you may use the “Reply” feature to write back to the teacher. But please know that this email address is system-generated and is only valid when you are using the “Reply” function. If you save this address as a contact (or if your iPhone automatically does this), it will not work if you use it to send a new email.

If you need to write a new email to a teacher (meaning you are not replying to an email already sent to you), please check to make sure you are sending the email to the teacher’s TASIS address. The standard format for a TASIS email account is, and you can always refer to the Faculty and Staff directory if you’re unsure.

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