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HS Weekly Bulletin | September 7, 2018
Posted 09/07/2018 03:00PM

The most important day of a person's education is the first day of school, not Graduation Day.

– Harry K. Wong

My first boss in education, a middle school principal in the Hayward, California, public school system, used to say that if you do not have butterflies in your stomach on the first day of school then you may be in the wrong profession. Over the course of Opening Weekend and the first week of school at TASIS, I saw our students, teachers, and families on campus aglow with the excitement of a new school year that holds the promise of growth, challenge, and reaching our full potential. I want to thank the TASIS Community for such a promising beginning: "Well begun is half done," as Aristotle is credited with saying. It is my sincere hope that everyone in our community is stretched in the arenas of truth, goodness, and beauty—words emblazoned across the M. Crist Fleming Library for the whole world to see—so that together we can proudly and humbly do our part to make the world a better place. All the best for a great 18–19 school year!

– Christopher Nikoloff, Headmaster

Upcoming Events

Saturday, September 8 HS Boat Dance
Wednesday, September 12 TPA Lunch • 12:00–14:00, Casa Fleming
Thursday, September 13 Founder’s Day Assembly
Thursday, September 13 Consular services for American citizens • 18:30, Palmer Center
Monday, September 17 HS Class Outings
Wednesday, September 26 HS Parent Coffee
Thursday–Friday, October 4–5 Yearbook Portrait Day
Monday, October 8 No classes
Friday and Saturday, October 12–13 Family Weekend
Sunday, October 21 Fall Festival Brunch
Thursday, November 8 Parent Book Club • 19:00, Casa Fleming

TASIS Parent Point of Contact Information

Please consult this document for information about how to best contact your child and the people on campus who are most directly responsible for his or her well-being. Please note that while this information is particularly geared toward the parents of boarding students, much of it is also relevant for the parents of day students.

High School Daily Schedule

Visit to download a JPG version of the schedule for your phone or a PDF version to print.

Sports this Week

Date Event Location Time
September 14 Varsity Girls Soccer: ISSL Tournament ISBasel 9:00
September 14 Varsity Boys Soccer: ISSL Tournament ICSZ 9:00
September 14 Junior Varsity Boys Soccer: ISSL Tournament ISZL 9:00

TPA-Sponsored Lunch at Casa Fleming on September 12

All parents are invited to Casa Fleming between 12:00–14:00 on Wednesday, September 12, to enjoy a delicious lunch prepared by Chef Fabio and the TASIS Kitchen Staff. TPA Co-Presidents Laura Colombo and Brunella Pignaton will present an overview of TPA events and plans for the year and answer any questions regarding the new structure of the TPA.

Founder’s Day

On Thursday, September 13, from 15:15–15:55, we will hold a special assembly in the Palestra to honor our founder, Mrs. Fleming. There will be an alternate schedule on that day (see image below).

On Monday, September 17, we will hold our annual Class Outings in remembrance of Mrs. Fleming, who loved the natural beauty of Switzerland. Grade 9 will go to Monte Tamaro, grade 10 will hike to Figino, grade 11 will go to Valle Verzasca, and grade 12 will go to Alpe Cardada.

Town Hall Meeting and Consular Services for American Citizens on September 13

We cordially invite any interested American citizens to a Town Hall Meeting with United States Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein Edward T. McMullen, Jr., beginning at 18:30 on Thursday, September 13. The meeting, which will be held in the Palmer Center on the main TASIS campus, will offer guests an opportunity to learn about the US Administration’s priorities and discuss Swiss-US relations with Ambassador McMullen.

Consular Chief Brianna Powers will also be on hand to accept applications for passports and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad, notarize documents, and provide information about voter registration.

There is no cost to attend this event, though fees may be incurred for consular services and are payable in Swiss Francs (cash only). No appointments are necessary, and visitors will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis. Please visit the US Embassy in Switzerland and Lichtenstein website for more information.

Sign Up for the First Parent Book Club Meeting on November 8

In conjunction with the TPA, TASIS is pleased to introduce a new initiative for this year: a Book Club for parents. The first meeting will be held on Thursday, November 8. Following an optional dinner in De Nobili at 18:00 that evening, Headmaster Christopher Nikoloff will lead a guided discussion in Casa Fleming from 19:00–20:00.

The first book to be discussed will be Julie Lythcott-Haims' How to Raise an Adult, a New York Times bestseller that exposes the harms of helicopter parenting and sets forth an alternate philosophy for raising preteens and teens to self-sufficient young adulthood.

All parents are more than welcome to attend the dinner and discussion. Please take a moment to fill out this form to confirm your attendance. If you need help finding a copy of How to Raise an Adult, please contact TPA President Laura Colombo.

Dismissal Process

Thank you for your cooperation in helping us make the dismissal process better and better each day this week! Together we are ensuring a safer environment for the whole community.

As we continue to tweak and improve this process, here are a few suggestions you may find helpful if you typically drive to the main TASIS campus to pick up your child:

  • If the parking lot next to Hadsall is full when you come to pick up your child, you may want to try the lot on Via Matorèll.
  • If you would prefer to avoid the busiest pick-up period, you may want to consider waiting in the cemetery lot (across from Sant’Abbondio) until you see the Romantic Tour buses going down the hill. At that point you can drive up to the TASIS campus and pick up your child without much hassle.

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