Issue: 208
August  6, 2015
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TCGIS Open House - Mark Your Calendars!
Thursday, August 27 6:30-8pm

The new school year is right around the corner! Join us on Thursday, August 27 from 6:30pm-8pm at our Open House. You'll have a chance to meet your teacher, drop off school supplies, and get excited for a great year. We look forward to seeing you there!
Returning  Enrollment Paperwork - Action Requested

The summer has flown by and we are excited to see you all back at school in just a few short weeks! In order to help us prepare for the new year, we ask that all RETURNING families fill out the attached paperwork once for each student. Please note, all families must fill out a complete health form every year.

If your family's contact information has not changed from last year, please just check the box on the upper right-hand corner on the Registration page.

Again, we do not need this paperwork for incoming Kindergarten students--only returning students, please! Forms can be handed in to the Front Office, mailed in to school or emailed to [email protected].
Bus Stop Registration Form & Route Update

Bus Stop Registration Form update: Last week we asked families to complete a quick bus stop registration form to help the transit company, TCGIS, and Great River School plan for our bus routes. Thank you for your participation! The form had a place for families to write in inquiry items and in an effort to help provide some clarity, we are working on creating an FAQ to address the questions. You may see the list of questions we have accumulated thus far. If you have other questions that you would like addressed community wide or individually, please reach out to Michelle Wallace at [email protected].


Route update: Due to the large volume of responses for busing on the bus stop registration form, TCGIS compiled lists of addresses for the transit company and they have been providing us and Great River with several options. As the options are being looked at, we are analyzing family addresses, travel times, distances to "drop stops", pick up/drop off times (am/pm), and bus capacity. Along with this analysis, we need to prioritize the direction set by the school board as well as the data acquired from the Transportation Committee report.


Thank you for your continued patience as we work through the multiple moving variables of the bus plan.

Application for Free and Reduced Lunch for 2015-2016

Please find an information letter, instructions, and the application form for the free and reduced lunch program for the 2015-2016 school year.

If you have any question or need help, don't hesitate to email [email protected] or call 651-492-7106.
7th & 8th Graders - Meet A Nobel Prize Winner!

All 7th and 8th grade students have the opportunity to apply for one day at the 51th Nobel Prize Conference at Gustavus Adolphus College this October. For the second year, Frau Lauenstein will be taking eligible students to Gustavus Adolphus on October 6th for the first day of the Nobel conference at no expense to the students. 

This year's topic is the Science of Addiction which fits well as an extension to the Life Science curriculum. Given this topic, all announcements about this offering will be solely to parentsIf you believe your student would like to apply for this opportunity, please have her or him write a 1/2 page essay in German explaining why they would like to attend the Nobel Conference and what they expect to take away from it. Students may email/share their essay with Frau Lauenstein until September 18th. Once students have been accepted they will commit to a week of preparatory work during recess to learn about the speakers and their scientific work.
Supply Lists for 2015-2016

Supply lists are in! Please find the lists below. Happy shopping!
Earn Five Bonus Box Tops for Our School

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Just go to BTFE.com/signup to get started! Make sure to enter our Box Tops ID number so our school gets credit for the Bonus Box Tops.
Our school's Box Tops ID number is: 962277

Let's raise some money for our school!
"School German" and Drop-In Homework Help for Parents

Coming this fall, Herbert Engelmayer will provide fun, efficient and informative

instruction in German - geared towards helping your child. Look for more information in upcoming Elternbriefs. Call Herbert for preliminary info at 651-773-9525 or email him at

[email protected].