Issue: 163
July 31, 2014
In This Issue
Breaking Ground on Playground!
TCGIS Summer Art Challenge - August
Para/Nurse Position Opening
New Interns Introduction
Supply Lists for 2014-2015 - Updated 5th Grader Supply List
Looking for Gardening Volunteers
Update - Looking for Muscle Power
Looking for Student Mentors
GAI Announcement
Volunteer Opportunities
Quick Links

July 31: GAI Krimis and Kochen

August 8: GAI Turkish Night Grillabend


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Breaking Ground on Playground!

With the new school annex coming along beautifully, we're excited to start the work on the new playground. Phase I of the playground project will start in August. We will keep the playground equipment we have in its current location and add an Explorer Dome. The dirt surface area in front of the new east entrance will be covered by Pour in Place surface (PIP). PIP is a surfacing method that is used for playgrounds all over the world and holds many advantages, including fall safety and wheelchair accessibility; it is easy to maintain and offers a long term cost effective solution. Moreover, PIP is in compliance with the rain garden project and is a certified playground surface that has been verified through independent testing labs. The goal is to eventually replace the wood-chips underneath the new explorer dome and the gravel underneath the playground area in Phase II (Summer 2015) and Phase III (Summer 2016) respectively. We will install 2-3 rain gardens in conjunction with the Capitol Region Watershed District and Ramsey Conservation District. Trees will be planted along the new parking lot, an effort being led by Jeff Wilson and Matt McKinney and volunteers who plan to plant the new garden areas on August 16. Please sign up here if you have a green thumb and would like to help our volunteer garden crew.

We're very excited about the new building and playground and would like to take the opportunity to thank you all for your generous gifts, emotional support and trust! Thank you very much!

TCGIS Summer Art Challenge - NEW for August!

If you are looking for ways to keep your artistic side busy over the summer, then Frau Lenburg has just the thing for you! 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 August, please click here.
Para/Nurse Position Opening -  20hours/week

This position will focus on meeting the health needs of students at TCGIS. In addition, the position requires educating the students about their health needs. The position is 20 hours per week, Monday through Friday, for the academic school year. Please click here for more information. 

New Interns Introduction


I am 24 years old and I am currently studying at the University of Augsburg to get my secondary teaching degree with the following subjects: Sports, English and Spanish. Therefore, I love to do all kind of sports, especially gymnastics, volleyball and climbing. I also work as a gymnastics coach with young children in a sports club here in Augsburg. My other great hobby is to travel as I am very excited to get to know new places, cultures and people from all around the world.  


Hi, I'm Michael Lux and I am studying Englisch and History at the University of Würzburg in Bavaria to become a high-school teacher.
I'm 25 years old and was born in Essen, located in the mid-west of Germany, which is very close to Cologne. I love music and have already visited several festivals in Europe. In addition to that, I play the piano and once in a while the trumpet. I am very interested in meeting new people and in getting to know various cultures. I am looking forward to coming to TCGIS in August!


Supply Lists for 2014-15 - Updated 5th Grader Supply List

The lists are here!

TCGIS recommends environmentally preferable supplies and cleaning products. When selecting school supplies, we recommend products that meet ASTM standards of safety. Supply lists will be available in the front office. Thanks!
Looking for Gardening Volunteers

We're looking for ten or more volunteers with a green thumb who would like to help planting new garden areas. After the landscaper have planted the trees and have put a final grade on the beds at the beginning of August, Jeff Wilson and the other volunteers will be responsible for planting all of the beds, putting in vinyl edger, and putting down mulch for the new plants. 

The gardening action is planned for Saturday, August 16th (the back up date is August 23 in case of bad weather or landscaping delays).


Volunteers should bring:

  • Wheelbarrow
  • Shovels
  • Scoop shovels (to scoop mulch with)
  • Plastic Leaf rakes (to level mulch with)
  • Hoses for watering
  • Water bottles (for drinking) and some kind of snack. 
We'll provide refreshments. 

Please sign up here if you'd like to help with the gardens. 

For any questions, please contact Isabel Vollenweider.
Update - Looking for Moving Volunteers!

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 days & times:

  1. Saturday, August 9th, 10am-1pm / 1pm-4pm
  2. Wednesday, August 13, 9am-1pm / 1pm-4pm
  3. Saturday, August 16, 10am-1pm / 1pm-4pm

Please sign up here if you're interested in helping out with the move. Thank you!
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.
GAI Announcement

Krimis und Kochen - Venezianisches Finale: Thursdays, starting July 31 from 6:30-8pm
There's still space in this special Krimis und Kochen class for advanced students and fluent German speakers. The course will focus on the characters, location, and fabric of a Krimi through the lens of Donna Leon's Venezianisches Finale. In the last session, students will cook Venetian favorites from dishes featured in the book. This unique class is taught by GAI Instructor and Director of Catering, Katrin Erdmann.
Join us in celebrating Germany's evolving cultural flavors at Turkish Night with popular Turkish-German favorites and live music on the lawn on Summit Avenue.