Issue: 154
May 22, 2014
In This Issue
School Board Announcement
8th Graders Capstone Blog
Power School Announcement
TCGIS Children Theater Festival
Blumenkranz at Mall of America
TCGIS Green Team at Eco Arts Fest
Marathon Fun with TCGIS Families
Pet Day
Support Our Intern Vanessa
Middle School Chaperones
TCGIS Band Announcement
Return Books to Library
8th Grade Graduation Celebration
End of School Picnic
Singers Wanted!
GAI Announcement
Volunteer Opportunities
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 May 22: Volunteer Appreciation Day / School Board Meeting

May 23: No School
May 26: No School / Memorial Day
May 28 - June 10: TCGIS Children Theater Festival
May 30: Last Library Day
June 3: PTO Meeting
June 4: 1st Grade Field Trip to the Bakken Museum / Middle School Service Day
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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School Board Announcement

Congratulations Ted JohnsonBurkhard Tiessen, and Natalie Yaeger on their election to the TCGIS School Board!

They have been invited to join the meeting tonight as 'members in training'. Induction will take place at the June board meeting pending verification.

We had 39% voter turn out! Thank you, community and candidates, for participating in this year's election.

TCGIS School Board
8th Graders Capstone Blog

Our 8th grade students arrived safely in Germany. Among other things, they visited our partner school in Borghorst and enjoyed a typical German picnic. For more pictures and posts about the adventures of our 8th graders, please follow the TCGIS Capstone Blog
Power School Announcement 

Teachers are going to be working on Report Cards starting this week. Please note that current grades and comments will not be displayed in the online Powerschool Parent Portal from May 23 to June 11. Report Cards will be sent home with students on Wednesday, June 11 - the day before the annual end of year picnic. 


TCGIS Children Theater Festival

Starting with a stunning performance of "Alice in Wonderland" by 7th & 8th graders (May 14), the students of 1B followed with their dramatic talents in the German fairy tale "Frau Holle" on May 15, and on May 16, the 5th & 6th entertained wonderfully with "Klatschgeschichten aus der ganzen Welt".

BUT this is not the end of the story, and we have more performances and perhaps more surprises in store!

In the next weeks you can enjoy the following plays:
  • May 28 & 29 - "Frozen" by 2B at 9am & 1pm  
  • May 30 - "Dornröschen" (= Sleeping Beauty) by 1A at 9:30am & 1:15pm  
  • June 2 - "Emil und die Detektive" after a book by Erich Kästner by 4B at 8:40pm & 2:10pm  
  • June 5 - "König Drosselbart" by 4A at 9:30am & 2:10pm  
  • June 6 - "Aschenputtel" (= Cinderella) by 1C at 8:40am & 1:15pm  
  • June 9 - "Official Prequel to Pippi Longstocking" by 3B at 8:40pm & 11:20am  
  • June 10 - "Heinzelmännchen" by 3A at 8:40am & 1:15pm  
Please check the emails from your classroom teachers for more information.
Join us for the performances - You won't be disappointed! 
Blumenkranz at Mall of America

The Blumenkranz Dance Troupe performed as a main act at Condor Airlines' PR event at the Mall of America. For participating the Mall of America mentioned TCGIS in their media advisory to the Twin Cities media

Blumenkranz Dance Troupe
 Valentin Solakhau & Doug Killian (Senior Director International Tourism MOA)


TCGIS Green Team at the Eco Arts Fest

Our "Green Team" (Hunter Goetzman, Heidi Lauer and their students) represented TCGIS and our recycling program at the Eco Arts Fest. It was a fun and inspiring experience we hope to make into an annual tradition. Way to go Green Team!

Marathon Fun with TCGIS Families
TCGIS families run under the motto FIT and FUN on Saturday morning, May 17!
Our two coaches Mandi Rosenthal and Tanja Schmitt had invited students, their families and staff to participate in the Kids Cross Country Fun Run in Como Park. Many schools and families showed up for this well-organized event. No matter if you chose to do the 1 or 2 miles, or the 5K - it was a great experience. We are planing to go again next year and will try to make the TCGIS group even bigger. 


Pet Day
Fun meet-and-greet with family pets!

In German Humanities, the students of 5A and 5B have worked on how to describe animals over the past 2 weeks. On May 20, they rounded off this unit with a fun meet-and-greet with their family pets in the park. Moms, dads, grandparents, and siblings came to make the wish of Frau Schmitt's and Herr Wegener's students come true. Everybody enjoyed spending time with dogs, cats, and a hamster.

Support Our Intern Vanessa on her MS Fundraising Ride!

Dear TCGIS Community,

I'm very excited and proud to announce that I'm participating in the MS Bike Ride 2014! I'm inviting you to join the movement by making a contribution to support my efforts.

The National MS Society is committed to building a movement by and for people with MS that will bring us closer to a world free of this disease. Donations collected for Bike MS continuously fund research for a cure, while also providing services and support for those currently living with MS.

The MS bike ride gives me the unique chance to support the mission of the National MS Society and 
to participate in an American fund raising event. Moreover, it gives me an opportunity to share my experience with my students here and back in Germany and helps me to gather even more information for an authentic report about my stay in the US.

I would be greatly appreciative if you could support my ride with a donation. Please click here for donations, then click on my name and then "Donate to Vanessa". 

For event details, please click

Thank you!
Vanessa Döpke
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). Grade-blended students will help package food for MN's hungry at 2nd Harvest, this is a great social interaction and service learning opportunity for our Middle school. We will need a total of 20 chaperones to make it happen. Please sign up here for chaperoning.
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.
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!
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.
End of Year School Picnic
June 12 at Como Park


This year's picnic will be held on June 12 from 11:30am to 1:30pm at Como Park. Click here for more information about the schedule, dishes to bring, and return slip. 

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

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.