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ES Weekly Bulletin | January 11, 2019
Posted 01/11/2019 03:00PM

“Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.”.

- Benjamin Franklin

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, January 23 ES-MS Transition Meeting • 19:00, Belvedere Salon
Monday, February 4 No classes for HS and MS (ES has a normal school day)
Tuesday, February 5 TASIS Speaker Series: Mike Lesslie • 19:00, Palmer Center
Wednesday, February 6 ES Parent Coffee • Casa Fleming, 8:30
Monday, February 11—Friday, February 15 International Week
Thursday, February 21 ES Parent-Teacher Conferences
Monday, February 25–Friday, March 1 No school for ES; Academic Travel for MS and HS

ES-MS Transition Meeting on January 23

Dear Parents of Grade Five Students,

We very much look forward to welcoming the current 5th-grade students to our Middle School next year. We know this is a major transition for students, but we are confident that our strong program and excellent team will help them excel both academically and socially!

To help you prepare your children for this transition, we would like to invite all parents of 5th-grade students to attend a special meeting about the Middle School program in the Belvedere Salon on Wednesday, January 23, from 19:00–20:30.

This ES-MS transition meeting will be led by Lower School Head Tim Fitzgerald and Middle School Dean of Student Affairs MJ Breton, who will address the topics below and save plenty of time for questions.


  • Curriculum and general information
  • English, EAL, Math, Science, and Italian Section programs
  • Supplemental course options (such as languages, coding, and drama)

Student Life

  • Advisor Program
  • Service Learning Program
  • Academic Travel and Winter Adventure
  • After-School Sports and Activities Program and special events
  • Student support
  • Upcoming transition activities and meetings for 5th-grade students

We are eager to meet you and look forward to discussing our wonderful Middle School community. Should you have any questions in the meantime, please feel free to contact us at or

Best wishes,

Mr. Fitzgerald and Ms. Breton

New Members of the TASIS Community

This week we were very pleased to welcome 32 new students to the TASIS community for the start of the second semester: 19 in the High School, six in the Middle School, and seven in the Elementary School. These students hail from 13 different nations: Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, China, Denmark, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Mexico, Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

ES International Showcase

Dear ES Parents,

During International Week 2019, we will hold an ES International Showcase (talent show) on Friday, February 15, in the Palmer Center from 8:30–9:45. Students have the opportunity to perform a song, instrumental solo, dance, poem, or short skit that represents their country. They may perform on their own or with friends representing the same country.

The students are aware of this opportunity and many have expressed interest. Once your child has decided on a specific performance, please submit this Google Form by February 5. Any links, mp3s, and videos you would like in your performance must be included in this Google Form submission. Therefore, please wait to fill out the form until you have determined the details of the performance.

The maximum performance time is two minutes. Traditional costumes from the country of origin are encouraged for performers but not required. Performers should come to school that day in their performance costume and bring their TASIS uniforms to change into. Please note that TASIS is not able to cover the cost for any instructors required for rehearsal or performance, and no live accompaniment will be provided.

Be sure to practice with your children and help them prepare for their performances.

We are looking forward to a fantastic International Showcase! Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.


Mr. Matthew Frazier-Smith

Parents Welcome to Attend TSS Event on February 5

As part of the TASIS Speaker Series (TSS), accomplished screenwriter Mike Lesslie will address the senior class on Tuesday, February 5, at 19:00 in the Palmer Center. You can read more about Mike in this article published on the TASIS website, but he is a gifted writer, most famous for writing the screenplays for major film productions of Macbeth (2015) and Assassin's Creed (2016), in addition to numerous playwright credits.

In partnership with the TPA, we are opening the TSS events to parents who would like to attend the lectures. More reminders will follow in subsequent communication from the School, but if you are interested in attending Mike Lesslie's address on February 5, please email Peter Locke so he can reserve your place. We hope that you will be able to take advantage of this valuable learning opportunity.

CIS Community Survey & ACE Learning Survey

All parents should have recently received an email with a link to the CIS Community Survey & ACE Learning Survey. This survey is a key part of our re-accreditation process and will help us identify strengths and areas in need of improvement.

If you have not had a chance to fill out the survey as of yet, we kindly ask that you consider completing it by January 30, at which point the survey will close. Please note that you can complete one survey per child enrolled at TASIS. Thank you very much for your time and consideration, and please contact Nilda Lucchini with any questions.

TASIS Staff Christmas Dinner

Dear Parents,

The TPA proudly supported the TASIS Staff Christmas Dinner on December 15 by providing the raffle prizes for the event. We donated 70 TPA Cookbooks, and a group gift from each grade: 1st through 12th. These donations served as an acknowledgment and thank you to all the hardworking teachers and staff members who support our children throughout the year.

The TPA and the TASIS parent community worked together to make this a wonderful and exciting event for the TASIS staff. Thank you so much for your continued support and dedication to making TASIS a dynamic, supportive, and engaging place for our children to grow and learn.

With gratitude,

Brunella Pignaton and Laura Colombo
TPA Co-Presidents

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!

Parents Eating Lunch in De Nobili

Parents who are on campus for TPA or PSC meetings are welcome to have lunch in De Nobili. When entering campus via the gazebo, please ask the security guard for a meal pass and ensure that it is visible when you go through the lunch line.

TASIS Community Choir Seeking New Members

It is a new semester at TASIS and a fresh opportunity for parents to join the TASIS Community Choir, which will be learning some new melodies and preparing to sing during the Spring Arts Festival in May. All members of the TASIS community are welcome to join this adult choir and enjoy the camaraderie and the singing of a variety of musical styles. This non-professional group welcomes all singers, regardless of experience.

The choir meets on Tuesdays from 17:30 to 18:30 in Music 1, which is located in the basement of the Palestra. If you have any questions, please contact the TASIS Community Choir Director, Tamara Schumacher, at

Register Now for Yoga Marathon

The “Serving Southern Africa” Yoga Marathon will take place on Saturday, January 19. This event will feature a variety of yoga classes offered from 9:00–17:00, a lunch provided by Beautyful Greens, and a raffle with many 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.

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