Der Elternbrief
ISSUE 427 / SEPTEMBER 17, 2020
School News & Updates
Printed Materials Pickup: this Friday, 9/18
Starting this Friday, Sept. 18, parents can pick up printed materials and other resources for distance learners from 2:00-3:15 PM on Friday afternoons at the Westeingang (west entrance) near the new parking lot. Weather permitting, pickup will take place outside; otherwise in the large entrance space there.
Library Updates: Books distributed this week
This week students are receiving their books from the library! Distance students will be receiving FIVE books, and hybrid students FOUR books. If you didn't fill out the Google-form library survey from last week, your child(ren) will receive a "surprise" bag and you'll have another opportunity to fill out the survey later in the year. 

Pick-up: The books will be distributed in bags labeled with each student's name. All distance and middle school students may pick up their books this Friday, Sept. 18, during the materials pick-up.  Hybrid students are bringing them home this week.

Due Dates: Yellow/Green (hybrid) elementary and middle school students are due the week of October 5-9 (middle school connection week). Distance students' books are due the week before winter break (date TBD).

Returning Books: There are library bins outside the library to drop them off. There will also be a library drop-off bin at each Friday materials pick-up. Over the next few weeks there will be overdue book reminders sent out. 
Enrich your family life with more German at home
Looking for ways to keep your students engaged with German? Check out the updated German Enrichment Page for excellent resources for kids of all ages. Looking for some screen-free enrichment? Check out these audio resources for great podcasts and audio books, or the music page, especially Herr Heimerl's Spotify playlist of songs "that won't drive you crazy!" There really is something for everyone, so please take some time to visit the enrichment site with your kids!
How COVID Impacts TCGIS Finances
Did you know that TCGIS incurs many expenses regardless of usage? For example, TCGIS still pays for full buses even though Covid distancing requirements, coupled with many families in Distance Learning, has reduced buses to running 4 days a week with fewer students.
Please consider donating to offset these costs if your child(ren) use the bus, or if they would in a normal year. Click here to sign up for a recurring bus donation. Even if you don’t use busing services, you can make a donation to help offset these busing costs in Boonli or in our Square Shop. Thank you for your ongoing support of TCGIS!
Tonight: First PTO Meeting of the Year!
Please join us virtually to meet the new PTO team, find out how you can get involved, and get more details about what we are going to do this year.

See below for more details about Davanni's Night, the Fall Auction & Strudel Sale!
Elect your 2020-21 Parent Council
It's time to elect the 2020-21 Parent Council!
Click here to vote for your class/homeroom representative. Learn about the nominees here. Each FAMILY has ONE vote PER child; if you have more than one child, one parent may vote in each child's class. The Election closes at midnight on Sunday, Sept. 27.
The first 2020-21 Parent Council meeting is Monday, Oct. 5 at 6:30 p.m. Further below you'll find an update from the September Parent Council Meeting.
Voluntary Family Contact List: Sign-up is now open
Tell your friends & neighbors: TCGIS is still enrolling!
It's a rare to enroll at TCGIS without going through the lottery! We are currently enrolling in most grades; only Kindergarten and 4th grade have waiting lists. Did you know we offer language support for students who join us in later grades and don't speak German yet? We do! Please spread the word and help new families join our school!
October Order Window for Lunches/Milk and Take-Home Meal Kits Closes Sunday, Sept. 20.
Remember to place your order for October (including Take Home Meal kits for Distance Learning days)! Please log on to our online store website  Boonli  to place your child's School Lunch and Milk order. Please make sure to check out your cart to successfully place an order.  
All orders must be submitted by midnight on Sunday, 09/20/2020. 
Questions? please contact us at
Car Pick-up: Tap "Announce" when you're in line
If you pick up your child(ren) by car on Van Slyke, please remember to tap the "Announce" button in your Pikmykid app when you arrive. This lets the dismissal staff know you have arrived and we can send your child(ren) to your car.
COVID-19 Prevention and Screening
Thank you for preparing your child(ren) to wear masks and keep physical distance here at school. Students have been doing a fantastic job following these measures. Here are a few more resources for families:

Reminder: Daily Temperature and Symptom Check
All TCGIS students must have their temperature taken at home every day before coming to school. If their temperature is 100.4 they should not come to school.
Similarly if your child has any COVID-19 symptoms, they should also stay home. This symptom guide from MDH may be helpful. 
Class Email Lists: Do we have your email?
If you are not receiving emails for your child's class, like the weekly Klassenbrief, please fill out this form to add your email to your child's class email list (e.g. KA, 3B, 5C). Please also login to PowerSchool to update your contact information using the T - Student Contacts form and make sure you are listed in the top two contacts.
A Carpool Tool for TCGIS Families
If you're interested in exploring carpooling to/from school, fill out this google form by Sept. 20, even if you signed up last year; we will update the list every year. Your address and limited contact information will be used to populate a Google map similar to the one on this page. After Sept. 20 we will follow up with families who choose to participate. We will update the Google map monthly if parents choose to consider carpooling at a later time.
Parent Engagement Opportunities
The PTO Welcomes You!
Join us at our first meeting of the year!
Click here to Join the Zoom Meeting tonight (Thursday), 6:30 P.M.

Click here to learn more about our fall fundraisers, including Davanni's Night next week and the Fall Auction and Strudel Sale!
Parent Council Update: September Meeting
In the upcoming year, we are first and foremost looking forward to our elections and swearing in our new Parent Council on Monday, 10/5. We have some parents planning to rotate off and some parents hoping to stay and we look forward to continuing our momentum as we meet new council members. Click here to vote for your class representive!

The Parent Council met on Monday, 9/14/2020 via Zoom. Click here to read more about what we discussed. As always, if you have anything you’d like the Parent Council to address, please email the PC at
Student Enrichment
German Tutors for TCGIS Students
Parents have asked the school about private tutoring resources to help their children's German skills stay strong. TCGIS has connected with nearby colleges and universities and found many German majors and minors who are interested in supporting TCGIS students through virtual private tutoring. Click here to learn more and connect with interested tutors.
Deutsch lernen macht Spaß!
Do your kids love to learn how things work? Are they into animals? Science? Stories?
Bayericher Rundfunk is a public media station that produces really engaging German shows for kids. Find more recommendations like this on our TCGIS German Enrichment Page!
School Board Announcements
Pledge to our TCGIS Community
Our lives are interconnected and we all play important roles in our school’s mission of innovative education of the whole child through German immersion. Our mission is only possible if we stand together as a community to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Please sign this Pledge to your TCGIS community and help keep each other safe while teaching and learning resumes this fall. See how many others have signed and then join us!

Click here to learn more about the board's Poster Project and the Committee Meeting dates.
Community Events
Preschool Openings
The GAI's Kinderstube German Immersion preschool still has a few full- and part-time openings for the 2020/2021 school year. No prior experience in German from the child or family is needed! Through daily play, music education, art, and science exploration, as well as outdoor play time, we expose our students to all concepts of early childhood education. Offered at two convenient locations, Minneapolis and Saint Paul. Click here for registration information.
Classes at the German-American Institute (GAI)
Samstagsschule (Saturday School) for kids and teens
Saturday School classes for ages four through high school return for fall!
The program is built around natural acquisition of language in an interactive, fun environment. Beginning to advance levels offered for all age groups. Samstagsschule begins Saturday, September 26. Register at
Adult-learners Fall classes at the GAI Haus or Online
Our German language fall classes for adults include START 1-2-3 for beginners and a range of options for intermediate and advanced students. These classes will follow social distancing protocols while offering invaluable in-person interactions with your instructor and classmates. Classes begin the week of September 14.
Register at 
Sept. 17: First PTO Meeting of the year
Sept. 17: Parent Council Elections Open
Sept. 22: Davanni's Fundraiser (order dinner!)
Sept. 24: Board Meeting
Oct. 4: Deadline to register for PTO Auction
Oct. 5: Parent Council Meeting