The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking
new landscapes, but in having new eyes.
– Marcel Proust
|Wednesday, May 15||TPA Lunch|
|Friday, May 10–Sunday, May 19||Spring Arts Festival|
|Thursday, May 16–Sunday, May 19||Grades 2–5 Art Exhibition • Palestra|
|Thursday, May 16–Sunday, May 19||Grades Pre-K through 1 Art Exhibition • Palmer Center|
|Friday, May 17—Sunday, May 19||MS Spring Musical: Sketch|
|Monday, May 20||TPA Teacher Appreciation Cocktail|
|Friday, May 24||Children’s author Bruce Coville visits|
|Tuesday, May 28–Wednesday, May 29||ES Spring Musical: The Prince and the Pauper|
|Saturday, June 1||HS Graduation|
|Wednesday, June 5||ES Field Day|
|Thursday, June 6||Grade 5 Moving-Up Ceremony|
Spring Arts Festival Now Under Way!
The 45th annual TASIS Spring Arts Festival officially opened this morning with a kickoff event in the Monticello Piazza, and the action continues with a percussion showcase in the Palestra Snack Bar at 16:00 this afternoon and student band performances in the same location at 20:00 this evening. All are welcome to join us at these exciting events!
The action will resume on Tuesday, May 14, with the festival continuing through the evening of Sunday, May 19. All members of the TASIS community and the general public are cordially invited to campus to enjoy concerts, theatrical performances, dance performances, film screenings, visual arts exhibitions, guest lectures, art workshops, and more.
For those who are unable to attend, please note that the following events will be filmed and shared with the TASIS community afterward:
Tuesday, May 14
- Arts Festival Assembly
Thursday, May 16
- All-School Choral Concert
- Full Bloom: A Sweet November Dance Company Performance
Friday, May 17
- Excerpts from The Magic Flute by W. A Mozart
- The Middle School Musical: Sketch
Sunday, May 19
- Theater Performance: “Absolute Identity”
- Closing Celebration
This morning’s kickoff event
Learn more about recent happenings in the arts at TASIS:
- Listen to a podcast with three student artists
- Discover what our performing artists have been up to
- Meet our busiest student filmmaker
- Read about some of our many successful alumni artists
ES Events at the Spring Arts Festival
This is a reminder that the following events may be of particular interest to Elementary School parents, who are very much welcome to attend all of them!
ES/MS Percussion Showcase on May 10
Join us in the Palestra Snack Bar this afternoon at 16:00 to see our young percussionists in action!
ES Artwork on Display from May 16–19
The Elementary School Art Exhibition for students in grades 2–5 will be in the Palestra from May 16–19, and artwork created by students in grades Pre-K through 1 will be exhibited in the Palmer Center on the same dates.
Conducting Workshop on May 17
On Friday, May 17, Ms. Melody Tibbits Zanecchia’s fifth-grade students will have the special opportunity to conduct a professional orchestra in the Palmer Center from 8:30–10:00.
Excerpts from The Magic Flute on May 17
Also on May 17, beginning at 14:30 in the Palestra, many Elementary School students will perform in Excerpts from Mozart’s The Magic Flute, a musical story featuring a visiting conductor and live orchestra, conducting finalists and actors from grade five, and High School singers & instrumentalists.
Instrumental and Vocal Recitals on May 18–19
Elementary School students will take part in instrumental recitals in the Palmer Center on Saturday, May 18 (piano at 10:00, string and acoustics at 11:00, and woodwind at 12:00), and in a vocal recital in the Palmer Center at 9:30 on Sunday, May 19.
Don’t Miss the Finale on May 19!
Families may be particularly interested in attending the festival on the afternoon of Sunday, May 19. Local food trucks will be on campus from 13:30–17:00, and there will be a number of outdoor art workshops and interactive performances designed for guests of all ages. In addition, the Closing Celebration will commence at 17:00 that evening.
ES TASIS Times Now Available online
The 2019 issue of the ES TASIS Times contains images and writing from the creative minds of our youngest scholars. Our Elementary School students and staff have worked hard to bring this magazine to life, so please sit back and enjoy!
TPA-Sponsored Lunch on May 15
Please join us for lunch at Casa Fleming on Wednesday, May 15, from 12:00 to 14:00. The TPA will share highlights from this year and announce the new TPA board members for 2019–2020.
This year’s GSP trip to Ethiopia
ES Pajama Party Day on May 16
On Thursday, May 16, all ES students and staff are invited to wear pajamas for the whole day for the low fee of CHF 5. Students who choose not to participate must wear their regular school uniforms.
All proceeds will be donated to the Nuovo Fiore (Ethiopia) Global Service Program group. The Ethiopia team has set a goal of raising CHF 3000 during its fundraising week, which begins this weekend. This money will provide all the stationary—books, papers, and writing materials—for the 1400+ Ethiopian students (grades K–9) at the Auxilium School.
To learn more about the school and the service trip to Ethiopia that took place in April, please read this article on the TASIS Blog, which includes writing by two fifth-grade students who have also visited Auxilium School. Please also enjoy a new reflection from Priyanka Bruera ’24 below.
My Experience in Ethiopia
By Priyanka Bruera, Grade 7
Auxilium Bole BulBula is a school in Ethiopia founded by Riccardo Braglia. We went to the Auxilium School because there was the opening of the high school building that was sponsored by my father's company. This high school is important because the students—who finished middle school instead of changing school—will remain there and proceed with the same school.
In the Auxilium School there are the grades from Pre-K to 12th grade. When I arrived at the school there were two things that blew my mind. The first one is how many kids there are, from the youngest ot the oldest. I was so impressed by this because it was impressive seeing them all together singing the national anthem. The kids would pray before singing and after a student would call the grades one by-one, and that line would go to their classroom.
The second thing that shocked me was that they knew that they could go to school and didn’t take it for granted as something that happens every day—like we do. Some children don’t like school and just go because they are obligated to go, but when I saw the students in Auxilium it was different. It was a good difference, and it made me think that we are privileged with everything that we have, and we don’t need to take our life for granted.
Before going to Ethiopia I didn’t know how to act. I was so curious of how the children would see me when I was there with my family. When I arrived early in the morning, I saw many students saying goodbye to their parents and saying hello to their friends. When I got of the bus, all the kids gathered around me and started to ask a bunch of questions—by the way, most of them were the same. When I wanted to go somewhere, all the kids started following me, and it was really hard for me to walk with 50 kids. When I gave out the candy to the children, some of them were so happy that they kept it for later while others just ate it because they were hungry or had never even tried candy. There is this one kid who lives right outside the school in this little hut and he has a big smile on his face every single day.
In these five days I experienced something wonderful: seeing all the kids happy because they go to school and learn to become a better person. I learned that we are 1% out of 100% who can go to school, have clean water, have clean clothes, and especially have a house to live in. I really enjoyed seeing all these kids with big smiles on the faces every morning, and I even made a friend—her name is Rita. She used to lend me a pencil to write and not get bored during her classes.
Sketch Opens Next Friday!
Violet is thirteen, bookish, and an outcast among her peers. She spends her school days ducking insults and dreaming up villainous alter-egos for her classmates and teachers. When the bullies who have plagued her for years discover her artistic talents, they convince her that sketching parodies of students and teachers is a victimless crime. Will she learn to use her powers only for good and become the hero of her own story?
Featuring an all-star cast of Middle School students, Sketch will open in the Palmer Center at 19:00 on Friday, May 17, and will also be performed May 18 at 19:00 and May 19 at 13:00.
TPA Teacher Appreciation Cocktail on May 20
On Monday, May 20, the TPA will host an Appreciation Cocktail for teachers in Casa Fleming at 18:00. This is an important event to show TASIS teachers how much we appreciate their hard work! Parents, if you would like to help out at the event, please click on the button below.
Bake Sale on May 24
On Friday, May 24, the TPA will host a bake sale at Hadsall and Focolare beginning at 14:00. If you would like to bake or volunteer to serve, please sign up here.
The Prince and the Pauper Premieres on May 28
Tom Canty and Prince Edward are born on the same day to two very different families in two very different parts of London. Tom, poor and unwanted by his family, is raised in the slums of Offal Court, where he dreams of being a Prince. Edward, drowning in the power and riches of royalty, dreams of what life might be like outside the castle walls. One day, the two look-alike boys meet and decide to swap places and experience life from a different perspective. Both learn valuable lessons throughout their respective journeys in this Mark Twain masterpiece about truth and mercy.
This version of The Prince and the Pauper was adapted by Stephanie Figer, Michael Rosenbaum, and TJ Liquori and will be directed by Mr. and Mrs. Matthew and Julie Frazier-Smith. The enthusiastic cast of Elementary School students can’t wait to showcase its talents in the Palmer Center at 19:00 on Tuesday, May 28, and at 19:00 on Wednesday, May 29.
Reading at Home
At this Wednesday’s ES Parent Coffee, Literacy Coordinator Erin Fitzgerald discussed the importance of reading over the summer holiday. Her presentation slides can be viewed here.
First “Grill and Chill” a Huge Success!
Thank you to the High School Student Council, the TASIS Parents Association, the Dining Services team, and all the families who joined us for Saturday’s terrific event! It was wonderful to see students of all ages playing together on campus. Please enjoy a photo gallery on the TASIS SmugMug page.
Electronic Devices on Shuttle Buses
Please note that the use of mobile phones and other electronic devices is not permitted at meals or in the classroom (unless the teacher grants permission for academic purposes). We have recently been made aware of some unfortunate behavior with electronic devices on our shuttles buses—including the playing of inappropriate music/video content at loud volumes—and would like to limit the use of these devices on the rides to and from school, which we consider to be an extension of the school day.
We understand that students may occasionally need to send a quick message home, and that kind of behavior remains acceptable. But we no longer want students to use their devices to play music or videos that other students can hear, take photos or videos of other students, or carry out any other form of inappropriate behavior. Our drivers have been instructed to take devices if they spot this kind of behavior.
We thank you for understanding and ask that you please have a quick conversation with your children to help us enforce this message.
ES Moving-Up Ceremony on June 6
The ES Moving-Up Ceremony will take place on Thursday, June 6, starting at 10:30 in the Palestra. All families are invited to a buffet luncheon at Villa De Nobili after the celebration.
There will be no afternoon shuttle buses, and all students should depart with their families. To improve the parking situation, we have organized a valet service from 9:30–13:00.
Please take note of the dress code for this event:
- Boys: Blue pants, white TASIS polo shirt, dark shoes, and no sneakers
- Girls: Blue skirt or pants, white TASIS polo shirt, blue or white socks/tights, and dark shoes—no red, pink, or purple
- Boys: Nice shirt and tie, dress pants with belt, dark socks, dark dress shoes, and no sneakers
- Girls: Nice dress or skirt or dress pants with top, tights, or socks. Skirts or dresses must be knee-length. No bare shoulders—straps on dress have to be at least three fingers wide. Dress shoes—no high heels.