Issue: 295                           
 August 17, 2017 
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Welcome to our New Teachers!

Please click HERE to learn more about the new teachers we are welcoming to TCGIS this year!
Join Us for Open House

Join us on August 24 from 6:30-8:00pm for our Open House. Students and parents will have a chance to meet their teachers, drop off school supplies, and ask administrators any questions you may have about the upcoming school year. We look forward to seeing you there!
Student Medication Authorization for 2017-18

If your student(s) will need to take medication in the 2017-18 school year, pleas be sure to:
  • Review the Medication information on page 16 of the  2017-18 Family Handbook
  • Complete the Medication Authorization Form (also available in the Front Office)
  • Bring student medication and Medication Authorization Form to TCGIS Open House on August 24, 2017.
If you have questions or need to make alternate arrangements to drop off completed Forms and/or medication, please contact our Health Service Associate, Jennifer Lehnen at  jlehnen@tcgis.org.

School staff cannot provide medication to students without a 2017-18 Medication Authorization Form on file!
Class Lists 

By now all families have been notified of their homeroom teachers. This information was sent out this morning via email. If you for some reason did not receive this email, please contact us at info@tcgis.org. We hope you're excited to meet your new teachers at the Open House!
2017-18 Bussing & Kinderclub Update: Next Steps for Registered Families

Thank you to families who have registered for Bussing and/or Kinderclub in the 2017-18 school year! For registered families, be sure to take the following steps to complete your registration:
  1. Order your monthly services through Boonli, our new online order system between August 4th, 2017 and August 18, 2017! More information on Boonli can be found here.
  2. Review, sign, and return the School Bus Behavior Agreement and/or the Kinderclub Behavior Agreement to the Front Office by September 1, 2017. Hard copies are available for pick up in the TCGIS Front Office, and will also be available at the TCGIS Open House on August 24th, 2017.
  3. Review the 2017-18 Bussing Handbook and/or the 2017-18 Kinderclub Handbook
  4. For students in Grades K-4 who are bussing, be sure to stop by the Transportation & Kinderclub Table at the TCGIS Open House on August 24th to pick up a color-coded bus tag. We will be using the color-coded tags this year to assist our staff and the bus drivers in making sure our youngest students board the correct bus (further instructions will be provided when you pick up your tag!)
We are currently working with JME, our transportation company, to provide bus stop times. We will send individual emails to each registered family as soon as stop times are finalized.
Reminder: Order window for School Lunches/Milk, Bus Seats and Kinderclub Care is OPEN!

Please log on to our online store website  Boonli now and place your child(ren)'s Bus, Kinderclub and School Lunch/Milk order for August & September.
All orders are due by Midnight on Friday, August 18 .

If your family is new to our online store, please click here  for more information on the Boonli website, how to "Register" for an account and how to navigate the site. Please note the school password needed during the registration process is  TCGIS1.

If you are a returning family, please use the same username/password information that you have used with your  orderlunches account. If you need assistance with your account login, please email us at  ordering@tcgis.org.
2nd Annual Alumni Picnic on August 15 

It was so much fun getting together for our 2nd Annual Alumni Picnic on the beautiful lawn of the GAI hosted by Mary Fred Bausman Watkins (Founder of TCGIS) and Chris Weimholt (Long-time parent). There were many families, former students & teachers, great food plus perfect weather! We had the best time celebrating our TCGIS community.

Attention Kindergarten through Sixth Grade TCGIS Girls:

Troop 57317 is Girl Scout Troop made up of students from TCGIS. Currently, we have Daisies (kindergarteners & first graders), Brownies (second & third graders), Juniors (fourth & fifth graders), and Cadettes (sixth graders). 

If you are interested in finding out more about our troop, registering your daughter(s), and/or volunteering to help with our troop, visit www.troop57317.wordpress.com or stop by our table at Open House next Thursday.
Reminder: Return Those Library Books!

Don't forget to return all library items on Open House night (August 24). Thank you to media specialist Sarah Dye and volunteers for opening the library over the summer!
Band at TCGIS

For information on joining the TCGIS Band Program, please click here
EVERYONE should read the "welcome to the new school year" letter, and NEW students should contact Krista Johnson at  monk2miles@gmail.com, if you haven't already!
News from the TCGIS Lunchroom

With the 1st day of school just around the corner, the TCGIS Lunch Program has been busy getting ready for the first school lunch & milk order! Just like last school year, ordering takes place on a monthly basis through our online store  Boonli.com, formerly known as Orderlunches.com. 

We are pleased to have Lancer Dining Services continue to provide healthy meals to the TCGIS students. Please take a moment to read this Welcome Letter from the TCGIS Lunch Program team with important information and/or changes to the Lunch Program for 2017-2018. We appreciate your support, and look forward to another year of serving meals to our students!
Application for Educational Benefits 2017/18 (Free/Reduced Lunch Program)

For information on the Free/Reduced School Lunch Program, please review the following links:  information letter, application form, and  instructionsApplications can be submitted at any time during the school year, however to receive free/reduced school lunches for the 1st day of school, we would like to ask you to submit your application form no later than  August 15, 2017 .

If you have any questions or need help, please don't hesitate to  email us at  lunch@tcgis.org  or call  (651)-492-7106.
Supply Lists 

Please click here for the supply lists for the 2017-2018!
PTO Announcements
PTO Announcements

Volunteer:  We are hoping that every family at TCGIS will find ONE thing to help with this year.  One event/ item/ outing/ fundraiser to volunteer for in order to ensure that the work of the PTO can continue. Check out all the options here

What's happening in the PTO this year? Find out information on PTO events, changes to our PTO meetings, and add us to your calendar.

Ice Cream Social: Don't forget to pick up your ice cream sandwich or popsicle at open house  on Thursday, August 24!

GAI Announcements
GAI Announcements

Science Ice Cream Social - with the Science Museum of Minnesota and Sweet Science Ice Cream; Sunday, Aug. 20, 1pm to 3pm
Come for a family friendly science day and ice cream social on our beautiful grounds. Kinds can enjoy hands-on science experiments provided by the Science Museum of Minnesota and learn about the Science behind Pixar. Families can cool off with delicious, lab-crafted ice cream sold by Sweet Science Ice Cream, Kaffee und Kuchen by the GAI, or play lawn games in the shade around our patio. Admission is free for this fun and relaxed gathering, closing out the summer season at the GAI.
Sommerschule for Teens - Monday, Aug. 21 to Friday, Aug. 25, 2017; 9am to noon
This intensive week-long program is for students who want to sharpen and improve their German skills over the Summer. This class is designed for students who have completed at least 3 semesters of German or more. (Course materials will be A2 level). The course will focus on grammar, vocabulary and speaking skills - topics will include 'Sport & Spass'; 'Feiern & Ferien'; 'Familie & Geschwister' and more. Class materials include Kursbuch, Arbeitsbuch, und Glossar.

Fall Registration now open for adult classes and Samstagsschule for Kids & Teens!