When your desires are strong enough, you will appear to possess superhuman powers to achieve.
- Napoleon Hill
Wednesday, January 24
MS Parent Coffee • Casa Fleming
Thursday, January 25
End of Fall Semester
Monday, February 5
Tuesday, February 6
MS Parent Evening
Monday, February 12–Friday, February 16
Monday, February 26–Friday, March 2
Grades 7–8 Winter Adventure
Monday, February 26–Wednesday, February 28
Grade 6 Spring Academic Travel
Thursday, March 1–Friday, March 2
No school for grade 6
MS Math and English help during lunch will continue for the rest of the year:
- Belvedere Garage
- Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
- English (open to students of all English levels)
- Belvedere Inner
- Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
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
The Fall Virtue Award Ceremony was held during the MS Assembly on Wednesday, January 17. Congratulations to the recipients of the Magnificent Seven Awards!
Grade 8: Valentina Alencar Barros
Grade 7: Katherine Setterberg
Grade 6: Edoardo Vasino
Grade 8: Jane Wilson
Grade 7: Romolo Cerra
Grade 6: Artur Loika
Grade 8: Maria Mochalnikova
Grade 7: Giovanni Barbieri
Grade 6: Sarah Bjorck
Grade 8: Anastasia Besanidou
Grade 7: Léa Le Mat
Grade 6: Mauriaurora Rosso
Grade 8: Olivia Garcia-Atance Arimont
Grade 7: Maria Svetlova
Grade 6: Giada Giuliani
Grade 8: Faye Losekoot
Grade 7: Arina Kalashnikova
Grade 6: Pedro Frascogna
Grade 8: Ivan Linnikov
Grade 7: Dominique Grigorian
Grade 6: Caroline Titland
During the Advisor block on Thursday, January 18, grade six students had their last session on Conflict Resolution and Bullying. Grade seven and grade eight advisors talked to their students about bullying.
After-School Sports and Activities
Ski Race in Engelberg: Last weekend our MS/HS Ski team sliced up the slopes of Engelberg and came back with a number of medals and prizes (read more). Congratulations to MS student Matteo Fortunato for two first-place finishes! The next race will take place on Tuesday, January 30, in Haut-Lac.
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.
The MS Boys 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 participate in the ISSL tournament at ISZL in Hünenberg Zug. They will depart from TASIS at 6:30 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 7:15 and return at approximately 17:30. 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. 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 will be "Understanding your children for who they are." The following articles are recommended in advance of the meeting:
- 5 Ways to Nurture your Child's Individuality
- Embrace Your Children For Who They Are
- Parent the Child You Have, Not the Child You Wish You Had
- Embracing Children for Who They Are
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, the International Brunch, and much more. Please see the MS events for the week.
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 any delicious homemade traditional dishes you'd like to share with our MS community.
After-School Activities: All activities except for Drama (on Thursday) will be canceled during International Week.
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 7–8, as it is a core part of the MS Curriculum and the TASIS experience. Please see the packing list.
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 or pick him or her up on March 2, 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 Grade 6 (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. Please see the packing list.
If you plan to take your child directly to the hotel in Zurich on February 26 or pick him or her up on February 28, 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 Spring Academic Travel, it is important that you talk to the advisor beforehand.
MS Service Learning
The World Issues Service Learning group will travel to Geneva Thursday, April 19–Saturday, April 21. The group will leave on Thursday morning and return in the early evening on Saturday. The itinerary and packing list will be shared with the families and students when details are confirmed. Please contact Ms. Grove Locke or Ms. Vidana with any questions in the meantime.
TPA Planning Meetings Next Week
The TPA invites all parents to attend coffee planning meetings at Bora da Besa in Gentilino at 8:30 AM next Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday (January 23–26). The TPA Committee will introduce and explain several upcoming events it will be organizing, including a Wine and Hors d'oeuvres Reception, the International Week Potluck Lunch, the Egg Hunt, and the Spring Gala. Parents are welcome to attend any or all of the meetings and help plan these exciting events. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
A Notice from the Health and Wellness Center
The flu, cold, and gastro season is upon us, and we urge all parents to keep their children at home if they have any of the following symptoms:
- fever greater than 37.5 °C (100 °F)
- continuous coughing not relieved with cough medicine
- nasal congestion
- vomiting or diarrhea within the previous 24 hours
Viruses are spread when people come in close contact with sick people and inhale airborne contaminants or come in contact with contaminated surfaces.
Prevention is the key to spreading the viruses. The best prevention is to teach your children to wash their hands frequently with soap and water or hand sanitizer, especially before eating and after using the bathroom.
Other preventative measures include the following:
- covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue (dispose of the tissue afterward) or using an elbow or arm if no tissue is available
- not sharing drinks, food, or unwashed utensils
- getting plenty of rest, eating healthy foods, and drinking lots of water and healthy drinks (not soda)
- avoiding sick people and staying at home when sick
- disinfecting surfaces that are prone to germs, such phones, keyboards, and door knobs
We take the health of our students seriously and work hard to keep viruses from spreading, but we need your help and cooperation to be successful. Thank you!