Issue: 291                           
June 1, 2017 
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Contribute to TCGIS Year-End Fund & Get Our NEW TCGIS Car Magnet!

We need your help! As the end of the year approaches please consider making a special financial donation to TCGIS. TCGIS receives only about 60% of what a regular public school receives in state and local funds. Yet this 40% funding deficit doesn't mean we educate our children 40% less! In spite of this deficit, we regularly exceed the MCA standards with a German immersion curriculum. However, it is a financial challenge for us to do so well with so much less.  

TCGIS has additional expenses that make our school unique that a local school does not - such as our intern program, German language programming resources and materials, the Biohaus and Capstone programs, and last but not least, teachers fluent in German who provide this amazing environment and structure for our children to learn in.

All donations are tax-deductible and will get you our NEW TCGIS car magnet or window cling . They will be available for pick up at the end of the year picnic. Make your donation now online at the school's Square Store , or drop off a check in the office made out to TCGIS and put "Magnet" on the memo line. We'd like to especially thank TCGIS parent, Joel Erkkinen, who volunteered his time and created our cool new 'TCGIS' logo design for the car magnets. Dankeschön!

Get Ready to Celebrate at the End of Year Picnic!

We hope you join us for the End of the Year Picnic on June 8 from 11:30-1:30 at the Como Park Picnic Shelters, 1199 Midway Parkway, St. Paul MN 55 103 (Horton and Midway Parkway, East Picnic Grounds). 

If you ordered a food ticket ahead of time, they will be available for pick up at the picnic. We will also be selling tickets for food at the picnic and will accept cash or cards. Students and non-student siblings eat for free, and an adult picnic lunch costs $4. In addition to selling lunch tickets, we will also be selling yearbooks and spirit wear! The schedule of the day will be:
  • 10:45am - Set-up at Como Park Picnic Shelters
  • 11:00am - All Classes walk to Como Park
  • 11:30am - 1:30pm Picnic and Activities
  • 1:30pm - Clean-up, Classes walk back to TCGIS
  • 2:00pm - Dismissal at School (Early Release* - click for June 8 bus schedule)
If you have extra freezer space and would be willing to make a quick delivery on June 8 to the pavilions, please let Lauren Kalish (lkalish@tcgis.org) know! We are looking for help freezing popsicles for the picnic. 
Bulk Order is LIVE until June 12!

In order to save families money and time, and also to save teachers work in organizing and sorting supplies, we are continuing the Classroom Supply Bulk Order this year. Participation is 100% optional but we encourage families to take part!  Simply go to   Order Lunches  and  select June 12 on the admin tab  to place your order. The school will purchase, sort and deliver the supplies to the classroom and will re-stock supplies throughout the school year. 

The order will mainly cover items that are academic in nature. Listed below you find t he more personal items that  have to be supplied by families: 

Individual Supply List (Supplied by Families)
Kindergarten (will be provided by teachers)
For those who wish to purchase Classroom School Supplies  on your own, please find the lists below:

Classroom Supply List (Bulk Order)

Send any questions you may have to the Front Office at  info@tcgis.org .
WE take charge: Como Park Clean Up

On Wednesday, May 31, 30 students and Frau Valuev und Frau Simon went out of school to clean up our neighborhood. They ended up collecting a ton of trash from Lake Como! Let's celebrate the environmental awareness and responsibility of our students!
Strategic Plan:  We Need Your Feedback

The Strategic Planning Committee made up of parents, teachers and community members have drafted 4 statements that will guide our decision making, along with the Vision, Mission and Values, at TCGIS for the next 3 years.

Provide your feedback at one of the following sessions:
  • Friday, June 2, 7:45-8:30 AM  Room 102
  • Friday, June 2, 2:45-3:30 PM, Room 99
Can't attend one of the above sessions? 
Please provide your feedback in this Strategic Plan Feedback survey.
TCGIS Summer Library Dates!

Join us this summer for our summer library dates!
  • Tuesday, June 27
  • Wednesday, July 19
  • ThursdayAugust 10
Open  2:00 - 4:00 pm Each student may have 5 books/items checked out at a time.  Use the main entrance. Summer library hours are scheduled during regular school staff hours and the library will be run by volunteers. Thank you! 
Summer Math Camp for Girls!

Missy Morrissey (Middle School) and Kim Kulhanek (Elementary School) are offering a summer math camp for girls with support from the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics Student Chapter at the University of Minnesota during the week of August 14th-18th.

Who: All students entering grades 1-9
What: GEMs Summer Math camp
Where: University of Minnesota, exact building location coming soon!
When: August 14th - 18th, 2017, from 9am-12pm.
Cost: $150 (daily snack provided)
Topics Covered via the GEMs curriculum:
incoming 1st-3rd - Beads and Bar Graphs
incoming 4th-6th - Prisms and Perfect Squares
incoming 7th-9th - Cryptology and Graph Theory
Deadline for Registration: June 10th, 2017

Contact Missy Morrissey ( missylmorrissey@gmail.com) if you have any questions.
Summer Band Lessons

Band teacher Krista Johnson will be teaching summer band lessons on Thursday afternoons this summer at TCGIS. The cost for a 30 minute private lesson is $21. If you register for 4 or more lessons the cost is $18 per lesson. 
To register email Krista at  monk2miles@gmail.com.
Dates available are :
June 16, 22, 29
July 13, 20, 27
August 3,10,17
Kinderclub and Bussing for 2017-18

Interested in Kinderclub and/or bussing service for next school year?  Sign-up information will be sent to all families and included in the Elternbrief before the end of June.
GAI Announcements
New Program: Sommer Schule 2017
Program for kids 1st to 4th grade (TCGIS or equivalent/advanced German skills ) -June 21 to Aug. 16; 8 weeks on Wednesday afternoon, June 21 to Aug. 16
Program for Middle School / High School - 1 week intensive Monday through Friday, 9am to noon, Aug. 21-25

Programs for students with prior German knowledge who want to maintain & enhance language skills over the summer months.  Courses are taught in a classroom setting and will focus on speaking & vocabulary and listening & reading skills.  Click for more information and to register.

Deutsche Tage 2017
Saturday, June 10 - 11am to 10pm & Sunday, June 11 - 11am to 5pm
It's the GAI's Great GERMAN Get Together: Deutsche Tage! Come celebrate German-speaking culture and heritage through music, dance, food, drink & fun!

German Language Summer Camp 2017 -  June 19 to August 18 
Spots are disappearing quickly for GAI German Language Summer Camps. Our weekly day-camps provide fun, interactive German language education for children grades 1-3. Two camps will also be offered for incoming Kindergarteners in the middle of August. A list of the dates, themes, and information on before/after care options available online.  Click this link for more information & to register.

PTO Announcements

The last PTO meeting of the year will be  June 6 at 6:30  at the Germanic American Institute. We'll elect officers for next year and then have a social that includes adult beverages. No childcare will be provided.