TH Newsletter May 10, 2018

Dear Families,

The UNIS mission talks about inspiring students "to become an active force in shaping a better world": yesterday, T3 students had the privilege to meet Beatrice Fihn, Director of the International Center for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), recipient of the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize. Ms Fihn clearly embodies many of the values UNIS holds dear, and graciously answered many questions from our students about her organization and her role. The conversation was made possible by the Women's International Forum (WIF), which we thank again wholeheartedly for their support!



Antoine Delaitre

Tutorial House Principal

Upcoming Dates

Apr 30 - May 18

IB Exams: Good luck to our Seniors!

May 11

Play: Ran / King Lear (English Version) (Theater @ 7:30 pm)

May 16

Library Event: Author, Michael Orthofer, Alumni '82 (6:00-7:30 pm)

May 17

UNIS Jazz Night (Theater @ 6:30 pm)

June 1

Class of 2018 Graduation (UN, 4 pm)

IB Calendar

Upcoming Events:

T4 Important dates:

  • Mon April 30th - Fri May 18: IB Examinations
  • Tues May 29th: Awards and Senior Brunch (Garden)
  • Wed May 30th 6:00pm-9:00pm: Prom/Boat cruise
  • Thur May 31st 2:00pm-5:00pm: Graduation rehearsal
  • Fri June 1st: Graduation

IB Deadlines:


Item to Complete



  • Meetings with Ms. Garcelon & Ms. Vitello continue


  • English A Lit: SL individual oral presentation completed
  • All Language A HL/SL written draft due
  • All Science IA plan or lab work completed
    • (ESS - May 21st - final due)
  • EE/SP 1st Reflection (May 3rd) & research question + summer outline (May 31st)
  • CAS Physical Activity reflection form (May 9th)
  • CAS Project Reflection form(May 16th)
  • TOK Presentations completed (TK-PPD)
  • Math Studies IA completed
  • Economics HL/SL 2nd IA completed
  • Anthropology HL IA draft




  • Confirmation of T3 schedule


  • Biology & Environmental Systems and Societies: IA lab report completed
  • English A Literature HL/SL: Written assignment completed
  • English A Language & Literature HL/SL: Second written task completed
  • English A Language & Literature HL/SL: Individual oral commentary exams


  • June 1st: Graduation

College Admissions

Greetings from the College Office! The college counselors are currently meeting with Tut 3 students and families and wrapping up session one of the College Essay Writing Workshops. Check out this week's edition of College Corner for the following and more:

  • An important reminder for Tut 3s to submit Teacher Recommendation and Personal History forms
  • Information about our upcoming Tut 3 Parent Coffee Meeting on May 15th
  • An invitation to upcoming NYC information sessions with representatives from the Macaulay Honors College, Duke, Georgetown, Harvard, Penn, Stanford, Cornell, Rice, Columbia, Brown, and UChicago

Office of Student Activities

To learn about upcoming volunteer opportunities, conferences, workshops, scholarships and summer programs for students, please visit Student Activities Corner! If interested in participating, please follow the instructions.

T2 Student Wins Scholarship at the Univ. of Michigan

Our very own T2 student Deborah Sobola has been selected out of 56 students nationwide, through a highly competitive process, and awarded a full scholarship to participate in the 2018 Telluride Association Sophomore Seminar program at the University of Michigan this summer; "The Cultural Politics of Race in Media and Literature." This six-week-long educational program is centered around a college-level seminar for gifted and highly motivated high school sophomores. Congratulations!

Telluride Association is an independent not-for-profit educational organization which has offered Summer Programs to high school juniors of exceptional promise since 1954. Admission to TASS is highly selective. Teachers and Guidance Counselors first nominate promising students for candidacy to TASS. After completing a rigorous application and submitting an academic recommendation and transcript, TASS finalists are selected from the already competitive group of applicants. This is the 26th year of Telluride's Sophomore Seminar.

Library Event: Author Visit and Panel Discussion

What defines the best in World Literature? Please come to enjoy the discussion on Wednesday, May 16, from 6:00 to 7:30 pm. As part of the 70th-anniversary celebration, the library will host Michael Orthofer, UNIS alumni (Class of '82) and author of The Complete Review Guide to Contemporary World Fiction. He will present his thoughts on what we consider to be the best in world literature during a panel discussion with Ida Kummer (French), Monica Torres Álvarez (Spanish), and Kazuo Tsuda (Japanese). See who's attending. Light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP here.

UNIS Jazz Night

Thursday, May 17, 2018 @ 6:30 pm

Sylvia Howard Fuhrman Theater

Featuring: Middle School, Tut House, and Faculty Jazz Bands!

"Peace Star" Graduation Ring (Class of 2018)

Specially designed for the UNIS 2018 graduating class. Sterling silver, unisex, signet ring comes in 2 versions, Intaglio and Relief, is pre-engraved on the inside with UNIS 2018 and can be engraved with the student's name (up to 10 characters). Price:$160, with 20% of sales going to Everytown for Gun Safety. Orders take 10 business days. Please visit Patricia Detiger Jewelry.

(Students can stop by the Student Activities Office to check their size).

Class of 2018 Graduation Ceremony (June 1st)

Graduation for the class of 2018 will take place at the General Assembly of the United Nations on June 1st (4pm), followed by a reception in the Delegates Dining Room (6pm). We are delighted to share that H.E. United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has graciously accepted the invitation of the Class of 2018 to deliver this year's Commencement speech at the UN in the General Assembly..


Health News

As many of you know we are now in the middle of spring allergy season and many children are suffering from seasonal allergies. In many areas of the United States, spring allergies begin in February and last until the early summer. Mild winter temperatures can cause plants to pollinate early. A rainy spring can also promote rapid plant growth and lead to an increase in mold, causing symptoms to last well into the fall.

Some symptoms of Seasonal Allergies include:

• Sneezing

• Itching

• Nasal Congestion

• Coughing

• Itching watery eyes

• Runny nose

Management and Treatment of Seasonal Allergies:

We encourage all parents to speak with their Pediatricians or Allergists to come up with a management plan which may include oral antihistamines, eye drops, nasal sprays and/or respiratory medications. A good collaboration with your physician helps ensure that your child can enjoy the warm weather!

Parents should administer allergy medications at home. Zyrtec (cetirizine), Claritin (loratidine) and many others, are once a day medications, and therefore should not be brought to school. It also takes a while for the medication to "kick in". When taken in the morning this will help make your child feel better during the school day.

Tips to avoid allergies:

• Monitor pollen counts

• Avoid rubbing eyes

• Wear sunglasses and hats when outdoors

• Take a shower or bath as soon as you come in from outdoors

• Keep windows and doors shut

Here are some links to some helpful information regarding seasonal allergies. Please also reach out to your pediatrician or allergist for guidance.


Marisa Rivera, BSN, RN, CPN

Director of School Health and Nursing

Calligraphy Club at International Food Fair & Fun Day

In the college fair, the Calligraphy Club allowed kids to practice calligraphy in multiple languages and write messages on paper fans using ink and colorful markers. We had a wonderful time and the kids had a unique cultural experience.


Over the next three weeks The Tut House Student Support and Success Team (SST) have liaised with T2 advisory to provide three in class lessons regarding building a skill set to support student resiliency. The counselors were able to provide a direct lesson this week regarding an introduction to mindfulness training and its benefits on academic success, health, and interpersonal relationships. At the bottom of this email you will find the lesson attached if you would like to support your children or selves in these skills. Some apps which are kid tested and counselor approved are at the end of the presentation! See T2 Mindfulness slides.

Weekly Principal's Open Meeting

The weekly Principal's: Open Parent Meeting will take place this Friday, May 11th from 8:30 am-9:30 am.

Absences or Lateness

A parent or guardian must call students in late or absent if a student is not going to be present in any classes. Students are not allowed to notify the office themselves. It is a safety issue.To notify the school of a student'slateness or absence: email or call Michele Lessa (212-584-3048)

Since the re-implementation of systematic alerts, messaging to parents and students, and appropriate interventions regarding attendance patterns, attendance issues have begun to improve. We anticipate it will be a positive trend (in the right direction), moving forward.

A reminder that students must carry their student issued IDs, especially upon entering and leaving the campus.