Issue: 227             
January 7, 2016 
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Administrative Information
Important Traffic Information

Dear families, 
TCGIS was invited to the last neighborhood District 10 Council meeting to discuss neighbor concerns regarding traffic during pick up. Specifically, please be aware legally we are not allowed to block the bus stop at the triangle at Van Slyke and Churchill nor should we block the alley access at Van Slyke.

To ease the traffic on Van Slyke, starting Tuesday, January 19 all 2nd grade and carpools with 2nd grade will join pick up on the Como side.

Also, with the start of the new year and snow on the ground, we would like to reinvigorate our best practices for pick up to maximize student safety:
  • Please do not park on either side of Van Slyke or cross students on Van Slyke during pick up (Churchill is a great place to park and walk to pick up)
  • Please never pull U-Turns
  • Please never leap frog other TCGIS cars in the pick up line
We want to thank all of the families that have been so cooperative in adhering to good pick up practices as this greatly increases student safety and helps pick up for faster for all of us!

Vielen Dank!
Sibling Applications Due February 11

It's that time of the year again - applications for admission are due! All applications for incoming siblings are due by February 11. We can not guarantee placement for any students whose applications are received after this date.
Registration for After School Activities

The winter session of after school activities starts next Monday, January 11! This is our FINAL call for registration! Click here to find all of the materials for registering. Payment and registration forms are due tomorrow. 
No Name Calling Week 1/19-1/22

TCGIS is proud to announce that we will join many schools throughout the United States in participating in No Name Calling Week, beginning Tuesday, 1/19 - Friday, 1/22. By participating, the school is making an effort to educate our children about bullying, work on prevention, and enhance our social climate as a school community. During the week, classes may address the topic with short lessons and school-wide activities such as a kindness campaign or thematic dress-up days.

All students are encouraged to participate in the following dress-up activities:
Tuesday 1/19: red, white and blue - for united we stand
Wednesday 1/20: mismatched clothing - to show we appreciate differences
Thursday 1/21: wear two different shoes - to understand walking in someone else's shoes is difficult and eye opening
Friday 1/22: wear your clothing backwards - to show we've got each other's backs
For further information about No Name Calling Week, please visit the following website: http://www.glsen.org/nonamecallingweek

Lost and Found to be Donated Next Week

Please stop by the school to look for any lost items before January 15. Any remaining items will be donated.

Update on Project Mascot
Project Mascot is taking longer than expected to judge. We received 23 mascot ideas by the December 1 date. There were so many great ideas for a mascot from all different ages of participants! In December the judges chose their top choice. Due to the business surrounding winter break, the announcement of the mascot will be extended to the end of this month.

At this point the top picks are being narrowed down to three so that the student body may participate in selecting the final mascot idea. Once the final idea is chosen, the original sketch that was submitted will serve as the 'original'. The actual mascot drawing/photo/illustration will be modified for reproduction and representation purposes.

Thank you for your patience!  Keep hanging in there.
Box Tops Update
Great news! We received our check from the Box Tops for Education program and we've earned over $1300.00! This is incredible, but we still need your help collecting and turning in Box Tops for our next submission. So keep collecting and let's see our earnings grow! HUGE thanks to all of our students and parents for your help, and to Christine Ustun for collecting!   
Labels for Education Book Bonanza!

The Labels for Education book bonanza is approaching. We need 3000 labels to earn free books for our school. Labels can be found on Campbell's, Pepperidge farm and Swanson products. Please check your cupboards and send them in!
A Message from Vienna Strings
String classes are on Monday and Wednesdays from 4pm on or by special appointment.
Sarah Guhl is a graduate of Luther College and is currently an orchestra teacher in the Anoka-Hennepin school district. She is a member of the Northern Symphony Orchestra and the Main Street Quartet. Sarah teaches violin, viola and cello.

Call Herbert of Vienna Community Arts for more info at 651-773-9525. 
Deutsch Zwei für Eltern

Hello Parents! "German for Parents" will be back starting in January with lessons and lectures.

We will continue with the level one classes from Fall and will add another
Level One class for new students. Watch for more details!  Call Herbert at 651-773-9525 for more information.
Girl Scout Parent Meeting

Parents of TCGIS Daisy and Brownie Girl Scouts - it's Girl Scout Cookie Time! If you would like your daughter to participate in selling cookies, you must attend one of the of following parent meetings: Friday, January 8, 2:30-3:15, Room 100, TCGIS OR Monday, January 11, 6:30-7:15, Room 100, TCGIS. Troop leaders and cookie managers will give you all the information and there will be a form you need to sign and return. If you have any questions, please contact your daughter's troop leader.
PTO Announcement 

Please click here for information on the upcoming PTO Family Night.