Issue: 200
May 7, 2015
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May 4-8: Scholastic Book Fair

May 11: 7th Grade Capstone Meeting

May 15: School Board Elections

May 16: Grand Opening

May 20: Early Release

May 22: Professional Learning - No School

May 25: Memorial Day - No School

May 28: School Board Meeting



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Administrative Information
Process for the Upcoming School Board Elections

School Board elections are next week, Monday, May 11 to Friday, May 15, closing at 4:45. Please find in this message the needed materials, information, instructions, and important details for voting!  
INSTRUCTIONS: Please read the written instructions carefully. Back by popular demand, we have the instructional video to assist you with casting your ballot. 
MATERIALS: Please find ballot materials here. If you are able to print the ballot & signature cards, feel free. However, paper copies of election materials are available at drop off and pick up or in the front office. *Envelopes not provided in this electronic message - you are welcome to use two envelopes you have at home.
CANDIDATES: If you missed the Candidate Bios or the Meet the Candidate event, the Meet the Candidates YouTube video and materials (bios & questions from the event) are found here as well! 
Please contact the office if you have questions or need assistance. Happy voting!
It's Time for the Annual Family Survey

It is the end of the school year and that means it is time for the Annual Family Survey! The survey will remain open until Sunday, May 17 at midnight.


The survey is the main tool for school improvement and to provide feedback to the administration and the board. It is especially important to hear from you, the parents, what we are doing well and how we can improve.


Please take a moment to complete the survey. It should take no more than 10 minutes, and it provides very valuable information to the school. Your responses will remain anonymous. Your comments may be shared with the Staff, the Director, the Board, and/or relevant committees as needed for school improvement. Your responses are anonymous and will not be attributed to you.


Here is the link to the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/TCGIS2015 


If you have any questions, please contact the personnel committee at [email protected].
Vielen Dank to all of our Teachers!

This week
is Teacher Appreciation Week--and my, how much we appreciate them! Thank you to all of our fabulous teachers for their hard work, patience, dedication, and passion. We wouldn't be our school today without you! An additional thank you to the PTO, who has provided treats to the teachers throughout the week! 
Join the Medtronic TC Kids Marathon Fun Run!

All K-8 students, siblings, and families are invited to participate in the 2015 Medtronic Twin Cities Kids Marathon Cross Country Fun Run! This is right in our neighborhood and coaches Mandi Rosenthal and Tanja Schmitt will be at the designated area for TCGIS.

Where: Como Park Picnic Pavilion
When: Saturday, May 16 at 9am
What to wear: TCIGS gear! Don't have any? No problem! Tshirts are available for purchase in the office.

After the run, head on over to school to celebrate the 10-Year Anniversary from 10am-3pm. What a fun-filled day!
Give for Student Sports and Performance Fun!

Thank you to those who have already made a gift to support the multipurpose sports court and performance lighting for the Aula. A special thank you goes to the PTO for the $10,000 challenge gift. This means every gift made today or tomorrow will be matched dollar for dollar to help us achieve our goal.


Please donate now and have your gift matched by the PTO. Every bit counts and together we can reach our goal of $30,000. Thank you for all of your past, current, and future support for TCGIS!

Get Ready for Next Saturday's 10 Year Anniversary!
Saturday, May 16, 2015 - 10am-3pm

We are looking forward to a day of celebration on Saturday, May 16! It is a celebration of partnership and community! The last years at TCGIS have been full of change. We would like to say vielen Dank for your patience and ongoing trust in our school. We're very thankful to have you as faithful partners throughout this journey over the past ten years. We would like to dedicate the May 16 celebration to you and your family & friends. Please check out our exciting program and come ready to celebrate! 
A Successful Food Drive

Thank you to
all of those who donated food to the food drive! A whopping 338 pounds of food were collected and donated. Nice work!  
Looking for Two More Host Families for Fall!

The Amity interns are well educated and dedicated young people who not only increase the German language exposure at the school but also bring an intercultural atmosphere to your home!  


If you're interested in hosting an Amity intern, please fill out the online form here. This is only an expression of interest at this time, and not an absolute commitment or promise. For more information about our Amity program and hosting an intern, please go to the TCGIS website or contact [email protected].


6th Grade Trip to the Biohaus

Last week the 6th graders had an incredible few days up at Waldsee, the German language village at Concordia Language Villages. The kids learned all about the Biohaus, the first passive house in North America, and got to do all sorts of science experiments. It was a great trip! Click picture to enlarge.   
7th Grade Capstone Informational Meeting!
Monday, May 11, 7-8pm

It's hard to believe, but it is time to start thinking about the culminating event for our 7th grade TCGIS students! There will be an informational meeting about Capstone 2015-16 on Monday, May 11 at 7-8pm in Room 100. Information will cover the Fall and Spring experiences, costs, as well as a general Q&A session. Please contact Jeff Horton if you have any questions at [email protected].
Transportation Meeting

There will be a Transportation Committee meeting on Tuesday, May 12 at 6:00. The committee will be presenting the survey findings from the survey that was sent out a few weeks ago. We hope to see you there!
Saftey Update from TCGIS

In light of yesterday's Heimdal, North Dakota train crash, we would like to provide an update on the ongoing effort TCGIS has been making around student safety as it relates to the train tracks just south of our school. For more information, please click here.
Help Influence the TCGIS Volunteer Program
  • This spring we are piloting volunteer opportunities so we can evaluate what works and what needs to be tweaked to be successful in the fall. Learn more about the new or retooled volunteer opportunities here.
  • Want to volunteer, but don't have much time? Help out at the TCGIS 10 Year Anniversary event on Saturday, May 16. Volunteers are needed for set-up and decoration, info tent, first aid tent, snow cones, and clean-up. Volunteers are also needed the afternoon of Friday, May 15 to help with set-up. Get the full details and sign-up here. A lot of people helping a little makes a big difference!
GAI Announcement

Summer is one month away! Have you registered for camp yet? Sign your child up today for the GAI's Summer Language Camps! All summer the Germanic-American Institute will host a variety of week-long camps, each with a different , fun-filled theme. In our camps, you can: 

  • Draw like one of the Greats in Masters & Methods: An Art Melange July 6-10
  • Lend a helping hand to the environment in It's Fun to Be Green July 13-17
  • Cook up a culinary feast with Babett in German Cooking for Kids August 3-7
  • Make your own flying machine in Up, Up, & Away! June 29-July 2
There is even a special camp at the end of August, open only to TCGIS families.  Visit http://www.gai-mn.org/sommercamp to read more and sign up today!


PTO Announcement


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

  • May PTO Meeting -- Registration link, agenda, draft minutes, final budget
  • Spring Strudel and Plant Card -- pick-up dates/times
  • Maskenball Task Force
  • Calendar of Upcoming Events

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