Issue: 308                           
December 7, 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
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. 
Register for Winter After School Activities!

Registration for the winter session of after school activities is now open! Please find the attached activity schedule descriptions of activities, and registration form. If you are in need of a scholarship, please click here.

All registration forms are due with payment by December 14. Please note that no late registrations will be accepted, nor will registration be accepted without payment (cash or check). Class size is limited and participation is on a first-come, first-served basis. Due to winter break ALL registration forms are due BY December 14.

**The Friday afternoon Programming for Kids class is FULL**
Spiritwear Pick Up Starting Monday, December 11

The new spiritwear orders have arrived! They will be ready for pick up starting Monday, December 11. Please swing by the office sometime next week to grab your garb!
Join Us for the TCGIS Wintermarkt

Then you should join us for our student-run TCGIS  Winter  Market on  Thursday, December 14, from  2:30-4:00pm (you read that right,  4pm!).

Please bring cash with you. We'll have 3 banks open (one in the foyer and two on the Middle School floor, run by adults) where you'll be able to exchange real money into tickets. You can donate unused tickets or exchange them back into USD afterwards. 

Each class gets to decide what to do with their profit, whether to use it for a fun class activity or donate it.  The money initially invested into the business will be reimbursed to the young  entrepreneurs  afterwards .

**Please avoid parking on Van Slyke, and please keep the carpool lane on Como Ave. open as well. Thanks for your cooperation with this!
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
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. 
Influenza Information

If your child experiences any respiratory flu-like symptoms such as  chills, body aches, fever, and headache,   as described here, please notify TCGIS at  info@tcgis.org since we are required to report confirmed cases to the state. Other symptoms that may be present are  cough, runny or stuffy nose, and sore throat.

A child who has had flu symptoms may return to school after the fever has been gone for 24 hours, without the use of a fever reducing medicine, and is healthy enough for routine activities.

Any time a student is home sick, please email both the office and his/her teacher(s) or call the school office at  651-492-7106  to report the reason for absence, including the type of illness. On the fourth day of illness, an excuse from a medical professional is required.  
Hour of Code

On December 4 students and parents gathered for  Hour  of  Code in celebration  of Computer Science Education Week.  Hour   of   Code  is an  introduction to computer science designed to demystify coding and show that anyone can learn programming basics. Participants played coding puzzles and programmed their own artwork, games, and animations. Did you miss  Hour  of  Code? Put on your own  Hour  of  Code together as a family. You can find resources here.
FireBears Robotics Team Visit December 11

Roseville Area High School's  FireBears  robotics team has volunteered to visit TCGIS on Monday December 11th from 3:30-4:15 to do a demo with their robots. Students will be able to hear about what robotics is like at high school, ask questions, and even get some hands-on experience playing with robots! This is a great opportunity from a well-respected robotics team. The  FireBears  went to the world championships in 2016 and have earned recognition for their robot from Igus (a German corporation). Three TCGIS Alumni are on the team: Erik, Lexie, and Robert Rauer.

The event is open to students in grades 4-8th. Please sign up  here by  December 8th. Contact Esther Neu at  eneu@tcgis.org with any questions.
FIRST Lego League Robotics 

Nine 7th and 8th grade teams participated in the FIRST Lego League Robotics tournament on Sunday. All teams performed commendably! We are proud of all of them. Crazy Coconuts won the "Judges Choice Award" -- congratulations! River Rescuers won the "Core Values" category and Aquaducks won "Team Spirit". Both River Rescuers and Aquaducks will advance to sectionals in January. Well done to all 7th and 8th grade teams! Click here for photos of the Crazy Coconuts, River Rescuers, and Aquaducks.
PTO Announcements
PTO Announcements

PTO Meeting
December 12 from 6:45-8:30pm. RSVP  here!

German movie night
December 15 at 6:00pm. Watch Kevin Allein Zuhause (Home Alone) in German in the Aula.  $2 per person and this is not a student drop off event.  

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

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.