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ES Weekly Bulletin | October 18, 2019
Posted 10/18/2019 02:00PM

Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.

– Seneca

Upcoming Events

Sunday, October 20 Ballet Performance • 19:00, Palestra
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
Tuesday, November 26 Sweet November Dance Company Performance • 18:30, Palmer Center
Friday, November 29 Thanksgiving Holiday (no classes)
Wednesday, December 18 ES Christmas Concert • 11:00, Palestra
  • School ends after the concert
  • No shuttle service that afternoon

MAP Information Meeting

Thank you to everyone who came to the MAP information meeting last night. Here is the presentation for those who couldn't make it or would like to take a closer look.

Presentation from Last Week’s ES Parent Coffee

Director of Counseling Mary Cate Hauenstein, Elementary School Counselor Adrianne Poulos, and Director of the Learning Resource Center Dr. Andrew Rhein presented at the last ES Parent Coffee. Please find the slides from their presentation here.

Ballet Dancers from Teatro Alla Scala to Perform at TASIS on Sunday

Five dancers plus for the first time a soloist from the Corps de Ballet of the Teatro alla Scala in Milan will be performing three classical pas-de-deux and one contemporary group piece in the Palestra at 19:00 on Sunday, October 20. Performances will include the following:

  • From Le Corsaire, inspired by Lord Byron's epic poem, “The Corsair”
  • From The Flames of Paris, a ballet in four acts based on songs of the French Revolution
  • Grand Pas Classique from the ballet Raymonda. This ballet is famous above all for its Grand Pas Classique in the third act, which is often performed independently from the ballet itself. 
  • Alchemy: a contemporary group dance choreographed by soloist dancer Matteo Gavazzi 

A group of Corps de Ballet dancers has been coming to TASIS every few years for the past 20 years. We are fortunate that they are willing to sacrifice their day off to come and perform for us since they are often on tour. They were in China this summer, will be heading to Kuwait in January to perform Giselle, will be in Los Angeles for Giselle and Onjegin this spring, and will go to Japan to perform the dance scenes in the opera La Traviata this summer.

Everyone is welcome to attend this TASIS Cultural Event

Halloween Decorating on Monday 

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 Tuesday

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 Council of International Schools (CIS) 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. 

To help the School prepare for this event, please RSVP to if you plan to attend the panini lunch. (You may also let your child’s room parent or TPA section coordinator know if you’d prefer.)

Parent-Teacher Conferences on Thursday

Parent-teacher conferences will be held in the Palestrina on Thursday, October 24, beginning at 12:30. Sign-up information was emailed to parents this week.

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

TPA Used Uniform Sale on Thursday 

Fall into spectacular savings at the TPA Used Uniform Sale in the Palestrina on Thursday, October 24, from 14:00–17:00. All proceeds from this fundraiser will go toward events organized for our students.

TPA Umbrellas for Sale

Support TPA fundraising and help prepare our students for the rainy weather ahead by purchasing beautiful artisan umbrellas made in Italy. Two models of these umbrellas, which also make for wonderful gifts, will be available for purchase at the Used Uniform Sale on Thursday. They can also be ordered by sending an email to

Don’t miss out on this TPA fundraiser, as all proceeds go toward TPA events organized on behalf of our students!

Halloween Party at Focolare on Friday

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 Friday

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 Parent Coffee on November 6

Mr. Fitzgerald invites all parents to the next ES Parent Coffee on the morning of Wednesday, November 6, at 8:30 in Casa Fleming. Parents will have the opportunity to learn about our English Language Arts Program from Literacy Coordinator Erin Fitzgerald.

A Message from the Library: Usborne Book Fair Returns Very Soon!

Dear Parents, 

At the beginning of November, the ES Library will host its annual Fall Usborne Book Fair. I would like to extend a warm welcome to all parents to attend the fair. Please see the dates and times below:

  • Thursday, November 7: Upper Lobby of the Palmer Center (11:15–17:00)
  • Friday, November 8: Upper Lobby of the Palmer Center (8:00–17:00)

Parents are welcome to come anytime during opening hours. Homeroom teachers will bring their classes to the fair for a 30-minute block. While there, students will be able to purchase books directly or order them for later delivery. Here is how it works:

Children who bring money to school
They may select their books and make a direct payment. Some books may not be available upon purchase. These will be pre-paid and ordered. They will be delivered to the school library within 2–3 weeks.

Children who do not bring money to school
They may create a wish list (on a blue sheet of paper received at the fair) that will be sent home the same day. If parents approve of the book choices, students are asked to bring the correct amount of money (in Swiss Francs) the following day to give to their teachers, who will then pass it on to me. The books will be ordered and delivered to the ES Library within 2–3 weeks.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at Many thanks for your support, and I look forward to seeing you at the fair.

Alyssa Uecker
Elementary Librarian

Reserve Your Seats for A Christmas Carol Before it’s Too Late!

Seats are filling up quickly for A Christmas Carol, which will be performed in the Palmer Center on Friday, November 15 (19:30), on Saturday, November 16 (19:30), and on Sunday, November 17 (14:30).

Visit to reserve your seats, and learn more about this year’s High School Fall Play on the TASIS Blog.

Yoga Marathon on November 23: Register Now

You can now register for the second annual TASIS Yoga Marathon, which will take place on Saturday, November 23, from 9:00–16:30. To register and see a full schedule of events, visit

A Safety Note About the Morning Drop-Off Routine

The TASIS Security Team would like us to remind families that when students are dropped off on the Hadsall side of the street, they should always exit their vehicle on the right side (the side farther away from the street) for safety reasons.

No ES Weekly Bulletin the Next Two Weeks

Please note that the next ES Weekly Bulletin will be sent on Friday, November 8, as we typically do not send bulletins on the Friday preceding a week in which classes are not in session (or during the week in which classes are not in session). If any school-related information needs to be communicated in the meantime, it will be emailed directly.

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