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MS Weekly Bulletin | May 4, 2018
Posted 05/04/2018 11:00AM

Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.

- Muhammad Ali

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, May 15 “Music Without Borders” Concert • Palazzo dei Congressi, 20:00
Tuesday, May 15–Sunday, May 20 Spring Arts Festival
Friday, May 18–Sunday, May 20 MS Musical
Monday, June 4 Last day of classes for MS
Tuesday, June 5 8th Grade Moving-Up Ceremony
Wednesday, June 6 Dormitories close

Academics: Course Selection for Next Year

On Thursday, May 2, sixth and seventh grade students received elective course selection sheets in the Advisor block. Middle School students at TASIS have eight courses in their schedule, and seven of these courses are required (note that eight are required for EAL students). The eighth class can be filled with German, French, Coding, Drama, or Study Hall. Please fill in the course selection sheet with your child, sign it, and have your child return it to his or her advisor on Monday, May 7.

MS Assemblies and Advisor Meetings

This past Wednesday, May 2, the Middle School had its second Cultural Assembly of the year. Congratulations to all students who participated in the assembly by sharing their creative work in front of their teachers and peers.

The Thursday Advisor block for 6th and 7th graders was devoted to self reflections (academic and personal goals this year). Eighth graders participated in a meeting dedicated to HS transition. HS extra-curricular leaders discussed the following topics:

  • Performing Arts: Music and Theater
  • Sports
  • Academic Travel
  • Ski Adventure
  • Global Service

MS Service Learning News

The Event Planners SL Group held a Pizza & Movie Night for grade five students on Tuesday, May 1, in the Belvedere Salon. They would like to thank all students who participated in this event and showed great enthusiasm for the games, movie, and tasty treats. See photo galleries from the Pizza & Movie Night and from Shadow Day.

The World Issues SL Group will host an "Awareness Week" on the topic of education around the world. As part of this week, they will host a bake sale in De Nobili on Wednesday, May 9, prepare an Advisor lesson for Thursday, May 10, and host a No Dress Code Day on Friday, May 11. They also wrote a short children's book about educational opportunities in other countries, which they will be sharing with the Elementary School. All week there will be posters and facts around campus that help students understand the issues many children face in their attempt to receive an education. All funds raised during the week will be donated to an educational NGO in Geneva.

The Cometa SL Group will hold a bake sale on Tuesday, May 15, in the Belvedere Salon during lunch recess. Students and teachers are invited to enjoy delicious goodies and help raise funds for Cometa. All proceeds will be given as a scholarship to a student in need who can learn a practical job and have a new opportunity in life.

The Cometa SL Group and Music Therapy SL Group will visit Cometa in Como on Thursday, May 24, to learn more about the place and its spirit and to participate in some guided activities with children in the Cometa after-school program. Please read about the unique experience of Cometa in this article that was recently published in The New York Times.

Poverty Awareness Group: After our popular MS World Cup during International Week in February, the Poverty Awareness Service Learning Group is holding the Spring European Cup from Monday, May 21, to Friday, May 25. Join us as teams from all over Europe come together once again in the spirit of healthy competition and good sportsmanship!

Students will receive an email with the registration form. To form a team, students need to assemble six or seven players, all of whom must share something in common (nationality, region, language, etc.), and there must be at least one active female player. The registration fee is CHF 5 per player. The winning team will be crowned European champions, and all proceeds will go to our service learning group's partner agency, One World Futbol, a non-profit organization that provides sporting equipment to disadvantaged children all over the world.

After-School Sports and Activities

Track & Field: Huge congratulations to all members of the MS TASIS Track & Field team on their impressive performances at this year's SGIS Championships in Zug and in particular to Ivan Linnikov '23, who jumped an amazing 5.37 meters to set a new standard in the long jump.

The MS Girls Volleyball team will participate in the NISSA MS Girls Volleyball tournament at SE (Milan) tomorrow, May 5. They will depart at 7:30 and return around 18:30.

The Spring After-School Sports and Activities Term ends on Friday, May 11.

After-School Program Offerings for 2018–2019

Fall Term (mid-September to mid-November)

  • MS Football/Soccer Boys (competitive) – Monday/Wednesday, 16:00-17:30
  • MS Football/Soccer Girls (competitive) – Monday 16:00-18:00 / Wednesday, 16:00-17:30
  • JV Girls Volleyball, with HS girls (competitive) – Monday/Thursday, 16:00-17:30; Tuesday 17:30-19:00; must come to practice at least twice a week
  • MS Boys and Girls Cross Country – Monday/Wednesday, 16:00-17:30
  • MS Lacrosse Boys – Monday, 17:30-18:30
  • MS Cheerleading – Wednesday, 16:00-17:30
  • MS Glass Painting – Tuesday, 16:00-17:30
  • MS Choir – Tuesday, 16:00-17:30; this activity is a year-round commitment
  • MS Theater (CHF 550) – Thursday, 16:00-17:30
  • MS Weekend Climbing Club (CHF 575) – Four Sundays in September and October; dates to be confirmed

Winter Term (end of November to mid-March)

  • Boys Basketball – Monday/Wednesday, 16:00-17:30
  • Girls Basketball – Monday/Wednesday, 16:00-17:30
  • Glass Painting – Tuesdays, 16:00-17:30
  • Dance – Wednesdays, 16:00-17:30
  • MS Musical – Tuesday/Thursday, 16:00-17.30; this activity ends in May after the final performance
  • Choir – Tuesdays, 16:00-17:30; this activity is a year-round commitment
  • Ski and Snowboard Club (CHF 500) – Four or five Sundays in January and February; dates to be confirmed

Spring Term (mid-March to end of May)

  • Track and Field – Monday/Wednesday, 16:00-17:30
  • MS Girls Volleyball (Competitive) – Monday/Wednesday, 16:00-17:30
  • MS Music Band – Thursdays, 16:00-17:30
  • Choir (will continue from the winter season)

Spring Arts Festival Opens on May 15

The 44th annual TASIS Spring Arts Festival will begin with an Opening Celebration in the Palestra at 10:10 on Tuesday, May 15, and conclude in the Palestra on Sunday, May 20, with a Closing Concert at 19:00. The days and hours in between will be packed with concerts, theatrical performances, visual arts exhibitions, workshops, and more—including a special performance at Lugano’s Palazzo dei Congressi on the evening of May 15.

See the full schedule of events for this year’s celebration of the arts.

Reserve Your Seats for the Middle School Musical, Beauty and the Beast JR.

The Middle School Theater Program is delighted to present Beauty and the Beast JR. in the Palmer Cultural Center during the 44th annual Spring Arts Festival. Based on the Academy Award-winning motion picture and the original Broadway production that ran for more than 13 years and was nominated for nine Tony Awards, Beauty and the Beast JR. is a classic story of transformation and tolerance. Come and enjoy the fabulous work of these MS students as they sing, act, and dance their way through a tale as old as time!


  • Friday, May 18, at 19:00
  • Saturday, May 19, at 19:00
  • Sunday, May 20, at 14:00

Visit the registration page to learn more about the musical and reserve your seats.

MS students will also attend a dress rehearsal on Wednesday, May 16. Please see the alternate schedule below.

Elementary School Musical to Premiere on May 31

Directed by Mr. and Mrs. Frazier-Smith, Cry Wolf—an original musical written by Stephanie Figer, TJ Liquori, and Mikey Rosenbaum, three veteran members of the TASIS Summer Programs' Dedicated Performing Arts Team (DPAT)—will enjoy its European premiere in the Palmer Center on the evening of Thursday, May 31, at 19:00 and will also be performed at 19:00 on Friday, June 1.

Reserve your seats and learn more about the show at

MS Yearbook Distribution

MS Yearbook Distribution will take place on Monday, June 4, during our Farewell Assembly.

Dress Code for Moving-Up Ceremony

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. Students must bring their complete outfits to school (including shoes) for the dress check that will take place on Thursday, May 24:

  • Girls from 15:00-15:55 in Belvedere Salon
  • Boys from 15:25-15:55 in Belvedere Inner

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)

TPA Faculty and Staff Appreciation Dinner on May 7

In recognition of its gratitude toward all TASIS employees, the TPA will host its annual Faculty and Staff Appreciation Dinner at Bora da Besa on Monday, May 7, from 17:30–20:30.

The TPA is looking for volunteers who would like to come enjoy the evening and help with food service. Please send an email to if you’d like to participate.

The “Building the Future” Spring Gala raffle drawing will also take place at this dinner, and all winners will be posted at afterward.

TPA Potluck Lunch at Casa Fleming on May 30

All parents are invited to come to Casa Fleming between 12:30–14:30 on Wednesday, May 30, to enjoy one another’s company and share homemade dishes before breaking for the summer holiday. TPA President Laura Colombo will talk about this past year, discuss the new structure of the TPA Board, and discuss some of the activities proposed for 2018–2019. She will also ask parents for feedback based upon their experiences this year.

It is also time for the 2017–2018 TPA members to give parents the opportunity to be involved with the TPA next year. The 2018–2019 TPA will be organized soon, and the TPA is looking for parents who are ready to help. Drawing upon their experience over the past few years, the TPA members would like to organize the volunteering structure a bit differently to make it easier for everyone.

The TPA will have three new positions to help the president keep people involved: High School Coordinator, Middle School Coordinator, and Elementary School Coordinator.

Elections will soon be held for the positions listed below. Please let Laura Colombo know if you are curious about any of the following positions by writing to, and she will be happy to meet with you to provide more details.

  • TPA President
  • TPA Vice President / All-School Event Coordinator
  • TPA Treasurer
  • TPA Communications Specialist
  • High School Event Coordinator
  • Middle School Event Coordinator
  • Elementary School Event Coordinator

The Parent Support Committee (PSC) heads are also recruiting new members for the PSC. Please send an email to to learn more about these positions.

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