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HS Weekly Bulletin | November 28, 2019
Posted 11/26/2019 12:00PM


Let us remember that, as much has been given us, much will be expected from us, and that true homage comes from the heart as well as from the lips, and shows itself in deeds. 

– Theodore Roosevelt

Thanksgiving is a very popular American holiday during which families gather and express gratitude for all of the bounty in their lives, with approximately 55 million Americans traveling to be with their loved ones today and throughout this weekend. The TASIS family also has much to be grateful for as we approach the three-day weekend, and I would like to thank all of you for making our community as special as it is. I wish you a restful, restorative Thanksgiving in Switzerland!

– Headmaster Christopher Nikoloff

Upcoming Events

Friday, November 29 Thanksgiving Holiday (no classes)
Friday, December 6 TPA Holiday Market and Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony • 16:30
Sunday, December 8 All-School Christmas Service • 15:15, San Nicolao della Flüe, Lugano-Besso
Wednesday, December 18 Last day of classes before Winter Holiday 
Thursday, December 19 Dormitories close at 16:00
Tuesday, January 7 Classes resume

Happy Thanksgiving!

We would like to remind you that there is no school on Friday, November 29, due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Classes will resume on Monday, December 2.

Melody Tibbits and The Cade to Perform at Lugano Tree Lighting Ceremony on Sunday

TASIS Elementary School Music Teacher Melody Tibbits Zanecchia, Associate Athletic Director Alex Zanecchia ’02, and alumnus Christof Zanecchia ’04 will perform with their band, Melody Tibbits and The Cade, in Piazza della Riforma for the Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Lugano this Sunday, December 1, from 18:00–19:30. We hope to see you downtown at this fun annual event!

Student Activities Offered this Weekend

This weekend’s activities include a movie in the Palestra on Thursday evening, a Black Friday shopping trip to Milan on Friday, a trip to Ponte Tresa for sushi on Friday evening, a ski trip on Saturday, and Christmas card-making and ornament decorating in De Nobili on Sunday afternoon. 

Weekend activities are open to all day and boarding students. Students should consult the HS Daily Bulletin for sign-up information and more details about each activity. 

TPA Holiday Market & Santa’s Village Next Friday

Please join us after school on Friday, December 6, for the annual TPA Holiday Market on the outdoor basketball court in front of the Campo Science Center. Come support our Service Learning groups, who will be selling food, drinks, and holiday gift items to raise funds for the organizations they partner with. The market will also feature outside vendors selling cashmere scarves, fashion accessories, and delicious food

This year’s market will be held under a heated tent with music, “mocktails,” an “apres ski” vin brûlé aperitif, and more...! For the little ones, there will be a Santa’s Village in the Palmer Center filled with fun activities (see details below) that will start at 16:45, just after the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, which begins at 16:30. A valet parking service will be offered starting at 16:15.

Please click here to learn more about the TPA Holiday Market.

Purchase Pre-sale Tickets for Santa’s Village 

Children who visit Santa’s Village in the Palmer Center will have their pictures taken with Santa, decorate gingerbread cookies, and participate in other fun activities! 

Pre-sale tickets to Santa’s Village are available for CHF 15 per child and can be purchased by clicking on the button below. Take advantage of this opportunity to save! 

Tickets purchased at the door on the day of the event will be CHF 20. (Note that entry is free for parents accompanying their children.) 


Buy tickets now


All-School Christmas Service Next Sunday

The annual All-School Christmas Service will be held at the church of San Nicolao della Flüe at 15:15 on the afternoon of Sunday, December 8. Details regarding the rehearsal schedule on Wednesday, December 4, and plans for the service itself can be found in this bulletin.

Save the Date: TPA Panettone & Prosecco Appreciation on December 12 

The TPA is pleased to invite all faculty and staff to panettone and bubbly at Casa Fleming from 16:00–18:00 on Thursday, December 12, and is looking for parent volunteers to help serve at this event! To sign up, please send an email to


College Counseling News

The IB and College Counseling Offices have a new home in De Nobili, above the Health Center!

A PDF of the PowerPoint presentation that was delivered at the 10th-Grade Parent Meeting on October 10 can be found here.

Parents interested in receiving updates from College Board (SAT) and ACT can register by following these links: 

Upcoming College Representative Visits:

Standardized Testing Information:

  • Please review the2019–2020 TASIS Standardized Testing Recommendations/Schedule
  • SAT test dates and registration deadlines for 2019–2020:
    • December 7 (Registration deadline was Nov 8)
    • March 14—SAT ONLY/NO Subject Tests (Registration deadline: Feb 14)
    • May 2 (Registration deadline: April 3)
    • June 6—Subject Tests ONLY (Registration deadline: May 8)
  • ACT test dates and registration deadlines for 2019–2020:
    • December 14 (Registration deadline is today, Nov 22)
    • February 8 (Registration deadline: Jan 17)
    • April 4 (during Spring Holiday—test available at other testing centers)
    • June 13 (school closed—test available at other testing centers)
    • Fall Semester test dates:
      • December 7
    • Spring Semester Test dates:
      • January 18
      • February 15
      • March 7
      • April 25
      • May 16
    • Registration information and instructions, including the “bulk registration code” unique to each test date, will be sent from when the registration period for each exam opens. TASIS students should register with the code, which is valid until 10 days before the exam. Registration during the 10 days prior to the exam is open to the public (including TASIS students) and can be done without a code. Please note that only 12 seats are available for each test administration. Early registration is encouraged.


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