A Weekly Update for Families
In this issue...
Attention TCGIS Gardening Enthusiasts
TCGIS Clothing and Merchandise
Lost and Found
Performing Arts Update
First Annual Art Show a Hit!
Concordia Language Village Scholarships Still Available
After School Activities
Germanic-American Institute Events
Parents of Girl Scouts
Light Rail Construction Update
Spring Break in Grand Marais
ElternbriefMarch 9, 2011

Dear Families,


Upcoming Dates


Friday, Mar 18th NO SCHOOL Curriculum Planning Day

Monday, Mar 21- Friday, March 25  Spring Break


Calendar  Planning for next year is going on on many fronts with Kindergarten enrollment, hiring and budgeting all full swing.  Setting the school calendar is an important piece of that.   A proposed calendar draft can be found here. A final version will be approved at the March 31st Board Meeting.  It is unlikely that start and end dates will change at this time.  If you have feedback about the proposed times please let me know within the next week.  


March 18th  Curriculum Day.  Next Friday kids will stay at home, but teachers will be here at work.  One of the things Assessment Committee has been working on all year is working on identifying Achievement Goals at each grade level.  Teachers are dedicating that day to working on firming up our framework to create consistency in expectations for the benefit of teachers, students and parents.  We know it can seem like a lot of days with no school for kids.  This time is vital for us to be in a better position to serve your kids.  Thanks for your support. 


Thank you Frau Mettke/Welcome Frau Krug  Many of you may have heard the sad news that first grade teacher Frau Mettke will be moving with her family to Vienna next year.  We will miss her presence greatly.  We are also grateful that we were quickly able to identify a highly qualified candidate for the position.  Frau Anke Krug has been teaching primary school for 18 years in Germany.  Her enthusiasm, creativity and motivation sparkled through her interview and her references.  She will be in Minnesota in late April to meet the community. 


Thanks for all you do to support our kids.



Frau Annika Fjelstad
Twin Cities German Immersion School


Attention TCGIS Gardening Enthusiasts  


Warmer weather is just around the corner, so now is the time to plan your flower - and vegetable garden. The TCGIS PTO Spring Plant Sale starts this Friday, 3/11.  Click here for an order form.  Order forms can also be found on PTO website, and at the front office.


All orders must be in by March 30, 2011.  The plants will be delivered to TCGIS on Friday, May 20th, 2011 along with the Community plant swap, library's used book sale and the Spring Strudel pick-up.

Questions?  Heidi Zimmermann - hzimmermann22@yahoo.com 
Thanks for your support.
One Last Chance to Buy TCGIS Clothing and Merchandise!  


Due to high demand, and the new interns not being here in time to make clothing orders, we will open up the online clothing sale for a few days.  Orders will be due by Friday of this week, March 11!  Please follow this link to our online store http://tcgispto.org/zencart/index.php?main_page=  or you can pick up a paper order form in the office.  Send questions or concerns to Gina Vader at vadercrego@comcast.net.


In other PTO News:  Game Night, which had been scheduled for March 11th, will be postponed to an as yet to be determined date.  Keep your eye on the PTO Newsletter, and the Elternbrief for the new date.

Lost and Found -- Are you missing anything?! 


A special thank you to Heidi Zimmerman for spearheading the effort to return lost gloves, caps, etc... to their righfult owner.  If clothing, lunch bags, water bottles, and other items were unmarked, they have been sorted and are now located in the front office.  Please take a look to see if anything belongs to you.  The lost and found will be available until the end of the day on Thursday, March 17th, which is the last day of school before Spring Break.  Over Spring Break any unclaimed items will be donated to charity.

Performing Arts Update 

Carnival of Cultures

A manifold THANK YOU! Thanks to your children for their great job! Thanks to many of you who volunteered at the Carnival of Cultures! And thanks for your support of performing arts program!

I have though a request: As always, I am dependent of pictures and video that other people make and share later with me. This time, I have some videos from the Carnival, but not a single picture. If you have something to share with me I would love it.


Next big events:

Festival of Nations on May 5th-8th

(more about the Festival of Nations at http://festivalofnations.com/)


The Festival of Nations is the biggest state-wide intercultural event where plenty ethnic groups can present their culture.  Last year, our school (former 4th grade) participated at the German Culture Booth.


This year, I hope our current 4th graders will do it as well. I also applied for the Dance Performance.


Recently, I got the confirmation that a TCGIS dance group may present German Folklore Dance(s) which is great!  But I also got a list of requirements, and they are hard to complete because they don't leave us much time.


Our dance group is required to come to the Technical Review on MARCH 20th (SUNDAY) with a ready dance program. We have also to be dressed in ethnic (German) costumes.  The background of this issue is that the Festival of Nations is organized by the International Institute of Minnesota. This is a solid organization that will check our readiness and the authenticity of our program, costumes and soundtracks.


The event itself will take place on MAY 7th (SATURDAY) at the St. Paul RiverCentre. We will be one in a number of dance groups at the Children Dance Performance of Ethnic Groups.


To the attention of interested 4th and 5th graders


Following steps are important to be done by March 20th:


-confirmation: Attached is a permission form for you to let us know whether your children would be able to participate in both technical review (March 20th) and dance performance (May 7th). Please turn them in ASAP (main office or directly to me). I understand that right now, the list is not completed, and you will need some time to discuss it with your children, check your schedules etc. On March 20th, however, we have to submit the final list of dancers. It's important because the International Institute will issue a ticket for each person, and it will be difficult to make any changes after March 20th. Please notice that the number of participants will be limited to 24, and it would be fair if we do it on first come - first served basis.


-soundtracks: I already have some recordings, but if you have one of the following I would appreciate it:

Sternpolka and/or Holsteiner Dreitour


-costumes: I've already contacted the GAI and I will write a message to the parents in the next Elternbrief. But I also would ask you to help with costumes. Girls will basically need Dirndls, and boys Lederhosen. 


-rehearsals: We have to maintain intensive rehearsals for the next 1,5 weeks. On Thursday (March 10), I will ask children to come downstairs at 10:20am. On Friday (March 11), it will be 8:00 to 8:35 am again + recess time (11:20 to 11:50am). I could also offer you a rehearsal on Saturday (10am to 12 pm?). If I could find volunteers for Saturday I would encourage you to bring siblings - we would have a big play date. I will send you the schedule for the next week later.


-technical review on March 20th Sunday at the International Institute of MN (Como Ave, St. Paul): we are scheduled for  2:10pm, but I would ask you to come by 1:30pm to get prepared. I totally understand that some of you will be out of town on that day. I hope, people at the Institute will understand it, too. But I think, at least more than half of our group must be present.


The next school concert is on May 21st (Saturday)


As last year, there will be a joint event of TCGIS, GAI and the German Chamber of Commerce. Our contribution this year will be a concert from 2 to 4pm. Please mark this date in your calendars, and I hope to see all of you at the St. Thomas More Concert Hall. I already heard about some schedule conflicts, and I am very sorry for that. As far as I know it was very hard to find any date in May because of a tight schedule of all participants.


In the meantime, I will work with students on the pieces for the program on May 21st.


Short news from the classes

All grades continue to have instruction in dance basics, singing and drama.  We have a lot of drama projects going on. They are mostly German fairy tales. I'm working in collaboration with classroom teachers to make drama pieces ready by the end of April.

KB is working on Schneewittchen (Snow White); 1A - Frau Holle; 1B - Aschenputtel (Cinderella)

5th grade is preparing a surprise - there will be a comedy.

2nd grade is working on pirate songs, 3rd grade is learning songs from the musical Ritter Rost.

6th grade is busy with Ancient Greece and Greek Theater.


I hope to have a lot of pictures from Carnival of Cultures soon :-)

Thank you!


First Annual Art Show a Hit!  

I'd like to give a big DANKE to all the artists who participated in the First Annual TCGIS Student and Family Art Show!  We had almost 50 pieces to display and a great variety both 2D and 3D work to show off.  The following is a list of all the artists:

Anna Weimholt (5th grade)

Natalie Weimholt (1st grade)

Elizabeth Weimholt (big sister to Anna and Natalie)

Lydia White (2nd grade)

Eva White (Kindergarten)

Nick, Elaine and Felix White (dad, mom and baby brother of Lydia and Eva)

Tacy Lenius (5th grade)

Joscelin Lenius (1st grade)

Janet and Tiernan Lenius (mom and big brother of Tacy and Joscelin)

Isabella Williams (2nd grade)

Noah Adriany (5th grade)

Claire Nelson (5th grade)

Jo Nelson (mom of Claire)

Isadora Swann (3rd grade)

Christine Swann (mom of Isadora)

Nadia Ravensborg (big sister of Addie Ravensborg in 3rd grade)

Isabel Botz (2nd grade)

Anna Botz (mom of Isabel)

Andreas Kocher (6th grade)

Martin Kocher (4th grade)

ZoŽ Jurewicz (1st grade)


A special THANK YOU to Herbert and Nancy (and the Vienna Community Arts) for inviting us to participate in their very special celebration of the arts; to the G.A.I. for allowing us to use their space for display and to Jo and Claire Nelson who helped display all of the artwork.  Lastly, a sincere apology to Tacy and Joscelin Lenius for the misprints on their labels!


Thanks again to everyone who participated and those who came to view the display!  I'm already looking forward to next year's show!


Concordia Language Village Scholarships Still Available!   

Minnesota residents in grades 3-11 are eligible for $1000.00 Minnesota State scholarships for Concordia Language Villages sessions.

Click here for more information about how you could go on an international adventure close to home! 

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 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/ On-Street Parking Will Be Restricted  


The City of St. Paul has begun to install signs that implement new two-hour parking regulations approximately one block north and south of University between Emerald and Hamline Avenues, and the school is between these two points along University Avenue. The City will be enforcing parking restrictions to encourage turnover of parking spaces for business customers. Side street parking may also be banned periodically during construction if needed to maintain safety and traffic flow. Please begin watching for signs on University Avenue in front of the school, as well as along Wheeler Avenue, as the amount of time you can park along these streets may be changing.  More information is also available on the City's website at: www.stpaul.gov/index.aspx?nid=2734 

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 aberge@tcgis.org.