Issue: 415            
May 28, 2020 
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IMPORTANT: Please Return School Materials 

You can help us spend school funds wisely and not have to unecessarily purchase new curricular materials by returning textbooks, library books and other non-consumables (calculators, manipulatives, etc.) to school this week and next. 

If you're unsure what needs to be returned, please email your student's teacher(s). If you missed your student's drop-off day earlier this week, you can come any weekday through June 4, 10am-1pm. 

Student materials that are not retrieved by Thursday, June 4, will be donated or recycled. 

Message from the Director
Direktorgruß von Herrn Anderson

Direktorgruß vom 28. Mai 2020
Direktorgruß vom 28. Mai 2020
Planning for the 2020-2021 School Year

TCGIS administrators are working hard to develop an operationally and educationally workable solution for our school community. As this school year comes to a close, we want to share with you our process for planning for the 2020/21 school year.

Currently we are in Stage 2 of the planning process (below). Administrators are working with educators, staff, and school board members to develop solutions for at least three potential scenarios.   

Parent and student feedback on distance-learning experiences this year will be collected through the Parent and Student Councils and will help inform the solutions TCGIS administrators and educators develop for next year. Watch for communication from the Parent Council in the coming weeks. 

In Stage 3, once plans for next school year are finalized, we will again seek parent and student feedback on the plan through the respective councils. 

We appreciate your trust and patience with the process as we work together to "build a school" in such uncertain times. 
Join the #TCGISSauerkrautChallenge!
Help us surpass our $100,000 milestone!

Liebe TCGIS Gemeinschaft,

Let's say auf Wiedersehen, Tschüß, Ciao, bis später to this school year together. Join us for a fun and final fundraising campaign to push us over our next $100,000 milestone!

Here's how it works:
  1. Buy yourself some tasty Sauerkraut!
  2. Take a video of yourself (or your student) eating a spoonful of Sauerkraut and pledging a donation to TCGIS. (Make your online donation here.)
  3. Challenge a fellow parent or friend to do the same in your video.
  4. Share the video on your favorite social media channel(s) and use a fun hashtag.
Donations of all sizes are welcome!

Students and parents are welcome to make a donation in honor of a staff person, but please tag another student or parent as well to move the campaign along:
"I'm eating Sauerkraut with honey for the #TCGISSauerkrautChallenge and making a donation to TCGIS in honor of [teacher name]. I challenge [friend's name] to the #TCGISSauerkrautChallenge!"

Share your videos on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat, using these fun hashtags. Follow our community having fun together and supporting our school!

Herzlichen Dank for your generosity! 

Mit dankbarem Gruß,

Ted Anderson &  Dianne Bell (Board Member, Chair of the Fundraising & Development Committee)
School Information
Materials Pick-up / Drop-off Procedure  
  • Stay in your car at all times. Do not park and walk up to the building.
  • Pick-up/drop-off will take place on Van Slyke, pictured below
  • In your passenger side window, place your green PikMyKid tag or a piece of paper with student(s) Last Name, First Name(s), and Class Section/Teacher Name(s) 
    • if you need to pick up K-4 teacher-required materials include this information on the paper in your window
  • Have all items to return bagged and marked as to where they go (Teacher Name, Class, Student name) and in your trunk; if items go to different teachers, please bag them and label them separately.
  • In the loading zone on Van Slyke, pop open your trunk and a staff member will come retrieve the bagged items. If you need to exit your car to open your trunk, please wear a mask.
  • Please wait a moment for other staff to place any student items in your trunk. Staff will close your trunk when they're done loading in items. 
  • We encourage you to leave directly after you have picked up and returned all materials and avoid socializing with other families.
Materials to Return / Pick-up
  • to return to school: library books, textbooks that stay with that grade level, manipulatives, technology (headphones, calculators)
  • to pick-up from school: locker contents, K-4 teacher-required materials
  • Returning middle school students may keep their chromebooks over the summer. Chromebooks being returned need to be cleaned and have all stickers removed, as well as be returned with their chargers and laptop sleeves.
  • All 8th grade students need to return their chromebooks on Thur., June 4.
Staff have done their best to clean out every child's locker and teachers have cleaned out their classrooms. We do not have staff capacity to follow up with items you or your child may feel are missing from their bag.  

Families who have not picked up their items on their assigned day can come any day between 10am-1pm. Student items from lockers that are not picked up by June 4 will be donated or recycled. 

Lost & Found: current items in the lost and found will be stored until school resumes in the fall. 

Pick-up / Drop-off Times
8th Grade Graduation Celebration

We will celebrate the TCGIS class of 2020 in a streaming graduation ceremony on June 7th at 12 p.m. You can access the live stream ceremony at the following link: https://youtu.be/B3-BZjstXfM

8th graders will be able to pick up their graduation certificates at the Chromebook drop-off June 4th. The following awards will be presented at the ceremony and mailed to their recipients:
  • Marcy Zachmeier-Ruh Award for the Promotion of German Language and Culture
  • Mary-Fred Bausman-Watkins Award for Academic Achievement and World Citizenship
TCGIS Car Parade: Friday, June 5, 2020!

For those who plan to participate, the TCGIS Car Parade will take place on Friday, June 5th, 2020 from 10:30am-12:30pm! Please read  this Google Slides presentation carefully, as it has important information regarding the parade route, expectations, and assigned time windows for families (to avoid traffic congestion). 

We can't wait to see you - from a distance - on June 5th!
Health Office Update for 11-Year-Old Students
Current Vaccination Records Needed by August 15!

If your child is 11 years old and/or entering 7th grade next school year, Minnesota State Statute 121A.15 requires your student to have a dose of the Tdap and Meningococcal vaccine to return to school. If you choose to opt out you may file a medical exemption signed by a health care provider or a non-medical exemption signed by a parent/guardian, and notarized (vaccine needs to be specified). Please return completed immunization documentation to TCGIS once available, but not later than August 15th, 2020 via: 
  • email to info@tcgis.org
  • U.S. mail to school (1031 Como Ave., St. Paul, MN 55103) ATTN: Monika Avery
Parent Access to Grades and Comments Closed 5/20-6/8

Parent Portal access to student grades and comments is temporarily closed from May 20th until June 8th. This provides teachers time to finalize marking student work and posting comments for spring semester.
Sportfest this week!

Dear Parents,

Sportfest is this week!

Check your child's Lernplan for the activities. Make sure to take pictures, videos (less than 10 seconds long), or Boomerang videos of you and your families doing any or each of the activities! Upload them using this document by 9am on Monday, June 1st.

We're looking forward to your pictures and videos. Have fun staying active! 


All-School Updates: Important Links 

Here are links to useful pages you may wish to bookmark for easy reference: 

In case you missed any of the email updates in the last month, find them here:

Yearbook Orders due TOMORROW, May 29th!

It's your lucky day! The deadline to buy a yearbook has been extended to May 29th! There are still a few books left, and we sold out last year, so make sure to buy one today! Go here to order:  jostens.com

Please note that some Jostens plants are closed due to COVID-19, so yearbooks will not be delivered until a later date.
TCGIS XC Team Registration Closes Sunday!

Registration for the  TCGIS Cross-Country Team will be open on  Popsicle from 
May 15 at 8:00 AM until May 31 at 11:59 PM, and the season is currently planned to begin on  Monday, August 3 . Please, register early! We quickly reached our maximum number of athletes for indoor track and outdoor track this school year.

Regarding the  calendar: Practices are set for Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Most of the meets and races are still based on last year's calendar. We have not yet been able to confirm all of the meets, especially given COVID-19. We will let you know once we have confirmed those meets.

Payment required at time of registration: $175*

The price increase is so that we can add bus transportation to certain meets. If we cannot meet together in-person as a team and we have to cancel all in-person events for the cross-country season due to COVID-19, we will refund the total amount of $175 to families.

*Finances should not be a factor in deciding to participate in TCGIS sporting teams. If finances are a concern, please contact Coach Tabisz BEFORE registration opens because payment is required at the time of registration.

With questions, please contact Herr Tabisz
Spring Surveys from the University of St. Thomas

TCGIS's authorizer, the University of St. Thomas, looks to gather feedback from key school stakeholders each spring. This year they are gathering that feedback virtually, in the form of a short survey tailored to each group. Below are the links to the respective surveys for TCGIS parents and students. The surveys are anonymous, and St. Thomas requests that they be completed and submitted by Friday, May 29.

Construction Updates

This week the second and third levels were sheetrocked and now the walls are being taped and mudded. On the outside, stone window sills are being set in window openings. The air units are in the process of installation, and the underground stormwater management was covered and is ready to become a playspace.

Andy Nesset
TCGIS Facilities and Grounds

School Board Announcements
Upcoming School Board Elections

Elections for open seats on the TCGIS school board will occur online June 1 - 5 this year. Details on how to vote will be sent via email on Monday, June 1. In the meantime, please read about the candidates here, or watch the recording of the recent candidate forum hosted by the PTO and Parent Council.

Upcoming Committee Meetings

Here are the scheduled upcoming committee meetings. Please contact the committee chair for meeting login details. Meetings will be virtual until further notice.

May special board meeting: Thurs May 28, 6:00pm, contact jalkatout@tcgis.org
The board will hold a brief special meeting ahead of the regularly scheduled board meeting. Bylaws require all draft policies to be read and discussed at two board meetings before being adopted. This special meeting will fulfill this requirement and allow the board to vote on the  Election Policy and Dignity at Work policy later in the evening.

May regular board meeting: Thurs May 28, 6:30pm, contact  jalkatout@tcgis.org

Fundraising Committee: Tues June 2, 8:15am, contact  dbell@tcgis.org
Governance Committee: Mon June 8, 3:30pm, contact  sforsland@tcgis.org
Communications Committee: Tues June 9, 8:30am, contact  riwen@tcgis.org
Diversity Task Force: Tues June 16, 3:45pm, contact  riwen@tcgis.org
Executive Committee: Thurs June 18, 6:30pm, contact  jalkatout@tcgis.org
Finance & Facilities Committee: Tues June 23, 6pm, contact  rheid@tcgis.org
June school board meeting:  Thurs June 25, 6:30pm, contact  jalkatout@tcgis.org

TCGIS Community Garden Project
Parents, teachers, kids, whether you have a green thumb or not, you are invited to participate in a fun new project- the TCGIS Community Garden! The School Board arranged for TCGIS to have a 306 sqft plot at the D10 Como Community Garden, and this inaugural year, we plan to donate the produce to the local food shelf as a community service. We've planted broccoli, cauliflower, peppers, brussel sprouts, strawberries, cucumbers, cabbage, tomatoes, carrots, and some flowers too! Thank you to the Deimel family for donating the majority of plants to kickstart this effort!

Let's grow a garden together! Sign up
HERE! Please help us maintain the garden over the summer by signing up for days to visit, pull weeds and water from the nearby fire hydrant. More details will be sent to those who sign up. The community garden is located on the east side of Snelling, north of Como Ave, between Almond and Albany Avenues. With questions, 
please email Julie Alkatout at jalkatout@tcgis.org.

PTO Updates 
PTO Important Dates

Please join us in our last PTO meeting of the school year - virtually!! We will vote in new members and discuss new ideas for moving forward into school year 2020-2021! 

Topic: PTO Retreat/Voting
Time: May 31, 2020 03:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 870 2231 8873
Password: 952068
Community Events: Updates 
GAI: Virtual Music and Summer Classes

GAI Summer Camps
Registration is open and at this time we plan to offer summer camps as scheduled. To ensure safety and observe social distancing, the number of campers will be limited. Register at gai-mn.org/Summer-Camp-2020

Summer Language Classes: Take advantage of your stay-cation!
Continue your German language learning this summer! Topics include conversation, pronunciation, literature, and grammar. Online and in-person (if possible) options are available. More information and registration at  gai-mn.org/Summer-2020

Deutsche Tage 2020: A new kind of celebration!   
From June 8 through June 13, Deutsche Tage activities will include an on-your-own Fahrradtour, a German grammar class, online trivia, and live-streame d music. End the week with an at-home Deutsche Tage Haus party! More info at gai-mn.org/deutschetage