Issue: 353                          
January 17, 2019 
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Submit Yearbook Photos

Have photos for
the yearbook? Submit them directly to the Josten's Yearbook website! We will be taking photo submissions all year long. If prompted, lease enter the following code for a USER ID: 411163676
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Administrative Information
No School Tomorrow or Monday

This is a friendly reminder that there is no school tomorrow (1/18) or Monday (1/21). Enjoy the long weekend!
Parent Access to Grades and Comments Closed

Parent Portal access to student grades and comments will be closed from January 11th until January 23rd. This enables teachers time to post final grades and comments for fall semester.
Last Call for Sibling Applications

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.The application deadline is February 7, 2019, at 4:00pm. 
Reminder: Order Window for Lunches/Milk and Kinderclub Closes Sunday, January 20!

Don't forget to place your order for FebruaryPlease log on to our online store website   Boonli  to place your child's Kinderclub and School Lunch/ Milk  order. Please make sure to check out your cart to successfully place an order.   

All orders must be submitted by midnight on Sunday, 1/20.

For any questions regarding our online store website (e.g. forgotten username/password, payment questions, etc.), please contact us at  ordering@tcgis.org
A/B/C Rotation for Spring Semester

After experimenting this semester with a new rotation, we have decided to revert back to the traditional A/B/C rotation. For instance, the rotation simply goes A,B,C,A,B one week, the next would start C,A,B,C,A, and so on. You can find the updated calendar on the "Family Resources"  page  of our website here. Please note that the days will no longer match the PTO print calendar. Spring semester starts on January 22nd! 
We Have Only 9 Host Families for the 2019-2020 Intern Program So Far

So far we have only  three families who have expressed interest in hosting in the fall semester, and  six who are interested in hosting in spring semester. Next year we hope to have about 14 Interns each semester -  but we can only invite as many Interns as we have host families! We begin making final decisions about next year's Interns this February, so the time to act is now. 

If you've ever considered hosting an Intern, but still have questions and would like to learn more about it, please connect with  Katharina Schirg as soon as possible. She can answer questions and also connect you with current and past host families who can share their experiences with you. You can also read these  FAQs about hosting, and learn more about our Intern Program  here. We hope you'll consider volunteering as a host family next school year! 
Register for Volleyball at TCGIS

Click here for the 2019 Volleyball Letter, which includes details about practice and game times. Please read before registering. The registration link can be found  hereRegistration closes Friday, February 1st at 5:00pm. 

If you have further questions after reading the letter, please contact Coach Kulhanek at  kkulhanek@tcgis.org.
New Online Spiritwear Store

Have you been wanting to sport some TCGIS spiritwear? Well you're in luck! We are excited to announce our new online spiritwear store! Log on to the Joston's website, select what logo you want, and choose the different items you'd like to order. These items will be shipped directly to your house. This online store will be open all year! Happy shopping!
Thank You 2018-19 Fall Interns & Host Families!

We want to thank all of our fall interns for making TCGIS an even more fun place for kids to learn German. We will miss you, Katrin, Lisa, Aileen, Alba, Katharina, Till, Jannik & Sophia. We also want to thank all of our host families for their hospitality, flexibility and  support. The  intern  program is one of the things that makes TCGIS special and the entire community is grateful to you and  your  family for giving an  intern  an American home. We hope you had a lot of fun and inspiration as well as great cultural experience for  your  entire family. 
Judges Needed for History Day

We are looking for judges for TCGIS History Day Competition on February 28! 
Judging is a fantastic way to connect with students, support TCGIS, and learn about history.  Full day and half day judging shifts available. Interested in helping out OR want more information?  Please email Catie Jacobs at cjacobs@tcgis.org
New Issue of the TCGIS Press

Do you need something to read? What about the second issue of TCGIS Press? 
5th to 8th graders worked hard to inform you about Germany, the world, and TCGIS! Click here to read. 
Congrats to our   Mausmünzen Winners! 

Congratulations to this week's  Mausmünzen  winners! This week we said  gratuliere  to Audrey Tuite (5c), Theo Althaus-Kotila (1b), Emma Theis (7b), Natasha Kachinsky (3b), and Alma Krantz (Kb). 
GAI Announcements
Join us for  BIER UND BINGO this Saturday at the Summit Brewing Ratskeller. The event runs from 4:00pm to 8:00pm and is a FUNdraiser for the GAI! 

Monday is MLK Holiday and the GAI is offering a  GERMAN AND SCIENCE WORKSHOP FOR KIDS. The theme is Solarenergie (Solar Power) and the kids will learn about renewable energy in this hands-on workshop. 
PTO Announcements

Maskenball Update:
Save the Date! This year's theme is 90s Prom! Join us on Saturday March 23rd at 6:30pm at the University Club, St. Paul, for a great time!
Tickets will be available soon.

We are looking for sponsors! Do you own a small business? Consider making a financial donation. Learn about sponsorship opportunities here. Contact  annegret_Theis@ultimatesoftware.com  for all the details about the levels and perks of sponsorship! 

Staff Appreciation Update: 
Thank you to all the parents who have been generously contributing to our intern breakfast and early release lunches!! Our staff is SO grateful for the nourishment! February sign ups will be coming out next week.

Do you have a DSL camera not spare parts/accessories?? We are supporting our yearbook committee this year!  Right now, the committee relies on parents and staff to provide pictures for the yearbook. Just think how much better it could be if we could get a few cameras  into the hands of the kids that are right there every day.  

You can message the PTO if you have any questions or email  tcgispto@gmail.com.