Issue: 318                          
March 1, 2018 
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Upcoming Events

Mar. 1: Registration Opens for Session 3 of After School Activities

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. 22: Registration Closes for Spring After School Activities

Mar. 28: School Board Meeting

Mar. 29: Winter After School Activities End

Mar. 30 - April 6: Spring Break - No School
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Administrative Information
Enjoy the Long Weekend

This is a reminder that there is no school on Monday, March 5, due to a professional learning day. Enjoy the long weekend!
Register for After School Activities!

Registration for the spring session of after school activities is now open! Attached you will find the schedule and pricing of classes, the description of classes, the registration form, and a scholarship form. Please note: scholarships cannot be applied to the course offered by Mad Science. 

Registration for activities will close on March 22. This is a change from what is written in our printed TCGIS calendar. No late registrations will be accepted. Please be aware that classes have size limits and will fill up; participation is on a first come, first served basis. 
Sign Up for Parent Teacher Conferences Open Now

The sign up for  parent teacher conferences is still open! Conferences are from 4:00-7:30pm on Thursday, March 15 and 8:10am-3:30pm on Friday, March 16. The master password is spring2018ptc  

Before you log in, we suggest that you have the following information: 
  1. A list of all the teachers you would like to see. The online conference system will not tell you the names of your children's teachers.  
  2. The times you would like to have conferences. The system will tell you the available slots for all teachers. If the teachers you wish to see are not available, contact them to schedule an alternative time for a conference.  
For further information, please find the attached  parent letter and  parent overviewThe website to schedule conferences is  here. Please note: the sign up window will close at 8pm on Monday, March 12 at 8:00pm.

A reminder to MIDDLE SCHOOL parents: 
Spring conferences are just around the corner and teachers are excited to meet with you and your student(s). As you may have noticed during our first round of conferences, some teacher's slots fill up very quickly. If your child has an A in a class, please consider waiting to sign up so those with a higher priority have a chance to get a time slot. While we wish to discuss all students we appreciate your careful consideration.

We look forward to seeing you!
MS Coordinators Beate Simon and Missy Morrissey
Information Regarding MCA Testing

We begin with our MCAs on Monday, March 12th and conclude with testing on Friday, May 11th 2018.

The MCAs are the required state assessments fulfilling the federal requirement that all states have a comprehensive assessment in place ensuring that all schools are providing the best possible teaching and learning in their schools. Click here for more detailed information about the MCAs. 
Get Your Tickets TODAY -
Minnesota United FC vs Chicago Fire

Join us on March 17 at 1pm for our second TCGIS soccer community event when Minnesota United meets Chicago Fire for their season home opener. This is a great chance to see Germany's National team player, Bastian Schweinsteiger, live in action at TCF Bank Stadium. 

Get your tickets today at the school's online store!
Adults: $30
Students: $20
Staff/Interns $20

If you would like to buy a ticket for a staff member or intern, please notify them by email or personally. 
We Are Looking for Sponsors!

TCGIS is looking for sponsors for the end-of-year picnic. This is a great opportunity to both help the school and showcase your company or your product! There are several levels of sponsorship with corresponding benefits available. Click here for an overview! We'd like to have our sponsors identified by April! For more information please contact Dianne Bell at dbell@tcgis.org
Student Safety Reminders

When visiting the school, please remember to follow the expectations from our  2017-18 Family Handbook:

All visitors, including parents and regular volunteers, must report to the Front Office upon arrival. Visitors must sign in and wear a visitor's pass at all times. Visitors, including parents/guardians, may be asked to show valid photo ID and state the reason for visiting before passing Front Office.

Thank you for understanding that these expectations are in place to make sure we create and maintain safe space for our students to learn and grow.

You can contact Becky Cairns ( bcairns@tcgis.org) or Gael Braddock ( gbraddock@tcgis.org) with any questions regarding our visitor procedures.
TCGIS Sommercamp 2018

Registration for our summer language camps geared to incoming 3rd - 8th-graders is open NOW !

Click here for details for TCGIS Sommercamp 2018. One-week camps will be offered July 16 - August 3, 2018.

All February and March registrations will receive a discounted rate. Don't miss out!
Now Accepting Yearbook Cover Artwork AND Photos!

Jahrbuch Titelblattwettbewerb, or yearbook cover contest, is currently accepting student submissions of art until Thursday, March 8! This year's theme is 'In die Zukunft'. Drop off cover art in the office, or send digital copies at 8.5in x 11in @ 300dpi to lbrask@tcgis.org.

We are also now accepting photo submissions for 2017-2018 yearbook. Parents, staff, and students are welcome to submit photos. Please email them to lbrask@tcgis.org
Listening Session Hosted by TCGIS Board & Admin

The School Board and the Administration will host a listening session for the TCGIS Community on 3/6 at both 3:45pm and 6:30pm. This session will be about current efforts to create a sustainable building, and finances related to constructing and operating all TCGIS facilities. This session will be in room 100, and we encourage all interested community members to attend!

Families who need childcare for the sessions can utilize Kinderclub until 6pm, then will have the option to have students stay as late as 8pm to finish out the sessions. Please fill out this form if you will need childcare.
Free Workshop with Pacer

Pacer is offering a free workshop for parents of children with disabilities! Parents can register with Pacer or email ckeidman@gmail.com with confirmation or questions. Click on the picture to enlarge it. 
Board Announcements
The Fundraising and Communications Committee is meeting this  Friday, March 2, at 8:15  in Room 99. The minutes from the February 2 meeting are available here.
PTO Announcements
Sell Herberger's Books!
PTO earns $5 for every $5 book we sell. Just takes 2 hours. Volunteer with   Christine.  

Advocate for TCGIS  
Visit legislators  March 7th  and advocate for more school funding. See previous  email  for info.

PTO Meeting March 13!
RSVP  here  and bring your used German books for a book exchange
GAI Announcements
Saturday, March 10, 2018, 1 to 5 PM - $20 GAI Members/$25 Non-Members
Join us for a hands-on workshop about the art of  Pysanky . Learn about traditional motifs, coloring, and patterns used for centuries throughout Central and Eastern Europe to create vibrantly hued and highly detailed works of art on a simple egg.

This course is designed for students who already have advanced German language skills and are specifically looking to prepare for the AP exam. Instruction will be in German. Offered on four Saturdays leading up to the exam in May these classes will focus on the multi-modalities of the test, with a couple of hours of homework to be completed outside of class each week. 

SATURDAYS, APRIL 14 - MAY 59:30am to noon; $165.00 GAI members/$185.00 non-members (includes all materials). Click HERE to register.