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ES Weekly Bulletin | January 17, 2020
Posted 01/14/2020 01:00PM

Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.


Marcel Proust

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, January 21  ES-MS Transition Meeting for 5th-grade parents • 19:00, Belvedere Salon
Friday, January 24–Sunday, January 26 Winter Art Exhibition • Palmer Center
Friday, January 24 TPA Used Uniforms Sale • Palmer Center lobby, 14:30–17:30
Monday, February 3 Normal school day for ES (no classes for HS and MS that day)
Wednesday, February 5 ES Parent Coffee • 8:30, Casa Fleming
Thursday, February 6 ES Open House • 8:30, Casa Fleming
Thursday, February 6 Parent-Board of Directors Social • 18:00, Resort Collina d’Oro
Monday, February 10—Friday, February 14 International Week
Thursday, February 20 ES Parent-Teacher Conferences • Dismissal at 11:00
Monday, February 24–Friday, February 28 No school for ES; Academic Travel for MS and HS

ES-MS Transition Meeting on Tuesday

This is a reminder that all parents of 5th-grade students are invited to attend a meeting about the Middle School program in the Belvedere Salon on Tuesday, January 21, from 19:00–20:30.

This ES-MS transition meeting will be led by Lower School Head Tim Fitzgerald, Elementary School Assistant Head Guia Berera, and Middle School Dean of Student Affairs MJ Breton, who will address a number of topics related to academics and student life in the Middle School. Please feel free to contact them at timothy.fitzgerald@tasis.ch, guia.berera@tasis.ch, or mj.breton@tasis.ch with any questions in advance of the meeting.


Winter Art Exhibition Opens Next Friday

We welcome you to join us at the High School’s Winter Art Exhibition, which opens in the Palmer Center next Friday, January 24, at 16:00 and will also be open all day Saturday and Sunday. 

The Winter Art Exhibition is primarily a photographic exhibition with participation from some IB Visual Arts students. It is both a showcase of work completed in photography classes and a first opportunity for advanced students to curate an exhibition of their own work. The feedback students receive from the exhibition not only helps them to refine their future work but also allows them to celebrate their accomplishments with the school community. We hope to see you there!


TPA Used Uniform Sale Next Friday

The TASIS Parent Association (TPA) will be running a Used Uniform Sale in the Palmer Center lobby on Friday, January 24, from 14:30–17:30. Stop by on your way to the Winter Art Exhibition!


ES Open House on February 6

We will host an Elementary School Open House for prospective families on Thursday, February 6, from 8:30–10:45 AM. More information can be found in this article, and the registration page is available here


Parent-Board of Directors Social on February 6

All TASIS parents are cordially invited to join us at the annual Parent-Board of Directors Social at the Resort Collina d'Oro on Thursday, February 6, beginning at 18:00. Guests will have an opportunity to socialize with members of the TASIS Board of Directors and the TASIS Administration.

Please RSVP before February 4 to michelle.arslanian@tasis.ch. We hope to have even more families attend this year and look forward to seeing you there!


International Showcase Registration

This year’s ES International Showcase will be held on the morning of Friday, February 14, in the Palmer Center. Students who wish to participate may perform a song, instrumental solo, dance, poem, or short skit that represents their country. They may perform on their own or with friends, but we ask that if the students are from different countries, they find a way to connect the two countries in some creative way.

If you have not already done so, please help your child submit this Google Form by Tuesday, February 4, if he or she would like to perform this year. (Note: If multiple students plan to perform together, please submit only one form per performance and list all names and countries involved.) Any links, mp3s, and videos that will be used in the performance must be included in the submission. Please note that the specific time of the performance will be communicated once registrations are complete.

The maximum performance time is two minutes. Traditional costumes from the country of origin are encouraged for performers but not required. Performers should come to school that day in their performance costume and bring their TASIS uniforms to change into. Please note that TASIS is not able to cover the cost for any instructors or provide space required for rehearsal, and no live accompaniment will be provided.

Please contact Mr. Frazier-Smith (matthew.frazier-smith@tasis.ch) with any questions.


ES After-School Program: Space Available for Dance and Choreography

There are still a few spots left in the Dance and Choreography class that starts today and runs each Friday from 16:00–17:00! It is not too late to join next week. Led by Ms. Julie Frazier–Smith, Director of Sweet November Dance Company, students in this activity study a variety of Modern/Contemporary, Folk, Musical Theater, and Hip Hop dance styles. They also prepare for the Sweet November Dance Company Spring Edition concert that will be part of this year's exciting Spring Arts Festival. All students in grades 2–5 are welcome to join! 

Read this article to learn about the many benefits your child can receive from studying dance, including physical fitness, emotional well-being, social skills, creativity, and perseverance to reach new goals. 

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