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ES Weekly Bulletin | May 18, 2018
Posted 05/18/2018 01:00PM

Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.

– Plato

Upcoming Events

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
Wednesday, June 6 ES Field Day
Thursday, June 7 Last day of classes; Grade 5 Moving-Up Ceremony

A Message from Theresa Cullen Hill, Head of ES

Dear Families,

This year has been filled with many exciting opportunities for the Elementary School. There is a wonderful feeling of joy and excitement that permeates our school. We harness this positive energy and appreciate the many nationalities and languages representing our school. This is what makes our school special and unique.

As we near the finish of the school year, I’d like to share a few notes about the summer and the 2018–2019 Academic Year.

Combined American and Italian Sections
A new schedule for 2018–2019 will offer a combined homeroom approach for our Italian and American Section students. We believe combining the groups will offer many academic and social benefits. In addition, the new schedule will allow for more academic time in English, Science, and Italian language. We have changed our dismissal times to accommodate this new schedule. Please see the new dismissal times below.

Academic Curriculum Enhancements
Our new schedule will allow for more English instruction time—120 minutes per day. All students will receive instruction from their homeroom teacher. American Section students will have Italian language daily for one hour.

Mr. Laurent Carsana will continue to lead our science curriculum and deliver lessons in the lab. We will offer two science labs per week for students in grades 2–5 for a total of 105 minutes of instruction. Grades Pre-K through 1 will continue to enjoy science lab once each week.

Summer Academic Work
It is very important for your children to continue reading throughout the summer—in native tongue and in English. Please visit our ES library website for a collection of English language books recommended by age/interest/reading level.

Thanks to the organization of our TPA, our Hadsall library will be open again this summer and will offer library checkouts. For more information, please contact Ms. Susan Puckett.

2018–19 ES Calendar and School Times: To see an up-to-date calendar throughout the school year, please refer to the all-school calendar on our website.

New Afternoon Departure Times:

  • Focolare (Pre-K through grade 1) dismissal: 15:30 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday (14:30 on Wednesday) for car riders and walkers
  • Focolare (Pre-K through grade 1) dismissal: 15:50 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday (14:50 on Wednesday) for shuttle bus riders
  • Hadsall (grades 2–5) dismissal: 15:45 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday (14:45 on Wednesday) for shuttle bus riders and walkers
  • Hadsall (grades 2–5) dismissal: 16:00 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday (14:55 on Wednesday) for car riders

A Few More Scheduling Notes:

  • Our first official day of classes is Monday, September 3.
  • Grades 2–5 will begin school at 8:00. Pre-K through grade 1 will begin school at 8:15.
  • Parent Conferences will be held on Thursday, October 25, and Thursday, February 21.
  • There will be no school for ES students the week of October 30–November 3 and February 25–March 1. These are the MS/ HS Academic Travel weeks.
  • The ES will have its last day of school on Thursday, June 6, dismissing at 12:00 after the ES Moving-up Ceremony.

Thank you for sharing your children with us,

Theresa Cullen Hill

Spring Arts Festival Off to Amazing Start!

The 44th annual Spring Arts Festival is now in full swing. Watch some of the early events below, and check out the full schedule to see which concerts, theatrical performances, workshops, and art exhibitions are still to come.

ES Art Exhibition

Many examples of Elementary School students’ artwork are now on display in the Palestra and in Monticello. Stop by today, tomorrow, or Sunday to enjoy the show!

Beauty and the Beast JR. Opens Tonight!

Tonight’s premiere of the Middle School Musical is now full, but seats are still available for the shows on Saturday evening at 19:00 and Sunday afternoon at 14:00. Reserve seats and learn more about the musical at

Enjoy the 2018 ES TASIS Times

Congratulations to the many creative Elementary School students and faculty members who contributed artwork and writing to this year’s ES TASIS Times, which can now be viewed online.

Reminder to Place Scholastic Book Orders by May 23

Please note that all Scholastic book orders must be placed by the end of Wednesday, May 23. Please use this link to browse the book selection and place your orders, and contact Literacy Specialist Carol Anklan with any questions.

A Reminder from the Library

As we prepare for the end of the 2017–2018 school year, I would like to ask for your help in ensuring that all library materials are returned to the library. Today is the last day students may check out books.

All books should be returned to the library no later than Friday, May 25. Overdue/Lost Book notices will be sent home in the next two weeks. Many thanks for your assistance and your support this year for all library-related events.

Ms. Uecker

Class of 2018 Commencement Ceremony Just Eight Days Away

Seniors have a very busy week ahead, with the Academic Awards Assembly Tuesday morning, the Farewell Assembly Wednesday afternoon, the Alumni Induction Ceremony on Lake Lugano Wednesday evening, the Senior Prom Thursday evening, the Senior Banquet Friday evening, and the Commencement Ceremony Saturday morning.

All members of the TASIS community are cordially invited to attend the School’s 62nd Commencement Ceremony, which will commence at 11:00 in the Palestra on Saturday, May 26. The key address will be delivered by Rev. Dr. William W. Schumacher, Professor of Theology at Concordia Seminary.

Cry Wolf to Premiere May 31

Reserve seats and learn more about this exciting musical at

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 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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