A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it.
– George A. Moore
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
|Monday, February 5||No school for MS/HS|
|Monday, February 12–Friday, February 16||International Week|
|Wednesday, February 14||HS Parent Coffee|
|Saturday, February 24–Friday, March 2||Spring Academic Travel|
|Friday, March 9||Yearbook portrait retakes|
|Thursday, March 15–Saturday, March 17||HS Spring Musical|
|Sunday, March 25–Sunday, April 8||Spring Break|
TOEFL Test Tomorrow
A TOEFL test will be administered tomorrow morning in Rezzonico (the building at the back of the parking lot next to Hadsall). Students should arrive by 7:45 and must bring their passports. Boarding students need to pick up their passports from Reception in De Nobili before 17:00 today.
College Counseling News for Students in Grades 10, 11, 12, and PG
A representative from The American University of Paris will visit on Tuesday, February 6, at 15:45 in the College Counseling Office. Interested students in grades 10, 11, 12, and PG should register via Naviance if they’d like to attend the meeting.
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.
Portrait Retake Day
Portrait retake day will be held on Friday, March 9, in the MCF Library for the students and faculty/staff who did not have their portrait taken in October. This photo will be used in the Yearbook, in Veracross, and in the faculty/staff directory, so it’s very important that students remember to go.
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 of day students 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!
|Upcoming Athletic Contests|
|February 3||Junior Varsity Girls Basketball • SGIS Tournament||ISZL|
|February 3||Varsity Badminton • ESC Singles and Doubles||Palestra, TASIS campus|
|February 7||Varsity Badminton • NISSA||Palestra, TASIS campus|
|February 8||Varsity Girls Basketball vs. American School Milan||Palestra, TASIS campus|
|Recent Athletic Results|
|January 31||Junior Varsity Girls Basketball vs. U17 Cassarate||L: 15-25|
|January 30||Varsity Boys Basketball vs. ISMilan||W: 51-40|
|January 30||Downhill Skiing||Champion: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place|
|January 29||Varsity Swimming||3rd Place, 200m Freestyle|