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ES Weekly Bulletin | December 13, 2019
Posted 12/10/2019 02:00PM


The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched.
They must be felt with the heart.

– Helen Keller

Upcoming Events

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

Winter Holiday Begins On Thursday

Please note that Wednesday, December 14, will be the last day of classes before the Winter Holiday. The shuttle bus service will run as usual that morning, but there will be no shuttle bus service that afternoon. All students will depart with their parents following the ES Christmas Concert.

Please also note that we will not be sending any Weekly Bulletins next week. Classes will resume on Tuesday, January 7, and our next Weekly Bulletins will be sent on Friday, January 10.

We wish you all a restful and joyous holiday season!

Speech and Drama Performance Tonight!

We hope to see you in the Palmer Center at 19:00 this evening for a lively show featuring all students involved in the After-School Program’s Speech and Drama activity!

Join us at the ES Christmas Concert on Wednesday

Please join us at the Elementary School Christmas Concert in the Palestra on Wednesday, December 18, at 11:00. The program is expected to last about one hour. 

Please note that 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 fun and uplifting holiday event!

TPA Gratitude: Holiday Market & Santa’s Village 

Dear TASIS Community,

The TPA would like to thank all the parents, faculty, and staff who worked together to make this year’s Holiday Market and Santa’s Village a truly special and beautiful event! We also had many donations from the Lugano community, with special mention to Bachmann Giardini, Kairos Tents, and Federica Brocchi Catering for their generosity!

More than 300 students, parents, and faculty members celebrated together over live gospel music, vin brûlé, aperitifs, hot chocolate, shopping, and photos with Santa, and TASIS Service Learning groups combined to raise more than CHF 6000 for their respective charities! It was a joy to see our community come together with such holiday cheer and goodwill!

Everyone had the chance to win more than 15 different prizes at the TPA raffle, with items and services donated to us by designer shops, restaurants, and hotels in Lugano. (See the full list of sponsors and prizes here.) Global Service Program Director Danny Schiff pulled the winning raffle tickets with Headmaster Chris Nikoloff, and I’m happy to report the following winners: Vanessa Vigano, Sabrina Giuliani, Anton Besandini, Pietro Virgilio, Angelo Scaranello, Cosima Klim-Wirren, Magdalena Bertsch, Corina Nikoloff, Roberta Braghiroli, Elina Chak, Giulia Stano, Julie Wagner, Jennifer Zanarini, Martin Riegger, Egor Maksimov, and Nogol Zahabi. All winners will be emailed directly with instructions on how to collect their prizes! 

To see lots of great photos and learn more about this year’s TPA Holiday Market, please refer to this article on the TASIS website and visit the TPA Instagram page: @tasis_tpa_lugano.

We wish everyone a wonderful holiday season filled with peace, joy, and love!

All the best,

Jennifer Zanarini
TPA President

Enjoy the Impressive 2019 TASIS Christmas Service

Congratulations to Performing Arts Chair Samantha Forrest, Middle School Choir Director Yara Rubb, Elementary School Choir Director Melody Tibbits Zanecchia, Community Choir Director Tamara Schumacher, and the many student and faculty performers who made last Sunday’s Christmas Service a memorable one! 

Watch the full service on the TASIS YouTube channel.

Upcoming Meeting For Grade 5 Parents

A meeting for parents of 5th-grade students will be held in the Belvedere Salon on Wednesday, January 21, from 19:00–20:30. It will be dedicated to the ES-MS transition.

ES Service Learning Students Address Environmental Issues 

This year the theme for the Elementary School's Service Learning Program is “awareness.” Mr. Friday's fifth-grade students have connected this theme to their nonfiction research and essay writing about Climate Change. This led to the formation of various Service Learning groups around these vital topics: how to use a tree-planting web browser, how to better compost food at TASIS, how to carbon-offset your traveling and make a lighter carbon footprint, and how to address the problems associated with palm oil plantations. 

These Service Learning groups gave their initial presentations in the grade-five assembly a few weeks ago. They then volunteered to stay behind after school on Wednesday and share the same presentation in the Middle School assembly. They felt nervous about presenting to the older students, but they did very well, sharing their passion and ideas about environmental action. The Middle School proved to be an excellent audience, further inspiring the younger students. They are now visiting classes throughout the Elementary School and have even shared their carbon-offsetting ideas with the Global Service Program team. They will expand their presentations and actions in the Spring Semester. Great job by all involved!


After-School Program Spotlight: Choir

The Elementary School Choir program is designed to foster a love for singing and creative expression. Musical opportunities are provided for students to learn basic skills in vocal technique, playing music, and reading music. Students also broaden their listening skills while experiencing the joy of singing together. The choir participates in various performances throughout the year—including the TASIS Christmas Service and the upcoming ES Christmas Concert!

Yoga Marathon Raises CHF 2500 for Children of Zambia

Dear TASIS Community,

I would like to thank everyone who participated in the Yoga Marathon on November 23. Thank you so much for supporting this great cause and helping us raise CHF 2500 for the Serving Southern Africa Global Service Program group!

I would also like to thank Mr. Chris Nikoloff for giving me the opportunity to hold the Yoga Marathon at TASIS, our TASIS personale and kitchen staff for their help in making the event run so smoothly, and all the yoga teachers who leant their expertise. Finally, a huge thank you to my colleague and friend Ms. Carol Hinchliff, whose remarkable efforts behind the scenes made all our jobs a lot easier.

With gratitude,

Mara Bernasconi

TASIS Snow Policy

In the event of heavy snowfall or other dangerous weather, our primary concern will always be the safety of students, faculty, and staff.

Given that weather and road conditions can vary dramatically across the region, decisions regarding day student transportation to and from school always remain with parents. If parents notify the School promptly, students who arrive late, leave early, or miss an entire day due to inclement weather will be excused.

While our goal is to remain open whenever possible, we cannot guarantee a normal school day in the case of severe weather. If police, other local authorities, or the company providing the TASIS shuttle bus service are advising against travel in our region, we are likely to cancel all classes. If we must do so, we will send an email to all parents, students, and staff as soon as possible. In the event that classes are canceled, day students will be asked to remain safely at home while boarding students will remain under the care of our experienced Residential Life team.

If weather conditions develop during the school day that make travel conditions hazardous, we may need to authorize an early dismissal. Parents will be notified promptly if this situation arises. Please know that if weather conditions change dramatically during the day, our shuttle bus service may not be able to transport students home. Parents will be immediately notified if this is the case, and we will provide care for all students until families can arrange for safe transportation home. 

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