Issue: 167
August 28, 2014
In This Issue
Opening on the School Board
Outstanding MCA Test Scores
Library Help Wanted
Thank you Gardening Volunteers!
Thank you for Energy Boost
In Search of Housing
PTO Announcement
GAI Announcement
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August 28: Open House

Sept 1: Labor Day/No School

Sept 2: First Day of School / PTO Executive Meeting 

Sept 5: PTO Kaffeeklatsch

Sept 7: PTO Ice Cream Social

Sept 9: PTO Kickoff Meeting

Sept 10: Registration OPENS for Session 1 After-school Activities

Sept 17: Early Release

Sept 17-19: 4th Grade Fieldtrip

Sept 19: PTO Kaffeeklatsch

Sept 23: Curriculum Night

Sept 24: Registration CLOSES for Session 1 After-school Activities

Sept 25: School Board Meeting

Sept 29: Session 1 After-school Activities BEGIN

Sept 30: PTO Davanni's Pizza Night

October 4: School Grand Opening


School Board Announcement
Opening on the School Board

The TCGIS School Board is now welcoming applicants to complete the unexpired term (through June 2016) of Jennifer Buck who resigned earlier this week. This is a great opportunity to become involved on the governance team for our school. Board meetings are typically on the 4th Thursday of each month (3rd Thursdays in Nov and Dec), with a committee meeting or two interspersed throughout the month. Board members serve without stipend and it is no surprise that Board decisions are closely followed by the school community.
While previous experience on a not-for-profit Board is always helpful, please do not hesitate expressing an interest if you would like to be more involved in decision-making at school. New Board members receive training in Boardsmanship for Charter schools during the first six months of service.

Please send the following items by September 15th to Board Chair, Denny Morrow, at [email protected]:
  • Letter of Interest
  • Summary of Background; or resume
  • What you would offer the Board as a member?
  • Affirmation of availability for Board meetings?
Thanks so much! We hope to make a recommendation at the September 25th meeting!

Warm Regards,
Dennis R Morrow, PhD
Board Chair
Congratulations to our Students for their Outstanding MCA Test Scores!

Our students did a terrific job on the MCA testing. This would not have been possible without our dedicated faculty and supportive families. Thank you all for giving your best every single day! 

For more information about our test scores, you can go to the MDE website here. You can also see a list comparing all test scores at the Minneapolis Star Tribune.


Library Help for First Week of School Wanted
TCGIS has a brand new library! If you would like to help organize books in the new space during the first week of school, please contact Sarah Dye at [email protected] to schedule a time for come in. Thank you!


Thank You Gardening Volunteers!

Thanks go out to Jeff Wilson, Matt McKinney, and the group of parent volunteers for landscaping the garden areas around the new parking lot! Despite hard-as-cement topsoil, the volunteers stuck around and got the job done! Using volunteer power saved the school at least $2,000, and likely more, since the soil was so difficult to work with. Parent Jeff Wilson also helped the school save money by using his work connections to get us the plants at a reduced cost. He is the General Manager of Horticulture Services in Woodbury. 

Thank you very much!


Thank You PTO and Sabrina Fay for the Energy Boost!

Our returning and new faculty has been surprised with goodies sponsored by PTO, and Sabrina Fay (Thrivent Financial). The lunch and snacks have been highly appreciated. Teaching workshops and moving boxes is way more effective and fun with charged batteries.

Thank you for the energy boost! 
In Search of Housing

Dagmar Stromquist, one of our new Paraprofessional moved from Duluth to the Twin Cities and is looking for a home. Please contact her at 218.260.1672 or at [email protected] if you have any information about an available room she could rent. Dagmar is looking for a room in the range of $350. Best areas are New Brighton, Roseville, Como, or Shoreview. 

Thank you!
PTO Announcement

The 2014-2015 PTO Calendar is available!

Be sure to pick up your complimentary copy of the PTO calendar at the Back-to-School Open House today. It has great information about TCGIS and GAI events throughout the school year. You can get your copy in the classroom of your youngest TCGIS student (if you have more than one). If you aren't attending Open House, your copy will be sent home with your student on the first day of school.


Ice Cream Social - Sunday, Sept 7

Please join the TCGIS PTO for an ice cream social celebrating the start of a new school year. All members of the TCGIS community are welcome! Sunday, September 7 at 3pm at TCGIS. We look forward to seeing you there!


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GAI Announcement

Fall Adult German Classes

Keep up with your Kinder with adult German classes at the GAI. Fall classes start immediately after Labor Day, so register today!  With 11 different classes, including daytime options, we have something for every StudentIn. Visit the Language Services page for placement exams, details on class times, and registration.



Herbstfest Heuriger: a celebration of Austrian food and wine

Friday, September 19 from 6pm - 9pm - RSVP required by September 12


Live music by Vienna Community Arts and Austrian Spezialitäten ranging from Schnitzel and Mohnstrudel to Grüner Veltliner and Zweigelt will bring true Viennese flair to St. Paul. Whether you are nostalgic for Heurigen every autumn or you have never experienced Vienna's tradition of outdoor wine gardens to welcome the new harvest, the Herbstfest Heuriger is the can't-miss event of September.