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ES Weekly Bulletin | November 8, 2019
Posted 11/08/2019 02:00PM

Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.

– Pablo Picasso

Upcoming Events

Friday–Sunday, November 15–17 HS Fall Play: A Christmas Carol (reserve seats)
Saturday, November 23 Yoga Marathon • 9:00–16:30, Palestra Dance Studio (register)
Tuesday, November 26 Sweet November Dance Company performance • 18:30, Palmer Center (register)
Friday, November 29 Thanksgiving Holiday (no classes)
Friday, December 6 TPA Holiday Market and Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony • 16:30
Sunday, December 8 All-School Christmas Service • 15:15, San Nicolao della Flüe, Lugano-Besso
Friday, December 13 ES Theater Club Workshop Performance • 19:00, Palmer Center
Wednesday, December 18 ES Christmas Concert • 11:00, Palestra
  • Winter Holiday ends after the concert
  • No bus shuttle service that afternoon

Presentation from this Week’s ES Parent Coffee

English Literacy Coordinator Erin Fitzgerald and English support teacher Jill Gozdowski presented at the ES Parent Coffee on Wednesday morning. Please find the slides from their presentation here.

High School Fall Play Opens Next Friday!

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.

Director Valerie Bijur Carlson and Assistant Director Matthew Frazier-Smith have put together a tremendous cast and crew that not only feature High School thespians in acting, design, tech, and stage management roles but also include several young actors from the Middle and Elementary Schools. Learn more on the TASIS Blog.

A Christmas Carol will premiere in the Palmer Center on Friday, November 15, at 19:30 and will also be performed Saturday at 19:30 and Sunday at 14:30.

Seats are filling up quickly, so be sure to reserve yours now!

Reserve your seats

Yoga Marathon on November 23: Register Now

The second annual TASIS Yoga Marathon will take place on Saturday, November 23, from 9:00–16:30. This community-building event will include five yoga sessions—each featuring a different style of yoga with a first-rate instructor—and a raffle with a number of exciting prizes. 

All proceeds will go toward Serving Southern Africa, an Opsahl Global Service Program group that spends two weeks each June serving rural and urban communities in Zambia—helping the elderly, volunteering at a local preschool, assisting with the provision of medication at a local hospital, planting trees, holding art workshops for street children, and transforming the community through service.

To register and see the full schedule of events for this year’s Yoga Marathon, visit

Sweet November Dance Company to Perform on November 26

TASIS's own Sweet November Dance Company (SNDC) will present its annual fall showcase, Take Flight, on Tuesday, November 26, from 18:30–19:15 in the Palmer Cultural Center. The performance will include contemporary, hip hop, jazz, and aerial dance. Reserve your seats before it’s too late!

This enthusiastic company is made up of TASIS High School students who dedicate their Sunday afternoons to learning company ensemble works from contemporary to hip hop dance numbers. Take Flight will feature work from two guest choreographers, Jordine Cornish (Tel Aviv) and Alessia della Casa (Lugano), and will include original works choreographed by both students and faculty members. The company, directed by Ms. Julie Frazier-Smith, will be joined on stage by dancers from the TASIS Faculty, Middle School, and Elementary School, and ballerina-themed artwork created by Elementary School students will be exhibited in the Palmer Center lobby. Please come join the dance celebration of the season and make your November a little sweeter!

Reserve seats

Watch Sweet November Dance Company’s most recent performance here, and see photos on the TASIS SmugMug page.

A Letter Regarding the 2019 Christmas Service 

Dear Parents,

Please be advised of the following details about the 2019 Christmas Service.

Rehearsal Schedule on December 4
There will be a mandatory rehearsal for all participants at the church on Wednesday, December 4.

  • ES Choir students will leave campus at 12:30.
  • MS first semester Music students and MS Choir students will leave campus at 12:45.
  • HS Choir and Instrumental Ensemble students will leave at 12:45. 

Transport to and from the San Nicolao Church will be coordinated by Ms. Simone Aeschliman.

Details are as follows:

  • ES students will return to campus by 14:15 in time for their after-school activities and shuttles home.
  • MS first-semester music students will return to campus at 14:40 in time for their last class, after-school activities, and shuttles home. Please see the altered schedule for this day below.
  • HS and MS Choir and instrumental students will continue rehearsing with the orchestra until 16:00.
  • MS and HS Choral singers will be taken by bus to the Villa Principe Leopoldo to sing for a Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony that begins at 17:00.
  • Instrumentalists will return to school by 16:30.
  • HS recreational sports are canceled that afternoon. HS day students who wish to return home directly from the Villa Principe Leopoldo must obtain permission from their parents, who must advise both Ms. Samantha Forrest and Mr. KC McKee.

Christmas Service Schedule for Performers: Sunday, December 8

12:15               Students must be in the main TASIS parking lot.

12:30               All participants—singers, musicians, and readers—will be taken by bus from TASIS to church. 

13:00–14:45    Final rehearsal in the church

15:15–16:15     Christmas Service

16:15                Dismissal for all students except for performers

16:15–16:45     Reception in the Reception Hall following the service for parents, friends, and performers

17:00               Dismissal from the church (performers return to campus by 17:15)

Day families: Please note that day student performers must travel to the church with the School. If day students wish to depart after the service with their families, they must inform their music teacher by Thursday, November 28.

Please contact your divisional teacher or Ms. Simone Aeschliman with any questions or concerns.

Thank you, and happy holidays!

Ms. Simone Aeschliman ( – Cultural Events Coordinator)
Samantha Forrest ( – High School Music Teacher)
Yara Abu Er Rubb ( – Middle School Music Teacher)
Melody Tibbits Zanecchia ( – Elementary School Music Teacher)

Volunteers Needed for TPA Holiday Market on December 6 

The TPA has begun organizing this year’s Holiday Market, which will be held at TASIS on Friday, December 6. They had their first planning meeting this week and are excited to get started! If you are interested in volunteering for this annual community-building event, please send an email to

TPA October Newsletter 

Please click here to view the TPA’s October Newsletter, and please send an email to if you are on the TPA mailing list and did not receive this newsletter OR if you would like the TPA to add you to its mailing list. 

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