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ES Weekly Bulletin | October 4, 2019
Posted 10/04/2019 02:00PM

Surround yourself with beauty and positivity.

– Dr. Debasish Mridha

Upcoming Events

Monday, October 7 ES has classes this day. (MS/HS do not have classes.)
Wednesday, October 9 ES Parent Coffee • 8:30, Casa Fleming
Wednesday–Friday, October 9–11 Grade 5 overnight trip to Leysin, Switzerland
Thursday, October 10 All-ES Field Trips
Thursday, October 17 MAP Test Presentation • 18:00–19:00, Monticello 1 and 2
Thursday, October 24 Parent-Teacher Conferences • Palestrina, 12:30–17:30 (early dismissal at 11:00)
Friday, October 25 TPA and ES Halloween Celebration & Parades 
Monday–Friday, October 28–November 1 ES Autumn Break
Friday–Sunday, November 15–17 HS Fall Play: A Christmas Carol (reserve seats) to update link
Please refer to for a more detailed look at upcoming events.

Regular Shuttle Service for ES on Monday

Please take note that although there is no school for MS and HS students on Monday, October 7, this will be a regular school day for ES students. The ES shuttle service will run as usual. 

Field Trips on October 10

There are many exciting field trips planned for Thursday, October 10! Our students will be heading to the following destinations:

  • Grade 5: Adventure in Leysin, Switzerland (October 9–11)
  • Grade 4: Bellinzona Castles, Bellinzona
  • Grade 3: Museo dei fossili di Meride, Monte San Giorgio
  • Grade 2: Parco San Grato, Carona
  • Grade 1: Explore Natural Habitats on Monte Bre, Lugano
  • Kindergarten: The Five Senses Nature Walk, Origlio Lake
  • Pre-K 4: Autumn Sights and Smells: Scavenger Hunt, Origlio Lake
  • Pre-K 3: Park Treasure Hunt, Gentilino

Academics: MAP Testing

MAP Testing: We have completed all MAP tests. The score reports will be sent home by regular mail next week and we will have an informational meeting for parents about the test and how to interpret the results on October 17 from 18:00 to 19:00 in Monticello 1 and 2. (Monticello is the building connected to the MCF Library on the main TASIS campus.)

TPA Hike & Lunch on October 9

The TPA invites you to join hike leaders Vittoria Marazzi and Francesca Varano on a beautiful 90-minute hike—with a stop for lunch at Ristorante Vicania in Vico Morcote before heading back to the point of origin. Everyone is welcome! Come make new friends and join old ones! 

Please RSVP to so that we can reach you with any additional details! In the case of rain or bad weather, the trip will be canceled.

Save the Date: TPA Used Uniform Sale on October 11 

Fall into spectacular savings at the TPA’s Used Uniform Sale by the Monticello arches on Friday, October 11, from 14:45–17:30. All proceeds from this fundraiser will go toward events for our students.

Halloween Decorating on October 21 

The TPA is looking for volunteers to help decorate the Focolare and Hadsall lunchrooms on Monday, October 21, beginning at 8:00 AM. To volunteer, please contact your room parent or send an email to

Halloween Party at Focolare on October 25

The ES is seeking volunteers to make yummy baked treats and lead games with students in Pre-K through grade one following their Halloween Parade on Friday, October 25. The Halloween party will be held from 14:45–15:30, and children will receive a bag of Trick-or-Treat candy to take home! To volunteer, please contact your room parent or send an email to

Halloween Party for Grades 2–5 on October 25

After the ES Halloween Parade for students in grades 2–5 on Friday, October 25, we will celebrate on the Hadsall playground from 14:45–15:30 with pizza from Chef Fabio and yummy treats from the TPA. To volunteer to make baked goods and to serve our children during the party, please contact your room parent or send an email to

ES After-School Choir Program

Dear Parents,

The ES After-School Choir is looking for more members! We move, sing, play instruments, and develop our creative expression, and there are many opportunities all year long to perform what we’ve worked on in choir for an audience. We hope a few more children can join us! 

Thank you,

Ms. Melody

Thank You for Your Support!

Dear Parents,

I would like to sincerely thank everyone who came to our fundraising event in the Palmer Center last weekend. Thanks to your support, I am proud to report that we were able to raise CHF 375 in support of Traveling Tutus’ mission to provide dance attire to children around the world! 

Through this and other fundraisers, I am now 78 percent of the way toward meeting my goal of $1500. Please have a look at my fundraising page if you would like to help me reach the finish line!

I would also like to thank Ms. Love for helping me organize and run this event. She was a huge help!

With gratitude,

Alexia Dochnal ’22

Electronic Devices on Shuttle Buses

We have once again been made aware of some unfortunate behavior with electronic devices on our shuttles buses—including the playing of inappropriate music/video content at loud volumes—and would like to limit the use of these devices on the rides to and from school, which we consider to be an extension of the school day. (Please note that the use of mobile phones and other electronic devices is not permitted at meals or in the classroom.) 

We understand that students may occasionally need to send a quick message home, and that kind of behavior remains acceptable. But we no longer want students to use their devices to play music or videos that other students can hear, take photos or videos of other students, or carry out any other form of inappropriate behavior. Our drivers have been instructed to take devices if they spot this kind of behavior.

We thank you for understanding and ask that you please have a quick conversation with your children to help us enforce this message.


To purchase a BPA-free refillable water bottle for CHF 30, please send an email to All proceeds will go toward TPA events organized on behalf of our students.

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