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ES Weekly Bulletin | January 12, 2018
Posted 01/12/2018 02:00PM

"The soul is healed by being with children."

- Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Upcoming Events

February 7
ES Parent Coffee • Casa Fleming, 8:30
February 12–16
International Week
February 22
ES Parent-Teacher Conferences • 12:30–17:30
February 26–March 2
School closed for ES Winter Break; Academic Travel for MS and HS

A Message from the Head of Elementary

Dear Parents,

We hope you had a wonderful holiday break, and we are looking forward to the days ahead. With the very cold temperatures, please make sure your child has a warm coat, hat, and gloves. If your child would like to play in the snow, please have him or her wear snow pants and snow boots. We permit safe snow play but do not promote the throwing of snow at others. Please remind your children of this safety rule. If there are any weather-related issues that would cause a closure or delay of school, we will send an email the moment we are informed.

We are also entering a season sometimes wrought with sickness. We are working with the children on hand washing and proper sneezing etiquette. If your child is unable to attend school because of an illness, please let your classroom teacher know and indicate this in the Veracross system.

Report card writing is currently under way. Teachers are working together to provide you with a comprehensive report of your child. These reports will be sent through the Veracross system the week of February 5. You will have the opportunity to meet with your child's teacher on Thursday, February 22, and can discuss the report cards further. Of course, if you have any questions or concerns in the meantime, please contact your child's teacher.  

All the best,

Theresa Cullen Hill

La Scala Dance Troupe to Perform at TASIS Monday Night

On the evening of Monday, January 15, TASIS will host a return visit of six dancers from the Dance Troupe of Milan's La Scala Opera House. This troupe has visited TASIS numerous times, and its performances have always been very well-received by students and faculty members.

This year's performance will begin in the Palestra at 19:00 and will feature both modern and classical dance pieces, including Venice Carnival with music by Cesare Pugni; a "pas de deux" from Romeo and Juliet by Prokofiev; a piece from Il Corsaro with music by Adolphe Adam; "Memories of a Romance" by Bach; and a finishing dance with an homage to Gershwin.

This cultural event is required for all boarding students (who must be in dress code), and parents are also welcome to attend.

Spring Musicals Announced


High School Theater Director Valerie Carlson has announced that this year's High School Spring Musical will be Annie Get Your Gun, the classic American musical based on the life and legend of Wild West sharpshooter Annie Oakley and featuring songs by the incomparable Irving Berlin.

Annie Get Your Gun will be performed the weekend of March 16–18, with a special matinee geared towards families. More details will follow.

Elementary and Middle School Theater Director Matthew Frazier-Smith has announced that this year's Middle School Spring Musical will be Disney's Beauty and the Beast JR., which is based on the Academy Award-winning motion picture and the original Broadway production that ran for more than 13 years and was nominated for nine Tony Awards.

Beauty and the Beast JR. will be performed the weekend of May 18–20, with a special matinee performance included. More details will be shared later.

Mr. Frazier-Smith also announced that the Elementary School Spring Musical will be Cry Wolf, an original production written by Stephanie Figer, TJ Liquori, and Mikey Rosenbaum, three veteran members of the TASIS Summer Programs' Dedicated Performing Arts Team (DPAT).

Cry Wolf will be performed on Thursday, May 31, and on Friday, June 1. Details to follow.

Highlights From ES PSC Meeting on December 4

Topics discussed:

Content, quality, and pricing of after-school programs

  • The Administration will look into the current offerings and the price of after-school activities, possibly reformulating the athletic classes offered.

Communication with drivers of the shuttle buses

STEM/STEAM disciplines and TASIS curriculum

  • The ES is strongly committed to the STEM/STEAM programs, and the Administration feels that STEM/STEAM disciplines have sufficient exposure in the ES curriculum.
  • In the last few years, the ES has rolled out a one-to-one/take-home iPad program. For students in grades 2-5, science class time has increased to two science lab classes per week.
  • The Administration also reiterated that the ES has a robust art/music and drama program.

Touch-typing training for ES

  • Some homework in grades 4–5 must be typed on the student's iPad. The Administration will discuss this issue with homeroom teachers and possibly revisit the practice of assigning mandatory touch-typing homework, which is designed to help students prepare for Middle School.

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