Issue: 329                          
May 24, 2018 
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Send Our Teachers and Staff Away AND Get a TCGIS Car Magnet!!

Thanks to your support during Give to the Max and beyond, we've already covered our intern expenses for next academic year!  But we still have a $26,000 shortfall in our $100,000 goal. If you haven't yet contributed to TCGIS this year, please consider helping to close the gap! This $26,000 will be specifically earmarked for professional development expenses for our teachers, staff and EAs and will cover program costs and travel expenses.  A minimum donation of $10 gets you a cool car magnet and will make it possible to send them away for valuable training and development!

Does Your Employer Match Charitable Giving?
Help TCGIS close its fundraising gap quicker! See if your employer matches charitable donations. It's an easy way to turn a $100 donation into $200! Check to see if your employer offers a matching program here
Action Required: Annual Student Registration Paperwork for 2018-19

At this time, we would like to ask all returning families to complete the required annual student registration  no later than  Friday, May 25th New this year: No more paper forms to fill out! We've implemented a new application called E-Collect , which is integrated with PowerSchool. This will allow you to complete all necessary registration documents online via your Parent Portal account. Please click here for more information.
Calling all 7th Graders and their Families:

Slots are still open for the TCGIS Green Team at this year's Deutsche Tage.  The GAI has generously offered to  donate funds to the 2019 Capstone Exchange Trip Fund in return for our volunteering efforts. 100% of the funds generated will be used to enrich the 2019 Capstone experience and reduce each child's overall cost. Please consider joining us for this worthy cause.  Here is the link to the GAI's Sign Up Genius . Scroll down for the section marked "TCGIS Green Team" to sign-up.  
Join Us for the Picnic - Buy Tickets Today!

We are gearing up for our End of the Year Picnic on Tuesday, June 12! This will be held at the Como Park Pavilions and will be from 11:30am-1:30pm. We invite all parents and non-student siblings to attend! If you plan on eating lunch with us, please be sure to
buy tickets here. If you'd like to read more about what's new at the picnic this year, please click here!
To help make this event a success, we need help from parent volunteers. Please  click here  to see what volunteer opportunities are available and to sign up today! Please email Lauren Kalish at  lkalish@tcgis.org  if you have any questions.
Thank You to our Picnic Sponsors

We would like to thank our picnic sponsors: TCGIS PTO, Audi St. Paul, Larry Mohr, President of the German American Chamber of Commerce, MN Chapter, and Dr. Stefanie Bauer, Life Ripples. 

Thank you for your support!
Yearbooks On Sale Now!

Head over to our Square store to buy your yearbook today! They will arrive at the school during the last week of May. Students or parents can pick up their yearbooks in the office, or at the End of the Year picnic. Buy yours today!

Congrats to Ariana Forsland (5c) for her artwork on the cover this year!
Ronja Räubertochter by Astrid Lindgren

Come see our 5th graders perform "Ronia, the Robber's Daughter" (German: Ronja Räubertochter) - a play based on the children's fantasy book by the Swedish author Astrid Lindgren

Monday, June 4 at 8:30am, 5A
Tuesday, June 5 at 8:30am 5B
Wednesday, June 6.at 8:30am 5C

Mission Orthodox Presbyterian Church
1040 Como Ave, St Paul, MN 55103

All parents are welcome!
Add a flower to the TCGIS Blumengarten

Show your appreciation for teachers & staff and create a Dankesblume for our Blumengarten.  

We'll be putting all of the flowers onto a trellis that will be displayed in the foyer for the teachers to see. You can bring them to the Front Office any time in the next few weeks and we will bring the final display to the end of year picnic

We've attached the flower and instructions here, so you can print off and create Dankesblumen for as many teachers as you'd like. 
Final Week to Sign Up for Sommercamp!

TCGIS Sommercamp runs from July 16 - August 3 for incoming 3rd - 8th grades. Camps are filling up, so sign your child up today for a fun, week-long day camp with one of the following themes: 

- The Mystery Box
- What's so Great about Bees?

- Harry Potter Adventures 
- German Cinema

- Rock, Paper, Scissors
- Under the Circus Tent 

Campers speak German all day and receive a T-shirt with the Sommercamp logo.  Click here  for more information.   

Registration window closes on May 31. 
Early Morning Recess Volunteers Needed!

It's finally time! Early morning recess will start up in May pending enough parent volunteers. Please click here to read more information and sign up today!
Last Middle School Assembly
May 31 10:05-10:35pm at TCGIS

Dear Middle School Parents,

The middle school staff would like to invite you to join us for our last assembly of the year on May 31st at 10:05-10:35am in the school cafeteria. Come hear about all the great things our middle school students are doing both in and outside of school hours!"
Scholarships Available for Waldsee German Immersion Summer Camp

There is still time to apply for scholarships to attend Waldsee, the German immersion summer camp through the Concordia Language Villages! Click here to read about eligibility and other details. If you have any questions about the camp, feel free to reach out to Lauren Kalish at lkalish@tcgis.org

Looking to get a discount in sending their students up to Waldsee, or any of the Language Villlages? Concordia Language Villages is looking for people to work transportation in the Twin Cities this summer. After working 80 hours over the course of the summer you will earn a 10% discount for a future camper. Click here to look at the job posting! If you have any questions, email Eric Gandrud at egandrud@tcgis.org.
PTO Announcements
Last PTO Meeting
Join us at the GAI  June 5th at 6:45 for the final PTO meeting of the year.  We will finalize and vote for the 2018-19 PTO budget.  Where do you want the money spent?

What does the PTO do & why do we need every parent's help?
Check out the  May PTO newsletter to learn more.  We are still looking for parents to help coordinate events for next year. 
GAI Announcements
Summer German Language Camps start June 18 - Camps are filling up! Reserve your spot now!
Topics include Geography, Science, Arts & Crafts, Mysteries & Magic, Writing, Baking & Cooking, and more. Teachers and children will speak, hear, sing and create in German. 

Mark your calendars - Deutsche Tage 2018 Saturday, June 9 and Sunday June 10  Deutsche Tage
Celebrating 60 years! Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow ...   A great way to participate at the event is to  VOLUNTEER