Issue: 189
February 19, 2015
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Feb 19: Carnival of Cultures

Feb 20: Afternoon PTO Kaffeeklatsch

Feb 27: K-8 Social Hour

Feb 28: PTO Maskenball

Mar 3: Transportation Meeting

Mar 5: Middle School Parent Meeting

Mar 13: Morning PTO Kaffeeklatsch

Mar 19/20: Parent Teacher Conferences


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
Carnival of Cultures Tonight!
February 19, 2015
We kindly ask everyone to enter through the church entrance for tonight's performance. Please click here to view the program for tonight's Carnival of Cultures.

Also, please be reminded that there will be no food vendors at the event this year.


Maskenball Update
So many details, so little space! Please check out the highlights below. Then click on the links for more information.

Auction - The Maskenball auction is now in full swing! Be sure to check it out soon! Some sign-up events have already closed and many more are going fast. Click AUCTION to take a look now.

"Straffle" - Staff raffle tickets will be on sale again tomorrow (Friday) at the afternoon Kaffeeklatsch and again next Friday morning during the Parent Social Hour. At just $2 apiece, the Staff Raffle is an easy way to buy your favorite teacher or staff member a chance to win a great prize! Buy several to up your odds! Cash or check only. Click here for more details.

Wine Pull - Once again, we will offer a Wine Pull at this year's Maskenball party. Consider donating a bottle or two for the cause. Just bring your bottle and receipt with you on the night of Maskenball, or email Kelly for other options. This is a quick and easy way to help! Click here to read more.

Volunteers - We're looking for volunteers to help out the day before, the day of, and the day after Maskenball. Just an hour or two of your time would really help! Click here to VOLUNTEER NOW.

* Tickets - Get your Maskenball tickets today! Just $25 now through Feb. 26. See you on the 28th!

For all things Maskenball, visit our event website.
Like our PTO Facebook page for the latest updates and costume ideas.


Middle School Information Session
March 5, 2015
TCGIS Administration and middle school coordinators invite future students and families for next year's TCGIS Middle School to an information session presenting our curriculum and program for the 2015-2016 school year. Please join us!
  • 5:30-6:30pm = Grade 4 entering Grade 5 for 2016-2017
  • 6:30-7:30pm = Grade 5-7 continuing in Grades 6-8 for 2016-2017
March Lunch Orders Due Tomorrow
Due Friday, February 20

Please don't forget to fill out and return your lunch orders for the month of March! Click to find the regular menu here and the gluten free menu here. Please look at this document to review the chances and policies of the lunches at TCGIS. Danke! 
Global Service Learning Update
Click here to read the latest global service learning update! So far $113.80 has been raised! Bring your change tonight to Carnival of Cultures to continue to donate to the We Create Change fundraiser. Additionally, rafiki bracelets will be on sale for the Me to We Rafiki fundraiser.

Thank you for your continued support!
TCGIS Vision and Mission Statement
A draft of the TCGIS Vision and Mission Statement was created in March 2013.  
Before the TCGIS school board approves this, we are looking for input from students, staff, teachers and parents, around what the words mean to us.
You can respond in three different ways:  
1. Use the attached document for a written response. Return forms to Hunter Goetzman or to the office.
2. Use this online form. All responses are anonymous.
3. Join the meeting to be scheduled in late February/early March.
As we gather input from each of these groups, the plan is to put together a panel discussion on Thursday, March 5, 6:30 PM to present different viewpoints to a larger audience. Ideally, this panel would include 2 students, 2 teachers, 2 parents, 1 staff member and 1 board member.


Yearbook Ad Sales
Support the 8th grade Capstone Trip!

Want to promote your business? Want to honor your 2015 TCGIS graduate? Want to recognize your favorite teacher? The possibilities are endless! 


If you are interested, please send an email to the yearbook committee. Checks can be made payable to TCGIS and dropped off at the main office. 


Ad rates: 

1 Page:  $125

1/2 Page: $70

1/4 Page: $40 

All profits go to the 8th Grade Capstone Fund!


German University Presentation
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 6-8pm

Thinking about possibly attending German university? Please join us at TCGIS in Room 100 for a presentation by Emily Westhoven of the Baden-Württemberg International and Anka Fehling for the Zentralstelle für das
Auslandsschulwesen (ZfA). The presentation will cover the various pathways and criteria for American students to enter the German university system.

If you can't make the meeting at TCGIS but are still interested in hearing this presentation, the GAI is offering an additional presentation at the GAI on Wednesday, March 18 at 7pm.


GAI Summer Camps

Now until February 28, TCGIS families receive the exclusive opportunity to register for a 2015 GAI Summer Language Camp. During this period, all TCGIS families may register at the GAI member rate. Registration opens to the public on March 1st, at which time, rates will be determined by GAI membership status.

Camps are offered beginning June 15 and ending one week prior to the first week of the 2015/16 school year. Our weekly camps will be offered to children entering 1st-3rd grades only. We will also offer separate, more advanced camps to children entering 4th-6th grades during the weeks of July 6 and August 3. Incoming Kindergarteners (TCGIS only) will once again have the opportunity to attend a special week-long German Safari camp starting August 17.

Guarantee your child's place by registering this month! Themes will be announced in March.
German Community Events 
Concordia Language Villages International Festival
Saturday, February 21, 10am 
Celebrate different languages and cultures at the first ever Twin Cities International Festival! The event is from 10am to 2pm on Saturday, February 21 and will be held at St. Louis Park High School, 6425 West 33rd Street, St. Louis Park, MN 55426.

Click here for more information, or check out our Facebook event! Pre-register today for an exciting and fun celebration!

PTO Announcement

Find out what's going on in the PTO. Click  HERE to read more about:
  • Kaffeeklatsch - Friday, February 20 - Maskenball and staff raffle tickets will be for sale!
  • Maskenball Auction - NOW OPEN
  • 25% discount for those shopping for Maskenball costumes at Everyday People!
  • March PTO Meeting - Guest speaker from Family Tree Clinic

Only 9 days until Maskenball! Visit the Maskenball website for all the latest!


For the latest information, be sure to like our Facebook page  


GAI Announcement
Tuesday, February 24, 7pm

Spring Culture Series: The Habsburgs in Minnesota

Dr. Eike Schmidt presents at the GAI for our second Culture Series event in February, featuring a discussion of select works from the MIA's upcoming exhibition The Habsburgs: Rarely Seen Masterpieces from Europe's Greatest Dynasty. Free and open to the public, join us for an engaging night exploring art history and this legendary dynasty.