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

Christmas is more than a time of festivities, family, and friends;
it is a season of generosity, gladness, and gratitude.

– William Arthur Ward

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, December 18 Elementary School Christmas Concert • 11:00, Palestra
Wednesday, December 18 Last day of classes before Winter Holiday 
Thursday, December 19 Dormitories close at 16:00
Tuesday, January 7 Classes resume

Winter Holiday Begins On Thursday

Please note that Wednesday, December 18, will be the last day of classes before the Winter Holiday. There will be regular shuttle bus service in the morning and afternoon for MS and HS students that day.

Dormitories will close at 16:00 on Thursday, December 19, and reopen at noon on Sunday, January 5.

Please 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!

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.

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

Student Activities Offered this Weekend

This weekend’s activities include dinner in Lugano on Friday evening, a day trip to Lucerne on Saturday, and trips to Foxtown or Lugano Arte e Cultura (LAC) on Sunday. 

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. 

Join Us at the ES Christmas Concert on Wednesday

Parents of students in all divisions are more than welcome to 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. Valet parking will be available from 10:30–12:30.

We hope to see you at this fun and uplifting holiday event!

Spring Academic Travel

By Monday afternoon, all High School students will see their Spring Academic Travel destinations posted on their schedules in Veracross.

Dates for Spring Academic Travel are as follows:

  • Kenya and India (Global Service Program trips): Thursday, February 20–Saturday, February 29
  • Ski Adventure and Poland: Saturday, February 22–Friday, February 28
  • All other Academic Travel destinations: Sunday, February 23–Friday, February 28

If you have any questions, please send an email as soon as possible to Academic Travel Director Natalie Philpot.

Athletics Update

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

Upcoming Contests
Date Event Location
December 14 Badminton Invitational  TASIS
December 16 Varsity Girls Basketball @ ASM ASM
January 14 Varsity Girls Basketball @ ASM TASIS
January 16 Varsity Boys Basketball vs. SLS TASIS
January 18 Badminton • Invitational ICSZ
Please refer to the Athletics Calendar for more details.

Recent Results
  December 6   Varsity Boys Basketball • ISSL Tournament   2nd Place
  December 7   Varsity Girls Basketball • ISSL Tournament   3rd Place
  December 7   Junior Varsity Girls Basketball • ISSL Tournament   4th Place

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.


College Counseling News

12th Grade and Postgraduates:

  • The School will be closed for the Winter Holiday from December 19–January 6). Transcript and document requests will not be processed during this time. Please contact if you have any questions.
  • Updated “midyear” transcripts including Fall Semester grades will be sent in support of all active applications when the School reopens in January. You do not have to request that these be sent. Do not be concerned if you receive notices from colleges and universities that midyear transcripts have not been received.

11th Grade:

  • The Class of 2021 Junior Survey is now available in your Cialfo task list: "Getting Started for Grade 11!"
    • The deadline to complete the survey is January 31.
  • Please review the complete TASIS testing recommendations here.
    • It is recommended that all students take one SAT and one ACT in the spring of the junior year.
    • The only spring ACT administration at TASIS is February 8.
      • The registration deadline for this administration is January 17.
      • The test center registration code for TASIS is 867780.
      • Watch for an email from
      • There is more information regarding testing below.

9th, 10th, and 11th Grades:

  • PSAT Score Release Date was Monday, December 9.
  • 9th, 10th, and 11th Grade students who took the October 16 PSAT and provided a valid email address were notified via an email from College Board to access their scores online. A PDF copy of the presentation from the PSAT Score Release assembly can be seen 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:
    • 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:
    • 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)
    • 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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