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ES Weekly Bulletin | March 22, 2019
Posted 03/22/2019 10:00AM

Manuel Andrea Leuenberger visited Ms. Melody Tibbits Zanecchia’s music classes this week to lead a marimba workshop.

Music is the universal language of mankind.

– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Upcoming Events

Friday, March 22–Sunday, March 24 IB Visual Arts Exhibition
Friday, March 29–Sunday, March 31 HS Spring Musical: The Pirates of Penzance
Tuesday, April 2 Grades 5 and 8: Shadow Day
Saturday, April 6 Easter Egg Hunt and Lunch
Wednesday, April 10 Parent Meeting: Raising Responsible Technology Users
Saturday, April 13–Sunday, April 28 All-School Spring Holiday
Tuesday, April 30 Grade 5: Pizza and Movie Night
Wednesday, May 8 ES Parent Coffee • 8:30, Casa Fleming
Friday, May 10 Music Field Trip for grades 2–5
Tuesday, May 14–Sunday, May 19 Spring Arts Festival
Friday, May 17—Sunday, May 19 MS Spring Musical
Tuesday, May 28–Wednesday, May 29 ES Spring Musical
Saturday, June 1 HS Graduation
Thursday, June 6 ES Moving-Up Ceremony

Celebrate the Arts at TASIS This Month!

The 45th annual TASIS Spring Arts Festival may not kick off for another few months, but there are still a pair of exciting visual and performing arts events to enjoy before the month of March is out. Please join us on campus for the IB Visual Arts Final Exhibition, which kicks off this afternoon and runs through Sunday, and for the High School Spring Musical, which opens next Friday evening and also runs Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon. See below for more details.

All members of the TASIS community and the general public are cordially invited to celebrate the IB Visual Arts Final Exhibition in the Palestrina and Ferit ┼×ahenk Fine Arts Center beginning at 16:30 this afternoon. Join us for some refreshments and discover what our talented senior artists and designers have been up to in the studio over the past two years.

The exhibition, which constitutes the internal assessment element of the IB Visual Arts course, will also be open on Saturday from 8:30 until 18:30 and on Sunday from 15:30 until 18:30.

Fall Tragedy turns to Spring Comedy with Gilbert & Sullivan’s very funny musical operetta, The Pirates of Penzance. This year’s High School Spring Musical features multiple swordfights, bumbling policemen, spirited teenage girls, comic romance, high-energy and beautiful songs, rowdy dancing, and, of course, PIRATES! With wit and broad humor, hummable songs, a playground of a set, beautiful costuming, and terrific performances from the cast, the show is guaranteed to be great fun for all ages!

A rehearsal shot from this week

The Pirates of Penzance will open in the Palmer Center on the evening of Friday, March 29, at 19:30, with additional shows performed in the Palmer Center on Saturday, March 30, at 19:30 and on Sunday, March 31, at 14:30.

Reserve your seats at before it’s too late!

Of special note to Elementary School families: Ms. Caroline Rossi's fourth-grade art classes helped create stained glass window screens for the musical’s Act II set, so don’t miss out on this chance to see their beautiful scenic art onstage!

TPA Bake Sale on March 27

The High School Student Council has organized a 3-on-3 basketball tournament for High School and Middle School students from 16:00–18:00 on the afternoon of Wednesday, March 27. All games will be played on the outdoor courts on the main TASIS campus.

The TASIS Parent Association (TPA) will help organize a bake sale for this event, which all students, teachers, and parents are welcome to attend. The TPA is looking for lots of baked goods and many volunteers. Please send an email to or sign up here if you would like to join us for this event. Baked goods can be brought to the Gazebo between 8:00–8:30 or to the Kay Hamblin Terrace (next to the Campo Science Center) between 15:00–16:00 on the day of the bake sale.

All proceeds from this event will benefit the TASIS Service Learning Program.

Shadow Day on April 2

This year’s Shadow Day will be held on Tuesday, April 2. Grade five students will spend part of the day with 6th graders, and 8th-grade students will be with 9th graders. The MS Student Council and the Event Planners Service Learning group will host the annual Shadow Day activities and assembly for the 5th graders.

Please see the detailed schedule for the ES-MS Shadow Day.

A short clip from last year’s performance at TASIS

Percussion Ensemble to Perform at TASIS on April 4

There will be yet another opportunity to enjoy the arts at TASIS early in April, as the Percussion Ensemble of the G. Verdi Conservatory of Como will return to TASIS and perform in the Palmer Center at 19:00 on the evening of Thursday, April 4.

Under the guidance of Maestro Paolo Pasqualin, this ensemble comprises the best students of the conservatory. The group plays a varied and multifaceted repertoire and has performed for the opening of the 2017 International Music Fair, the European Opera Days, AFAM Opera, the opening of the ComoNExT technology center, the Teatro Sociale of Como, and the Vatican Radio in Rome.

This exciting event is open to everyone but is required for students in grade 9. Learn more about the TASIS Cultural Events Program here, and please contact Cultural Events Coordinator Simone Aeschliman with any questions.

TPA Easter Egg Hunt and Lunch on April 6

Please join us at the annual TPA Easter Egg Hunt and Lunch on April 6 from 11:00 until 13:30. The egg hunt will begin promptly at 11:00 and will be followed by a wonderful lunch in De Nobili.

While the egg hunt is designed for Elementary School children, please note that all families are welcome to attend the lunch. If you do plan on joining us for lunch, we ask that you please click on the button below to confirm your attendance. We hope to see you there!

Register for the Easter Lunch

Important Parent Meeting: Raising Responsible Technology Users

Parents of 5th-grade students: save the date! On the evening of April 10, TASIS will be holding a parent meeting to learn about technology use issues we are seeing in 5th grade and beyond and to provide guidance about what parents can do to help their children become responsible and respectful technology users. We ask that at least one parent of each 5th-grade family attends. Parents of students in other grade levels are welcome to join us, as many of the issues we’ll be discussing may also affect their children as they get older.

Date: Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Time: 17:30–18:30
Location: Palmer Center (main TASIS campus)

Save the Date: TPA 10-Year Anniversary Dinner on May 9

Music Field Trip to LAC on May 10

Ms. Melody Tibbits Zanecchia and Ms. Simone Aeschliman have arranged a music field trip for students in grades 2–5 to attend an orchestral performance by the Orchestra della Svizzera italiana (OSI) at the LAC in downtown Lugano on Friday, May 10. Students will depart from TASIS by bus at 13:30 and will return to campus by 15:15.

This year's story is Pinocchio and will feature music by Beethoven, Fauré, and Ibert, with stage scenes provided by Compagnia Teatro D’Emergenza. The concert is intended for younger audiences.

A Reminder About Early Pickup Procedure

If you need to pick your child up before the normal dismissal time, or if your child will be going home with someone else, please follow the procedures below (as outlined on page 24 of the Elementary School Student Handbook).

  • Report the change in Veracross before 12:00 (noon) on the day of the change.
    • After 12:00, and only in the case of an emergency, please call the appropriate ES Secretary (Hadsall or Focolare) to report the change.
  • Stop in the appropriate main office (Hadsall or Focolare) and sign your child out.

A Note About Bringing Food or Medicine to School

In order to reduce the risk of allergic reactions, we do not allow outside food to be brought to school as a snack or for lunch. The same is true for medicine. Teachers, secretaries, and other school employees may not administer medicine to students. Students also can not bring medication and administer it themselves.

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