Weekly Newsletter for TCGIS Families

 August 15, 2011

in this issue
:: Upcoming Dates
:: Daily Schedule
:: Thank You Volunteers
:: Open House
:: GAI Event
Dear Parents,              
Annika Fjelstad

Annika Fjelstad, TCGIS Director


We're looking forward to seeing you all on Thursday night for the Open House. Highlights of the evening will include free samples from the
lunch caterer, last chance to register for lunch for September/October and a chance to drop off supplies. Thank you for your generous shopping. It sustains us all year long.  


A couple of notes about a few forms we need from you:    


  • Lunch Menus - If you are able to return your August/September lunch selections electronically (scan your completed menu or email your selections to Gwendolyn Stangel) before the Open House it will help pace the workload of those processing them. The Open House is the deadline for lunches, no orders can be processed after that. Thank you in advance.         
  • Educational Benefits - In a recent e-mail you received both a lunch menu and a form called Educational Benefits. This form determines whether your family may be eligible to receive lunch either free or at a reduced cost. We encourage you to fill out this form if you wonder whether you might qualify.  
    1. These forms are handled only by our lunch intake staff, this year Gwendolyn Stangel who has returned from being home with her twins to help us get ready for the year. No one else has access to the information on these forms. Confidentiality is important to us.
    2. The guidelines may be lower than you realize and you may be eligible. 
    3. If you are eligible for support, we encourage you to use the opportunity. It is actually beneficial to the school to have our percentage of families receiving free and reduced lunch accurately reflect our population.
  • Supply Contribution - Each spring when the Board and I have made the budget we have weighted the pros and cons of cutting programs vs. raising revenues. Each year we make difficult choices. One way we ensure that we have money to buy all the curriculum materials is to request that families make a $35 per semester or $70 annual contribution per student to cover the cost of disposable materials such as writing and math notebooks.    Please fill out the supply form to indicate your payment arrangements, including a request for scholarship as necessary. We will make a follow-up request for these contributions in October, knowing that families are also now paying for school supplies. If you are in a position to pay in full and would like to cross your supply contribution off of your remembering list we encourage you to fill out the attached form and leave a payment on Open House night on Thursday.


Sincerely, Find us on Facebook

Annika Signature


651-492-7106, ext. 103

[email protected] 




Upcoming Dates 
Save the Date  
25 - 4:00 - 6:00 PM, Open House
25 - 6:30 PM, School Board Meeting


1 - 8 AM, Welcome Back Kaffeeklatsch
5 - Labor Day, NO SCHOOL
6 - 6:30 PM, PTO Meeting followed by Info Night
9 - 8 AM, Kaffeeklatsch
15 - 6:30 PM, Curriculum Night
20 - 6:30 PM, New Parent Night Out
22 - 6:30 PM, School Board Meeting
23 - 8 AM, Kaffeeklatsch
4 - 6:30 PM, PTO Meeting
14 - 8 AM, Kaffeeklatsch
14 - PTO Auflauf Cook-Off
20 & 21 - NO SCHOOL
27 - 6:30 PM, School Board Meeting
28 - 8 AM, Kaffeeklatsch


Daily Schedule 
School Start & End Times

Start Time  
As mentioned in previous letters school starts at 8:10 AM. School doors open at 7:50 AM and close at 8:10 AM. After that you must sign in your child as tardy. Please make all efforts for your child to be settled into his or her classroom so that morning meeting can start promptly at 8:15. This is essential to starting the day well.  
Half Day Kindergarten Dismissal 
The half day Kindergarten Option ends at 11:40 AM. Please make sure that you pick up your child between 11:40 and 11:50 AM. Kindergarten families will get more information on the details of the dismissal process.


End of the Day Dismissal   
Children will be outside waiting in lines with their teacher by 3:15 PM. You must pick them up before 3:30 PM. Please park your car as our community is too big for a drive-through option to work. Please reserve the spaces closest to the school for parents with small children in car seats. Please do not park in or block the handicapped spaces. If you have picked up your child and wish to stay and talk with other parents, please do not let your child play in the open field where other children must wait quietly. You must supervise your child between the cement and the garden. 


Thank You Volunteers!      
Volunteers Help Get the School Ready

The amount of work to be done before the school year begins is immense, especially when you are a growing school adding new classrooms and growing into new space.


Volunteers have put a major dent in our to-do list. Highest gratitude goes to Josh Metcalfe and Tarik Alkatout who assembled and moved an awful lot of furniture. Also thanks to Nicole, Karsten, Kieran and Teagan Grenz, Kari Swedberg, Chris, Anna and Natalie Weimholt who sorted mats, washed lockers and removed stubborn tape from floors.  


Thanks also to Hannah Mulholland and Marlene Dorneich-Hayes for being Frau Fritsche's go-to girls. It all matters. Without you we wouldn't be ready. To any volunteers who escaped our list, thank you. 


Volunteers still needed! These last few days before school starts are crucial to teachers getting rooms set up and common areas ready for service. We could still use help, especially with cleaning out the lockers and helping teachers. Please sign up to help on Volunteerspot.com or call the front desk at 651-492-7106 to let us know you're coming. There is no need to leave the kids at home. The more hands the better!


OpenHouseOpen House 
Meet The Teacher 

This is your opportunity to greet your new teacher and drop off school supplies.
 Teachers will be in their classrooms from 4:00 to 6:00 PM.   

Teachers will not have curriculum information for you that day.  Please put Thursday, September 15th at 6:30 PM on your calendar as the day to come and get a comprehensive overview of curriculum and routines for the school year.     

At the Open House you will also have the opportunity to pick-up a school-year calendar put together by the PTO. The calendar includes school, PTO and GAI important dates and events. It is 
available to everyone for a small suggested donation to help defray printing costs.


GAI Event - KinoKneipe
7:00 PM Friday, September 16

Grab a beer, socialize, and use your German! 7:00 PM conversation hour, 8:00 PM screening of "Die Abenteuer des Prinzen Achmed" (Reiniger, 1926) This silhouette film, which took Reiniger three years to make, was the first animated feature film and was based on The Arabian Nights.


The film will be shown in German with English subtitles and both German and non-German speakers are welcome. Get more information here.



Educating Children for Informed and Active World Citizenship


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