Issue: 182
December 18, 2014
In This Issue
Enrollment is Open for the 2015-2016 School Year!
After School Activities Instructors
Check Lost & Found
T-Shirts for Sale
Minneapolis Holiday Market
TCGIS Spring Break in Grand Marais
PTO Announcement
GAI Announcement

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Dec 18: School Board Meeting

Dec 19: PTO Staff Appreciation Luncheon / Session 1 After-school Activities END

Dec 22- Jan 2: Winter Break - NO SCHOOL

Jan 7: Registration CLOSES for After School Activities Session II

Jan 9: PTO Kaffeeklatsch

Jan 11-16: Parent Portal Turned Off

Jan 12: After School Activities Session II BEGINS

Jan 16: Teacher Grading Day - No School

Jan 19: Martin Luther Kind Day - No School


If you are a current volunteer or would like to become one, please visit our volunteer page, read the instructions and fill out the online application.
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Administrative Information
Happy Winter Break

Dear Families,
we wish you a wonderful winter break and holiday season and are looking forward to seeing you in the new year. 

Enrollment is Open for the 2015-2016 School Year!

Enrollment for the 2015-2016 school year is open. Please send us the application for your younger sibling preferably before the winter breakClick here for the application form.

All families with new students joining the 2015-2016 school year must have turned in their application the latest by Thursday, February 12 - the day before the lottery. Preference is given to siblings, but the applications must still be turned in. Thank you!
After School Activities Registration

Registration is OPEN for Session II After-school Activities. Please find the registration materials for the winter session of after school activities here.


Copies will be also available in the office. All registrations must be turned in by Wednesday, January 7! Thank you!

Please Check the Lost & Found for Your Lost Items

Please check Lost & Found by Friday noon, December 19 in the foyer behind the stairs. Items left will be given to a women shelter. To make the identification easier, please consider labeling your children's clothing. 
Last Chance to Order Spirit Wear!

It's that time of the year -- TCGIS is having a Winter Spirit Wear sale! Check out what we have to offer in new styles and colors. Stop by the front office to view some samples and fill out an order form. If you've already made a decision, click here to access an electronic copy of the order form. All orders will be collected at the front office and will not be accepted without payment. The deadline for all orders is December 19; no late orders will be accepted. Please direct any questions to [email protected]

This past week the fifth graders put on a fun and entertaining show called Totentanz.
Totentanz was a popular art form in the Middle Ages. Paintings, sculptures, written text, and music were all forms of expressing the truth of death: both the rich, the poor, and everyone in between die--money doesn't help you avoid it! Although it may be a grim message, the fifth graders did a wonderful job bringing comedy, dances, and acrobatics to the Totentanz to lighten up the mood and provide enjoyable entertainment! 

An Amazing Streetball Tournament Played By The Middle School!

Yesterday in middle school we saw the stunning debut of our first ever streetball tournament. The excitement in the air throughout the week of the competition was electrifying. We had both a girls' division and a boys' division. First place for the boys were the 8th grade students, All Stars. First place for the girls were the 6a students, Queens of the Court. During half time and in between plays, we saw many colorful performances from varying classes. One of the most notable consisted of Herr Wegener, Herr Prater, Herr Schmitt, Herr Olson and Herr Lux who did a movie star dance. There was also a very successful snack and drink stand with profits going to the 8th grade Capstone trip next year.


The winners' pictures were placed in our very own trophy cabinet on the middle school floor. 


We would like to extend our thanks to our wonderful teachers who helped set this up. We couldn't have done it without you. We also would like to thank our fellow press team members Gillian Earthman, Ava van Hofwegen, Ian Zibble, Amelia Huebsch, Chloe Wick and Flannery Dahlberg for writing this article and taking all the awesome pictures. We thank the whole 7th grade because they had jobs to help with the tournament and did an amazing job. Lastly we would like to thank all the parents and people who came. You guys made the whole thing worthwhile. We had a really great time and hope you enjoyed our tournament, too!



Minneapolis Holiday Market

Last Sunday, TCGIS students, the Blumenkranz Dance Troupe, TCGIS Band and the Vienna Art Community performed at the Minneapolis Holiday Market. It was a wonderful musical foretaste of the winter break and the holiday season. 

Special thanks go to: 
  • Valentin Solakhau for organizing the event
  • 2nd & 4th graders for singing
  • Blumenkranz Junior & Senior for dancing
  • TCGIS Band for playing music
  • Ava Blackwell Kinney for playing violin
  • Izzi Lauer for MCing the event
  • Herbert Engelmeyer & Vienna Art Community for supporting our music program
  • Martin Turzynski for piano accompaniment
  • Krista Johnson for leading the TCGIS Band
  • Ahmisa Cuadros for being a stage manager

9th Annual TCGIS Spring Break in Grand Marais
March 27 - April 5

Stay at EastBaySuites http://www.eastbaysuites.com/ right on Lake Superior in your own 1, 2, or 3 bedroom condo with a kitchen. Call soon (800) 414-2807 and ask for theTCGIS German Immersion group discount for any of the days you can vacation. Feel free to bring friends and family.  

Lutsen Ski resort is 25 minutes away and there are many trails for Nordic walking, snowshoeing, or hiking depending on the weather. TCGIS families often gather for a spontaneous potluck dinner in the common space.
Questions? Contact Chris Weimholt at [email protected]

PTO Announcement


Maskenball Tickets On Sale Now!

Advance tickets to Maskenball 2015 are available now through midnight on Friday, December 19. Save $5 off the regular price when you buy your tickets today. Just $20 for a night of good food, great company, and excellent entertainment! Click here to purchase tickets. Visit our new website to learn more about Maskenball.

Be sure to like the TCGIS PTO page on Facebook!

GAI Announcement

Winterfest Kaneval: A German Mardi Gras Party - Saturday, December 31: Winterfest Karneval is back for the fifth annual installment at the GAI. We're keeping things indoors this year, so break out your wildest, craziest costumes and come to party. This 21+ event will feature Karneval performances, specialty cocktails, a costume competition, a chill lounge, and Euro pop all night long.