Weekly Newsletter for TCGIS Families

May 9th, 2013

In this Issue
:: Upcoming Events
:: Star Tribune News
:: Graduation News
:: Student Driven Recycling Program
:: PTO Financial Review
:: Students Participate in Schiller Statue
:: Summer Kinderclub
:: Move to Excellence
:: Library Materials Due May 17th
:: School Board Candidate Statements
:: Kaffeeklatsch
:: Plant Sale
:: Book Sale Expanded
:: Concert Band Performance
:: Performing Arts Update
Upcoming Events

Tonight- Rising 5th Graders Info Session 6:30 pm in Room 210
Tonight- Rising 6th Graders Info Session 7:30 pm in Room 210
10- Kaffeeklatsch 8:00 am School Board Candidates Invited to Speak
15- Early Release 12:45 pm
17- Last Day for Library Visits All books must be returned by this date
17- Plant Sale, Library Book Sale, Board Elections 
17-Second Grade Field trip rescheduled for May 23
23- Board Meeting 6:30-9:00 pm
24- Teacher Work Day No School for Students
27- Memorial Day No School for Students
31- Session 3 of After School Activities Ends
Star Tribune News Sneak Peak
Be sure to read tomorrow's edition

TCGIS families,
Please be sure to read tomorrow's Star Tribune. It will feature an article in the Business Section all about our school and our move.
Graduation News:

Please mark your calendars: Graduation will take place Sunday, June 2nd at the GAI. The ceremony will be from 2-3 pm, followed by a reception (cake, punch and coffee) from 3-5pm. 


For the ceremony only, you will receive four tickets; graduates do not need tickets. Tickets are not required for the reception. Please see Jane Hall-Dayle if you need more tickets.    


Thank you to all the families who have sent us wonderful baby pictures. If you have not yet done so, please send a few pictures to school. Molly or Blaine will scan them and your child can take them home the same day. TCGIS is excited to honor our first graduation class and we look forward to celebrating this special event with you all!


Student Driven Recycling Program 


Simon Kile (6th grade) has put together a more comprehensive recycling program for TCGIS. With only a little teacher assistance, he has found ways to make our school greener. Please be aware of the recent changes that have taken place in the way our school recycles.


Program highlights that have already begun:

  • The kids can now recycle Tetra Paks (milk cartons) during lunch

  • Yogurt cups are being recycled in the cafeteria

  • Lunch kits (like lunchables)

  • Energy bar and granola bar wrappers

  • Juice pouches

We are implementing a few more changes from now until the move, and our school gets money for each item recycled. We will have collections while we are packing, but feel free to add your own items from home. Items we will collect include:

  • Calculators

  • Other e-waste (phones, PDAs, MP3, keyboards, mice, etc.)

  • Scotch Tape rolls

  • Broken or used-up pens, markers and mechanical pencils (no wood please)

  • Colgate and other toothpaste tubes

  • Toothbrushes

  • Plastic bags/Ziplocs

Other items we are recycling:

  • U.S. Made Crayons
  • Binders
  • School Supplies (empty glue sticks/packages)

Thanks for recycling!

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 [email protected] if you
have any questions.

TCGIS Students Participating in Schiller Statue Re-Dedication at Como Park

Saturday, May 11th

St. Paul Public Arts is planning a re-dedication ceremony for the Schiller statue in Como Park. It will take place on Saturday, May 11, at 10:00am. You are welcome to join us at this event! TCGIS middle school students have been invited to recite a Schiller poem at this celebration.  The performance offer was sent to the middle school students earlier in the week. If you are interested in reciting there is still space and a need for performers. Please contact Valentin Solakhau at [email protected].
Thank you to all that have registered by our April 30th deadline! 

Please note: Registrations are still accepted with limited space available.
Our Summer camps are filling up quickly, and at this point the following camp weeks are FULL:

week 7 - Sports and Games
week 8 - German Cooking
week 10 - Life in the Middle Ages
week 11 - German Safari

Registration for those weeks is only available for certain days (days opposite to an already part-time registered child that need to be filled). Please contact me prior to submitting a registration for availability.

For all other camp weeks availability is limited and registration preference is given to families signing up for an entire week orfor days that are opposite to an already part-time registered child that need to be filled.

Extended Kinderclub in the afternoon hours from 12:00 - 4:30pm or 6:00pm is still available for all weeks!

We are excited about the large interest and are looking forward to a fun-filled Summer! Please email me with any questions you may have!

"Move to Excellence" Fundraising Campaign



As we all know, the move to the new, permanent facility is a tremendous opportunity - a once in a lifetime opportunity!  The move also comes with some challenges for the entire school community: organizationally as well as financially. In order to best position the move and the school, we are reaching out to parents with this special one-time appeal. Your support can help us be more successful and offer more options in the new building. All donations will be collected through the school's GiveMN site ( http://givemn.razoo.com/story/Move-To-Excellence) and are 100% tax deductible. Thank you for your consideration and participation as we continue to Move to Excellence in a new home!

Please Return Library Materials
by May 17th 

The library will be conducting an inventory of it's collection between May 20th and June 5th. In order for us to inventory our materials successfully, we need everyone to turn in their library materials by May 17th. If we do not have you child's library materials turned in by June 5th, your school account will be charged a $20 lost book fee.
TCGIS School Board Elections
See attachment for info on each of the six candidates

We are pleased to announce that there will be 6 candidates running for election to the TCGIS School Board on Friday May 17th. Each candidate brings unique qualifications and their submitted statements are below. The candidates are being invited to tomorrow's Kaffeeklatsch to create opportunities for you to meet them.

Our Next Kaffeeklatsch is this Friday, May 10th! 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!


Get Ready: The Plant Sale is Coming


plantsCalling all gardening enthusiasts! Winter snow will surely melt, and spring planting will begin again 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 Book Sale Expanded!
Now requesting donations!

Due to popular demand, we have decided to expand our book sale. Donations of pre-school, kid, and pre-teen German books and games (in GOOD condition only please) for the annual TCGIS used book sale are requested. Your donations benefit the Bibliothek and get recycled to TCGIS families for continued use and enjoyment! Please turn in donations to Blaine Strobe by May 14th.

As teachers pack up for the move, a lot of classroom materials have turned up that are not needed anymore. These are mainly old editions of textbooks in German and English. These items will be also offered for sale during the book sale & plant exchange on May 17th. Please stop by and check things out! Contact Caro Bindert at [email protected] for more information. 
Concert Band Performance
Sunday, May 19 at 4:00 pm
The TCGIS Concert Band will perform a short concert on Sunday, May 19 at 4pm at Hope Lutheran Church, 5728 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis. A small reception will follow.

Free will donations will be accepted to help cover the rental of the church.

If you have questions, please contact Krista Johnson [email protected].
Performing Arts Update

Click here to read more about what's going on in Performing Arts this month.

Educating Children for Informed and Active World Citizenship


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