Issue: 375                        
June 27, 2019 
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Distinguished TCGIS Volunteer Recognition at Tonight's Board Meeting

The Twin Cities German Immersion School Board of Directors would like to formally recognize and thank several individuals and groups for their significant contributions of time and talent to support TCGIS this past school year. The board will remark about the contributions of these volunteers at the June 27th board meeting between 6:30 pm and 7:00 pm in room 100. The list of honorees will be included in the public board packet and can also be viewed here. We are grateful for their substantial volunteer efforts in support of the school.
TCGIS Legal Proceedings Update

Legal counsel, board members and administration have been working diligently on the litigation strategy for the hearing on July 1. We submitted our legal brief, witness list and exhibit list on June 21. We are now evaluating the plaintiff's written response in further preparation for the hearing. The judge will make a decision regarding the request for temporary restraining order, which would prevent demolition on the planned timeline. Meanwhile, the facilities committee and contractors continue work to secure required city permits to proceed with the project if the temporary restraining order is denied.

This is a public proceeding starting at 9 am at the Ramsey County Courthouse (which is in the same building as City Council), 15 W. Kellogg Blvd, St. Paul MN 55102. While we are not encouraging vocal, political support, any interested citizen may attend. 
Upcoming Meetings

All board and committee meetings are open to the public and we encourage attendance and participation. Please check the  online school calendar for possible date changes.
  • Board meeting tonight - June 27, 6:30 pm, Room 100
  • Fundraising and Development Committee-Brainstorming Meeting - Tomorrow, June 28, 9:30 am-12:30 pm, room 100
  • Board/PTO/Admin Working Session - July 17, 6:30 pm
  • Executive Committee meeting - July 18, 6:30 pm
  • Finance Committee - July 23, 6:30, room 99
  • Board meeting - July 25, 6:30 pm, room 100
Positive Community Building at Orchard Park

Thank you to TCGIS families that participated in the Saint Paul Parks and Recreation volunteer clean-up last Saturday at Orchard Park, just a half-mile away from the school. Along with other Como community members, TCGIS students and parents helped 
repaint benches and railings, trimmed bushes, pulled weeds, and cleaned storage areas. The TCGIS Board provided frozen treats to all volunteers from the community. We look forward to participating in more community building events like this!

School Information
2019 Summer Art Challenge #1

Are you bored already? Coloring books not cutting it? Want to draw but just not sure what to draw? Check out  Frau Lenburg's Summer Art Challenge for a chance to stretch your creative muscles. Viel Spaß!
Thank you, Parent Volunteers! 

We'd like to extend our heartfelt thanks to all of you who volunteered in myriad ways to support our school community this year! Your time, energy, generosity, and talents make TCGIS an amazing place to learn and work.

Here are some of the many ways parents have volunteered this year: 

Hosting an Intern - Eltern Kontakt - Parent Council - Field Trip Chaperones 
Lost & Found - Book Fair - Staff Appreciation Potlucks - Intern Breakfasts 
Capstone Committee - Library Support - St. Martinstag support
Carnival of Cultures support - New Families Welcome Picnic - End of Year Picnic

 Herzlichen Dank! 
Packing up the Aula and Cafeteria

In the event that TCGIS is able to move forward with the building project, we will need some parent help packing up the Sport, Kinderclub, and cafeteria items, as well as moving some things across the street for storage. If you're able to volunteer a few hours the week of July 8-12, that'd be wonderful! Please email Andy Nesset for more information. 
Do you have marketing doo-dads to donate?

Do you work for a business that has a marketing closet full of stuff that nobody wants?! We will take your stress balls, earbuds, computer mice, fancy pens and pencils, frisbees, and other fun stuff to use as student rewards for our Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program at TCGIS! We also use $5 Target gift cards for our middle school students. Staff choose from $10 Target/Amazon/Caribou gift cards or a prime parking spot in our lot. [Food is never used as a reward per TCGIS school policy.]

You can drop off these items at the PBIS table during our Family Back to School Night on August 22. If you have any questions, please contact Michael White, PBIS Coach.  
Summer Office Hours

The Front Office will have limited hours during the summer:
  • June 17 - June 28: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • July 1 - July 5: Closed
  • July 8 - August 9: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm 
  • August 12: regular hours return, 7:30 am - 4:00 pm
If you'd like to make an appointment with an Administrator, please contact the office during the above times or email the Administrator directly. 

This will be the last Elternbrief for the school year. Watch for the next one on August 1!

Have a wonderful summer!
Wir wünschen allen einen schönen Sommer!
2019-20 School Supply Lists Available

School supply lists are now available for 2019-2020. Click here to access the folder with supply lists by grade level. Individual supplies can be brought with your student on the first day of school; shared classroom supplies can be brought to Back-to-School night, Aug. 22. 
2019-20 Registration Process for Returning Students

All registration forms for returning students will be made available the first week in August. The registration process will largely entail reviewing and updating existing forms online. You'll receive an email in August when it's time to log into PowerSchool for annual registration.
Incoming 5th-8th graders: Interested in the  TCGIS Middle School Cross-Country Team  in Fall 2019?

A great season depends on a great off-season. Here is our  off-season / summer calendar with a few options for training in the off-season: races, camps, cross-training, etc. We will also have a few break-out runs. If interested, please fill out this  survey so we can email you the updates, including registration for the TCGIS XC team.

Our first pre-season (optional) cross-country practice will be on Monday, August 12. Time and place will be announced later through our email updates (sign up in the  survey). Our first whole team practice will be on the first day of school at 3:30 PM.

Registration will be in early August and will be announced in our email updates and the Elternbrief.  Practices (including pre-season optional practices) will be on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3:30 PM - 5 PM.

PTO Updates
Summer Play Dates

Come to one or all - no need to RSVP - just show up! 
See  this list of all our parent-planned summer play dates. Email parent 
Becky Deimel for questions. 

Upcoming playdates:
  • July 11, 6:00 - 8:00 pm Brackett Park, Mpls
  • July 25, 9:00 - 11:00am, Hyland Play Area "Chutes & Ladders," Bloomington
Stay up to date with the PTO on our Facebook page throughout summer!! 

Save the Date: Sat., September 21st 
2nd Annual Twin Cities Oktoberfest Fun Run

This is a family-friendly event that's open to the public. Proceeds benefit the TCGIS PTO. Tickets coming soon. Follow updates here.

News from the GAI    
Wine Tasting Garden Party

Join us for 'Grapes to Glass' on the GAI lawn, Saturday, July 20, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. 
Sample Germanic wines and enjoy food and wine pairings in our twist on the Biergarten party. Prefer beer? No fear, German beer is always on tap at the GAI! Music by the  Chris Lomheim/Matt Peterson Jazz Duo. 
Summer Fun & Classes at the GAI

Join us Saturday mornings, 9:30am - 12:30pm, to enjoy home made Kuchen and coffee. Click here for more information. 

Weekly Summer Language Camps through August 23
GAI hosts weekly camps
at the GAI
 for kids ages 7-9. Register now before they fill up! Review course options here

NEW THIS YEAR: Intro to German (ages 5-9) and German & Science (ages 10-13) 

Continue your German language learning this summer! The GAI summer session is scheduled for July and August. 
Conversation & Review and Grammar & Writing sessions are offered for all levels. Click here for Adult Class Schedules.

The GAI offers two Samstagsschule classes for TCGIS alumni
Classes are scheduled Saturday morning / afternoon beginning in September. 
  • ADVANCED GERMAN  - TEENS INTENSIV B1+: For advanced students who want to continue building language ability and skills. 'Blended' Course format with 90 min. of classroom instruction per week and online / independent study.
  • ADVANCED GERMAN - TEEN TREFF: For students with a high level of proficiency & fluency. Course is designed to maintain language ability. Limited assignments & homework - Class meets bi-weekly