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MS Weekly Bulletin | January 17, 2020
Posted 01/14/2020 01:00PM

Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships.


Michael Jordan

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, January 21 ES-MS Transition Meeting for 5th-grade parents • 19:00, Belvedere Salon
Friday, January 24 End of Fall Semester
Friday, January 24–Sunday, January 26 Winter Art Exhibition • Palmer Center
Friday, January 24 TPA Used Uniforms Sale • Palmer Center lobby, 14:30–17:30
Monday, February 3 No classes for HS and MS
Wednesday, February 5 MS Parent Meeting (IB, AP, and College Counseling) • 19:30, Monticello 1-2
Thursday, February 6 Parent-Board of Directors Social • 18:00, Resort Collina d'Oro
Monday, February 10—Friday, February 14 International Week
Wednesday, February 19 MS Parent-Teacher Conferences
Monday, February 24–Thursday, February 27 MS Winter Adventure For Grade 7 & 8
Friday, February 28 No classes for grades 7–8
Monday, February 24–Wednesday, February 26 MS Academic Travel For Grade 6
Thursday - Friday, February 27–28 No classes for grade 6
Please refer to for a more detailed look at upcoming events.


The Fall Semester will end on Friday, January 24. Report cards will be available in Veracross on or before Monday, February 3.

Introduction to Academic English Film Session: Feb 7–8

The second film session for Ms. Guarnieri Rosso’s Introduction to Academic English class will be held on Friday, February 7, from 15:30–17:30 and on Saturday, February 8, from 10:00–12:00. The class will be watching Hugo.

MS Assemblies and Advisor Meetings

Kindness was the theme of the MS Assembly and advisor meetings this week. During the assembly, Director of School Counseling, Ms. Mary Cate Hauenstein, explained how kindness makes us happier, is good for the heart and the brain, improves relationships, and is contagious. The students were encouraged to perform three random acts of kindness. Ms. Hauenstein also introduced the Four Gates of Communication by teaching the students to pose the following questions before communicating: 

Here is the full presentation form the MS Assembly.

During advisor meetings, students reflected on the acts of kindness and how kindness made them feel through a writing exercise and a guided discussion. Each student then shared one thing they appreciate about the person who was sitting beside him or her. 


MS Digital Awareness Parent Coffee

This week’s MS Parent Coffee was led by MS Technical Coordinator Ms. Bloodworth and was dedicated to Technology and Digital Awareness. Ms. Bloodworth reviewed the MS survey regarding the use of TikTok and discussed what parents need to know to support their children in the safe use of this social media platform. She also discussed the complex issue of online grooming and what students and parents should be aware of. Here is the presentation from the meeting. If you have a few moments, you might also like to watch this short video in which Simon Sinek talks about how technology can affect our relationships with each other.)

Please take note that next week’s Wednesday Assembly for MS students will be devoted to Digital Citizenship. 

The next MS Parent Coffee will be held on the morning of Wednesday, March 11, and will be led by Ms. Hauenstein. It will be dedicated to social and emotional learning.

Upcoming MS Meeting For Grade 5 Parents

A parent meeting for Grade 5 Parents will be held in the Belvedere Salon on Wednesday, January 21, from 19:00–20:30. It will be dedicated to the ES-MS transition and is designed for parents of students currently in grade 5. 

Winter Art Exhibition Opens Next Friday

We welcome you to join us at the Winter Art Exhibition, which opens in the Palmer Center next Friday, January 24, at 16:00 and will also be open all day Saturday and Sunday. 

The Winter Art Exhibition is primarily a photographic exhibition with participation from some IB Visual Arts students. It is both a showcase of work completed in photography classes and a first opportunity for advanced students to curate an exhibition of their own work. The feedback students receive from the exhibition not only helps them to refine their future work but also allows them to celebrate their accomplishments with the school community. We hope to see you there!

TPA Used Uniform Sale Next Friday

The TASIS Parent Association (TPA) will be running a Used Uniform Sale in the Palmer Center lobby on Friday, January 24, from 14:30–17:30. Stop by on your way to the Winter Art Exhibition!

Parent-Board of Directors Social on February 6

All TASIS parents are cordially invited to join us at the annual Parent-Board of Directors Social at the Resort Collina d'Oro on Thursday, February 6, beginning at 18:00. Guests will have an opportunity to socialize with members of the TASIS Board of Directors and the TASIS Administration.

Please RSVP before February 4 to We hope to have even more families attend this year and look forward to seeing you there!

ES Open House on February 6

Dear Parents,

If you have any friends who may be interested in learning more about the TASIS Elementary School, please let them know that we will be hosting an Open House on Thursday, February 6, from 8:30–10:45 AM. More information can be found in this article, and the registration page is available here

Thank you for your support!

The ES Leadership Team

Robotics: First Lego League Tournament

Fifteen Middle School students competed in the FIRST LEGO League Robotics Tournament at Centro Professionale Tecnico in Lugano on Saturday. The young engineers followed up a strong performance at last year’s regional tournament in Bellinzona with another outstanding effort that included a fourth-place finish (the top two finishers were high school teams) for one of the three TASIS teams, Pioneers, and the Teamwork Award for a second team, The Engineers. 

Learn more about the tournament in this article on the TASIS website.

MS Service Learning News

Hope and Homes for Children (Romania): Bake Sale on January 31
This week, the SL group Hope and Homes for Children discussed how gratitude and service are connected, and extended the scope of their vision to other areas of the world that might need help more urgently. Globally, the group’s attention is drawn to the bushfires raging across the continent of Australia. For the moment, the group has decided to place a temporary hold on their efforts for HHC and focus on raising funds for the Australian Red Cross. They don't have specific funds for the fires, so the SL students will do their part to assist them the best they can by having a bake sale on Friday, January 31, in De Nobili at lunchtime. Hope and Homes for Children would appreciate any baked goods parents care to donate or funds they may offer to support the Red Cross. Please contact faculty leaders Mr. Alava or Ms. Sartorelli for more information.

E-Club: New Recycle Bins on Campus

The MS E-Club currently recycles paper every Tuesday for both the MS and HS. With the arrival of five new sets of recycling bins, our E-Club students were involved in this morning’s HS assembly, partnering with the Environmental Action Service Learning group and the TASIS Green Team to help educate our community about proper recycling habits.

These new bins have been set in front of Belvedere, the Snack Bar, de Nobili, Hadsall, and Focolare. They will be available for use on Monday, January 20, and E-Club members will instruct MS students on the proper use during Monday’s advisor block.

Athletics Update

Recent Results
Date Event Results
January 13 Boys Basketball vs. ASM Win
January 13 Girls Basketball vs. ASM Win

Upcoming  Contests
Date Event Location
January 18 Boys Basketball • SGIS Tournament CDL
January 30 Boys Basketball @ ASM ASM
January 30 Girls Basketball @ ASM ASM
Please refer to the Athletics Calendar for more details.

MS Ski and Snowboard Club

The second ski and snowboard outing will be on Sunday, January 19. The bus will depart from the main parking lot at 7:25 and return at approximately 17:30. All students must bring their equipment. Day students may bring their lunch or eat at the ski resort restaurant at their own expense. The students enrolled in the club should have received further information about the destination. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Alava or Ms. Breton

In case of an emergency on the day of the outing, please contact one of the TASIS Ski and Snowboard Club leaders at 079 393 6196.

International Week: February 10–14

The TASIS community will host its annual International Week in February. MS students will participate in the Parade of Flags, the Middle School World Cup Soccer Tournament, International Brunch, and much more. Please see the schedule of International Week events.

International Brunch: Our annual MS International Brunch will be held on Thursday, February 13, from 9:05 to 11:00. To make this event a successful one, family participation is essential! We would appreciate you making delicious homemade traditional dishes to share with our MS community. 

Alternate Schedule during International Week: We will be running an alternate schedule for International Week. There will be no After-School Activities that week except for the MS Musical session on Thursday, February 13. 

MS Valentine’s Day Celebration

On Friday, February 14, MS students will celebrate Valentine’s Day in the Palestra from 19:00–20:30. Students are required to arrive by 19:00 and will not be allowed to leave until 20:30. This special event is organized by the Event Planners Service Learning Group.


MS Parent-Teacher Conferences on February 19

We will hold parent-teacher conferences on the afternoon of Wednesday, February 19, and students will have an early dismissal that day. Registration for conference times will open on Friday, February 14. We look forward to seeing you on the 19th.

MS Winter Adventure For Grades 7–8: February 24–27

MS Winter Adventure in St. Moritz is required for all students in grades 7–8, as it is a core part of the MS Curriculum and the TASIS experience. Please review the packing list and this important information for parents.

  • Monday, February 24                          Check in at De Nobili and depart for St. Moritz
  • Thursday, February 27, at 19:00          Return to TASIS

Snowboarding during MS Winter Adventure: Please take note that during MS Winter Adventure, beginner snowboarding classes will not be offered due to safety precautions. 

If you plan to take your child directly to the hotel in St. Moritz on February 24, please email your child’s advisor and Ms. Breton with the specific information at least one week before departure

If your child is a day student and needs to take medication during Winter Adventure, it is important that you talk to the advisor beforehand. Two school nurses will also be available on site. 

MS Spring Academic Travel for Grade 6: February 24–26

MS Academic Travel is part of the TASIS curriculum and is required for all 6th-grade students. This spring the students will visit Zurich. Please review the packing list.

  • Monday, February 24, at 9:15                 Check in at De Nobili and depart for Zurich
  • Wednesday, February 26, at 17:30          Return to TASIS
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