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ES Weekly Bulletin | September 20, 2019
Posted 09/20/2019 01:00PM


It is still not too late to act. It will take a far-reaching vision, it will take courage, it will take fierce, fierce determination to act now, to lay the foundations where we may not know all the details about how to shape the ceiling. In other words, it will take cathedral thinking. I ask you to please wake up and make changes required possible.


– Greta Thunberg


Upcoming Events

Monday, September 23 Consular services for American citizens • 16:30, Palmer Center
Tuesday, September 24 Coffee and Conversation • 14:30, Bora da Besa
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.

Join Us at Bora da Besa on Tuesday

All parents of students in grades 2–5 are invited to the TPA’s "Coffee & Conversation” at Bora da Besa on Tuesday, September 24, at 14:30. Come to chat with other parents about student life, activities, and academics. 

We especially look forward to meeting parents who are new to TASIS this year! Please send an email to to RSVP or ask any questions.

Movie and Bake Sale for ES Students on September 28

Dear Elementary School Parents,

My name is Alexia Dochnal, and I am a 10th-grade student at TASIS. I am organizing a movie and bake sale for Elementary School students on Saturday, September 28, in order to raise money for Traveling Tutus, a non-profit organization I have been involved with as an ambassador since this summer. 

Traveling Tutus is dedicated to spreading the joy of dance to children around the world in underprivileged communities in countries like Haiti and Guatemala. It does this by collecting and donating dance attire and costumes, cooperating with dance studios in underserved areas to organize initiatives for children, and hosting events to further its goal.

This is both an important and beautiful cause; dance develops grace, sensitivity, and confidence and is a source of joy and development for a child. It is a unique form of self-expression that should be available to any child, regardless of their financial situation or place of birth!

This event is open to all Elementary School students, and the cost to attend is CHF 5. (I am happy to accept any additional donations on behalf of Traveling Tutus.) Parents are welcome to stay as well, but if you'd prefer to simply drop your children off at the Palmer Center at 11:00 that day, I can assure you that we will take excellent care of them until the event finishes. If you do drop them off, please plan to pick them up outside the Palmer Center at 13:00.

Thank you very much for your support. Please send me an email at if you have any questions!


Alexia Dochnal

A letter from Ms. Uecker, Elementary School Librarian

Dear Parents,

I am pleased to announce that both the Hadsall and Focolare libraries have officially opened. As in the past, each class will visit the library weekly. Students will be allowed to check out a certain number of books according to their grade level. I hope they find this an enjoyable and exciting opportunity. Please see the TASIS Elementary School Library Policies below to answer any specific questions you may have.

If you would like to check out additional books for your children, you are more than welcome to do so. Parents may check out up to five books. Please see the opening hours listed in the section below.

Thank you very much. I look forward to working with you and your children this year.


Alyssa Uecker
Elementary Librarian

TASIS Elementary School Library Policies

Librarian:    Alyssa Uecker (
Hours: Hadsall: Monday and Friday, 8:00–16:00; Wednesday, 8:00–15:00
Focolare: Tuesday, 8:00–16:00; Thursday, 8:00–16:00

Book Check Outs:
Any Elementary School (ES) student or parent of an ES student may borrow books from the library. Parents may visit either the Hadsall library or the Focolare library during hours of operation to register for an account. Both students and parents are responsible for the proper care and timely return of all books.

Circulation Policies:
  • Pre-K students are allowed to check out one book for one week.
  • Kindergarten and first-grade students are allowed to check out two books for one week.
  • Students in grades 2–5 are allowed to check out three books for one week. 

Students may renew their books up to two consecutive times unless that book has been requested by another student or teacher. 

Overdue Items:
Students will receive an overdue notice if they do not return their books on time. If a student has not returned a book within four weeks, that book will be considered lost and an invoice to pay for it will be issued.

Lost/Damaged Books:
Books that are lost or damaged will need to be paid for. If this happens, the student will receive an invoice from the librarian with the amount listed to cover the replacement cost of the book. All money should be delivered to the librarian. If lost books are found, a refund will be gladly given.

Please note: If a student still has a book on his or her account from the previous academic year, he or she may not check out a new book until that book has been returned or paid for.

Consular Services Offered at TASIS on September 23

Wecordially 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.

The inaugural Terry Fox Run at TASIS

2019 Terry Fox Run on October 16

The third annual TASIS Terry Fox Run will take place on the afternoon of Wednesday, October 16. The run is designed to honor the legacy of international hero Terry Fox—an extraordinary athlete, humanitarian, and cancer research activist who in 1980 embarked upon a Marathon of Hope across Canada after losing his right leg to cancer three years earlier, ultimately covering 5,373 kilometers (or 127.3 marathons) in just 143 days before the spread of his cancer forced him to abandon his quest and claimed his life.

For the run on October 16, Cross Country coaches Greg Birk and Danny Schiff have challenged High School students to complete as many 500-meter laps as possible on the School’s Grotto Cross Country course in a 45-minute window and are asking them to consider making donations that will be gifted to the Terry Fox Foundation.

To learn more about this TASIS tradition, read about the first two Terry Fox Runs on the TASIS website: 2017 and 2018.

Any parents who would like to learn how they can be involved with this community-building event are welcome to contact Mr. Birk at

TPA Refillable Water Bottles on Sale

This is a reminder that the TPA is now selling BPA-free refillable water bottles for CHF 30. Help the TASIS Green Team promote environmental consciousness by buying a bottle for your children to refill and reuse! These bottles are also useful for class trips, outings, and sports. 

To place an order, please email (And stay tuned for upcoming sales on campus!) All proceeds will go toward TPA events organized on behalf of our students.

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