Issue: 153
May 15, 2014
In This Issue
Volunteer Opportunities
Carpool Buddy Sign Up
Gute Reise 8th Graders!
Board Elections - Meet the Candidates
Hosting a TCGIS Amity Intern
Thanks for a Wonderful Show!
Middle School Chaperones
Return Books to Library
Spring T-Shirt & Mug Sale
Sing and Dance Along
Cabaret with the 5th & 6th Graders
Spring Library Book Sale
Eco Arts Fest
Medtronic TC Kids Marathon Cross Country Fun Run
Tech Dump
Volunteer Appreciation Day
TCGIS Band Announcement
8th Grade Graduation Celebration
End of School Picnic
Singers Wanted!
PTO Announcement
GAI Announcement
Volunteer Opportunities
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Carpool Buddy Sign Up

TCGIS Online Calendar

May 13-16: School Board Elections


 May 15: Sing and Dance  Along
May 16: School Board Elections / Spring Library Book Sale / Cabaret with the 5th & 6th Graders
May 17: Medtronic TC Kids Marathon Cross Country Fun Run / Eco Arts Fest
May 19-22: 6th Grade on Biohaus Field Trip
May 22: Volunteer Appreciation Day / School Board Meeting
May 23: No School
May 26: No School / Memorial Day
June 4: 1st Grade Field Trip to the Bakken Museum
June 6: TCGIS Band Concert
June 8: 8th Grade Graduation Celebration
June 12: End of Year Picnic
June 14/15: GAI's Deutsche Tage
June 21/22: German Fest
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Gute Reise Nach Deutschland, 8th Graders!
8th Graders Capstone Blog

This year's Capstone trip is coming up: Our 8th grade students depart Friday evening for Germany. They will visit our partner school in 
Borghorst, where they will stay with host families. Afterwards, they will spend some days in Berlin. We wish them good travels and a great experience. If you would like to follow their adventures, please visit the TCGIS Capstone Blog
Board Elections - Voting Process


Dear TCGIS Community, 


School Board elections are this week! Final day to vote is Friday, May 16, 4:45pm 

We'll have paper copies available at the from office, at drop off on Van Slyke and pick up at Como Ave through Friday
Happy voting!
We're still looking for host families for our Fall '14 and Spring '15 Interns!

Create an intercultural experience within your own home by hosting a German Amity intern. Let your children benefit socially and academically from a native German speaker in your home!  


"Living with our intern has been a wonderful experience for us. It has been so nice for us to have a friendly, upbeat adult in the house, for chatting, for getting updated about my old home country, and of course, to help with things like homework or watching the kids while we go grocery shopping. " says a current host-family. 


If you're interested in hosting or supporting an Amity intern, please fill out the online form here. This is only an expression of interest at this time, and not an absolute commitment or promise. For more information about our Amity program and hosting an intern, please go to the TCGIS website or contact Isabel Vollenweider.
Thanks for a Wonderful Acrobatics Show!

On May 14, all TCGIS Middle School students surprised and amazed with an Acrobatic Journey around the world.

Already after Christmas the students started to work with their sport teacher Tanja Schmitt and her intern Johannes Balletshofer on the physical skills needed for this complex sport. Over the course of three months and with the help of the new intern Katharina Ludwig, the skills and motivation improved in a way that allowed us to start dreaming of putting together a big show. While Tanja Schmitt wrote the script, picked out the music and pictures for the story, the students signed up for groups and came up with their own ideas on how to visualize the landmarks and cultural characteristics of the countries we were going to represent. The training focused on teamwork, communication, creativity, trust, reliability, and courage. The result was a fabulous show, cheered on by the K-4 audience in the afternoon and by family, friends, and fans in the evening.


Middle School Service Day Chaperones
Thursday, June 4

For the Middle School Service Day on June 4, we're looking for chaperones who'd like to accompany our middle schoolers on their service day at Second Harvest Heartland (Golden Valley). We will need a total of 20 chaperones. Please sign up here if you're interested in chaperoning.
Return Books to Library
All materials are due back into the library by Friday, June 6

Please be advised that the last day for library checkout will be Friday, May 30. All materials are due back into the library by Friday, June 6th. Those with materials still out at the end of the school year will be charged $20 per item still out. The library will be reopened as soon as possible after the move, but we have to have everything returned in order to best set up for next year.

Thanks for your cooperation!
Spring Spirit Wear & Mug Sale

For our Spring t-shirt sale this year, TCGIS is doing things a little differently. We will be selling shirts on a first come, first serve basis. We have ordered shirts in Adult, Youth, and Women's sizes. This year, all of our shirts are 100% cotton. Prices for shirts are as follows:  

Adult sizes: $12 (Colors: Royal Blue, Forest Green, Black)
Youth sizes: $12 (Colors: Sky Blue, Red, Royal Blue, Forest Green, Black)
Women's fitted V-necks: $14.50 (Colors: Sky Blue, Red, Royal Blue, Dark Heather Gray, Black)

Don't have a mother's day present yet? Purchase a TCGIS mug for $10!

We will accept payments either in cash, or by check made out to TCGIS. Please come by the office to buy your shirt or mug today!
Sing and Dance Along 
Thursday, May 15 at 6:30 in TCGIS Aula 

Herbert & Nancy from the Vienna Community Arts and Valentin Solakhau with Blumenkranz invite family and friends to greet the spring with song and dance. 
Proceeds will support Herr Solakhau's programs and projects at Vienna Community Arts. 

For more details, please call Herbert & Nancy at 651-773-9525.
Cabaret with the 5th & 6th Graders
Friday, May 16

The mixed group of 5th & 6th graders will present their cabaret project on Friday, May 16th from 2:10 to 3:00pm at 5B classroom (Herr Wegener). Parents and middle school students are welcome to join us! 
Spring Library Book Sale 
May 16 at TCGIS Cafeteria

Every year, TCGIS invites families to donate German books to the library. The library then holds a sale of the books we don't add to the collection. Come to the sale on May 16 from 2:30-5:30 pm. This is a great opportunity to expose your child to extra German language materials that can be hard to get, and all the proceeds support the school library.
Eco Arts Fest
Saturday, May 17, 10am-3pm 

Our "Green Team" (director Hunter Goetzman) and "Blumenkranz" (director Valentin Solakhau) will take part in EcoArts Festival. This way we would like to express our commitment to the sustainable future and "green" initiatives.

This is a free event that will take place at Harriet Island Grounds and Pavilion on May 17, from 10am to 3pm. Click here for more information.
Medtronic TC Kids Marathon Cross Country Fun Run

May 17 at 9am at Como Park Picnic Pavilion


Dear Marathon Participants & Families,


Please find below the final information about the run. We have also attached a map of the grounds and the event flyer.

Meet with the coaches Mandi Rosenthal and Tanja Schmitt. There will be a designated area with the TCGIS banner visible. Wear your TCGIS spirit gear! (If you don't have a shirt yet, they are available in the office!). 


Looking forward to seeing you!

Mandi Rosenthal and Tanja Schmitt

Dump your Tech and Support the Boy Scouts
Saturday, May 17, 9AM-1PM, Roseville Lutheran Church

Recycle your electronics and appliances on Saturday, May 17 at the Roseville Lutheran Church, 1215 Roselawn Ave in Roseville. Click here for the recycling list.


For more information, please contact Susan Kocher

Volunteer Appreciation Day
May 22 at TCGIS

Dear TCGIS Volunteers and Families, 

Please join us to celebrate our dedicated volunteer community!

If you have volunteered at TCGIS in any way over the year or would like to appreciate our wonderful and dedicated community, please join us for our Volunteer Appreciation Day on May 22! 

8-9am & 2-3pm: Social gathering in staff lounge with sweets & coffee. 

6-6:30pm: Mingling with Board members, followed by an official volunteer recognition at the School Board meeting in the TCGIS Cafeteria. 

In order to help us plan the official recognition at the board meeting, please RSVP your attendance

We're looking forward to celebrating with you!
TCGIS Band Announcements
Instruments Instrument Petting Zoo for 4th Graders - May 22
All students in 4th grade will have the opportunity to try out different band instruments on Thursday, May 22, at the "instrument petting zoo" during school. Click here for more information.

TCGIS Band Concert - Friday, June 6, 6:30pm

The TCGIS band will be performing a short concert on Friday, June 6, 6:30pm in the Aula. Your welcome to join and support our TCGIS Band with your applause.
8th Grade Graduation Celebration
June 8, 2-5pm at TCGIS

Dear 8th Grade Families and Friends, 

Please join us for the 8th Grade Graduation Celebration on June 8, 2-5pm. In order to help us plan the event, please RSVP your and your guests attendance. You're welcome to bring a total of 10 guests.
Save the Date: School Picnic on June 12 at Como Park!

This year's picnic will be held on June 12th from 11:30am to 1:30pm at Como Park. Early release for ALL students is at 2pm at TCGIS. A schedule and information on what to bring, forms to download, and the volunteer sign-up will be announced mid-May. 


Thank you!

Singers Wanted!

We are assembling a Family Choir to celebrate German Days at the GAI on June 15. Commitment is 4-5 rehearsals and the performance. We welcome all - it's intergenerational! No auditions necessary. Call Herbert or Nancy at 651-773-9525, or email

PTO Announcement
Kaffeeklatsch on May 16 at 2:30 pm

Grab a cup of coffee with other TCGIS parents at Black Bear Crossings, before picking up the kids for the weekend.

GAI Announcement
Polka & Pils Classes & Dance Party
Kick up your heels and get in touch with your inner Polkameister with 3 polka classes at the GAI on May 21, 28, and June 4, leading up to our Polka & Pils Dance Party at the Klub Haus on Thursday, June 12. Register for classes here and get more details on the dance party with The Brass Barn Polka Band on the GAI website.
The GAI's Deutsche Tage
Join us June 14-15 for the Great GERMAN Get-Together at the GAI. Saturday kicks things off with our 5K Lederhosenlauf and Bicyclists' Biergarten. Sunday is Family Day with kid-friendly activities. Click here for more details about this free annual celebration of German culture and cuisine.