Issue: 312                          
January 18, 2018 
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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
UPDATED Cold Weather Information

Please review the following document for updated information on TCGIS cold weather recess expectations and policy:  TCGIS Cold Weather Recess Information
February Order Window for School Lunches/Milk, Bus Seat and Kinderclub is CLOSING on Monday, January 22!

Please log on to our online store website Boonli now 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. No late orders will be accepted, but you have now the option to place an order for later in the month. For more information, please click here .
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
Join the TCGIS Volleyball Teams!

Volleyball Season is starting soon! We are looking for players for our co-ed 5th/6th and 7th/8th grade teams. Please click on  this link for more information, including a link to the registration page. If you have questions, please contact Coach Kulhanek at  kkulhanek@tcgis.org
Changes to Fundraisers

During a recent Minnesota Department of Education review, we were informed of small but important changes we need to make to comply with the USDA Smart Snacks Standards.
Smart Snacks Standards are put forth by the federal government, and are required for all foods and beverages sold outside of the National School Lunch Program.

To comply with the Smart Snacks Standards, TCGIS Administration has made the decision to implement the following protocol for fundraising immediately:
  1. The Office must be informed of all on-site fundraisers at least two weeks in advance via the Event Request Form. Once your event request is reviewed, an Office staff member will be in touch to discuss guidelines, instructions, and potential set-up requirements.
  2. Food and/or beverage sales may only take place after 3:45pm on school days, or any time during non-school days (e.g.: parent-teacher conference days).
  3. Upon approval, non-food fundraisers are still able to begin immediately after dismissal at 3:15pm. Please consider alternative fundraising ideas such as: selling seasonal arts & crafts, coupons for services (yardwork, car washing, etc.), or pledging donations for physical activity (running, jump roping, dancing, etc.).
If you have questions about the new fundraising protocol, please contact Maja Reyes at  mreyes@tcgis.org .
History Day Judges Needed

Grades 6-8 will be having their school History Day competition on March 1st. They have been working on these projects since October and we need judges to help make the big school competition happen.  Judging is a fantastic way to connect with students, support your community, and learn about history.  Read more   about   National History Day.  If interested in judging, or if you want more information, please contact Catie Jacobs at  cjacobs@tcgis.org .  
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 and to RSVP please click here.
Winter Clothing Drive

Service Learning, a group of students doing service projects, would like to inform you that that we are having a Winter Clothing Drive. It started Tuesday, January 16 and will last until January 30, 2018.

Please donate any clothes, shoes, or hats and gloves you are willing to donate and put them in the boxes around the school labeled "Winter Clothing Drive" or give them to your children so that they can put it into the boxes.

Please make sure that clothes are clean before donating them.
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 brought an African Drum Group and guest dancer from Ghana to TCGIS to perform for our students in grades 4-8. The performance was very engaging and included singing, dancing and a lot of fabulous drumming! The $5 free-will donation is still requested if your student hasn't brought it to school yet!  Thank you.     
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.
Books Sponsored from the ZfA!

This past week TCGIS received around 170 books sponsored from the ZfA or the Zentrale für Auslandsschulwesen. The books were chosen from the German teachers last year and will help students across all grade levels! We are very happy and thankful for another generosity from the ZfA which supports our students among others through 2 teachers at TCGIS (Julia Brueske and Beate Simon) and these books.
PTO Announcements
PTO Announcements

German Movie Night - Febreuary 2
Zurück in die Zukunft (Back to the Future) - Doors  open at 6:00 movie starts at 6:30. Cost is $2 per person and concession will be available for purchase. This is NOT a "drop your child off" event.

Urban Forage Winery Outings
Still to come: 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th grades parent meet ups. S ee   PTO January Newsletter  f or info and follow us on  Facebook.
GAI Announcements
GAI Announcements

Karneval Euro Tanzparty on Saturday, January 27, 2018 from 7pm to 1am (21+)
Party in the Haus - from the Disco Ballroom to the Ratskeller.
Join us for our annual Karneval event - The theme this year is DISCO, so pull out your bell-bottoms and platform shoes and dance ... dance ... dance!  
Click  HERE for more information and to purchase your tickets 

Registration now open for Spring Classes - Classes start Feb. 5, 2018
Click HERE for Adult Class Registration.