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ES Weekly Bulletin | February 9, 2018
Posted 02/09/2018 03:00PM

Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.

– Victor Hugo

Upcoming Events

Monday, February 12–Friday, February 16 International Week
Thursday, February 22 ES Parent-Teacher Conferences
Monday, February 26–Friday, March 2 School closed for ES Winter Break; Academic Travel for MS and HS
Friday, March 9 Yearbook portrait retakes

Recap of the Headmaster’s Presentation on February 7

We would like to thank the many parents who attended Wednesday evening’s Wine and Hors d'oeuvres Reception in the Palmer Center, which featured an excellent presentation from Headmaster Christopher Nikoloff. Mr. Nikoloff discussed his background, the educational philosophy that drives TASIS, the School’s financial model, the improvements that will be made to the Elementary School’s academic program next year, and plans regarding future campus developments.

Please enjoy a summary of Mr. Nikoloff’s presentation.

TPA International Potluck Lunch on February 14

The TPA invites all parents to bring a dish from their home country to the International Potluck Lunch on Wednesday, February 14. The lunch will take place during the various ES lunch periods from 11:45–13:45 in Hadsall and 10:50–12:00 in Focolare. The TPA is hoping to find more volunteers, particularly from Pre-K and Kindergarten.

If you have questions or would like to sign up to volunteer, please contact your child’s room parent.

See the full International Week schedule here.

ES International Showcase on February 15

The ES International Showcase will be in the Palmer Center at 8:30 AM on Thursday, February 15.

Please note that there will be no drop-off at Focolare that morning. Focolare students should be driven to the main campus by 8:00 and will be met by their teachers at the gazebo.

See the full International Week schedule here.

Parent-Teacher Conferences on February 22

Our next Parent-Teacher Conferences are scheduled for Thursday, February 22. You can now sign up for conference times in the Parent Portal.

Carnevale on February 23

We will celebrate Carnevale on Friday, February 23. Children in Hadsall/Aurora can wear their costumes to school, and Focolare children should bring their costumes to school and will change before the parade. More details will be provided later.

Chess Tournament at TASIS on March 3

Swiss Chess Tour will host a chess tournament on the TASIS campus (Monticello 1 and 2) on the afternoon of Saturday, March 3. The check-in period will run from 13:45–14:25, and the tournament will begin at 14:30. Prizes will be awarded at 18:40.

TASIS students of all ages can enter the tournament for free (provided that they know the rules of chess), and parents and other members of the community are also welcome to participate for an entry fee of CHF 20. Please see the flyer below for registration details.

ES-MS Transition Meeting on March 6

Dear 5th-Grade Parents,

We are very excited to welcome the current 5th-grade students to our Middle School next year. We understand that this is a major transition for students to make, but we are confident that our excellent program will help them thrive academically and socially and are eager to start working with them!

To help prepare your children for this transition, we would like to invite all parents of 5th-grade students to attend a special meeting about the Middle School program in Casa Fleming on Tuesday, March 6, from 19:00–20:00.

This ES-MS transition meeting will be led by MS Academic Dean Tim Fitzgerald and MS Dean of Student Affairs MJ Breton, who will address the topics below and save plenty of time for questions.


  • Curriculum and general information
  • English, EAL, Math, Science, and Italian Section programs
  • Supplemental course options (such as languages, coding, and drama)

Student Life

  • Advisor Program
  • Service Learning Program
  • Academic Travel and Winter Adventure
  • After-School Sports and Activities Program and special events
  • Student support
  • Upcoming transition activities and meetings for 5th-grade students

We look forward to meeting you and sharing the highlights of our wonderful Middle School community.

Kind regards,

The MS Administrative Team

Volunteers Needed for Spring Gala: Building the Future

The TPA has begun to plan this year’s Spring Gala (“Building the Future”) and is looking for volunteers to help organize the event, which will include an auction, a silent auction, and a raffle. The Gala will be held in the Palestra on Saturday, April 21.

The TPA would also be delighted to receive any donations for the raffle and auctions. If you have any new items or services (e.g. bags, yoga lessons, etc.) you would be willing to contribute or would like to volunteer to help in any other capacity, please contact Brunella Pignaton at

More information about the Spring Gala will be shared in the coming weeks.

TASIS Teachers Participate in Third Annual MITA Conference

The Milan International Teachers Association (MITA) held its third annual educational conference on Saturday, February 3—and TASIS was there once again, represented by a group of eight faculty members: Keith Izsa (High School History Department) and Valerie Bijur Carlson (High School Theater Director & TOK teacher), who have participated in the conference since its inception; Olymar Marco Brown (High School and Middle School Science Department), who attended for the second time; and first-time attendees Erin Fitzgerald and Carla Santoro (Elementary School Literacy Department), Carol Hinchliff (Early Childhood Coordinator), Alice Vassalli (Elementary School teacher), and Emmanuelle Kaser (Elementary School student teacher).

Several members of the TASIS Faculty even led their own workshop sessions: Mr. Izsa laid out a “blueprint” for project-based learning, Ms. Brown taught the methodology of art therapy in the classroom, and Ms. Fitzgerald and Ms. Santoro presented the use of mentor texts for improving student writing.

Learn more on the TASIS Blog.

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