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Issue: 229               
January 21, 2016 
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Administrative Information
Parent Portal Instructions

The parent portal will reopen on January 25th. At that time, grades will be available for viewing. Please remember that TCGIS no longer prints hard copies of report cards to go home. For a reminder on how to login to the Parent Portal, please click here.
K-8 Social Hour and Kaffeeklatsch Next Week

Join us next Friday, January 29, 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!  
Carnival of Cultures is Coming!

It's that time of the year again! The carnival season is coming and we will celebrate our annual Carnival of Cultures on Friday, February 19. Mark your calendars! The theme this year is "In the Name of Peace".

A short schedule:
6:00pm The Capstone Café will be open in the cafeteria
6:30pm Part I of the Carnival will start in the Aula (grades K-3)
7:30pm Intermission 
7:50pm Part II will begin (grades 4-8)

An email with detailed information will come soon.
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.
Reminder: February Order Window Closes Tomorrow

Log onto our online store https://tcgis.orderlunches.com now and place your child's Bus, Kinderclub and Lunch/Milk order. All orders are due this Friday. 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].
Volleyball Updates

Please click here for some very important TCGIS announcements about our new volleyball team!
 
10th Annual TCGIS Spring Break in Grand Marais
 
Stay at EastBaySuites right on Lake Superior in your own 1, 2, or 3 bedroom condo with a kitchen. Call soon (800-414-2807) and ask for the TCGIS German Immersion group discount for any of the days you can vacation. Feel free to bring friends and family. 
 
Questions? Contact Chris Weimholt.
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 
Last Chance to Sign Up for PTO Auction Events!
Here is your chance to sign up for that event you missed. Sign-ups for upcoming events in TCGIS PTO Community Auction are now open. The auction will be open for four days only-through midnight on January 23. Check out all the great events for kids and adults, but especially these Teacher Treasures and Admin Adventures hosted by teachers and staff: 
  • Harry Potter Movie Party (4-8) [Ms. Jacobs] - Jan. 223:30-6:30 pm
  • Deutsche Disko (grades 5-8) [Office staff] - Feb. 54:30-7:30 pm
  • Fasching/Mardi Gras Party (grades K-4) [Office staff] - Feb. 54:30-7:30 pm
  • Minion Party (KA) [Frau Buhr] - Feb. 193:30-6:00 pm
  • Plastic Reuse Ideas with Frau Lauenstein & Frau Stillwell (all grades) - Apr. 22, 3:30-5:30 pm
 
Find all events on the auction website. Questions? Email [email protected].