Weekly Newsletter for TCGIS Families

April 18th, 2013

In this Issue
:: Upcoming Events
:: Intern Host Families
:: Photos needed for Capstone Event
:: MCA Testing Dates
:: Scholastic Book Fair
:: Capstone Benefit
:: PTO Financial Review
:: Advertise in the Yearbook
:: Kulturakademie: CANCELED
:: PTO Parent Outreach
:: Graduation Announcement
:: Plant Sale
:: Annual Library Fundraiser
:: Volunteer Opportunity: Festival of Nations
:: International Film Festival
Upcoming Events


15-19 Scholastic Book Fair
19- Kindergarten Form Due
21- Capstone Fundraising Event at GAI
22-23- MCA Reading Test
24- New Student Potluck 5-7pm
26- School Lock-In 6:00 pm (Previous sign up required)
29- May 2 MCA Math Tests, see article below

TCGIS is Still Looking for Intern Host Families
Spring 2014

An integral part of what makes our school unique is our Amity Intern Program. Families that host interns experience bonds that can last for a semester, or a lifetime.
Benefits of Hosting school interns can include:
  • Improving the German language skills of your whole family
  • Getting to know a member of another culture
  • Having a supportive young person who is invested in the success of your child's school
  • Potential for Lifelong friendships
Interns help keep teacher to student ratios small and provide crucial support to every aspect of our school from instruction to recess supervision. This program can only be a success if families open their homes to interns. Contact Darcy Deboer or Nicole Grenz if you are interested in more information.
Summer Kinderclub

Dear Parents/ Liebe Eltern

If you are planning for your child to attend Summer Kinderclub and the Germanic American Institute's German Language camps please submit your registration by the end of the month to Babett Larimer at blarimer@gai-mn.org or print and complete and submit to the Kinderclub drop box at the TCGIS front desk! Summer Registration forms can be found atwww.tcgis.org/kinderclub. We have 11 weeks of fun and interactive themes planned for your children, with wonderful instructors that are passionate and love the topics they are offering! Here is the list of weekly themes:

Week 1: June 10-14 Fairy Tales
Week 2: June 17-21 Art in every shape and form
Week 3: June 24-28 Puppet Theater
Week 4: July 1-3 Kinderclub only: America the Beautiful
Week 5: July 8-12 Around the World
Week 6: July 15-19 Dance Academy
Week 7: July 22-26 Sports and Games
Week 8: July 29- August 2 German cooking for kids
Week 9: August 5-9 Planets and the Solar system
Week 10: August 12-16 Life in the Middle Ages
Week 11: August 19-23 German Safari

Sign up for one camp or all, half days or full days, and take advantage of our extended care hours at Kinderclub when themed activities continue through out the day in a German immersion setting!  We are looking forward to an exciting Summer program and hope to see you there! For more information check out: http://www.gai-mn.org/classes/sommer.html
Photos Needed for Marcy Zachmeier-Ruh Tribute this Sunday

Do you have photos of Marcy Zachmeier-Ruh? We are putting together a photo collage showing images of Marcy in action for the Capstone Event this Sunday. Photos can be dropped of at the front desk or sent via email to sberres@tcgis.org. 
MCA Testing Dates

Reading: April 22 & 23 (Paper Version)


Math: Week of April 29 (Online Version)  

   3rd grade---April 29

   4th grade--April 30

   5th grade--May 2

   6th grade-May 1

   7th grade-May 1

   8th grade- May 2


Science: (GRADES 5 & 8 ONLY) 

   May 6 (Online Version)


Make Up Dates: Weeks of May 6 and May 13


Scholastic Book Fair 


We invite you to visit our Scholastic Book Fair and experience a celebration of reading that provides families the opportunity to get involved in a universal mission: encouraging kids to read every day so they can lead better lives. 

Our Scholastic Book Fair theme - 
Story Laboratory: Reading Gives You Super Power! - is part of an incredible energy source for reading that brings to school a wonderful selection of fun, engaging, and affordable books kids want to read. Giving kids access to good books and the opportunity to choose their own books will motivate them to read more. And like most acquired skills, the more kids practice reading, the better they'll get. 


Can't make it to the fair?  Please click the ONLINE fair to start shopping today!!  


 Please join us for the Capstone
Benefit Event this Sunday April 21st 


Where: GAI, 301 Summit Ave, St Paul  

When: 2:00-5:00 pm  

Admission: $5 suggested donation per adult   The Program Includes:

  • A Welcome and tribute to Marcy Zachmeier-Ruh  
  • A presentation by the 8th graders about their recent Capstone trip to Germany
  • Blumenkranz Dance Performance
  • Kaffee und Kuchen, (Streuselkuchen, freshly baked waffles, sweet bread)
  • Arts Crafts Sale (Get your Mothers' Day Cards early!)
  • Music and Entertainment Program throughout the afternoon from Classical to Rock 
  • Performers include teachers Scot Stevenson, Hunter Goetzman, Valentin Solakhau, TCGIS students Emily Schoonover, Caelan Oxenham, the Stuber Sisters, members of  the TCGIS Strings Group and Band, and TCGIS parents Colin Kreuziger, Elizabeth Weimholt, Kordula Coleman, Andrea Winkler Also in concert  THE TCGIS Mix and Match Band: Jim Crego, Andrew Oxenham, Chris Schoonover, and John Weimholt, with singers Emily Schoonover, Elise Amel,  and Margret Sims
  • Story time in the "Damensalon"Movie "Hände weg von Mississippi" based on a book by Cornelia Funke in German w/ English subtitles **(This program was made possible by the Goethe-Institute ChicagoOutside Games (weather permitting)

**Please help us to keep all children safe by reminding them not to climb on fire escape ladders or playground walls.**



Action Requested: Undeposited Check Information for PTO Financial Review


The PTO Executive Committee is in the process of reviewing its financial paperwork. To support this process, if you have written any checks to the PTO between June 2011 and January 2013, the Executive Committee asks that you review your bank account to determine if there are any undeposited checks written to TCGIS PTO. If you find any undeposited checks, please fill out this form. This information is secure and will not be shared. Checks written after January 2013 have ben deposted and do not need to be checked.


The Executive Committee will follow up with those who report undepositted checks in the near future.  Contact PTO President Karin Spencer at tcgispto@gmail.com if you have any questions.


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. The deadline for submissions is April 22nd. 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.

Cancelled due to Bad Weather
The PTO Parent Outreach Committee

The PTO Parent Outreach Committee is meeting Wednesday, May 8, 6:30pm at Mickey Jurewicz's home.  We have many one-time opportunities to help out throughout the school year, if you are looking for a way to be involved that isn't too time consuming!

We are also in need of someone with design layout experience to help put together the fantastic school calendar!

If interested in attending, or just want to know more, contact Krista Johnson at monk2miles@comcast.net.
First Ever TCGIS Graduation
Date and Time Announced

We are proud to announce the date and time of the first graduation ceremony for the Twin Cities German Immersion School.   

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Time: 2 - 5 pm

Location: GAI 

More details will follow here in the
E-brief and on our website,  so stay tuned!

Get Ready: The Plant Sale is Coming


plantsCalling all gardening enthusiats! Winter snow will surely melt, and spring planting will begin soon. We are in need of pretty flowers, shrubs, veggies, and herbs for the annual PTO Plant Swap. If you'd like to share from your bounty, please donate plants at the front desk at school, May 15-17. Please bring plants in a small pot or carton and label the variety.

Come back on Friday May 17th before and after school, where we will sell these plants for a small fee ($2-$5). This is a great way to divide your plants, find new plants for your garden that come from another TCGIS home, and easily and generously give to the school at the same time. That's what this Plant Swap is all about! Contact Sara Scholtens (612-310-7630) with questions or to volunteer.


Library Fundraising Book Sale
May 17th!

  As you may have heard, we are moving locations over the summer and the library is eager to only move the best and the brightest of our library to our great new location. Over the years, many families have donated materials to the library and we've had a large number of donations ALREADY this year. In fact, we have so many books that we don't need anymore donations to make our book sale a great success. But we do need YOU to come out and support the library and the school by purchasing some of our books. We have lots of German language books for both kids and adults ready to find their new homes.  We are also looking for volunteers to help with the sale, so if books are your thing and you want to help out, contact Blaine Strobe at bstrobe@tcgis.org for more information.
German Volunteer Opportunity:
Festival of Nations

The Festival of Nations® is the largest and longest running multicultural festival in Minnesota, celebrating cultural diversity with food, music, demonstrations, exhibits and dance. At the Festival of Nations we are able to renew a sense of pride in our respective ethnic heritages. At the same time we have the opportunity to develop an appreciation, rather then just a tolerance of the culture of others as we build for the future together. The festival runs from May 2-5 in downtown Saint Paul at the RiverCentre.

The Germanic-American Institute is proud to represent the German culture every year at the Festival of Nations. We feel it is an important part of our mission and an excellent opportunity to introduce and educate thousands of people about Germany. To do this, we enlist the tremendous help of over 100 volunteers.

We are currently looking for volunteers to work 5 hour shifts. You will receive a free meal from the German café and entrance to the Festival so you can explore before or after your shift.

Please contact Julie Elias for volunteer opportunities at: jelias@gai-mn.org.

Mpls-St. Paul International Film Festival
St. Anthony Mail Theatre

There is still one family friendly German language film left to run during this year's fim festival:

Saturday 4/27 11:00 am
Sunday   4/28 12:00 pm

And, by all means, do take a look at the over 200 films from 60+ countries that will show during the Fest April 11-28th. Catalogs will also be available at our front desk.

Educating Children for Informed and Active World Citizenship


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