Issue: 228              
January 14, 2016 
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Administrative Information
Reminder: Long Weekend and Early Release Next Week

This is a friendly reminder that there is no school this Friday, January 15 for teacher grading day or Monday, January 18 for Martin Luther King Jr. day.

Additionally, there is an early release next Wednesday, January 20. This means school gets out at 12:45pm and there are no after school activities this day. 
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 go 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.
February Order Window Opens Friday, January 15

Log on to our online store https://tcgis.orderlunches.com and place your child's Bus, Kinderclub and Lunch/Milk order starting 01/15/16. All orders are due on Friday, January 22nd. If you have not yet registered for a parent account, please use the school password TCGIS1 when you register.

We would like to encourage all parents to use the electronic bank transfer (ACH) option to submit payment for your purchases. The fees TCGIS is charged for an ACH transaction are substantially lower than for a credit/debit card transaction, as well as the check out fee for ACH is 1% versus 2% for credit/debit cards.

For any questions about our lunch program, please do not hesitate to email us at [email protected]. For questions about Kinderclub, please email Emily Ruggles Johnson at [email protected] and for all school bus related questions email Michelle Wallace at [email protected].
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

Volleyball Announcements!

Please click here for some very important TCGIS announcements about our new volleyball team!

Additionally, this Monday, January 18th, from 9am-12pm Augsburg College coaches and players will be hosting a volleyball clinic and would love to have some TCGIS students attending. Please register here! For additional information, please find the attached pdf here.
Teaching Kids to Speak Up

Self-Advocacy is learning how to speak up for yourself, make your own decisions, get information to better understand things, find out who will support you, problem solve, listen and learn. Kids need to self-advocate when they don't understand something in the classroom, when a friend treats them badly on the playground, or when they need to ask for help.

Join the TCGIS Special Education Advisory Committee for a discussion about teaching our kids to self-advocate Monday, January 25 from 6-8 pm in Room 100. RSVP for the meeting here. We are hoping to provide child care for this meeting, but you must RSVP by Friday, January 22, if you plan to use child care.

Any questions? Contact Beki Cook at [email protected].
German for Parents with Herbert Engelmayer

The next sessions for "German for Parents" will start soon! New and continuing students welcome! Tuesday evening class will start on January 26 and end on March 22. Class meets from 6pm to 7pm in the art room. Cost for the nine sessions is $64.00. Thursday afternoon class begins on January 28 and ends on March 24. No lesson on March 17. Class meets in the 3rd floor conference room. Cost for the eight sessions is $56.00

Call 651-773-9525 for more info.
GAI Announcement
Winterfest Karneval
Saturday, January 30, 2016. 7pm - 1am. 
For ages 21+ ONLY
$15 Admission; $10 with costume or Winter Carnival Button
Celebrate the Karneval season at the GAI! This adults-only house party will include cabaret performances by Black Hearts Burlesque and The Dangerous Fun Show, plus fortune tellers, photobooth, costume contest, Euro dance party, and drinks and food galore. Click here for more information.
Register for Spring Language Classes!
Our spring language classes begin in just under a month and classes are beginning to fill. Register now to ensure your spot in class, with options from beginner levels all the way up through advanced Oberkurs. Plus, when you register before January 25th, take $20 off the cost of your class. Click here to view the class schedule.
PTO Announcement 
Another chance to sign up for PTO Auction Events!
We're reopening the TCGIS PTO Community Auction for some great events that have room for more sign ups. The auction will be open for four days only from January 20-23. Check out all the great events for kids and adults, but especially these Teacher Treasures and Admin Adventures:
  • Deutsche Disko (grades 5-8) - Feb. 54:30-7:30 pm
  • Fasching/Mardi Gras Party (grades K-4) - Feb. 54:30-7:30 pm
  • Minion Party (KA) - Feb. 193:30-6:00 pm
  • Plastic Reuse Ideas with Frau Lauenstein & Frau Stillwell (all grades) - Apr. 22, 3:30-5:30 pm
See a complete list of events on the auction website. Questions? Email  [email protected].

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