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HS Weekly Bulletin | December 7, 2018
Posted 12/07/2018 03:00PM

To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity.

- Nelson Mandela

Upcoming Events

Sunday, December 9 All-School Christmas Service
Tuesday, December 11 Institutional Update from the Headmaster
Friday, December 14 Last day of classes before Winter Holiday
Saturday, December 15 Dormitories close at 16:00
Saturday, January 5 Dormitories open for boarding students at noon
Monday, January 7 Classes resume

Winter Holiday Begins Next Friday

Friday, December 14, will be the last day of classes before the Winter Holiday. There will be regular shuttle bus service in the morning and afternoon for HS students that day.

Dormitories will close at 16:00 on Saturday, December 15, and reopen at noon on Saturday, January 5.

Please note that we will not be sending any Weekly Bulletins next week. Classes will resume on Monday, January 7, and our next Weekly Bulletins will be sent on Friday, January 11.

We wish everyone a joyous holiday season!


Message from the TPA

Dear TASIS Parent Community,

We very much appreciate all you do to keep this community strong and focused on the importance of friendship and respect. We have organized so many events involving parents and students from all divisions this semester.

The TPA is something special! Those who are involved understand what we are talking about. We learn from each other every day and see how passion can drive our choices to be generous and become better people by dedicating time to others. We believe there is nothing more beautiful than a firm handshake, a warm hug, and a smiling and understanding friend.

Thanks to our partnership, the TASIS Service Learning Programs raised CHF 2,860 for their humanitarian projects during the Holiday Market. These students want to enrich their lives and this world, and we are happy to support them. We are thrilled to share this amazing result!

Are we hard workers? Yes! Together, we make a strong and unstoppable community. We are very proud of this!

Thanks a lot, dear friends. We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

All the best,

Brunella and Laura
TPA Co-Presidents

See more photos from the TPA Holiday Market and Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on the TASIS SmugMug page.


The 2017 TASIS Christmas Service


Join Us for the Christmas Service on December 9

Lynn Fleming Aeschliman, Chairman of the Board, and Christopher Nikoloff, Headmaster, cordially invite you to the annual TASIS Christmas Service at the church of San Nicolao della Flüe (Via al Colle, Lugano-Besso) on Sunday, December 9, at 15:30.

The Service will feature performances from the ES, MS, HS, and Faculty Choirs and the TASIS Instrument Ensemble. The musicians will be supported by TASIS music teachers, associated members of the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana, and the Opera Viva Orchestra. A reception for parents, friends, and performers will follow the Service.

Directions and parking information can be found here.

Christmas Service schedule for performers on December 9:

12:30 Students must be in the main TASIS parking lot.
12:45 All participants—singers, musicians, and readers—will be taken by bus from TASIS to the San Nicolao Church.
13:15–15:00 Final rehearsal in the church
15:30–16:30 Christmas Service
16:30 Dismissal for all students except for performers
16:30–17:00 Reception in the Reception Hall following the service for parents, friends, and Performers
17:15 Dismissal from the church (performers return to campus by 17:30)


Day families: Please note that day student performers must travel to the church with the School.


Global Service Students Working on Behalf of Tibetan Refugees, Promoting Human Rights


Nepal: Tibetan Refugees
, an Opsahl Global Service Program group, will host an education/fundraising week on campus Monday, December 10, through Friday, December 14. The spirited video above was created by Alex Secilmis ’19 to help spread a little Christmas cheer and raise awareness among the student body for the full slate of events ahead. (The student-directed Service Learning Board will also be leading a number of directives in recognition of Human Rights Week.)

All proceeds raised throughout the week will be donated to a group of Tibetan refugees in Tserok that the Nepal group has partnered with since 2015. This year's service project will be reinforcing and building a new section of a water retention wall to protect their village from flooding when the nearby river rises. New Global Service Program Director Danny Schiff worked with outgoing director Zach Mulert to develop the two-week trip to Nepal after traveling to the Everest region on his own six years ago.

Events planned by the Nepal group for next week:

Monday: Trivia and pizza from 17:30–18:45 in M1 and M2

Tuesday: Speed dodgeball games for Middle School students from 12:45–13:10 in the Palestra

Wednesday: Hike followed by Nepal Tea from 16:00–17:15 (meet at the Gazebo at 16:00)

Thursday: Assembly video and cookie giveaway in the Palestra from 10:10–10:35

Friday: No-Uniform Day (with the purchase of a bracelet)


Institutional Update from the Headmaster on December 11

This is a reminder that Headmaster Christopher Nikoloff will provide an institutional update on the strategic directions and initiatives of the School in the Palmer Center on Tuesday, December 11. Refreshments will be served at 18:30, and the presentation will begin at 19:00.


Register Now for Upcoming ACT and SAT

Please note that students interested in taking the ACT on February 9 must register by January 11, and students who wish to take the SAT on March 9 must register by February 8.

Please consult the 2018–2019 Standardized Testing Recommendations and Schedule for more information about standardized tests students may need to take during their high school years.


November Athletes of the Month

Eve Ryan ’19
So often overlooked because she plays a defensive position and her stats usually don’t warrant a lot of attention, Eve is, according to Varsity Girls Soccer Coach Matt Walker, the single biggest reason (perhaps aside from Heather Hines’s left foot) the Tigers went from a team that finished dead last in the first two tournaments of the year to first and second in the last two. She stood out at all three of the November tournaments and was named an All-Star at each one.

Virginia Italia ’19
A co-captain, MVP recipient, and PRIDE Award winner, Virginia has been a leader in the true sense of the word. She has been an inspiration both in skills and work ethic for the Middle School and Varsity High School Volleyball teams over the past six years. She always gave her best to the program, whether at a practice or a game, and her calming presence on the court as a setter reassured her teammates and created fluidity within the team's attacking strategy. She will be sorely missed next year.

Alessandro Carlesimo ’22
Alessandro has been a valuable addition to the TASIS Rugby 7s team, not only for his prior knowledge of and experience with the game but for the respect and mature attitude he has shown to his coaches and older teammates. He demonstrated both commitment and discipline during practice and during the tournaments the team played in this season. In the tournaments, he continuously worked hard both in attack and defense and was not afraid to tackle opposing players much larger than himself.

Upcoming Athletic Events
December 10 Varsity Girls basketball ASMilan
December 10 Varsity Boys basketball vs. ASMilan TASIS Palestra
January 12 Middle School Boys Basketball • ISSL ISB
January 12 Varsity Boys Basketball • ISSL TASIS Palestra
January 12 Varsity Girls Basketball • ISSL ZIS

Yoga Marathon on January 19

TASIS faculty member and yoga instructor Mara Bernasconi is organizing a “Serving Southern Africa” Yoga Marathon that will take place on Saturday, January 19. The event will feature a variety of yoga classes offered from 9:00–17:00, a lunch provided by Beautyful Greens, and a raffle with a number of exciting prizes. All proceeds will benefit Serving Southern Africa, an Opsahl Global Service Program group that travels to Zambia and Botswana for two weeks each year.

Visit tasis.ch/yogamarathon to register for yoga classes and learn more about this exciting event.


TPA Italian Potluck on January 24

All TASIS parents are cordially invited to an Italian Potluck hosted at the home of Francesca Varano in Montagnola on Thursday, January 24, at 12:00. Bring your favorite dish to share! This is a kind and generous invitation from a TASIS mom. It is important to confirm your availability in advance. To RSVP, please send an email to tpa@tasis.ch.

During the lunch, Brunella and Laura, TPA co-presidents, will share results from recent events and discuss TPA events planned for February–June, 2019. We are excited to welcome you!


Resort Collina d’Oro Offering Discount for TASIS Families

The beautiful Resort Collina d’Oro in Agra is pleased to offer a 10 percent discount to any TASIS families interested in a six-month or 12-month membership to the resort’s Spa and Fitness Center. All TASIS parents and TASIS students aged 16 and over are eligible for this discount.

Contact Resort Collina d’Oro at +41 91 641 1111 or info@resortcollinadoro.com with any questions.

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