Issue: 259                               
September 15, 2016 
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TCGIS Online Calendar

Upcoming Dates

Sept. 20: Davanni's Pizza Night

Sept. 21: Exchange Students Arrive

Sept 22: Board Meeting

Sept. 26: After School Activities Begin

Oct. 1: Auflauf Cook Off

Oct. 6: Picture Day

Oct. 19: Early Release Wednesday

Oct. 20-21: MEA Weekend
 Volunteer at TCGIS!
Take a look at current volunteer opportunities! If you are not yet a volunteer, but are interested in becoming one - please fill out an application here. Vielen Dank!
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Administrative Information
October Order Window for Bus, Kinderclub, Lunch/Milk and Spiritwear is NOW OPEN!

That's right - you can now order Spiritwear through our online store! Curious about what we offer? Click here to take a look through our products. Log on to our online store https://tcgis.orderlunches.com now and place your child(ren)'s Bus, Kinderclub, Lunch/Milk & Spiritwear order. All orders are due by Midnight on Friday, September 23 .

If your family is new to our online store, please click here for more information on our online store, how to "Register" for an account and how to navigate the website. Please note the school password needed during the registration process is TCGIS1 .

If you are a returning family and you need assistance with your Account Log-In information, please email us at ordering@tcgis.org .
Registration for After School Activities Now Open

Session one of after school activities starts on September 26! Attached you will find all of the descriptions of the classes offered, a schedule of the classes, and the registration form. All registration papers and payment are due by September 23. No late registrations will be accepted. If you have any questions please email Lauren Kalish at lkalish@tcgis.org. 
Be a Substitute for TCGIS

We are currently accepting applications for substitute teachers for the 2016-17 school year! Substitute teaching is a great way to get more involved with the school community and get to know our outstanding student body better--while getting paid! Substitute shifts are very flexible, and can be full-day, half-day, or hourly, depending on your availability. 

To substitute with Twin Cities German Immersion School, you need a valid Short Term Substitute license through Minnesota Department of Education. Please contact Gael Braddock at  gbraddock@tcgis.org if you are interested in pursuing this licensure to sub at TCGIS.
Update on the Intern Program

The Intern Program at TCGIS needs your support. Please click here to read about the intern program at TCGIS and how YOU can help support it in the future!
Band Lessons Begin Next Week

Band lessons begin NEXT WEEK, Sept. 21 and 23. All students interested in band should be on this link with the full lesson schedule. Students taking private lessons elsewhere are also listed. If you ARE NOT listed, contact Krista at monk2miles@gmail.com right away.   Emails will be sent out early next week as a reminder.
Bus Company Number and Additional Info

GREAT NEWS!  The bus company would like you to call them directly if  you are delayed,  they are delayed,  or if you have any questions regarding the bus departures/arrivals.  The number for JME Dispatch is 612-208-0237. 

Please click here to read additional information about the busing program. 
Kinderclub Information

Please click here for important information about Kinderclub.  In this week's entry: EVEN MORE introductions, reminders about new program contact information, and more!
Auflauf Cookauf and Carnival Returns October 1

Dust off your recipe box...the PTO Auflauf Cookauf is back!  The popular cooking competition and community gathering will be held Saturday, October 1 from 5:00-7:00 pm in the TCGIS Cafeteria .  Tickets are limited. Purchase your tickets early! Adult tickets cost $8. Children's tickets cost $5. All children under the age of five are FREE. **New this year: Each family will pay for a maximum of two children. Additional children in the family come for FREE!  Click Here to Register

What is Aufllauf?  Auflauf is the German word for casserole, or as Minnesotans call it, "hot dish." The Auflauf Cookauf is a hot dish competition in which TCGIS community members enter their best casseroles to compete to win the coveted Best In Show Trophy.
**New this year The Auflauf Carnival will allow children a fun place to play carnival games for small prizes while the adults taste and vote for the People's Choice winner. (Carnival Tickets will be available for CASH ONLY at the door.)
For everything you could ever want to know about Auflauf,  Click here Any questions?  PTOAuflauf@gmail.com.
TCGIS Seeking a Part Time Custodian for the 2016-2017 School Year

TCGIS is looking for a part-time building custodian to work afternoons/evenings for the 2016-17 school year.  Please see job posting  HERE  for more information if you or someone you know may be interested in this position.

To apply, send a letter of interest, a current resume, and two letters of recommendation to Gael Braddock at  gbraddock@tcgis.org.
Early Morning Recess - Volunteer to 

Our early morning recess is back! This recess is from on Tuesdays and Thursdays from  7:45 - 8:10am  and is a time for kids to get some energy out before the start of the day. At 8:10 the kids head up to their classroom for Morgenkreis. Please sign up  here  if you're interested in volunteering to chaperone this!
Collecting Empty Gallon Buckets and Cereal Boxes

The art room is in search of empty gallon ice cream buckets to use for painting with art classes. If you have any at home to donate, please send them to school with your student.

Also, please start saving and bringing in your  cereal   boxes  and round oatmeal  boxes ! Frau Lenburg wil l be needing them in October to make lanterns with the K-3rd graders f or the annual Martinstag celebration. It is a wonderful celebration of a traditional German holiday with songs, a play, lanterns, good food and a live horse! Look for more information in the coming weeks.

Empty  boxes  can be given to Frau Lenburg in the morning at drop-off (Como side on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays) or sent to the classroom with your student.
Girl Scout Supply Donation

TCGIS Girls Scout Troop 57317 is holding an all school and community supply donation drive for The International Institute of Minnesota.  The International Institute of Minnesota welcomes New Americans to the Twin Cities and offers them a continuum of services to promote their full integration into our community. The Institute is located in The Como neighborhood and has been chosen by our Girl Scout Troop as a way to become Global Citizens right here and now! 

The drive begins on Friday, September 16, and runs until Saturday October 15. Collection boxes are located in the entryway. Please click here to see a list of supplies they will be collecting. 
SEAC Fall Family Picnic September 27

Join the TCGIS Special Education Advisory Committee for our Fall Family Picnic at the  Como Park Fire Pits  Tuesday, September 27  from  5:30-7:30pm . Every family should bring their own picnic. We will roast s'mores,
and the kids can play at the playground. Please RSVP  here so we know how many marshmallows to get!  Questions? Email  seac@tcgis.org.
Donate a Music Stand

The TCGIS band program is growing, and we really need some decent music stands!  Groth music in Bloomington has a set of 6 stands for $237, and we are hoping to get 2 sets. This breaks down to $39.50 per stand. Individually they are $47.50. If anyone would be interested in donating $40 for a stand, "donated by family name" will be stenciled on it!  Let me know if you're interested! We only need 3 more for a dozen!
Update from the Literacy Corner

TCGIS' Literacy group interventions have been starting this week. The MÄUSCHEN Gruppe, the HÄSCHEN Gruppe, the BÄRCHEN Gruppe, and this time also the LÖWEN Gruppe, will provide the 'extra boost' to struggling 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th graders.
J oin them in providing reading aid at home as well, no matter which language. Literacy transfers from one language to another!
PTO Announcements

Click  here to find out more about these upcoming events:
  • The auction is open for submissions
  • Davanni's Pizza Night, Sept. 20, in St. Paul
  • Kaffeekatsch, Sept. 30 at 8:15 in the Atrium
  • Kindergarten playdate, Oct. 8, in NE Minneapolis
  • PTO meeting, Oct. 11