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ES Weekly Bulletin | December 7, 2018
Posted 12/07/2018 03:00PM

Second-grade students initiated a trash collection in the Hadsall playground during recess on Tuesday.

Service is the rent we pay for being. It is the very purpose of life,
and not something you do in your spare time.

- Marian Wright Edelman

Upcoming Events

Sunday, December 9 All-School Christmas Service
Tuesday, December 11 Institutional Update from the Headmaster
Friday, December 14 ES Christmas Concert and last day of classes before Winter Holiday
Monday, January 7 Classes resume

Winter Holiday Begins Next Friday

Friday, December 14, will be the last day of classes before the Winter Holiday. The shuttle bus service will run as usual that morning, but there will be no shuttle bus service that afternoon. All students will depart with their parents following the ES Christmas Concert.

Please note that we will not be sending any Weekly Bulletins next week. Classes will resume on Monday, January 7, and our next Weekly Bulletins will be sent on Friday, January 11.

We wish everyone a joyous holiday season!

Message from the TPA

Dear TASIS Parent Community,

We very much appreciate all you do to keep this community strong and focused on the importance of friendship and respect. We have organized so many events involving parents and students from all divisions this semester.

The TPA is something special! Those who are involved understand what we are talking about. We learn from each other every day and see how passion can drive our choices to be generous and become better people by dedicating time to others. We believe there is nothing more beautiful than a firm handshake, a warm hug, and a smiling and understanding friend.

Thanks to our partnership, the TASIS Service Learning Programs raised CHF 2,860 for their humanitarian projects during the Holiday Market. These students want to enrich their lives and this world, and we are happy to support them. We are thrilled to share this amazing result!

Are we hard workers? Yes! Together, we make a strong and unstoppable community. We are very proud of this!

Thanks a lot, dear friends. We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

All the best,

Brunella and Laura
TPA Co-Presidents

See more photos from the TPA Holiday Market and Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on the TASIS SmugMug page.

The 2017 TASIS Christmas Service

Join Us for the Christmas Service on December 9

Lynn Fleming Aeschliman, Chairman of the Board, and Christopher Nikoloff, Headmaster, cordially invite you to the annual TASIS Christmas Service at the church of San Nicolao della Flüe (Via al Colle, Lugano-Besso) on Sunday, December 9, at 15:30.

The Service will feature performances from the ES, MS, HS, and Faculty Choirs and the TASIS Instrument Ensemble. The musicians will be supported by TASIS music teachers, associated members of the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana, and the Opera Viva Orchestra. A reception for parents, friends, and performers will follow the Service.

Directions and parking information can be found here.

Christmas Service schedule for performers on 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)


Institutional Update from the Headmaster on December 11

This is a reminder that Headmaster Christopher Nikoloff will provide an institutional update on the strategic directions and initiatives of the School in the Palmer Center on Tuesday, December 11. Refreshments will be served at 18:30, and the presentation will begin at 19:00.

ES Christmas Concert on December 14

The ES Christmas Concert will take place next Friday, December 14, at 11:00 in the Palestra, and we expect the program to run for about one hour. The dress code for students is "dressy attire" (vestito da cerimonia). Children can wear festive holiday clothing of any color, but we ask that they please do not wear sneakers or denim jeans.

Valet parking will be available from 10:30–12:30, and there will be no shuttle bus service that afternoon. All children will go home with their families after the concert. 

We look forward to seeing you at this exciting holiday event!

Global Service Students Working on Behalf of Tibetan Refugees, Promoting Human Rights

Nepal: Tibetan Refugees
, an Opsahl Global Service Program group, will host an education/fundraising week on campus Monday, December 10, through Friday, December 14. The spirited video above was created by Alex Secilmis ’19 to help spread a little Christmas cheer and raise awareness among the student body for the full slate of events ahead. (The student-directed Service Learning Board will also be leading a number of directives in recognition of Human Rights Week.)

All proceeds raised throughout the week will be donated to a group of Tibetan refugees in Tserok that the Nepal group has partnered with since 2015. This year's service project will be reinforcing and building a new section of a water retention wall to protect their village from flooding when the nearby river rises. New Global Service Program Director Danny Schiff worked with outgoing director Zach Mulert to develop the two-week trip to Nepal after traveling to the Everest region on his own six years ago.

Yoga Marathon on January 19

TASIS faculty member and yoga instructor Mara Bernasconi is organizing a “Serving Southern Africa” Yoga Marathon that will take place on Saturday, January 19. The event will feature a variety of yoga classes offered from 9:00–17:00, a lunch provided by BeautyfulGreens, and a raffle with a number of exciting prizes. All proceeds will benefit Serving Southern Africa, an Opsahl Global Service Program group that travels to Zambia and Botswana for two weeks each year.

Visit to register for yoga classes and learn more about this exciting event.

TPA Italian Potluck on January 24

All TASIS parents are cordially invited to an Italian Potluck hosted at the home of Francesca Varano in Montagnola on Thursday, January 24, at 12:00. Bring your favorite dish to share! This is a kind and generous invitation from a TASIS mom. It is important to confirm your availability in advance. To RSVP, please send an email to

During the lunch, Brunella and Laura, TPA co-presidents, will share results from recent events and discuss TPA events planned for February–June, 2019. We are excited to welcome you!

Resort Collina d’Oro Offering Discount for TASIS Families

The beautiful Resort Collina d’Oro in Agra is pleased to offer a 10 percent discount to any TASIS families interested in a six-month or 12-month membership to the resort’s Spa and Fitness Center. All TASIS parents and TASIS students aged 16 and over are eligible for this discount.

Contact Resort Collina d’Oro at +41 91 641 1111 or with any questions.

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