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MS Weekly Bulletin | December 8, 2017
Posted 12/08/2017 02:00PM

Year's end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us.

- Hal Borland

Upcoming Events

Saturday, December 9
MS Christmas Celebration for students and faculty
Sunday, December 10
All-School Christmas Service
Friday, December 15
Last day of classes before WInter Holiday
Saturday, December 16
Dormitories close
Saturday, January 6
Dormitories open for boarding students
Monday, January 8
Classes resume

 

Christmas Holiday Begins Next Friday

 

Friday, December 15, will be the last full day of classes before Christmas Holiday. Classes resume with the normal morning routine on Monday, January 8. Please note that we will not be sending a bulletin next week. Our next weekly bulletin will be sent on Friday, January 12.


TPA Holiday Market Raises More than CHF 3300 for Service Learning Program

Thank you to the TPA and to everyone who attended last Friday's wonderful Holiday Market and Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. Thanks to the TPA, many student and faculty volunteers, and a supportive community, the event raised more than CHF 3300 for the Service Learning Program!

A message from TPA President Laura Colombo:

Dear TASIS Community,

As TPA President, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all parents involved in TPA activities. We are working so hard—with passion— and respecting each other as we always think about what is good for the students and for the entire School.

The TPA team is big, which is great! We have organized many events, and many times we have asked for help from students. I can say that they have worked so hard, and we have learned a lot from each other.

The TPA supported the TASIS Service Learning Program by donating tables for the Holiday Market. Students and their team leaders demonstrated strong responsibility as they managed sales at the event, and we achieved our goal of raising CHF 3,000 to invest in charitable projects. Great job, guys!

This week we also had the TPA Faculty and Staff Appreciation Panettone to demonstrate our thanks to all the people who inspire our students with passion and help them develop a curiosity for learning every single day at school.

Now it is time for my family and me to wish you a Merry Christmas and a joyous holiday season!

Best wishes,

Laura Colombo


Please Join Us for Holiday Celebrations!  

MS Christmas Celebration for Students and Faculty will be held tomorrow, December 9. A formal dinner will start at 18:30 and be followed by a celebration with games and dance. Students may not arrive later than 18:30 or leave earlier than 21:30. Formal attire—no jeans. Please also take note that for the dance and games that will follow our dinner, students need to bring a change of shoes, as black soles and high heel shoes are not allowed in the Palestra.

The TASIS Christmas Service will be on Sunday, December 10, at 15:30 at the church of San Nicolao della Flüe (Lugano–Besso). Mrs. Lynn Fleming Aeschliman, Chairman of the Board, and Mr. Christopher Nikoloff, Headmaster, wish to welcome all families to attend the service. The Service will feature performances from the ES, MS, HS, and Faculty Choirs; the TASIS Orchestra; and members of the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana. A reception for parents, friends, and performers will follow.

Christmas Service Schedule for Performers on Sunday, December 10:

12:30
Students must be in the main TASIS parking lot.
12:45
All participants—singers,  musicians, and readers—will be taken by bus from TASIS to the San Nicolao Church.
13:15–15:00
Final rehearsal in the church
15:30–16:30
Christmas Service
16:30
Dismissal for all students except for performers
16:30–17:00
Reception in the Reception Hall for parents, friends, and performers
17:15
Dismissal from the church (performers return to campus by 17:30)

Day families: Please note that day student performers must travel to the church with the School.


MS Assemblies and Advisor Meetings

During the Advisor block on Thursday, December 7, grade six students had their fifth session on Conflict Resolution. The topic of discussion for grades seven and eight was also conflict resolution.

Please enjoy a video clip from our MS Cultural Assembly in late November: https://youtu.be/QAC0mytemYg


WISER Co-Founder Andrew Cunningham Returns to TASIS

Andrew Cunningham, who last visited TASIS seven years ago when he was seeking a partner for the WISER Girls Secondary School—a pioneering boarding school in Muhuru Bay, Kenya, that he co-founded in 2006—returned to campus on November 30 to address High School, Middle School, and Elementary School students and meet with the current members of the WISER Global Service Program group.

Read about Mr. Cunningham's visit on the TASIS Blog.


Winter Uniform

Many students  are getting sick this time of the year, and this is a gentle reminder that students must come to school dressed in their winter uniforms.

  • All students must have the TASIS crest on the top layer.
  • Only TASIS scarves are allowed.
  • Hats must be taken off while indoors.
  • Athletic shoes, white soles, heavy boots, rubber rain boots, and Uggs are not permitted (this policy may be relaxed during rain and snow).

Audition for Beauty and the Beast Jr.

The MS is excited to announce the audition for the MS Musical Beauty and the Beast Jr., which will be held on Tuesday, December 12, from 16:00–18:00 in the Palmer Center. Each student who attends the audition will be cast in the show and is expected to commit to the entire rehearsal/performance schedule listed below. We are looking forward to a fabulous production!

Rehearsals:

  • Starting on Thursday, January 11: every Thursday from 16:00–18:00 until Academic Travel/Ski Week
  • Starting on Tuesday, March 6: every Tuesday and Thursday from 16:00–18:00

The performances will be held on Friday–Sunday, May 18-20, and the activity will finish after the final performance.

 


Cometa Service Learning Group: No Dress Code Day on December 15

The Cometa Service Learning group is holding a "Christmas Spirit" No Dress Code Day on Friday, December 15. MS students can purchase their ticket for CHF 5 from Cometa members beginning on Monday, December 11. Students who would like to participate must also wear some combination of green, red, and white to show Christmas spirit and celebrate the last day of school before the Winter Holiday.

We invite our community to participate in order to support this unique charity home located in Como. Cometa serves as a community of families involved in temporary or permanent adoption. Cometa also teaches manual/practical jobs to high schoolers who have found traditional schools challenging. MS students in the Cometa SL group have been introduced to this extraordinary institution, and they are enthusiastic to help. For further information, do not hesitate to contact Ms. Irene Avaldi or visit the Cometa website.

The Cometa Service Learning group will visit Cometa at the beginning of the new semester and deliver the proceeds collected during the No Dress Code Day to support, in particular, scholarships given to students in need.


MS Ski and Snowboard Club

For a sixth season, we'll be skiing and snowboarding with a wonderful group of MS students in various ski resorts around Switzerland. The first outing will be on Sunday, January 21. The other outings will be on January 28, February 11, and February 18. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Alava or Ms. Breton.


MS Winter Adventure for 7th and 8th Grade: February 26–March 2

MS Winter Adventure in St. Moritz is required for all students in grades seven and eight, as it is a core part of the MS Curriculum and the TASIS experience. Please see packing lists.


Security Reminder: Pick-Up Passes Must Be Displayed

We ask that you please make sure to display your pick-up pass in the windshield of your car any time you pick students up on the main TASIS campus. Our new security company, Gruppo Sicurezza, has reported that many drivers do not have their passes out when they enter the parking lot.

Thank you for your collaboration in helping us make this daily event safer and more efficient for our community. If you have any questions or would like to request a new pick-up pass, please email Sara Soncina.


MS Parent Support Committee (PSC) Meeting Highlights  

The following topics were discussed at the PSC meeting on October 19:

  • Mathematics: Curriculum alignment between MS and HS, and following both the course book and the Key Stage 3 (KS3) curriculum.
  • Italian: The transition from Advanced Italian to Lingua classes.
  • English Mainstream: Curriculum consistency between course sections.
  • Family Weekend Feedback

A printed copy of the PSC meeting minutes is available in the De Nobili office of Executive Assistant to the Headmaster Cristina Wyss.

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