Issue: 339                          
September 13, 2018 
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FINAL Week to Register for After School Activities

There is one more week to register for after school activities! Please return the registration form WITH payment (cash or check to TCGIS) to the office by September 20. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Once you've submitted registration materials, there will be no confirmation of enrollment. If we are unable to process your registration due to the class filling up we will contact families on an individual basis. 

If you have any questions about teaching a class, please email Lauren Kalish at lkalish@tcgis.org

Registration materials:
Feedback Requested - Parent Satisfaction Survey

If you have not yet taken 2018-2019 Parent Satisfaction Survey, now is your chance! The survey closes September 17, and we'd love your feedback. Dankeschön!
LAST Chance to Pick Up Alle Sind Hier Herzlich Willkommen Signs

Our customized "All Are Welcome Here" = "Alle Sind Hier Herzlich Wilkommen" signs are our first fundraiser of the year. You can buy one for a teacher, EA, intern, classroom or TCGIS neighbor. Signs are $20 each and are a perfect way to share the message of inclusivity, respect, love and dignity for all, while promoting German and TCGIS!!  Visit our  TCGIS Square Store  to place your order, and if you want to donate the sign write your intention in the comment field at checkout. The FINAL chance to pick up these signs will be next Thursday, September 20. 

St. Paul Oktoberfest - Support TCGIS AND GAI!

We hope you come out this weekend to attend the St. Paul Oktoberfest! This is a great way to support our partner, the Germanic American Institute (GAI) AND to support fundraising efforts for Capstone 2019-2020. Click here for more information about the event!
K-8 Morning Circle & Kaffeeklatsch September 21

Join us on September 21, for our combined K-8 Social Hour and PTO-Sponsored Kaffeeklatsch!
  • 7:50-8:15am - parents/guardians gather in classrooms to visit with teachers and interns
  • 8:15-8:30am - adults quietly observe Morning Circle
  • 8:30-9:30am - gather in the Commons for coffee and socializing!
We hope to see you there!  
Girl Scouts at TCGIS

DID YOU KNOW: a majority of female CEOs, public servants, and astronauts were Girl Scouts? We're starting a fourth year of having a troop based at TCGIS and there's room for your daughter. She does not have to be a kindergartener to begin; we welcome new girls each year, grades K-8. If you are interested, attend our fall kick-off event on  Saturday, September 15, 3-5, at the TCGIS playground. You can also contact Cindy Miller at  cynmillbea@hotmail.com for more information.
We are also interested in adults with time and skills to share. You don't have to have a Girl Scout, have been a Girl Scout, or even have a daughter to join us! Volunteers could lead one event based on your skills and interest, help coordinate cookie sales, provide snacks for a meeting, or guide a small group at our monthly meetings. All help and support is appreciated.
TCGIS Car Magnets are Back!

For a limited time you can make an online donation and receive a TCGIS car magnet or window cling. Donate at our online TCGIS square store and pick up your magnet on  September 6 OR  September 13  from 3:30-4pm in the foyer outside the office. All donations go to support professional development for teachers! Sorry, no shipping! 

TCGIS Picture Day ID: MI208219Y1

Interested in helping out? We are looking for two volunteers for the following shifts: 8:30am-11:30am and 11:30am-2:30pm. If you are interested in helping out at one of these shifts please contact Lauren Kalish at lkalish@tcgis.org. Parent volunteers will receive $35 off of a picture package of their choice!
Seeking: Elternkontakte & Classroom Volunteers

Elternontakte (EKs) are parent volunteers who facilitate communication between the teacher and the classroom parents/guardians. They communicate teacher requests for parent/guardian volunteers to chaperone field trips, assist with classroom projects and activities, and participate in grade-level events. Grades K-4 can have 2-3 Elternkontakte per class; middle school grades typically have 2 EKs per grade level. In addition to volunteering as an EK, there are many other ways to volunteer in your child's classroom, like those listed above.

If you are interested in volunteering as an EK and/or a Classroom Volunteer, please  complete this form by  Wed. Sept. 19. If you have questions, please email Katharina Schirg:  kschirg@tcgis.org.
2nd Grade Alphabet Forest  

This week we started a project called the alphabet forest with all of the second grades. The children have to walk through the classrooms to find words for each letter of the alphabet and write them down. They can also do some activities in the different classrooms to collect more words. At the end of each session we dance the YMCA dance with the children which is a lot of fun. And at the end of the project, they will be crowned letter princesses and princes. We are very excited about this project and hope the children will enjoy it too and be able to improve their german vocabulary.  
TCGIS Band Starts Next Week

Grades 6-8 after school for Konzert Band starts next week (one week earlier than after school activities).  Lessons are all day  Thursday  for grades 5-8 during the school. If you are signed up for band and your child is not on this schedule, please contact Krista Johnson ASAP: http://www.kristajohnsonmusicteacher.com - 612 209 3396 cell/text.
Special EducationAdvisory Potluck
September 17, 5-7pm - TCGIS Cafeteria

Have you ever felt like your child might need a little extra when it comes to school support? 
Come socialize and talk about the ways in which we as a community of teachers and caregivers can foster individualized education and social emotional growth.

Please sign up here.
PTO Announcements
Coming Up!
  • Saturday September 15th- Regional Picnics. Come meet other families in your neighborhood and set up play dates, arrange carpools or bus buddies at the regional potluck picnic.  Bring a dish to share.  There are four locations to join us on September 15 from 5-7pm:  Central Bus area:  Mattocks Park St. Paul, North Bus area:  Cummings Park in Arden Hills, South Bus Area: Longfellow Park in Minneapolis, and Como Neighborhood:  Lexington Park in Roseville
Auction Update:
We are now accepting submissions for the TCGIS PTO Auction! Please email  auctiontcgispto@gmail.com.

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GAI Announcements
St. Paul Oktoberfest-Minnesota's most authentic! Activities and events for young and old! Friday, September 14, 4-10 p.m. | Saturday, September 15, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

Fall Classes are starting soon! 
Samstagsschule begins September 15. The GAI now offers ADVANCED German classes for High School students. If you are the parent of a TCGIS alumni, your teenager may want to register for Teen Treff or Teens Intensiv https://gai-mn.org/German-for-Teens

The GAI is offering a series of German & Science Workshops for kids K - 4th grade;  CLICK HERE for more information