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ES Weekly Bulletin | January 18, 2019
Posted 01/18/2019 10:00AM

Frederick Douglass taught that literacy is the path from slavery to freedom. There are many kinds of slavery and many kinds of freedom, but reading is still the path.

- Carl Sagan

Upcoming Events

Saturday, January 19 Yoga Marathon • 9:00–17:00, Dance Studio
Wednesday, January 23 ES-MS Transition Meeting • 19:00, Belvedere Salon
Thursday, January 24 Italian Potluck • 12:00, Montagnola
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 • 8:30, Casa Fleming
Monday, February 11—Friday, February 15 International Week • 8:30, Palmer Center
Friday, February 15 ES International Showcase
Thursday, February 21 ES Parent-Teacher Conferences • 11:00 dismissal for students
Monday, February 25–Friday, March 1 No school for ES; Academic Travel for MS and HS
Wednesday, January 23 ES-MS Transition Meeting • 19:00, Belvedere Salon

ES Faculty Welcomes Author and Literacy Consultant

Elementary School teachers made the most of an exciting professional development opportunity last week: a three-day visit from author and literacy consultant Dan Feigelson. With the aim of assisting the ES Faculty in its goal to deliver best practices in literacy instruction, Mr. Feigelson led sessions for all American Section and Italian Section teachers (grades Pre-K through 5), covering topics such as reading comprehension strategies and skills, teaching punctuation to bring out meaning, and language conventions.

See more photos from Mr. Feigelsen’s visit on the TASIS SmugMug page.

ES-MS Transition Meeting Next Wednesday

This is a reminder that all parents of 5th-grade students are invited to attend a 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 a number of topics related to academics and student life in the Middle School. Please feel free to contact them at or with any questions in advance of the meeting.

A look back at the 2017 International Showcase

ES International Showcase on February 15

This year’s ES International Showcase will be on Friday, February 15, from 8:30–9:45 in the Palmer Center. Students who wish to participate may perform a song, instrumental solo, dance, poem, or short skit that represents their country. They may perform on their own or with friends, but we ask that if the students are from different countries, they find a way to connect the two countries in some creative way. (Students may want to have a look at the 2017 showcase above to help them generate ideas for this year’s performance.)

Once your child has decided on a specific performance, please help him or her submit this Google Form by February 5. (If multiple students plan to perform together, please submit only one form per performance and list all names and countries involved.) Any links, mp3s, and videos that will be used in the performance must be included in this Google Form submission.

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.

Please feel free to contact Mr. Frazier-Smith with any questions.

ES Students Excel at FIRST LEGO League Robotics Tournament

Led by Middle School Science and Computer Science Teacher Amy Bloodworth and Middle School Math Teacher Claire Thomas, who co-founded the TASIS After-School Robotics Club in the fall of 2018, 21 Elementary School and Middle School students used the LEGO MINDSTORMS® platform to design, build, and program robots at a Swiss FIRST LEGO League Regional Robotics Tournament in Bellinzona on January 12. This talented group of students competed for nine grueling hours and came away with two team awards!

Learn more about their impressive accomplishments on the TASIS website.

Last Chance to Register for Yoga Marathon!

The “Serving Southern Africa” Yoga Marathon will kick off tomorrow morning at 9:00 and will feature yoga classes until 17:00, a healthy 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. Please visit to register for yoga classes and see more details about this community-building event.

TASIS’s Serving Southern Africa partner Lynne Mendelsohn, who gave up her comfortable life as a corporate lawyer in the UK to move to Zambia and devote her days to helping impoverished children gain access to education, spoke to TASIS Middle School and High School students at assemblies this week and urged them to do all they can to build a better world. She highly encourages all members of the TASIS community to consider participating in the Yoga Marathon or to simply make a donation. (There is an option to make a donation at the bottom of the registration page.)

TPA Italian Potluck Next Thursday

This is a reminder that 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. Please bring your favorite dish to share and confirm your attendance by sending an email to

Upcoming Cultural Events

The Cultural Events Program at TASIS provides valuable cultural opportunities both on and off campus that are geared toward aspiring student artists. All members of the TASIS community (students, faculty, staff, parents, alumni, and friends of the School) are welcome to attend cultural events that take place on campus while off-campus trips are reserved for students and their chaperones.

Upcoming events include the annual Winter Photography Exhibition, in which the work of TASIS student photographers will be presented in the Palmer Center, on January 25–27 (anyone is welcome); an overnight trip to Basel to visit the Vitra Design Museum and see Grünewald's Isenheim Altar on January 25–26 (for TASIS students only); and a performance by the renowned Archimia Quartet in the Palmer Center at 19:00 on January 31 (anyone is welcome, required for 10th-grade students).

See the Cultural Events calendar on the TASIS website for more information about upcoming events.

Join Us for Mike Lesslie’s TSS Address on February 5

The next TASIS Speaker Series (TSS) event will be a visit from distinguished screenwriter and playwright Mike Lesslie, who will address the seniors on Tuesday, February 5, at 19:00 in the Palmer Center. Mr. Lesslie is best known for writing the screenplays for major film productions of Macbeth (2015) and Assassin's Creed (2016) and has also amassed many playwright credits.

In partnership with the TPA, TASIS is opening all TSS events to parents who would like to attend the lectures. Any parents who would like to attend Mr. Lesslie's address on February 5 should send an email to TSS Committee Chair Peter Locke to reserve a seat.

Resort Collina d’Oro Offers Discount to TASIS Families

As mentioned before the holidays, Resort Collina d’Oro in Agra is offering a 10 percent discount to 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.

The resort also invites TASIS families to take part in its upcoming Valentine’s Day celebration. See below for details.

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