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MS Weekly Bulletin | January 24, 2020
Posted 01/24/2020 10:00AM


The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding.


-Leonardo da Vinci

Upcoming Events

Friday, January 24–Sunday, January 26 Winter Art Exhibition • Palmer Center
Friday, January 24 TPA Used Uniform Sale • Palmer Center lobby, 14:30–17:30
Monday, January 27 Comune Meeting • Palmer Center, 20:00
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 ES Open House • 8:30, Casa Fleming
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 grades 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.

Novel Coronavirus Outbreak

Dear Parents,

As I’m sure most of you are aware, Chinese authorities identified a cluster of novel coronavirus 2019-nCoV infections in Wuhan City, China, in late December. We are tracking this situation closely and have consulted with Healix, our risk management partner, which is currently advising an increased level of caution when traveling to or from any part of China. The Chinese government initially advised against traveling to and from the Wuhan region before taking the further step of placing the city under lockdown on Thursday.

This is a developing situation, so we strongly recommend that any students or families planning to travel to China for the upcoming New Year celebrations seek the latest travel advice before doing so. Please refer to this Rapid Risk Assessment from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control for more information.


Christopher Nikoloff

Academics: Second Semester and Schedule Changes

The Fall Semester ended today, January 24. Report cards will be available on or before Veracross as of Monday, February 3.

Students in semester classes will switch on Monday, January 27. American Section students will switch Art and Music classes. Italian Section students will change days that Scrittura and Arte classes meet. All other section or class moves are handled on an individual basis, and students have already been informed of any changes.

Winter Art Exhibition Opens Today

We welcome you to join us at the Winter Art Exhibition, which opens in the Palmer Center today 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 This Afternoon

A Message from the TASIS Parent Association:

Have you noticed that upon returning from the Holiday break, your child has outgrown everything? Why spend more money buying new winter uniform items that will not last until next year? Instead stop by our Used Uniform Sale in the Palmer Center lobby this afternoon from 14:30–17:30 to pick up all the transitional pieces you need! Buying pre-owned clothing is eco-friendly, and this recycling system helps everyone in the community! 

Comune Meeting at TASIS on Monday

Many of you may have recently received the above invitation in your mailboxes. Please note that this “Incontro con la scuola TASIS” meeting was initiated by the Collina d’Oro comune and will be held on the TASIS campus in the Palmer Center on Monday, January 27, at 20:00. We very much welcome all parents who live on the Collina d’Oro to participate. Thank you for your understanding and support of TASIS!

MS Meeting For Grade 5 Parents

A meeting for parents of 5th-grade students dedicated to the ES-MS transition was held in the Belvedere Salon this past Wednesday evening. Here is the presentation from the meeting.


MS Assemblies and Advisor Meetings

The MS Assembly on Wednesday, January 22, was led by MS Technical Coordinator Ms. Bloodworth and was devoted to Digital Awareness. The theme was online relationships, and two important questions were discussed:

  • How do we chat safely with people we meet online?
  • How does social media affect our relationships? 

Here is the full presentation from the Assembly.

This assembly was followed up with an activity during Thursday's advisor meetings. Grade 6 students discussed the topic of chatting safely online. Grades 7–8 students were asked to reflect on social media life.

Technology and Digital Awareness will be a topic at the MS Parent Book Club meeting on Tuesday, March 10. See detailed information below.

MS Parent Book Club Meeting on March 10 

Middle School parents are welcome to take part in a Parent Book Club conversation dedicated to Technology and Digital Awareness. Building up community awareness can help us and our students avoid exposure to inappropriate social behavior online. Parents are invited to read Nancy Jo Sales’s American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers, a book chosen by TASIS parents that addresses parents of both boys and girls. 

All parents are then invited to participate in an open conversation on Tuesday, March 10, from 14:30–15:45 in Casa Fleming. Ms. Bloodworth and ES Instructional Technology Coordinator Mr. Venchus will participate in the meeting to share their points of view and experiences. Please confirm your attendance by sending an email to the MS TPA coordinators or

Other Upcoming MS Parent Meetings 

AP/IB Programs and College Counseling on February 5
Please join us in Monticello 1-2 and Palmer on Wednesday, February 5, from 19:30–20:30 to discuss the AP/IB Program and College Counseling in the High School.

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 Parent Coffees this semester:

  • 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. 
  • Wednesday, April 1, 8:30–9:30, Casa Fleming (MS-HS transition meeting for 8th-grade parents, with HS Administration Team)
  • Wednesday, April 29, 8:30–9:30, Casa Fleming (Topic: MS Digital Citizenship, with Ms. Bloodworth)

TASIS Board of Directors

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!

Memorial Mass for Mrs. Fleming on February 7

The annual memorial mass for TASIS Founder M. Crist Fleming will be held on Friday, February 7, at 8:00 AM at the Sant'Abbondio Church in Gentilino. The entire TASIS community is invited to attend.

After-School Sports and Activities

MS Ski and Snowboard Club: The third outing will be on Sunday, February 9. The last one will be on February 16. Details will be shared in the next MS Bulletin. 

Athletics Update

Recent Results
Date Event Location Results
January 17–18 Boys Basketball • SGIS Tournament CDL 4th place
Upcoming Contests
Date Event Location
January 30 Boys Basketball @ ASM ASM
January 30 Girls Basketball @ ASM ASM
February 6 Downhill Skiing ISZL
Please refer to the Athletics Calendar for more details.

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.

There will also be themed lunch and dinners in De Nobili for MS and HS students every day of that week.

Parade of Flags: Please note that due to limited space in the Palestra, parents are kindly asked not to attend the Parade of Flags on Monday. (The event will be filmed and posted on the TASIS YouTube channel afterward.)

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. 

AS Turbo: last year’s MS World Cup Champions

MS World Cup/Soccer Tournament: The Poverty Awareness Service Learning Group will be hosting the eighth MS International Week Football Cup Monday–Wednesday, February 10–12. Join us as students from all over the world come together once again in the spirit of healthy competition and good sportsmanship! 

Each team must meet the following requirements:

  • At least one girl and one boy on the court at any time
  • At least two nationalities represented
  • A total of 5–7 players 
  • All players must be used in every game

Registration fees are CHF 5 per player and must be paid to 8th-grade student Tommaso Danisi by Monday, February 3. The winning team will have its name inscribed on our official trophy and receive a special prize. All proceeds will support our chosen beneficiary, Gram Vikas, an organization that works with rural communities in India. Students who have questions should see Mr. Tripps or Mr. Shelley or any student in the Poverty Awareness Service Learning group. There will be a great bake sale, too. Come, eat treats, and cheer on your classmates!

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. 

TPA Volunteers Needed for International Week!

Calling all parents to bring typical homemade dishes that share and celebrate your child’s heritage! Volunteers are also needed to serve these brunch dishes on Thursday, February 13, at De Nobili from 9:00–11:00. This is a fabulous opportunity to get involved in International Week, a wonderful TASIS tradition! Please contact MS Coordinators Marianne Odjfell and Maria Popova to sign up!

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 asked to wear a piece of clothing or an accessory that is red. 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. 

Please note that there will be a Valentine’s box in Ms. Svetlana Koreshkova’s office from Monday–Friday, February 10–14. All messages from the box will be delivered to their addressee during the MS Valentine's Celebration. Please write your name on the card along with the name of the person to whom the message should be delivered. Don’t forget to send your best wishes and surprise your friends on this special day!

MS Service Learning News

Hope and Homes for Children (Romania): Bake Sale on January 31

Recently 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. Last week, five new sets of recycling bins were set in front of Belvedere, the Snack Bar, de Nobili, Hadsall, and Focolare. E-Club students prepared this presentation in order to instruct MS students on recycling and the proper use of the bins during Monday’s advisor block this week. 

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

TPA Eco-Conscious Fundraiser 

Order your personalized BPA-free, stainless steel refillable water bottle (500 ml) and support the TPA! Vibrant new spring colors have arrived! The name of your choice will be engraved on the bottle, making this a unique gift idea for all occasions!

To place an order, please send an email to and specify the color, text, and font (see examples below) you would like. All proceeds from this sale will go toward the TPA’s eco-conscious initiatives and TPA events. 

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