Elternbrief
Issue: 233                   
February 18, 2016 
In This Issue

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 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
Sibling Kindergarten Enrollment for 2016-2017

Last week we held our lottery for next year's incoming Kindergarteners and got to make some families very happy! Please note that all siblings that applied for Kindergarten are automatically in. We are looking forward to the next year! 
Help the Board with the Vision and Mission Statements

The School Board is revisiting TCGIS's values, mission and vision. 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
 
 
If you can not attend an in-person gathering, please complete the  TCGIS Values, Mission, and Vision survey by Thursday, February 25.
 
Your input is valuable! The Board thanks you for sharing your voice.
Kinderclub Reminder:  Dependent Care Receipts for 2015 Taxes

 Did you pay the GAI and/or TCGIS tuition for Kinderclub care in 2015? Click here to find out who to contact to receive all the information you need before filing your taxes.
 
Carnival of Cultures Tomorrow!

It's that time of the year again! The carnival season is coming and we will celebrate our annual Carnival of Cultures tomorrow! 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.
Reminder: March Order Window Closes Friday, 2/19

Log onto our online store https://tcgis.orderlunches.com now and place your child's Bus, Kinderclub and Lunch/Milk order for March. All orders are due tomorrow, 02/19/16.
If you have not yet registered for a parent account, please use the password TCGIS1 when you register.
TCGIS Special Education Advisory Committee
 
Join us Monday, Feb. 22 from 6:30-8:30pm for our monthly Special Education Advisory Committee meeting. This month, we will discuss the Special Education Survey sent out to parents, and have some time for Q&A. Please RSVP  here or to [email protected].
Reminder: Join Our Hamline Midway - Family Get-Together on February 20

Join us this Saturday at the Hamline Midway Library (2:30-4:30 pm) and meet other Hamline/Midway TCGIS families. Please spread the word. Questions? Contact Astrid Knott Johnson or Maureen Carlyle. Click image to enlarge.
Take Good Care of our TCGIS Interns!

We are so grateful for our interns and all that they do to support our students and teachers. To show our appreciation, we have weekly snacks for them and a monthly intern breakfast, which serves as both professional development and a time for the whole group to enjoy some delicious food together! Interested in dropping off some snacks on a Monday to fuel our interns for the week? Click here to read more and sign up. Feeling like baking some muffins or an egg bake for an intern breakfast? Click here to sign up! Thank you so much for your support! 
 
Marker Recycling

All around TCGIS students and teachers are collecting used markers that are ready to be discarded. The markers will be sent to a facility where they will be converted into clean fuel. This fuel can be used to power vehicles, heat homes, cook meals and more!  Please help support our efforts by sending your kids in with any used markers you may have around the house.  A drop-off box is located in the main office.  In addition, a drop-off box will be present in the cafeteria during the Carnival of Cultures. Thank you in advance for participating!
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.  
GAI  
GAI Announcement
Pork Roast & Sauerkraut Dinner: Now on a Saturday!
Saturday, March 19
$15 for Adults, $12 for Seniors, $6 for Children
1st Seating 4:30pm-5:30pm; 2nd Seating 6:30pm-7:30pm

This year, our Pork Roast & Sauerkraut Dinner moves to Saturday evening, with an Early Bird seating at 4:30pm and a second seating at 6:30pm. Enjoy family-size portions of pork and as much of our secret-recipe sauerkraut as you can eat,
listen to the musical stylings of Dale Grove, and shop from German vendors and community partners.  Last year we sold out before the event. Reserve your spot now by clicking here.
 
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.

PTO
Upcoming PTO Events

3/8 - PTO Meeting, 6:30-8pm, Room 100 (Registration will be in next Elternbrief)
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!