Liebe TCGIS Familien - Herzlich Willkommen zum Schuljahr 2017 / 2018!
We hope the summertime has brought you what you need, be it enjoyment, relaxation, or adventure. The Minnesota State Fair grounds are abuzz with activity as the "Great Minnesota Get-Together" opens and here at TCGIS, our corridors are also abuzz with excitement and anticipation as we prepare for the arrival of your children !
In the category of "new & exciting" are:
In the area of the "tried & true" we look forward to:
Throughout this week of preparation, in addition to the standard orientation topics of procedures, policies and processes, we have placed special emphasis this year on living by our values:
In closing, I am so pleased and feel so fortunate to be here with you at TCGIS. Entering year two, I am acutely aware of both the school's potential and its challenges. I also recognize the strength of support the school enjoys - from within and from without. In addition to the significant and humbling support from our parent community, I am surrounded by smart, hardworking, and caring colleagues who are deeply committed to the success of our children. No matter what the challenges are, I love coming to work every day. Seriously.
It is going to be a great year and I am confident in our ability to handle it all while remaining true to our values.
I leave you with the recent words of novelist John le Carré. They made me smile as I consider what we are making possible for our kids at TCGIS every day. Enjoy!
...to learn a foreign language is to me an act of friendship. It is indeed a holding out of the hand. It's not just a route to negotiation. It's also to get to know you better, to draw closer to you and your culture, your social manners and your way of thinking. And the decision to teach a foreign language is an act of commitment, generosity and mediation.
It's a promise to educate - yes - and to equip. But also to awaken; to kindle a flame that you hope will never go out; to guide your pupils towards insights, ideas and revelations that they would never have arrived at without your dedication, patience and skill.
To quote Charlemagne: "To have another language is to possess a second soul." He might have added that to teach another language is to implant a second soul