Weekly Newsletter for TCGIS Families

 January 26, 2012

in this issue
:: Upcoming Dates
:: Scholastic Book Fair Coming Up!
:: Carnival of Cultures
:: Maskenball 2012
:: Need a Babysitter for Maskenball?
:: Introducing the Schülerrat
:: Photo Contest Winners
:: Kaffeeklatsch this Friday
:: TCGIS Geography Bee Winner
:: Help with the TCGIS Yearbook!
:: Summer Kinderclub 2012
:: Enrollment Survey Coming Soon
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Annika Fjelstad, TCGIS Directo
Dear Families,

The hardworking Amity Committee is starting the process of recruiting both interns and host families for next fall. At the current time we have capped the number of interns we can bring because of the unknown factor of how many host families might be available. TCGIS has a strong tradition of having an intern in every class. It would be sad to break with this tradition. We need commitments about hosting NOW before we can confidently recruit an intern for each class next year. Please contact [email protected] if you may be interested.


Maskenball online auction opened this week--click here to start your bidding! There are many opportunities to connect with other families as well as staff in the events portion of the auction. The money raised is crucial to maintaining the quality of programming we have come to expect. Thanks for shopping the auction as well as considering buying a ticket for the grand event on February 4th if you are able. More information is included below


We're grateful for our teachers' participation and leadership in working to prevent bullying. If your child is experiencing bullying, please make sure that a teacher is notified. Please don't hesitate to follow through by contacting me personally. We are working together to ensure a safe space for everybody.


Thank you for all you do for our school, 


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Annika Fjelstad   

Director, TCGIS 

651-492-7106, ext. 103

[email protected] 


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Save the Date  Calendar


23 - 27 - No Name-Calling Week 

26 - 6:30 PM, School Board meeting

27 - 8 AM, Kaffeklatsch 

29 - 2 PM, Info session for prospective families  



4 - 7 PM, Maskenball

6-10 - Scholastic Book Fair 

6 - 6:30 PM, PTO Meeting

8 - 6:30 PM, Info session for prospective families

10 - 8 AM, Kaffeeklatsch

15 - Sibling enrollment forms due 

16 - 6:30 PM, Carnival of Cultures 

17 - NO SCHOOL - Teacher work day

20 - NO SCHOOL - Presidents' Day

23 - 6:30 PM, Board Meeting

24 - 8 AM, Kaffeklatsch


For the complete school calendar, click here.

You're Invited to Our
Scholastic Book Fair & Family Fun Night

February 6 - February 10

Our first annual Book Fair is this February! The Scholastic Book Fair will be open February 6th-10th. On Thursday, February 9th bring the whole family for Family Night! We will be having a luau, so dress the part!
TCGIS cafeteria

Hours and themes:
Mon, Feb 6: 3:00-4:00
Clothing Theme - tacky tourist / floral shirts 

Tue, Feb 7
: 7:50-8:20, 3:00-4:00
Clothing Theme - beach / summer HAT day

Wed, Feb 8: 7:50-8:20, Student Shopping Day 2:10 - 3:10 (open different hours due to early release)
Clothing Theme - summer clothes

Thurs, Feb 9
: 7:50-8:20, Family Night 5:00 - 8:00
Clothing Theme - Let's have a Luau

Fri, Feb 10: 7:50-8:20, Last Chance Day 3:00-4:00

To order books online, visit our Book Fair Homepage anytime February 1 -17.
CarnivalCarnival of Cultures
Coming up on February 16!

Our Carnival of Cultures is on February 16th at St. Thomas More for kindergarten through fourth grade. We will be splitting these grades into two performances due to occupancy limits set by the fire code. Please plan for your child to arrive promptly according to their grade level and other group participation. Blumenkranz and other musical groups may be performing at a time different from their grade level.



5:45 - Kids arrive for first performance: Kindergarten, First grade, Junior Blumenkranz and TCGIS Consort


6:00 - First performance begins: Kindergarten, First grade, Junior Blumenkranz and TCGIS Consort  


6:30 - Kids arrive for second performance: Second grade, Third grade, Fourth grade, Blumenkranz; Senior Strings should also stay for the 2nd performance


6:45 - Second performance begins: Second grade, Third grade, Fourth grade, Blumenkranz, Senior Strings  


Families with children in multiple grades are welcome to stay for both performances. If your child is not performing, you are responsible for supervising them. We would like all of the students to be dressed nicely in concert attire. Please be sure your child is not wearing boots or shirts with writing.


St. Thomas More is located at 1065 Summit Ave, St. Paul. Parking is available behind the school. Please enter through the middle door.

MaskenballOnce Upon a Time
Maskenball 2012

This year's Maskenball Gala takes us long ago and far far away to the land of fairy tales, where we promise an enchanted evening of charm and delight. Please join us! Visit the Maskenball web site to buy tickets now! Watch your email for updates or like the PTO Facebook page for the most up-to-date information.

Timelines and deadlines

Maskenball has many dates to keep track of. Here are a few to help you plan:

  • January 24, Online auction opens
  • January 28, Ticket price goes to $55
  • January 31, Online auction closes
  • February 2, Deadline to order tickets
  • February 2 & 3, Auction check-out at TCGIS (more details to follow)
  • February 4, Maskenball Gala
Need a Babysitter for Maskenball?
Get a babysitter and help support the 8th grade capstone trip to Germany

Still looking for a babysitter for Maskenball? There are three sets of 7th graders available to watch your kids! Two 7th graders will come to your house to babysit up to 6 children for the evening of Maskenball--Saturday, February 4th (6:30 pm - 12:30 am or earlier). The fee is $10-$15 an hour (depending on the number of kids) and 100% will go to support the 8th grade capstone trip to Germany* next year! Even better, you don't even have to pick them up or drop them off--the 7th grade parents will take care of transporting them to your house.

Please contact Nancy Mulholland at 651-639-8726 or [email protected] to arrange for sitters on a first come, first serve basis. Nancy will place sitters in geographic areas--as far as first-ring suburbs only please.

*We plan for our students to have a capstone experience of traveling to Germany as a class during their 8th grade year. We will start building a scholarship fund to be used from year to year to ensure that no student will have financial barriers to participating. Donations ensure that classes can travel as a community to use their German in authentic contexts.
Introducing the Schülerrat
TCGIS Student Council

Der Schülerrat möchte sich vorstellen:
Student Council

Nele Roth, Konrad Bostrom, Einar Crego, Abby Meyer, Olivia Bruhn, and Till Konczak 


Dear parents, teachers and students,


We, the Schülerrat (Student Council) of TCGIS, would like to introduce ourselves. Newly founded this school year, part of our work at school will be to try to improve the everyday routine, to be a voice for the students, and to help students with any issues or problems. Additionally, we want to help improve the communication of all people who are involved with the school.


The Schülerrat consists of the elected class representatives from grades 5-8. Every member has the same rights. There are several entities: Speaker, Organizing-Manager, Communication-Manager, Secretary and the respective juniors.


Thank you for supporting our school,


Der Schüllerrat

Survey for Bachelor's Thesis
Request from a former Amity Intern

Dear Parents,

My name is Tara Rensch and I was an Amity intern at TCGIS (in Scot Stephenson's class) from January to June 2011. At the moment, I'm writing my Bachelor's thesis at the University of Mainz on the cultural dimensions of immersion education and I am conducting an opinion survey regarding this topic. It would be a great help for me if you, the TCGIS parents, took a minute to answer some questions. The survey is anonymous and takes only 5 minutes. Please click here if you would like to take the survey.

Note: This is not an official school survey. This is a survey from a former Amity and is not endorsed by TCGIS.

Photo Contest Winners
Thank you to all who entered!

Thanks to all of you who entered pictures into the contest! We had so many great submissions and the judging was very difficult. Nonetheless, we are proud to announce that the overall winning picture was submitted by Ron Ravensborg, who will receive two tickets to Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy at the Children's Theater. Thank you to the Children's Theater Company for their generosity in providing these tickets!


Honorable mentions go to Anna Botz, Maiken Givot and Lisa Erickson for their submissions.    

1. First Place Winner: Ron Ravensborg, Community  
2. Lisa Erickson, Buddies

After school
1. Anna Botz, Strings Ensemble
2. Ron Ravensborg, Violin

Classroom Life
1. Anna Botz, Project Day
2. Maiken Givot, Research

Friday, January 27th

It is time for our first Kaffeeklatsch of 2012! It will Coffeebe held this Friday, January 27th in the front lobby entrance. We usually start serving coffee by 8:05am.

A cup of coffee is $1.00 if you bring your own cup, or $1.25 if we provide you with a cup. All proceeds go to the PTO. Hope to see you there!
TCGIS Geography Bee Winner
Congratulations to Martin Kocher

Congratulations to our first TCGIS National Geographic Geography Bee winner, Martin Kocher! Martin's passion for maps, globes, and atlases paid off as he answered every single question correctly in our first Geography Bee on Thursday, January 12th. Many thanks to the great competition which all 28 middle school participants provided - we had a really close Geography Bee! Martin now moves on to the second level of competiton, which is a written exam, for the chance to compete against other students in the Minnesota state competition.
Help with the TCGIS Yearbook!
Photos and artwork needed

ATTENTION PARENTS AND STAFF: Do you have some photos that you'd like to share? Well here's your chance! Yearbook class is looking for interesting photos of TCGIS students for publication in the first ever TCGIS yearbook. Please send all photos to [email protected]. Please send photos from the 2011-2012 school year only.

ATTENTION ALL STUDENT KÜNSTLER:  Be the artist to design the cover of the very first TCGIS yearbook!! Here's how:
-Submit any original color artwork
-Your entry must measure 8.5" x 11"
-It must relate to the school & theme (global citizenship)
Drop off your artwork--with your name and grade on the back--at the front desk. This contest is open to all TCGIS students. If you have any questions or concerns, email Molly at [email protected] Remember: Deadline for submissions is February 15th!
Summer Kinderclub 2012
Looking ahead to summer day care

As many of you are starting to think ahead of the beautiful summer months to come, the question of uninterrupted care for your children pops up! Kinderclub offers a 10 week full-day program during the hours of 8:00 am - 6:00 pm, that starts on June 11th, 2012 and ends on August 17th. Each week will incorporate different child-friendly activities in a German immersion setting full of summer fun! Families can chose from many different payment options, full- or part-time, occasional drop-in days or weeks, and additional German Language Camps.

Note: We do not offer Summer Kinderclub during the last week of Summer Break (Aug. 20-24) due to set-up and take-down of the classroom, materials and toys and the move from the GAI to TCGIS. Registration for the new school year and "Open House at the TCGIS" will also be facilitated that week.

Please click below for necessary forms and documents:
-Frequently Asked Questions for families that are new to the Kinderclub program

-Kinderclub enrollment form for new families
-Summer registration form

If your child has been registered with Kinderclub in the past, no additional registration fee is required. If your child is new to the Kinderclub program, a $25/child registration fee is required ($15/sibling).

Please e-mail Babett Larimer at [email protected] with any questions you might have.
Enrollment Survey Coming Soon
Help us plan for next year

We will be sending a survey about your enrollment plans for next school year shortly. Please watch your inboxes and take the time to complete this very important survey when it arrives. Thank you!

Educating Children for Informed and Active World Citizenship


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