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ES Weekly Bulletin | September 14, 2018
Posted 09/14/2018 12:00PM

Founder's Day

It is very, very important for an institution to remember why it’s here and where it came from, and that’s what today is all about.

– Headmaster Christopher Nikoloff at yesterday’s HS/MS Founder’s Day Assembly

How do you start a school?

For me the recipe is simple! Find a beautiful property, both house and surroundings, for young people need and deserve to be surrounded with beauty. It’s like a security blanket that will always remain with them, no matter what the rest of life may bring. Fill this setting with young people from all over the world, because the world has become so very small. Fill all their waking hours with commitment to study, sports, the arts, and responsibility to others. Instruct—stretch them in all areas. They don’t know the amazing potential they have! Place in this “house” very special human beings as teachers, friends, counselors, and role models, people who have a sense of the excitement of life and learning–of the huge challenge this world presents, and above all, great faith in their young charges. Sprinkle and cover the whole wonderful concoction, basting frequently with generous portions of TLC–tender loving care!

Believe me, it’s a foolproof recipe!

– TASIS Founder M. Crist Fleming in an interview with John Amis in 1990

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, September 19 ES Curriculum Night
  • Focolare Classrooms, 17:00
  • Palmer Center Presentation, 18:00
  • Grade 5 Meeting in Palmer Center, 18:30
  • Hadsall/Aurora Classrooms, 18:45
Wednesday, October 3 ES Parent Coffee • 8:30, Casa Fleming
Friday, October 5 ES Portrait Day
Monday, October 8 ES has classes this day. (MS/HS do not have classes.)
Wednesday–Friday, October 17–19 Grade 5 overnight trip to Kandersteg, Switzerland
Thursday, October 18 All-ES field trips
Thursday, November 8 Parent Book Club • 19:00, Casa Fleming (register)

Founder’s Day

The High School and Middle School held a special Founder’s Day Assembly yesterday afternoon to celebrate the incredible life of M. Crist Fleming, who founded TASIS in 1956. Although the Elementary School will hold its own assembly in October, we thought all parents might enjoy having a look at the HS/MS assembly, which included inspiring remarks from Headmaster Christopher Nikoloff, an engaging story about how Mrs. Fleming’s life intersected with history (narrated by three high school students), impressive speeches from current and former TASIS students, several excellent musical performances, and the annual tradition of tossing yellow rose petals into the fountain in the MCF Piazza.

The 2018 Founder’s Day Assembly

Save the Date: ES Curriculum Night

ES Curriculum Night will take place on Wednesday, September 19. We invite all parents to join Ms. Cullen Hill in the Palmer Center from 18:00–18:30 to learn more about the TASIS curriculum and meet our teachers.

Parents with children in Pre-K, Kindergarten, and first grade are also invited to be at Focolare from 17:00–17:45. All parents are then invited to join Ms. Cullen Hill in the Palmer Center at 18:00, and then Hadsall and Aurora parents will meet homeroom teachers in their homerooms from 18:45-19:15.

Grade 5 parents are also asked to please stay in the Palmer Center at 18:30 to hear about the Kandersteg trip. Parents will visit grade 5 classrooms afterward.

To summarize:

  • 17:00–17:30: Visit Focolare Homerooms
  • 18:00–18:30: Greeting from Headmaster Christopher Nikoloff; presentation of our Specialist Teachers; Technology and Math Overview (Palmer Center)
  • 18:30: Kandersteg and English Language Arts meeting for grade 5 parents (Palmer Center)
  • 18:45–19:15: Visit Hadsall and Aurora Homerooms

TPA Mountain Trekking on September 18

The TPA welcomes all parents to join them for a Monte Brè-to-Monte Boglia trek on the morning of Tuesday, September 18. From the summit (1,129 meters), the beautiful panorama opens up over the Lugano Bay.

The group will meet in the Sant’Abbondio parking lot in Gentilino at 9:30 (or at 10:00 on Monte Brè). The trek is two hours from Monte Brè to Monte Boglia. Please bring your own lunch and water. The group will return to TASIS by 15:00. Please send an email to to confirm your attendance or ask any questions.

Additional details about the routes:

  • From Lugano-Cassarate, ride up on the funicular to Monte Brè. Beyond being considered one of Switzerland's sunniest regions, it also offers a spectacular view over the Lugano Bay, the Alps, and Monte Rosa.
  • From Brè village, walk to the north along the road that leads to the basin of Pontivo. From there, the ascent along a comfortable and well-signposted trail begins. You will arrive in the area of Carbonera (1,033 meters), where you can refresh yourself at the fountain before starting the ascent to Monte Boglia.

Email Communication between Teachers and Parents Through Veracross

Please note that the Veracross system allows teachers to send messages to parents through its portal. Often these messages have an email address that looks something like If you receive an email with such an address, you may use the “Reply” feature to write back to the teacher. But please know that this email address is system-generated and is only valid when you are using the “Reply” function. If you save this address as a contact (or if your iPhone automatically does this), it will not work if you use it to send a new email.

If you need to write a new email to a teacher (meaning you are not replying to an email already sent to you), please check to make sure you are sending the email to the teacher’s TASIS address. The standard format for a TASIS email account is, and you can always refer to the Faculty and Staff directory if you’re unsure.

Reminder to Place Scholastic Book Orders by September 23

Please note that Saturday, September 23, is the deadline to place orders for this year’s Scholastic Book Club. Please contact Carol Anklan with any questions.

Franklin University Students Available for Hire

A list of Franklin University students who are available for babysitting, tutoring, cleaning, yard work, and other odd jobs is now available in the Parent Portal (in the All-School Resources folder) and can be accessed directly at this link: Franklin Students Odd Jobs List.

Cybersecurity Symposium at Franklin University

Members of the TASIS community may be interested in attending an upcoming event at Franklin University. Please see the university’s announcement below:

We live in an increasingly networked world, with technology infiltrating in our daily lives, and the presence of artificial intelligence anticipating and facilitating our decision making, influencing our behaviors, and changing how we interact with each other.

To learn more about how technology has penetrated business, law enforcement, cybersecurity, and societal development, we would like to invite you to attend the upcoming fourth consecutive edition of the Cybersecurity Management Challenges (CMC) Symposium in the Nielsen Auditorium at Franklin University Switzerland on Wednesday, September 26, from 9:00–18:30.

We are honored to have the Mayor of Lugano, the Honorable Marco Borradori, open the Symposium. Among the distinguished guest speakers will be Michal Hershkovitz, Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of Israel in Bern; Bernard Benoit, General Manager at White Noise/Kudelski Security; Ilia Kolochenko, CEO and Founder of High-Tech Bridge in Geneva; and Luca Gambardella, Professor and Director of the Dalle Molle Institute for Artificial Intelligence (Manno, Switzerland).

They will complement more than 30 other distinguished experts in the area of cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, robotics, and cryptocurrency presenting during the event.

The symposium will be moderated by Davide Gai and co-organized by Luca Tenzi, Security Integration Officer at International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

Please visit to learn more about the program and register for the event.

The symposium, promoted by Anchorage Group in partnership with Franklin University Switzerland, has received the patronage of the City of Lugano as well as the support from numerous sponsors and partners.

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