Issue: 141
February 20, 2014
In This Issue
Volunteer Opportunities
Carpool Buddy Sign Up
Black & White Maskenball
Carnival Of Cultures 2014
Re-Enrollment Form For the 2014-2015 School Year
State of the School Meeting
Community Traffic Forum II
Parent/Teacher Conferences
TCGIS Winter Olympics
Yearbook Ad Sales
PTO Annual Retreat
2014 GAI Summer Camps
GAI Spring Culture Series
Quick Links
 Volunteer Opportunities

Carpool Buddy Sign Up

TCGIS Online Calendar
Feb 21: Kaffeeklatsch


Feb 22: Black & White Maskenball

Feb 24: Community Traffic Forum II

Feb 27: School Board Meeting


Feb 28: Carnival of Cultures


March 6: Middle School Information Night


March 8: PTO Annual Retreat

March 11: PTO Monthly Meeting


March 20: State of the School Meeting
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Black & White Maskenball: 
Auction Closes at 9 pm Tonight

We have just a few hours to make the Maskenball Online Auction a success. This is your chance to show support for the students and teachers of the Twin Cities German Immersion School.


We will stop selling regular priced tickets tonight as well, so be sure to get your tickets. As the kids would say, "Maskenball is going to be TOTES FAB." You don't have to stay the whole evening. Go to dinner and stop by the party for drinks and dessert. DJ Tim is working really hard putting together the "Black & White" set of music requested by you. Here's what else we have in store for you: the Foto Box, mug and wine pulls, staff raffle, our signature cocktails - one Black and one White, and an award for the best interpretation of the Black & White theme (note, does not need to be a costume).


Swing by Kaffeeklatsch, on Friday afternoon at 2:30 pm, to purchase a staff raffle ticket. Buy $2 raffle tickets to show your favorite TCGIS staff members how much you appreciate them! At the party, we will draw the name of one lucky staff member, who will win a Spa Day at Brian Graham Salon.


Visit our website for more detail

Carnival of Cultures 2014 on February 28
Building Bridges Between Cultures!

The Carnival of Cultures is already on Friday next week! 

We are thrilled that we are able to celebrate our cultural diversity at the Carnival of Cultures for the 4th time, and we are very excited that TCGIS students will share their artistic talents in our Aula this year! 


ATTENTION: There is a typo in the flyer that concerns the 3rd grade. We are very sorry for this confusion.


6:30pm: part I: Kindergarten - 2nd grade (NOT 3rd grade)

7:10pm: intermission and artwork show 

7:30pm: part II: 3rd grade - 8th grade


The Cafeteria will be open for refreshments starting at 6pm. 7th & 8th graders will provide snacks and drinks for a small donations. We encourage you to stop by and to treat yourself with goodies. All profits go to the Capstone Fund.


At 6:15pm and 7:15pm respectively, student performers are asked to check in with their classroom teacher in the Aula. 


Parking: Take in consideration that we have VERY limited parking possibilities. Parking is available at Como Park and Black Bear Crossing. Please look at this as an opportunity to take a little walk with your family from your parking site to TCGIS.


We're looking forward to seeing you on Friday, Feb. 28!

For more information about the logistics of the Carnival, please click hereHelping hands are very welcome and can sign up here.
Re-Enrollment Form for 2014-2015 School Year

Please take a moment to fill out our re-enrollment form for the 2014-2015 school year. Please fill out the form once for every child returning. Click here for the form. Thank you!


State of the School Meeting
March 20, 6:30-8:00pm, TCGIS Cafeteria

This year's State of the School meeting will be held on March 20th, from 6:30 - 8:30pm in the TCGIS cafeteria. This is an annual opportunity for the community to come together to hear about TCGIS's achievements and goals for the future. To begin, an update on the construction project will be given. Then, because this State of the Schools will be the first since passage of Minnesota's "World's Best Workforce" (WBWF) legislation, a presentation on WBWF will follow. WBWF establishes standards for charter schools and school districts to develop a community advisory group, set future goals and report progress to the Minnesota Department of Education. The WBWF plan articulates ongoing school improvement and how to best prepare our students for high school and beyond. This includes curriculum and practices and a description of "the school's financial health". At the State of the School, community will also hear about progress on volunteer opportunities. Please come and learn more about the school we all love! Childcare will be provided.
Community Traffic Forum II
Feb 24, 6:30pm at TCGIS Cafeteria

We invite you to the second round of  the Como/TCGIS traffic meeting on Monday, Feb. 24 at 6:30pm in the school cafeteria. We will give updated information on traffic concerns and will continue to develop collaborative solutions for child safety and traffic flow improvements.


Parent/Teacher Conference
Evening Conferences on Thursday, March 13 - from 4:00 to 7:30pm  
Day Conferences on Friday, March 14 - from 8:10am to 3:30pm

An e-mail containing the system's master password (same as last semester), was sent out to all families last
week. If your family has not yet received it, please contact the front office. Click HERE to download the instructions for accessing the system.

Before you log in, we suggest that you have the following information on hand:
  1. A list of all the teachers you would like to see. The online conference system will not tell you the names of your children's teachers, but the Powerschool Parent Portal is a useful tool to see a list of al teachers your child sees throughout the week. It is located HERE.
  2. The times you would like to have conferences. The system will tell you the teachers' available slots, but it will help to think about your own availability ahead of time.
The system will accept reservations for conferences until Thursday, March 13th, 2014, at 7:00 am.
If you have any questions, please call the office at 651-492-7106 or send an e-mail to Stefanie Berres.
Bringing the Winter Olympic Games 2014 to TCGIS 

In the scope of our German Humanities classes in grade 5 and 6, we decided to use this event to enlarge our vocabulary, and knowledge of the Olympic Games in general, as well as our cultural and historical understanding. In order to spice up the theoretical work, we went on a field trip into Como Park to reenact the Olympic Games, starting with the lighting of the torch, listening to an opening speech, competing in fun events in the snow and finally awarding medals. For pictures please visit Frau Schmitt's website.
Yearbook Ad Sales
Support the 8th Grade Capstone Trip!

Want to promote your business? Want to honor your 2014 TCGIS graduate? Want to recognize your favorite teacher? The possibilities are endless! 


If you are interested, please contact yearbook editor, Mason Helmel, or click here for the form. Checks can be made payable to TCGIS and dropped off at the main office. 


Ad rates: 

1 Page:  $125

1/2 Page: $70

1/4 Page: $40 

All profits go to the 8th Grade Capstone Fund!
Register for the PTO Annual Retreat!

Please join us for the 2014 PTO Annual Retreat on Saturday, March 8, from 1:00 to 4:30 pm at TCGIS. We will take this opportunity to evaluate the year thus far, as well as map out a plan for the next school year. We will revisit the organizational structure, events, fundraisers, budget, mission, and goals of the PTO, in order to assess whether we are meeting the needs of the TCGIS community.

We would love it if new TCGIS parents would attend, so we can gather your feedback from the year. We would also value input from pioneer parents, who have been around to see how things have grown and changed in the community.

Click HERE to register for the Retreat! If you have questions, feel free to contact Kami Blackwell Kinney at [email protected].

We hope to see you there!
2014 GAI Summer Camps Are Here!
Registration open exclusively to TCGIS families until March 1

The time has come! Reserve your child's spot in the Germanic-American Institute's summer camps today! Camps run from June 9 - August 15 Monday-Friday mornings with afternoon care available until 6pm. TCGIS families can register under the GAI Household Member rate ($100/camp) and have exclusive access to camps until March 1. 

Register online or contact Language Services at 651.222.2979.
GAI Spring Culture Series: 1848ers Presentations

Thursday, February 27, 7pm and Friday, February 28, 10am

Free and open to the public


For the second installment of our Spring Culture Series, Dr. Joachim "Yogi" Reppmann will discuss the impact of the "Forty-eighters" immigrant group on the political and social history of America during one of its most critical periods.  This presentation will be offered twice, once Thursday night, and once Friday morning. Fore more information, please visit www.gai-mn.org.

Facilities & Playground Committees Volunteers
Passionate about Playgrounds? Fanatic about Facilities?
If you answered yes, the Facilities and Playground Committees would like to hear from you! We are looking for volunteers to help with planning of the playground and the planning and maintenance of the school facilities. Sign up to start making a difference at our school.
Drop Off / Pick Up Help

Morning: 7:45 - 8:15: for/with Michelle Wallace on VanSlyke

Duty includes: greeting students, and supervising their entrance from the cars to the door. 

Sign up for helping out with drop off.


Afternoon: 3:10 - 3:30: for/with Michelle Wallace on VanSlyke 

Duty includes: watching for carpool(s) and/or family pick up. Collecting the student(s) from the class line and delivering the student(s) to the carpool.

Sign up for helping out with pick up.

Carnival Of Cultures Volunteers
For our Carnival of Cultures on February 28, we're looking for helping hands to set up the Aula for the performance and the Cafeteria for the catering/vendors, and to get the Aula & Cafeteria cleaned up afterwards. Sign up to volunteer at the Carnival of Cultures.  
Recycling Volunteers

The TCGIS Green Team has started a more comprehensive recycling program. Our crew collects recyclable items from the school and cafeteria every Monday after school. The work is far from glamorous, but we're working hard to live our mission of global citizenship.

How you can help: We have some recyclable materials that cannot be recycled in St. Paul. If anyone has some room in their trunk and room in their Minneapolis recycling bins, we have bags of milk cartons and yogurt containers that could easily be picked up and placed in their household recycling bins. All items are in tied plastic bags and are currently frozen :)

Sign up to become a Recycling Volunteer.