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ES Weekly Bulletin | February 7, 2020
Posted 02/04/2020 04:00PM


Music, dance, painting, and theater are all keys that unlock profound human understanding and accomplishment.

William Bennett

Upcoming Events

Monday, February 10—Friday, February 14 International Week
Friday, February 14 ES International Showcase
Wednesday, February 19 Construction and Logistics Meeting • 8:30, Palmer Center
Thursday, February 20 ES Parent-Teacher Conferences • Dismissal at 11:00
Friday, February 21 ES Carnevale
Monday, February 24–Friday, February 28 No school for ES; Academic Travel for MS and HS
Friday, March 6 Portrait retakes
Friday, March 27–Sunday, March 29 HS Spring Musical
Saturday, April 4–Sunday, April 19 All-School Spring Holiday

Coronavirus Update

Dear Parents,

We continue to remain fortunate that no cases of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) have been identified in Switzerland. For the latest information on the outbreak, we would like to point you in the direction of the following resources:

We also wish to inform you that our recent discussions with local health professionals have helped us draw the following conclusions, all of which remain subject to change due to the dynamic nature of this situation. 

  • None of our upcoming Academic Travel and Global Service Program trips is to a high-risk area (see a full list of locations below), but we still believe that it is imperative to provide basic education to all chaperones and students about prevention. The prevention protocols for upcoming travel can be found here.

  • The Swiss authorities are providing guidance for travelers and recommending that any travelers from China report to a local doctor if they become symptomatic within two weeks of arriving in Switzerland.

  • We are in communication with our students from China about their plans for the upcoming Spring Holiday (April 4–19). If the coronavirus fears have not subsided by that point, we will help these students make alternative travel plans or provide them assistance in finding local accommodations, possibly with host families.

  • Any members of our community (students, faculty, or staff) who decide to travel to China for the Spring Holiday are asked to report to our Health Center ahead of time. They will work with our health professionals on pre-trip education and post-trip support, such as checking for symptoms.

  • We must acknowledge that there is always the possibility that members of our community or visitors arriving on campus have recently traveled from China but are not disclosing that travel to us. Following the prevention protocols mentioned above remains paramount—no matter how low the risk of infection appears to be in Switzerland.

Thank you for your patience as we continue to adapt to this developing situation, and we wish you and your family a safe and healthy weekend.


Christopher Nikoloff

International Week Starts on Monday!

International Week 2020 will kick off with the Parade of Flags Assembly on Monday morning. This exciting event will be filmed and posted on the TASIS YouTube channel later that day. Due to very limited space in the Palestra, parents are kindly asked not to attend.

The week will include special events in all three divisions, including the Elementary School International Showcase, the MS/HS World Cup Tournaments, and the High School International Food Fair. See the full schedule of events below.

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, 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
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), 

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), Traditional Costumes or Flag Colors Day (ES)*

8:15–9:45: ES International Showcase, Palmer Center
11:15–13:30: MS/HS Lunch: Russian
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.

Sign Up to Attend the International Showcase 

This year’s ES International Showcase will be held in the Palmer Center from 8:15–9:45 on Friday, February 14. Due to limited space in the Palmer Center, we ask that you please register if you would like to attend this year’s showcase. The deadline to register is noon on Thursday, February 13.

Please note that students in grades 4–5 will perform from 8:15–8:45. After a 30-minute break to set up, students in grades Pre-Kindergarten through 3 will perform from 9:15–9:45.

Register Now

Last Call for International Week Volunteers

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. 

Construction and Logistics Meeting on February 19

As noted in last week’s announcement from the Director of Institutional Advancement, 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 for parents of students in all divisions in the Palmer Center on Wednesday, February 19, from 8:30–9:30 AM to discuss construction and transportation logistics. We strongly recommend that any parents who regularly drive to campus plan to attend this meeting.

Carnevale Parade on February 21

We will celebrate Carnevale on Friday, February 21, beginning at 14:45. Children in Hadsall/Aurora can wear their costumes to school. They will have an assembly at 14:45 and will then march in a Carnevale parade beginning around 15:00.

Focolare children should bring their costumes to school and will change before their parade (any time after 14:15). The Focolare parade will begin at 14:45. Parents are welcome to attend but are asked NOT to park at Bora da Besa, as those spaces are reserved for customers only.

Please note that the regular shuttle bus service will run that afternoon for all ES students, including those at Focolare. Please remember to cancel your shuttle transportation in Veracross if you plan to come to the Carnevale parade and take your child home with you afterward.

Portrait Retake Day 

Portrait retake day will be held on Friday, March 6, from 8:00–16:00 in the MCF Library for any students who did not have their portrait taken in October. This photo will be used in the Yearbook and in Veracross, so it’s very important that students remember to go.

Grade 5 Draws Inspiration from Hermann Hesse

On Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, Mr. Friday and Ms. Shields took their fifth-grade classes to the Hermann Hesse Museum in Montagnola to learn more about their local writing role model, the great Hermann Hesse

The field trips tied in perfectly with each class’s current writing unit, in which students are creating memoir-essays. “There can be no better role model than a Nobel Prize-winning novelist, poet, and essayist; a man who helped Jews escape the Holocaust; an artist and naturalist; and a German who loved Italian-Swiss culture and Ticino most of all,” said Mr. Friday.

The museum manager told Mr. Friday that she was delighted to host both classes and hopes TASIS can further develop the link between the School and this local treasure. These visits were a great opportunity for the students, and some parents also attended and really engaged with the experience!


New Location for the Admissions Office

Please note that the Admissions Office is now in historic Casa Fleming! You can find Mr. Eichner and Ms. McKee on the ground floor, and Ms. Roowalla and Ms. Soravia are right upstairs.

Parent-Board of Directors Social

Thank you to the many parents who attended last night’s lovely reception at Resort Collina d’Oro. We hope you enjoyed the evening!

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