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MS Weekly Bulletin | March 6, 2020
Posted 03/06/2020 09:00AM

Success is not final; failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.

– Winston Churchill

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, March 11 MS Parent Coffee • 8:30, Casa Fleming
Tuesday, March 24 Shadow Day for grade 5 (MS) and grade 8 (HS)
Friday, March 27–Sunday, March 29 HS Spring Musical: Singin’ in the Rain
Saturday, April 4–Sunday, April 19 All-School Spring Holiday
Thursday, May 14–Sunday, May 17 Spring Arts Festival
Friday, May 15—Sunday, May 17 MS Spring Musical: Alice in Wonderland, JR.
Tuesday, May 26–Wednesday, May 27 ES Spring Musical: Out of the Woods
Saturday, May 30 HS Commencement Ceremony
Tuesday, June 9 MS Moving-Up Ceremony
Please refer to for a more detailed look at upcoming events.

MS Assemblies and Advisor Meetings

The MS After-School Program Winter Term Awards Ceremony was held on Wednesday, March 4. Congratulations to the well-deserving award recipients:

CHOIR Caroline Titland (Excellence)
Adam Al Askari (Dedication)
GLASS PAINTING Kyla Bodnar (Perseverance And Improvement Award)
DANCE Jaya Bruera (Excellence)
MS MUSICAL Antara Stromayer (Commitment)
Patrick Camargo (Performance)
Caroline Titland (Performance)
ROBOTICS Teamwork:
  • Serafina Ballerini
  • Jaya Bruera
  • Mariaurora Rosso 
  • Madalena De Sousa Lopes E Costa Felix
  • Olivia Canga
INDOOR SOCCER Denis Voevodin (Passion)
Kyla Bodnar (Commitment)
Tommaso Danisi (Most Valuable Player)
GIRLS BASKETBALL Sarah McClellan (Most Valuable Player)
Giulia Mondin (Coaches' Award)
Anna Trofimova (Passion Award)

Pedro Frascogna (Most Valuable Player)
Kai Lim (Most Valuable Player)
Michael Maffe (Most Improved Player)
Alex Nikoloff (Most Improved Player)

SKI/SNOWBOARD CLUB Delaney McKee (Most Enthusiastic Skier)
Alex Nikoloff (Most Committed Snowboarder)
Sergey Bektashev (Coaches' Choice)

Spring After-School Sports and Activities
began on Tuesday, March 3, and will end on Friday, May 22. The list of activities, locations, times, and student names is posted in Belvedere.

At the end of Wednesday’s assembly, the MS Student Council gave an informative presentation about the coronavirus and discussed how to take precautions.

During the Advisor block on Thursday, March 5, students had their follow-up Academic Travel and Winter Adventure meetings. The students shared their best memories, provided feedback about their trips, and watched a slideshow with photos and videos of memorable moments.

MS Parent Book Club Meeting: Change of Date 

Please note that the Parent Book Club meeting originally scheduled for Tuesday, March 10, has been postponed until after the Spring Holiday. The date is to be determined.

General information about the Parent Book Club
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. Ms. Bloodworth and ES Instructional Technology Coordinator Mr. Venchus will participate in the meeting to share their points of view and experiences. 

Upcoming MS Parent Coffee

The next MS Parent Coffee will be held on the morning of Wednesday, March 11, and will be led by Ms. Hauenstein.

During next week’s assembly and advisor meetings, students will discuss the importance of staying calm and positive in the face of uncertainty and challenge. During the MS Parent Coffee, Ms. Hauenstein will share this information with parents and offer some strategies that can help them cope with the uncertainty and anxiety surrounding the coronavirus. Topics will include the mind/body connection, resilience,  and self-care. Ms. Hauenstein looks forward to seeing you soon.

Transition Meetings and Activities

This year’s Shadow Day will be held on Tuesday, March 24. 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 5th-grade Transition Service Learning group will host the annual Shadow Day activities and assembly for our 5th graders.

8th-Grade Parent Meeting with HS Administration Team
An MS Parent Coffee devoted to the 8th-to-9th-grade transition will be held on Wednesday, April 1, from 8:30–9:30 in Casa Fleming.

EAL Film Program: Final Sessions on March 27–28

Students in Ms. Guarnieri Rosso’s Introduction to MS Academic English class are required to attend their final film sessions on Friday, March 27, from 15:30–17:30 and on Saturday, March 28, from 10:00–12:00. They will be watching Alice in Wonderland.

MS Spring Academic Travel and Winter Adventure 

MS students are back to the classrooms this week after an amazing winter adventure experience in St. Moritz and a trip to Zurich that was full of discoveries. Some seventh and eighth graders skied for the first time in St. Moritz while others discovered the fun of horse sleigh riding and movie-making with their schoolmates. Our sixth graders visited Zurich and got a chance to explore the old city together and do numerous scientific experiments at the Technorama Museum. 

Enjoy photo galleries from MS Winter Adventure for Grades 7 and 8 and Academic Travel in Zurich for Grade 6. 

Academic Travel/Winter Adventure 2020-2021: MS Academic Travel, a core part of the MS Curriculum and the TASIS experience, is required for all students at TASIS. The 2020–2021 Academic Travel dates for Middle School are as follow:

  • October 26–28: Fall Academic Travel for all 6th, 7th, and 8th Graders
  • February 22–24: Academic Travel for Grade 6
  • February 24–25: Winter Adventure for Grade 7 and 8

Service Learning News

Cometa Service Learning Group: No-Uniform Day on March 20
The Cometa Service Learning group will hold a "Spring Spirit" No-Uniform Day on Friday, December 20. The bracelets will cost CHF 5, and with an additional 2 francs students can have a nice package of treats! Proceeds will go to fund a scholarship for a Cometa student in need. 

Located in Como, this unique charity home serves as a community of families involved in temporary or permanent adoption. Cometa also teaches manual/practical jobs to high schoolers who have found traditional schools challenging or have a big interest in learning manual jobs. MS students in the Cometa SL group have been introduced to this extraordinary institution, and they are enthusiastic to help. For further information, do not hesitate to contact Ms. Avaldi, visit the Cometa website, or read this article. 

Reserve Your Seats for the HS Spring Musical

Rehearsals are in full swing for this year’s High School Spring Musical, Singin’ in the Rain, which will premiere in the Palmer Center on Friday, March 27, at 19:30. Additional shows will be performed in the Palmer Center on Saturday, March 28, at 19:30 and on Sunday, March 29, at 14:30.

See recent rehearsal photos on the TASIS SmugMug page, and reserve your seats at before it’s too late!

Coronavirus Information on TASIS Website

As noted in the email we sent yesterday, we have added a Coronavirus Information page to the TASIS website. There you will find an archive of our recent communications, a current list of our protocols and policies, and a collection of links to expert resources. We will continue to update this page as needed.

Personalized Water Bottles for Sale

Order a personalized, BPA-free, stainless steel water bottle (500 ml) to help the TPA carry out its goals! See the graphic below for more details, and if you would like to place an order, please send an email to with the color, name, and font you would like. Proceeds from this sale will go toward TPA eco-conscious initiatives and TPA events. 

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