Issue: 311                          
January 11, 2018 
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Upcoming Events

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

Jan. 26: Teacher Grading Day - NO SCHOOL

Feb. 14: Early Release Wednesday

Feb. 16: Professional Learning Day - NO SCHOOL

Feb. 19: Presidents' Day - NO SCHOOL

Mar. 5: Professional Learning Day - NO SCHOOL

Mar. 12-16: No After School Activities

Mar. 15-16: Parent Teacher Conferences 

Mar. 16: Parent Teacher Conferences - NO SCHOOL

Mar. 21: Registration Opens for Session 3 of After School Activities

Mar. 28: School Board Meeting

Mar. 29: Winter After School Activities End

Mar. 30 - Mar. 6: Spring Break - No School
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Administrative Information
Internet Challenges

Throughout the last week, TCGIS has been experiencing significant network difficulties and it has led to disruptions in instruction, workflow and communication. Families, please know that we are working hard with our provider to pinpoint and fix the problem and that we fully recognize teacher, student and family frustration with the situation. We apologize for any communications that have been missed during this time and appreciate staff, student and family patience with the situation.
Sibling Applications Due February 7

We are currently accepting sibling applications for the 2018-19 school year! If you have a child that will be entering Kindergarten next year, please fill out this application form and return it to the school office at your earliest convenience. The application deadline is February 7, 2018, at 4:00pm. We cannot guarantee placement for any students whose applications are received after this date. 
Order Window for School Lunches/Milk, Bus Seat and Kinderclub will open Friday, January 12!

Please log on to our online store website Boonli starting Friday, 1/12, to place your child(ren)'s Bus, Kinderclub and School Lunch/Milk order for FebruaryAll orders must be submitted by midnight on Monday, January 22.
Our Goal for Next Year: 30 Host Families!

Now is the time to apply to become a host family for the next school year. Options are available for short-term hosting, Fall semester, Spring semester 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! So far we have 6  host families!

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
Summer Camp

In the previous years our language Sommerca mps have been offered during the last three weeks of July. We are considering to move the three weeks period time frame into August this summer and would love to get feedback from you about this option.
Please take one minute to answer the two questions in this survey. 

We apologize for any troubles you've had taking this survey last week. 
Transition to High School Parent Panel Night
Sixth, Seventh & Eighth Grade Parents - January 17 6:30-8:30pm

panel of graduated families will share their experience in transitioning from TCGIS to high school. Several High Schools are represented at this PTO sponsored evening, including; Mounds View, Southwest, South, Upper Mississippi Academy, Central and Johnson.  Please RSVP here. 

On February 1, TCGIS will host an evening with Central High School's Principal, German Teacher and Math Teacher. More info to come!
2nd Kinder Karneval at the Clubhaus!

Mark your calendars for January 28, 2018 from 2pm - 5pm! There will be a Kinder Karneval at The Klub Haus on Rice Street. Admission to the Kinder Karneval is free, families are encouraged to wear their favorite costumes and will have the opportunity to play a variety of games for all ages.

For more information, please contact Patricia Schenk.
Puzzlers Needed 

Are you a puzzler? Do you enjoy creative word smithing? Do you have an acronym for remembering everything? Or do people laugh at your puns? Then we have a competition for you!

Currently our school has three behavior expectations: Sicherheit (Safety), Verantwortung (Responsibility), Respekt (Respect). We want you to come up with a catchphrase using each first letter of our 3 behavior expectations: S, V, R. Please submit your catchphrase to  pbis@tcgis.org by  February 4. The winner will be announced at the Carnival of Cultures on  February 22nd. The winner will receive a $25 gift card for Amazon.

The example below may bring some inspiration! This example is from Wyoming
Elementary School in Forest Lake, Minnesota, notice their use and prominence of the school mascot.

Feel free to bring any ideas forward! 

Thank you for your time and support,
The PBIS Leadership Team
African Drum Group Performance

On Wednesday, January 17, the Macalester Music Ensemble under the direction of Sowah Mensah will bring an African Drum Group and guest dancer from Ghana to TCGIS to perform for our students grades 4-8.  
Drama Performances for 7th and 8th Grade

All parents of 7th and 8th grade Drama students are invited to attend our performance during Specialist time on Tuesday, January 23  from 10:40 am - 12:25 pm in Room 100.

The program will include 3 poems by Goethe and their interpretations by the Drama students: Erlkönig, Heidenröslein, Gefunden. Also, students will perform their skits on topics they chose: Immigration, Native American Issues, Climate Change, Extinction of Animals, Gender Equality, and more.
PTO Announcements
PTO Announcements

For Sixth, Seventh & Eighth Grade Parents - January 17 6:30-8:30
A panel of graduated families will share their experience in transitioning from TCGIS to high school led by Frau Morrissey. Snack provided by PTO. Please RSVP here. 

Many fundraising opportunities and grade level meet ups are available this month.  Please see   PTO January Newsletter f or info and follow us on  Facebook.

Thanks to all the parents that have joined the conversation at the PTO meetings this year.  Teacher retention & moral is a HOT topic. This year the PTO has been looking at ways to better support the school working environment.  PTO has taken two actions so far:
1) Added a lunch EVERY month for staff 
2) Executive Director Ted Anderson has been given a $1,000 discretionary fund to use for staff encouragement
But all action is dependent on parent involvement! Hope to see you soon at one of our meetings.
GAI Announcements
GAI Announcements

Registration now open for Spring Classes - Samstagsschule begins this week, January 13
Click HERE for more information about Adult Classes
Click HERE for Samstagsschule for Kids & Teens.

SCHNUPPERKURS - Indroduction to German
Are you interested in learning German, but you are not sure what to expect? Join us for a 2-hour Introduction to German. The course will be taught by one of native language instructors. You will learn a few basic German words and phrases in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.  Click    HERE  for more information and to register.

Kaffeestube European Breakfast Café  returns again  this Saturday ! Grab your friends and family and head to the GAI for a delicious German breakfast.