Elternbrief
Issue: 242                            
April 21, 2016 
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Administrative Information
The School Growth & Access Task Force - Still Looking for Members
 
The SGA Task Force was proposed at the board level to start looking into how the school has been growing, and how it might continue to grow. The group will be tasked with considering data and eventually even potential strategies for ensuring current and future TCGIS students have access to a quality education.

This work starts with collecting and compiling data, which may include past and present enrollment, past and present waitlists, demographics of past and present students, as well as other topics. From there, the group will work with the board to find out what information might be important for the future of TCGIS. Find out more in the SGA Task Force Charter.

Individuals with experience and interest in quantitative and/or qualitative data collection or analysis are preferred. The board would like to appoint members soon, so this important strategic work can begin. Please fill out this application , and return it to Hunter Goetzman or in the main office.
Call for Applications for TCGIS School Board
 
The TCGIS School Board is seeking individuals to serve the school community. This is a very exciting time to be on the board and our work can be a very rewarding experience. The work we do helps ensure that our school is able to provide a meaningful experience for our students.

We will be electing three board members this year to serve three year terms. We are seeking any interested person, especially those with experience in board governance, financial compliance, legal matters or education. Any TCGIS teacher, parent/guardian or community member unaffiliated with TCGIS is eligible to serve. 

If you are interested in serving, please fill out the attached application. If you would like to nominate someone to serve, please use the attached nomination form. More specific details are and applications are attached in the links below.

Important Dates
April 29: All nominations and applications due by 4:45 pm
May 12: Meet the Candidates Forum, 6:30-8:00 pm
May 15-20: Board elections, drop off all ballots by 4:45 pm on Friday, May 20

Call for Nominations (detailed version)
Board Elections FAQ 2016 (including detailed timeline)
Looking for Volunteers! 

We are looking for some parent volunteers (1-2 per day) to do supervision on the playground for our students in the morning before school! This would be from 7:30 - 8:15am. At 8:15 the kids head up to their classroom for Morgenkreis. Please sign up here if you're interested! If you're not already signed up to be a volunteer with TCGIS, please do so here.
Join Us for the K-8 Social Hour and Kaffeeklatsch!

Join us on Friday, April 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!   
May/June Order Window Closes Friday, April 22
 
This is a reminder that our order window is closing tomorrow, Friday 4/22. Please log on to our online store https://tcgis.orderlunches.com and place your child's Bus, Kinderclub and Lunch/Milk order for May and June. With only 6 school lunch days left in June, please ensure that you also order meals for the remaining days in June. Bus and Kinderclub orders can also be placed until the end of the school year.

**NEW to Order Lunches! You can now preorder yearbooks through Order Lunches! Yearbooks will be $15 and will be available in June. 

If you have not yet registered for a parent account yet, please use the school password TCGIS1 when you register.
Biohaus Informational Meeting

There will be a Biohaus information session for families of 6th graders i
n room 300 on Tuesday May 10 from 5:30-6:15. We will have a slideshow and answer questions you may have about the packing list, accommodations, pocket money, food, the science activities, etc. There will be hotdogs and fruit for 50¢ to benefit the General Scholarship Fund. The PTO Meeting will take place after at 6:30 in Room 100.
Rescheduled SEAC Meeting - Parent Feedback About Student Intervention

Join the TCGIS Special Education Advisory Committee for our rescheduled meeting  Monday, April 25 6:30-8:30pm Room 100. We will discuss the school's reading and math interventions for students, and provide parent feedback on how those interventions are working for your children. 
We WILL provide child care for $5/child, if there is enough interest.
Box Tops Popcorn Party!

Congratulations to Frau Krug's 1
st grade class for winning a Box Tops popcorn party! They 're the first class to collect 500 Box Tops and have our new popcorn machine brought to the classroom to celebrate.

Every class has a chance to win by working together to collect 500 Box Tops. So ask your friends and neighbors to save their Box Tops too and turn them in to win!
Information on MCA Testing

This month we have MCA testing. Michelle Wallace has written up some information regarding the testing. Please click here to read it. 
Take the "German for Parents" Class!
 
Join the German for Parents class to learn some German or brush up on what you already know! Beginners are welcome! There will be seven sessions on either Tuesdays from 6-7 pm or on Thursdays from 2-3pm, starting April 12 and 14 respectively. The class costs $50.

For more info and registration contact Herbert or Nancy Engelmayer at 651-773 9525 or [email protected]
Become a Host Family!

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 by April 30, 2016! We will contact all interested families in June regarding hosting an intern next school year.
Upcoming Blumenkranz Performances

After performing at the Immersion Festival at Minnetonka Highschool last weekend, the Blumenkranz dancers are gearing up to perform at Festival of Nations.

BK Sr. performs on Friday, May 6, at 11:00am & 1:00pm Belarusian dance (Kupalinka), at 11:20am & 1:20pm German dance (Bändertanz), at 11:40am & 1:40pm Austrian dance (Ländler & Tramplan-Polka) and Saturday, May 7 at 1:05pm German, at 1:25pm Austrian, at 1:45pm Belarusian

BK Jr. performs on Saturday, May 7 at 11:30am Belarusian dance (Kozachka), at 12:03pm German dance (Spinnradl), at 12:18pm Austrian dance (Sternpolka)
  
Join Blumenkranz at the EcoArts Fest at the Harriet Island, St. Paul on May 14, Saturday. The Parade is at 11:30am and Blumenkranz performance is scheduled at 12:35pm. 
PTO   
PTO Announcement 
 
Strudel and Plant Sale
The Spring Strudel and Plant Sale starts TODAY at 5pm! More information can be found here. You can access the auction website here.

PTO Retreat
PTO Afternoon Retreat, Sunday May 1, 20161-4 pm, at TCGIS
"The report of my death was an exaggeration." ~Mark Twain, 1897; TCGIS PTO, 2016

The 2015-16 school year has yielded an active PTO through auction fundraising, numerous community events, teacher appreciation activities, and grants to the school. Please join us at our annual half-day retreat to review our successes and challenges, and to look strategically at ways we can strengthen the PTO in the coming year.

The entire community is encouraged to join, whether active with the PTO in the past or just interested in learning more. Stay for part of the afternoon or longer. Childcare will be provided and there will be snacks and drinks on hand. Please sign up here.
 
PTO Meeting
Were you unable to make our April 12 meeting? Check out the approved Agenda for our next meeting and the approved March 8 MinutesOur next meeting will be May 10, from 6:30pm-8:00pm at TCGIS. Registration will open on April 28. Hope to see you there! 
GAI  
GAI Announcement
New Seasonal Community Choir: Liederkranz
Rehearsals held Tuesdays, May 17, 24, 31, and June 7
7-9pm at the GAI
The first performance will be at Deutsche Tage on Sunday, June 12.
 
This spring, we welcome conductor Dr. John Hoffacker, renown local vocal conductor for Chorus Polaris, as leader of the GAI's new German community mixed choir, Liederkranz. This choir welcomes all singers, from beginners to native speakers, and will help everyone learn to sing beautifully in German. Our goal is to have shorter rehearsal time frames so that busy professionals and families can participate, perform, and rehearse on a seasonal basis. This is also a great opportunity for German students to increase fluency and build their language skills.
 
Interested in joining? Dr. Hoffacker will be meeting with each new choir member prior to rehearsals to determine experience and which part/vocal range would be most comfortable for the singer. These meetings will be 10 minutes each and can be scheduled as an individual or as a family.
 
New singer meetings will be held Tuesday, May 10 between 7pm and 9pm as well as from 6pm-7pm before rehearsal on May 17. To schedule a meeting time, contact the GAI office at [email protected] or by calling 651-222-7027.