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ES Weekly Bulletin | September 27, 2019
Posted 09/27/2019 03:00PM


Those who play rarely become brittle in the face of stress or lose the healing capacity for humor.


– Dr. Stuart Brown

Upcoming Events

Friday, October 4 ES Portrait Day
Monday, October 7 ES has classes this day. (MS/HS do not have classes.)
Wednesday, October 9 ES Parent Coffee • 8:30, Casa Fleming
Wednesday–Friday, October 9–11 Grade 5 overnight trip to Leysin
Thursday, October 10 All-ES Field Trips
Friday and Saturday, October 11–12 Family Weekend
Thursday, October 17 MAP Test Presentation • 18:00–19:00, Monticello 1 and 2
Thursday, October 24 Parent-Teacher Conferences • Palestrina, 12:30–17:30 (early dismissal at 11:00)
Friday, October 25 TPA and ES Halloween Celebration & Parades 
Please refer to for a more detailed look at upcoming events.

Reminder: Movie and Bake Sale for ES Students Tomorrow

Dear Parents,

My name is Alexia Dochnal, and I am a 10th-grade student at TASIS. I am organizing a movie and bake sale for Elementary School students on Saturday, September 28, in order to raise money for Traveling Tutus, a non-profit organization that brings the gift of dance to children all around the world.

This event is open to all Elementary School students, and the cost to attend is CHF 5. (We will also be happy to accept any additional donations on behalf of Traveling Tutus.) Parents are welcome to stay as well, but if you'd prefer to simply drop your children off at the Palmer Center at 11:00 that day, I can assure you that we will take excellent care of them until the event finishes. If you do drop them off, please plan to pick them up outside the Palmer Center at 13:00.

Thank you very much for your support, and please send me an email at if you have any questions!


Alexia Dochnal

Dress Code for ES Portrait Day Next Friday

ES Portrait Day will take place on Friday, October 4. Every child must be in dress code and wear navy blue or black bottoms and a red or white collared shirt. If your child has PE this day, please send a change of clothes for the photos.

ES Parent Coffee on October 9

Mr. Fitzgerald invites all parents to the first ES Parent Coffee on the morning of Wednesday, October 9, at 8:30 in Casa Fleming. Parents will have the opportunity to meet our new ES Counselor, Ms. Adrianne Poulos, who has worked as both a teacher and school psychologist since attaining a B.A. in Psychology from Bishop's University and an M.Ed. in Educational Psychology from Simon Fraser University.

Field Trips on October 10

There are many exciting field trips planned for Thursday, October 10! This is a reminder to please sign up your child in Veracross by Thursday, October 3. (Mr. Fitzgerald sent an email with specific instructions yesterday.)

Where are our students going?

  • Grade 5: Adventure in Leysin, Switzerland (October 9–11)
  • Grade 4: Bellinzona Castles, Bellinzona
  • Grade 3: Museo dei fossili di Meride, Monte San Giorgio
  • Grade 2: Parco San Grato, Carona
  • Grade 1: Explore Natural Habitats on Monte Bre, Lugano
  • Kindergarten: The Five Senses Nature Walk, Origlio Lake
  • Pre-K 4: Autumn Sights and Smells: Scavenger Hunt, Origlio Lake
  • Pre-K 3: Park Treasure Hunt, Gentilino

Academics: MAP Testing

MAP Testing: We are finishing up MAP makeup tests. The score reports will be sent home by regular mail in early October, and we will have an informational meeting for parents about the test and how to interpret the results on October 17 from 18:00 to 19:00 in Monticello 1 and 2. (Monticello is the building connected to the MCF Library on the main TASIS campus.)

TPA Hike & Lunch on October 9

The TPA invites you to join hike leaders Vittoria Marazzi and Francesca Varano on a beautiful 90-minute hike—with a stop for lunch at Ristorante Vicania in Vico Morcote before heading back to the point of origin. Everyone is welcome! Come make new friends and join old ones! 

Please RSVP to so that we can reach you with any additional details! In the case of rain or bad weather, the trip will be canceled.

Save the Date: TPA Used Uniform Sale on October 11 

Fall into spectacular savings at the TPA Used Uniform Sale by the Monticello arches on Friday, October 11 (time to be determined). All proceeds from this TPA fundraiser will go toward events organized for our students.

TASIS Cultural Events Program: Upcoming Events

The TASIS Cultural Events Program is designed to provide valuable cultural opportunities both on and off campus that are geared toward aspiring student artists.

All members of the TASIS community (students, faculty, staff, parents, friends of the School) are welcome to attend cultural events that take place on campus. All off-campus trips, however, are reserved for High School students and faculty chaperones.

Below please find details for all cultural events that will be offered in October, November, and December. To sign up for an event or request further information, please contact Simone Aeschliman at 091 960 51 50 or

October 3 

TASIS: Palmer Cultural Center
Evening concert: The Violinists

Vladimir and Anton are violin virtuosos who have been making a name for themselves on the European music scene. This dynamic duo is returning to TASIS again to perform their unique musical arrangements of classical and contemporary classics.

October 13

Departure from TASIS at 15:15
Lugano Arte e Cultura (LAC)
Daniele Finzi Pasca’s Donka

Don’t miss this homage to Anton Chekhov through dance, acrobatics, juggling, and art.

October 20

TASIS: Palestra
Dance performance: La Scala Theatre Ballet

Enjoy this performance of classical ballet and contemporary dance featuring six performers from La Scala Theatre Ballet in Milan.

October 23

Departure from TASIS at 19:00 (pre-concert introduction at 19:30 and concert at 20:30)
Lugano Arte e Cultura (LAC)
Symphony orchestra concert: Gewandhausorchester Leipzig

The program will include Gustav Mahler, Blumine; Robert Schumann, Cello concerto op. 129; Richard Wagner, Overture from The Flying Dutchman; Felix Mendelssohn, Symphony op. 56 (Scottish); Andris Nelsons, conductor; and Gautier Capuçon, cello.

November 15–17

November 15 at 19:30; November 16 at 19:30; November 17 at 14:30
TASIS: Palmer Cultural Center
High School Fall Play: A Christmas Carol

Don’t miss the TASIS High School Theater Program’s production of this timeless Charles Dickens classic. 

November 26

TASIS: Palmer Cultural Center
Dance performance: Sweet November Dance Company

TASIS’s own Sweet November Dance Company presents its fall showcase, Take Flight, which will include contemporary, hip hop, tap, jazz, and aerial dance. 

December 8

Church of S. Nicolao della Flüe, Lugano-Besso
TASIS Christmas Service 

TASIS choirs, musicians, and readers will headline this elegant annual event.

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