Weekly Newsletter for TCGIS Families

May 16th, 2013

In this Issue
:: Upcoming Events
:: Move to Excellence
:: End of Year Picnic
:: Day of Service
:: Schiller Statue
:: Student Driven Recycling Program
:: PTO Financial Review
:: School Board Election: Tomorrow
:: Library Materials Due May 17th
:: Poetry Olymipics
:: Plant Sale: Tomorrow
:: Book Sale: Tomorrow
:: Concert Band Performance
:: Performing Arts Update
:: Summer Kinderclub
Upcoming Events

17- Last Day for Library Visits All books must be returned by this date
17- Board Elections, Plant Sale, Library Book Sale 
17- Second Grade Field trip rescheduled for May 23
23- Middle School Poetry Olympics
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

First Grader Donates to Move to Excellence Campaign

"I wanted to help us move to our new school"


This morning, first grader Elaina Johnson decided that she wanted to help her school with their big moving project. She dug deep into her piggy bank and decided to give $15.62 to help support her school. Elaina proves that all of us can support our school and chip in to increase the quality of our new location. Your donation can contribute to our purchase of classroom desks, microscopes, planters for our garden, and much, much more. 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!

End of Year Picnic

Don't forget that the end of year Picnic is Thursday, June 6th. We're really excited to have a great time at Como Park and the zoo. Please read the following document for more info and a sign and return this permission form. Thanks! 
1st Annual Middle School Day of Service   Students and Teachers Clean Ramsey County Parks
On May 29th, the Middle School has planned our very first Annual Day of Service. This year, we have coordinated with Ramsey County Parks for students and teachers to work in mixed age groups to haul brush out of wooded areas and remove invasive plant material from specific locations within Indian Mounds Park. 
We are very excited for this opportunity for students to engage with their local community, work with students and teachers from different grades, be out in nature, and learn about Minnesota's prehistory. 
Many parents graciously volunteered to transport students on this date. We do have enough volunteers at this time. Thank you!

Please mark you calendar for this date. The Day of Service will last from 10-2:30 (all contained within the school day).
A permission slip will be sent home early next week, and will detail what to wear, what to pack, and other relevant information.

Schiller Statue Re-Dedication at Como Park

St. Paul Public Arts organized a re-dedication ceremony for the Schiller statue in Como Park. It took place on Saturday, May 11, at 10:00am. Thanks a lot to Simon, Carsten & Michalina (6th grade) for their recitation of Schiller's poem "Der Handschuh" (the Glove) at this celebration! 
They performed along with many speakers and the Minnesota Chorale. In the thank you note from the organizers it was noticed that our students were "true thespians who added so much to this event!"  

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 School Board Elections TOMORROW
See this attachment to learn more about the school board elections

Please remember to vote this Friday for three new board members.

The candidates are:

Sam Walling

John Holmlund

Jennifer Buck

Matt Hotujec

Carley Stuber

Barbara Spangle


Click here for a proxy ballot.


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.
Middle School Dance
Theme: Bad Taste

The Student Council is hosting a middle school dance May 31st at 5 pm in the Cafeteria. 

Date: May 31, 2013
Time: 5pm-9pm
Where: TCGIS Cafeteria
Theme: Bad Taste
Entry: $5

Bitte komm zum TCGIS Bad Taste Tanz und Potluck! Es wird Spiele, Tanzen und Essen geben! 
Zieh deine mismatched Kleider an und tanz!
Mehr infos über Essen und Getränke werden im Elternbrief greklärt.
TCGIS Parent is semi-finalist for
Forever St. Paul Challenge

Congrats to the thirty semi-finalists announced for the $1M Forever Saint Paul Challenge of the MN Idea Open. TCGIS wants to give a special shout out to finalist Amy Schroeder Ireland, for her idea called Bike-Connect St. Paul which would link bike trails through St. Paul neighborhoods, just like they do in Germany. You can read more about the $1M Challenge, her idea and the other thirty finalists here:


Second Annual Poetry Olympics
Be Amused

You are invited to attend our 2nd annual "Poesie-Olympiade" (Poetry Olympics). The date and location have been recently updated. 
Who: All Middle School Students
What: Poetry Competition
When: Thursday, May 23, 1-3 p.m.
Where: Friends Meeting House, 1725 Grand Ave, St. Paul (chosen for space and availability)
  • Parents and family are welcome to attend.  
  • Recitations to take place by students who submitted registration forms.   
  • Participation is encourage, not required.   
  • Registration forms are still being accepted through this Friday (May 17).   

Please see the attached Poesie-Olympiade description for details.

Get Ready: The Plant Sale is Coming



Come TOMORROW before and after school, where we will sell plants donated to the PTO 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!

Library Book Sale!
The Library Book Sale will be tomorrow afternoon from 2:30-5:30 in the downstairs "mural room" next to the Cafeteria. Please come and support the library and get some great books in English and German for your kids (and you) to read over the summer. We will also have toys, games and classroom materials that have been donated by teachers packing up for the move.
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.
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!

Educating Children for Informed and Active World Citizenship


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