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ES Weekly Bulletin | September 6, 2019
Posted 09/06/2019 04:00PM

"You're off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting,
So...get on your way!"

– Dr. Seuss

I would like to welcome you to the 2019–2020 school year! I want you to know that as Mrs. Fleming said in her "foolproof" recipe for a school many years ago, our goal is to "stretch" the students in our care in the areas of study, in co-curricular activities such as athletics and the arts, and in service to others. In short, we aim to develop students in the timeless arenas of the true, the good, and the beautiful, as scripted on our M. Crist Fleming Library (Verum, Bonum, Pulchrum), or as Aristotle categorized, the intellectual and moral virtues. We thank you for entrusting us with this important responsibility and look forward to another wonderful year in Montagnola!

– Christopher Nikoloff, Headmaster

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, September 18 TPA Welcome Luncheon • 12:00–14:00, Casa Fleming
Wednesday, September 18 ES Curriculum Night
  • Focolare Classrooms, 17:00
  • Palmer Center Presentation, 18:00
  • Hadsall/Aurora Classrooms, 18:45

More details will be provided in next week's ES Bulletin.

Monday, September 23 Consular services for American citizens • 16:30, Palmer Center
Thursday–Friday, October 3–4 School Portrait Days
Monday, October 7 ES has classes this day. (MS/HS do not have classes.)
Wednesday, October 9 ES Parent Coffee • 8:30, Casa Fleming
Friday and Saturday, October 11–12 Family Weekend

Please refer to for a more comprehensive look at upcoming events.

Key Contact Information

Headmaster Christopher Nikoloff:
Lower School Head Timothy Fitzgerald:
ES Assistant Head and Italian Section Coordinator Guia Berera:
ES Secretary Shireen Merli, Focolare:
ES Secretary Lucia Lo Passo, Hadsall/Aurora
Learning Support Coordinator Hermione Fadlon:
TASIS Nurses:
Shuttle Service Coordinator Svetlana Koreshkova:
TASIS Parent Association (TPA):

Please refer to the Faculty and Staff Directory on the TASIS website for additional contact information.

Emergency Forms and Household Profile

If you have not already done so, please make sure to complete your child's emergency form and bring it to the ES secretaries or your child's homeroom teacher. Please also check your Household Profile details in the Veracross Parent Portal and make any necessary updates.

After-School Program Begins on Monday

The Elementary School After-School Program (ASP) will begin the week of September 9–13. Please contact ASP Coordinator Giulia Giobbio at with any questions.

TPA Welcome Lunch on September 18

All parents are invited to Casa Fleming on the main TASIS campus between 12:00–14:00 on Wednesday, September 18, to enjoy a delicious lunch and hear from TASIS Parent Association (TPA) President Jennifer Hung-Zanarini about upcoming events and plans for the year.


Consular Services Offered at TASIS on September 23

We cordially invite all American citizens to a consular services event on the afternoon of Monday, September 23, from 16:30–18:30. To request an appointment, please send an email to

Representatives from the US Embassy in Bern will be on hand to offer the following services:

  • Passport applications
  • Consular report of birth abroad applications
  • Notarial services

There is no cost to attend the event, but fees may be incurred for consular services and are payable in Swiss francs (cash only). For more information about documentary requirements and applicable fees, visit the US Embassy in Switzerland and Lichtenstein website.

Room Parents Needed To Represent Each Class

The TPA is seeking volunteers to serve as room parents for each Elementary School grade. Room parents help promote school spirit and provide inspiration to our students and teachers. Please see the graphic below for more details about these positions, and please contact your child's homeroom teacher if you'd like to volunteer!

Morning Drop-off and Afternoon Pick-up

Please refer to the transportation section of the TASIS website for specific information regarding our drop-off and pick-up procedure. Student safety is paramount, so please keep in mind that during periods of heavy traffic, the traffic guards may instruct you to do something different.

Authorization for Pick-Up

If you would like to make any changes to the list of people you have authorized to pick up your child, please send the names and copies of identification to the ES secretaries at

Dismissal Process: A Few Tips

We understand that the after-school pickup process can be quite hectic and very much appreciate your patience as we strive to create a safe environment for the whole community. Below are a few suggestions you may find helpful if you typically drive to the main TASIS campus to pick up your child:

  • If the parking lot next to Hadsall is full when you come to pick up your child, you may want to try the lot on Via Matorèll (see map below).
  • If you would prefer to avoid the busiest pick-up period, you may want to consider waiting in the cemetery lot (across from Sant'Abbondio) until you see the Romantic Tour buses going down the hill. At that point you can drive up to the TASIS campus and pick up your child without much hassle.

Shuttle Bus Service: General Info

The TASIS Shuttle Service is offered to all TASIS families at no extra charge. You must submit a new sign-up form for each child every school year. These forms can be found at

Nine routes are currently in place, and your child's regular shuttle schedule can be found on the Student Attendance & Transportation Request page in the Veracross Parent Portal. Please check the schedule regularly to ensure that it continues to suit your needs.

You can also use this page to make permanent or single-day changes to your child's transportation plans. All changes must be made before noon on the day of the change. We cannot accept late changes.

Follow these steps to make a change:

  1. Go to the Student Attendance & Transportation Request page in the Veracross Parent Portal.
  2. Submit your request.
  3. Please make sure you receive the confirmation that your request has been submitted successfully, and you will then see it pending in the Parent Portal. The request will disappear once it is processed. Please note that your request might be pending until the date of the change, as requests are normally processed on the same day as the change. If your plans change again and you need to cancel your pending request, simply send another request. The most recently received request will be processed.

Below are some of the things to consider as you fill out your request:

Transportation to/from school
This prompt will ask you if the change is permanent or for a single day.

If your child is invited to a playdate and will be picked up by his or her friend's parent or guardian, use Transportation from school: Playdate. Please be specific and provide the full name of the person picking up your child.

If your child does not use the Shuttle Service but plans to take the bus with his or her friend for the playdate, use Transportation from school: Playdate. Please be specific and provide the following information:

  • the full name of the friend of your child
  • the route number and name of the friend's shuttle stop
  • the name of the person who is responsible for picking up your child at the stop

We assume that you made an agreement with the other parent and that he or she knows that your child is coming to his or her home.

If this is a single trip, the request will be accepted. If this will be a recurring event, such as every Monday afternoon, please fill out the Shuttle Service submission form.

All timely schedule requests will appear in Veracross as "pending" and then disappear once approved.

Note that if your child is absent due to illness or a family emergency, or if he or she needs to be dismissed for a medical visit, he or she is automatically canceled from the shuttle schedule list on that particular day. There is no need to make a separate request to cancel shuttle transportation.

Shuttle Pick-Up and Drop-Off
We request that all ES students are accompanied by a parent, guardian, or other adult while waiting at the TASIS shuttle stop in the morning (unless you gave your Unaccompanied Child Authorization permission on the shuttle sign-up form). The same is valid for afternoon drop-off. The driver will never leave an ES student unaccompanied at the shuttle stop, and thus we ask for your cooperation. Please be punctual for morning pick-up and afternoon drop-off.

If the parent/guardian cannot be at the pre-arranged pick-up/drop-off location on a given day, he or she must arrange for another adult to be with the child and must inform Shuttle Coordinator Ms. Svetlana Koreshkova directly ( or 079 234 4378).

If a child is not authorized to leave the bus alone, if no parent/guardian is waiting for a child at the afternoon drop-off location, no alternative arrangements have been made, and the parent/guardian is not reachable by phone, the shuttle driver will bring the child back to TASIS.

Student Behavior
All rules and regulations for student behavior on the shuttles can be found in the Shuttle Behavior Expectations section (page 27) of the Elementary School Student Handbook.

Please feel free to email Ms. Koreshkova with questions or concerns. Thank you for your help in making this year's transportation to and from school a smooth process!

Special Shoes for Physical Education

Please note that students are required to wear special shoes (see photo below) for their Physical Education classes. These can be found in various stores in Lugano, including Manor, Coop, Oschner Sport, Migros, and Sport Specialist.

On PE days, students should come to school in their regular sneakers and will change into the special shoes when appropriate. Please write your child's name inside the shoes since they will be stored at the School.

Before the Winter Holiday, shoes will be sent home so that parents can check the fit and general condition. Thank you for your attention to this matter, and if you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch with our PE team: Mr. Giorgio Volpi and Ms. Kira Gentilini.

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