Weekly Newsletter for TCGIS Families

March 21th, 2013

In this Issue
:: Upcoming Events
:: Capstone Returns
:: Re-enrollment
:: Advertise in the Yearbook
:: Grand Marais Spring Break
:: German Grammar App
:: Kaffeeklatsch
:: School Board Nominations
:: Intern Host Family Search
:: After School Activities
:: Concert Band Instrument Petting Zoo
:: Game Night
:: Art News
:: Call for Musicians
:: 2nd Grade Book Club
:: Spring Break at Grand Slam
Upcoming Events

21- Board Meeting 6:30-9:00 pm (see agenda here)
22- Kaffeeklatsch 8:00 am
22- Session 2 After School Activities End
25-29 Spring Break No School
26- Registration Closes for Session 3 After School Activities

1- Session 3 After School Activities Begin
12- Family Game Night 6:30-8:30
15-19 Scholastic Book Fair
Welcome Back 8th Graders 
Capstone Trip Returns

TCGIS would like to wel ome back it's 8th graders from our first annual Capstone Trip to Germany. The 8th grade left Friday, March 1st and spent two weeks touring various German cities, including Berlin, Münster, Cologne. They also took the train from Berlin for a brief visit to Amsterdam. Eighth-grader Andreas reported, 

"We walked everywhere. It was very tiring. "

Abby said about her experience,

"We made friends for life with the host kids and learned a lot about German culture and history."

Emily remembered,

"At the beginning we didn't really talk as much to our host families, but towards the end our teacher had to tell us to stop talking. Not just to our host families but our whole group. We also reconnected with a teacher, Frau Fritsche, who taught us for several years, then moved back Berlin."

Paul said, 
"One time that was really tiring was when we were outside when we were touring the museums, because it was really cold out. But we had a really great time anyway."

The eight-graders would like to give a sincere thanks to everyone who helped make their trip a success including chaperones, Frau Schwalbach, Frau Kocher, and Frau Reith, as well as everyone on the Capstone Committee, especially Frau Oxenham, Frau Moeller, and Frau Vader.
Re-enrollment forms due Tomorrow 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.
Thanks, PTO!

A warm thank you to the PTO from all of the TCGIS staff for providing the wonderful pizza dinner for  the evening conferences.  The pizza, soda, cupcakes were much appreciated.  


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 mkalda@tcgis.org.

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


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 john.g.weimholt-2@umn.edu.
New German Grammar App 
App Authored by UMD students and faculty

The University of Minnesota Duluth has authored an app for the iTunes/Mac Marketplace. The app helps both beginning and advanced German language learners to cover key concepts of grammar. The UMD German Grammar Guide was released in late February and has been presented at national conferences. To find out more about the app and UMD's Mobile Language Learning Group, who developed the app, read this article.

Our next Kaffeeklatsch is tomorrow, March 22! We usually start serving coffee by 8:05am in the Front Lobby entrance.  A suggested donation for 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!


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.
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.
Register for After School Activities!
Deadline Extended to March 26th

Sign up for the last session of after school activities! Classes will begin the week of April 1st and will run through the last week in May. Forms are available on the school website or by clicking here. Scholarship forms are available in the office. *Update: Tuesday's Kung Fu class is full and the Clay Class is no longer available.* All registrations must be in by March 26th. Thank you!

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 monk2miles@comcast.net or 612-209-3396.


Game Night
Fun for the whole family
The TCGIS annual Game Night is coming up on Friday, April 12th 2013, 6:30-8:30pm! All TCGIS families are invited! We will have games for all ages and across all genres, snacks and beverages for refreshment and prizes for the winners of our game raffle! So, mark your calendars and bring your family to school to play some old and new games!


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 s.oxenham@yahoo.com by tomorrow, March 15 if you are interested in performing.

If you make music we want to hear from you!

The Capstone Committee
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 monk2miles@comcast.net.
Spring Break Grand Slam  
March 29, 10AM


Looking for something fun to do over spring break? Join us at Grand Slam in Burnsville on Friday, March 29 at 10 AM.


Grand Slam offers mini-golf, an arcade, batting cages, laser tag, bumper cars, and a trampoline area. Their walk-in packages range from $14.95 - $19.95 for three hours. They have a snack bar area where parents can visit while the kids play. Or parents can play too! More information and directions to Grand Slam can be found  here.


This is an informal get together. No need to sign-up, just show up if you want. (Please note, this is not a drop-off situation. Children must be accompanied by an adult.)


Hope to see you there!




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