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MS Weekly Bulletin | January 12, 2018
Posted 01/12/2018 02:00PM

"Each New Year, we have before us a brand new book containing 365 blank pages. Let us fill them with all the forgotten things from last year—the words we forgot to say, the love we forgot to show, and the charity we forgot to offer."

- Pope Francis

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, January 24
MS Parent Coffee • Casa Fleming
Thursday, January 25
End of first semester
Monday, February 5
No school
Tuesday, February 6
MS Parent Evening
Monday, February 12–Friday, February 16
International Week


La Scala Dance Troupe to Perform at TASIS Monday Night

On the evening of Monday, January 15, TASIS will host a return visit of six dancers from the Dance Troupe of Milan's La Scala Opera House. This troupe has visited TASIS numerous times, and its performances have always been very well-received by students and faculty members.

This year's performance will begin in the Palestra at 19:00 and will feature both modern and classical dance pieces, including Venice Carnival with music by Cesare Pugni; a "pas de deux" from Romeo and Juliet by Prokofiev; a piece from Il Corsaro with music by Adolphe Adam; "Memories of a Romance" by Bach; and a finishing dance with an homage to Gershwin.

This cultural event is required for all boarding students (who must be in dress code), and parents are also welcome to attend.


The Fall semester will end on Thursday, January 25.

MS Math and EAL help during lunch will continue for the rest of the year:

  • Math
    • Belvedere Garage
    • Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
    • 12:45–13:10
  • EAL
    • Belvedere Inner
    • Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
    • 12:45–13:10

EAL Film Program for MS EAL Beginner Classes: Students are required to attend the second film session on Friday, March 16, from 15:45–18:00 and on Saturday, March 17, from 10:00–12:00.

MS Assemblies and Advisor Meetings

During Wednesday Assembly on January 10, students were asked to reflect on the past year and set their goals (academic and personal) for 2018.

During the Advisor block on Thursday, January 11, students got an overview of the second semester and  reviewed the Magnificent Seven virtues. The Fall Semester Values Awards Ceremony will be held next week during assembly.

Spring Musicals Announced


High School Theater Director Valerie Carlson has announced that this year's High School Spring Musical will be Annie Get Your Gun, the classic American musical based on the life and legend of Wild West sharpshooter Annie Oakley and featuring songs by the incomparable Irving Berlin.

Annie Get Your Gun will be performed the weekend of March 16–18, with a special matinee geared towards families. More details will follow.

Elementary and Middle School Theater Director Matthew Frazier-Smith has announced that this year's Middle School Spring Musical will be Disney's Beauty and the Beast JR., which is based on the Academy Award-winning motion picture and the original Broadway production that ran for more than 13 years and was nominated for nine Tony Awards.

Beauty and the Beast JR. will be performed the weekend of May 18–20, with a special matinee performance included. More details will be shared later.

Mr. Frazier-Smith also announced that the Elementary School Spring Musical will be Cry Wolf, an original production written by Stephanie Figer, TJ Liquori, and Mikey Rosenbaum, three veteran members of the TASIS Summer Programs' Dedicated Performing Arts Team (DPAT).

Cry Wolf will be performed on Thursday, May 31, and on Friday, June 1. Details to follow.

After-School Sports and Activities

Ski Race in Engelberg: Good luck to our ski racers, who are participating at the ISZL race in Engelberg today, January 12. and tomorrow, January, 13! The students will return tomorrow around 18:30.

MS Girls Basketball: Due to a cultural event in the Palestra (TASIS will host a return visit of six dancers from the Dance Troupe of Milan's La Scala Opera House), the girls basketball after-school activity will be canceled on Monday, January 15.

The MS Girls Basketball team will play against the American School in Milan (ASM) on Tuesday, January 23. They will depart at 14:30 and return in the evening. On Friday–Saturday, January 26–27, the team will play against ISSL teams (ISZL, ISB, ICSZ, ZIS) in Basel. They will depart from TASIS at 13:00 on Friday and return on Saturday evening.

MS Ski and Snowboard Club

The first outing will be on Sunday, January 21. The bus will depart from the main parking lot at 7:00 and return at approximately 18:00. All students must bring their equipment. Boarding students will be provided with a sack lunch but may eat at the restaurant at their own expense if they wish. Day students may bring their lunch or eat at the ski resort restaurant at their own expense. The students enrolled in the Club will receive further information about the destination. In case of an emergency on the day of the outing, contact one of the TASIS Ski and Snowboard Club leaders at 079 393 6196.

Upcoming MS Parent Coffee

The next MS Parent Coffee will be held on Wednesday, January 24, from 8:30–9:30 in Casa Fleming. The meeting will be led by School Counselor Ms. Waters, and the topic is "Understanding your children for who they are." The following articles are recommended in advance of the meeting:

MS Valentine's Day Celebration

On Friday, February 9, MS students will celebrate Valentine's Day. The celebration will take place in the Palestra from 19:00–20:30. Students are asked to wear a piece of clothing or an accessory that is red or pink. Dress code is casual smart (no t-shirts, ties are not required, and elegant jeans or trousers are allowed). Students are required to arrive by 19:00 and will not be allowed to leave until 20:30. This special event is organized by the Event Planners Service Learning Group.

International Week: February 12–16

The TASIS community will host its annual International Week in February. MS students will participate in the Parade of Flags, the Middle School World Cup Soccer Tournament, International Brunch, and much more. More details to come.

International Brunch: Our annual MS International Brunch will be held on Thursday, February 15, from 9:05 to 11:00. To make this event a successful one, family participation is essential! We would appreciate you making delicious homemade traditional dishes to share with our MS community.

Alternate Schedule during International Week: We will be running an alternate schedule for International Week. There will be no After-School Activities that week.

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

MS Winter Adventure in St. Moritz is required for all 7th and 8th grade students, as it is a core part of the MS Curriculum and the TASIS experience. Please see packing lists.

Snowboarding during MS Winter Adventure: Please take note that during MS Winter Adventure, Beginner Snowboarding classes are not offered due to safety precautions.

If you plan to take your child directly to the hotel in St-Moritz on February 26, please email your child's advisor and Ms. Breton with the specific information at least five days before departure. If your child is a day student and needs to take medication during Winter Adventure, it is important that you talk to the advisor beforehand. Two school nurses will also be available on site.

MS Spring Academic Travel for 6th Grade (February 26–28)

MS Academic Travel is part of the TASIS curriculum and is required for all 6th grade students. This spring the students will visit Zurich. The details and packing lists will be shared in the next bulletin.

Reminder About the TASIS Uniform

All students must come to school in the TASIS uniform. If day students are out of uniform, their parents will be contacted by school and asked to bring the proper uniform promptly.

MS Attendance

To inform the school of an absence (for the full academic day, single classes, or after-school activities), please go to the Student Attendance & Transportation Request area of the Veracross Parent Portal as soon as possible and provide details of the absence. Please be specific, make sure to choose the correct date, and always provide the reason. An absence may only be excused by the School, which reserves the right to determine whether an absence is excused or unexcused.

If you have any questions regarding the attendance records or need assistance in reporting the absence in Veracross, contact

Free iOS Apps from TASIS

As noted in the Bring Your Own Device FAQ, TASIS can provide school-related apps to Middle School students using iPads for free. A reminder email was sent out recently to MS students with instructions on how to enroll in the TASIS mobile device management system to gain access to the iOS apps TASIS has purchased.


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