Issue: 169
September 11, 2014
In This Issue
After-school Activities
Thank You
I Love Volunteering
Green Team Volunteers
TCGIS & Como Community Partnership
Parent Guidelines Focus Group
Sped Advisory Committee
PTO Announcement
GAI Announcement
Quick Links
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Sept 12: GAI Herbstfest Heuriger

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




Please find the registration materials for the fall session of after school activities here.


Copies will be also available in the office. All registrations must be turned in by Wednesday, September 24! Thank you!



Thank You for Being Awesome Team Players

Dear Families, 
Thank you for doing a great job with drop-off and pick-up. There has been tons of positive feedback from the local community and traffic flow has been wonderful according to the St. Paul police officers. The signs will be removed next week but please continue to follow the same guidelines for drop-off/pick-up and parking locations. The police officers and signs will appear periodically throughout the year to support the traffic flow. 

Let's keep up the good work! 
Interested in Volunteering at our School?

If you are a current volunteer or would like to become one, please visit our volunteer page on the website, read the instructions and fill out the online application. 

If you need assistance with the application or have any questions, please contact Isabel at [email protected]Thank you!

Green Team Needs Lunch Volunteers!

We are re-starting our lunch recycling in the Cafeteria this year, and it is even better than before! But we need your help to make sure the students learn what can be recycled and composted, and what gets thrown away. Volunteers will supervise the recycling and trash stations to make sure students sort properly and form good, earth-friendly habits in our lunch room.

Lunch times are:

If you're interested, please email Isabel at [email protected], so that she can assist you with the sign up. Thank you.
TCGIS & Como Community Partnership (TCCP)
First meeting is September 22, 6:30-8:30pm at TCGIS

We're exited to announce that our first TCCP meeting is scheduled for September 22, 6:30-8:30pm. We're still looking for parents and community members who would like to join!

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 contact Jeff at [email protected] if you'd like to join the TCCP.
Parent Guidelines Focus Group

Our Assistant Director, Jeff Horton, is looking for parent volunteers who are interested in helping to revise and form the language around parent guidelines. The focus group will be a temporary group that will come together for 3-4 meeting to discuss parent guidelines.

The first meeting is planned for October 1, 7pm at TCGIS. 
If you're interested, please contact Jeff at [email protected] by September 18. Thank you.
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 contact Jeff at [email protected] if you're interested. 
PTO Announcement


Family Craft Day - Saturday, Sept 20th 1:00 in the TCGIS Cafeteria

Join Heidi Zimmermann and Kristi Johnson to make crafts for this year's Craft and Bake Sale in November. This event will be a family project and include at least 5 craft projects. Snacks and all craft supplies will be provided. Please RSVP to [email protected] by Sept 17th to ensure we have enough supplies for your kids. 



Save the Date! TCGIS Auflauf Cook-off and Community Dinner

Friday, October 10, 6pm-8pm

Salvation Army Center

2727 Central Avenue NE, Minneapolis


Get out the casserole dishes! It's time to compete in the 6th Annual TCGIS Auflauf Cook-Off. The dish to beat is Kordula Coleman's Tamale Pot Pie, the 2013 Best In Show winner. 


Enter one or more of your best casseroles in any of the following categories of Auflauf - known as "hotdish" here in Minnesota - German Traditional, American Traditional, or International. Or just attend the festivities to enjoy great food, live music, and to socialize with the TCGIS community while kids play in the Adventure Zone play area. Watch the judging panel at work and participate in voting for the People's Choice Award!


Tickets on sale Thursday, September 18 - Friday, October 3. $8 for non- competing adults, $5 for adults competing in the cook-off, $5 for kids 5 and over, kids under 5 are free. Watch for the registration link and volunteer signup in next week's Elternbrief. Register EARLY, as space is limited and tickets sell out quickly! 


Be sure to like the TCGIS PTO page on Facebook!

GAI Announcement

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. 


Fall Kids' German Classes: Samstagsschule - September 20 - December 6

For your kids who haven't started at TCGIS yet, consider Samstagsschule - a fun, interactive environment for kids to learn German on Saturday mornings. Registration runs through September 13. Sibling discounts are available.