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ES Weekly Bulletin | November 22, 2019
Posted 11/18/2019 12:00PM


A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.

– Walter Winchell

Upcoming Events

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
Wednesday, December 18
  • ES Christmas Concert • 11:00, Palestra
    • School ends after the concert
  • No bus shuttle service that afternoon
Tuesday, January 7 Classes resume

Presenting A Christmas Carol

Congratulations to Director Valerie Bijur Carlson, Assistant Director Matthew Frazier-Smith, and the entire cast and crew of this year’s High School Fall Play for three excellent performances last weekend! The performances on Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon were filmed and can be viewed in full below.

Saturday’s performance

Sunday’s performance


Last Chance to Register for Yoga Marathon 

The second annual TASIS Yoga Marathon will begin tomorrow morning at 9:00 and will conclude at 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 in Zambia each June.

To register and see the full schedule of events, visit


TPA Thanksgiving & Toasts: Last Chance to RSVP!

The TPA invites all TASIS parents and faculty members to join us for a beautiful aperi-dinner at the Villa Principe Leopoldo on Monday, November 25, from 18:00–20:00. Let’s share our gratitude together over a touch of “American” Thanksgiving. Please click on the button below to RSVP and see the full menu for this community-building event.

Register Now

Register for the SNDC Performance Before it’s Too Late!

The amazing Sweet November Dance Company (SNDC) will present its annual fall showcase, Take Flight, on Tuesday, November 26, from 18:30–19:30 in the Palmer Center. The performance will include contemporary, hip hop, jazz, and aerial dance. Reserve your seats now!

No School Next Friday

This is a reminder that there will be no school on Friday, November 29, due to the Thanksgiving holiday. We will send next week’s bulletin on Thursday, and classes will resume on Monday, December 2.

Don’t Miss the TPA Holiday Market & Santa’s Village on December 6

You will not want to miss this year’s TPA Holiday Market, complete with a Santa’s Village that all children are sure to love! The TPA is working hard to bring this annual community-building event to new heights, so plan on stopping by for games, delicious food and drink, lots of holiday spirit, and more. This event is open to the general public, so bring your friends along!

The action will begin with a Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and carols at 16:30 on December 6, with the Holiday Market open for business immediately afterward. Pre-sale tickets for the Santa’s Village will start next week. Save by buying early!

All-School Christmas Service on December 8

The annual All-School Christmas Service will be held at the church of San Nicolao della Flüe at 15:15 on the afternoon of Sunday, December 8. Details regarding the rehearsal schedule on Wednesday, December 4, and plans for the service itself can be found in this bulletin.

ES Speech and Drama Performance on December 13

These young theater artists are almost ready for an audience! Come and see what our After-School Program Speech and Drama students have been working on this semester at 19:00 on Friday, December 13, in the Palmer Center.

ES Christmas Concert on December 18

This year’s Elementary School Christmas Concert will be held in the Palestra on Wednesday, December 18, at 11:00. We expect the program to run for about one hour. 

The dress code for students is "dressy attire" (vestito da cerimonia). Children can wear festive holiday clothing of any color, but we ask that they please do not wear sneakers or denim jeans.

Valet parking will be available from 10:30–12:30, and there will be no shuttle bus service that afternoon. All children will go home with their families after the concert.

We look forward to seeing you at this exciting holiday event!

TPA Eco-Conscious Fundraiser 

Order your personalized BPA-free, stainless steel, refillable water bottle (500 ml) before November 24 in order to receive it before the Christmas holiday! You can have a name engraved on the bottle, making this a very special Christmas gift idea! Please take a look at the graphic below and email to place an order, specifying the following:

  • How many bottles would you like?
  • Which color would you like? (Black, turquoise, blue, pink, or white—note that grey is out of stock.)
  • What name would you like engraved?
  • Which font do you prefer ("Andrew," "Jessica," "Abby," "Elizabeth," or "Paris")?

All proceeds from this sale will go toward the TPA’s eco-conscious initiatives and TPA events.

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