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ES Weekly Bulletin | February 1, 2019
Posted 02/01/2019 10:00AM

Happiness is secured through virtue; it is a good attained by man’s own will.

– Saint Thomas Aquinas

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, February 5 TASIS Speaker Series: Mike Lesslie • 19:00, Palmer Center
Wednesday, February 6 ES Parent Coffee • 8:30, Casa Fleming
Friday, February 8 Wine and Hors d'oeuvres Reception • 18:00, Resort Collina d’Oro
Monday, February 11–Friday, February 15 International Week
Friday, February 15 ES International Showcase • 8:30, Palmer Center
Thursday, February 21 Parent-Teacher Conferences• 11:00 dismissal for students
Friday, February 22 Carnevale Parade
Monday, February 25–Friday, March 1 No school for ES; Academic Travel for MS and HS
Monday, March 4 Yearbook portrait retakes
Friday, March 29–Sunday, March 31 HS Spring Musical
Saturday, April 13–Sunday, April 28 All-School Spring Break

Scheduling Notes

Please note that there will be no school for Pre-K 3 students on Monday, February 11.

There will be no Focolare drop off for students in Pre-K 4, Kindergarten, and 1st grade on Friday, February 15. Please drop these children off at the main TASIS campus by pulling into the parking lot and displaying the green Focolare card on your windshield. (Pre-K 3 students should still be dropped off at Focolare that day.)

All Focolare students will be dismissed at 10:50 on Thursday, February 21. No lunch will be served at Focolare that day, and parent-teacher conferences will run from 12:30–17:30.

International Week Just 10 Days Away!

International Week, a treasured annual TASIS tradition, will open on Monday, February 11, and conclude on Friday, February 15. The week will include special events in all three divisions, including the all-school Parade of Flags, the Elementary School's International Showcase, the MS/HS World Cup Tournaments, and the High School International Food Fair.

The week will kick off with the Parade of Flags Assembly on Monday morning. This raucous event will be filmed and posted on the TASIS YouTube channel later that day. Due to very limited space in the Palestra, parents are kindly asked not to attend.

International Showcase Registration Deadline on Tuesday

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.

If you have not already done so, please help your child submit this Google Form by Tuesday, February 5, if he or she would like to perform this year. (Reminder: 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 contact Mr. Frazier-Smith with any questions.

A note about parent attendance: Please note that while parents of performers are welcome to attend the International Showcase, we cannot guarantee everyone a seat due to limited space in the Palmer Center. The event will be filmed and shared with all ES families within a day or so.

Join Us Tuesday Evening for Mike Lesslie’s TSS Address

Acclaimed screenwriter and playwright Mike Lesslie will address the senior class on Tuesday, February 5, at 19:00 in the Palmer Center. Parents are cordially invited to attend this exciting TASIS Speaker Series (TSS) event and are asked to please email TSS Committee Chair Peter Locke to reserve a seat.

ES Parent Coffee on February 6

Mr. Fitzgerald invites all parents to an ES Parent Coffee on the morning of Wednesday, February 6, at 8:30 in Casa Fleming. The main topic will be “Raising responsible technology users,” and the following questions will be addressed:

  • What are our kids up to online?
  • What resources are available to help us better understand what our kids are doing?
  • What are some tips for parenting in the digital age?

Memorial Mass for Mrs. Fleming on February 7

The entire TASIS community is cordially invited to attend a Memorial Mass held in memory of TASIS Founder M. Crist Fleming at the Sant'Abbondio Church in Gentilino on Thursday, February 7, at 8:30 AM.

Wine & Hors d’Oeuvres Reception on February 8

Lynn Fleming Aeschliman, Chairman of the TASIS Board of Directors, and Christopher Nikoloff, Headmaster, cordially invite all TASIS parents to a reception at the Resort Collina d’Oro in Agra on Friday, February 8, from 18:00–19:30.

Start the weekend in style by joining us for this aperitivo, and take advantage of the opportunity to socialize with the School leadership team and the Board of Directors—and with each other!

Please RSVP to Yvonne Procyk at or + 41 91 960 5181 by Wednesday, February 6, if you’d like to attend.

Carnevale Parade on February 22

We will celebrate Carnevale on Friday, February 22, beginning at 14:00. Children in Hadsall/Aurora can wear their costumes to school. Focolare children should bring their costumes to school and will change before the parade. Parents are welcome to attend the parade. (More details to follow.)

Please note that the regular shuttle bus service will run that afternoon for all ES students, including those at Focolare. Please remember to cancel you shuttle transportation in Veracross if you plan to come to the Carnevale parade and take your child home with you afterward.

Potluck Celebrates 10 Years of TPA at TASIS

Dear Parents,

The TPA Potluck on January 24 was such a special event and an opportunity to celebrate 10 years of the TPA at TASIS! Thank you so much for supporting our community, for organizing events, and for celebrating friendship. Our passion for volunteering to serve this amazing community, our kids, their fellow students, and our friends is what makes TASIS so meaningful to all. And a special thanks to Francesca Varano for hosting this wonderful event!

Laura Colombo and Brunella Pignaton
TPA Co-Presidents

ES Event raises CHF 500 for Moldova

The students and faculty leaders in the Moldova Global Service Program group would like to offer a hearty thank you to all the ES parents and students who supported their dodgeball and pizza event last Saturday! It was a great turnout, and the CHF 500 raised will go a long way toward helping the good people of EcoVisio Moldova achieve their many ambitious goals!

Franklin University Students Available for Hire

An updated list of Franklin University students who are available this semester for babysitting, cleaning, yard work, and other odd jobs is now available. ( Username: fcedu\oddjobs | Password: Juloct~19 )

Please contact Franklin students directly if you would like to discuss a potential job with them.

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