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ES Weekly Bulletin | October 11, 2019
Posted 10/11/2019 02:12PM

“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another,
‘What! You too? I thought I was the only one.’”


– C.S. Lewis

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, October 16 TPA Hike • 11:00, Carona parking lot
Thursday, October 17 MAP Test Presentation • 18:00–19:00, Monticello 1 and 2
Tuesday, October 22 Informational Event for Parents • 11:30, Casa Fleming
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 Holiday
Friday–Sunday, November 15–17 HS Fall Play: A Christmas Carol (reserve seats)
Saturday, November 23 Yoga Marathon • 9:00–16:30
Friday, November 29 All-school: no classes
Please refer to for a more detailed look at upcoming events.


TPA Hike & Lunch Moved to October 16

Due to poor weather this Wednesday, the TPA hike has been moved to this coming Wednesday, October 16. Join hike leaders Vittoria Marazzi and Francesca Varano for 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! 

All hikers will meet in the Carona parking lot at 11:00. Please RSVP to so that the TPA can contact you with any additional details. The trip may be postponed again in the event of inclement weather.

MAP Testing: Informational Meeting on October 17

MAP Results: The student profile reports were mailed this week to families with students in grades 3–5, and they should be in your mailboxes by early next week. We will have an informational meeting for parents about the MAP tests and how to interpret the results on Thursday, October 17, from 18:00 to 19:00 in Monticello 1 and 2.

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

Join Us for Lunch and a Discussion on October 22

All TASIS parents are invited to an informational event in Casa Fleming on Tuesday, October 22, beginning at 11:30. Headmaster Christopher Nikoloff and Accreditation Coordinator Nilda Lucchini will provide an update about the accreditation process and lead a discussion about the School’s ongoing efforts to develop a Definition of High Quality Learning, for which parents will be encouraged to provide feedback. 

A panini lunch will be served in Casa Fleming at 11:30 for those interested. The presentation and Q&A will commence at 12:00 and should conclude by 13:00. 

Parent-Teacher Conferences on October 24

Parent-teacher conferences will be held on Thursday, October 24, and are available in 15-minute increments beginning at 12:30. The last conference starts at 17:30. Sign-up information will be emailed to parents next week.

We will also have a sign-up for our specialist teachers for PE, Music, Art, Italian, and Library. For easy access, all teachers will be located in the Palestrina (the small gym).

Students will be dismissed around 11:00 that day, and lunch will not be served. Specific dismissal times are as follows:

10:50 • Bus departure
11:00–11:15 • Car dismissal

11:00 • Bus departure
11:00 • Walker dismissal
11:05 • Car dismissal

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

Reserve Your Seats for A Christmas Carol

This year’s High School Fall Play, A Christmas Carol, will premiere in the Palmer Center at 19:30 on the evening of Friday, November 15, with additional performances at 19:30 on Saturday, November 16, and at 14:30 on Sunday, November 17. The cast and crew include faculty members and students from all three TASIS divisions.

Please visit to reserve your seats for this treasured holiday classic.

Join us as we kick off the winter holiday season with the theatrical production of Charles Dickens’s world-famous A Christmas Carol. In the tale, miserly, mean-spirited Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by three spirits who take him backwards, forwards, and sideways in time to try to teach him the values of compassion and empathy. The production stays faithful to Dickens’s story, filling the stage with colorful characters, music and dance, ghosts and spirits, and an author whose love of life and humanity provokes us to seek out the best in ourselves.

Save the Date: Yoga Marathon on November 23

The second annual TASIS Yoga Marathon will take place on Saturday, November 23, from 9:00–16:30. This Serving Southern Africa fundraiser will be structured similarly to last January’s very successful event, which raised CHF 3000 for underprivileged children in Zambia. More information will be shared soon.

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