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

The true Christmas spirit is putting others’ happiness before our own, and finding you’ve never known such happiness.

– Tori Sorenson

Upcoming Events

Friday, December 6 TPA Holiday Market and Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony • 16:00
Sunday, December 8 All-School Christmas Service • 15:15, San Nicolao della Flüe, Lugano-Besso
Thursday, December 12 TPA Panettone & Prosecco Appreciation • 16:00, Casa Fleming
Wednesday, December 18 Last day of classes before Winter Holiday 
Thursday, December 19 Dormitories close at 16:00
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)

Day families: Please note that day student performers must travel to the church with the School.

Student Activities Offered this Weekend

This weekend’s activities include the TPA Holiday Market and a trip to Ponte Tresa for sushi on Friday evening, a day trip to Milan on Saturday, and bagels with salmon in the Lanterna Common Room on Sunday morning. 

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 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

Magnificent Seven Announced

Each fall and spring, the High School holds a special assembly to honor seven students who exemplify the qualities the School refers to as the Magnificent Seven. These timeless virtues—Integrity, Respect, Responsibility, Compassion, Humility, Service, and Vision—are character traits that were of utmost importance to founder M. Crist Fleming and continue to be highly valued by the TASIS community today.

The fall selections are determined by nominations made by the faculty and student body. Congratulations to the following recipients!

Integrity: Giulia de Cristofaro ’20
Dealing honestly with each other and ourselves, and honoring our commitments

Respect: Anastasia Besanidou ’22
Demonstrating an appreciation of the dignity of each human being and the beauty of the natural world

Responsibility: Fillipo de Cristofaro ’20
Being accountable for our own actions; not blaming others for our mistakes or taking credit for another’s achievements; upholding obligations to others

Compassion: Elisa Mondarano ’21
Treating others in a kind and caring way

Humility: Francis Accilien PG’20
Acknowledging our weaknesses and learning from them

Service: Stefani Borisova ’21
Dedicating ourselves to making a positive contribution to our community and world

Vision: Ella Abisi ’21
Making sacrifices in the present to build a better future

Athletics Update

Good luck to all the teams that will be opening their winter seasons this weekend!

Upcoming Contests
Date Event Location
December 6–7 Varsity Boys Basketball • ISSL Tournament TASIS
December 7 Varsity Girls Basketball • ISSL Tournament ISB
December 7 Junior Varsity Girls Basketball • ISSL Tournament ICSZ
December 14 Badminton Invitational  TASIS
December 16 Varsity Girls Basketball @ ASM ASM
Please refer to the Athletics Calendar for more details.

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

Policy Note: Checking Out Boarding Students

Please note that if a parent of a day student checks out a boarding student, the boarding student must sleep at the day student’s house. Failure to adhere to this policy will be considered a travel violation, and hosting privileges will be removed from any family that violates the policy. 

College Counseling News

PSAT Score Release Date: Monday, December 9
Students in grades 9–11 who took the PSAT on October 16 PSAT will receive an email from College Board on December 9 with instructions on how to access their scores online.

A New Home
A reminder that the IB and College Counseling Offices have a new home in De Nobili, above the Health Center!

10th-Grade Parent Meeting
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:

  • 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.

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


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