Issue: 274                               
January 19, 2017 
In This Issue

Quick Links
TCGIS Online Calendar

Upcoming Dates

Jan. 26: School Board Meeting

Jan. 27: K-8 Morning Circle & Kaffeeklatsh

Jan. 29: Kinder Karnival

Jan. 31: SEAC Meeting

Feb. 4: Maskenball

Feb. 7: PTO Meeting

Feb. 15: Early Release Wednesday

Feb. 17 - 20: No School

Feb. 17: Enrollment Lottery

Feb. 22: Carnival of Cultures

Feb. 23: School Board Meeting

Mar. 13 - 17: No After School Activities

Mar. 15: Early Release Wednesday

Mar. 16 & 17: Parent Teacher Conferences

Mar. 17: No School

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Take a look at current volunteer opportunities! If you are not yet a volunteer, but are interested in becoming one - please email Tina HaarbuschVielen Dank!
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Administrative Information
Start Date for the 2017-2018 School Year

Please mark on your  calendars that the school year 2017-18 will start on  Monday, August 28, 2017. The rest of the  calendar  will be determined in the next weeks. You can expect to see the final board-approved calendar in the Elternbrief on  March 2
Carnival of Cultures

It's that time of the year again! The carnival season is coming and we will celebrate our annual Carnival of Cultures on  Wednesday , February 22. Mark your calendars! The theme this year is "Building Bridges".

A short schedule:
4:30pm The Capstone Café will be open in the cafeteria
5:00pm Part I of the Carnival will start in the Aula (grades K-2)
5:40pm Intermission 
6:00pm Part II will begin (grades 3-8)

Please remember that students are not permitted to be in the building unsupervised before the event, so anyone not signed up for Kinderclub  in advance  should be picked up at the end of the school day. There will be no drop-in option on that day due to space limitations.
Maskenball Tickets On Sale Until January 31!

Join us February 4 at the University Club for a super fun evening.  Now there is a parking option to make your evening run more smoothly.  For $5 you can valet park, no tipping needed. That's a deal. Just add it on to your ticket purchase. Find out more here .
Order Window for Bus, Kinderclub and Lunch/Milk is Open

REMINDER:  Our February order window for Bus, Kinderclub, Lunch & Milk is  currently open. Please log onto our  online store and place your child's orders now. All orders are due by  midnight on  Monday, January 20 .

If you are a returning family and you need assistance with your Account Log-In information, please email us at  ordering@tcgis.org.

If your family is new to our online store, please click here for more information on our online store, how to "Register" for an account and how to navigate the website. Please note the school password needed during the registration process is TCGIS1.
Volleyball Season is Coming!

Click  here for more detailed information about the volleyball season. Please read before registering.  

Register for this year's volleyball team  here. Registration closes  Friday, February 10th
Practices are from  3:30-5:30pm on Thursdays, starting on  February 16th
Games will be played on Fridays, starting in the beginning of March. 

If you have questions, please contact Frau Kulhanek at  kkulhanek@tcgis.org.
Head Lice Notice
Head lice have recently been reported in multiple TCGIS classrooms. Please do your part to prevent the spread of this communicable condition by checking your child(ren) daily for the next few weeks, and on a regular basis thereafter. Please let us know if you discover a case of head lice.  TCGIS does not require students stay home from school with nits present, but does suggest that students with live lice are treated before returning to school.

You can find Center for Disease Control information on head lice  here, and information specifically regarding head lice in the school setting from the National School Nurse Association  hereIf you would like further information, you can contact the National Pediculosis Association at  npa@headlice.org  or visit  www.headlice.org .
German for Parents - Deutsch für Eltern

Are you "feeling lost and out in the cold"? Come to Herbert's  "warm and friendly" German class. He'll put you in the loop!  Er setzt Dich ins Bild!  Wir treffen uns Dienstag 6-7 Uhr im TCGIS Art Room.  All materials provided. 9 weeks starting  January 24 . Total cost is $70.00.  Call Herbert at  612-505-2892  (or text) or  email herbert@artsvienna.comcastbiz.net.
Send in Those Sibling Applications!

If you have a child entering Kindergarten next fall, please remember to send in your application! To guarantee you a spot in Kindergarten at TCGIS for the 2017-2018 school year, we must receive your application by February 16 at 4pm. 
Looking to Get Rid of Old Board Games?

We are hoping to build a check-outable game library. There are  many benefits to playing board games -- one of which is to help teach & reinforce social skills. The game donations will be used for one-on-one, small group, whole class, and family fun night activities. 
In need of gently used or new board games for all ages (5 - 14). To name a few:  Connect Four, checkers, Guess Who, Jenga, Qwirkle, Uno, Dominoes, Blokus, Sequence for Kids, Suspend, Concentration, Sorry, Trouble, Bingo, Apples to Apples, Charades for Kids, Perfection, Hedbanz, Left Right Center, Spoons, chess, Scattergories, Spot-it, cribbage, etc...

Please bring donations to the office in care of/Michelle Wallace. Vielen Dank to those who have already donated!
Kinder Karneval!

Mark your calendars for January 29, 2017 from 2pm - 5pm! There will be a Kinder Karneval 
at The Klub Haus on Rice Street. More details available here.
Premier Performance - TCGIS Strings

The newly formed String Group invites you to a performance at  Peace Lutheran Church Lauderdale, 1744 Walnut Street, Lauderdale, MN o Saturday, January 28 at 1:00pm They have worked hard and would like your support. T he group will open the recital for Vienna Community Students.  Call Herbert or Nancy at  651-773-9525  for more info.
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 19 host families!

Click here to find out more about our intern program. Have any additional questions? Contact  Tina Haarbusch. Already sold and excited to host? Click here to sign up by  February 1, 2017
TCGIS Family Ski Day at Trollhaugen
Friday, February 17, 2017
Click here for full details.

Hit the slopes with the kids on their day off from school!  Trollhaugen is a great place to ski with family and friends, and it's located just one hour away in Dresser, WI.

This year's rates:
Grade 7 thru Adult -- $15 lift ticket + $15 rental
Free lessons available with advance notice
Grades 5 & 6 -- $18 lift ticket/rental/lesson
Grades K-4 -- $28 lift ticket/rental/lesson
Children 5 & under -- FREE lift ticket + $15 rental
Lift ticket prices are good from  9:30 am to 3:00 pm. Extend through the evening for just $5 more. Lessons are available in the morning only. Please click here for complete details. 

Contact  Manuela Thames or  Kelly Huxmann with any questions or to register. Registration deadline is  Monday, February 13.
Literacy Corner

Our newest groups, the Minis (Kindergarten), have just started. If you were notified that your child qualified for a five week intervention, please make sure you signed the consent form and handed it to me or to your child's teacher (sending the signed form via email is okay as well). Without your signature, your child cannot take part in our Mini-classes. 

PTO Announcements

Click here to find out more about these upcoming events:
  • Kaffeeklatch, Jan. 27, 8:30 AM, hosted by Jessica Gallo and Angie Haeg
  • Maskenball, Feb. 4, University Club, St. Paul
  • PTO meeting featuring a presentation on talking about sex with your kids, Feb. 7
GAI Announcements 

German for Teens 
Classes Begin January 21
Does your tween or teen need help keeping the German fresh post-TCGIS? On Saturdays, beginning  January 21  and running through the end of April, the GAI is offering three sections of German for Teens at the beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. Each class focus on creating and developing German language skills for teens, with the intermediate and advanced level particularly focused on fluency in reading, writing, and conversation.  Click here to register and learn more!

Kultur in der Küche: Authentic Gulasch
Saturday, February 4, 1pm-4pm
$40 for GAI Members, $50 for Non-members 
For ages 12 and up
Make and taste authentic  Austro-Hungarian style  Gulasch  in our next  Kultur in der Küche  cooking class, in partnership with the Center for Austrian Studies. Unlike American versions of this dish-which resemble baked hot dish or Ratatouille-authentic  Gulasch  is a slow-cooked meat dish with a savory garlic-onion spice sauce. Visit www.gai-mn.org to register and learn more.