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HS Weekly Bulletin | December 8, 2017
Posted 12/08/2017 02:00PM

I remember standing here seven years ago, dreaming and praying that we would partner with an elite institution like The American School in Switzerland.

- Andy Cunningham, Co-founder of WISER


Upcoming Events

Sunday, December 10
All-School Christmas Service
Friday, December 15
Last day of classes before Winter Holiday
Saturday, December 16
Dormitories close
Saturday, January 6
Dormitories open for boarding students
Monday, January 8
Classes resume

Last Bulletin of 2017

Please note that we will not be sending a bulletin next week. The Christmas Holiday begins on Friday, December 15, and classes will resume on Monday, January 8. Our next weekly bulletin will be sent on Friday, January 12.

Please also note that dormitories will close at 17:00 on Saturday, December 16, and reopen at noon on Saturday, January 6. We wish everyone a wonderful holiday season!


Magnificent Seven Announced

Each fall and spring, the High School holds a special assembly to honor seven students who exemplify the qualities the School refers to as the Magnificent Seven. These timeless virtues—Integrity, Respect, Responsibility, Compassion, Humility, Service, and Vision—are character traits that were of utmost importance to founder M. Crist Fleming and continue to be highly valued by the TASIS community today.

The fall selections are determined by nominations made by the faculty. Congratulations to the following well-deserving recipients!

Integrity: Ilay Kiriaty '18
Dealing honestly with each other and ourselves, and honoring our commitments

Respect: Enzo Allanson '21
Demonstrating an appreciation of the dignity of each human being and the beauty of the natural world

Responsibility: Lauren Riba '19
Being accountable for our own actions; not blaming others for our mistakes or taking credit for another's achievements; upholding obligations to others

Compassion: Mouna Loueke '19
Treating others in a kind and caring way

Humility: Josh Hassan '20
Acknowledging our weaknesses and learning from them

Service: Alex Secilmis '19
Dedicating ourselves to making a positive contribution to our community and world

Vision: Aurelia Dochnal '19
Making sacrifices in the present to build a better future


TPA Holiday Market Raises More than CHF 3300 for Service Learning Program

Thank you to the TPA and to everyone who attended last Friday's wonderful Holiday Market and Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. Thanks to the TPA, many student and faculty volunteers, and a supportive community, the event raised more than CHF 3300 for the Service Learning Program!

A message from TPA President Laura Colombo:

Dear TASIS Community,

As TPA President, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all parents involved in TPA activities. We are working so hard—with passion— and respecting each other as we always think about what is good for the students and for the entire School.

The TPA team is big, which is great! We have organized many events, and many times we have asked for help from students. I can say that they have worked so hard, and we have learned a lot from each other.

The TPA supported the TASIS Service Learning Program by donating tables for the Holiday Market. Students and their team leaders demonstrated strong responsibility as they managed sales at the event, and we achieved our goal of raising CHF 3,000 to invest in charitable projects. Great job, guys!

This week we also had the TPA Faculty and Staff Appreciation Panettone to demonstrate our thanks to all the people who inspire our students with passion and help them develop a curiosity for learning every single day at school.

Now it is time for my family and me to wish you a Merry Christmas and a joyous holiday season!

Best wishes,

Laura Colombo


WISER Co-Founder Andrew Cunningham Returns to TASIS

Andrew Cunningham, who last visited TASIS seven years ago when he was seeking a partner for the WISER Girls Secondary School—a pioneering boarding school in Muhuru Bay, Kenya, that he co-founded in 2006—returned to campus on November 30 to address High School, Middle School, and Elementary School students and meet with the current members of the WISER Global Service Program group.

Read about Mr. Cunningham's visit on the TASIS Blog.


Cultural Events at TASIS and Beyond

Coordinated by Simone Aeschliman, the TASIS Cultural Events Program provides valuable cultural opportunities both on and off campus that are geared toward aspiring student artists.

On Thursday, November 30, members of the junior class were treated to an outstanding concert in the Palmer Center performed by two accomplished Italian artists: jazz pianist Enrico Intra and classical pianist Carlo Balzaretti. Learn more on the TASIS Blog.

On Sunday, December 3, 33 Theater, Music, and Culture Salon students and their teachers took an amazing trip to Zurich to see the acclaimed musical Wicked. In addition to seeing the excellent professional production, students had the opportunity to visit the tech booth and get an overview of the complexities of the sound and lights cues for the show.  All were thrilled and grateful to have been able to have a world-class musical theater experience as part of their TASIS education!


Join Us for the Christmas Service on December 10

Mrs. Lynn Fleming Aeschliman, Chairman of the Board, and Mr. Christopher Nikoloff, Headmaster, cordially invite you to the annual TASIS Christmas Service at the church of San Nicolao della Flüe, Via al Colle, Lugano-Besso, on Sunday, December 10, at 15:30.

The Service will feature performances from the ES, MS, HS, and Faculty Choirs; the TASIS Orchestra; and members of the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana.

There will be a reception following the Service for parents, friends, and performers.


No Dress Code Day on December 15 for Moldova EcoVisio

The Moldova EcoVisio Global Service Program group will be sponsoring a No Uniform Day on Friday, December 15. Bracelets will be available for CHF 5 until next Friday morning, at which point the price will rise to CHF 10. All funds raised will help support EcoVisio, which focuses on Education for Sustainable Development, Peace and Transformative Leadership, Social Entrepreneurship and Green Economy, Rural Development and Tourism, Trees and Organic Agriculture, Waste Management, and Eco-Construction and Energy.


Recommended Taxi Service for TASIS Students

In our ongoing effort to make sure our students are as safe as possible, we have been researching local taxi services in the area. While we cannot force students to use a particular service, we recommend that they use Nuovo TAXI Lugano, which has a strong reputation and requires all its drivers to undergo background checks before they are hired. We ask you to encourage your children to use Nuovo TAXI and to avoid hiring private drivers who are not vetted by a parent company.

Public buses are also a safe, efficient, and economical way to travel around Lugano, and there is a bus stop right outside the main entrance to campus. Students can check timetables at https://www.postauto.ch/en and purchase tickets at Reception in De Nobili.


Security Reminder: Pick-Up Passes Must Be Displayed

We ask that you please make sure to display your pick-up pass in the windshield of your car any time you pick students up on the main TASIS campus. Our new security company, Gruppo Sicurezza, has reported that many drivers do not have their passes out when they enter the parking lot.

Thank you for your collaboration in helping us make this daily event safer and more efficient for our community. If you have any questions or would like to request a new pick-up pass, please email Sara Soncina.

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