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ES Weekly Bulletin | February 14, 2020
Posted 02/11/2020 12:00PM


Maybe foolishly, but 40 years ago I did dream of a school or schools that by bringing young people closely together in their young and formative tender years we might be able to ‘bond’ the world together in such a way that ties of understanding, compassion, love, and a sense of reality would create a saner, safer, better world.

M. Crist Fleming, 1996 speech

“I would like to begin International Week with a quote from our founder Mary Crist Fleming from a letter she wrote to TASIS alumni in 2001: ‘I want to believe as I age that the dynamic of TASIS will go on forever—that it will continue to bring young people of the world together with a shared vision that the world is really one big family, that no matter what our color, race, or creed, we are all part of the human species, we are all human beings. All we need to bring us together is education, education to give us freedom from poverty, disease, and war. It sounds like a tall order, but through education it can be achieved, and TASIS must take the lead.’

I would like to say to you today that you are the community that Mrs. Fleming envisioned. You are the dynamic that she wished to go on forever, bringing together young people from around the world to share in the common values we have as humans—such as those inscribed over our library—together with the common goal of improving the world through education through a focused bettering of ourselves so that we may bring good to the world.”

– Headmaster Christopher Nikoloff at Monday’s Opening Ceremony

Upcoming Events

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

Another Wonderful International Week Draws to a Close!

Please enjoy this article about Monday’s Opening Ceremony, which included remarks from Headmaster Christopher Nikoloff, a 62-nation Parade of Flags, the presentation of Torch Awards to 14 students, an IB Theatre presentation, and several outstanding music and dance performances. Photos from the ceremony can be found here.

C=Congratulations to the many courageous ES students who shared their talents at the International Showcase in the Palmer Center this morning! Photos from the event can be found here, and you can watch all of the performances by clicking on the links below. (Please note that these clips are unlisted on SmugMug and can only be accessed with these links.)

If you’d like to download the original files, you can do so via this WeTransfer link, which will remain active for one month.

More of School Photographer Kim Nelson’s photos from International Week, which featured lots of amazing food and plenty of impressive costumes, can be found on the TASIS SmugMug page

Last Chance to Register for ES Fundraiser on Sunday

There is still time to sign up for the ES fundraising event the Moldova Global Service Program (GSP) group will be hosting on campus this Sunday from 11:00–13:00. This event is open to all students in grades K–5, and registration will close at 17:00 on Saturday.

Please click on the button below if you would like to register. Any questions can be directed to Moldova GSP faculty leader Mark Chevalier.

Register Now

Construction and Logistics Meeting on Wednesday

This is a reminder that 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.

Please refer to this announcement from Bill Eichner, Director of Institutional Advancement, for more information about our upcoming construction projects, which will affect our drop-off and pick-up procedures beginning on Monday, March 2.

Parent-Teacher Conferences on February 20

Parent-teacher conferences will take place in the Palestrina on Thursday, February 20. If you have not had a chance to sign up for conference times yet, you can do so in the Parent Portal.

Students in grades 2–5 will be dismissed at 11:00 while students at Focolare will be dismissed at 10:50. No lunch will be served that day, and there will be no after-school activities.

The afternoon shuttle bus service will begin running at 11:00. Drop-off times for each bus stop can be found here.

All ES students who usually take the shuttle buses on Thursday afternoon will depart on the buses at 11:00 unless you submit a transportation change request in Veracross before 9:00 AM that day.

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.

Coronavirus Update

Dear Parents,

Please refer to the following resources for the latest updates on the novel coronavirus, which at this time has not been identified in Switzerland.

As discussed in last week’s coronavirus update, we are closely monitoring travel plans for our students and employees for our Spring Holiday in early April and have also developed a protocols document to help guide our student travelers and faculty leaders for upcoming Academic Travel trips.

We will continue to provide updates as this situation evolves.

Best wishes,

Christopher Nikoloff

No ES Bulletin Next Two Weeks

Because there are no classes during the week of February 24—28, please note that we will not send an Elementary School Weekly Bulletin on Friday, February 21, or on Friday, March 28. Classes will resume on Monday, March 2, and our next Weekly Bulletin will be sent on Friday, March 6.

Still Time to Order Your Personalized Water Bottle

Order your personalized, BPA-free, stainless steel, and refillable water bottle (500 ml) and help the TPA carry out its goals! Vibrant new spring colors have arrived, and these bottles would be great for your children to take on any upcoming trips. The name of your choice will be engraved on the bottle, making this a unique gift idea for all occasions.

Please email with the color, name, and font you would like. Proceeds from this sale will go toward TPA eco-conscious initiatives and TPA events. 



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