Creativity takes courage.
- Henri Matisse
As she approached the end of her ninth decade, Mrs. Fleming said this to TASIS students: “Always remember, even when I’m not here to scold you, times change, values don’t. Always hold on to yours!” But exactly what are these values that students should hold onto?
Are they found in the words chiseled into our campus building facades, or are they expressed in our Mission Statement? Possibly in the “TASIS Paideia” foundation document, or in Mortimer Adler’s Paideia Proposal, or in Werner Jaeger’s Paideia: The Ideals of Greek Culture (a book that would certainly be on my recommended reading list for all teachers)? Might they be identical to those of the Cum Laude academic honour society to which we elect some of our students every year?
I think that the answer is Yes—and No. Yes, because all of these articulate aspirations that are promoted and encouraged to some extent in various ways at TASIS. But also No, because many of the admirable principles found in these sources can seem rather distant from students’ daily lives. As I try to observe the values visible in the TASIS community today, I come up with this list:
- Leadership, initiative
- Service, commitment to others
- Kindness, generosity, empathy, compassion
- Academic scholarship, dedication to knowledge acquisition
- Perseverance, determination to overcome obstacles
- Global outlook, open-minded, international mindedness
- Creativity, problem-solving
Some may want to quibble with the values in this list, and of course there is always room for discussion and improvement. But I think that if we listen carefully to the kinds of qualities that this year’s student award winners are said to embody, we will hear words like those above.
And furthermore, I think that these values are exactly what Mrs. Fleming dreamed about seeing in young people when she began dreaming her impossible dreams.
– David Jepson, Director of Studies
|Saturday, May 26||HS Commencement Ceremony|
|Thursday, May 31–Friday, June 1||ES Musical|
|Wednesday, June 6||ES Field Day|
|Thursday, June 7||Last day of classes; Grade 5 Moving-Up Ceremony|
Class of 2018 Graduates Tomorrow!
TASIS The American School in Switzerland's Class of 2018 will graduate on the morning of Saturday, May 26, with the Commencement Ceremony beginning in the Palestra at 11:00.
Ms. Lynn Fleming Aeschliman, Chairman of the TASIS Board of Directors, will deliver the Invocation; Hon. Francesco Hurle, Municipale di Collina d’Oro, will offer a message from the Comune; Rev. Dr. William W. Schumacher, Professor of Theology at Concordia Seminary, will give the Commencement address; Mr. Christopher Nikoloff, Headmaster, will present the School's coveted Graduation Awards; and Dr. Mark Abisi, Academic Dean, will present diplomas to the 103 members of the Class of 2018.
All members of the TASIS community are cordially invited to attend the Commencement Ceremony, which can also be viewed live on the TASIS YouTube page.
Cry Wolf Opens Next Week!
Reserve seats and learn more about this exciting musical at tasis.ch/crywolf.
Field Day on June 6
Field Day is scheduled for Wednesday, June 6. We hope for good weather! Please send an extra set of clothes/shoes and a towel with your child. Also make sure to put sunscreen on at home.
Field day is about teamwork.
Activities will be located in six areas throughout the day: Hadsall, the grass field, the gym, the dance studio, the outdoor basketball courts, and the Palestrina.
- Each homeroom is to stay together for the entire day.
- Each homeroom must stay in their assigned area for the duration of their activity or event until a signal is given to move to the next area.
- Homerooms are encouraged to use banners, cheers, songs, and shirts to identify and promote a positive team atmosphere.
Helpful Field Day Tips
The following are some items you may want to consider sending with your child on field day:
Sunscreen: All students should wear sunscreen.
Water bottle: All students should have a water bottle (labeled with child’s name)
Hat: If it’s a sunny day, students should wear a hat.
Dry clothes: Please send a spare set of clothes. Some of our games involve water.
Special note: TASIS dads will serve ice cream as part of Field Day beginning at 11:45.
Physical Education Teacher
ES Moving-Up Ceremony on June 7
The ES Moving-Up Ceremony will take place on Thursday, June 7, starting at 10:30 in the Palestra. All families are invited to a buffet luncheon at Villa De Nobili after the celebration. There will be no afternoon shuttle bus. All students should depart with their families.
Please note the dress code for this event:
Boys: Blue pants, white TASIS polo shirt, dark shoes, and no sneakers
Girls: Blue skirt or pants, white TASIS polo shirt, blue or white socks/tights, and dark shoes—no red, pink, or purple
Boys: Nice shirt and tie, dress pants with belt, dark socks, dark dress shoes, and no sneakers
Girls: Nice dress or skirt or dress pants with top, tights, or socks. Skirts or dresses must be knee-length. No bare shoulders—straps on dress have to be at least three fingers wide. Dress shoes—no high heels.
To improve the parking facilities up the hill, we have organized a valet service from 9:30–13:00.
Shuttle Bus Service Sign-Up Form for 2018–2019
Please note that next year shuttle buses for all divisions will leave campus every day at 16:00. On Wednesdays, shuttles for Elementary School students will leave campus at 14:55.
The Shuttle Bus Service Sign-Up Form for 2018–2019 is available now. Please review the new Shuttle Service Routes Schedule and fill out the sign-up form if you are interested in using the shuttle service next school year.
Please note that all current submissions have to be renewed if a student will continue to use the shuttle bus service next school year. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Koreshkova at email@example.com.
Reminder: 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 ask parents for feedback based upon their experiences this year. Interested parents will also have the opportunity to share their interests and availability to help with the TPA next year.
Donations for Serving Southern Africa
Once again we are asking for donations of art supplies and clothing for the High School’s Global Service Program trip to Zambia. Pencils, erasers, pens, paper, watercolor paints, face paint, brushes, glues, glitter, drawing books, tape—any art supplies are appreciated and useful!
We also need to collect any clothing that is in good condition, including school uniforms. Shoes are not needed.
Please drop your donations in the designated boxes (labeled “Serving Africa”) in Hadsall, Focolare, and the De Nobili reception window before the end of the school year. Thank you for your participation and generosity!