A Weekly Update for Families
In this issue...
First Volks Fair
After School Activities
Germanic-American Institute Events
Parents of Girl Scouts
Board Update
Light Rail Construction Update
Spring Break in Grand Marais
ElternbriefMarch 2, 2011

Dear Families,


Upcoming Dates:  

March 8th

Fasching or Carnival  

March 21-25

Spring Break  

May 21st 2:00 PM Performing Arts Performance 


Thank you!

Thanks to the PTO for the magnificent efforts of Maskenball and the Silent Auction, events to both bring together community and raise much needed funds for the school. Special thanks to Michelle Sheire, auction chair and Rebecca Johnson, Maskenball chair, Gina Vader, PTO president, all members of the PTO and to donors, volunteers, buyers and attendees. The efforts are much-appreciated and have a significant impact for the life of the school.



Thanks for those families who have responded to our electronic request for re-enrollment.  If you have not yet indicated your intention to re-enroll or not re-enroll your children for next year, please send a simple email to the front desk with your child's name, grade next year, and whether you plan to re-enroll.


It is vital to our budgeting, hiring and admissions processes that we have as accurate information as possible about how many students will be here next year.  If you do not know if you'll be here, but want to make sure a space is reserved for you, please indicate that you would like to re-enroll, but we would appreciate you letting us know your options for other plans.



The festival known as Mardi Gras celebrated the Tuesday before the beginning of Lent is commonly celebrated in Germany and known as Fasching.  At TCGIS students are invited to come to school in costume. There will be no all-school events.  Classroom teachers will notify students if there will be classroom level acknowledgement.  


Next Performing Arts Event

Please mark Saturday, May 21st at 2:00 PM on your calendars.  The school has reserved St. Thomas More School Auditorium for another all-school performance from our Performing Arts program.  The event will be planned in coordination with a reception at the Germanic American Institute.  More information to come.  


Thanks for all you do to support the school. 


Frau Annika Fjelstad
Twin Cities German Immersion School

[email protected]

Maskenball Update

Thank you to all who bid, bought, donated, danced, etc. for this year's Maskenball and online auction. Both the event and auction were very successful. We will have the final results for you soon. In the meantime, see below for three new auction items and group events still open. 


Many of you may have noticed capacity issues while trying to bid on auction items on Tuesday evening. This was an issue the software vendor's server capacity. This issue has been fixed and we were given a significant refund because of the problem. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.


We received two late auction items that were too good not to open the auction again!  

Both will close on Friday, March 

4th at 6PM.


$500 to use toward a one or two week session or summer session at Waldsee Language Village    

Go to Waldsee for immersion adventures in the German language and German-speaking cultures in Europe and around the world. From your first "Guten Mogen!" until your last "Gute Nacht!" you will build an impressive foundation of German skills and cultural knowledge by participating in small language learning groups, joining cultural and camp activities, playing games and sports, dancing, singing, cooking -- and most of all, having fun with friends old and new.


Stages Logo 

Family Four-Pack of Tickets to Three 2011-2012 Stages Theatre Company Productions

Get four tickets to any three of the following 2011 - 2012 Stages Theatre Company Productions:


Miss Nelson is Missing! September 23 - October 23, 2011

Bridge to Terabithia October 14 - November 6, 2011

A Silent Night for PEEF November 18 - December 26, 2011

Llama Llama Red Pajama January 13 - February 12, 2012

The Secret Garden March 2 - March 18, 2012

Giggle, Giggle, Quack April 13 - May 13, 2012

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon April 27 - May 20, 2012

SEUSSICAL June 29 - August 5, 2012


There are also some group events that are still open. Please sign-up by 9PM on Friday, March 4 if interested:

Pump It Up Party 

Sailing on the St. Croix with Frau Fritsche 

Summer Picnic at the Burkhow's

Tie Dye Extravaganza 

Fusion Dance Party 

Skate Ski Lesson 

BBQ & Badminton 
Kindergarten Summer Playdate


See auction site to sign up for these great group events!



First Volks Fair  


Sunday, March 6, 11am- 3pm


Free and open to the public


Join us as we showcase the interests and talents of the local German community, including TCGIS!


Performances include music from Neue Deutsche Welle, Volksfest Singers, Jugend - und Konzertchor from TCGIS/VCA, Maennerchor of GAI and Schumann Lieder and Duets.


Exhibits include German model railroad display and working layout. German Railroad magazine collection, art quilts and pillows, and visual art by students and members and friends of the TCGIS community.


Teatime refreshments such as coffee, tea, juice and snacks will be provided by Volksfest Singers.



Event takes place at the GAI House (Germanic American Institute)

301 Summit Avenue in St.Paul



For more info: Herbert Engelmayer or Nancy Sogabe 651 773 9525






Submitted by Herbert Engelmayer

 Board of Directors GAI


After-School Activity Sign Up Closes March 11 

Registration for spring after school activities is open.


Full information available at:




Ping pong on Thursdays was not in the flyer that went home.


Registration closes Friday, March 11th.


Click here to see the offerings..   



 ...and here for the registration form 



Germanic-American Institute Events  


Germanic-American Institute events:
March 6: Sunday 1st Volks Fair FREE 11-3pm
March 8: Tuesday Stammtisch (German Luncheon)11:45am
March 27: Sunday Pork Roast & Sauerkraut Dinner

Seating I: 11:15am & Seating II: 12:45pm

Saturdays:Laufen am Samstag (running group) 9am
Saturdays:Kaffeestube Authentic European Breakfast Cafe 9am-Noon through April 9

Mark Your Calendars:
May 5-8: Festival of Nations
June 11 & 12:
Deutsche Tage

*For more information on these events, call the GAI office at 651-222-7027,go to www.gai-mn.org. 
 Other events:
Parents of Girl Scouts:  


A note to parents of Girl Scouts interested in coordination for setting up a table/ booth for after school sales. Usually the the Girl Scouts have a policy to keep track of booth sales- one troop at a location at a time,  access to locations are first come first served and participation is based on individual motivation. To give opportunity to students from different troops within our school perhaps a sign up sheet can be left at the front desk for time slots/days.  Let the front desk know if you are interested in coordinating.

Thank you,

Sarah Monkey


Light Rail Construction Update  


Light rail construction has started on University Avenue.  Click here for a light rail construction update.

Spring Break in Grand Marais

Click here to learn more about a trip to Grand Marais over TCGIS spring break!

Elternbrief Submissions

Please have all articles pertinent to the TCGIS community submitted to the Elternbrief by Monday at 9 am prior to Wednesday publication. Submissions may be sent to [email protected].