Weekly Newsletter for TCGIS Families

November 02, 2012

In this Issue
:: Upcoming Events
:: Taking Charge of Education
:: GAI Film Screening
:: Auflauf 2012 Winners
:: PTO Craft and Bake Sale
:: Tour Guides Needed: New Day and Time
:: School Picture Retakes
:: Chinook Books
:: Second Grade Mother/Daughter Book Club
:: Kinderclub Extended Care- November
:: Middle School Presentation Project
Upcoming Events

2- GAI Film Screening: Young Goethe in Love at the Ratskelter
4- St. Martin's Day at the Landmark Center 4-6:00 pm
6- School Picture Retakes
9-Kaffeeklatsch 8:00 am
9- St. Martin's Tag School Celebration at 2:00 pm in the Cafeteria
13-PTO Meeting 6:30-8:00pm
16-PTO Craft & Bake Sale 2:30-5:30 pm
17-PTO Craft & Bake Sale 9:00am-12:00pm
20-School Board Meeting 6:30-9:00 pm
21-23 Fall Break, No School
26- Teacher Workday, No School for Students
St. Martin's Tag Celebrations 
This Sunday, Nov. 4th and Nov. 9th

St. Martin's Tag has come again.
The St. Martin's Day Celebration will take place on Sunday, November 4th, from 4 to 6pm at the Landmark Center. Participants, please arrive ahead of time.

TCGIS will feature 2nd grade performers with traditional German songs as well as the TCGIS Band and Blumenkranz dancers.

On Friday, November 9th, we will celebrate St. Martin's Day at school. The program starts at 2:00pm in the cafeteria. 
More information can be found online at 

Taking Charge of Education with Target
Over $2700 Raised in August


Thank you to all Target RedCard holders who have designated TCGIS as the to which they contribute. The school received a donation from Target in August of $2,731.27.  


To participate in this program, go to Target.com and use TCGIS' School ID, 122860, to designate us as the school you'd like to contribute to using your card.

Tonight, November 2, 2012, 7pm

Free for GAI members, $5 non-members


The GAI will be hosting a screening of the 2010 film Young Goethe in Love on November 2nd in the Ratskeller. The bar will be open and we will be serving popcorn.  

2012 Auflauf Cook-Off Results!

The 2012 Auflauf Cook-Off was a great night of fun. Over 200 TCGIS students, families and friends joined together at the Salvation Army in Northeast Minneapolis for a night of fun, food, and friendly competition.

And the winners are....
German Traditional
1st place: Amy Eian- Potato Cauliflower Ham Delight
2nd place: Lynn Hartweck- German Onion Tart

American Traditional

1st place: Steve Spencer- Venison Pie
2nd place: Britta Walker- Barakoli Obama


1st place: Gita Zeitler- Nepali Momos Masala
2nd place: Julie Alkatout- Cheesy Spinach Middle Eastern Auflauf

Best in Show

Steve Spencer- Venison Pie

People's Choice

Gita Zeitler- Nepali Momos Masala

Sincere thanks to more than 50 volunteers who contributed time, talent, and food to this event.
Special Thanks to:
Ruhland's Strudelhaus for donating ten delicious strudels to the dessert buffet! Watch for our TCGIS Strudel Fundraiser announcement in November.
for childcare services
Eastside Food Co-op for composting all food waste and dinnerware and our Auflauf Judges: Scot Stephenson, Ann Jurewicz, Lübbert Kruizenga, Jessica Fleming, Kordula Coleman, and Tom Ruhland.
TCGIS PTO 4th Annual Craft and Bake Sale 
Just around the corner!
Register now to donate your Craft(s) and/or Baked/Canned Goods or sign up to volunteer for this year's PTO Craft and Bake Sale by using the link below.


If you have any questions, please contact Heidi Zimmermann at 
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 the school at [email protected].
School Picture Retakes and Group Photos 
November 6th!
All students who have missed Picture Day will be photographed on that day. If for any reason you are unhappy with your child's photo order and would like to schedule retakes, please e-mail Stefanie at
[email protected].
Get Your Chinook Book and Save While Supporting TCGIS

Don't forget to pick up your 2013 Chinook Book or the new Chinook Mobile Pack for your smart phone. You'll save on all kinds of essentials, activities and entertainment around town -- perfect for making the upcoming holiday shopping season a little more cost-effective.

Best of all, we keep 50% of the proceeds to support our school. Available at the TCGIS front office, books are $20 and the easy-to-use mobile packs are just $14. Questions? Contact Kate Olson  at [email protected]

Second Grade Mother/Daughter 

Book Club


A new mother/daughter book club for families of 2nd grade girls is starting up.  We will meet once a month or once every other month, depending on the length of the book and time of the year.  The book club will rotate homes each month and the the hosts (mother/daughter pair) pick the book and provide refreshments, or plan a field trip, around the theme of the book.  At the end of each meeting the next host will present the next book.  Books can be read aloud books, or as the kids get older, books that are read independently.  Books could be chapter books, or even a favorite picture book that the kids would like to talk about.

Join us for the first book club meeting on Sunday Nov 18, 1-3pm at Katrina Holbrook's house.  We will be discussing the book Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink.  This is a longer book, in a short time, so read as much as you can before the 1st meeting.


Any Questions, Please contact Gretchen Barsch [email protected]

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:

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]


ZfA Sponsored Presentation Project
German Today

The Zentralstelle fuer Auslandsschulwesen (ZfA), one of the German governmental departments that sponsors TCGIS, is providing us with the opportunity for students to participate in a presentation contest created for German schools in America. The topic of the presentation is: Deutschland Heute (German Today). 
Students in grades 5-8 will develop a topic and presentation, and present their findings first to their class, then to a formal jury. 
This experience will prepare students for the official A2 and DSDI exams, which occur in the Spring, and indicate students' German language proficiency. 
This is an exciting opportunity for our school community and our students. All interested members of the public are invited to attend the final contest on Friday, December 14. 
If you would like to attend, or would like more information about the contest, please contact Elisa Schwalbach by email: [email protected]

Educating Children for Informed and Active World Citizenship


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