…You think the only people who are people
Are the people who look and think like you
But if you walk the footsteps of a stranger
You'll learn things you never knew, you never knew…
- "Colors of the Wind" in Pocahontas, lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
The Parade of Flags, during which students representing more than 60 nationalities bask in the applause and support of the School community, launches International Week at TASIS. I am particularly moved when the whole School supportively cheers the passing of a small country, represented by a proud student walking across the gym floor with the national flag draped over his or her shoulders.
If the best of nationalism means justifiable pride in that which is good and beautiful in a single nation, then the best of internationalism means justifiable pride in that which is good and beautiful in all nations. In fact, internationalism really is recognition of the true, good, and beautiful values that we share as humans regardless of nationality, reflected through the unique prism of a particular nation.
A TASIS alumnus from the 1980s recently wrote, “What made TASIS special was...the students. I forever have fond memories of Jews, Arabs, Persians, Christians, and one semi-Buddhist on the same rugby team.” I can’t help but wonder if this alumnus also recalls the letter Mrs. Fleming sent to all alumni in 2001, in which she stated, “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.”
Whether it’s the entire MS’s energetic International Karaoke Contest, the ES’s moving International Showcase, or the HS’s spirited International Food Fair, International Week represents the best of TASIS and Mrs. Fleming’s vision of the world as “one big family.”
– Headmaster Christopher Nikoloff
|Monday, February 26–Friday, March 2||Winter Adventure for grade 7–8|
|Monday, February 26–Wednesday, February 28||Academic Travel for grade 6|
|Thursday, March 1–Friday, March 2||No school for grade 6|
|Friday, March 9||Yearbook portrait retakes|
|Saturday, March 24–Sunday, April 8||Spring Break|
International Week 2017: A Treasured Annual Tradition!
Please enjoy this article (with video footage) about the Opening Ceremony on Monday, which included remarks from Headmaster Christopher Nikoloff, the Parade of Flags, the presentation of Torch Awards, a performance from the combined School Choirs, and a great speech by MS student Maria Svetlova. You will also find lots of great photos from the Opening Ceremony here, and more photos from International Week will be posted on the TASIS SmugMug page soon.
Congratulations to the MS Torch Award recipients: Camille Girotto (Grade 6), Nicola Barbieri (Grade 7), and Alice Girotto (Grade 8).
During the MS Cultural Assembly on Wednesday, there was an International Karaoke competition prepared and led by the Student Council Service Learning Group. Students and teachers from each grade level had to pull a song title from a hat and then sing for one minute in Spanish, Portugese, Korean, or French. Congratulations to the 8th-grade students who won the competition with a Korean song! (Stay tuned for video highlights and photos from this assembly.)
We would also like to thank the many families who participated in our annual MS International Brunch by preparing and sharing delicious homemade traditional dishes with the MS Community and thus contributing to the great success of this year’s International Week! THANK YOU PARENTS for your support and help before, during and after the brunch!
See more photos from the World Cup
MS World Cup Soccer Competition: It was another action-packed week of soccer at the 7th International Week MS World Cup! The semifinals ended in ties, with the Country of Milan and the USSR edging rivals British Lugozzi and Eagles FC via penalties. The finals were no less exciting. Goalkeepers Giovanni Ugolotti and Riccardo Baroni were once again tested in a championship-deciding shootout, with The County of Milan prevailing in the end. The tournament also saw the heroics of several promising sixth-grade players, and our junior teams definitely gave their elders a run for their money! Thank you to Mr. Lill and Mr. Yo for officiating the games, Dr. Brett Merritt for his sparkling commentary, and the coaches and teachers who helped make this a successful event. Students learned valuable lessons in sportsmanship, camaraderie, project planning, and fundraising.
The World Cup raised CHF 713.50 for the Poverty Awareness MS Service Learning group, and 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.
In addition, the Heifer International MS Service Learning group raised CHF 357.95 this week through their Valentine's Day Card and Baked Goods Sale! They met their fundraising goal and will now be able to send one girl to school through the Heifer International's Gift: Women's Empowerment, Send a Girl to School campaign! The students did such a great job responsibly bringing the items they committed to bring each day. They exemplified a great way to spread love during the week of Valentine's Day on our campus and beyond. It is so wonderful to see this group's growing awareness of world issues and their motivation to be global citizens!
Course registration process for rising 9th graders: Next week Mrs. Lucchini will begin meeting with students in grade eight to explain the course registration process for the 2018–2019 Academic Year. She will explain the different tracks available to familiarize students with the TASIS course requirements and make them aware of the IB and Advanced Placement courses offered. At these meetings, students will be able to select their preferred courses for grade nine and look ahead to grades 10, 11, and 12 to create a four-year plan.
In addition, teachers will recommend High School courses for students entering grade nine. Very soon you will be able to see these courses in your Veracross portals. Please do not hesitate to contact Ms. Lucchini with any questions.
EAL Film Program for MS EAL Beginner Classes: Students are required to attend the second film session on Friday, March 16, from 15:45–18:00 and on Saturday, March 17, from 10:00–12:00.
MS Spring Academic Travel for Grade 6 (February 26–28)
MS Academic Travel is part of the TASIS curriculum and is required for all 6th-grade students. This spring the students will visit Zurich.
Monday, February 26, 9:15: Check-in at De Nobili (must bring passport and insurance card). Please note there will be no shuttle bus service in the morning.
Wednesday, February 28, between 17:30 and 18:00: Arrive at TASIS.
On Thursday–Friday, March 1-2, there will be no school for the 6th grade.
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.
Students traveling with the school on Monday, February 26, must check in at De Nobili at 11:45 and must bring their passports and insurance cards. Please note there will be no shuttle bus service that morning.
If you plan to take your child directly to the Youth Hostel 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 by Wednesday, February 21. Please note that students need to be at the Youth Hostel in St. Moritz by 16:00 on Monday, March 2. Please see the Youth Hostel information below.
Youth Hostel Jugendherberge St.Moritz
Via Surpunt 60
7500 St. Moritz-Bad
Phone: 081 836 61 11
Students will arrive back at TASIS around 15:30 on Friday, March 2. Parents picking up their children in St. Moritz must arrive at the Youth Hostel by 12:30 for check out.
TASIS Duty Administrator in St. Moritz: If any emergencies or concerns arise during Winter Adventure, please contact our Middle School Duty Administrator at + 41 79 175 9736.
No MS Bulletin Next Two Weeks
Because there are no classes during the week of February 26—March 2 due to Spring Academic Travel, we will not publish a Middle School Weekly Bulletin on Friday, February 23, or on Friday, March 2. Classes will resume on Monday, March 5, and the next MS Weekly Bulletin will be published on Friday, March 9.
After-School Sports and Activities
The MS Ski and Snowboard Club will have its fourth and last outing on Sunday, February 18. 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. Students will be able to sign up electronically for activities on Monday, February 19, during the Advisor Block.
Chess Tournament at TASIS on March 3
Swiss Chess Tour will host a chess tournament on the TASIS campus (Monticello 1 and 2) on the afternoon of Saturday, March 3. The check-in period will run from 13:45–14:25, and the tournament will begin at 14:30. Prizes will be awarded at 18:40.
TASIS students of all ages can enter the tournament for free (provided that they know the rules of chess), and parents and other members of the community are also welcome to participate for an entry fee of CHF 20. Please see the flyer below for registration details.
Portrait Retakes on March 9
Portrait Retake Day will be held on Friday, March 9, in the MCF Library for any 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.
Spring Holiday Travel Forms for Boarding Students
Register Now for the HS Spring Musical: Annie Get Your Gun
This year’s High School Spring Musical, Annie Get Your Gun, will premiere in the Palmer Center on Friday, April 13, at 19:30. Two additional shows will be performed on Saturday, April 14 at 19:30 and a matinee performance on Sunday, April 15 at 14:30.
A rip-roaring, colorful love letter to the men—and particularly one woman—who shaped our collective vision of the American Wild West of the 1800s, the show features songs by the incomparable Irving Berlin (whose music fills the American Songbook with hits like "There's No Business Like Show Business" and "White Christmas"). Perfect for the whole family, audiences are guaranteed to leave the theater humming, tapping their feet, and loving the lively characters and feel-good plotline.
To reserve seats or learn more about the show, visit tasis.ch/anniegetyourgun.
MS Parent Coffee
The next MS Parent Coffee will be devoted to the MS-HS transition and will be held on Wednesday, April 18, from 9:30–10:30 in Casa Fleming.
Volunteers Needed for Spring Gala: Building the Future
The TPA has begun to plan this year’s Spring Gala (“Building the Future”) and is looking for volunteers to help organize the event, which will include an auction, a silent auction, and a raffle. The Gala will be held in the Palestra on Saturday, April 21.
The TPA would also be delighted to receive any donations for the raffle and auctions. If you have any new items or services (e.g. bags, yoga lessons, etc.) you would be willing to contribute or would like to volunteer to help in any other capacity, please contact Brunella Pignaton at email@example.com.