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ES Weekly Bulletin | November 22, 2018
Posted 11/22/2018 02:00PM


Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.

- Marcus Tullius Cicero

Upcoming Events

Friday, November 23 All-School: no classes
Tuesday, November 27 Sweet November Dance Company performance (register here)
Friday, November 30 TPA Holiday Market and Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
Sunday, December 9 All-School Christmas Service
Friday, December 14
  • ES Christmas Concert • 11:00, Palestra
    School ends after the concert
  • No bus shuttle service that afternoon

Thank You to Ms. Cullen Hill from the TPA

The TPA presented Ms. Cullen Hill with a gift at her final assembly.

Dear Ms. Cullen Hill,

We saw our 5th-grade kids performing today, and it was amazing! We gave you our cocoons, and now we have wonderful butterflies ready to fly. This is the result of great teachers led by a professional. You have worked in silence, but we have clearly heard the results today!

We believe that communication and understanding differences make human beings better. Thank you for helping us see this, and thank you for everything!

Best wishes,

Laura Colombo
TPA Co-President

To the ES Community,

It has been a pleasure to work with you and your children these past four school years, and I have been proud to witness the growth of your children both academically and socially. Although I will miss this community dearly, please know that your children have an outstanding and dedicated group of teachers and will continue to be in good hands.

A very special thank you for my beautiful gift from the TPA. The support of the TPA, with all the special events they offer throughout the year, makes the ES experience all the more special for our children.

All the best,

Theresa Cullen Hill

Happy Thanksgiving!

We would like to remind you that there is no school tomorrow, November 23, due to the Thanksgiving Holiday.


Sweet November Dance Company to Perform Tuesday Night

There is still time to reserve your seats for the Sweet November Dance Company (SNDC) Fall Concert on Tuesday, November 27, from 18:30–19:15 in the Palmer Center. Don’t miss out on this exciting annual event!

Reserve your seats now

Learn more about Sweet November Dance Company and watch last year’s Fall Concert here.

TPA Holiday Market and Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on November 30

All members of the TASIS community and their guests are invited to commence the holiday season with the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at 16:30 and TPA Holiday Market from 16:00–18:30 on Friday, November 30. A valet parking service will be available in the main campus parking lot from 16:00–19:00. Please note that no cars will be allowed into the parking lot until the buses depart at 16:00.

Program details:
  • Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony: Beginning at 16:30, this annual event will be hosted by Mr. Nikoloff with music provided by the TASIS choir.
  • Service Learning Program Fundraiser: High School students will be selling crafts, baked goods, holiday treats, and other delicious food at booths on the outdoor basketball court from 15:30–18:30. All proceeds will support TASIS service-learning groups and their partner organizations.
  • Winter Village: Beginning at 16:45, Elementary School students will be invited inside the Winter Village in the Palmer Center to enjoy holiday crafts. Admission into the Winter Village is CHF 15 per child, and the TPA is looking for parent volunteers to help with the crafts. Please sign up here if you’d like to volunteer.
  • Panettone Booth: The TPA will be selling panettone during the Holiday Market, and all proceeds from the sale will go to the Service Learning Program. If you’d like to volunteer to help sell panettone, please sign up here.
  • Used Uniform Sale: This sale will be open to all divisions in the Palmer Center lobby.

TPA Appreciation Panettone on December 6

The TPA is pleased to host the TASIS Teacher and Staff Appreciation Panettone on Thursday, December 6. All teachers and staff members are cordially invited to enjoy a hot chocolate and a slice of panettone served by TASIS parents—a way for the TPA to show its appreciation for all the dedicated and hardworking teachers and staff. This will take place at the following locations and times:

  • De Nobili: 9:00–10:00
  • Casa Fleming: 14:00–17:00
  • Focolare: 14:00–15:30

Any parents volunteers who would like to help serve can sign up by sending an email to


All-School Christmas Service: Rehearsal and Performance Schedule

Dear Parents and Students,

Please note that the Christmas Service rehearsal and performance details outlined below only apply to students who have been informed by their music teachers that they will be performing in this year’s service. This item is to serve as a reminder to these students and their families.

Rehearsal Schedule: Wednesday, December 5

There will be a mandatory rehearsal for all students participating in the service at the church of San Nicolao della Flüe on Wednesday, December 5. Please take note of the following details:

  • ES Choir students will leave campus at 12:30 and will return to campus by 14:15 in time for their after-school activities and shuttles home.
  • MS students (including all first-semester music students and the MS Choir) will leave campus at 12:45 and will return to campus by 14:30 in time for their final class and shuttles home. An alternate schedule for this day will be distributed to students closer to the day of the rehearsal.

  • HS choral and instrumental students will leave campus at 12:45. They will continue rehearsing with the orchestra until 16:00 and will return to school by 16:15. HS recreational sports are canceled for that afternoon. HS Day students who wish to return home directly from the church must obtain permission from their parents, who must advise both High School Music Director Ms. Forrest and High School Dean of Students Mr. McKee.
  • Buses and chaperones will be coordinated by the relevant division heads and Shuttle Coordinator Svetlana Koreshkova.
Christmas Service Schedule for Performers: Sunday, December 9


Students must be in the main TASIS parking lot.


All participants—singers, musicians, and readers—will be taken by bus from TASIS to the San Nicolao Church.


All participants—singers, musicians, and readers—will be taken by bus from TASIS to the San Nicolao Church.


Final rehearsal in the church


Christmas Service


Dismissal for all students except for performers


Reception in the Reception Hall following the service for parents, friends, and performers


Dismissal from the church (performers return to campus by 17:30)

Please contact your divisional music teacher with any questions or concerns.

Thank you, and happy holidays!

Samantha Forrest, High School:
Jami Reimer, Middle School:
Melody Tibbits Zanecchia, Elementary School:

ES Christmas Concert on December 14

Please join us in the Palestra at 11:00 on Friday, December 14, for the annual Elementary School Christmas Concert. Ms. Melody’s hardworking students can’t wait to share their talents with the community!

Presenting antigone/CAESAR

Congratulations to Director Valerie Bijur Carlson, Assistant Director Matthew Frazier-Smith, and the entire cast and crew of this year’s High School Fall Play for three outstanding performances last weekend! To learn more about the play and watch the opening night performance, see this article on the TASIS website.

Raffle Prize Donations for TASIS Staff

This is a reminder that all raffle prizes for the annual TASIS Staff Christmas Dinner Celebration will be collected in Casa Fleming on Friday, November 30. Please contact if you’d like to contribute or have any questions, and thank you very much for all your support!

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