Issue: 344                          
October 25, 2018 
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the yearbook? Submit them directly to the Josten's Yearbook website! We will be taking photo submissions all year long.
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Administrative Information
We Need Your Help - Urgent Action Required TODAY

Please read this message that went out today regarding the urgent need for parent participation in our facilities project. The deadline to take action is today, and we need as much support from our community as possible. Thank you for your help!
Administrative Information
Join Us for our Halloween Parade and Flashmob!

Join us on Thursday, October 31, for our Halloween celebration! Come to the school around 2pm for our school-wide parade and dance on the blacktop! Students will start lining up outside of the school at 2pm by the entrance on Van Slyke. Please stay off the grass as 560 students plus staff need to line up. Once everyone has lined up, the parade will head towards Chatsworth and loop towards the school. Parents are welcome to line up along the entire parade pathway to enjoy all of the costumes! We will end the parade with a school-wide Halloween flashmob. 

Now Accepting Sibling Applications for Kindergarten

We are now accepting  applications  for the 2019-20 school year! If you have a child that will be entering Kindergarten next year, please fill out this application form  and return it to the school office at your earliest convenience. The application deadline is February 7, 2019, at 4:00pm.
Sign Up for Parent Teacher Conferences

The sign up for parent teacher conferences is now open! Conferences are from 4:00-7:30pm on Thursday, November 8 and 8:10am-3:30pm on Friday, November 9. The master password is  herbst2018

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 herePlease note: the sign up window will close at 8pm on November 5.

Please contact Lauren Kalish with  lkalish@tcgis.org with any questions.
We asked...You More Than Answered!! 

Tausend Dank to our fantastic TCGIS Community for last year's fundraising support! In 2017/2018 our TCGIS Board Annual Campaign established an ambitious goal of $100,000 in donations to support our intern program and provide funding for supplemental teacher & staff training. We kicked off our Annual Campaign season with Give to the Max in November and finished the year in June with our Annual End of Year Picnic sponsorship. Thanks to you, not only did we MEET our goal of $100,000 but we EXCEEDED it!  Click here to read how much we raised! 

Picture Retake Day November 6

Picture retake day is  Tuesday, November 6!  If you would like to have your child retake their picture, please send them with their proof or picture package on retake day.  This will help ensure that the correct order is printed for their retake picture. These will be coming home late this week or early next week.

Reminder to 8th grade parents: we will be taking ALL 8th grade individual and class photos this day. 
Scholastic Book Fair

The TCGIS Scholastic Book Fair is coming up the week of November 5-9. The fair will be in room 100. Hours are M-W 3:30 to 5:30, Thursday 3:30 to 7:30 (during conferences), and Friday 8-3:30 (during conferences).
Volunteer at the TCGIS-Scholastic Book Fair: Nov. 5-9

It's book fair time again! TCGIS English teachers will host the Scholastic Book Fair the week of Parent-Teacher conferences, Nov. 5-9. TCGIS students love the book fair and it's fun to watch them peruse the titles and pick out new books. Middle school students volunteer as cashiers and keep things in order, but we need parent volunteers to support them, and to help our English teachers set up and break down the fair. Please consider volunteering for a 2-hour shift at the Book Fair:  http://signup.com/go/dJuoibi   

Have questions? Email Volunteer Coordinator, Katharina: kschirg@tcgis.org. Thank you!  Vielen Dank!
Submit Photos for This Year's Yearbook!

Want your photo to make it into Jahrbuch? Head over to  Josten's photo submission page  to submit any classroom/school setting photos that you think should be in the yearbook. Photos not taken at school setting (unless on a school sponsored field trip or outing) will not be considered for Jahrbuch. The images you submit will be solely used by yearbook and yearbook staff for the annual publication.Teachers, support staff, and parents are encouraged to submit photos! 

There will be a permanent link on the left side of the Elternbrief to submit photos throughout the year.
Preliminary Round of the National Geographic Bee

5th through 8th graders had the opportunity before fall break to participate in the Preliminary Round of the TCGIS  National  Geographic  Bee. These students are the top 9 scorers from this round:

André Schrick
John Tuite
Liam Delaney
Mathias Kreuziger
Gus Beaton
Gretchen Wilkinson
Jaya Zeitler
Max Johnson
Cecily Jones

These 9 finalists will be competing in the TCGIS final competition in November.
Congratulations to all participants!
TCGIS Band Fundraiser

TCGIS needs a few new (to us) instruments for our band and we are hosting a Pampered Chef fundraiser party to help pay for them! Why did we choose this fundraiser option?
  • People know and love Pampered Chef products! Everyone has to eat, so everyone can use something that Pampered Chef has to offer! And even if you don't love cooking, these products make great gifts as well. So get some holiday shopping taken care of while doing some community good!
  • It's REWARDING!! 20-25% of sales from this party will be donated to TCGIS Band!
  • It's so easy! All orders will ship DIRECTLY to guests! No one has to deliver anything! So please share this party shopping link with your family and friends, near and far, and on social media! Orders are due by 8PM on Monday, 10/29.
  • The Classroom Kitchen Fundraiser Program does so much good! During this limited-time fundraiser option from Pampered Chef, not only will TCGIS be getting needed funds for our band instruments, but we will also earn some Classroom Kitchen kits that the school can use for after school activities AND we are also helping a school in an underserved-community earn a Classroom Kitchen kit for their learning gardens/culinary program. This really is a WIN WIN WIN program that we are thrilled to be offering.
Congrats to our Mausmünzen Winners!

Congratulations to this week's Mausmünzen winners! This week we said gratuliere to Jacqueline Lauer (6a), Lydia Monahan (7a), Everett Reich (Kc), Ishaan Crawford (4a), and  Ethan Laudon (4b). 
German Community Event
Join us for Waldsee Fest on November 10

Head on over to TCGIS on Saturday, November 10 from 2-5pm for this year's Waldsee Fest! Join the Deans and staff from Waldsee , the German Language Village for a fun afternoon of  German songs, dances, games, crafts, food, conversation and so much more! 

You can win a 2-week scholarship to one of Waldsee 's summer programs!

Waldsee offers Family Fun Weekends, 1-, 2- and 4-week youth residential immersion programs, and Adult Weeks during the summer and throughout the year. Come join the fun. If you've been to Waldsee , here's a chance to join your Freunde again and get back into the Waldsee groove! If you've not yet been to Waldsee , Deans and staff will be on hand to answer any questions you may have.
PTO Announcements
PTO Auction & Strudel Sale - OPEN  for bidding & buying! The Auction is the largest PTO fundraising event for the year and is OPEN for bidding & buying NOW!  Visit the TCGIS PTO Community Auction and Strudel Sale website  by  November 1st  and support your TCGIS community. Let's make this year's auction another roaring success!  Questions? Contact Joyce Albers Tyrrell or Maureen Carlyle at  auctionTCGISPTO@gmail.com.

Next PTO Meeting. Change of Date! Our next PTO Meeting will be  Thursday, November 29th at 6:30pm at school. Childcare will be available at this meeting. 

In Search Of: Used cameras! We would like to support our Yearbook team this year by helping them get second-hand cameras for their use at school events. If you have one to donate, please email  tcgispto@gmail.com. Danke!
GAI Announcements
The popular Saturday morning Frühstück has started again for the fall.  Enjoy a typical German breakfast with Brötchen, cheese, coldcuts, eggs, Nutella and more