Weekly Newsletter for TCGIS Families

August 23, 2012

In this Issue
:: Upcoming Events
:: Schultuten Making at Open House
:: PTO Info Night
:: Announcements for This Year
:: Construction Update
:: Education Support Committee
:: After School Class Instructors
:: Student Pick Up
:: Blumenkranz at the Renaissance Festival
:: Introducing This Year's Amity Interns!

A Letter from Dr. Greener


Dear TCGIS Family,



Welcome to the new school year at TCGIS.  The faculty and staff have been working extremely hard getting the building and classrooms ready for the students who will be arriving next Monday. Parents should remember that teachers are still working to prepare their rooms and areas for the school year. Therefore, you might find a few things in the halls that will eventually be moved. With the remodeling and cleaning during the summer, virtually all classroom furniture was relocated and needs to be relocated to the classrooms and offices.


As parents, you are well aware that the school is definitely in a transition time with new faculty and staff and the Board Search Committee busy interviewing candidates for the Director's Office. The availability of the final candidate to begin will directly affect my time here which means that my chief purpose is to get the school underway. Major program or procedural changes will be left to the new Director.


The school is fully staffed with a number of new and returning teachers on board who are excited about working with your son or daughter.  We believe that we have assembled a hard-working well-qualified group of educators determined to get the year off to a good start. I am depending on the veteran teachers and staff to provide guidance and advice to those who are just beginning their time with TCGIS.


At the Open House, there will be a handout which describes the drop off and pick up procedures both in the entry way and with Kindergarten and First Grade teachers.  They will be essentially the same as last year but for new families they can be somewhat confusing. Every effort will be made to make those first few days less troublesome, but it will definitely take patience and understanding from drivers as new families become familiar with the procedure.  Our major concern during this time is the safety of the students as they get in and out of cars.  Parents are asked not to drop off or pick up students on the Wheeler Street side of the school since that is an unsupervised area.


The Open House is designed to introduce parents to their teachers and to the school. Several faculty members have had unavoidable conflicts and will not be in attendance, but plan to leave information with other faculty with any instructions or information for parents and students. This is not a time for detailed discussions with teachers about curriculum etc.


As described in the PTO communication, Schultutte will be available in the cafeteria and parents of Kindergartners and new First Graders are encouraged to participate in this German tradition, which is organized and supported by the German American Institute (GAI).  Check with your child's teacher if you have questions.


Cell/Smart phones are not to be used during the school day.  They should be turned off and placed in a student's backpack until the school day is over. Students who are found using cell phones or texting during the school day will have the instrument taken away and returned to the student at the end of the day. Parents are asked not to call or text their student(s) during the school day. If there is a message for a student it should be called in to the front office and will be delivered.


Finally, as with any new school year, there will be things which don't work perfectly and will need to be addressed as we continue in the school year. We are asking you to be patient as the year begins. The Amity Interns as a group have been delayed and will be arriving for the most part during the first week of school. Host families should keep in touch with Amy Davis for the latest information.


As the Interim Director I continue to be very impressed with the tremendous work-ethic which I have witnessed in your faculty and staff. With all the changes which are present at the beginning of the school year, there is a certain "can do" attitude which makes my job much easier. Please acknowledge that spirit when you meet or see your child's teacher and do everything you can to make the new teachers feel welcome.


Let's have a positive, supportive and enthusiastic beginning!



Dr. Kenneth D. Greener



Upcoming Events

Tonight! 23- Open House 5-7pm

27- First Day of School
31- No School 
03- No School- Labor Day
11- PTO Meeting 6:30-8pm

In the cafeteria from 5pm-7pm
TCGIS Families!
Join our GAI volunteers after visiting your classroom to decorate a Schultut
en and bring it home in celebration of the start of your school experience.


PTO Information Night/New Parent Night

Meet the Board

Thursday, September 6,  6:30pm-9pm


PTO Logo Color

Our goals for the evening include an explanation of all PTO and School Committees, opportunity to speak to committee chairs/members about current work, provide
a causal atmosphere to meet and talk with school board members, and an opportunity for new parents and returning parents to ask questions 
about volunteer opportunities and meet each other.


Meeting Agenda:

Sign In at  6:15pm

Introductions: 6:30pm-7:00pm

Meet the board and committees 7:00-9:00pm


Refreshments will be provided.



Announcements for This Year   
Planning for 2012 - 2013

Instructional supply fee: As in previous years, there will be a $70 instructional supply fee due at the beginning of the year for each child. Scholarships are available to help cover this fee - please contact the front office for more information about scholarships. 

New Early Release Policy: As addressed in an email that went out to the community, TCGIS early release days will be the third Wednesday of every month at 12:45PM. To access the full letter, please click here.

Construction Update
Updates for your commute to school

ConesConstruction on the Central Corridor LRT continues. Please watch for the following intersection and lane closures that may affect your commute to TCGIS:


The traffic restrictions at Snelling may make your ride to school more complicated; please utilize north-south crossings at Aldine and Fairview as needed. Please click here for the most current construction information. We know that the constant construction has been frustrating--thank you for your patience during the construction this year.
Education Support Committee


Is not too late for parents to drop off their Kemps lids (rinsed), Campbells labels, and Box Tops! Especially important is the KEMPS lids as they are ending this program with one last submission due November 1, 2012.


Call for After School Instructors
Classes Start the week of September 24

It's that time of the year again! If you would like to offer a class please fill out the attached form and hand it into the office. After School Activities will be starting the week of September 24th. 

A Reminder about Student Pick up
Anyone who is not a parent or guardian must have special written permission

Your child's safety is our primary concern. If anyone other than your child's parent or guardian will be picking up your child during the school year, this person must have written permission to do so in advance. The permission forms will be available at Open House.
Saturday and Sunday, Sept 22-23

German Dancers The Blumenkranz will be a part of the German weekend celebration at the MN Renaissance Festival. Look for us at the Special Events Stage!

Introducing This Year's Amity Interns!
Help us welcome these interns this fall

ChristinaChristina Schmidpeter is a student at the University of Eichstätt. She is studying art and elementary school teaching. Christina is from Stammham, which is near Ingolstadt. Her interests include painting, traveling, skiing, cooking and meeting friends.

SteffiSteffi Mekacher is studying to be an elementary teacher at Pädagogische Hochshule in Berne, Switzerland. Her hometown is Zϋrich. She enjoys traveling, spending time outdoors and meeting new people. Steffi also plays piano, guitar, badminton, volleyball and soccer. She was a scout leader and loves to spend time with kids.

VanessaVanessa Klaes is studying English and Spanish at University Saarland. She is also studying to be a secondary educator. Her hometown is Riegelsberg, which is close to the French border. Vanessa enjoys traveling, going to the gym, reading, swimming and going out with friends.

ChristianeChristiane Menger is studying to become a teacher at Julius-Maximilians University. She is also studying German and English. She is originally from Ulm, but is currently living in Wϋrzburg. Christiane enjoys traveling, arts, cooking, meeting friends and playing sports.

CaglaCagla Kazek is a studying to become a teacher at the University of Duisburg-Essen. She is studying English and design technology. Her hometown is Gelsenkirchen. Cagla enjoys traveling, soccer, art and design, spending time with family and friends and listening to music. She also enjoys immersing herself in foreign cultures.

AlexanderAlexander Limper is a student at University of Passau. He is studying to become a secondary teacher in geography and English. He is originally from Lindenberg im Allgäu, which is a small town near the Alps. He enjoys spending time with friends, traveling to foreign countries and getting to know different cultures. Alexander loves to go skiing, snowboarding and mountain biking. In the summer, he loves to be outdoors and swim. He also plays the drums and piano.

Educating Children for Informed and Active World Citizenship


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