Elternbrief
Issue: 236                      
March 10, 2016 
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Administrative Information
Administrative Reminders

Please be reminded that next week, March 14-17 there are no after school activities. Additionally, please note that Wednesday, March 16, is an early release at 12:45pm, and that Friday, March 18, there is no school due to parent teacher conferences.
Parent Teacher Conferences - Sign Up Closes Monday at 8pm

Quickly approaching are the spring parent teacher conferences! These take place on Thursday, March 17 from 4:00-7:30pm and Friday, March 18 from 8:00am-3:30pm. The sign up for these conferences will close at 8:00pm on Monday, March 14. You will not be able to sign up for conferences after this time. The master password for this year is fruehling2016.

Before you log in, we suggest that you have the following information:
        1. A list of all the teachers you would like to see. The online conference system will not tell you the names of your children's teachers.  
        2. The times you would like to have conferences. The system will tell you the available slots for all teachers. If the teachers you wish to see are not available, contact them to schedule an alternative time for a conference.  

For further information, please find the attached parent letter, parent overview, and parent userguide.    
After School Activities Registration

Can you believe it? The final session of after school activities for the 2015-2016 school year is here! Please find the schedule and the course descriptions. Interested in signing up? Click here for the registration! If you are in need of a scholarship, please click here. Payment and registration materials are due Thursday, March 24. Please note that this is the day before Spring Break, and that after school activities begin the Monday we return to school (April 4).
TCGIS Library Dedication

On March 20 from 4-6 pm, TCGIS will dedicate the library in the name of Marcy Zachmeier-Ruh who, along with Mary-Fred Bausman-Watkins, founded the school in 2005. Marcy was passionate about immersion, German language and culture, and education in general. She worked hard to establish the TCGIS library collection and it is fitting that TCGIS name the library in her honor. Please RSVP here. This dedication will be held in the library and the foyer. 
Health Reminders from our School Nurse
 
There has been a high number of students in the health office in the past couple of weeks exhibiting a variety of symptoms including stomachaches, vomiting, headaches, sore throat, coughing, runny nose, and fever. Some of these students have been later diagnosed with strep, influenza, and some with viral infections.

Attached is some information about what to watch out for and ways to prevent strep throat, influenza, and respiratory infections. If your child is diagnosed with strep throat or influenza, please send info@tcgis.org an email letting us know, as we are required to report confirmed cases of influenza in the school. We also track these illnesses for our own purposes to alert families when their child may have been exposed to these illnesses in their classroom.
Special Eduction Workshop for Parents

Do you ever look at your child's IEP and wonder what the heck it all really means and how it helps your kid? But then, you don't even know enough to know which questions to ask and who can answer them? The SEAC has partnered with Great River School to bring the experts from PACER to TCGIS for a workshop to help you understand what all of those abbreviations, percentages, benchmarks and goals in your child's IEP actually mean.

The FREE two-hour workshop will allow you to look at your child's evaluation report and IEP, and see how the two work together to provide services to help your child succeed.
Join us Monday, March 14 from 6:30-8:30pm in the school cafeteria. Bring your child's latest evaluation report and IEP.

Please RSVP here so that we can tell PACER how many will attend.  
E-Registration for 2016-2017

Log on to the Powerschool Parent Portal to check out our new online student enrollment system, E-Registration. You can find this on the left-hand menu of the parent portal, and with it you can easily update any and all student information for your kids. Need some help? Look for someone from the office next week at parent teacher conferences if you have any questions.  
Volunteer with Interns and Host Families
 
Join Interns and host families on Saturday, March 12 from 6:45-9:00 PM packing food at Feed My Starving Children in Eagan. This is for anyone age 5 and up. Read more about FMSC hereIf interested, please contact Christine VeLure Roholt, cvelureroholt@tcgis.org. We hope you will join us!
Host an Intern!

Now is the time to apply to become a host family for the next school year. Options are available for short-term hosting, Fall semester, Spring semester or for full-year arrangements. Hosting a TCGIS intern from Germany, Austria or Switzerland can be a valuable experience for your family and expand the horizons of your children forever!  
Click here to find out more about our intern program! Have any questions? Contact Tina Haarbusch. Already sold and excited to host? Click here to sign up byApril 30, 2015!
Curriculum & Instruction Corner 
We are now introducing a new section to the Elternbrief called the Curriculum and Instruction Corner! To read comments from Mike Mullins regarding looping, please click here.  
PTO
PTO Announcements

Davanni's Pizza Night
Don't forget! The Spring TCGIS Davanni's Pizza Night will be this Tuesday, March 15 at the 
Roseville location (1905 Perimeter Drive, just west of Rosedale). A red flier for the event, which ensures your purchase benefits TCGIS, will be sent home soon. (IMPORTANT: Please make sure to bring the flier with you, as the Roseville location does not allow the PTO to hand out fliers during the event.) A portion of your eat-in or carry-out purchase benefits TCGIS! Hope to see you there!
 
Teacher Appreciation Committee Needs Your Help! 
The Teacher Appreciation Committee needs help with pizza for the teachers at this upcoming conferences, Thursday March 17th. Please contact Cindy Miller (cynmillbea@hotmail.com) if you are able to help. 
 
Meeting Agenda and Minutes
Were you unable to make last night's PTO meeting? You can view the approved agenda and February's minutes. Our next meeting will be April 12, from 6:30pm-8:00pm. Registration will open on March 31st. Hope to see you there!

GAI  
GAI Announcement

Pysanky:
Eastern European Egg Decorating 
Saturday, March 12 from 2-5pm, $20 GAI members; $25 non-members - Recommended ages 14+

Just in time for Easter, come to the GAI for this interactive workshop on the art of Pysanky. 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, 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 www.gai-mn.org/pysanky.
 
Pork Roast & Sauerkraut Dinner
Saturday, March 19 - $15 for Adults, $12 for Seniors, $6 for Children
1st Seating 4:30pm-5:30pm; 2nd Seating 6:30pm-7:30pm
 
Come celebrate one of our longest standing traditions, our annual Pork Roast & Sauerkraut Dinner!  Enjoy family-sized portions of pork and as much of our secret-recipe sauerkraut as you can eat. You'll want to break out your Dirndl and Lederhosen for this event and bring the family to listen to the musical stylings of Dale Grove on accordion and shop vendors on the second floor. Register today at www.gai-mn.org/sauerkraut or by calling 651-222-7027.


Easter Egg Hunt 
Join the Kinderstube and the GAI for our Easter egg hunt! Some eggs will be hidden in the small playground at 11:30 (for children 3 and under) and also on the GAI lawn (for children 4-7) at 11:45. Some will contain candy, and some will contain tokens with which the kids may purchase a fun item from the "Osterladen" (Easter Store) in the upstairs Ballroom of the GAI.

Families can also enjoy watercolor egg painting activities in the Ratskeller. The cost is $10 per child and all proceeds from this event will benefit the Kinderstube program. We invite you to start your Saturday morning with a German Breakfast at "Kaffeestube" (8:30 - 11:00AM) in the GAI main house! We hope you can join!