Happy First Weeks of School!
All of us on the exec board at the PTO wish that these first few days go swimmingly for you and your family! We know and understand the nerves, worries, excitement, joys and disappointments that these first few weeks hold.

We care about our kids, community, and our school. Please join us! This year, we are asking all families to " Strive for Five" - meaning try to give 5 hours of volunteer time to the PTO. How is this possible?! Here are some ideas:

-Handing out plants and strudel at pickup day
-Joining the Maskenball team
-Updating our social media
-Joining the Communications, Staff Appreciation or Fundraising team
-Making food for the Stafff Appreciation potlucks lunches
-Helping with the Auction
-Attend a meeting and learn about more ways to use your time and talents!

The more, the merrier. We can use every heart, every hand that joins us. We look forward to a fun and energetic year ahead!
PTO Kickoff Meeting!
Join us for the First PTO Meeting of the school year!
When : Thursday, September 5th at 6:30pm at TCGIS.
What : Learn about PTO this year! Mingle, Meet & Greet, Meal catered by Cosetta's. Family friendly.
* What a SUCCESS! *

  A huge "Thank You" to all who showed up to Back to School night! Many of you snagged our new tote/book bags and t-shirts and we met lots of new faces. We are so looking forward to seeing many of you at our first meeting on September 5th!! (Merchandise will also be available for purchase on Sept 5th! $14 Kids T-shirts, $12 Tote Bags)

The PTO sponsored a catered meal by Bleack Sea to our teachers and staff on Friday, August 23rd. Also, new teachers received a welcome basket from PTO. We wanted to show all teachers our support in their final week of workshops before we sent them our kids on Monday!   

We have many events going on in September and October! Have a look below and find a way to get involved this fall!
**Please note that each grade level will be assigned an Intern Breakfast and Early Release Day Potluck to "host" by contributing to the potluck. Staff are SO appreciative of these potluck days!!!**
Intern Breakfast & Staff Appreciation Potluck

3rd Grade Families: Sign up here to contribute to the intern breakfast on Monday, September 16th 8am.

4th Grade Families: Sign up HERE to contribute to the early release day potluck for staff on Wednesday, September 18th.
Regional Picnics
September 7th, 5-7pm
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 7th 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.  
Plant Sale

Mark your calendars for our Fall Plant Sale! Sale is open from September 23rd through October 4th. More info to come!
Oktoberfest 5K Fun Run

Saturday September 21st 10am

Registration is open for The Twin Cities Oktoberfest 5k Fun Run and Walk! Last year, we had over 300 participants and had a wonderful time. There will be live music again this year and an Oktoberfest celebration afterwards at Half Time Rec. Sign up at the link below and use the code  "Back2School" to save $3 off per person! Invite your friends and family and feel free to share the code with them!
Volunteers Needed!!
We are so thankful for the volunteers that helped make the event a success last year! We'd love to have some help this year at the event again. Please visit the link below to sign up for slot. We greatly appreciate your help. 
We also have an opportunity for volunteers for our booth at the GAI Oktoberfest coming up on September 13th and 14th at Schmidt Brewery. This will be a fun event and we'll be handing out info on the race and also having a fun craft or game to help teach attendees some German words. We have spots for both adults and their children to volunteer at the booth. If your child would love to help teach other kids some German words, we'd love your help!  
For either volunteer opportunity, sign up at the link below:

Call for Fall Auction and Maskenball Items!!

We are now accepting submissions and donations for Auction & Maskenball!
Are you a small business owner? Artist or creative type with something to donate? Services to offer our TCGIS families? Would you like to host a Great Gathering (wine night, progressive dinner, neighborhood potluck etc)? Be creative!

email your ideas to: tcgispto@gmail.com
Want to help with this year's Auction? We need you! Drop us a note :)