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Issue: 196
April 9, 2015
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April 10: Morning Kaffeeklatsch

April 12: Capstone Benefit

April 15: Early Release

April 23: Board Meeting

April 24: PTO Game Night

April 26: 8th Grade Departs to Germany

April 26-30: 6th Grade Trip to Biohaus

April 30-May 3: Festival of Nations

May 1: K-8 Social Hour & Kaffeeklatsch

May 4-8: Teacher Appreciation Week

May 4-8: Scholastic Book Fair

May 15: School Board Elections

May 16: Grand Opening

 

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Administrative Information
Severe Weather Awareness Week
April 12-18, 2015

Der Frühling ist endlich da! Spring is finally here! With Spring comes the possibility of severe weather. Next week it is national severe weather awareness week and there will be nationwide alarms to familiarize everyone with what a severe weather alert sounds like. Happy Spring everyone! 
Last Call for After School Activities Registration!

Registration for the last session of after school activities was extended at the beginning of the week. Registration is now due tomorrow! Please note that the following classes have been cancelled: Thursday tutoring (it is still scheduled for Wednesdays), Mädels: Munter mit Mut, Drum and Beats, Folk Music & Simple Songs, Streetball/Teamsports, and Ritter Training. Additionally, the German Desserts class is full.

Take a look at the schedule and the course descriptions, and register today! Payment is due at time of registration. 
Let's Celebrate!
May 16, 10am-3pm
 
Join us for the 10-Year Anniversary and Opening of our New Building Party! It is a free and public event. Please feel more than welcome to bring family and friends. For more information and registration, click the image on the right! We look forward to celebrating with you!

 

Capstone Benefit Event on Sunday!
April 12 & 26, 2015
 
Join us for the Capstone Benefit Event at 2:30pm this Sunday, April 12, 2015 in the Aula. There will be Kaffee, Kuchen, and entertainment from the school and community. All proceeds help support the 8th grade Capstone Exchange Program.

On April 26, our very own eighth graders head to Germany for two weeks! Come support our community and have a
great time doing it! Click here to RSVP today! Please bring canned goods for the food drive! We will be collecting them at this event. 
Be a Part of the Finance Committee!

The Finance Committee is looking for more members. This is a great opportunity to learn about the financial workings of the school and to give back as well. The Committee usually meets the third Tuesday of the month. Contact Ted Johnson with any questions.  
 
Information for the MCAs

Below you will find the schedule. Teachers have also been encouraged to send this information as well. If you have any questions regarding the MCAs or participation, please contact Jeff Horton.

Math:                                            Reading:                                                   Science:

April 9-10: 6b and 8                      April 20-21: 6a, 8, 3a, 3b, 5a, 5b               April 17: 8
April 13-14: 5a, 5b                        April 22-23: 4a, 4b, 7, 6b                           April 27-28: 5a
April 15-16: 6a, 7                                                                                             April 29-30: 5b
April 27-28: 4a, 4b
April 29-30: 3a. 3b
Join Us for the K-8 Social Hour and Kaffeeklatsch!
Friday, May 1, 2015

Join us on Friday, May 1 for our combined K-8 Social Hour and PTO Kaffeeklatsch!
7:50-8:15am - parents/guardians gather in classrooms to visit with teachers and interns
8:15-8:30am - adults quietly observe Morning Circle
8:30-9:30am - gather in the Commons for coffee and parent/guardian connection
We hope to see you there! 
Upcoming 6th Grade Trip to the Biohaus!

From April 27-30 the sixth graders will be up in Bemidji, MN, at Waldsee, the German village at Concordia Language Villages. The Biohaus is one of the first passive houses in the USA!  Students will be doing science experiments in this great building, and also have fun with sports and outdoor activities. They are getting very excited!
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Help Us Reach Our Food Drive Goal!
Help Us Reach Our Goal!

The food drive deadline has been extended until April 28! Please bring in the "super six" items: cereal, peanut butter, canned tuna, canned fruits and vegetables, canned stews and soup, and pasta/rice/beans. Our goal is to collect 500 pounds of food, and so far we only have 146. We need your help and support to reach this goal. Anything helps
! We will be collecting canned goods at the Capstone Benefit Event on April 12! 
Special Education Advisory Committee Meeting
Monday, April 13, 2015 - 7-8pm
 
Please join us for a meeting and discussion of Special Education services at TCGIS. This meeting will be held from 7-8pm on Monday, April 13 in room 99.

 

For questions, please email Jeff Horton at [email protected]
Register for the Lock-In Today!
Friday, May 8, 2015

Join us for our third annual school lock-in, an online auction item still open from Maskenball. Get ready to have a blast on Friday, May 8 at the school! Click here to read more about this event and sign up today! The deadline for registration is May 4.   
Join the TCGIS Concert Band!

 

Current 4th graders will have an opportunity to try out instruments at a "petting zoo" during school on a date to be set in May.Students in grades 5-7 are welcome by appointment only.

 

If interested, contact  Krista Johnson with questions, or reach her at 612-209-3396.

Interested in Being a Host Family for our Amity Interns?
 
Click here to learn more, ask questions, and to request a conversation with a current or past host family about their own experiences. Applications can be found here and are due to Isabel Vollenweider by April 15, 2015.
 
Please consider hosting an Amity intern next school-year, supporting the school and creating an intercultural experience within your own home!
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Get Your Dance on at the Middle School Spring Dance!
Friday, April 17, 3:30-5:30pm

Celebrate Spring at the middle school spring dance! The dance will be held in the Aula on Friday, April 17 from 3:30-5:30pm. This dance is open to all 5-8 graders. Bring your best moves--see you on the dance floor!
German Events in the Community 
Register for the International Film Festival!

Bring your family or go with some classmates to this year's International Film Festival hosted by the Minneapolis St. Paul Film Society between April 9 and April 25. There are over 200 films, including many appropriate for K-12 students.


This year there are three German films: Belle and Sebestian, Fiddlesticks, Lola and the Pea. If there are any questions or inquiries for more information, please direct them to Mary Anne Quiroz. Please click here to find the International Film Festival website. 
Join Us for Waldsee Fest!
April 26, 2015 - 1:30-4:30pm

Come learn more about Waldsee, the German immersion summer camp, by experiencing Waldsee! Get a peek into what village life is like by exploring what we do. Try your German skills, your dancing skills, and your Fussball skills! Or sit and enjoy delicious pretzels, pastries, and coffee from the GAI.
This event is free and open to the public!
GAI
GAI Announcement

Adult Language Class: G100 starts April 29      

Wednesdays 6:30pm-9:00pm, 18 weeks (runs 4/29-8/26)            

Want to speak auf Deutsch with your child at home? This class is perfect for beginners and those new to German. Students progress from learning the basics of German pronunciation and comprehension to building grammar and conversation skills related to everyday topics such as the family, shopping, daily routine, and life in Germany. Register here today!

 

Beginning Germanic Genealogy

Saturday, April 11, 11am - Free and open to the public

Come for an introduction on best practices in researching your Germanic family heritage. Germanic Genealogy expert Lois H. Edwards will lead this interactive, 'how-to' workshop in identifying your German immigrant ancestor through name, birth date, religion, and birthplace. This workshop will go over the "best case scenario" of finding a name and location in Germany and locating microfilmed records as well as the various "worst" cases that researchers often encounter.

 

PTO

PTO Announcement

 

Find out what's going on in the PTO. Click HERE to read more about:

  • Kaffeeklatsch -- Friday, April 10
  • PTO Meeting -- Tuesday, April 14
  • PTO Game Night -- Friday, April 24
  • Upcoming Events

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