Elternbrief
Issue: 222        
November 12, 2015
In This Issue

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Administrative Information
Final Push for Give to the Max Day

Today is Give to the Max Day and we are very excited to see your support. We have almost matched the $15,000 of lead donor gifts and we are looking to exceed that number. Participation has gone from 15% to almost 30% in the last few hours.

A big thanks you to those who have already made a gift to support our school. For those who haven't made their gift yet - you still have time to make your donation until midnight. We would love to see 100% participation! No amount is too small. Every bit counts and together we can reach our goal!

Sports Update


Click here to read the update for nordic skiing and basketball! Please contact Michelle Wallace at [email protected].
Gentle Reminder About Parking

Please be reminded that 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.
Online Ordering Window for December Lunch, Busing, and Kinderclub
 
Beginning Saturday, November 14, you can log on to https://tcgis.orderlunches.com to order bus seats, Kinderclub care, and school lunches for the month of December.  All orders must be received by Friday, December 20

Please contact the [email protected] or [email protected] for assistance with online ordering.
Introducing the TCGIS Rückblick - Coming This Month

New this year to our communication will be the TCGIS Rückblick! Rückblick means review or flashback, and is exactly what we will be doing! We will be releasing a monthly TCGIS Rückblick - taking a look at all of the fun and exciting things our community has done the previous month. Look for the Rückblick debut next week!
Project Mascot!

We are looking for a mascot to represent TCGIS! A
mascot is any person, animal, or object thought to bring luck, used to represent Twin Cities German Immersion School.

Who can participate:
Any currently enrolled students, 2015-2016 staff, and graduate students of TCGIS.

How to participate:
1. Find or draw a unique mascot that represents TCGIS. Size of original mascot should be minimum 3 inches 3 inches and no larger than 8 inches by 8 inches. (standard paper size folded into a square)

2. Mascot design can be black & white or color.

3. Explain in (200 words or less) why this drawing represents the culture, history, and people of our school. The more detail, the better. Students under 2nd grade can have an adult script their explanation.

4. Submit your mascot idea to the office (Frau Wallace's mailbox) or electronically [email protected] by December 1, 2015.
(For anonymity please include a cover sheet: your name & grade/position)

5. Mascots will be on display in the commons from Dec 2 - Dec 10.
A panel of judges will choose the mascot options of their choice, explain why this mascot aligns with the vision of our school. The judges will deliberate and then vote on one mascot.

Winning mascot idea will be announced on December 11 & in the Elternbrief on December 17.
Facilities Committee Meeting

Facility Committee Meeting The Facilities Committee will be meeting next Wednesday, November 18 from 6:30-7:30pm. The TCGIS School Board has recently tasked the committee to analyze the short and mid-term facility needs. In addition to school maintenance and enhancements, the committee will be taking a close look at the ability of our current facility to handle the projected growth of our school. Please contact Rob Hennelly at [email protected] if you have any questions or would like to participate but our unable to make next Wednesday's meeting.  
Kinderclub Donation Request

Cleaning out your closets? Kinderclub would LOVE your gently used Halloween costumes, sizes 5T & up. We plan to put together Theaterstücke during cold winter months, and our costume supply could use some sprucing up.

Want to donate other items? Popular needs include: reams of paper, markers (washable and dry erase), play dough, pencils.

All donations can be brought to the TCGIS office or dropped off with Aftercare staff. Vielen dank!
You're Invited to a Parent Community Conversation
Sunday, November 22 1:00-3:00pm

Join the School Board Parent Liaison, Christine VeLure Roholt and others in the TCGIS community on Sunday, November 22 from 1-3pm at the Uptown Community Gathering Spaces (3554 Bryant Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408). Learn about the role of the school board at TCGIS and share your questions and suggestions for the board. Name the challenges and successes you want the board to consider as it relates to the mission, vision and values of the school. Children are welcome to be in the space and a few art activities and board games will be available.

This is the second in a series of 6 parent gatherings that will happen around the Twin Cities in the coming months.

Interested in attending, would like to be part of a future conversation, or have questions? 
Please contact Christine VeLure Roholt, [email protected]. 
Is Your Child Struggling to Keep Up With Reading?

Join TCGIS literacy specialist Gesa Zinn for a discussion about getting your child motivated to read Monday, November 16 from 7:30-8:30pm in room 100.  

The Special Education Advisory Committee will screen a viewing of the movie, "The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia" at 6:30pm, with the discussion about reading for ALL students to follow.

Please click here to RSVP and send in your specific reading questions.
Any questions? If so, please contact Jessica Chastek.
Box Tops: Not Just on Cereal!

Did you know that Box Tops can be found on more than 250 different products? The program has expanded to include a wide variety of items ranging from paper products to food storage to fresh veggies. Some brands you'll recognize are Reynolds, Ziploc, Kleenex, Green Giant and Annie's. To see a full list of participating products go to BTFE.com.
Bring in Your Old Shoes!
This month we will be collecting your gently used shoes for a charity called Shoe Away Hunger. We will have bins throughout the school for your donations in the next month. Thank you for donating! 
 
Germanic American Institute 
Calling All Knitters and Crochet Crafters!
Are your knitting needles getting dusty? Crochet hooks in a tangle? Are you buying new yarn despite the half-finished projects waiting at home? Then we want to hear from you! We are seeking fiber-craft enthusiasts to join a knitting and crochet circle this January. Whether you are beginner or can combination knit in your sleep, join us as we meet to socialize while we work, swap patterns and skills, and share a good yarn!  Send an e-mail with your contact info to [email protected] to get on our group e-mail list.
 
Save the Date: Holiday Open Haus
Saturday, December 5, 12pm-6pm
Sunday, December 6, 11am-3pm
Free and Open to the Public
As the weather turns cold, the GAI opens its doors once again for our Holiday Open Haus! Enjoy the feel of a European market with all the comforts of our community home, with local vendors selling German Christmas gift items, model trains, festive food and drink featuringGlühwein, FlammkuchenLebkuchen, and more! Come on Saturday for tours of the Haus, decorated for the holiday season, as well as a Germanic-cuisine Cook-off, or bring the Kinder on Sunday to visit St. NikolausClick here to learn more.

PTO
Auction Thank You
Thank you
for participating in the TCGIS PTO Community Auction & Strudel Sale!
 
If you donated activities, products, or your time, or bid or purchased something in the auction, THANK YOU! Also, thank you for your strudel purchases. You helped make the biggest fundraiser of the year successful!
 
If you bought or won an item in the auction, please look for an email with details (pickup, etc.) from the donor in the coming weeks

Strudel Pick Up Instructions 
Strudel pickup is on Tuesday, November 24, 3-6 pm in the TCGIS Lobby
If you are not picking up personally, we can also hand the strudel to a carpool parent, a relative or, if your child rides the bus now, we can give her/him the strudel in a bag to take home. Please contact Alex Weeding at [email protected], if you need special pick up arrangements.

Call for Volunteers for Strudel Pick Up
We are looking for 2 volunteers to help distribute strudel orders on November 24, 2:30-4:00 pm at TCGIS. Job: Pull individual strudel orders together and hand them out to parents and students who ride the bus. Please respond to 
Alex Weeding at [email protected] by Tuesday, November 17.