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ES Weekly Bulletin | November 28, 2019
Posted 11/26/2019 02:00PM



Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.  

– Marcel Proust

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
  • ES Christmas Concert • 11:00, Palestra
    School ends after the concert
  • No bus shuttle service that afternoon 
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.

Congrats to our ES Dancers!

Read about Tuesday night’s amazing Sweet November Dance Company concert and watch the full performance on the TASIS Blog.

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!

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



ES Speech and Drama Performance on December 13

These young theater artists are almost ready for an audience! Come and see what our After-School Program Speech and Drama students have been working on this semester at 19:00 on Friday, December 13, in the Palmer Center.


ES Christmas Concert on December 18

This year’s Elementary School Christmas Concert will be held in the Palestra on Wednesday, December 18, at 11:00. We expect the program to run for about one hour. 

The dress code for students is "dressy attire" (vestito da cerimonia). Children can wear festive holiday clothing of any color, but we ask that they please do not wear sneakers or denim jeans.

Valet parking will be available from 10:30–12:30, and there will be no shuttle bus service that afternoon. All children will go home with their families after the concert.

We look forward to seeing you at this exciting holiday event!

ES After-School Program Spotlight: Baseball

The third year of baseball at TASIS is going very well, with all players showing steady improvement in hitting, fielding, and throwing. Keep up the good work, young Tigers! 

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