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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Darcy DeBoer at email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org