Issue: 269                               
December 1, 2016 
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TCGIS Online Calendar

Upcoming Dates

Dec. 13: PTO Meeting

Dec. 14: Early Release Wednesday

Dec. 14: Registration for After School Activities Opens

Dec. 15: School Board Meeting

Dec. 16: Session One of After School Activities Ends

Dec. 19 - Jan. 2: Winter Break

Jan. 9: Session Two of After School Activities Begins

Jan. 13-16: No School

Jan. 18: Early Release Wednesday

Jan. 26: School Board Meeting

Jan. 27: K-8 Morning Circle & Kaffeeklatsh

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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
Student Arrival Reminders

Students are expected to be in classrooms, prepared to learn promptly at  8:15am each morning. We ask that you make sure students arrive no later than  8:10am, to give adequate time for students to get to class and prepare for the day. 

Students arriving after  8:10am will need to enter the Main Entrance on the East side of the school. Students in grades K-4 who arrive late for school must be signed in by a parent or responsible adult; students in grades  5-8 may sign themselves in if they arrive late for school.

You can find more information on student arrival expectations in the  2016-17 TCGIS Family Handbook or in the  Attendance Procedures.
Vision and Hearing Screenings

Vision and Hearing Screenings for all TCGIS  first graders, third graders, and fifth graders will take place on  December 6th and December 7, 2016 by Sight and Hearing Association. We have worked with this organization in the past and have been very pleased with their services. You can learn more about the organization  HERE.

If you have any questions about these screenings, you can contact Gael Braddock at  gbraddock@tcgis.org.
Visit the European Christmas Market

The European Christmas Market is here! Head over to the Union Depot December 1-4 and December 8-11. Head over to Burbach's European Pancakes (run by a TCGIS family) for  Potato Pancakes, Jägerschnitzel, Aki's Pretzels and Hot Apple Cider.  10% of what is made on  Thursday, December  8, will go to the Intern Program at TCGIS. 

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Annual TCGIS Winter Market/Entrepreneurs' Day
December 15, 2016

It's winter time again so mark your calendars for the annual Winter Market / Entrepreneurs' Day!  On  Thursday, December 15, our  5th and 6th graders will open their stores to other classes and the public - you! The market (including a food court) will be hosted in rooms 316, 318, and 319 and opens at 2pm. 

The idea of the project was to have kids understand how the business world works. 
After talking about markets, brands, pricing, advertisement, etc., we are now reaching a point where it's time to put our knowledge into practice. 

More information will be provided in the next Elternbrief.   We look forward to your visit!
Help with the PTO Potluck for Teachers & Staff!

You can be a part of sending off our 79 lovely TCGIS staff members to winter break with a smile and a full stomach. The PTO-sponsored annual potluck lunch is on Tuesday, December 13. Please use this link to sign up for an item to bring and/or a task to do. If you have questions, please contact Karin Stiles at kkstiles@gmail.com.
Mark Your Calendars for Carnival of Cultures!
February 22, 2017

This year our students will be sharing their work in a two-part program on the evening of  Wednesday February 22nd. Keep your eyes peeled for more details in the coming months. We are looking forward to seeing the whole TCGIS community come together!
Maskenball is February 4 at the University Club

Would you like to make sure a teacher can go? We are collecting nominations. What teacher would you nominate to win a FREE ticket to Maskenball? Click here to enter your deserving teacher. Nominations are due December 5. 
PTO Rummage Sale Fundraiser

The TCGIS PTO is planning a spring rummage sale and donations are needed!
We are looking for gently used items so let's get those garages, closets and drawers cleaned out! If you are going through your kids' outgrown summer clothes, they will be especially useful. We are accepting all types of items- clothing, toys, books, baby items, household items, sporting goods, etc. It's not too early to donate.

Donations can be dropped off at TCGIS any time during school hours.
PLEASE HELP US spread the word about our rummage sale. Ask friends, family, and neighbors if they have any items for donation, too!

Kindergarten Winter Concert

Who: All Kindergarten classes
When: Friday December, 9
Time: 2:00-3:00pm

All family members are invited to come and listen to your Kindergarten child. Refreshments and cookies will be in the Kindergarten classrooms afterwards.
Call for Substitute Teachers

TCGIS still has need for substitute Teachers and Educational Associates! If you or someone you know might be interested in this opportunity, please contact Gael Braddock at  gbraddock@tcgis.org .
Winter Clothing Drive

Service Learning, a Student Life group that's mission is to help our community and world become a better place, would like to inform you that we are having a winter clothing drive. While you are going through your winter clothing please donate any winter items you won't be needing any longer to the boxes located around the school building labeled Winter Clothing Drive. We will be donating the clothing to a homeless shelter in St. Paul called the Catholics Charities Dorothy Day Center. We will be accepting clothing until December 16.
PTO Announcements

Click here to find out more about these upcoming events:
  • Volunteers needed for the staff holiday potluck lunch Dec. 13
  • PTO meeting, Dec. 13, 6:30-8:15
  • Maskenball, Feb. 4, University Club


GAI Announcements

THIS WEEKEND: Holiday Open Haus
Saturday, December 3, 11am-5pm, 
Sunday,  December 4, 11am-3pm 
Free and open to the public
Enjoy the feel of a European market with all the comforts of the GAI Haus. We will feature local vendors selling German Christmas gift items, model trains, festive food and drink featuring Glühwein, Flammkuchen, Lebkuchen, and more! Come on Saturday for shopping and afternoon Christmas Trivia in the Ratskeller or bring the Kinder  on Sunday to visit with St. Nikolaus and make your own authentic tree ornament. More details at www.gai-mn.org