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ES Weekly Bulletin | May 4, 2018
Posted 05/04/2018 11:00AM

The beauty of mathematics only shows itself to more patient followers.

– Maryam Mirzakhani

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, May 8 All-ES field trips
Friday, May 11 Cambodia ES FUNdraiser • 16:00–20:15
Wednesday, May 16 ES Parent Coffee for parents of students entering grade 1 • 8:30, Focolare
Tuesday, May 15 “Music Without Borders” Concert • Palazzo dei Congressi, 20:00
Tuesday, May 15–Sunday, May 20 Spring Arts Festival
Friday, May 18–Sunday, May 20 MS Musical • Palmer Center
Thursday, May 31–Friday, June 1 ES Musical • Palmer Center

All-ES Field Trips on May 8

Our second academic field trip of the year will be on Tuesday, May 8, with all students in grades Pre-K through 5 participating. We are using the Veracross system to verify student information and seek permission for the trip. If you have not done so, please go to your Parent Portal in Veracross and complete the sign-up form. Please ensure the passport and Swiss ID numbers are accurate.

Where are we going? We have some new and wonderful trips planned. Our trips relate to our curriculum, and we are fortunate to have these opportunities so close to home:

  • Pre-K and K: Farm Habitat and Animals | Fattoria Pasqué, Varese, IT
  • Grade 1: Exploring the Ticino Mountains | Funicolare Cardada, Locarno, CH
  • Grade 2: Exploring Plants and Senses | Parco San Grato, Carona, CH
  • Grade 3: Safari Park | Pombia, IT
  • Grade 4: Electricity Museum | Voltiano & Museo Archeologico Laboratory, Como, IT
  • Grade 5: Renaissance Reenactment | Castello Sforzesco, Milan, IT

ES FUNdraiser for our Global Service Program Friday, May 11

Back by popular demand, our Global Service Program (GSP) will hold a fundraiser on Friday, May 11. Students in grades 2–5 are welcome to stay at school Friday and join the fun—games, pizza, and a movie. The activities start after school and continue until pick up time at 20:15. The cost is CHF 30. Students can bring the money to school prior to May 11. Please sign up using the Veracross portal.

Spring Arts Festival Opens on May 15

The 44th annual TASIS Spring Arts Festival will begin with an Opening Celebration in the Palestra at 10:10 on Tuesday, May 15, and conclude in the Palestra on Sunday, May 20, with a Closing Concert at 19:00. The days and hours in between will be packed with concerts, theatrical performances, visual arts exhibitions, workshops, and more—including a special performance at Lugano’s Palazzo dei Congressi on the evening of May 15.

See the full schedule of events for this year’s celebration of the arts.

ES Art Exhibition: May 18–20

Many examples of ES artwork will be on display in the Palestra and Monticello during the last three days of the Spring Arts Festival (May 18–20). You are cordially invited to visit with your families during that time.

Reserve Your Seats for the Middle School Musical, Beauty and the Beast JR.

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, the TASIS Middle School's production of Disney's Beauty and the Beast JR. will be performed in the Palmer Center on the evenings of May 18–19 and on the afternoon of May 20.

Visit the registration page to learn more and reserve your seats.

Place Your Scholastic Book Orders by May 23

Dear Parents,

Summer vacation is nearly here! Scholastic books are a wonderful way to bring joy to your holidays and to help maintain proficiency in English.

Please go to to browse the latest books. You will find all the information you need on the website and can order and pay online. The books will then be delivered free of charge to TASIS and distributed to your child the last week of school. Please note that the order deadline is midnight on Wednesday, May 23!

This Book Club is a wonderful way to boost your child’s excitement for reading at home. It also benefits the School. For every €1 you spend on this month’s Book Club, TASIS will earn 20¢ in Scholastic Rewards. We are then able to buy more books for our classroom libraries with the Scholastic Rewards.

To help us sort the books, please enter your child’s homeroom teacher’s name when ordering. Remember to place your order online by midnight on Wednesday, May 23!

Please contact me at if you have any questions.

Kind regards,

Carol Anklan
Literacy Specialist

Elementary School Musical to Premiere on May 31

Directed by Mr. and Mrs. Frazier-Smith, Cry Wolf—an original musical written by Stephanie Figer, TJ Liquori, and Mikey Rosenbaum, three veteran members of the TASIS Summer Programs' Dedicated Performing Arts Team (DPAT)—will enjoy its European premiere in the Palmer Center on the evening of Thursday, May 31, at 19:00 and will also be performed at 19:00 on Friday, June 1.

Reserve your seats and learn more about the show at

Save The Date: ES Moving-Up Ceremony on June 7

The ES Moving-Up Ceremony will take place on Thursday, June 7, starting at 10:30 in the Palestra. All families are invited to a buffet luncheon at Villa De Nobili after the celebration. There will be no afternoon shuttle bus. All students should depart with their families.

Please note the dress code for this event:

Pre-K–4th Grade

Boys: Blue pants, white TASIS polo shirt, dark shoes, and no sneakers

Girls: Blue skirt or pants, white TASIS polo shirt, blue or white socks/tights, and dark shoes—no red, pink, or purple

5th Grade

Boys: Nice shirt and tie, dress pants with belt, dark socks, dark dress shoes, and no sneakers

Girls: Nice dress or skirt or dress pants with top, tights, or socks. Skirts or dresses must be knee-length. No bare shoulders—straps on dress have to be at least three fingers wide. Dress shoes—no high heels.

To improve the parking facilities up the hill, we have organized a valet service from 9:30–13:00.

TPA Faculty and Staff Appreciation Dinner on May 7

In recognition of its gratitude toward all TASIS employees, the TPA will host its annual Faculty and Staff Appreciation Dinner at Bora da Besa on Monday, May 7, from 17:30–20:30.

The TPA is looking for volunteers who would like to come enjoy the evening and help with food service. Please send an email to if you’d like to participate.

The “Building the Future” Spring Gala raffle drawing will also take place at this dinner, and all winners will be posted at afterward.

TPA Potluck Lunch at Casa Fleming on May 30

All parents are invited to come to Casa Fleming between 12:30–14:30 on Wednesday, May 30, to enjoy one another’s company and share homemade dishes before breaking for the summer holiday. TPA President Laura Colombo will talk about this past year, discuss the new structure of the TPA Board, and discuss some of the activities proposed for 2018–2019. She will also ask parents for feedback based upon their experiences this year.

It is also time for the 2017–2018 TPA members to give parents the opportunity to be involved with the TPA next year. The 2018–2019 TPA will be organized soon, and the TPA is looking for parents who are ready to help. Drawing upon their experience over the past few years, the TPA members would like to organize the volunteering structure a bit differently to make it easier for everyone.

The TPA will have three new positions to help the president keep people involved: High School Coordinator, Middle School Coordinator, and Elementary School Coordinator.

Elections will soon be held for the positions listed below. Please let Laura Colombo know if you are curious about any of the following positions by writing to, and she will be happy to meet with you to provide more details.

  • TPA President
  • TPA Vice President / All-School Event Coordinator
  • TPA Treasurer
  • TPA Communications Specialist
  • High School Event Coordinator
  • Middle School Event Coordinator
  • Elementary School Event Coordinator

The Parent Support Committee (PSC) heads are also recruiting new members for the PSC. Please send an email to to learn more about these positions.

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