Elternbrief
Issue: 232                  
February 11, 2016 
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Administrative Information
Reminder: President's Day Weekend & Early Release

This is a friendly reminder that there is no school this Friday, February 12 or Monday, February 15. Additionally, Wednesday, February 17, is an early release Wednesday and school gets out at 12:45pm.
Help the Board with the Vision and Mission Statements
 
The School Board is revisiting the vision and mission statements. They are inviting all stakeholders including students, staff, parents and partners to give input via community gatherings, online surveys or small group gatherings.

Please join us for one of the following meetings: 

Friday, February 19, 1:30-3:00  (TCGIS)
Sunday, February 21, 3:00-4:30 (Franklin Library, 1314 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55404) 
Carnival of Cultures Next Friday, February 19!

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 info and here to see Valentin's website.
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 at the Germanic American Institute! This event will be both for kids and adults. More information coming soon.  
March Order Window Opens Saturday, February 13

Log on to our online store https://tcgis.orderlunches.com and place your child's Bus, Kinderclub and Lunch/Milk order starting 02/13/16. All orders are due on Friday, February 19th. 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].
Cold Day Recess - A New Procedure
 
We're all hoping the coldest days are behind us!...but, just in case, we are implementing a new policy regarding recess and exceptionally cold weather.
 
Currently: We follow the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) guidelines for safe exposure to the cold based on temperature, windchill, and duration of exposure. Recess lasts 30 minutes; if NOAA says 35 min. of exposure is unsafe based on current conditions, we cancel recess (leaving us a 5-minute safety buffer).
 
In the future: We will follow the same NOAA recommendations, but based on 20 min. of exposure time (instead of 35). When a 20 min. exposure is considered safe, we will send students outside for a shortened, 15 min. recess.
 
In this way, we plan to keep our students safe and warm while providing them as many opportunities as possible to get fresh air and exercise.
Join Our Hamline Midway - Family Get-Together

Come meet your fellow TCGIS families and neighbors in the Community Room (downstairs) at the Hamline Midway Library on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2:30-4:30 pm. Cookies and juice will be served. Please spread the word! Questions? Contact Astrid Knott Johnson or Maureen Carlyle. Click image to enlarge.
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! 
Girl Scout Cookies Available Soon

TCGIS Girl Scouts are selling cookies! Look for times and dates when they will be in the atrium after school during the next few weeks. 
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.
 
Pysanky:
Eastern European Egg Decorating 
Saturday, March 12 from 2-5pm, $20 GAI members; $25 non-members
Pre-registration required
- Recommended ages 14+ 

Learn about traditional motifs, coloring, and patterns, used for centuries throughout Central and Eastern Europe. Participants will learn how to apply wax using traditional tools, to dye eggs in a succession of colors to create multi-colored eggs, and how to remove wax to reveal the final colors. While this craft may be more difficult for little Kinder, it's a great activity to bond with your artistic teen or with a group of friends. Register online at ww.gai-mn.org/pysanky.

PTO
Upcoming PTO Events

3/8 - PTO Meeting, 6:30-8pm, Room 100 (Please enter through Staff Door)
3/15 - Davanni's Night, 4pm-8pm, Roseville Location
4/29 - Kaffeklatsch, 8:30am, school lobby after open classroom time.
 
We hope to see you there!