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MS Weekly Bulletin | March 16, 2018
Posted 03/16/2018 02:00PM

It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.

- Albert Einstein

Upcoming Events

Saturday, March 24—Sunday, April 8 Spring Holiday
Friday, April 13–Sunday, April 15 HS Spring Musical
Tuesday, April 17 Grade 5 & 8: Shadow Day
Wednesday, April 18 Grade 5 Parent Shadow Day
Saturday, April 21 TPA Spring Gala: Building the Future
Tuesday, May 1 Grades 5: Pizza and Movie Night
Thursday, May 17–Sunday, May 20 Spring Arts Festival
Friday, May 18–Sunday, May 20 MS Musical

Academics: EAL Film Program for MS EAL Beginner Classes

EAL Beginner students are required to attend the second film session today, March 16, from 15:45–18:00 and tomorrow, March 17, from 10:00–12:00.

Spring Holiday Begins Next Friday

The Spring Holiday will commence at the close of school next Friday, March 23, and classes will resume on Monday, April 9. As a result, we will not send our next MS Bulletin until Friday, April 13.

MS Assemblies and Advisor Meetings

At the Winter Digital Citizenship Assembly in late February, Mr. Venchus discussed the social pressures that come from anonymous chat apps and internet challenges, the risks associated with each, and how to avoid being a victim. Information regarding these topics and suggestions for parents are included in an updated version of the Technology At Home resource document sent earlier this year. Two notable additions are articles on anonymous apps and YouTube challenges.

In the Middle School, we take all forms of bullying very seriously and spend a great deal of time talking to students about the way they treat others—both in person and online. Many parents are shocked to hear that their children have engaged in cyberbullying, harassment, and inappropriate requests, but this type of behavior does occur—both at TASIS and in schools the world over. In our joint efforts to raise responsible digital citizens and prevent future instances of bullying, we urge you to have conversations with your children about the apps they are using, how they treat others online (this is often different from how they treat others in person), if they are being harassed, and what your expectations and rules are for their use of technology.

During Wednesday Assembly on March 14, HS Musical Director Ms. Valerie Bijur Carlson presented this year's High School Spring Musical, Annie Get Your Gun. The show will premiere in the Palmer Center on Friday, April 13, at 19:30, with additional shows performed on Saturday, April 14, at 19:30 and on Sunday, April 15, at 14:30. To reserve seats or learn more about the show, visit

MS students will be watching the dress rehearsal of Annie Get Your Gun on Wednesday, April 11. Please see the alternate schedule for that day below.

The Advisor block on Thursday, March 15, was devoted to the Shadow Day for 6th-grade students. Grade 7 and grade 8 advisors talked to their students about trustworthiness.

Next week’s Wednesday Assembly will cover the topic of Safety and Security on campus.

Shadow Day 2015: ES-MS Transition for our present 8th graders

Transition Meetings and Activities: 5th Grade to MS and 8th Grade to HS

Shadow Day will be held on Tuesday, April 17. Grade five students will spend part of the day with 6th graders, and 8th-grade students will be with 9th graders. MS Student Council and the Event Planners Service Learning group will host the annual Shadow Day activities and assembly for our 5th graders. Please see the Shadow Day schedule for Grade 5.

8th-Grade Parent Meeting: The next MS Parent Coffee will be devoted to the 8th-to-9th grade transition and will be held on Wednesday, April 18, from 9:30–10:30 in Casa Fleming. The Academic Program and Student Life will be discussed.

Pizza and Movie Night for 5th-Grade Students: On Tuesday, May 1, from 16:00–18:45, the MS Event Planners Service Learning group will host a Pizza & Movie night for grade 5 students in the Belvedere Salon. It’s a fun and welcoming activity, providing a chance for 5th graders to meet and get to know some of the middle schoolers.

Grade Five Parent Shadow Day: See Our Middle Schoolers in Action!

On Wednesday, April 18, the Middle School will host its first-ever Grade Five Parent Shadow Day! The event will include a guided tour of the MS facilities and classrooms. Parents will also be able to visit a variety of classes and experience life as a MS student.

Three tour options will be available, and each will start with a brief introduction about the Middle School. The times and classes to choose from are listed below, and each group will meet at the Belvedere Salon at the starting time indicated. Please use this Google Form to sign up for one of the groups.

Group 1: 8:00–10:00

Classroom visits:

  • Music 6
  • Beginning Italian
  • Science 6
  • Beginning German

Group 2: 9:15–11:15

Classroom visits:

  • Arte 7 (Italian Section)
  • MS Snack Time
  • Lingua 6 (Italian Section)
  • Math 2
  • PE 6

Group 3: 10:15–12:15

Classroom visits:

  • Math 2
  • EAL Developing
  • English 6
  • PE 6

The MS Administration and MS Community look forward to welcoming you!

Service Learning News

On Wednesday, March 14, the Cometa MS Service Learning group traveled to Como to visit La contrada degli artigiani, wood and fabric art laboratories run by the Cometa organization (orphanage) and used for practical work and manual jobs by Cometa students.

TASIS students met Headmaster Giovanni Figini, who guided them through the labs and explained the origin and commitments of Cometa. Students were then involved in practical work by sculpting a wooden star under the guidance of the master teacher of wood arts. It was a positive experience for TASIS students to be exposed to a beautiful place with important values and a clear dedication to both art and work.

The World Issues Service Learning Group is getting ready for its trip to Geneva April 19–21. They will be visiting the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG), and the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum. Please see the itinerary and packing list.

Moving-Up Ceremony Dress Code

The MS Moving-Up Ceremony for 8th-grade students will be held on the afternoon of Tuesday, June 5. For this formal event, students in grade eight must respect the dress code requirements listed below. A dress check will take place in mid-May. If you are unsure about the instructions below, please contact Ms. MJ Breton.

Dress requirements


  • Dress (dress-code length—not more than one hand above the knee)
  • Or skirt (dress-code length—not more than one hand above the knee)
  • Or pants
  • Dressy top
  • Pashmina or scarf might be needed (shoulders must be covered)
  • Shoes: high-heel shoes may not be higher than 5 centimeters


  • Pants
  • Jacket
  • Shirt
  • Tie
  • Belt
  • Dress shoes
  • Boys may wear the TASIS suit (tailored trousers and jacket)

Spring Gala: Choose Your Table

You will have an opportunity to select your table for the Gala on April 16–19 from 8:00–8:30 or 14:30–15:30 at Giardinetto, which is in Hadsall. Selection will be based on availability, and the final table layout will be decided by the TPA. (Please note that the dates were incorrectly listed as March 16–19 when this bulletin was first sent out.)

Spring Gala: Request for Auction Items

As part of the program for the upcoming TASIS Spring Gala on April 21, there will be a silent and live auction throughout the evening. At the moment, we find ourselves a little short on a few items and would like to turn to the parent community for help! Do you or anyone you know have any fashion or art-related items that you would like to donate to the Gala auction? Proceeds from all auction purchases will go toward the campaign for a new classroom building for the Elementary School, scheduled to be opened in 2020. The deadline for donations is April 9.

To learn more about how you can help, please email We thank you for your support!

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