Issue: 309                           
December 14, 2017 
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Dec. 14: Registration for After School Activities Closes

Dec. 15: Session I of After School Activities Closes

Dec. 20: Early Release

Dec. 21 Jan. 2: Winter Break - NO SCHOOL

Jan. 8: After School Activities Begin

Jan. 15: Martin Luther King Jr. Day - NO SCHOOL

Jan. 26: Teacher Grading Day - NO SCHOOL
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Administrative Information
Early Release Wednesday & Office Closed for Winter Break

This is a reminder that next Wednesday, December 20, is an early release Wednesday and school lets out at 12:45pm. **There are NO after school activities all week next week**

Please note that our office will be closed for Winter Break starting next Thursday, December 21 through Tuesday, January 2. Kinderclub is open December 21 & 22, but our office is not. 

Have a safe and refreshing Winter Break, and we'll see you in 2018!
Final Chance to Register for After School Activities

This is your last chance to register for the winter session of after school activities. Please hand in your registraiton forms AND payment by the end of the day Friday, December 15. No late registrations will be accepted. 

**Programming for Kids and Basketball Skills Clinic classes are FULL**
Order Window for School Lunches/Milk, Bus Seat and Kinderclub opening Thursday, December 14!

Please log on to our online store website  Boonli starting today,  Thursday, 12/14, to place your child(ren)'s Bus, Kinderclub and School Lunch/Milk order for  JanuaryAll orders are due by midnight on Friday, December 22.

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 need assistance with your existing account login, please email us at  ordering@tcgis.org.
Pick Up and Drop Off Safety Concerns

Please read the following reminders about pick up and drop off below. In our second month of school. Our children's safety in this process depends on everyone's efforts to achieve a smooth pick up and drop off. 
  • Slow down
  • Be aware of school busses that may be picking up/dropping off kids from our neighborhood from other schools. Please follow all appropriate guidelines (ie: MN law requires drivers to stop least 20 feet from a school bus that is displaying its flashing lights and stop arm. This applies to drivers behind and approaching from the opposite direction).
  • Please do not park in the carpool lane. If you need to exit your car to pick up your child, please park elsewhere. Parked cars are confusing to other drivers, hold up general traffic, and contribute to a less organized and less safe pick up procedure. 
  • Remember to pull forward
If grandparents or other adults are picking up your child/ren, please share this information with them as well so that ALL adults picking up and dropping off are aware of our procedures. 
Middle School National Geographic Bee

On Monday, the finalists from each middle school class competed in the National Geographic Bee. In the final round, the nine finalists were narrowed down from two, who moved on to the championship round.
Our nine finalists were:

5A: Lene Jones
5B: Jaya Zeitler
5C: Amir Dahm
6A: John Tuite
6B: Gustave Beaton
7A: Noemi Lange
7B: André Schrick
8A: Marcus Winkler
8B: Grace Philippon

Third place went to Jaya Zeitler (5B), and after competing in the championship round, André Schrick (7B) achieved second place.

The 2017 TCGIS Champion is John Tuite (6A), who will take the qualifying test in January for the Minnesota State National Geographic Bee. Congratulations to all finalists!
Pick Up Your Spiritwear!

The new spiritwear orders have arrived! Please swing by the office to grab your garb!
Executive Committee Meeting Change

On November 30, 2017, the TCGIS School Board voted to change the Executive Committee Meeting scheduled for  December 19, 2017  to a full Board Meeting. The meeting will take place in Room 100 of the Twin Cities German Immersion School. As always, the Meeting will be open to the public, and all are welcome to attend!
Lost and Found to be Donated

All lost and found items will be donated during Winter Break. Please stop by between now and December 20 to look for any lost items.
Host an Intern - We NEED 30 Host Families for Next Year!

Now is the time to apply to become a host family for the next school year. Options are available for fall semester & spring semester hosting 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  February 1, 2018
Awards Ceremony ZfA Kreativ-Wettbewerb

Last Friday, December 1st, 2017 the students of the 8th grade and Frau Simon had an award ceremony for their contributions to the yearly happening ZfA Kreativ-Wettbewerb (Creativity Competition). All the former 7th graders participated last spring and could either write a story or produce a short video clip around the topic "Deutsch - Vielfalt und Veränderung" (German - Diversity and Change). Three teams (Grace Philippon, Sylvia Metcalfe, Anders Vevang and Lily Hamacher; Izzy Lauer, Abby Wick and Camryn Nagel; Aislin Hammel & Bea Clark (not in the picture) achieved the 3rd place in the group competition and were rewarded with gift cards from amazon with $25-50 per student. Please congratulate and celebrate!

Brr...It's Cold Outside!

Winter has arrived! Each student must have these 5 (five) items to enjoy warm outdoor play.
  1. Boots
  2. Snowpants
  3. Jacket
  4. Hat
  5. Gloves/mittens
All students go outside (barring health concerns) for recess. We use the NWS chart in the link below to determine whether students are outside or inside for recess. Feel free to read our  Cold Weather Recess, Cancellation Policy, including tips for staying warm outdoors.

Please make sure your student has these items so they can stay warm and dry outside. 
Dirndl Dienstag Tuesday, December 19

Do you have a  Dirndl  or other  Tracht  hanging around in your closet? Put it to good use on Tuesday, December 19th, for Dirndl Dienstag! If you don't have a Dirndl or other Tracht, feel free to wear something else that represents Germany/Austria/Switzerland - a t-shirt, your favorite German/Austrian/Swiss soccer jersey, or get creative in your outfit with the flag colors (red/white or black/red/gold).
FireBears Robotics Visit

Roseville Area High School's FireBears robotics team visited TCGIS on December 11th. Several FireBears team members, including alumni Erik, Robert, and Lexie Rauer, presented to a group of TCGIS middle-schoolers. They explained the robot's design, demonstrated how the robot worked, and even let students drive the robot with the joystick around room 100! The robot they showed us weighs close to 120 pounds and can climb a rope.

We wish the FireBears luck on this season's challenge and are grateful for their visit!
PTO Announcements
PTO Announcements

German Movie Night
December 15 at 6:00pm. Watch  Kevin-Allein zu Haus (Home Alone) in German in the Aula starting at  6:30.  $2 per person, this is not a student drop off event.  BYO chairs & concessions will be available for purchase. 

Staff Appreciation Holiday Brunch
December 15 - please email  Clare Roney if you would like to help!

Urban Forage Winery Outings 
Join other parents in your grade this January. Check out the  PTO calendar to find your class date. 

Find more info in the PTO December newsletter.
GAI Announcements
GAI Announcements

Click HERE for more information about Adult Classes
Click HERE for Samstagsschule for Kids & Teens.

TEEN TREFF is for High School students with a high level of proficiency & fluency, students who have lived in a German speaking country, or graduated from TCGIS.
The class will focus on teen topics & themes but also include grammar and vocabulary review. Goal is to maintain fluency and skills with limited assignments & homework. 
Class meets bi-weekly on Saturday morning for 10 weeks. CLASS WILL BE CONDUCTED ENTIRELY IN GERMAN.
TEEN TREFF meets January 13 from 10:30am to noon at the GAI and ends May 19
Course is 10 bi-weekly sessions - $175.00 GAI members / $195.00 non-members. 
Register online at Spring-2018-Samstagsschule, or call the office or stop by in person!

Come to the Haus to check out the Jacob Schmidt Brewery exhibit in the 2nd floor gallery and join us for a  Talk about Beer: The History of Jacob Schmidt Brewery on January 13 at 5 p.m.