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ES Weekly Bulletin | February 8, 2019
Posted 02/08/2019 11:00AM


We must bring together old dreams with new realities into a fusion of international cooperation and communication, ever more essential as the world pinches us closer and closer together.

– M. Crist Fleming (1975 Yearbook message)

Upcoming Events

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 (10:50 dismissal for Focolare)
Friday, February 22 Carnevale
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

International Week Starts on Monday!

International Week 2019 will begin on Monday, February 11, and conclude on Friday, February 15. The week will include several special events for Elementary School students, including the all-school Parade of Flags at 10:15 AM on Monday and the International Showcase at 8:30 AM on Friday.

A note about parent attendance
Due to very limited space in the Palestra, parents are kindly asked not to attend the Parade of Flags on Monday. This exciting event will be filmed and posted on the TASIS YouTube channel later that day.

Parents of performers are welcome to attend the International Showcase on Friday, but we cannot guarantee everyone a seat due to limited space in the Palmer Center. This action-packed event will also be filmed and will be shared with all ES families within a day or so.

Reminder: Upcoming 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.

Elementary School FUNdraiser on February 15

The Cambodia Global Service Program group is raising funds for its partners in Cambodia by hosting a FUNdraiser for Elementary School students on February 15 from 15:45–20:00. The group members encourage students in grades 2–5 to join them for a fun afternoon and evening of games, pizza, and a movie! (The movie will be The Little Rascals—rated For All Ages.)

Please visit to register for this event. You may pay in advance with a credit card or submit a cash payment to the ES Secretary, Lucia Lo Passo, in the Hadsall Office between 7:00–16:00 the day of the event. Please have exact change if you decide to pay with cash.

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. They will have an assembly at 14:00 and will then march in a Carnevale parade beginning around 14:20.

Focolare children should bring their costumes to school and will change before their parade (any time after 14:15). The Focolare parade will begin at 14:45. Parents are welcome to attend but are asked NOT to park at Bora da Besa, as those spaces are reserved for customers only.

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

ES Parent Coffee: Raising Responsible Tech Users

On Wednesday, February 6, a group of parents met with Tim Fitzgerald (ES Head), Pam Waters (School Counselor), and Tim Venchus (ES Learning Technologies Coordinator). Topics discussed included social pressures for both children and parents, the necessity of providing a child with a smartphone, observed effects of video games on children's well-being, technology-related issues happening on TASIS buses, the importance of parents modeling positive technology use, and more. TASIS is now considering future events to engage more families in the discussion.

Related resources and parenting tips can be found here.

TASIS Teachers Share Their Expertise at MITA Conference

Seven members of the TASIS Faculty (and four Elementary School students!) attended the fourth Milan International Teachers Association Conference on February 2 and returned to Lugano with knowledge, techniques, and inspiration to share with their colleagues.

Learn more on the TASIS Blog.

Michael Lesslie’s Journey as a Writer

Acclaimed screenwriter and playwright Michael Lesslie—the third TASIS Speaker Series visitor this year—discussed his writing process and circuitous path to success with students and guests in the Palmer Center on the evening of Tuesday, February 5. Enjoy the full address above.

Portrait Retake Day

Portrait retake day will be held on Monday, March 4, in the MCF Library for any students who did not have their portrait taken in October. (Focolare students will have their retakes in the Focolare library from 8:30–9:30.)

This photo will be used in the Yearbook and in Veracross, so it’s very important that students have their photo taken that day if they have not already done so.

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