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MS Weekly Bulletin | November 30, 2018
Posted 11/30/2018 02:00PM

Sometimes we should express our gratitude for the small and simple things like the scent of the rain, the taste of your favorite food, or the sound of a loved one's voice.

- Joseph B. Wirthlin

Upcoming Events

Friday, November 30 TPA Holiday Market and Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
Thursday, December 6 TPA Teacher and Staff Appreciation Panettone
Saturday, December 8 MS Christmas Celebration for students and faculty
Sunday, December 9 All-School Christmas Service
Tuesday, December 11 Institutional Update from the Headmaster
Friday, December 14 Last day of classes before Winter Holiday
Saturday, December 15 Dormitories close at 16:00
Saturday, January 5 Dormitories open for boarding students at noon
Monday, January 7 Classes resume

Institutional Update from the Headmaster on December 11

As we head into the holiday season, Headmaster Christopher Nikoloff would like to provide his annual institutional update on the strategic directions and initiatives of the School. Given that TASIS is entering its accreditation cycle, this will be an opportunity to provide updates on, among other topics, the School’s academic, student life, and campus initiatives. Parents will have a chance to provide feedback and ask questions following Mr. Nikoloff’s presentation.

This event will take place in the Palmer Center on Tuesday, December 11. Refreshments will be served at 18:30, and the presentation will begin at 19:00. The presentation will be filmed and shared with all parents afterward.

TPA Holiday Market and Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony This Afternoon

All members of the community and their guests are invited to open the holiday season with the TPA on the TASIS campus this afternoon. The TPA Holiday Market will be open from 16:00–18:30, and the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will begin at 16:30. 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.
  • 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.
  • Used Uniform Sale: This sale will be open to all divisions in the Palmer Center lobby.

Academics: MS Fall Midterm 2018–2019 Dean's List

The Fall Midterm Dean's List has been posted in Belvedere. Congratulations to the MS students on the list!

Being on the Dean's List comes with the privilege of going to Sara Li's or the Snack Bar on Wednesdays after lunch.

MS Assemblies and Advisor Meetings

On Wednesday, November 28, MS students watched the Sweet November Dance Company’s amazing “Creative Seeds” performance.

A special thank you to the HS students and Faculty who performed for the MS community:

Airi Barnes
Ella Abisi
Sofia Rosso
Sarah Rappoport
Yah M'Boma Alexia Agnini-Bile
Zawadiyah Tolliver
Anna Sautikina
Hannah Moel

Faculty Tap dancers:
Julie Frazier-Smith
Matthew Frazier-Smith
Jami Reimer

During the Advisor block on Thursday, November 29, Mr. Frazier-Smith presented this year’s MS Musical, Sketch. See details about the audition, rehearsal days, and performance dates below.


Hour of Code: December 3–9

Computer software plays an increasingly influential role in our day-to-day lives, yet many of us don't understand how computers, software, algorithms, or machine learning work. To help kickstart an interest and build a little skill and awareness, each December during Computer Science Week, teachers and students of all ages around the world spend an hour or more learning a little computer programming. Happy coding to the MS students who will participate in the Hour of Code this year!

Upcoming MS Parent Coffee

The next MS Parent Coffee will be held on Wednesday, December 5, from 8:30–9:30 AM in Casa Fleming. The theme of the meeting is "Parenting approaches in step with adolescent development," and it will be led by School Counselor Ms. Pamela Waters.

Parenting your child who is transitioning from pre-teen to teen (often referred to as Tweens) has become much more challenging, particularly in terms of children’s access to the wider world and a multitude of influences. In the present climate, it is important to remember that your attentive relationship with your young person is still the most effective way to support them through this time. This article may give you some ideas and help you generate some questions that we can discuss while coming to terms with the changes we as parents need to make as our children enter this period in their lives.

MS Service Learning: Personnel Appreciation Brunch

The TASIS Personnel Appreciation service learning group will host the annual Personnel Appreciation lunch on Wednesday, December 5. All hands on deck for showing off your baking talents! Each year through the generosity and warmth of so many bakers, the personnel have enjoyed this special holiday brunch prepared in their honor. The Personnel Appreciation service learning group works hard to prepare the dining hall, set the tables, and send invitations.

We need your help in preparing special treats for special people!

Date: December 5
Time: Bring the treats to De Nobili on December 5, between 8 and 9.

Ms. Sartorelli and Ms. Wilga

Academics: PSAT Testing in High School

On Thursday, December 6, an MS/HS Parent Coffee will be led by Mr. Birk, Director of University and College Counseling, and will be dedicated to PSAT testing. This meeting will be held in Casa Fleming from 8:30–9:30 AM.

The meeting will be primarily directed toward parents of 9th, 10th, and 11th graders, but any Middle School parents who are curious about what is ahead for their children in the High School are welcome to attend.

General information will be provided about the following topics:

  • the standardized testing that may be required in the university application process
  • recommendations about which standardized tests to take and when
  • how to best prepare for these tests
  • what the PSAT score report looks like and how to interpret the scores
  • how the scores are used and how to use the information in the score report to the student’s benefit

TPA Appreciation Panettone on December 6

Any parents who would like to volunteer to help serve panettone at the Teacher and Staff Appreciation Panettone on Thursday, December 6, can sign up by sending an email to This event 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

MS Theater Club

The MS Theater Club will present a workshop-style performance on Thursday, December 6, from 19:00–19:30 in the Palmer Center. We look forward to presenting some of the original theatrical work created by the MS Theater Club this semester and hope to see you there!

MS Christmas Celebration for Students

On Saturday, December 8, the MS will hold its annual Christmas Celebration from 18:30–21:30. A formal dinner will start at 18:30 and be followed by a celebration with games and dancing. Students who participate may not arrive later than 18:30 or leave earlier than 21:30.

Formal dress requirements for the dinner in De Nobili (18:30–19:45):


  • Dress (dress-code length—not more than one hand above the knee)
    • NO low-cut dresses
  • Or skirt (dress-code length—not more than one hand above the knee)
  • Or pants (NO jeans)
  • Dressy top or Pashmina (shoulders must be covered)
  • Shoes: high-heel shoes may not be higher than 5 centimeters


  • Pants (NO jeans)
  • Jacket
  • Shirt
  • Tie
  • Belt
  • Dress shoes
  • Boys may wear the TASIS suit

Games and Dance in the Palestra (20:00–21:30)

  • NO heels higher than 2 centimeters
  • Sneakers are acceptable.

Christmas Service: Rehearsal and Performance Schedule

This is a reminder 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 at the church of San Nicolao della Flüe. This item is to serve as a reminder to these students and their families.

Rehearsal Schedule: Wednesday, December 5
Choral and instrumental participants from the Middle School will be required to attend a mandatory rehearsal at the church on Wednesday, December 5. MS students  (including all first-semester music students and the MS Choir) will leave campus at 12:45 and will return to school for D block and after-school activities and shuttles home. We will be running the following alternate schedule on Wednesday, December, 5:

Christmas Service Schedule for Performers: Sunday, December 9

12:30 Students must be in the main TASIS parking lot.
12:45 All participants—singers, musicians, and readers—will be taken by bus from TASIS to the San Nicolao Church.
13:15–15:00 Final rehearsal in the church
15:30–16:30 Christmas Service
16:30 Dismissal for all students except for performers
16:30–17:00 Reception in the Reception Hall following the service for parents, friends, and performers
17:15 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:

Audition for MS Spring Musical: Sketch

We are excited to announce that the audition for this year’s MS Spring Musical, Sketch, will be held on Tuesday, December 11, from 16:00–18:00 in the Palmer Center. Each student who attends the audition will be cast in the show and is expected to commit to the entire rehearsal/performance schedule listed below. We are looking forward to a fabulous production!


  • Starting on Thursday, January 10: every Thursday from 16:00–18:00 until Academic Travel/Ski Week
  • Starting on Tuesday, March 5: every Tuesday and Thursday from 16:00–18:00

The performances will be held on Friday–Sunday, May 17–19, and the activity will finish after the final performance.

Boarders’ Life: Zermatt at Thanksgiving!

For years, this trip has been a tradition at TASIS for Middle School boarding students. A number of MS dorm parents and proctors chaperone this journey to one of the most beautiful ski destinations in Switzerland. Under the shadow of the Matterhorn, the group enjoys skiing for two full days. Other highlights include a fondue dinner, a guided tour of the old town, and simply having a great time together in Zermatt. Enjoy a photo gallery on the TASIS SmugMug page.

Movember at TASIS

For the past six Novembers, a group of TASIS men has grown mustaches and created a music video in support of Movember, a global awareness and fundraising campaign designed to address major health issues faced by men.

Enjoy the latest excellent video above, and please visit the TASIS Mo Space if you would like to contribute to the campaign. Thank you for your support!

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