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ES Weekly Bulletin | January 24, 2020
Posted 01/24/2020 10:00AM

ES Robotics Club

Students engaged in direct experience with materials, unforeseen obstacles, and serendipitous discoveries may result in understanding never anticipated by the teacher.


– Sylvia Libow Martinez

Upcoming Events

Friday, January 24–Sunday, January 26 Winter Art Exhibition • Palmer Center
Friday, January 24 TPA Used Uniform Sale • Palmer Center lobby, 14:30–17:30
Monday, January 27 Comune Meeting • Palmer Center, 20:00
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

Novel Coronavirus Outbreak

Dear Parents,

As I’m sure most of you are aware, Chinese authorities identified a cluster of novel coronavirus 2019-nCoV infections in Wuhan City, China, in late December. We are tracking this situation closely and have consulted with Healix, our risk management partner, which is currently advising an increased level of caution when traveling to or from any part of China. The Chinese government initially advised against traveling to and from the Wuhan region before taking the further step of placing the city under lockdown on Thursday.

This is a developing situation, so we strongly recommend that any students or families planning to travel to China for the upcoming New Year celebrations seek the latest travel advice before doing so. Please refer to this Rapid Risk Assessment from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control for more information.

Sincerely,

Christopher Nikoloff
Headmaster


Winter Art Exhibition Opens Today

We welcome you to join us at the Winter Art Exhibition, which opens in the Palmer Center today 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 This Afternoon

Have you noticed that upon returning from the Holiday break, your child has outgrown everything? Why spend more money buying new winter uniform items that will not last until next year? Instead stop by our Used Uniform Sale in the Palmer Center lobby this afternoon from 14:30–17:30 to pick up all the transitional pieces you need! Buying pre-owned clothing is eco-friendly, and this recycling system helps everyone in the community!


Comune Meeting at TASIS on Monday

Many of you may have recently received the above invitation in your mailboxes. Please note that this “Incontro con la scuola TASIS” meeting was initiated by the Collina d’Oro comune and will be held on the TASIS campus in the Palmer Center on Monday, January 27, at 20:00. We very much welcome all parents who live on the Collina d’Oro to participate. Thank you for your understanding and support of TASIS! 


ES Open House on February 6

This is a reminder that 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.


TASIS Board of Directors

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 if you’d like to attend.


Memorial Mass for Mrs. Fleming on February 7

The annual memorial mass for TASIS Founder M. Crist Fleming will be held on Friday, February 7, at 8:00 AM at the Sant'Abbondio Church in Gentilino. The entire TASIS community is invited to attend.


TPA Volunteers Needed For International Week! 

The TPA is calling all parents to prepare traditional homemade dishes that share and celebrate their child’s heritage! Volunteers are also needed to serve during the Hadsall lunch period and Focolare snack time. This is a great opportunity to get involved with International Week, a wonderful TASIS tradition for our students that will be held from February 10–14 this year! See the posters below for more details, and please contact your room parent and/or TPA ES Coordinator to sign up.


Register for International Showcase by February 4

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. 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. 


Presentation from ES-MS Transition Meeting

Thank you to all the 5th-grade parents who attended our ES-MS Transition Meeting on Tuesday evening. If you were unable to attend the meeting or would like to review the information we covered, the presentation can be found here.


TPA Eco-Conscious Fundraiser 

Order your personalized BPA-free, stainless steel refillable water bottle (500 ml) and support the TPA! Vibrant new spring colors have arrived! The name of your choice will be engraved on the bottle, making this a unique gift idea for all occasions!

To place an order, please send an email to tpa@tasis.ch and specify the color, text, and font (see examples below) you would like. All proceeds from this sale will go toward the TPA’s eco-conscious initiatives and TPA events. 


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