Issue: 334                          
August 2, 2018 
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Updates from the Board

If you missed last week's message from the Board about the TCGIS building project, please click here to read it! 

The Board has also put together a document outlining the rationale it used in deciding to remain at our Como Ave Campus. These common points will ensure that we all - parents, guardians, teachers and staff - are consistent in how we discuss the rationale for staying at our Como Avenue location.  Please click here to read it.  
2018-19  Bus Registration

Missed the deadline to submit your registration for school bus? You have one more chance! Please complete  this survey to register for busing 
no later than Wednesday, August 8, 2018.

Bussing Information
TCGIS contracts with JME Transportation to provide busing service for students who require it as a primary mode of transportation to and from school. We do not offer door-to-door service, but rather use shared stops at centralized locations. We generally expect that families who register for busing regularly utilize the bus at least three days per week. Please contact Maja Reyes ( mreyes@tcgis.org) if your family has a situation that requires exception to this expectation.

click here    to view preliminary  bus  stops & times and here to view a google map of our bus routes. Important: preliminary bus stops and times are subject to change pending finalized student registration for bus service.
It's Time to Start Ordering  School Lunches/Milk and Kinderclub Care!

Please log on to our online store website  Boonli and place your child(ren)'s Kinderclub and School Lunch/Milk order for August & September.
All orders are due by Midnight on Wednesday, August 15th.

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 last school year. If you need assistance with your account login, please email us at  ordering@tcgis.org.

Please note: School bus seats no longer have to be ordered in Boonli. More information will follow within the next weeks. 
TCGIS Alumni Picnic

Please join us for the 3rd Annual TCGIS Alumni Reunion!  
When:  Tuesday, August 14th from 5 - 8pm
All former students, families, staff, and friends of TCGIS welcome. 
This is a potluck, so please bring something to share and your own plates and silverware.
For questions, please contact  info@tcgis.org.
Summer Library Hours

Students and their parents/guardians are welcome to stop by the school this summer for summer library hours!
  • Thursday, August 9  11:00am - 1:00pm
Please note that students must be accompanied by an adult and will need to stay in the library during these times. We hope to see you!
News from the TCGIS Lunch Room

We are pleased to have Lancer Dining Services continue to provide healthy meals to TCGIS students. Please take a moment to read this Welcome Letter from the TCGIS Food Service team. It contains important information and/or changes to the Lunch Program for 2018-2019. We appreciate your support, and look forward to another year of serving meals to our students!
Facilities Committee 

Thank you to everyone who completed the building project survey and took the time to learn about the building project. The board appreciates your candid responses. To stay up-to-date on the building project, please visit  www.tcgisbuildingproject.org. There is a NEWS tab that will feature blog-style updates as information changes.

In case you missed it, the school board voted to replace the Aula with a new gym, cafeteria and add the additional classrooms and small room spaces needed at TCGIS. Thousands of volunteer hours went into this decision. Thank you to all parents who volunteer their time at TCGIS.

The facility committee generally meets the 2nd  Tuesday of every month at  6:00 PM in Room 99. There will NOT be an August meeting.
TCGIS Seeking Substitute Teachers

We are seeking substitute teachers for the 2018-19 school year!

Substitute teaching is a great way to connect with the TCGIS community, utilize or build German speaking skills, and make a valuable contribution to our students' learning.

If you are interested in applying for the position, please send a letter of interest, a current resume, and two letters of recommendation to Gael Braddock ( gbraddock@tcgis.org).

Substitute teaching requires a Short Call Substitute License through Minnesota Department of Education. If you do not currently have this license, you can find more information on obtaining the license  HERE.
School Supplies 2018-19

Please click here for the 2018-19 supply lists. Any questions? Please email info@tcgis.org.at   info@tcgis.org
Summer Playdates - Let's Get Together this Summer!

Join other TCGIS families for some playtime with friends at a variety of local parks. N o RSVP needed!

Mark your calendars:
  • August 17 6pm-8pm TCGIS playground - 1031 Como Ave, St Paul
  • August 22 9am-11am Mendakota Community Park - 2171 Dodd Rd, Mendota Heights
*Siblings are always welcome!
Contact Becky Deimel with any questions at rebeccadeimel@yahoo.com
Mom of Wyatt (4th) and Bennett (2 nd )
Join Us for the Twin Cities Oktoberfest 5K!

Bring your Lederhosen and Dirndls! Welcome to the Twin Cities Oktoberfest 5K Fun Run Walk! The event will be held around Como Lake. After the race, head on over to Gabe's by the Park to celebrate Oktoberfest 2018. A beer or non-alcoholic drink ticket is included with race entry! Come dressed in your Oktoberfest best if you'd like! Proceeds from the race will benefit the Twin Cities German Immersion School. Click here to register today!
PTO Announcements
Back to School Night volunteers needed!  August 23 at 6:30pm. Help pass out popcorn and cotton candy to new and returning families! Please email  tcgispto@gmail.com to sign up.

Oktoberfest Fun RunSunday, September 30. All proceeds made from this event will go directly to money for the new school locks. More info and registration here!

JOIN US - We are looking for more hands and hearts to make our year go even better than last! If you want to support our school and staff, WE NEED YoU! Email us at  tcgispto@gmail.com.

Follow our Page on Facebook: Twin Cities German Immersion School PTO
Instagram: germanschoolPTO

GAI Announcements
Kindergarten Camp - Kids Safari!
Aug 6-10 and Aug 13-17,  FOR ALL incoming Kindergarteners 

This camp will prepare kids to enter Kindergarten. Discover the natural world auf Deutsch with hands-on activities, crafts, songs and indoor / outdoor play while learning basic German words and vocabulary. Click here for more information!