Issue: 372                         
June 6, 2019 
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The Final Countdown

We hope you can join us for the End of the Year Picnic on Wednesday, June 12. Please click here to read about the event. There is an opportunity to make a small donation if you wish to have lunch with us (students eat for free).

We are still looking for facepainters and volunteers to help clean up! If you're able to help, please sign up here!

Dismissal on June 12

Dismissal will be slightly different (and hopefully easier!) than in past years, now that we use Pikmykid. Please be sure to update your child's Wednesday pick-up method by midnight on Tuesday, June 11. The option to pick up your child at the picnic by 12:15 is now available in Pikmykid.

Releasing your child to a different TCGIS parent
If your child is going home with another TCGIS parent after the picnic on Wednesday, you must delegate this parent for your child's dismissal option in Pikmykid. We cannot release your child to another adult, who is not their parent, unless she/he is officially delegated to this adult in Pikmykid. In this case, the parent delegation is their dismissal mode, and your child will be released to this parent in whatever dismissal mode the delegated parent has indicated in PMK.

Pick-up at the picnic 12:00-12:15 pm
Students may be picked up in person at the picnic between 12:00-12:15pm; parents must 'check out' their child from their homeroom teacher. Teachers will gather with their students on the large field, away from the picnic shelters, starting at 12:00pm.

Students who are still with their teachers at 12:15 will be walked back to school, collect their belongings and then head to their pick-up method.

Dismissal at TCGIS via bus, car and walking pick-up 12:30-12:45
  • Please note: this dismissal is 15 min earlier than normal early-release days.
  • Buses will depart TCGIS at 12:30pm on Wednesday. Please plan to be at your child's bus stop approx. 15 minutes earlier than usual.   Click here for the earlier bus-stop times.
  • Students will be sent out to car pickup and walking pickup at 12:30; students who are not picked up by 12:45 will be brought into the front office.
St. Paul City Council Voted

Yesterday's City Council meeting
 was a significant moment for our school community, an inflection point in the future of our school. We are grateful that the City Council voted 5-0 against the historic designation of the former church building, and voted 5-0 in favor of the site plan and variances we need to move forward with our building project. The decisiveness of the City Council on these pivotal votes provides reassurance that we will soon be able to provide the facilities our students and teachers need to deliver the mission of TCGIS: Innovative education of the whole child through German immersion. We thank Board Secretary Kelly Laudon, teacher Emmi Koepke, and 7th grade student, Gus Beaton for speaking on behalf of the school at the public hearing. They did a wonderful job expressing their messages in front of City Council. 
Bussing Survey - Please Respond by June 10

We are in the process of creating routes for bussing for the 2019-20 school year. If you are a current bus family and already filled out the survey, please do not fill it out again. If you are a family who is interested in starting bussing, please fill out this form
Lost and Found

If you are missing an item, please make sure to stop by to claim it! There are tons of items in the lost and found and these items will not be brought to the picnic this year. 
Consideration and Grace Requested 

We acknowledge that the City Council decisions yesterday were deeply disappointing for some members of the community. We ask our school community to maintain respectful interactions and understanding as we work toward rebuilding relationships. We wish the best for our shared community and hope for a brighter future as neighbors.
Host a German Teacher Next Fall During the 2-week Capstone Exchange

Katharina is seeking 4 host families for the German teachers who will accompany their 50 German students to our school next fall to participate in our Capstone Exchange. The teachers must have their own bedroom, but can share a bathroom. They should be able to get to/from school the same way your children do, and they may also be happy to bike or walk to/from school. The German students and teachers arrive Wed. Sept. 26 and depart on Thu. Oct. 10, 2019. Please  email Katharina  if you're interested in this short-term hosting opportunity! 
Medtronic Scientists Visit 7th Grade Science

The 7th grade science classes welcomed 4 Medtronic scientists, including a nativ e German-speaking Veterinary Pathologist, to provide a lesson on heart anatomy in German. The kids dissected pig hearts and heard about the role of engineers and scientists in the design of life-saving implantable medical devices like pacemakers and defibrillators. We thank Nicole Kirchhof, Kimberly Chaffin, Molly Magnuson, and Julie Alkatout for volunteering to provide this unique educational opportunity for TCGIS kids! 

Digital Citizenship Resources 

We've been learning about Digital Citizenship in grades 2-4 the past few weeks! Does your child know rules and expectations about tech use at home and when your child is at a friend's house? (Some kids claim there are NO rules at home!) Check out these resources from Common Sense Media and Google

Common Sense Media has a section for parents that helps to answer questions:
How can I help keep my child safe while online? How do I know if my child is ready for their own phone? But what about reading over the summer?
Thank You and We Need Your Help

Girl Scout Troop #57317 at TCGIS would like to thank the community for their support this year. We had 75 Scouts in grades K-7. We sold around 5,000 boxes of cookies and donated 86 pounds of cookies to a food shelf. We had clean-up trips around the neighborhood. We had seven fifth-graders earn the Bronze Award, the highest award for Junior Girl Scouts, by creating shelters for community cats. Several girls are looking forward to attending summer camps. 

But we could use  your help next year. We are looking for small-group leaders (join us for our one-hour monthly meeting, guiding a group of 6-7 girls in pre-planned activities) and 1-2 leaders for our younger program levels (one-hour meetings once a month, plus a few leader meetings). Next year will be our fifth year of Girl Scouts and we have lots of plans and experienced leaders in place to help! Please consider joining our exciting troop and guiding our girls in their service, leadership, and fun. You don't have to have been a Girl Scout, have a Girl Scout, or be a girl to help! If you have any questions, please contact Cindy Miller at  cynmillbea@hotmail.com
Health Office Update for Next Year

A little heads up from the Health Office for the coming school year:  If your child will need medication for the 2019-20 school year please find the information below:
  • For the administration of medication to a student during the school day we need written Medical Authorization of the Health care provider signed by the parent/guardian. Form can be found here.
  • Medication must be in original package, valid expiration date, labelled with students name.
  • At the Open night on Thursday, August 22nd, the school nurse, Frau Avery, will be available to receive the medication with the completed Authorization form.  
  • If you would like an appointment to drop off Medication/Authorization forms or plan how we can support your child during the school day please contact Frau Avery at mavery@tcgis.org or by calling 651-492-7106 ext. 294.
Information for 4th Graders Interested in Band

For all 4th graders interested in band, please click here.
Interested in the TCGIS Middle School Cross-Country Team  in Fall 2019 (incoming 5th-8th graders)?

A great season depends on a great off-season. Here is our  off-season / summer calendar with a few options for training in the off-season: races, camps, cross-training, etc. We will also have a few break-out runs. If interested, please fill out this  survey so we can email you the updates, including registration for the TCGIS XC team.

Our first pre-season (optional) cross-country practice will be on Monday, August 12. Time and place will be announced later through our email updates (sign up in the  survey). Our first whole team practice will be on the first day of school at 3:30 PM.

Registration will be in early August and will be announced in our email updates and the Elternbrief.  Practices (including pre-season optional practices) will be on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3:30 PM - 5 PM.

GEMs Summer Camp Registration - NOW OPEN to Incoming 7th Grade 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 12th-16th. 

Registration Form  - Please complete for each child registered.

Who: All students entering grades 1-7
What:  GEMs Summer Math camp
Where: University of Minnesota, Vincent Hall
When: August 12th-16th, 2018, from 9am-12pm.
Cost: $150 (daily snack provided)

Contact Missy Morrissey at  gemsummercamp@gmail.com if you have any questions!
Congratulations to this Week's Mausmünzen Winners 

The selected students have shown exemplary behavior at TCGIS during the school day, and are representing their class and grade level. Meistermäuse have demonstrated to staff one or more of the following praised traits:  Sicherheit   (safety),   Verantwortung  (responsibility), and   Respekt   (respect). 

Congratulations to Olivia (5c), Owen (2b), Sonny (Kc), Malik (7b), Amelia (3a), and Frau Koepke!
Board Announcements
All Board and committee meetings are open to the public and we encourage active participation or attendance. The committees include: finance, governance, fundraising, administrative liaison, and facilities. Meeting times are on the school calendar. The next full Board meeting is June 27th at 6:30 pm. Board meetings are also viewable on YouTube. Please subscribe to stay informed. 
PTO Announcements
Save the Date!
2nd annual  Twin Cities Oktoberfest Fun Run on Saturday, September 21st. Family-friendly event. Open to the public. Proceeds go to TCGIS PTO. Tickets coming soon. Follow updates HERE

Sign Up!
Intern Breakfast on Monday June 10th

Summer play dates!! 
See  this list of all our parent -planned summer play dates. Come to one or all - no need to RSVP. Just show up! Contact parent Becky Deimel for questions: rebeccadeimel@yahoo.com

First playdates upcoming: 
  • June 14, 9:30a-11:30a. Tamarack Nature Center, White Bear Township
  • June 25, 5:30-7:30p Mattocks Park, Saint Paul
  • July 11, 6-8p Brackett Park Mpls
Announcing 2019-2020 PTO Executive Team
President: Clare Roney      
Vice President: Candace Davis
Treasurer: Sarah Robbins
Secretary: Trisha Menke 
General Officer Staff Appreciation: Danielle Behling
General Officer Fundraising: Ashley Clayton
General Officer Communications: Catherine Radecki

Be sure to look for our June PTO Newsletter coming out soon!! 
Stay up to date with the PTO on our Facebook page throughout summer!! 
GAI Announcements
W eekly camps from June 17 to August 23 on site at the GAI
Most camps are for children 7-9 yrs   - REGISTER NOW, CAMPS ARE FILLING UP!  NEW THIS YEAR: Intro to German for 5-9 yrs and German & Science for 10-13 yrs

Annual Deutsche Tage celebration June 8 & 9. 
Deutsche Tage (German Days) is one of the GAIs longest-standing traditions and the oldest heritage festival in St. Paul.  

  • ADVANCED GERMAN  - TEENS INTENSIV B1+: For advanced students who want to continue building language ability and skills. 'Blended' Course format with 90 min. of classroom instruction per week and online / independent study.
  • ADVANCED GERMAN - TEEN TREFF: For students with a high level of proficiency & fluency. Course is designed to maintain language ability. Limited assignments & homework - Class meets bi-weekly