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ES Weekly Bulletin | May 24, 2019
Posted 05/24/2019 02:47PM

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.

– Pablo Picasso

The Greek word for “beauty” (kallos) is etymologically connected to the Greek “to call” (kalein); beauty calls us to itself and to something beyond ourselves.

The 2019 TASIS Spring Arts Festival, “Be PART of It,” saw the entire community of TASIS artists tune into the call of beauty and celebrate the goodness and truth of that call.

If, as Dostoevsky said, “Beauty will save the world,” the TASIS community, especially its students and teachers, made the world a better place this week.

My gratitude to all of the students, teachers, staff, personale, parents and alumni for their participation, and my special thanks to Simone Aeschliman whose orchestration made the week possible.

– Headmaster Christopher Nikoloff

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, May 28–Wednesday, May 29 ES Spring Musical: The Prince and the Pauper
Saturday, June 1 HS Commencement Ceremony
Wednesday, June 5 ES Field Day
Thursday, June 6 Grade 5 Moving-Up Ceremony

A Wonderful Festival Draws to a Close

The 45th annual Spring Arts Festival was filled with beautiful music, theater, dancing, art exhibitions, workshops, and more! Read all about this year’s festival and watch many of the events on the TASIS Blog, and see lots of great photo galleries on the TASIS SmugMug page.

Don’t Miss the Premiere of The Prince and the Pauper on Tuesday

This year’s Elementary School Spring Musical, The Prince and the Pauper, is sure to be a lot of fun for guests of all ages! Join us in the Palmer Center at 19:00 on Tuesday, May 28, or at 19:00 on Wednesday, May 29.

Learn more and reserve seats


An Afternoon with AC Milan

Last Sunday, 11 Elementary School students in the AC Milan Soccer After-School Program traveled to San Siro to cheer on AC Milan in its final home game. The students enjoyed the trip very much and even had the opportunity to meet the players in person!

High fives for midfielder Franck Kessié!

Class of 2019 Set to Graduate Next Weekend

TASIS The American School in Switzerland's Class of 2019 will graduate on the morning of Saturday, June 1, with the Commencement Ceremony beginning in the Palestra at 11:00.

Ms. Lynn Fleming Aeschliman, Chairman of the TASIS Board of Directors, will deliver the Invocation; Arch. Andrea Bernardazzi, Municipale di Collina d’Oro, will offer a message from the Comune; Mr. Martin Naville, CEO of the Swiss-American Chamber of Commerce, will give the Commencement address; Mr. Christopher Nikoloff, Headmaster, will present the Graduation Awards; and Dr. Mark Abisi, Academic Dean, will present diplomas to the 103 members of the Class of 2019.

All members of the TASIS community are cordially invited to attend the Commencement Ceremony. The full ceremony will also be live-streamed and can be viewed at

ES Field Day on June 5

This is a reminder that ES Field Day will take place on Wednesday, June 5. The motto of Field Day is FAIR, FUN, & FRIENDSHIP, and a wide variety of games will be held in six areas: the grass field, Hadsall, the Palestra, the dance studio, the outdoor basketball court, and the Palestrina.

Field Day rules:

  • Each homeroom is to stay together for the entire day.
  • Each homeroom must stay in its assigned area for the duration of an activity or event until a signal is given to move to the next area.
  • Homerooms are encouraged to use banners, cheers, songs, and shirts to identify and promote a positive FAIR & FUN team atmosphere.

Things to send with your child:

  • Sunscreen
  • Water bottle
  • Hat
  • Dry clothes (some of the games involve water)

ES Moving-Up Ceremony on June 6

This is a reminder that the 2019 ES Moving-Up Ceremony will take place on Thursday, June 6, beginning 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 buses, and all students should depart with their families. To improve the parking situation, we have organized a valet service from 9:30–13:00.

Please take note of 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.

Changes to 2019–2020 Calendar

Please note that we have made a few small adjustments to the printable 2019–2020 academic year calendar. A comprehensive and up-to-date calendar is also always available at


Last Wednesday, the TASIS Parent Association (TPA) hosted its final lunch meeting of the year at Casa Fleming, with a call for new volunteers for the coming year. The TPA leaders are now happy to confirm the updated list of volunteers below. (Please note that they are still seeking parents interested in coordinating Autumn/Winter events, including those related to Halloween and Christmas. Please send an email to if interested.)

2019–2020 TPA Board
President: Jennifer Zanarini
Vice President/Communications: Lisa Izsa
Treasurer: Laura Colombo
Elementary School Coordinators: Lada Saratova, Lindsay Guest
Middle School Coordinators: Marianne Odfjell, Maria Popova
High School Coordinator: Sabine Moravi, Manuela Cerra

TPA Event Coordinators
Used Uniform Sales: Melany Tekock
HS Sports Banquet: Aleksandra Dochnal
Spring Events: Consuelo Soldanini Nores
Winter Events (Christmas): OPEN
Autumn Events (Halloween): OPEN

TPA Parent Support Committee (PSC)
HS PSC Head: Hanne Wibholm Hansen

  • 12th Grade: Katya Mohr, Alexandra Dochnal, Muriel Aciman
  • 11th Grade: Vibeke Stanford
  • 10th Grade: Lorenza Fiori, Angelika Camargo
  • 9th Grade: Manuela Cerra

MS PSC Head: Muriel Aciman

  • 8th Grade: Marianne Odfjell
  • 7th Grade: Muriel Aciman
  • 6th Grade: Linda Lopes

*ES PSC Head: Brunella Pignaton

*New PSC structure in the Elementary School for 2019–2020
ES Room Parents in grades Pre-K through 5 will be the point of contact between parents and their respective teachers. They will support the teacher with classroom activities and represent parents with questions that concern their grade or the Elementary School in general. Teachers will ask ES parents directly to volunteer in September. If you are interested, please let your child’s homeroom teacher know at that time.

Teacher Appreciation Cocktail
The TASIS Faculty and Staff would like to extend a huge thank you to the TPA for the wonderful Teacher Appreciation Cocktail in Casa Fleming on Monday evening! The event featured delicious food and drinks and was very much appreciated by all who attended!

Shuttle Bus Service Sign-Up Form for 2019–2020

The Shuttle Service Sign-Up Form for 2019–2020 is now available. Please review the updated Shuttle Service Routes Schedule and fill out the sign-up form if you are interested in using the shuttle service next school year.

Please note that all current submissions have to be renewed if a student will continue to use the shuttle service next year. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Koreshkova at

New interactive shuttle route map
For the 2019–2020 school year, you can now browse shuttle routes and stops on google maps. The route number and drop-off/pick-up times are listed in the info box for each stop.

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