Issue: 211
August  27, 2015
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Attention!: Como Avenue Street Construction

Due to a significant delay by the City of St. Paul, Como Avenue will be torn up and inaccessible to thru traffic for eight weeks starting immediately.This will significantly change the drop off/pick up traffic plan for the school this fall.

  • ALL school traffic and students K-8 will enter via Horton Avenue to Van Slyke (normal K-1 drop off/pick up zone).
  • All surrounding side streets are also torn up. K-1 families planning to walk their children into the school building are requested to park at the McMurray Field and Como Park Pool areas and walk children four blocks school.
  • Due to the heavy traffic flow on Van Slyke, we request no parking on Van Slyke.


To avoid traffic back up, we will stagger pick up
  • K-1 families and carpools - pick up from 3:15-3:20pm on Van Slyke Avenue
  • 2-8 families - pick up from 3:20-3:30pm on Van Slyke Avenue

***TCGIS will continue to monitor the construction of streets, sewers and curbs and communicate to families. We greatly appreciate your patience and understanding in this unforeseen construction delay by the City of St. Paul. 

TCGIS Open House Tonight!
Thursday, August 27 6:30-8pm

The new school year is right around the corner! Join us on tonight, 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!

Sign Up to Volunteer at the Open House!
Learn about the all the ways to get involved at TCGIS in the this year! You will have a chance to learn about volunteer opportunities, ask questions, and sign up for more information. If you can't make it tonight, check your email for more information tomorrow.
Busing Updates 
Thank you for the great response in the bus commitments. We had 72 families respond with a total of 106 students who will be on our first Twin Cities German Immersion bus! We are looking froward to watching the bus program grow!
From August 25 until the start of school, the bus commitment data is with JME Transit company to firm up the 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". Those matches will also be communicated via email by Michelle Wallace prior to the first day of school.
If you have additional questions, please forward to Michelle Wallace at
5th, 6th, 7th & 8th Grade Students Needed for Soccer
Soccer season runs Wednesday, September 9 to Friday, November 6

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?"

Please register for soccer here. All registrations need to be received by this Thursday, August 27, paperwork & payment can be turned in at the Open House (tonight) or first week of school.

For additional questions not provided on the web site, please contact Michelle Wallace at
Call for After School Activities Instructors!

Session one of after school activities will be starting soon! If you would like to offer a class please fill out the attached form and hand it in to the office. Session one of After School Activities will be starting the week of September 28. If you have any questions about teaching a class, please email Lauren Kalish at [email protected]. Thanks!
Important Info for Students with Medications and Medical Needs

If your child requires scheduled or as needed medication throughout the day, we require parents to fill out an authorization form. This form must be complete in order for the school to administer any medication. If your child requires emergency medications, please turn in your action plan along with the authorization form. Forms can be turned in to Kayla Challes. You can find Kayla in the front office!
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].