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
|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|
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.)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Upcoming College Representative Visits:
Standardized Testing Information: