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ES Weekly Bulletin | December 6, 2019
Posted 12/03/2019 11:00AM

We are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmastime.

– Laura Ingalls Wilder

Upcoming Events

Friday, December 6 TPA Holiday Market and Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony • 16:00–20:00
Sunday, December 8 All-School Christmas Service • 15:15, San Nicolao della Flüe
Thursday, December 12 TPA Panettone & Prosecco Appreciation • 16:00, Casa Fleming
Friday, December 13  ES Speech and Drama Performance • 19:00, Palmer Center
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

We’ll See You at the TPA Holiday Market Today!

Don’t forget to stop by campus between 16:00–20:00 today for Christmas carols, delicious food, holiday gift items, an "apres ski" vin brûlé aperitif, a wonderful Santa’s Village, and more! 

This year’s market is open to the general public and will be held under a heated tent for the first time ever, so bring the whole family, invite your friends, and plan on staying well into the evening!

Summary of Events:

  • 16:00: Holiday Market opens
  • 16:15: Valet parking service begins (simply drive to the main TASIS parking lot)
  • 16:30: Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and carols
  • 16:45: Santa's Village opens
  • 20:00: Holiday Market and Santa's Village close

The 2018 TASIS Christmas Service

Join Us for the Christmas Service This Sunday

Lynn Fleming Aeschliman, Chairman of the Board, and Christopher Nikoloff, Headmaster, cordially invite you to the annual TASIS Christmas Service at the church of San Nicolao della Flüe (Via Mons. Angelo Jelmini 4, Lugano-Besso) on Sunday, December 8, at 15:15. 

The beautiful service will feature performances from the ES, MS, HS, and Community Choirs and the TASIS Instrument Ensemble. The musicians will be supported by TASIS music teachers and associated members of the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana. A reception for parents, friends, and performers will follow.

Directions and parking information can be found here.

Christmas Service schedule for performers:

12:15 Students must be in the main TASIS parking lot.
12:30 All participants—singers, musicians, and readers—will be taken by bus from TASIS to the church.
13:00–14:45  Final rehearsal in the church
15:15–16:15 Christmas Service
16:15 Dismissal for all students except for performers
16:30–17:00  Reception in the Reception Hall following the service for parents, friends, and performers
17:00 Dismissal from the church (performers return to campus by 17:15)

TPA Panettone & Prosecco Appreciation Next Thursday

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 Next Friday

Please join us in the Palmer Center at 19:00 on Friday, December 13, to see what our young theater artists have been working on this semester!

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!

Save the Date: Parent-Board of Directors Social on February 6

Dear Parents,

The winter holiday is drawing near and, along with the usual seasonal events, we are planning ahead for the annual reception in which TASIS parents will have an opportunity to socialize with members of the TASIS Board of Directors while they are in town for their meetings.

This year the event will take place on Thursday evening instead of Friday, in the hope that it will be more convenient for local parents, many of whom like to go away on Friday to spend the weekend skiing. The event was a great success last year, and the TASIS Board is always very eager to meet our current families. We hope to have even more of you attend this year. Mark your calendars and Save the Date!

Wine & Hors d’Oeuvres Reception

  • Thursday, February 6, 2020
  • 18:00–19:30
  • Resort Collina d'Oro, Agra

Additional details will be shared closer to the event.

Best wishes,

TASIS Development Office

ES After-School Program Spotlight: AC Milan Soccer 

Designed to introduce children to the sport, the AC Milan after-school activity teaches the basic elements of soccer through specific exercises. Players discover the pleasure of integrating as a team and compete in several games. We are delighted to work with coaches from AC Milan, and all players receive an AC Milan uniform and backpack.

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