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

Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.

– Oprah Winfrey

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
Thursday, December 6 HS Parent Coffee
Sunday, December 9 All-School Christmas Service
Friday, December 14 Last day of classes before Winter Holiday
Saturday, December 15 Dormitories close at 16:00

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 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.

Advisor Meetings Next Week

Next week’s advisor meetings will focus on the importance of sleep, with groups discussing strategies that can help students ensure that they are properly rested for school each day.

Faculty Lecture Series Begins Next Thursday

The 2018–2019 TASIS Faculty Lecture Series will kick off at assembly on Thursday, November 29. Alumni and Development Officer Zuleika Tipismana will share her remarkable story with students and faculty members.

College Counseling News

Upcoming College Representative Visits

Interested 12th-grade and Postgraduate students should register via Naviance if they’d like to attend any of these meetings. All other students should send an email to to register.

Please note that all college representative visits are also listed on the All-School Calendar.

American University of Paris to Host Open Day on November 17

The American University of Paris (AUP) invites prospective students and parents to campus on Saturday, November 17, to spend the day discovering life as a student of the university. This is a unique opportunity to meet current students and experience the AUP classroom together by participating in practical workshops in Arts, Science, or Journalism. Register at

Glion Institute of Higher Education: Information Session on November 29

18:00–21:30, Grand Hotel Villa Castagnola, Lugano

University of St.Gallen Open Day on November 29
The University of St.Gallen will host an Open Day for prospective undergraduates on Thursday, November 29. The day will start with a presentation about studying and living at the HSG. Current students will offer guided tours of the campus with a joint lunch in the Mensa restaurant. In the afternoon, visiting students will have an opportunity to attend a taster lecture and two presentations of the majors and speak with representatives from the Admissions and Crediting Office.

Essay Competition Sponsored by New College of the Humanities
New College of the Humanities London invites 11th-grade students to submit essays by January 31, 2019. Full details, including essay subjects/titles and prizes, can be found at All prize-winners and runners-up, along with a guest, will be invited to a celebratory awards evening hosted by Professor A.C. Grayling and the College's Faculty at New College of the Humanities' home in Bedford Square, London.

IE University Summer Program
IE University, which has campuses in both Madrid and Segovia, Spain, invites students graduating in 2020 or 2021 to apply for a spot in its Summer Program, which will be held July 8–19 this summer. (Registration opens soon.) The program is for students interested in improving interpersonal and leadership skills and studying in one of five specialized tracks:

  • Architecture & Design
  • Business & Entrepreneurship
  • Digital Innovation & Technology
  • Marketing, Communication & Behavior
  • Politics, Law & International Relations

Standardized Testing Recommendations and Schedule
This is a reminder to please review the 2018–2019 Standardized Testing Recommendations and Schedule with your children for important information about standardized tests they may need to take in high school.

Parent Coffee on December 6

The next High School Parent Coffee will be on Thursday, December 6, from 8:30–9:30 AM in Casa Fleming. This will be a PSAT information session.

TPA Appreciation Panettone for teachers and Staff 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 folllowing 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

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)

Day families: Please note that day student performers must travel to the church with the School. If day students wish to depart after the service with their families, they must inform their music teacher before Friday, November 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:


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.

Athletics Update

Recent Athletics Results

November 17 Varsity Girls Soccer • ESC Championships 2nd Place
November 17 Varsity Girls Volleyball • ESC Championships 3rd Place

Upcoming Athletic Events

December 8 Varsity Badminton • Invitational TASIS Palestra
December 8 JV Girls basketball • Invitational Inter-Community School Zurich (ICSZ)
Fall Award Winners
Sport Most Valuable Player Most Improved Player Coach's Award

Varsity Girls Soccer

Heather Hines ’19

Samantha Walker ’19

Eve Ryan ’19

Varsity Boys Soccer

Giuseppe Tola ’19

Enzo Tondo ’20

Patryk Herok ’20 & Enzo Allanson ’21

Varsity Girls Volleyball

Virginia Italia ’19 & Alexandra Pohl ’19

Valentina Correa da Silva ’19

Charlotte Staubach ’19

JV Girls Volleyball

Donee Rollins ’21

Maria Mochalnikova ’22

Valentina Alencar Barros ’22

Varsity Boys Volleyball

Nadir Timerbaev ’19

Ivan Linnikov ’22

Ivan Kozhuhar ’21

Varsity Boys Rugby

Pablo Rivero Dominguez ’20

Enzo Furletti Diniz ’20

Alessandro Carlesimo ’22

Varsity Cross Country

Enzo Allanson ’21

Alex Secilmis ’19

Nensi Hasanbelli ’20

Fall PRIDE Awards: Students who were on a fall varsity team in grades 9–12

Anna Alyakina ’19

Varsity Girls Volleyball

Darius Paval ’19

Varsity Boys Volleyball & Soccer

Nadir Timerbaev ’19

Varsity Boys Volleyball

Raffaella Alencar Barros ’19

Varsity Cross Country

Valentina Correa da Silva ’19

Varsity Girls Volleyball

Virginia Italia ’19

Varsity Girls Volleyball

A Reminder About Absences

As mentioned last week, please note that if a student accumulates 10 or more absences (excused or unexcused) in one semester, the Academic Committee may withhold credit for courses.

How to review your child’s current attendance record:

  • Log into your Parent Portal and click the "Classes and Reports" link listed under your child’s name.
  • When the Student Overview window pops up, click on the link to the current semester provided in the "Attendance" section.
  • When the Attendance Detail report pops up, review the number of absences on record, paying closest attention to the third column: “Absent: Total.” It is this number that should not exceed 10 for any semester. (The Academic Committee does understand that there may be extenuating circumstances if the total number of absences has risen above 10 and deals with every situation on an individual basis.)

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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