Issue: 319                          
March 8, 2018 
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TCGIS Online Calendar

Upcoming Events

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
2018-19 Re-Enrollment Survey - Response Requested

Is your family planning to return to TCGIS in the fall? Help us prepare for the 2018-19 school year by completing the re-enrollment survey no later than Friday, March 16. 
Please follow this link to the survey. If you have more than one student at TCGIS, please complete the form for each of your children.  Thank you for your cooperation and we look forward to seeing you next school year!
TCGIS Calendar 2018-2019

The TCGIS School Board approved the calendar for the coming academic year at its meeting on March 1, 2018. It can be viewed  here. Those interested in the results of Herr Anderson's calendar surveys are encouraged to check out either this  slide show or this explanatory  video

DANKE SCHÖN to all of you who took the surveys and shared your opinions!
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. 
Reminder: NO After School Activities March 12-16

This is a friendly reminder that there are NO after school activities next week due to parent teacher conferences and a shortened week. 
Parent Teacher Conferences Sign Up Still Open

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
Message from the Health Office

Has your child had aches, pains or illness? The  Medication Policy  and  Medication Authorization Forms  for over-the-counter medication or prescriptions have a NEW location on the school website! Please take a minute to review our guidelines at  https://www.tcgis.org/family-resources.html .  
Last Week to Buy Tickets to
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. 

*Have you already purchased a ticket and are curious about how to get it? We will email families who have bought tickets within the next week to inform you of dates and times that you can come pick up your tickets. 
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
Call for Nominations & Applications 
for the 
School Board

Find out how you can help our school, connect with our community, impa ct decisions and change. The work we do helps ensure that our school is able to provide a meaningful experience for our students.

We will elect THREE board members this year to serve three year terms . We are seeking any interested persons (parents, teachers, and community members) , especially those with experience in board governance, financial compliance, marketing and development, legal matters, or education.

If you are interested in serving or would like to nominate someone to serve details and forms are attached in the links below. You do not need to be nominated to apply.

If you have questions or want to talk to a current board member further about the role, responsibilities and expectations, feel free to contact any of the current Board members . Send your nominations or applications to cvelureroholt@tcgis.org .

Important Dates
April 13 : All nominations and applications due by 4:45 pm.
Send via email to cvelureroholt@tcgis.org or drop off in the school office.
TBD: Meet the Candidates Forum
May 14-18: Board elections, drop off all ballots by 4:45 pm on Friday, May 18.

Call for Nominations (detailed version)
Board Elections FAQ 2018 (including detailed timeline)
Information Regarding the DSD 1 Exam

The Deustches Sprach Diplom 1 (DSD 1) is an examination given at TCGIS at the end of 8th grade. We view it as the summative performance assessment evaluating what our children can do in a second language (German) after 9 years of German Language and Culture immersion instruction. This year the 8th grade class will be taking the writing, listening and reading portions of the DSD 1 on the 13th of March. The oral assessments are the final week in March just before Spring Break.

Please click here for detailed information about this important milestone (DSD 1 Assessment) in your child's German language and culture journey
Congrats to John Tuite!

TCGIS is participating for the first time in the National Geographic Bee, and our very own 6th grader, John, became the TCGIS champion and finished in the top 100 in the Minnesota state qualifying test. He will be representing TCGIS at the Minnesota State Bee in Mankato at the Minnesota State University in early April! Congratulations to John!
Board Announcements
Facility Committee News:
The Facility Committee typically meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month. This month's meeting is on 
March 13 at 6:00 PM in Room 99. All meetings are open to the public.

This month's agenda will focus on design of new space and reviewing contractor info. Questions? Contact Nic Ludwig, Chair of the Facility Committee, nludwig@tcgis.org.
PTO Announcements

PTO Meeting March 13th RSVP here 
  • 6:45-7:00 Check in, meet & greet, drop off kids at child care Bring your German books your student is no longer using and pick up some new-to-you books
  • 7:00-8:30 PTO Business Meeting
- Peg Larsen from MN Association of Charter Schools will be there to discuss lobbying efforts
Special vote will take place at next PTO meeting regarding current executive committee position of treasurer. Pending results of that vote, a replacement will be named for that role by remaining committee members at said meeting or by following PTO meeting, to fulfill duties for remainder of current school year.
- Vice-president resignation

Save the Date - PTO Retreat May 6th 1-4:00pm - Everyone is welcome to help plan for next year.

Learn more about PTO plant sale, Davanni's... from the  PTO March Newsletter
GAI Announcements
Study in Germany Information Evening
Thursday, March 22 at 7Pm - GAI Ballroom

Learn about German academic and vocational exchange programs for students who have finished high school. Two programs will be featured:
'Study in Baden Württemberg' presented by Emily Westhoven, and Congress Bundestag Vocational Exchange presented by Carrie Hess. 

This event is free and open to the public - No registration required. Click HERE for more information.

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.