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MS Weekly Bulletin | February 2, 2018
Posted 02/02/2018 12:00PM

Excellence is the gradual result of always striving to do better.

- Pat Riley

Reflections from the Headmaster

My First Night of “Dorm Duty”
Those of us who do not directly work in the Residential Life program mustn’t forget that hundreds of students call TASIS home for nine months out of the year. To remind myself, I shadowed Monticello Dorm Head Hope Schlicht on one of her duty nights. Due to a previous meeting, I was almost too late for check-in; like our students in similar situations, I had to present my excuse.

The girls in Monticello knew the routine: early check-in, study time, late check-in, free time, lights out. They flowed through their evening faithfully but not mechanically. Ms. Schlicht took the time to train me in dorm parenting basics: touring the dorm, touching base with the girls, and tending to the varied, emergent needs from room to room. In a group meeting with the Proctors, I learned about why the girls became Proctors in the first place: they wanted to help their classmates or admired Proctors who had helped them in the past.

At the end of the evening, Ms. Schlicht shared a survey with me that she had given the girls in preparation for my visit. “What word most accurately describes Monticello?” one of the questions asked. “Cozy,” “home,” and “family” were common answers.

Again, we mustn’t forget that hundreds of students call TASIS “home” for nine months out of the year. I am thankful that one edifying, gratifying evening reminded me, at least for a night, that hundreds of students do call TASIS home—and that it is a home they cherish. Thank you, Monticello!

– Headmaster Christopher Nikoloff

Upcoming Events

Monday, February 5 No school for MS/HS
Tuesday, February 6 MS Parent Evening
Wednesday, February 7 Wine and Hors d'oeuvres Reception in Palmer Center • 18:00
Monday, February 12–Friday, February 16 International Week
Monday, February 26–Friday, March 2 Grades 7–8 Winter Adventure
Monday, February 26–Wednesday, February 28 Grade 6 Academic Travel
Thursday, March 1–Friday, March 2 No school for grade 6
Friday, March 9 Yearbook portrait retakes


Beginning next week, the Math Help Center will be open on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays during lunch recess.

MS Assemblies and Advisor Meetings

On Wednesday, January 31, the Middle School held the Fall Semester Academic Awards Ceremony to congratulate those students who earned the Honor Roll for the first semester. The Academic Honor Roll is calculated at each end-of-semester grading period, and it is based solely on grades earned in classes and does not take into account effort grades or behavior. Honor Roll status at the semester is recorded on the recipient’s final transcript.

  • Highest Honors: 3.80 or higher grade point average
  • High Honors: 3.50 or higher grade point average
  • Honors: 3.20 or higher grade point average

During the Advisor block on Thursday, February 1, students had their first Academic Travel and Winter Adventure meetings.

After-School Sports and Activities

The MS Ski and Snowboard Club will have its third outing on Sunday, February 11. The bus will depart from the main parking lot at 7:15 and return at approximately 18:00. In case of an emergency on the day of the outing, contact one of the TASIS Ski and Snowboard Club leaders at 079 393 6196.

Spring After-School Sports and Activities begin on Monday, March 5, and end on Friday, May 11. Here are the spring options:

  • Track and Field: Mondays and Wednesdays, 16:00–17:30
  • MS Girls Volleyball (Competitive): Mondays and Wednesdays, 16:00–17:30
  • Music Band: Thursdays, 16:00–17:30
  • MS Weekend Climbing Club (four weekends in the spring)
  • Choir: Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 12.45–13:10
  • Dance: Wednesdays, 16:00–17:30
  • MS Musical: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 16:00–18:00. Performances will be May 18–20.

Upcoming MS Parent Meetings

Please join us on Tuesday, February 6, from 19:00–20:00 to discuss the AP/IB Program, College Counseling, and TASIS Diploma in the High School. Please note that the location has been changed from the Palmer Center to Monticello 1.

The next MS Parent Coffee will be held on Wednesday, April 18, at Casa Fleming:

  • 8:30–9:30, ES-MS transition
  • 9:30–10.30, MS-HS transition

Wine and Hors d'oeuvres Reception on February 7

Lynn Fleming Aeschliman, Chairman of the TASIS Board of Directors, and Christopher Nikoloff, Headmaster, cordially invite all TASIS parents to a Wine and Hors d'oeuvres Reception in the Palmer Center on Wednesday, February 7, from 18:00–19:30.

We hope you’ll join us for this exciting event, which will feature the renowned catering of Ivan & Masa of Milan and a presentation by Mr. Nikoloff on future campus developments.

Please RSVP to Yvonne Procyk by Friday, February 2, if you’d like to attend.

Memorial Mass for Mrs. Fleming

The entire TASIS community is welcome to attend a Memorial Mass held in memory of M. Crist Fleming at the Chiesa di Sant'Abbondio at 8:30 AM on Thursday, February 8.

MS Valentine’s Day Celebration

On Friday, February 9, MS students will celebrate Valentine’s Day in the Palestra from 19:00–20:30. Dress code is casual smart (no t-shirts, ties are not required, and elegant jeans or trousers are allowed). Students are required to arrive by 19:00 and will not be allowed to leave until 20:30.

International Week: February 12–16

The TASIS community will host its annual International Week in February. Please see the MS events for the week. There will be themed lunch and dinners in De Nobili for MS and HS students every day of that week.

TASIS Parade of Flags: Please note that due to limited space in the Palestra, parents are kindly asked not to attend the Parade of Flags on Monday. (The event will be filmed and posted on the TASIS website afterward. We will also send the video link to all parents when it is ready.)

MS International Brunch: Our annual MS International Brunch will be held on Thursday, February 15, from 9:05 to 11:00. To make this event a successful one, family participation is essential! We would appreciate any delicious homemade traditional dishes you’d like to share with our MS community.

MS Bake Sale and Valentine’s Day Cards: The Heifer International MS Service Learning group will hold a Valentine's Day Card and Bake Sale on the mornings of Monday–Wednesday, February 12–14, during snack time in Belvedere. Please remember to bring a few Francs to treat yourself or buy a friend a sweet or Valentine's Day card. All proceeds will go toward the Heifer International's Women's Empowerment: Send a Girl to School Fund.

MS World Cup/Soccer Tournament: The Poverty Awareness Service Learning Group is holding the MS International Week Football Cup for the sixth consecutive year. Join us as teams from Scandinavia to South America come together once again in the spirit of healthy competition and good sportsmanship. To form a team, you need to assemble six or seven students, all of whom must share something in common, and you must have at least one active female player. Registration fees are CHF 5 per player. The winning team will have its name inscribed on our official trophy and receive a special prize. All proceeds will go to our service learning partner agency, One World Futbol, an organization that provides indestructible footballs to disadvantaged youth in various countries in an effort to encourage sports participation and character development around the world. Please see Mr. Alava, Mr. Lill, or any Poverty Awareness student member to sign up before Friday, February 9.

MS Alternate Schedule: We will be running the following alternate schedule for International Week. All activities except for Drama (on Thursday) will be canceled during International Week.

International Brunch on Thursday, February 15:

  • F1 Brunch/F2 Class: Ms. Vidana, Ms. Philpot, Mr. Frazier-Smith, Ms. Raymond, Dr. Sinnathamby, Mr. Lill, Study Hall
  • F1 Class/F2 Brunch: Ms. Perani, Ms. Bloodworth, Ms. Meister, Dr. Merritt, Ms. Harding, Ms. Bellini/Ms. Hurst

MS Winter Adventure for 7th and 8th Grade (February 26–March 2)

MS Winter Adventure in St. Moritz is required for all students in grades 7–8, as it is a core part of the MS Curriculum and the TASIS experience. Please see the packing list.

Snowboarding during MS Winter Adventure: Please take note that during MS Winter Adventure, Beginner Snowboarding classes are not offered due to safety precautions.

If you plan to take your child directly to the hotel in St-Moritz on February 26 or pick him or her up on March 2, please email your child’s advisor and Ms. Breton with the specific information at least five days before departure. If your child is a day student and needs to take medication during Winter Adventure, it is important that you talk to the advisor beforehand. Two school nurses will also be available on site.

MS Spring Academic Travel for Grade 6 (February 26–28)

MS Academic Travel is part of the TASIS curriculum and is required for all grade 6 students. This spring the students will visit Zurich. Please see the packing list.

There is a nice pool at the hotel, and it is supervised. Guests are required to have flip-flops and a swimming cap.

If you plan to take your child directly to the hotel in Zurich on February 26 or pick him or her up on February 28, please email your child’s advisor and Ms. Breton with the specific information at least five days before departure.

If your child is a day student and needs to take medication during Spring Academic Travel, it is important that you talk to the advisor beforehand.

Portrait Retake Day

Portrait retake day will be held on Friday, March 9, in the MCF Library for the students and faculty/staff who did not have their portrait taken in October. This photo will be used in the Yearbook, in Veracross, and in the faculty/staff directory, so it’s very important that students remember to go.

A Reminder from the Health and Wellness Center

We are in the midst of an unusually bad cold and flu season, and we would like to remind parents that they should keep their children at home if they are exhibiting any of the following symptoms:

  • fever greater than 37.5 °C (100 °F)
  • continuous coughing not relieved with cough medicine
  • nasal congestion
  • vomiting or diarrhea within the previous 24 hours

Viruses are spread when people come in close contact with sick people and inhale airborne contaminants or come in contact with contaminated surfaces.

Prevention is the key to spreading the viruses. The best prevention is to teach your children to wash their hands frequently with soap and water or hand sanitizer, especially before eating and after using the bathroom.

Other preventative measures include the following:

  • covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue (dispose of the tissue afterward) or using an elbow or arm if no tissue is available
  • not sharing drinks, food, or unwashed utensils
  • getting plenty of rest, eating healthy foods, and drinking lots of water and healthy drinks (not soda)
  • avoiding sick people and staying at home when sick
  • disinfecting surfaces that are prone to germs, such phones, keyboards, and door knobs

We take the health of our students seriously and work hard to keep viruses from spreading, but we need your help and cooperation to be successful. Thank you!

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