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ES Weekly Bulletin | September 21, 2018
Posted 09/21/2018 11:00AM

ES Music

Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind,
flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.

- Plato

Upcoming Events

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, October 25 Parent-Teacher Conferences • Palestrina, 12:30–17:30
Friday, October 26 Fall Festival • Main campus
Thursday, November 8 Parent Book Club • 19:00, Casa Fleming (register)

Accreditation Visit Next Week

We look forward to hosting visitors from our accrediting body—the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) Commission on Independent Schools (CIS)—which we are working closely with as we prepare for our re-accreditation process in 2020. A globally recognized standard of excellence, NEASC/CIS Accreditation attests to a school's high quality and integrity.

We also wish to thank the many parents who have generously volunteered their time as we progress through this lengthy process.

ES Parent Coffee on October 3rd - Meet our New ES Counselor, Isabella Bordogna

Ms. Cullen Hill invites all parents the first ES Parent Coffee on the morning of Wednesday, October 3, at 8:30 in Casa Fleming. Parents will have the opportunity to meet our new ES Counselor, Ms. Isabella Bordogna, who is originally from Italy and recently finished her Master's in Counseling from Concordia University in Wisconsin, USA. Ms. Bordogna spent last year working alongside Pam Waters, the TASIS School Counselor. Ms. Bordogna is also a professional journalist and has spent more than 20 years in this field.

A letter from Ms. Uecker, Elementary School Librarian

Dear Parents,

I am pleased to announce that both the Hadsall and Focolare libraries have officially opened. As in the past, each class will visit the library weekly. Students will be allowed to check out a certain number of books according to their grade level. I hope they find this an enjoyable and exciting opportunity. Please see the TASIS Elementary School Library Policies below to answer any specific questions you may have.

If you would like to check out additional books for your children, please visit the libraries during the designated parent hours. I have set aside the following times for parents:

Focolare: Wednesdays, 14:00–4:30
Hadsall: Thursdays, 15:30–16:00

Thank you very much. I look forward to working with you and your children this year.


Alyssa Uecker
Elementary Librarian

TASIS Elementary School Library Policies

Alyssa Uecker:
Hours:   Hadsall: Monday, Thursday, and Friday, 8:00–16:00
Focolare: Tuesday, 8:00–16:00, and Wednesday, 8:00–15:00

Book Check Outs

Any Elementary School (ES) student or parent of an ES student may borrow books from the library. Parents may visit either the Hadsall library or the Focolare library during hours of operation to register for an account. Both students and parents are responsible for the proper care and timely return of all books.

Circulation Policies:

  • Pre-K students are allowed to check out one book for one week.
  • Kindergarten and first-grade students are allowed to check out two books for one week.
  • Students in grades 2–5 are allowed to check out three books for one week.


Students may renew their books up to two consecutive times unless that book has been requested by another student or teacher.

Overdue Items:

Students will receive an overdue notice if they do not return their books on time. If a student has not returned a book within four weeks, that book will be considered lost and an invoice to pay for it will be issued.

Lost/Damaged Books:

Books that are lost or damaged will need to be paid for. If this happens, the student will receive an invoice from the librarian with the amount listed to cover the replacement cost of the book. All money should be delivered to the librarian. If lost books are found, a refund will be gladly given.

Please note: If a student still has a book on his or her account from the previous academic year, he or she may not check out a new book until that book has been returned or paid for.

2018 Terry Fox Run Coming Up

High School students and faculty members are excited to take part in the School’s second-annual Terry Fox Run on the afternoon of Wednesday, October 10. The run is designed to honor the legacy of international hero Terry Fox—an extraordinary athlete, humanitarian, and cancer research activist who in 1980 embarked upon a Marathon of Hope across Canada after losing his right leg to cancer three years earlier, ultimately covering 5,373 kilometers (or 127.3 marathons) in just 143 days before the spread of his cancer forced him to abandon his quest and claimed his life.

For the run on October 10, Athletic Director Sonny Lim and Varsity Cross Country coaches Greg Birk and Danny Schiff have challenged students to complete as many 500-meter laps as possible on the School’s Grotto Cross Country course in a 45-minute window and to help raise at least CHF 5,373 for cancer research. Students can support this vital cause by purchasing Terry Fox t-shirts for CHF 6 in advance (or CHF 10 on the day of the race) and by finding sponsors who are willing to pledge a set amount of money for each lap completed.

Parents of students in all divisions who would like to learn how they can be involved in this community-building event can contact Mr. Lim at

Last Call for Scholastic Book Orders

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

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