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MS Weekly Bulletin | May 24, 2019
Posted 05/24/2019 04:01PM

Every human is an artist. And this is the main art that we have: the creation of our story.

- Don Miguel Ruiz

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
Tuesday, June 4 8th-Grade Moving-Up Ceremony
Wednesday, June 5 Dormitories close • boarding students must depart by noon

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.


MAP Testing: Results will be sent home by mail in early June.

Textbooks: Students must return textbooks to their teachers by Friday, May 31. If the books are not returned, the TASIS Business Office will charge CHF 100 per textbook. This fee also applies for all missing library books. Fees for other kinds of books (workbooks, grammar books, etc.) may vary.

Summer Reading Lists: Please see required summer reading lists for EAL, English, and the Italian Section.

Summer Learning Resources: We realize that many of you would like to keep your children engaged in their learning process throughout the summer. In order to help support this effort, every year the Middle School puts together a list of recommended learning resources by subject that you can consider when trying to engage your child in the different disciplines they encounter throughout the school year.

MS Supplies List: Please see a list of student supplies needed for next year.

MS Assemblies and Advisor Meetings

This past Wednesday’s assembly was led by School Counselor Ms. Pamela Waters and was devoted to the topics of Kindness, Stretch, and Reflection.

This semester, the 6th-grade Drama class has created a 20-minute script and performance inspired by commedia dell'arte. They shared their new play during the advisory block on Thursday, May 23, for an audience of 6th and 7th graders.

See more photos on the TASIS SmugMug page

Advanced German Class: Educational and Cultural Trip To Berlin

The German Cultural Immersion trip to Berlin was an opportunity for the MS Advanced class to reinforce their classroom based learning in Germany's capital city. They enjoyed visiting the major cultural attractions and learned more about the history of East and West Germany prior to reunification. Through several interactive activities, they examined historical artifacts at the Tränenpalast, immersed themselves into the everyday life of East Germany at the DDR museum, and explored the techniques of espionage. Some of the other highlights were walking along parts of the iconic Berlin Wall at the East Side Gallery, a boat ride on the Spree, and a visit to the Glaskuppel of the Reichstag.

MS Service Learning News

The Cometa SL Group visited Cometa in Como yesterday and gave the proceeds from their bake sale and "No Dress Code Day" to Cometa. Mr. Giovanni Figini, Director of Cometa, will give the proceeds as a scholarship to a student in need who can learn a practical job and have a new opportunity in life.

This was their second visit to Cometa this year. Last February, TASIS students visited an excellent school that teaches manual jobs like cooking, tailoring, and decoration. This time the students worked for the whole hour with carpentry tools in the Cometa wood workshop labs to create personalized cell phone holders.

After enjoying a delicious lunch prepared by Cometa’s cooking students, the TASIS group spent the afternoon with the children of the association playing football. It was a memorable day full of meaningful beauty, experiential learning, and charitable activities.

The Student-Created Visual Arts SL group will host a mandalas coloring activity on Tuesday, May 28, and Thursday, May 30, during recess in front of the Campo Science Center. All MS students will have a chance to earn a no-dress-code bracelet by coloring mandalas made by this SL group. On Tuesday, the activity will be for free, and on Thursday, students will be asked to donate CHF 5. All proceeds will be used to buy art materials to donate to Cometa. 

The World Issues SL Group will hold a bake sale during the last Service Learning block on Tuesday, May 28, in front of the Campo Science Center. The proceeds from this bake sale will go toward WISER, a Global Service Program group in the High School. WISER is a non-profit NGO that built the first girls’ boarding school and research center in Muhuru Bay, Kenya. TASIS High School students visit this school every year and work to support the education of girls in the Muhuru Bay area.

An Inspiring Visit from Mr. Salmoni

Lunedì 20 maggio abbiamo avuto al Palmer Center un ospite d'eccezione, il Sig. Salmoni, novantunenne genovese sopravvissuto al campo di concentramento di Buchenwald.

L'incontro e' stato davvero emozionante, profondo e formativo per tutti gli studenti ed i genitori che hanno assistito. Il Sig. Salmoni ha davvero toccato i nostri cuori e rimarrà nella nostra mente come un esempio di come la vita vada presa sul serio e mai banalizzata.

Lost and Found

The MS lost-and-found area is located in the Belvedere Salon and currently holds many jackets, sweatshirts, and uniform items. Please come to check and pick up your lost items before the end of Friday, May 31. All remaining items will be donated after this date.

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


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

Last day of school for MS students on June 3

Monday, June 3, is the last full day of school for MS students. Please see the alternate schedule below.

6th Grade 7th Grade 8th Grade

8:00–9:25: Advisor Block

8:35–9:25 Farewell Assembly Rehearsal
(for those involved with Assembly)

9:30 Supervised play time on the field
9:40 Check in on the field
9:45 Depart for California Aqua Park
  • Swimming
  • Water Slides
9:30 Supervised play time on the field
9:45 Check in on the field
9:50 Depart for A-Club 10:30 to 11:30
  • Zumba
  • Water Polo
  • Swimming
12:30 to 14:00
  • Volleyball
  • Soccer
9:30 Check in on the field
9:35 Depart for Splash and Spa
  • Swimming
  • Water Slides
10:10 Arrive 10:10 Arrive 10:10 Arrive

10:15–14:00 Activities

Packing List:

  • Swimming suit
  • Swimming cap
  • Towel
  • Flip Flops

10:15–14:00 Activities

Packing List:

  • Swimming suit
  • Swimming cap
  • Towel
  • Flip Flops
  • Running Shoes
  • PE/Zumba clothes
  • Changing of clothes

10:15–14:00 Activities

Packing List:

  • Swimming suit
  • Towel
  • Flip Flops
14:00 Depart for TASIS 14:15 Depart for TASIS 14:00 Depart for TASIS
15:00–15:50 Farewell Assembly

MS students will meet for the Advisor block from 8:00–9:25. All key bracelets must be brought to the advisors for collection. If a student does not return the bracelet, the family will receive an invoice for CHF 50. On that day, students must also clean out their lockers. All remaining locks will be cut Tuesday morning.

After the Advisor block, students will depart for the End-of-the-Year Activities. Sack lunches will be provided.

The last day of school will conclude with the MS Farewell Assembly and distribution of the MS Yearbook.

8th Grade Moving-Up Ceremony

The MS Moving-Up Ceremony for 8th-grade students and their parents will be held on the afternoon of Tuesday, June 4.

On Tuesday, June 4, from 8:00–11:30, there will be a mandatory Moving-Up Ceremony rehearsal in the Palmer Center for all 8th graders.

On Tuesday, May 28, there will also be mandatory Moving-Up Ceremony Rehearsals in the Palmer Center:

8:00–10:10 (A and B periods)—required for all eighth graders
10:15–11:15 (C block)—required for speakers
11:20–12:20 (D period)—required for performers

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

TPA Highlights

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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