Issue: 164
August 7, 2014
In This Issue
Family Open House
Enrollment Paperwork for Returning Students
Supply Lists for 2014-2015 - Updated 5th Grader Supply List
TCGIS Summer Art Challenge - August
Para/Nurse Position Opening
New Interns Introduction
Looking for Gardening Volunteers
Update - Looking for Muscle Power
GAI Announcement
Volunteer Opportunities
Quick Links

August 8: GAI Turkish Night Grillabend

August 17: GAI Familienfest

August 21: School Board Meeting

August 28: TCGIS Open House 

September 2: Fist Day of School


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Family Open House - Save the Date
August 28, from 6-8pm at TCGIS

Please mark your calendars for the Back-to-School Open House on Thursday, August 28th from 6 - 8pm. We will be sending more information out as the date approaches.
Enrollment Paperwork for Returning Students

It's your favorite time of year again- time for back to school paperwork! All returning students need to fill out the following forms: 

Pick Up Authorization (one card per child, please)

To fill out the forms electronically, you must click the above link, download the document, fill out the form, save the document under you child's name and the title of the form (Example: Jurewicz, Ann Field Trip Form 2014-2015.doc) then send an email to [email protected] with the files attached. If you would prefer to print them out and send us a hard copy, please mail them to:

1031 Como Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55103

You can always drop them off during the Open House as well. The Open House will be Thursday evening, August 28th. Mark your calendars! More information to follow. 

Just as a reminder, these forms are required for returning students only. New enrollments do not need to resubmit the forms.

We appreciate the time you take in filling these out. Please let the front desk know if you have any questions.

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!

The TCGIS band will begin when after school activities begin. Current 5th-8th graders are welcome to participate; younger students can join as well if they have had at least one year of private lessons.

The full band will meet every WEDNESDAY after school, the private lessons will take place during the day.

$8/week: full band and private lessons at the school
$5/week: full band only (for those taking private lessons elsewhere)

During the next few weeks I will be contacting the students who participated last year, along with new students who have contacted me.  

If you have a student interested in joining the band, please email Krista Johnson at [email protected], or call 612 209 3396.
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


Hi kids, hello parents, my name is Dominik Leo and I am an intern for the first half of the school year 2014/15. I will be working in class from the 27th of August until the 23rd of January. Currently, I study English and History in my hometown Saarbruecken in the sixth semester. Saarbruecken is near France in the south-west of Germany. English and History have always been my two favorite subjects and since I like to work with children, I decided to become a teacher. In the course of my studies, I did three internships and I have not regretted my decision yet. I still live at home with my parents, Klaus (49), and Silke (48), and my little sister Anna, who recently turned 18. My father is a civil servant and my mother is a home maker. My sister started an apprenticeship as a medical assistant two years ago. In my free time I like to play soccer, listen to music, or just go out with friends. I also enjoy reading books, especially fantasy novels. If I need a break from those activities I like to watch TV series. This internship is a great possibility to reduce culturally based prejudices and to exchange teaching methods. Apart from this, it certainly will help to improve my English, as well as add new perspectives to the German classes at the TCGIS. 




Hello, my name is Julia Rentschler and I have just finished University! I have studied German and Sport at the University of Karlsruhe to become a secondary teacher. Originally, I am from Vaihingen an der Enz, which is a little town close to Stuttgart. In my free time I play soccer, but I also like to go swimming or do any other kind of sports. Besides that, I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, playing with my 3-year-old nephew Paul, traveling, and meeting new people. I am exiting to join TCGIS and to get to know the USA with its people, culture and way of life. I am looking forward to my time in Minnesota!



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. Wednesday, August 13, 9am-1pm / 1pm-4pm
  2. Saturday, August 16, 10am-1pm / 1pm-4pm
Please sign up here if you're interested in helping out with the move. Thank you!
GAI Announcement

Join us for family-friendly food and drink on the lawn on Summit Avenue. This Friday the GAI will celebrate Germany's evolving cultural flavors at Turkish Night, featuring popular Turkish-German favorites, casual kids' games, and live music. Bring the family, relax, and let us do the cooking for you.

Back-to-school celebrations for the TCGIS and GAI communities will have fun for the whole family. Kids can enjoy a bouncy-house, Schokokuss Wettessen, lawn games, and model trains, while parents and grandparents can enjoy cold German beer and family-friendly prices. All incoming kindergarteners are invited to the Schulanfang ceremony at 4pm.