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ES Weekly Bulletin | January 31, 2020
Posted 01/27/2020 11:00PM

Learning another language is not only learning different words for the same things, but learning another way to think about things.

Flora Lewis

Upcoming Events

Monday, February 3 Normal school day for ES (no classes for HS and MS that day)
Wednesday, February 5 ES Parent Coffee • 8:30, Casa Fleming
Thursday, February 6 ES Open House • 8:30, Casa Fleming
Thursday, February 6 Parent-Board of Directors Social • 18:00, Resort Collina d’Oro
Friday, February 7 Memorial Mass for Mrs. Fleming • 8:00, Sant'Abbondio Church
Monday, February 10—Friday, February 14 International Week
Friday, February 14 ES International Showcase
Thursday, February 20 ES Parent-Teacher Conferences • Dismissal at 11:00
Monday, February 24–Friday, February 28 No school for ES; Academic Travel for MS and HS

Coronavirus Update

Dear Parents,

As I'm sure many of you have seen, last night the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that the coronavirus is now a global health emergency. This situation continues to develop rapidly, so we advise you to refer to the following sources for the latest information:

We continue to track this situation very closely and are in regular contact with Healix, our risk management partner, which released the following statement last night:

We have raised our medical risk rating for China to HIGH due to an acceleration in reported cases of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV). The outbreak is centered in Wuhan (Hubei province); however, every region in the country has been affected. On January 30, the country experienced the largest single-day surge in reported cases; 7,800 confirmed cases have been reported and the virus has spread to at least 16 other countries. Reconsider the need to travel to China. Personnel in-country should urgently report any symptoms of fever, cough, sore throat, or breathing difficulties to their healthcare provider.

On a more positive note, we wish to inform you that the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) confirmed yesterday that there are no known cases of the virus in Switzerland. You can review the most recent statement released by the FOPH here.

The well-being of our community remains our top priority, and to that end we participated in a conference call with a number of other boarding schools in Switzerland in order to share best practices. All schools continue to monitor the situation closely and are taking a dynamic approach to this complex and changing picture, carefully following the health protocols established by the CDC and reinforced by the FOPH.

Medical professionals continue to reiterate that the best way to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses is to make sure to do the following:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer instead.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with those who are sick.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.

We kindly ask that you reinforce these protocols with your children, and please know that we will continue to update our community with any new developments. Pending further developments, we intend to proceed with classes as usual.

I wish you all a safe and healthy weekend, 

Christopher Nikoloff

An Update from the Director of Institutional Advancement

Dear Parents,

On Monday evening in the Palmer Center, we hosted a constructive meeting with Collina d'Oro Mayor Sabrina Romelli and local residents of the community. This meeting was organized at the request of the comune with the objective of improving the relationship between the School and its neighbors and addressing some of the comune's concerns, such as the traffic caused by morning drop-off, afternoon pick-up, and regular service deliveries. Additional topics addressed included the future building projects outlined in our Master Plan, student behavior off campus, and other aspects of the School's impact on the community.

More than 100 community members attended the meeting, including several members of the TASIS Board, Administration, and Faculty. We were also grateful to have the support of TPA President Jennifer Hung-Zanarini and many other TASIS parents.

I opened the meeting by noting that I've spent more of my life here than in the United States, and that I have a deep affection for the Collina d'Oro and feel very fortunate to live here. I also made sure that the local residents in attendance understood how grateful we all feel to have our school in this beautiful location and that we appreciate all the support we receive from the community.

The conversations throughout the meeting were spirited and respectful, and the local residents clearly appreciated the invitation to be heard. We agreed to host these "town hall" meetings on a more regular basis to ensure that the dialogue between the School and our local neighbors remains open. 

We were also pleased that the mayor announced our initiative to expand our parking lot, which will alleviate some of the traffic issues, and build our new 55x37-meter Hydrofield. Now that we have received the necessary permits to proceed with both projects, we plan to begin construction on the expanded parking lot in late February.

We will need to close our current parking lot beginning on Monday, February 24, which will affect our drop-off and pick-up procedures beginning on Monday, March 2, the day classes resume after Spring Academic Travel. We will hold a special Parent Coffee in the Palmer Center from 8:30–9:30 AM on Wednesday, February 19, to discuss construction and transportation logistics. We strongly recommend that any parents who regularly drive to campus plan to attend this meeting.

We aim to have the new parking lot, a new basketball court, and a temporary pool completed by June, and the Hydrofield will be installed this summer. We are also very excited to add a beautiful synthetic ice rink to our campus later this winter.

Of course this construction inevitably leads to disruption, and we are sure to have our share of it in the coming months. But as our Headmaster appropriately noted in the parent appeal we sent earlier this year, it's impossible, at this moment, to imagine our Science Program without the state-of-the-art Campo Science Center, our Visual Arts Program without the Ferit ┼×ahenk Fine Arts Center, our Performing Arts Program without the John E. Palmer Cultural Center, and our Athletics and Physical Education programs without the Palestra. 

We thank you for your patience as we continue to enhance an incomparable Global Village that will serve our students for generations to come.


Bill Eichner
TASIS Director of Institutional Advancement 

ES Remains Open on Monday

Please note that although classes will not be in session for the High School and Middle School on Monday, the Elementary School will have a regular school day.

Upcoming ES Parent Coffees

Please join us in Casa Fleming at 8:30 AM on Wednesday, February 5, for an ES Parent Coffee. We will discuss Digital Citizenship.

We will also have a Parent Coffee on Wednesday, March 18, at 8:30. The theme for that meeting will be the ES Math Program.

ES Open House on Thursday Morning

This is a reminder that we will host an Elementary School Open House for prospective families next Thursday, February 6, should you have any friends who are interested in learning more about TASIS. More information can be found in this article, and the registration page is available here


Join us at Resort Collina d’Oro Next Thursday

This is a final reminder that all TASIS parents are welcome to join us at the annual Parent-Board of Directors Social at the Resort Collina d'Oro on Thursday, February 6, beginning at 18:00 Please send an email to by this Tuesday, February 4, if you would like to attend.


Memorial Mass for Mrs. Fleming

The annual memorial mass for TASIS Founder M. Crist Fleming will be held next Friday, February 7, at 8:00 AM at the Sant'Abbondio Church in Gentilino. The entire TASIS community is invited.

International Week Opens on February 10

International Week, a favorite annual TASIS tradition, will begin on Monday, February 10, and conclude on Friday, February 14. The week will include special events in all three divisions, including the all-school Parade of Flags, the Elementary School's International Showcase, the MS/HS World Cup Tournaments, and the High School International Food Fair. 

Please note that the Parade of Flags Assembly on Monday morning will be filmed and posted on the TASIS YouTube channel later that day. Due to limited space in the Palestra, parents are kindly asked not to attend this event.

See the full schedule of events below, and please contact International Week Coordinator Ms. Eleonora Pinton with any questions. 

Monday, February 10
Theme: Traditional Costume Day*

10:15–11:10: All-School Parade of Flags Assembly, Palestra
11:15–13:30: MS/HS Lunch: Mexican
13:05–13:40: MS World Cup Tournament, Palestra
16:00–17:30: HS World Cup Tournament, Palestra
17:45–19:00: MS/HS Dinner: Chinese

Tuesday, February 11
Theme: Swiss Flag Day*

11:15–13:30: MS/HS Lunch: Thai
12:45–13:45: MS World Cup Tournament, Palestra
16:00–17:30: HS World Cup Tournament, Palestra
14:30-15:30: TPA International Merenda (snack), Focolare (parents are welcome to attend)
17:45–19:00: MS/HS Dinner: Swiss Raclette

Wednesday, February 12
Theme: Sports Jersey Day*

11:00–13:30: TPA International Potluck Lunch, Hadsall (parents are welcome to attend)
11:15–13:30: MS/HS Lunch: American
12:45–13:45: MS World Cup Tournament, Palestra
15:25–15:55: MS International Assembly, Palmer Center
16:00–17:30: HS World Cup Tournament Finals, Palestra (ES students encouraged to attend)
17:45–19:00: MS/HS Dinner: Greek

Thursday, February 13
Theme: Flag Colors Day (HS and MS), Traditional Costumes (ES)*

8:30–10:00: ES International Showcase, Palmer Center
9:05–11:00: MS International Brunch, De Nobili
11:15–13:30: MS/HS Lunch: Italian
11:00–13:30: TPA International Potluck Lunch, Hadsall (parents are welcome to attend)
17:30–18:00: MS/HS Dinner: British
19:30–21:00: HS International Food Fair, De Nobili

Friday, February 14
Theme: USA Day (HS and MS), Flag Colors Day (ES)*

10:10–10:35: HS Closing Assembly, Palestra
11:15–13:30: MS/HS Lunch: Anglo-American
17:45–18:45: MS/HS Dinner: Moroccan

* Please note that students may choose to wear their regular school uniforms if they do not wish to participate in the themed dress-up day. 

Volunteers Needed For International Week 

The TPA is calling all parents to prepare traditional homemade dishes that share and celebrate their child’s heritage! Volunteers are also needed to serve during the Hadsall lunch period and Focolare snack time. This is a great opportunity to get involved with International Week, a wonderful TASIS tradition for our students that will be held from February 10–14 this year! See the posters below for more details, and please contact your room parent and/or TPA ES Coordinator to sign up.

Registration deadline for International Showcase is February 4

This is a reminder that the deadline to register for this year’s ES International Showcase is Tuesday, February 4. If you have not already had a chance to do so, please help your child submit this Google Form if he or she would like to perform this year. 

Please contact Mr. Frazier-Smith with any questions.

Australia Wildfire Relief Donations

Between personal donations, Global Service Program donations, and funds raised at this week’s basketball game, TASIS has been able to send CHF 490 to WIRES Australian Wildlife Rescue Organisation and CHF 675 to Australian Red Cross. Thank you to all who contributed to this heartbreaking cause.

TPA Eco-Conscious Fundraiser 

Order your personalized BPA-free, stainless steel refillable water bottle (500 ml) and support the TPA! Vibrant new spring colors have arrived! The name of your choice will be engraved on the bottle, making this a unique gift idea for all occasions!

To place an order, please send an email to and specify the color, text, and font (see examples below) you would like. All proceeds from this sale will go toward the TPA’s eco-conscious initiatives and TPA events. 

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