Elternbrief
Issue: 231                 
February 4, 2016 
In This Issue

Quick Links
TCGIS Online Calendar
 Volunteer at TCGIS!
Take a look at current volunteer opportunities! If you are not yet a volunteer, but are interested in becoming one - please fill out an application here. Vielen Dank!
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Administrative Information
Announcing Our New Mascot...

We have a mascot! Click here to find out what it is!
Mark Your Calendars for the Hexentanz

Grab your calendars or smartphones and save the date! Join us on April 29 for our first ever Hexentanz! This event will be both for kids and adults. More information coming soon.  
Lockdown FAQ

Soon we will begin practicing school-wide lockdown drills. Please refer to our Lockdown FAQ for more information.
Volleyball Registration Closes Tomorrow

Volleyball registration ends this Friday, February 5, at 3pm. Please register your student by that time so that coaches have an accurate headcount and can begin planning practices. 

Registration information and answers to other questions can be found here. For further questions, please contact Coach Kulhanek at [email protected].
Important Bus Update

Click here for an important bus update, including a new tool for communication around bus delays between the company and parents, as well as between families.  
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! *No previous judging experience required! 
TCGIS Family Ski Day at Trollhaugen - Last Chance!
Friday, February 12, 2016
 
Last chance to join in the fun! Come for a fun family ski day next Friday at Trollhaugen, 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. Registration deadline is FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 5.
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". This artwork is from Jasmine Freund (2c).

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)

Click here  for more information.
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.
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.
January Board Video and Notes

Missed the last board meeting? Get caught up with the video and/or the notes from the January board meeting.  
Dankeschön for Your shoes!

Thank you for all of your shoe donations! We recently donated 100 pairs of shoes to Good in the Hood. Click here for more information about the Good in the Hood organization.
GAI  
GAI Announcement
Study in Germany: Information Session
Thursday, February 25 at 7pm - Free and open to the public
 
Did you know that Americans can study at German universities without paying tuition? Have you started looking into university options but are confused by all of the rules and requirements? Learn more about applying to German undergraduate and advanced degree programs with Jay Malone, founder of Eight Hours and Change (EHC). Whether you're interested in their services or just want to learn more about the application process, join us for a short informational session and Q&A at the GAI.
 
Documentary Film Screening: Rotkohl und Blaukraut
Friday February 12, 7pm, film run time is 50 min - Free and Open to the Public
 
Join us for a screening of documentary Rotkohl und Blaukraut ("Turkish Kraut"). The film follows two families with German and Turkish backgrounds in Germany's Ruhr region, exploring the balance and connection between different cultures, religions, and traditions, as well as what it means to be German today. Click here to learn more.
PTO
Join Us for the February PTO Meeting
Tuesday, February 9, 6:30-8:00 pm at TCGIS in Room 100
 
The February PTO meeting will have a fun ice-breaker before committee reports and a draft budget revision vote for the 2015-16 school year. There will also be a call for officers for the 2016-17 school year.
 
To help us with meeting set-up, please register in advance if you plan to attend. If you need FREE PTO-sponsored child care during the meeting, you must register in advance.
 
Meeting Documents:
If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact PTO President Elizabeth Tobias at [email protected].