Only a generation of readers will spawn a generation of writers.
– Steven Spielberg
Reflections from the Headmaster
My First Night of “Dorm Duty”
Those of us who do not directly work in the Residential Life program mustn’t forget that hundreds of students call TASIS home for nine months out of the year. To remind myself, I shadowed Monticello Dorm Head Hope Schlicht on one of her duty nights. Due to a previous meeting, I was almost too late for check-in; like our students in similar situations, I had to present my excuse.
The girls in Monticello knew the routine: early check-in, study time, late check-in, free time, lights out. They flowed through their evening faithfully but not mechanically. Ms. Schlicht took the time to train me in dorm parenting basics: touring the dorm, touching base with the girls, and tending to the varied, emergent needs from room to room. In a group meeting with the Proctors, I learned about why the girls became Proctors in the first place: they wanted to help their classmates or admired Proctors who had helped them in the past.
At the end of the evening, Ms. Schlicht shared a survey with me that she had given the girls in preparation for my visit. “What word most accurately describes Monticello?” one of the questions asked. “Cozy,” “home,” and “family” were common answers.
Again, we mustn’t forget that hundreds of students call TASIS “home” for nine months out of the year. I am thankful that one edifying, gratifying evening reminded me, at least for a night, that hundreds of students do call TASIS home—and that it is a home they cherish. Thank you, Monticello!
– Headmaster Christopher Nikoloff
|February 7||ES Parent Coffee • Casa Fleming|
|February 7||Wine and Hors d'oeuvres Reception in Palmer Center • 18:00|
|February 12–16||International Week|
|February 22||ES Parent-Teacher Conferences|
|February 26–March 2||School closed for ES Winter Break; Academic Travel for MS and HS|
|March 9||Yearbook portrait retakes|
ES Parent Coffee on February 7
Ms. Cullen Hill invites all parents to the ES Parent Coffee on the morning of Wednesday, February 7, at 8:30 in Casa Fleming. Our topic will be Reading at Home, and we’ll be sharing ways to support your child’s reading development in any language!
Wine and Hors d'oeuvres Reception on February 7
Lynn Fleming Aeschliman, Chairman of the TASIS Board of Directors, and Christopher Nikoloff, Headmaster, cordially invite all TASIS parents to a Wine and Hors d'oeuvres Reception in the Palmer Center on Wednesday, February 7, from 18:00–19:30.
We hope you’ll join us for this exciting event, which will feature the renowned catering of Ivan & Masa of Milan and a presentation by Mr. Nikoloff on future campus developments.
Please RSVP to Yvonne Procyk by Friday, February 2, if you’d like to attend.
Memorial Mass for Mrs. Fleming on February 8
The entire TASIS community is welcome to attend a Memorial Mass held in memory of M. Crist Fleming at the Chiesa di Sant'Abbondio at 8:30 AM on Thursday, February 8.
TPA Potluck Lunch During International Week
The TPA invites all parents to bring a dish from their home country to the International Potluck Lunch on Wednesday, February 14. The lunch will take place during the various ES lunch periods from 11:45–13:45 in Hadsall and 10:50–12:00 in Focolare. The TPA is hoping to find more volunteers, particularly from Pre-K and Kindergarten.
If you have questions or would like to sign up to volunteer, please contact your room parent.
Carnevale on February 23
We will celebrate Carnevale on Friday, February 23. Children in Hadsall/Aurora can wear their costumes to school. Focolare children should bring their costumes to school and will change before the parade. More details will be provided later.
Reports Cards and Parent-Teacher Conferences
Please be aware that next week we will send an email when the Fall Semester report cards and the sign-up link for Parent-Teacher Conferences are available in the Parent Portal.
A Reminder from the Health and Wellness Center
We are in the midst of an unusually bad cold and flu season, and we would like to remind parents that they should keep their children at home if they are exhibiting any of the following symptoms:
- fever greater than 37.5 °C (100 °F)
- continuous coughing not relieved with cough medicine
- nasal congestion
- vomiting or diarrhea within the previous 24 hours
Viruses are spread when people come in close contact with sick people and inhale airborne contaminants or come in contact with contaminated surfaces.
Prevention is the key to spreading the viruses. The best prevention is to teach your children to wash their hands frequently with soap and water or hand sanitizer, especially before eating and after using the bathroom.
Other preventative measures include the following:
- covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue (dispose of the tissue afterward) or using an elbow or arm if no tissue is available
- not sharing drinks, food, or unwashed utensils
- getting plenty of rest, eating healthy foods, and drinking lots of water and healthy drinks (not soda)
- avoiding sick people and staying at home when sick
- disinfecting surfaces that are prone to germs, such phones, keyboards, and door knobs
We take the health of our students seriously and work hard to keep viruses from spreading, but we need your help and cooperation to be successful. Thank you!