Elternbrief
Issue: 230                
January 28, 2016 
In This Issue

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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.
Welcome to Our Spring Interns

As we said goodbye to our fall interns, we also said hello to a wonderful new group of spring interns! Click here to learn about them. 
K-8 Social Hour and Kaffeeklatsch Tomorrow

Join us tomorrow on 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!  
History Day Volunteers Needed

Are you a history buff? Then we've got the opportunity for you! Frau Jacobs is looking for eight history day judges to help judge in this year's history day competition. The competition will take place on Thursday, February 18 from 9-3. It would be ideal if judges can judge the whole day, but volunteering in shifts is okay too. Please contact Catie Jacobs at [email protected] if you're interested! 
TCGIS Family Ski Day at Trollhaugen
Friday, February 12, 2016
 
Hit the slopes with the kids on this day off from school! Trollhaugen is a great place to ski with family and friends, and it's located just one hour away in Dresser, WI.

Lift tickets (day) -- $15 (9:30 am to 3:00 pm)
           Children under 5 ski for free.
           Extend through the evening for just $5 more.
Lift tickets (night) -- $20 (3:00 pm to 3:00 am)
Ski/snowboard rentals -- $15

Free group lessons available (morning only). Advance notice is required. 

Trollhaugen also offers a Learn-to-Ski program for 5th and 6th graders only -- just $18 for lift ticket, ski rental, and lessons.

Click here for full details. Contact Kelly Huxmann with any questions or to register. Please include names and ages of skiers, as well as any rentals needed. Also specify whether you will come in the morning or afternoon.
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.
Magic Marker Recycling

Who knew that one can recycle dried up magic markers? You can!! Now that you know, please gather them for future collections at TCGIS.The first collection will be Feb 1-22. Drop them off at the TCGIS main office.  Bring any brand marker, dry erase marker or highlighter. Please no pencils, pens, crayons or other writing tools except those specified. The second planned collection will be at the end of the school year, so set those dried markers aside and do what is right for the environment.
Volleyball Updates

Please click here for some very important TCGIS announcements about our new volleyball team!
 
Boosting Literacy
 
The Kindergarten Literacy groups called Mäuschen are starting February 1 to give selected students an extra boost in immersion language learning. The Mäuschen will meet twice a week for four to six weeks.
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.
GAI Announcement
GAI & TCGIS Joint Announcement

The Germanic-American Institute and TCGIS are excited to announce a new partnership for children's summer programming. As our community continues to outgrow the "one size fits all" method of summer camps, we will be tailoring the camps to different age groups in order to provide quality programming that is appropriate to the specific needs of each grade level.

The GAI will continue to offer German language camps throughout the summer for students entering 1st and 2nd grades, with special camps at the end of the summer for children who will be starting Kindergarten at TCGIS in the fall.

TCGIS will host camps in July for grades 3-5, as well as 6-8, as an opportunity for students to maintain their German fluency throughout the summer. The camps at TCGIS will be targeted toward children with significant exposure to German, though not limited to TCGIS students.

We're thrilled to be able to accommodate even more students through this partnership. Look for more information in the February 25 Elternbrief!