Weekly Newsletter for TCGIS Families

October 11, 2012

In this Issue
:: Upcoming Events
:: Kaffeeklatsch Tomorrow
:: School Board Opening
:: Elternkontakts Needed
:: Lost and Found
:: Kinderclub Extended Care- November
:: Auflauf Cook-off: Sold Out!
:: Tour Guides Needed: New Day and Time
:: Five Course Wine Tasting Dinner Fundraiser for GAI
:: October Art News
:: Performing Art News
Upcoming Events
Tomorrow!- Kaffeeklatsch 8:00 am
Tomorrow!- Auflauf Cook-Off 6:00 pm
17- Early Release Day 12:45 pm
18- Teacher Work Day (No School)
19- Teacher Work Day (No School)
25- Vision and Hearing Screening
25- School Board Meeting 6:30-9:00 pm

1- St. Martin's Day School Celebration 2:00pm in Cafeteria
2- Parent Teacher Conferences (No School for Students)
4- St. Martin's Day at the Landmark Center 4-6:00 pm

TOMORROW, October 12!  
Our next Kaffeeklatsch is this Friday, October 12th! We usually start serving coffee by 8:05 am in the Front Lobby entrance. A cup of coffee is $1.00 if you bring your own cup, or $1.25 if we provide you with a cup. We are also serving tea! Now also selling Coffee Cards for your convenience: $8 (with cup), $10 (w/o cup)!! No more searching for dollar bills necessary!
Want to help shape the future of TCGIS?
Applications due tomorrow, Oct. 12

We currently have two openings on the TCGIS Board and we are looking for people with passion for our school and the desire to help implement our strategic plan. Please consider filling out an application to join the Board. They are available at the front desk or on our website. If we get more than two applicants, we will hold an election.  If we get less than three applications, the Board will hold interviews and appoint qualified applicants.
Elternkontakts Needed for Classrooms

The Classroom Support Committee is setting up Elternkontakts for all classes. Elternkontakts are parent volunteers who help out with special classroom activities, field trips, and other events. Field trips are beginning, and it's important that each teacher have parents to count on for communication and organization of events; plus, it's a lot of fun! If you'd like to be an EK, please ask your child's teacher if there is a need or contact Cindy Miller at [email protected].  

Lost and Found

TCGIS parents:
Please stop by the office to check and see whether your child has any unclaimed items in the lost and found. We have several overflowing bins. Items include coats, hats, gloves, sports equipment, lunch items including cooling packs and much much more! To prevent your child's items from winding up in the lost and found, please label items that your children take to school.  

Kinderclub Extended Care  

November Scheduling  


TCGIS Familes- 

As November is approaching I am looking ahead at extended care dates. Kinderclub will be offering full-day care on the following November dates from 8am-6pm:

Friday, November 2nd - conferences - no school in session

Wednesday, November 21st - Thanksgiving break (Wednesday only, NO Kinderclub on Thu/Fri in observance of Thanksgiving holiday)

Monday, November 26th - Teacher Workshop - no school in session

Please follow the link in order to sign up your children. http://www.doodle.com/uqsyy5ud37phnpqq. The deadline for each date listed is a week prior to attendance. The cost per student is $37.00/day. Please finalize your family's plans prior to signing up as you are entering a valid payment agreement by reserving a spot for your child (as outlined in our KC family handbook). Payment is due prior to attendance and will be billed separately. Other families could potentially be turned away due to lack of space in order for Kinderclub to comply with our student teacher ratio. Last minute drop-in requests will be handled on a space-only basis. Thank you, and enjoy the gorgeous fall colors!!  

-Babette Larimer

 [email protected]


Auflauf 2012

Thanks to everyone who bought tickets to this year's Auflauf!
Tour Guides Needed     
Get to know new TCGIS families

TCGIS needs your help in providing tours to prospective new families interested in enrolling their children in TCGIS. Tour guides are needed on Friday mornings starting at 8:15am. Tours start at 8:30. For more info, please contact Sarah Bailey at [email protected]. 
Five Course Wine Tasting Dinner
GAI fundraiser

Who:  Germanic - American Institute

What:  5 Course Wine Tasting Dinner

Where:  301 Summit Avenue, St. Paul

When:  October 27, 2012 at 6:00pm 

Price:  $65 for members, $75 for others  


Join us October 27th for the Five-Course Winetasting Dinner, a gala-style fundraiser to support the GAI's mission of German language and Germanic culture education.


The GAI's very own Director of Event Services, Dr. Katrin Erdmann, returns to prepare an exquisite menu featuring a beef filet in red wine reduction butter and a plum trilogy dessert. Guests will learn about and taste five different wines accompanying each course.


Live piano music provided by Herbert Engelmayer will round off the entertainment of the evening.

Tables can be reserved for six or more guests. Prepaid reservations are required and can be made online at www.gai-mn.org or via check or credit card.

October Art News
Festivals, Galleries and more


I want to take a moment to introduce you to Artsonia.  Artsonia is a free student online art gallery, an exciting way to see and share your child's artwork with friends and family all over the world.  As parents, you either received last year or will receive this year an email inviting you to register with the website, after which you can be notified when your student has new work available to be viewed.  You can leave comments encouraging your child and also purchase coffee mugs and other gift items with their artwork on it.  In addition, 20% of every purchase is given back to the art program at TCGIS to buy more art supplies!


You can view the TCGIS gallery from last year by going to www.artsonia.com and search for Twin Cities German Immersion School.  In the next few weeks I hope to start uploading some of the wonderful artwork that has already been completed this year.   I hope that you enjoy the gallery- I think it is a wonderful opportunity for our students to see their work "published!"


Please click here for a detailed description of my class plans for October. Contact me if you have any questions or concerns about art class.


- Frau Lenburg                                  

[email protected] 


Performing Art News
St. Martin's Day and more!

We are very excited about the upcoming St. Martin's Day Celebrations both here at the school and at the Landmark Center! Please click here for more information about the history of this holiday and how we celebrate it at TCGIS.

A Note about St. Martin's Day

Please also refer to this document for a break down of this month's Performing Arts activities organized by grade level.

Educating Children for Informed and Active World Citizenship


The Elternbrief is published electronically Thursdays throughout the school-year and on an as-needed basis at other times. Submissions are due by 3 PM on Tuesdays. Content printed at the discretion of the TCGIS administration.