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ES Weekly Bulletin | February 16, 2018
Posted 02/16/2018 04:00PM


Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much

– Helen Keller

The Parade of Flags, during which students representing more than 60 nationalities bask in the applause and support of the School community, launches International Week at TASIS. I am particularly moved when the whole School supportively cheers the passing of a small country, represented by a proud student walking across the gym floor with the national flag draped over his or her shoulders.

If the best of nationalism means justifiable pride in that which is good and beautiful in a single nation, then the best of internationalism means justifiable pride in that which is good and beautiful in all nations. In fact, internationalism really is recognition of the true, good, and beautiful values that we share as humans regardless of nationality, reflected through the unique prism of a particular nation.

A TASIS alumnus from the 1980s recently wrote, “What made TASIS special was...the students. I forever have fond memories of Jews, Arabs, Persians, Christians, and one semi-Buddhist on the same rugby team.” I can’t help but wonder if this alumnus also recalls the letter Mrs. Fleming sent to all alumni in 2001, in which she stated, “I want to believe as I age that the dynamic of TASIS will go on forever—that it will continue to bring young people of the world together with a shared vision that the world is really one big family, that no matter what our color, race, or creed, we are all part of the human species, we are all human beings.”

Whether it’s the entire MS’s energetic International Karaoke Contest, the ES’s moving International Showcase, or the HS’s spirited International Food Fair, International Week represents the best of TASIS and Mrs. Fleming’s vision of the world as “one big family.”

– Headmaster Christopher Nikoloff

Upcoming Events

Thursday, February 22 ES Parent-Teacher Conferences
Friday, February 23 ES Carnevale Celebrations  14:30, Focolare/Hadsall/Aurora
Monday, February 26–Friday, March 2 School closed for ES Winter Break; Academic Travel for MS and HS
Friday, March 9 Yearbook portrait retakes
Saturday, March 17 Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, March 24–Sunday, April 8 Spring Break

A Message from the Elementary School Head

Dear Parents,

It has been a fabulous International Week here in the Elementary School! Thank you to all the families who have helped make this week so special. Our International Potluck Lunch was a true display of international cuisine and culinary talent, and our students were so happy to try a wide variety of food!

Our International Showcase yesterday was another fabulous display of talent, and Monday's Parade of Flags and Torch Award Ceremony was an inspiring event for our whole community. See lots of great photos from the ceremony here (and check back later for many more from the week)!

We hope your children enjoyed the week as much as we did, and we very much look forward to seeing you at our Parent-Teacher Conferences next Thursday.

All the best,

Theresa Cullen Hill
Elementary School Head

Parent-Teacher Conferences on February 22

Our next Parent-Teacher Conferences are scheduled for Thursday, February 22. If you have not had a chance to sign up for conference times yet, you can do so now 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 change before the parade. Parents are more than welcome to come watch the parade (14:30 at Focolare and around 15:00 at Hadsall/Aurora).

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 helping share the highlights of our wonderful Middle School community.

Kind regards,

The MS Administrative Team

A Reminder from the Library

The deadline to order books for our upcoming author visits is this Thursday, February 22. If you would like your children to have a book signed by our visiting authors (Bruce Hale and Rosemary Wells), please send in the order form and money in the envelope that was sent home with your children. Thank you!

Register Now for the HS Spring Musical: Annie Get Your Gun

This year’s High School Spring Musical, Annie Get Your Gun, will premiere in the Palmer Center on Friday, April 13, at 19:30. Two additional shows will be performed on Saturday, April 14 at 19:30 and a matinee performance on Sunday, April 15 at 14:30. 

A rip-roaring, colorful love letter to the men—and particularly one woman—who shaped our collective vision of the American Wild West of the 1800s, the show features songs by the incomparable Irving Berlin (whose music fills the American Songbook with hits like "There's No Business Like Show Business" and "White Christmas"). Perfect for the whole family, audiences are guaranteed to leave the theater humming, tapping their feet, and loving the lively characters and feel-good plotline.

To reserve seats or learn more about the show, visit

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

No ES Bulletin Next Two Weeks

Because there are no classes during the week of February 26—March 2, we will not publish an ES Weekly Bulletin on Friday, February 23, or on Friday, March 2. Classes will resume on Monday, March 5, and our next Weekly Bulletin will be sent on Friday, March 9.

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