Issue: 160
July 10, 2014
In This Issue
New Interns Introduction
Looking for Student Mentors
Special Education Advisory Committee
TCGIS & Como Community Partnership
TCGIS Summer Art Challenge - July
New Kinderstube Opening Hours / MPLS Carpooling
Looking for Muscle Power
GAI Announcement
Volunteer Opportunities
Quick Links

July 11: GAI's Craft Beer & Sausage Sampler Grillabend

July 31: GAI's 4 weeks class: Krimis und Kochen - Venezianisches Finale


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New Interns Introduction


Hi! My name is Jannika Schneider and I'm studying English and Art at the University of Koblenz to become a secondary teacher. I'm from a small village in the Westerwald, which is a part of the Rhineland-Palatinate and is about 31 miles away from Koblenz. 

I enjoy singing and music in general, painting, sketching and everything that has to do with arts, reading, and meeting friends and new people.

I'm very excited to be part of the TCGIS soon!
We're still looking for 1 fall host-family and 2 back-up families! If you're interested in hosting 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.
Looking for 8th and 4th Grade Student Mentors!
For the new school year, we're looking for interested 8th grade and 4th grade students for leadership opportunities at TCGIS. We'll be starting a new mentorship program, which will be focused on serving younger students who are transitioning into either elementary or middle school. The goal of the program is to build a collaborate culture between our more senior student and transitional students. Student mentors will receive initial and ongoing training on leadership. The 8th and 4th grade mentors will be working with the 5th and Kindergarden classes respectively to help them achieve a smooth transition by developing collaborate and supportive relationships. 


Please share this information with your son or daughter.  If they are interested, please sent an email to Jeff Horton with their grade, full first and last name.
Special Education Advisory Committee

TCGIS is looking for parent volunteers that are interested in serving on the Special Education Advisory Committee. The purpose of the committee will be focused on supporting the different needs of students and their families. The meeting will occur every two months in the evening. Please sign up here if you're interested. For questions please contact Jeff Horton
TCGIS & Como Community Partnership (TCCP)

TCGIS and the Como Community are partnering up to create more collaboration and community building opportunities amongst stakeholders. We are looking for an additional 3-4 parent volunteers and 2-3 Como Community members. The TCCP will meet every other month in the evenings. Please sign up here if you're interested. For questions please contact Jeff Horton
TCGIS Summer Art Challenge - July!

If you are looking for ways to keep your artistic side busy over the summer, then Frau Lenburg has just the thing for you! A different set of art challenges will be published each month in the Elternbrief, and your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to complete one, many, or all of the challenges listed. For more information and the Art Challenges for July, please click here.

For more information, please contact Amy Lenburg.
New Kinderstube Opening Hours / MPLS Carpooling Opportunity

As of September 2014, Kinderstube (German Immersion Preschool) opening hours at the St. Paul and Minneapolis location will change from 8:00am to 7:30am. With the earlier opening hours it will be possible for families to drop off first the younger sibling at Kinderstube and then the older sibling at TCGIS.

The Minneapolis Kinderstube location, Mayflower Church, 106 East Diamond Lake Road, would also be a great meeting point for Minneapolis families interested in carpooling. There is a huge parking lot in front of the church that would work very well for a carpooling set up. Please sign up here if you're interested in a Mayflower Church carpooling opportunity. 
Looking for Male & Female Muscle Power!

We're looking for volunteers with muscle power who would like to help us with the move into the new annex building. It is a great exercise opportunity and we would save a lot of money if we don't have to hire a moving company. We'll provide refreshments so that you won't dehydrate! The moving action is planned for the following two weeks:
  1. Week of July 28-August 1
  2. Week of August 4-8
Please sign up here if you're interested in helping out with the move. Thank you!
GAI Announcement

Relax on the lawn on Summit Avenue and let the GAI handle the grill for you. Featuring Minnesota brews and butchers, as well as your GAI favorites, our first Grillabend of the summer follows the German tradition of keeping it local.
Krimis und Kochen - Venezianisches Finale  
Thursdays, starting July 31 from 6:30-8pm
For advanced students and fluent German speakers, this special Krimis und Kochen class will examine bestselling author Donna Leon's Venezianisches Finale. The course will focus on the characters, location, and fabric of a Krimi and, in the last session, students will cook Venetian favorites from dishes featured in the book. Taught by GAI Instructor and Director of Catering, Katrin Erdmann, this class will fill quickly -- sign up now to ensure your spot!