Elternbrief
Issue: 210
August  21, 2015
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TCGIS Open House Next Week!
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!

PTO at the Open House!
Make sure to visit the cafeteria at the Open House. The PTO will have ice cream for all!!! Also pick up information on PTO events, information on the new organizational structure of the school and write your questions on topic posters. Answers to the questions will be published in the September 10 Elternbrief!
Busing Updates 
 
Dear Community:  

As noted in the Elternbrief last week, we are very excited to offer busing in partnership with Great River School to provide us with the opportunity of two routes. The routes offer stops on a North Route and South Route of St. Paul and neighboring communities.
 
Families have been signing up for the stops and the buses are starting to fill up! So far we have had 50 families sign up for busing representing 73 students. Responses have been almost 50/50 distributed to the North/South bus routes. Each bus has about only about 24 seats (on the high side) left open and we have not heard from quite a few families. Please complete the BUS COMMITMENT by this Tuesday August 25.
 
Based on the bus stop registration, we are still expecting more South bus commitments from families around the Ford Parkway/Snelling stop & Ford Parkway/Woodlawn stop and even a few additional families for the Page Street/Manomin Ave stop (in West St Paul).
The North bus still has low response for the Clarence/Rose Ave stop, however more than expected for the 29th/Stinson stop as well as the Mckinley/Lowry stop.
 
From August 25 until September 1, JME Transit company will be analyzing the school bus commitment data to finalize our bus routes and travel times. Families will be contacted with the EXACT pick up and drop off times for each location before the first day of school. Many students signed up to be/have a "bus buddy". Bus buddy matches will be based on bus stop location(s) as well as need (i.e: A grade 7 boy may be matched with a grade 1 boy and Kindergarten girl that get on/off at the same stop together). Whenever possible, students will be matched 1:1 and at the same stop or at a stop where the older student is on first and off last so the older student will be on the bus waiting for the "little buddy".
 
Please see the school bus FAQ. If you have additional questions, please forward to Michelle Wallace at [email protected].
Online Lunch Ordering System Up and Running

Our new online lunch ordering & payment website is now open for your orders! Please follow this link and create an account. The school's password is: TCGIS1

All orders must be received by 08/25. Please see attached letter for detailed instructions.
 
The application for free and reduced lunch is still available. 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.
Sports Update
 
Twin Cities German Immersion School is excited to offer after-school sports to students in fifth through eighth grade through the MN League of Independent Sports Teams (L.I.S.T.) 
 
LIST is a co-ed youth sports league in Minneapolis & Saint Paul. The mission of LIST is to promote the development of skill, teamwork and sportsmanship, to build community and foster friendships between the various schools and participants, and to encourage students to play!
 
We are now registering for the fall soccer team(s). If you are interested in learning more, click on the TCGIS Sports Program Page. Explore around to find out Soccer Information, Soccer Rules, Code of Conduct, L.I.S.T. Membership, and to sign up look for "How do I sign up?"
 
All registrations for soccer need to be received by next Thursday, August 27 (if possible), paperwork & payment can be turned in at the open house or first week of school.
 
For additional questions not provided on the web site, please contact Michelle Wallace at [email protected]

Class Lists Are Here

Click here for a list of all of the new classes for the 2015-2016 school year!
Help Out in the Library!

We are looking for a couple of library volunteers to do data entry, book jacket covering and painting of shelving sticks next week. Please contact librarian Sarah Dye at [email protected] for more information. Other volunteer opportunities in the library will also be available soon. Vielen Dank!
Help Out Your Teachers!
 
The Teachers are back and they need your help! Have a spare hour or two next week? The teachers need help in setting up and organizing their classrooms. Projects include decorating bulletin boards, organizing books and supplies, and more. Kids are welcome to help! In fact, this is a great way to ease new and returning students back into the school year. Please note, kids must be accompanied by an adult. Get more information sign up below.
 
This year we're using VolunteerSpot to organize our one-time volunteer opportunities. (Look for more information on on-going opportunities next week)
 
Here's how it works in 3 easy steps:
1) Click this link to see our Sign-Up on VolunteerSpot: http://vols.pt/eyHCqL
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It's Easy - you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on VolunteerSpot.
 
Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact [email protected] to sign you up manually.

A special thank you to all the volunteers that helped this week!
Kindergarten Playdates - Mark Your Calendars!

Dear Kindergarten Families, 
To welcome you all to school and provide you an opportunity to meet other families in your kindergarten classes, we are inviting you to a classroom kindergarten play date. Once you have found your child's name in the class lists, here are the play dates for each kindergarten class:

KA - Monday, August 24, 6:30-7:30pm
KB - Tuesday, August 25, 6:30-7:30pm
KC - Wednesday, August 26, 6:30-7:30pm

All play dates occur at TCGIS's playground at the school and families are welcome to bring all children in their families. The event is a casual meet & greet and the teachers of each section will be there. If you cannot make it, don't worry! There will be more social gatherings happening throughout the school year.
Information for Kindergarten and First Grade Drop Off

Given the construction on the roads surrounding the school, we welcome families of the Kindergarten and first grade students into the school with their children during the first week of school. Please be aware that parking in the immediate area of the school is limited due to the major road construction on the neighborhood side streets, including Churchill, Oxford and Argyle streets. The Streetcar Station parking lot is also under construction. While it may be a bit further away, more parking is available at the McMurray Fields and Como Park Pool area. We appreciate your consideration of our residential neighbors given the construction area.
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].
Supply Lists for 2015-2016

Supply lists are in! Please find the lists below. Happy shopping!
It's Box Top Bonus Season!

The return of classes brings the return of bonus Box Tops. Please be on the lookout for bonus opportunities!
These bonus Box Tops can be found on either specially marked products or your register receipt. 
For Sam's club shoppers, check out samsclub.com/boxtops for a high value offer!

Thanks for supporting TCGIS!
"School German" and Drop-In Homework Help for Parents
 
Coming this fall, Herbert Engelmayer is offering fun, efficient and informative
instruction in German for current TCGIS parents. Classes will focus on vocabulary and current concepts in the Kindergarten and first grade curriculum. Classes will start in October and meet at school. There is a new possible meeting time for Tuesday evenings. If interested, please contact Herbert for more information at 651-773-9525 or email him at [email protected].
 
GAI Announcements 
Familienfest at the GAI 
Sunday, August 23, 2-5pm

It's back-to-school fun for the TCGIS and GAI communities at Familienfest. Join us for kid-friendly activities and family-friendly menus and prices to celebrate the start of a new school year. Activities include a bouncy-house, lawn games, model trains, and picnic-style food. In addition, all incoming kindergartners are invited to join in the Schulanfang ceremony, honoring the beginning of their school careers. The ceremony will start at 4pm. Please note that this event is weather-permitting.