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ES Weekly Bulletin | February 15, 2019
Posted 02/15/2019 10:00AM


Youth is the best time to form the impressions that can advance international understanding. Together...with mutual understanding gained through our language and personal meetings...a new generation can help to keep our unified culture in peace.

– M. Crist Fleming

In her 1975 yearbook message, Mary Crist Fleming, TASIS's founder, said, "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."

International Week, admirably stewarded by our own Eleonora Pinton, represents the fusion Mrs. Fleming envisioned, a fusion that brightens a world pinched even more closely together in 2019 than in 1975. This week our students learned how to express the highest form of patriotism, love of home and country, while retaining an open heart and mind to all that the world, in its various and wondrous plenitude, has to offer.

As students embark on Academic Travel and Global Service in a week's time, they will extend their education from the classroom to Europe and around the world, continuing their exploration of the truth, goodness, and beauty that abide in all of us. Thanks to all of you for the wonderful community we call TASIS.

– Headmaster Christopher Nikoloff

Upcoming Events

Thursday, February 21 Parent-Teacher Conferences • 11:00 dismissal for Hadsall/Aurora students (10:50 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 Holiday

Another Great International Week Draws to a Close!

Please enjoy this article (with video footage) about Monday’s Opening Ceremony, which included remarks from Headmaster Christopher Nikoloff, the Parade of Flags, the presentation of Torch Awards, and outstanding musical and dance performances. Photos from the ceremony can be found here.

Congratulations to the many Elementary School students who were brave enough to share their impressive talents at the International Showcase in the Palmer Center this morning! See photos here, and click on the links below to watch the full performance (note that these clips are unlisted on SmugMug and can only be accessed with these links):

Many more photos from International Week—which also featured themed lunches and dinners each day, themed dress-up options each day, and the always-popular International Food Fair on Thursday night—can be found on the TASIS SmugMug page.

Parent-Teacher Conferences on February 21

Parent-teacher conferences will take place in the Palestrina on Thursday, February 21. If you have not had a chance to sign up for conference times yet, you can do so now in the Parent Portal.

Students in grades 2–5 will be dismissed at 11:00 while students at Focolare will be dismissed at 10:50. No lunch will be served that day.

Carnevale Parade Next Friday

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 Used Uniform Sale on February 21

Out with the old and in with the used. Mark your calendars—the next ES Used Uniform Sale will be from 13:00–17:00 on Thursday, February 21, in the Palestrina. Now is the time to donate the old uniforms that your children have outgrown and buy gently used ones at a fantastic price.

Volunteers Needed!

The TPA is looking for volunteers to work at the MS Used Uniform Sale on February 20 and at the ES Used Uniform Sale on February 21. We are hoping that ES parents can volunteer for the MS Used Uniform Sale because it is during the MS parent-teacher conferences and that MS parents can volunteer at the ES Used Uniform Sale because it is during the ES parent-teacher conferences. By working together across divisions, parents will have time to volunteer during the sale and still meet with teachers for conferences. HS parents are of course welcome to volunteer for either date.

If you can't volunteer on either day, you can still help! Please bring gently used uniforms that your children have outgrown. There will be a box in the Palestrina used for collecting uniform donations on February 20 and February 21. All items will be professionally laundered and then used at future sales.

To volunteer to help out at either sale, please click here.

We appreciate your help and support,

TPA Co-Presidents
Laura Colombo and Brunella Pignaton

Portrait Retake Day on March 4

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.

ES Book Swap on March 7

The TASIS Parent Association (TPA) will host a Book Swap on Thursday, March 7. Please work with your child over the next couple of weeks to select up to five books that he or she would like to donate. The TPA will begin collecting the books on March 4, and during the Swap on March 7, children will be allowed to select books to take home and keep. All unclaimed books will be donated to the TASIS service-learning programs in the Middle School and High School.

The TPA is proud to support literacy and reading at home. Thank you in advance for your book donations.

Save the date for the next TPA Potluck on March 12

The TASIS Parent Association (TPA) invites all TASIS parents to its next Potluck on Tuesday, March 12, at the home of Stefania Rovelli. To attend, please RSVP at

Important Reminder About Our Dismissal Procedure

Please note that the local police have begun to complain that some parents have used the bus stop in front of the main TASIS campus as a place to pick up their children. In order to avoid incurring a fine, please take note of the following options available to you when you pick up your child after school:

  • If the parking lot next to Hadsall is full, you may want to try the lot on Via Matorèll (see map below).
  • If you would prefer to avoid the busiest pick-up period, you may want to consider waiting in the cemetery lot (across from Sant’Abbondio) until you see the Romantic Tour buses going down the hill. At that point, you can drive up to the TASIS campus and pick up your child with very little hassle.

Thank you for your attention to this matter!

No ES Bulletin Next Two Weeks

Because there are no classes during the week of February 25—March 1 due to Spring Academic Travel, please note that we will not send a High School Weekly Bulletin on Friday, February 22, or on Friday, March 1. Classes will resume on Monday, March 4, and our next Weekly Bulletin will be sent on Friday, March 8.

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