HS Weekly Bulletin | November 8, 2019
Posted 11/03/2019 02:00PM


All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players.

– William Shakespeare

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, November 13 TPA Smoothie & Juice Bar • 9:30–12:00, outside Snack Bar
Friday–Sunday, November 15–17 HS Fall Play: A Christmas Carol (reserve seats)
Wednesday, November 20 HS Parent Coffee • 8:30, Casa Fleming
Saturday, November 23 Yoga Marathon • 9:00–16:30, Palestra Dance Studio (register)
Tuesday, November 26 Sweet November Dance Company performance • 18:30, Palmer Center (register)
Friday, November 29 Thanksgiving Holiday (no classes)
Friday, December 6  TPA Holiday Market and Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony • 16:30
Sunday, December 8 All-School Christmas Service • 15:15, San Nicolao della Flüe, Lugano-Besso
Wednesday, December 18 Last day of classes before Winter Holiday
Thursday, December 19 Dormitories close at 16:00

Student Activities Offered this Weekend

This weekend’s activities include a trip to Ponte Tresa for sushi on Friday evening, Christmas shopping in Milan or a trip to Splash and Span on Saturday afternoon, and a shopping trip at Foxtown on Sunday.

Weekend activities are open to all day and boarding students. Students should consult the HS Daily Bulletin for sign-up information and more details about each activity. 

TPA Smoothie & Juice Bar on Wednesday

The TPA will be selling fresh, nutritious smoothies and juices outside the Snack Bar on Wednesday, November 13, from 9:30 AM–12:00 PM. Fight that morning sluggishness with a delicious smoothie or fresh juice! All proceeds from this fundraiser will go toward TPA-sponsored events and activities for our students and community. 

Parents, the TPA is looking for volunteers! Please send an email to tpa@tasis.ch if you would like to help out at this event.  

High School Fall Play Opens Next Friday!

Join us as we kick off the winter holiday season with the theatrical production of Charles Dickens’s world-famous A Christmas Carol. In the tale, miserly, mean-spirited Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by three spirits who take him backwards, forwards, and sideways in time to try to teach him the values of compassion and empathy. The production stays faithful to Dickens’s story, filling the stage with colorful characters, music and dance, ghosts and spirits, and an author whose love of life and humanity provokes us to seek out the best in ourselves.

Director Valerie Bijur Carlson and Assistant Director Matthew Frazier-Smith have put together a tremendous cast and crew that not only feature High School thespians in acting, design, tech, and stage management roles but also include several young actors from the Middle and Elementary Schools. Learn more on the TASIS Blog.

A Christmas Carol will premiere in the Palmer Center on Friday, November 15, at 19:30 and will also be performed Saturday at 19:30 and Sunday at 14:30.

Seats are filling up quickly, so be sure to reserve yours now!

Reserve your seats

Yoga Marathon on November 23: Register Now

The second annual TASIS Yoga Marathon will take place on Saturday, November 23, from 9:00–16:30. This community-building event will include five yoga sessions—each featuring a different style of yoga with a first-rate instructor—and a raffle with a number of exciting prizes. 

All proceeds will go toward Serving Southern Africa, an Opsahl Global Service Program group that spends two weeks each June serving rural and urban communities in Zambia—helping the elderly, volunteering at a local preschool, assisting with the provision of medication at a local hospital, planting trees, holding art workshops for street children, and transforming the community through service.

To register and see the full schedule of events for this year’s Yoga Marathon, visit tasis.ch/yogamarathon.

Sweet November Dance Company to Perform on November 26

TASIS's own Sweet November Dance Company (SNDC) will present its annual fall showcase, Take Flight, on Tuesday, November 26, from 18:30–19:15 in the Palmer Cultural Center. The performance will include contemporary, hip hop, jazz, and aerial dance. Reserve your seats before it’s too late!

This enthusiastic company is made up of TASIS High School students who dedicate their Sunday afternoons to learning company ensemble works from contemporary to hip hop dance numbers. Take Flight will feature work from two guest choreographers, Jordine Cornish (Tel Aviv) and Alessia della Casa (Lugano), and will include original works choreographed by both students and faculty members. The company, directed by Ms. Julie Frazier-Smith, will be joined on stage by dancers from the TASIS Faculty, Middle School, and Elementary School, and ballerina-themed artwork created by Elementary School students will be exhibited in the Palmer Center lobby. Please come join the dance celebration of the season and make your November a little sweeter!

Reserve Your Seats

Watch Sweet November Dance Company’s most recent performance here, and see photos on the TASIS SmugMug page.

A Letter Regarding the 2019 Christmas Service 

Dear Parents,

Please be advised of the following details about the 2019 Christmas Service.

Rehearsal Schedule on December 4
There will be a mandatory rehearsal for all participants at the church on Wednesday, December 4.

  • ES Choir students will leave campus at 12:30.
  • MS first semester Music students and MS Choir students will leave campus at 12:45.
  • HS Choir and Instrumental Ensemble students will leave at 12:45. 

Transport to and from the San Nicolao Church will be coordinated by Ms. Simone Aeschliman.

Details are as follows:

  • ES students will return to campus by 14:15 in time for their after-school activities and shuttles home.
  • MS first-semester music students will return to campus at 14:40 in time for their last class, after-school activities, and shuttles home. Please see the altered schedule for this day below.
  • HS and MS Choir and instrumental students will continue rehearsing with the orchestra until 16:00.
  • MS and HS Choral singers will be taken by bus to the Villa Principe Leopoldo to sing for a Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony that begins at 17:00.
  • Instrumentalists will return to school by 16:30.
  • HS recreational sports are canceled that afternoon. HS day students who wish to return home directly from the Villa Principe Leopoldo must obtain permission from their parents, who must advise both Ms. Samantha Forrest and Mr. KC McKee.

Christmas Service Schedule for Performers: Sunday, December 8

12:15               Students must be in the main TASIS parking lot.

12:30               All participants—singers, musicians, and readers—will be taken by bus from TASIS to church. 

13:00–14:45    Final rehearsal in the church

15:15–16:15     Christmas Service

16:15                Dismissal for all students except for performers

16:15–16:45     Reception in the Reception Hall following the service for parents, friends, and performers

17:00               Dismissal from the church (performers return to campus by 17:15)

Day families: Please note that day student performers must travel to the church with the School. If day students wish to depart after the service with their families, they must inform their music teacher by Thursday, November 28.

Please contact your divisional teacher or Ms. Simone Aeschliman with any questions or concerns.

Thank you, and happy holidays!

Ms. Simone Aeschliman (simone.aeschliman@tasis.ch – Cultural Events Coordinator)
Samantha Forrest (samantha.forrest@tasis.ch – High School Music Teacher)
Yara Abu Er Rubb (yara.rubb@tasis.ch – Middle School Music Teacher)
Melody Tibbits Zanecchia (melody.tibbits@tasis.ch – Elementary School Music Teacher)

Volunteers Needed for TPA Holiday Market on December 6 

The TPA has begun organizing this year’s Holiday Market, which will be held at TASIS on Friday, December 6. They had their first planning meeting this week and are excited to get started! If you are interested in volunteering for this annual community-building event, please send an email to tpa@tasis.ch.

Athletics Update

Upcoming Contests
Date Event Location
November 8–9 Varsity Boys Rugby • NISSA Le Rosey
November 9 Varsity Girls Volleyball • NISSA TASIS Palestra
November 9 Varsity Girls Soccer • NISSA ASM
November 9 Varsity Cross Country • ESC  TASIS Grotto Course
November 14–17 Varsity Boys Soccer • ESC SJS (Portugal)
November 14–16 Varsity Girls Soccer • ESC BIS
November 14–16 Varsity Girls Volleyball • ESC ISZL
November 14–16 Varsity Boys Volleyball • ESC BBIS
Please refer to the Athletics Calendar for more details.


Recent Results
November 4 Varsity Boys Soccer • SGIS 5th Place
November 2 Varsity Boys Volleyball • SGIS 4th Place
November 2 Varsity Girls Soccer • SGIS 4th Place
October 22 Varsity Cross Country • NISSA 1st Place
October 21 JV Girls Volleyball vs. ASM Win
October 19 Varsity Boys Volleyball • NISSA 2nd Place

TPA October Newsletter 

Please click here to view the TPA’s October Newsletter, and please send an email to tpa@tasis.ch if you are on the TPA mailing list and did not receive this newsletter OR if you would like the TPA to add you to its mailing list. 

College Counseling News

The IB and College Counseling Offices have a new home in De Nobili, above the Health Center!

A PDF of the PowerPoint presentation that was delivered at the 10th-Grade Parent Meeting on October 10 can be found here.

Parents interested in receiving updates from College Board (SAT) and ACT can register by following these links: 

Upcoming College Representative Visits:

Standardized Testing Information:

  • Please review the2019–2020 TASIS Standardized Testing Recommendations/Schedule
  • SAT test dates and registration deadlines for 2019–2020:
    • November 2—Subject Tests ONLY, and please note that Language Subject Tests with Listening will not be offered again until May 2021 (Registration deadline: Oct 3)
    • December 7 (Registration deadline: Nov 8)
    • March 14—SAT ONLY/NO Subject Tests (Registration deadline: Feb 14)
    • May 2 (Registration deadline: April 3)
    • June 6—Subject Tests ONLY (Registration deadline: May 8)
  • ACT test dates and registration deadlines for 2019–2020:
    • December 14 (Registration deadline: Nov 22)
    • February 8 (Registration deadline: Jan 17)
    • April 4 (during Spring Holiday—test available at other testing centers)
    • June 13 (school closed—test available at other testing centers)
  • TOEFL Fall Semester test dates:
    • December 7
    • Registration information and instructions will be sent from testcoordinator@tasis.ch when the registration period for each exam opens. TASIS is a closed test center, and a registration code is required.
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