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MS Weekly Bulletin | October 12, 2018
Posted 10/12/2018 02:00PM

Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.

– Helen Keller

Upcoming Events

Friday–Saturday, October 12–13 Family Weekend
Wednesday, October 17 MS Parent Coffee • 8:30, Casa Fleming
Sunday, October 21 TPA Fall Festival Brunch • 11:00–13:00, De Nobili
Monday–Wednesday, October 29–31 Grade 6 Academic Travel
Thursday–Friday, November 1–2 Grade 6 no school
Monday–Thursday, October 29–November 1 Grades 7 and 8 Academic Travel
Friday, November 2 No School for Grades 7–8
Thursday, November 8 Parent Book Club • 19:00, Casa Fleming (register)
Wednesday, November 14 MS Parent Coffee • 8:30, Casa Fleming
Friday–Sunday, November 16–18 HS Fall Play: antigone/CAESAR (reserve seats)
Friday, November 23 All-school: no classes

Enjoy a look back at last year’s Family Weekend Assembly

Welcome to Family Weekend

We are delighted to welcome families to campus this weekend! The day started with classroom visits and an amazing assembly (will be available on the TASIS YouTube channel soon), and the formal events will continue through Saturday afternoon. See the full Middle School schedule of events for details.


MAP Results: We have decided to share a new form of the MAP results with parents. The student profile reports are more detailed and add valuable information about your child. We can not send these by email. They will be sent by post and should be in the mail on Friday, October 12. If you don't receive your printed copy by Monday, October 22, please let us know.

Email Communication With Teachers

This is a reminder that if you need to write an email to a teacher, please check to make sure you are sending the email to the teacher’s correct 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.

Assemblies and Advisor Meetings

During our MS Assembly on Tuesday, October 9, we held our first Service Learning Meeting of the year. The Service Learning groups for this year are as follows:

Grade 6: Within the TASIS Community
  • Student-Created Visual Arts
  • Environmental Club (E-Club)
  • Random Acts of Kindness
Grade 7: Within the Local Community
  • Cometa
  • Heifer International
Grade 8: Global Awareness
  • Poverty Awareness
  • World Issues
Multiple Grade Levels
  • Event Planners (open to grades 6–8)
  • Student Council (open to grades 6–8)
  • Staff Appreciation (open to grades 6–8)
  • Peer Mediation (open to grades 7–8)

The Assembly on Wednesday, October 10, was led by TASIS Risk & Safety Manager Mr. Paul Diviani and was dedicated to Safety and Security topics.

During the Advisor block on Thursday, October 11, each grade had its first of three Academic Travel meetings.

Halloween Brunch on October 21

The TPA will be sponsoring a Halloween Brunch for Middle and High School students on Sunday, October 21, from 11:00–13:00. Students are encouraged to dress up for this annual event.

The TPA will be working on this event from 10:00–14:00 that day and is looking for parent volunteers to decorate De Nobili, bake treats, and serve food. Please send an email to if you’d like to help out.

The Event Planners Service Learning Group will also assist the TPA with this event. MS students will help decorate De Nobili and serve treats.

TPA Trek on October 17

Please join the TPA on Wednesday, October 17, for a hike from Carona to Alpe Vicania to gather chestnuts and enjoy the fall colors. If you would like to meet us for lunch only, that is also possible.


  • Meeting point: 10:00 in the Gentilino parking lot (across from Sant’Abbondio) or 10:30 in the Carona Lido parking lot
  • Lunch at Alpe Vicania: 12:00
  • Return to Carona: 14:45

Please email to confirm your attendance or ask questions.

Fall Academic Travel: October 29–November 1 (October 31 for Grade 6)

Academic Travel is a core part of the Middle School academic program and is required for all students. Students receive a Passing (P) or Failing (F) grade for participating and completing the academic work related to their trip.

Academic Travel is the main topic of the next MS Coffee for parents on Wednesday, October 17, from 8:30–9:30 at Casa Fleming.

Travel Information:

6th Grade: Verona, Mantova, and Sirmione

  • Monday, October 29, at 8:30 Check in at De Nobili and depart for Verona/Mantova
  • Wednesday, October 31, at 17:30 Arrive at TASIS

7th Grade: Sorrento and Pompeii

  • Monday, October 29, at 11:00 Check in at De Nobili and depart for Malpensa Airport
  • Thursday, November 1, at 18:45 Arrive at TASIS

8th Grade: Edinburgh

  • Monday, October 29, at 7:30 Check in at De Nobili and depart for Malpensa Airport
  • Thursday, November 1, at 19:00 Arrive at TASIS

MS After-School Sports and Activities

Upcoming athletic events

Date Event Location Time
October 20 MS Cross Country Invitational TASIS 9:00
October 23 MS Cross Country • NISSA TASIS 15:00

Reserve Your Seats for antigone/CAESAR

This year’s High School Fall Play, antigone/Caesar, will premiere in the Palmer Center at 19:30 on the evening of Friday, November 16. There will be additional performances in the Palmer Center at 19:30 on Saturday, November 17, and at 14:30 on Sunday, November 19. Please visit to reserve your seats (admission is free) for what is sure to be an outstanding production.

Director’s Note from Valerie Bijur Carlson:

Antigone, by Sophocles, and Julius Caesar, by Shakespeare, are two of Western Civilization's most famous tragedies and are used throughout the TASIS curriculum. Their themes of leadership, tyranny, and individual resistance still resonate powerfully with us today. Goodness, wisdom, and honor vie with pride, arrogance, and rhetoric through characters in conflict with themselves and each other. We invite you to come engage your mind and heart through the power of theater this November.

Terry Fox Run Once Again a Big Success

In honor of international hero Terry Fox, more than 300 High School students and faculty members participated in the School’s second-annual Terry Fox Run on the afternoon of Wednesday, October 10, with the goal of raising at least CHF 5,373 (the number of kilometers Terry ran across Canada on one leg) for cancer research. TASIS Athletic Director Sonny Lim would like to thank all the parents who donated their time and money to ensure the success of this community-building event. More details will be shared next week when the final figures have been tallied.

Global Service Program Looking to Connect With Local Doctors

The TASIS High School’s Global Service Program (GSP) is interested in connecting with local doctors concerning its vaccination program for international service trips. Any Swiss-based physicians who are available to speak with the GSP Department—Mr. Daniel Schiff and Ms. Borana Sarcevic—about the program are asked to please send an email to to begin a discussion.

MS Parent Support Committee (PSC)

The Middle School PSC will hold its first meeting on Thursday, October 18. The 2018–2019 PSC members:

Irina Svetlova: MS PSC coordinator (Grade 8, American Section)
• Languages: Russian, English, Italian

Muriel Aciman (Grade 6, Italian Section)
• Languages: Turkish, English, Italian, French

Jennifer Hung Zanarini (Grades 6 and 8, Italian Section)
• Languages: English, Italian

Francesca Notarbartolo (Grade 7, American Section)
• Languages: Italian, English, French, Spanish

Anne Tanderup Riis (Grade 8, Italian Section)
• Languages: Danish, English, German, Italian

TASIS Photo Galleries

This is a quick reminder that a wide variety of well-organized photo galleries from current and past school years (and summers) can be found on the TASIS SmugMug page.

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