Weekly Newsletter for TCGIS Families

March 14th, 2013

In this Issue
:: Upcoming Events
:: Letter from the Director
:: Math Counts
:: Advertise in the Yearbook
:: Read to Feed Results
:: Grand Marais Spring Break
:: Concert Band Instrument Petting Zoo
:: Yearbook Cover Winners
:: Art News
:: Call for Musicians
:: Intern Host Family Search
:: School Board Nominations
:: 2nd Grade Book Club
Upcoming Events

14- Evening Parent/Teacher Conferences
15- No School Parent/Teacher Conferences
17- 8th Grade Returns 
20- Early Release 12:45 pm
21- Board Meeting 6:30-9:00 pm (see agenda here)
22- Registration Closes for Session 3 After School Activities
22- Kaffeeklatsch 8:00 am
22-Session 2 After School Activities End
25-29 Spring Break No School


Dear TCGIS community-


State of the School Review

Thank you to all those who came to last night's State of the School.  We had a great turn out to acknowledge the accomplishment of becoming a full K-8 school, honor the passing of our co-founder, Marcy Zachmeier-Ruh, and celebrate the joy of the 8th grade on their Capstone Trip to Germany!  Our finances are strong thanks to the solid leadership of School Board Treasurer Renee Moelders and we welcomed the new leadership of School Board Chair Matt Schneider.  A PDF of the presentation is available on our school website.


TCGIS Como Site Update

Architect Deb Rathman and Facilities leader Rob Hennelly also presented updated plans and design images of the new Como Site.  A great number of people had the pleasure of touring the site on Saturday, March 9th and the new school was abuzz with energy and excitement!  A PDF of the Como Site presentation is also available on our school website.


School Calendar 2013-2014

Next year's school calendar has been set by the School Board.  Due to our move and the new Como Site project we will start school after Labor Day on Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013.  To provide teachers time to move into the new addition when it is completed in November, we will have one full week of holiday for Thanksgiving Break. ***Please note these changes are only for the 2013-2014 School Year.  To see the full 2013-2014 calendar click here.


Capstone Trip Update by Silke Moeller

The 8th graders are having a blast in Germany.  Here is what Silke wrote about their trip so far:

"I am in contact with Elisa Schwalbach. They are all having a great time. The kids bonded well with their host families, weather was warm and springy, everyone was impressed about their German; the Borghorster "Mädchenschwarm" is flirting with the "American girls", good experiences at the school, boring mayor's speech (Paul fell asleep and nobody blamed him), wonderful hike the first day, Dutch farmers market with Gouda (our kids told them about Wisconsin cheese), happy time at a giant water park. Cologne was incredible--excellent tour guide; they spent a lot of time inside the Dome, admiring the windows, history, atmosphere; the next day was a castle, time with host families and in Münster, goodbyes, welcome in Berlin; Fr Fritsche happy to see "her class"; cold and snow, Reichstagskuppel closed because of snow, hostel very friendly, very good food (Fr Schwalbach), Berlin history, Pergamon Museum; all had a blast at Theatersport--Abby, Emily and Andreas on stage! The Currywurst and Bakery at the Hauptbahnhof where they always walk by is bought out; they love "Süssigkeiten"; they spend 2.5 hours at the Holocaust memorial when only one hour was planned, but the kids got very interested and didn't want to leave; Potsdam-Barok stunning, had dinner at Fr Fritsche's apartment and made her make Schnitzel; tomorrow Mauer and GDR history. Fr Schwalbach is very impressed how they all behave and how interested and curious they are! And she writes that they are all having a lot of fun!!!"


Drop Off/Pick Up Reminder

This is a gentle reminder to be respectful of others in the parking lot during our busy time of school drop off and pick up.  Please do not idle your cars for extended periods in the driving lanes for quick drop off and pick up; this can hold up traffic and block other parking parents from being able to get out of the parking lot.  Danke!


Homes for Interns 2013-2014

We are still looking for TCGIS families to consider hosting interns for either one semester or the whole year.  Please contact Nicole Grenz at [email protected] or Darcy DeBoer at  [email protected] for more information. 


School Board Elections

The School Board has three seats open for spring elections.  The School Board is rich in educational experience, but is hoping to add more perspective of native German, operations/finance and/or technology.  If you have interest in running for School Board, please contact School Board Chair Matt Schneider at [email protected]


Vielen Dank!

Ann Jurewicz





Re-enrollment forms due March 22 
It is important for the school to know which students are planning to return next year. There are students on the waiting list for almost every grade this year, so make sure that you child's spot on the roster is held by filling out this form.
Math Counts!
Happy Pi Day from The TCGIS Math Counts club! 
A special thanks to the following students for their dedication and hard work in achieving Silver Level Status; Sebastian Mueller, Olivia Bruhn, Martin Kocher, Erik Rauer, Lola Rubens, Michalina Solakhava, Sylvia Elias, Amanda Bluem, Lyle Elliot and Kaylee Ruble. 
Advertise in the TCGIS Yearbook
Proceeds go to Capstone Trip 2014!

Looking for a great way to make your business known? Parents, want to send a greeting to your favorite students? Well, here's your chance! You can buy space for advertising in the TCGIS yearbook! Here's the deal: $100 for a whole page (8 1/2'' by 11''), $50 for half of a page and $25 for one fourth of a page. What a bargain! If you're interested, please fill out a this form and turn it in to the front desk. If you have any questions please contact Molly Kalda at [email protected].

All proceeds from advertisement sales will directly benefit next year's Capstone trip.


Read to Feed Results
TCGIS second annual Read to Feed was a huge success!  The fourth grade students collected pledges for their reading goals totaling $2,700! 
All of the money collected was sent to Heifer International to be used in the area of greatest need.

The mission of Heifer International is to work with communities to end hunger and poverty and care for the earth. 

By giving families a hand-up, not just a hand-out, Heifer empowers people to turn lives of hunger and poverty into self-reliance and hope. With gifts of livestock and training, Heifer projects help families improve their nutrition and generate income in sustainable ways. They refer to animal donations as "living loans" because in exchange for their livestock and training, families agree to give one of its animal's offspring to another family in need. 

It's called Passing on the Gift - a cornerstone of their mission that creates an ever-expanding network of hope and peace. Thank you to all who gave for this important project! Thank you to the students for all your hard work!! Thank you for attending our breakfast to celebrate the students' accomplishment!  

I hope see you all at the Scholastic Book Fair coming up April 15 - 19th!!

Mrs. Michelle Wallace

3/4 English Language Arts

6th Annual TCGIS Spring Break in
Grand Marais

March 22-24th and the following week 
TCGIS has group rates for private condos with kitchens at http://eastbaysuites.com

Studio: $89/night
One bedroom: $99/night
Two bedroom: $129/weekend night $99/week night

Usually there is a TCGIS potluck one night in the commons area.  Families go hiking, skiing at Lutsen, explore Grand Marais, and just relax. For more information please contact Chris Weimholt at [email protected].
Concert Band
4th Grade Instrument Petting Zoo

Interested in joining the TCGIS Concert Band?

Current 4th graders will have an opportunity to try out instruments at a "petting zoo" sometime after Spring Break. Students in grades 5-7 are welcome by appointment only.

If interested, please fill out this survey. You may also contact Krista Johnson with questions at [email protected] or 612-209-3396.


Yearbook Updates
Announcing Yearbook Cover Art Winners

Drum roll please...
.... and the winners are: Claudia Feilmeyer and Lydia Spencer! Thanks to everyone who submitted a cover. It was a tough choice, but all submissions will be incorporated in the book in some way. Again, thanks to all who participated!
We also are still looking for photos for the yearbook, especially photos of grades KA, KC, 3, 4, 5 and 7. Any photos you have would be greatly appreciated! Please send photos to Molly at [email protected]. Thank you!


Art News- March

We've been very busy in the art room lately- here is a snapshot of what our students have been up to.  Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns about art class.

-Frau Lenburg


Musicians wanted for Capstone Benefit Event April 21st

The next fundraising event will be the Capstone Benefit Event on April 21st at the GAI with Kaffee und Kuchen and musical entertainment.

We are looking for musicians in the broader TCGIS community, including family and friends, who would be willing to play at the Capstone Benefit event. We love any kind of music!

Please contact Silvia Oxenham at [email protected] by tomorrow, March 15 if you are interested in performing.

If you make music we want to hear from you!

The Capstone Committee
Intern Host Families Wanted 
Fall 2013

TCGIS is searching for families who would like to host interns next fall. We need lots of families to ensure that all of our interns have homes, so write to Nicole Grenz or Darcy Deboer to find out more information if you are interested.
It is time for School Board Nominations!!!!!
This year's school board elections will take place on Friday, May 17th.  We will be electing three new members to our nine-member board of directors. Application materials are due Friday April 5th.
Please consider forwarding on this information to people you know who might be interested in volunteering for the school in this capacity.

For more information, click here
For the application, click here.
2nd Gr. Mother/Daughter Book Club 
The book club will meet Sunday, April 7th from 2-4pm, at Elsa Johnson's home.  The book is "Peter and the Starcatchers," by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson.  For more information and to RSVP, please contact Krista at [email protected].

Educating Children for Informed and Active World Citizenship


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