HS Weekly Bulletin | January 31, 2020
Posted 01/27/2020 03:00PM

Your commitment now is to study and absorb as much wisdom as possible–you’re building your “war chest” against the day after university and maybe even after graduate study, when you go into battle in your own country, in international relations, in an international relief organization, or in education–to me, as you know, the most important of all professions, and the only way to win the race!

 

– M. Crist Fleming

Upcoming Events

Monday, February 3 No classes for HS and MS
Thursday, February 6 ES Open House • 8:30, Casa Fleming
Thursday, February 6 Parent-Board of Directors Social • 18:00, Resort Collina d’Oro
Friday, February 7 Memorial Mass for Mrs. Fleming • 8:00, Sant'Abbondio Church
Monday, February 10—Friday, February 14 International Week
Wednesday, February 12 HS Parent Coffee • 8:30, Casa Fleming
Saturday, February 22—Friday, February 28  Spring Academic Travel
Friday, March 6 Yearbook portrait retakes
Friday, March 27–Sunday, March 29 HS Spring Musical
Saturday, April 4–Sunday, April 19 All-School Spring Holiday

Coronavirus Update

Dear Parents,

As I'm sure many of you have seen, last night the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that the coronavirus is now a global health emergency. This situation continues to develop rapidly, so we advise you to refer to the following sources for the latest information:

We continue to track this situation very closely and are in regular contact with Healix, our risk management partner, which released the following statement last night:

We have raised our medical risk rating for China to HIGH due to an acceleration in reported cases of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV). The outbreak is centered in Wuhan (Hubei province); however, every region in the country has been affected. On January 30, the country experienced the largest single-day surge in reported cases; 7,800 confirmed cases have been reported and the virus has spread to at least 16 other countries. Reconsider the need to travel to China. Personnel in-country should urgently report any symptoms of fever, cough, sore throat, or breathing difficulties to their healthcare provider.

On a more positive note, we wish to inform you that the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) confirmed yesterday that there are no known cases of the virus in Switzerland. You can review the most recent statement released by the FOPH here.

The well-being of our community remains our top priority, and to that end we participated in a conference call with a number of other boarding schools in Switzerland in order to share best practices. All schools continue to monitor the situation closely and are taking a dynamic approach to this complex and changing picture, carefully following the health protocols established by the CDC and reinforced by the FOPH.

Medical professionals continue to reiterate that the best way to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses is to make sure to do the following:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer instead.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with those who are sick.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.

We kindly ask that you reinforce these protocols with your children, and please know that we will continue to update our community with any new developments. Pending further developments, we intend to proceed with classes as usual.

I wish you all a safe and healthy weekend, 

Christopher Nikoloff
Headmaster 


An Update from the Director of Institutional Advancement

Dear Parents,

On Monday evening in the Palmer Center, we hosted a constructive meeting with Collina d'Oro Mayor Sabrina Romelli and local residents of the community. This meeting was organized at the request of the comune with the objective of improving the relationship between the School and its neighbors and addressing some of the comune's concerns, such as the traffic caused by morning drop-off, afternoon pick-up, and regular service deliveries. Additional topics addressed included the future building projects outlined in our Master Plan, student behavior off campus, and other aspects of the School's impact on the community.

More than 100 community members attended the meeting, including several members of the TASIS Board, Administration, and Faculty. We were also grateful to have the support of TPA President Jennifer Hung-Zanarini and many other TASIS parents.

I opened the meeting by noting that I've spent more of my life here than in the United States, and that I have a deep affection for the Collina d'Oro and feel very fortunate to live here. I also made sure that the local residents in attendance understood how grateful we all feel to have our school in this beautiful location and that we appreciate all the support we receive from the community.

The conversations throughout the meeting were spirited and respectful, and the local residents clearly appreciated the invitation to be heard. We agreed to host these "town hall" meetings on a more regular basis to ensure that the dialogue between the School and our local neighbors remains open. 

We were also pleased that the mayor announced our initiative to expand our parking lot, which will alleviate some of the traffic issues, and build our new 55x37-meter Hydrofield. Now that we have received the necessary permits to proceed with both projects, we plan to begin construction on the expanded parking lot in late February.

We will need to close our current parking lot beginning on Monday, February 24, which will affect our drop-off and pick-up procedures beginning on Monday, March 2, the day classes resume after Spring Academic Travel. We will hold a special Parent Coffee in the Palmer Center from 8:30–9:30 AM on Wednesday, February 19, to discuss construction and transportation logistics. We strongly recommend that any parents who regularly drive to campus plan to attend this meeting.

We aim to have the new parking lot, a new basketball court, and a temporary pool completed by June, and the Hydrofield will be installed this summer. We are also very excited to add a beautiful synthetic ice rink to our campus later this winter.

Of course this construction inevitably leads to disruption, and we are sure to have our share of it in the coming months. But as our Headmaster appropriately noted in the parent appeal we sent earlier this year, it's impossible, at this moment, to imagine our Science Program without the state-of-the-art Campo Science Center, our Visual Arts Program without the Ferit ┼×ahenk Fine Arts Center, our Performing Arts Program without the John E. Palmer Cultural Center, and our Athletics and Physical Education programs without the Palestra. 

We thank you for your patience as we continue to enhance an incomparable Global Village that will serve our students for generations to come.

Sincerely,

Bill Eichner
TASIS Director of Institutional Advancement 


Three-Day Weekend for HS and MS

Classes will not be in session on Monday for the High School and Middle School, but the Elementary School will remain open. All three divisions will return to a regular schedule on Tuesday.


Student Activities Offered this Weekend

Activities for the long weekend include chips and homemade salsa in De Nobili on Friday evening, a ski trip on Saturday, a day trip to Milan or a ski trip on Sunday, and a shopping trip to Foxtown on Monday. Students should consult the HS Daily Bulletin for more details.


Join us at Resort Collina d’Oro Next Thursday

This is a final reminder that all TASIS parents are welcome to join us at the annual Parent-Board of Directors Social at the Resort Collina d'Oro on Thursday, February 6, beginning at 18:00 Please send an email to michelle.arslanian@tasis.ch by this Tuesday, February 4, if you would like to attend.


ES Open House Next Thursday

This is a reminder that we will host an Elementary School Open House for prospective families next Thursday, February 6, should you have any friends who are interested in learning more about TASIS. More information can be found in this article, and the registration page is available here


Memorial Mass for Mrs. Fleming

The annual memorial mass for TASIS Founder M. Crist Fleming will be held next Friday, February 7, at 8:00 AM at the Sant'Abbondio Church in Gentilino. The entire TASIS community is invited.


International Week Opens on February 10

International Week, a favorite annual TASIS tradition, will begin on Monday, February 10, and conclude on Friday, February 14. The week will include special events in all three divisions, including the all-school Parade of Flags, the Elementary School's International Showcase, the MS/HS World Cup Tournaments, and the High School International Food Fair. 

Please note that the Parade of Flags Assembly on Monday morning will be filmed and posted on the TASIS YouTube channel later that day. Due to limited space in the Palestra, parents are kindly asked not to attend this event.

See the full schedule of events below, and please contact International Week Coordinator Ms. Eleonora Pinton with any questions. 

Monday, February 10
Theme: Traditional Costume Day*

10:15–11:10: All-School Parade of Flags Assembly, Palestra
11:15–13:30: MS/HS Lunch: Mexican
13:05–13:40: MS World Cup Tournament, Palestra
16:00–17:30: HS World Cup Tournament, Palestra
17:45–19:00: MS/HS Dinner: Chinese

Tuesday, February 11
Theme: Swiss Flag Day*

11:15–13:30: MS/HS Lunch: Thai
12:45–13:45: MS World Cup Tournament, Palestra
16:00–17:30: HS World Cup Tournament, Palestra
14:30-15:30: TPA International Merenda (snack), Focolare (parents are welcome to attend)
17:45–19:00: MS/HS Dinner: Swiss Raclette

Wednesday, February 12
Theme: Sports Jersey Day*

11:00–13:30: TPA International Potluck Lunch, Hadsall (parents are welcome to attend)
11:15–13:30: MS/HS Lunch: American
12:45–13:45: MS World Cup Tournament, Palestra
15:25–15:55: MS International Assembly, Palmer Center
16:00–17:30: HS World Cup Tournament Finals, Palestra (ES students encouraged to attend)
17:45–19:00: MS/HS Dinner: Greek

Thursday, February 13
Theme: Flag Colors Day (HS and MS), Traditional Costumes (ES)*

8:30–10:00: ES International Showcase, Palmer Center
9:05–11:00: MS International Brunch, De Nobili
11:15–13:30: MS/HS Lunch: Italian
11:00–13:30: TPA International Potluck Lunch, Hadsall (parents are welcome to attend)
17:30–18:00: MS/HS Dinner: British
19:30–21:00: HS International Food Fair, De Nobili

Friday, February 14
Theme: USA Day (HS and MS), Flag Colors Day (ES)*

10:10–10:35: HS Closing Assembly, Palestra
11:15–13:30: MS/HS Lunch: Anglo-American
17:45–18:45: MS/HS Dinner: Moroccan

* Please note that students may choose to wear their regular school uniforms if they do not wish to participate in the themed dress-up day. 


Australia Wildfire Relief Donations

Between personal donations, Global Service Program donations, and funds raised at this week’s basketball game, TASIS has been able to send CHF 490 to WIRES Australian Wildlife Rescue Organisation and CHF 675 to Australian Red Cross. Thank you to all who contributed to this heartbreaking cause.


2020 Yearbook: Senior Tribute Pages

As in previous years, parents of seniors are invited to contribute a special tribute in the TASIS yearbook. Tributes usually contain photos and text (a poem or special message of congratulations, etc.). Parents interested in purchasing a whole-page, half-page, or quarter-page tribute are kindly requested to complete the Senior Tribute Page Form by February 22 with the content they would like included. Further instructions can be found on the form.


Athletics Update

Upcoming Games
February 6 Downhill skiing ISZL
February 8 Varsity Boys Basketball • NISSA Championships BSM
February 8 Varsity Girls Basketball • NISSA Championships TASIS
February 8 Varsity Badminton @ ASM ASM
Recent Results
January 27 Varsity Boys Basketball vs Viganello U20 Loss, 68–41
January 30 Varsity Badminton • NISSA Singles Win
See more details on the TASIS website.

TPA Eco-Conscious Fundraiser 

Order your personalized BPA-free, stainless steel refillable water bottle (500 ml) and support the TPA! Vibrant new spring colors have arrived! The name of your choice will be engraved on the bottle, making this a unique gift idea for all occasions!

To place an order, please send an email to tpa@tasis.ch and specify the color, text, and font (see examples below) you would like. All proceeds from this sale will go toward the TPA’s eco-conscious initiatives and TPA events. 


 

College Counseling News

12th Grade and PG

  • Updated “midyear” transcripts including Semester 1 grades have been submitted to all schools that require them. Students may continue to receive “reminders” to have midyear transcripts sent during the next two to three weeks as schools process the large number of documents received at this time of year. Such notices are not a cause for concern at this time, but we are always happy to answer any questions regarding the status of any application.
  • Seniors should continue to update their college counselor as they receive university decisions. Students are responsible for supplying decisions for all transcript requests submitted.

11th Grade

  • College Support Class has been added to all students’ schedules in Veracross
    • Students are assigned to one class per week.
    • Attendance is mandatory and will be reported.
    • All classes will take place in the College Counseling Office (De Nobili, above the Health Center)

  • The presentation from the 11th-grade parent meeting on January 21 can be found here
  • The Class of 2021 Junior Survey is now available in your Cialfo task list, "Getting Started for Grade 11!"
    • The deadline to complete the survey is January 31.
  • Please review the complete TASIS testing recommendations here.
    • It is recommended that all students take one SAT and one ACT in the spring of the junior year.

9th, 10th, and 11th Grades

  • 9th, 10th, and 11th Grade students who took the October 16 PSAT and provided a valid email address were notified via email from College Board to access their scores online. A PDF copy of the presentation from the PSAT Score Release assembly can be seen here.
  • If you have a problem accessing your scores, please see Mr. or Mrs. Birk in the College Counseling Office (above the Health Center in De Nobili) or write to college@tasis.ch. 

Standardized Testing Information:

  • Please review the 2019–2020 TASIS Standardized Testing Recommendations/Schedule
  • SAT test dates and registration deadlines for 2019–2020:
    • 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:
    • February 8
    • April 4 (during Spring Holiday—test available at other testing centers)
    • June 13 (school closed—test available at other testing centers)
  • SAT/ACT prep course offered at TASIS
    • March 21-22 and 28-29
    • For students interested in this preparation for the SAT and/or ACT tests, TASIS College Counseling recommends that students take this course in the spring of the11th grade and then revisit the course in the fall of 12th grade (at no additional cost).
    • This optional courseprepares students for both the SAT and ACT tests. For program details and to register for the course please visit asi-sat.com or email zmustafa@asi-sat.com. Informational videos are also available on the website under the subtitle “The ASI Difference.
  • TOEFL
    • Spring Semester Test dates:
      • February 15
      • March 7
      • April 25
      • May 16
    • Registration information and instructions, including the “bulk registration code” unique to each test date, will be sent from testcoordinator@tasis.ch when the registration period for each exam opens. TASIS students should register with the code, which is valid until 10 days before the exam. Registration during the 10 days prior to the exam is open to the public (including TASIS students) and can be done without a code. Please note that only 12 seats are available for each test administration. Early registration is encouraged.
  • Parents interested in receiving updates from College Board (SAT) and ACT can register by following these links: 
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