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MS Weekly Bulletin | May 18, 2018
Posted 05/18/2018 01:00PM

Art is not a handicraft, it is the transmission of feeling the artist has experienced.

- Leo Tolstoy

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, May 15–Sunday, May 20 Spring Arts Festival
Friday, May 18–Sunday, May 20 MS Musical • Palmer Center
Thursday, May 31–Friday, June 1 ES Musical • Palmer Center
Monday, June 4 Last day of classes for MS
Tuesday, June 5 8th Grade Moving-Up Ceremony • Palmer Center
Wednesday, June 6 Dormitories close

Spring Arts Festival Off to Amazing Start!

The 44th annual Spring Arts Festival is now in full swing. Watch some of the early events below, and check out the full schedule to see which concerts, theatrical performances, workshops, and art exhibitions are still to come.


Textbooks: Students must return textbooks to their teachers during the last week of May. If the books are not returned, the TASIS Business Office will charge CHF 100 per textbook. This fee also applies for all missing library books. Fees for other kinds of books (workbooks, grammar books, etc.) may vary.

Summer Reading Lists: Please see required summer reading lists for EAL, English, and the Italian Section.

Summer Learning Resources: We realize that many of you would like to keep your children engaged in their learning process throughout the summer. In order to help support this effort, every year the Middle School puts together a list of recommended learning resources by subject that you can consider when trying to engage your child in the different disciplines they encounter throughout the school year.

MS Supplies List: Please see a list of student supplies needed for next year.

Beauty and the Beast JR. Opens Tonight!

Tonight’s premiere is now full, but seats are still available for the shows on Saturday evening at 19:00 and Sunday afternoon at 14:00. Reserve seats and learn more about the musical at

Class of 2018 Commencement Ceremony Just Eight Days Away

Seniors have a very busy week ahead, with the Academic Awards Assembly on Tuesday, the Farewell Assembly Wednesday afternoon, the Alumni Induction Ceremony on Lake Lugano Wednesday evening, the Senior Prom Thursday evening, the Senior Banquet Friday evening, and the Commencement Ceremony Saturday morning.

All members of the TASIS community are cordially invited to attend the School’s 62nd Commencement Ceremony, which will commence at 11:00 in the Palestra on Saturday, May 26. The key address will be delivered by Rev. Dr. William W. Schumacher, Professor of Theology at Concordia Seminary.

MS Service Learning News

The Cometa SL Group held a bake sale in De Nobili this past Tuesday to raise money for Cometa in Como. We had a very good time filled with enthusiasm and delicious homemade goodies. We would like to thank all the families, students, and teachers who contributed to make this event a success.

On Thursday, May 24, the Cometa SL Group will visit Cometa to give the proceeds to the Headmaster of Cometa, Mr. Giovanni Figini. 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 Music Therapy SL Group will also visit Cometa on the afternoon of Thursday, May 24, and will participate in a music activity with Cometa students.

The Poverty Awareness Group will be holding the Spring European Cup from Monday, May 21, to Friday, May 25. The teams from all over Europe will come together once again in the spirit of healthy competition and good sportsmanship. 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.

Original Musical Cry Wolf to Make European Premiere May 31

Reserve your seats and learn more about the show at

Last day of school for MS students on June 4

Monday, June 4, is the last full day of school for MS students. Please see the alternate schedule below.

6th & 7th Grade & Advisors 8th Grade & Advisors
8:00–9:30: Advisory
8:40–9:30 (if involved with Assembly or UBS Games): Farewell Assembly Rehearsal

9:30: Walk to UBS Sports Complex 9:30: Depart for Splash & Spa
10:00: Structured Games 10:00: Arrive at Splash & Spa
11:00: Supervised Free Time 10:00–14:15

Splash & Spa
12:00: BBQ Lunch
13:00: Structured Games
13:45: Supervised Free Time
14:30: Walk back to school 14:10: Depart Splash & Spa
14:45: Arrive at school 14:45: Arrive back at school

Farewell Assembly

MS students will meet for the Advisor block from 8:00–9:30. All key bracelets must be brought for collection. If a student does not return the bracelet, the family will receive an invoice for CHF 50. Students must also clean out their lockers.

After the Advisor block, students will depart for the End-of-the-Year Activities.

  • Eighth graders will go to Splash and Spa. Sack lunches will be provided.
  • Sixth and seventh graders will participate in the Spirit Games at the UBS Sports Complex.

On that day, students may wear the TASIS PE uniform.

The last day of school will conclude with the MS Farewell Assembly and distribution of the MS Yearbook.

8th Grade Moving-Up Ceremony

The MS Moving-Up Ceremony for 8th-grade students will be held on the afternoon of Tuesday, June 5.

The dress check will take place next Thursday, May 24. Students must bring their complete outfits to school (including shoes).

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

On Tuesday, May 29, there will be Moving-Up Ceremony Rehearsals in the Palmer Center:
8:00–10:05 (A, B periods)—required for all eighth graders
10:15–12:15 (C, D periods)—required for performers and speakers

On Tuesday, June 5, from 8:00–11:30, there will be a Moving-Up Ceremony rehearsal in the Palmer Center. It is required for all 8th graders.

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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