Issue: 214  
September 17, 2015
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Take a look at current volunteer opportunities! If you are not yet a volunteer, but are interested in becoming one - please fill out an application here. Vielen Dank!
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Administrative Information
Most Recent Busing Update & How to Make Payments

Please click here for the most recent bus update--including information regarding how you can start making donations for the busing system through OrderLunches.com! Thank you!
Two Reminders for the New Year

What a wonderful start we have had to the 2015-2016 school year! We so appreciate everyone's patience and flexibility as we get settled into our new routines (and adjust to construction!). Please, however, be reminded of the following:
  • There is no parking on Van Slyke or W. Como Blvd. Please do not make U-turns in the street, or cross mid-street, etc. We know that drop-off and pick-up can be hectic, but please try to be mindful of these tips. Please also remember that this situation is temporary. If you need to park your car, please see this map to locate appropriate parking areas.
  • Kids benefit from having outdoor recess both socially and emotionally. We hope to send kids out for recess in all weather (including light rain and cold) because it is better they get the exercise, if at all possible. Please be sure that your student/s have rain boots, jackets, and hats and gloves when the cold comes. Layers are always best! As the saying in German goes, Es gibt kein falsches Wetter, nur falsche Kleidung! (There is no wrong weather, just wrong clothing!)

Again, thank you so much for your continued understanding and patience. 

Curriculum Night Next Tuesday, September 22

Curriculum night is an evening for families to hear about the educational program offered students at TCGIS. Teachers will give an overview of the school year and provide information about learning at specific grade levels and/or in a variety of subjects.

Elementary Curriculum Night 5:30-6:30pm
5:30-5:50 pm Elementary School with student last names A-L
5:50-6:20 pm Elementary School with student last names M-Z

Middle School Curriculum Night 6:30-7:45pm
 - Families will meet with specialists first hour in the homerooms (3 minute rotations) and then follow the schedule of your students. Homeroom teachers will present during specialist time.
6:30-6:39 - Specialists (in your child's homeroom)
6:43-6:50 - 1st hour
6:54-7:01 - 2nd hour
7:05-7:12 - 3rd hour (Grades 7 & 8 go to homerooms)
NO 4th hour as this is recess/lunch
- 5th hour (Grade 5a, 5b & 6a go to homerooms)
7:27-7:34 - 6th hour (Grade 6b go to homeroom)
7:38-7:45 - 7th hour (end at 7:45pm)
***Middle School special education teachers will be available in the subject classes (ex. Math, German or English) where they are supporting TCGIS students.

We look forward to seeing all of you on Tuesday, September 22!
Fall After School Activity Registration is OPEN!

Registration for the fall session of after school activities is now open! Click here for the descriptions of classes, and here for the schedule. Please fill out the registration form, and return it to the office with payment by Friday, September 25.
Order Lunches for October

Log on now to https://tcgis.orderlunches.com to order lunches for the month of October! All orders are due by Monday, 9/21. Please email any questions to [email protected]
Join Us for the K-8 Social Hour and Kaffeeklatsch!

Join us on Friday, September 25 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 socializing!
We hope to see you there!  
LAST CHANCE for Spirit Wear!

Show your TCGIS pride! From now until September 18 we will be collecting order forms with payment for our new fall spirit wear! Once orders have been collected, it will take about two weeks until we have the items at the school. Please email Lauren Kalish with any questions! 
SEAC Family Potluck at Como Park Fire Pits
Monday, September 21 5:30-7pm

We would like to invite you to join the TCGIS Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) for a family potluck and playdate Monday, September 21 from 5:30-7pm. This will take place at the Como Park fire pits - on Como Ave between Horton and Lexington. The SEAC is a group of parents and teachers from TCGIS who work to improve and advise on all aspects of the Special Education program at the school. All families are invited to join. 
Bring a dish to share. Please RSVP to Cherste Eidman or text to 651-233-6053.
Join Us on October 10 for Herbstfest!

We are very excited to announce our first large school community event for this school year after the very successful Open House last spring. We will celebrate our FIRST, but hopefully soon traditional, Herbstfest on October 10 from 11am-2 pm. It will be a fun school community fest with great food and kid's activities and a great way to meet and socialize with other community members. We hope to see you all there! If you have any question, please contact Tina Haarbusch.
A Huge Thanks to Our Volunteers

A huge vielen Dank to the 35 TCGIS community members who joined us this past Tuesday for volunteer orientation! Our volunteers help make TCGIS a stronger community, and we could not be the school we are without their continuous dedication and help! Interested in becoming a part of our wonderful volunteer network? Click here to read about upcoming and ongoing opportunities!
TCGIS Band Starts September 30!
There is still time for any interested 5th-8th graders to join the band!  The band meets Wednesdays after school beginning September 30, and those who take lessons at school are pulled from class on a rotating basis. Registration is done through after school activities. Contact Krista Johnson at [email protected] or 612-209-3396 for information.
Box Tops Ice Cream Party Winner!

Over 3000 Box Tops have been collected since school started! Class participation has been awesome. Four class rooms each contributed over 300 box tops, but the winner at 353 is Herr Liesner's 5B class. Special mention to Frau Nowak 2C (307), Herr Bier 3C (320), and Herr Klarman 4A (326). Great job everyone!

The sign up bonus for 5 box tops is available until September 30th. Just go to www.BTFE.com/signup and enter our school ID 962277. The bonus will automatically be credited to our account. Thank you for your support and keep on clipping!!
Get Your School Calendars!

Didn't pick up a calendar at Open House? Fear not! We still have some available in the office. We request only one calendar per family, please. If you can't make it in to the office to pick up your copy we would be happy to send one home with your child. Just let us know!
Supply Donation 2015-2016
Each year TCGIS asks for a supply donation from our families to help cover the extra costs of our German curriculum, including disposable Hefte, or workbooks, purchased each year. The suggested donation is $75 per child. For all families that have already made a donation, vielen Dank! This donation makes it possible for TCGIS to provide our students with the best German materials available. If you would like to make a donation, please do so in the front office. We appreciate your support!
PTO Announcement

Find out what's going on in the PTO. Click HERE to read more about:
  • Regional school picnic invites
  • Community Auction in Fall 2015
For the latest information, be sure to like our Facebook page.  
GAI Announcements

3 Saturdays, November 7, 14, 21 -- 10:30am-12pm. For 1st through 5th graders. $35 for Members/$40 for Non-members. Price includes materials
For three Saturdays in November, students can enjoy Puppenherstellung
(puppet making) while learning about the trolls, spirits, and other creatures in German Folklore. In the Heart of the Beast and Three River's Park District teaching artist, Seth Eberle, will lead this fun-filled workshop where children will build and decorate their own puppets, develop performance and puppeteering skills, and learn a classic folktale to perform on the last day. To register click here or call 651-222-7027

DIY Sauerkraut Making Class
October 18, 1-3pm. $15 for Members/ $20 for Non-members. 
Food supplies provided. Participants must bring their own container.
Learn the benefits and science of fermentation the step-by-step process of preparing, shredding, mixing, packing, weighing and batching your own sauerkraut. You'll leave the class with your first batch ready to ferment at home and the knowledge to continue making healthy and delicious fermented foods. Register today by clicking here or by calling 651-222-7027.