Welcome to the Parent Council
Welcome to the TCGIS Parent Council, an all-volunteer, elected organization that brings parent feedback to the Twin Cities German Immersion School.
Our focus is:
Our mission: The TCGIS Parent Council is an advisory body that represents the parent community and serves as a 2-way communication channel to address parent input and to receive requests from school admin about parent input or for parent support.
Connect with the Parent Council
Do you have a concern, question or suggestions? Please contact your class representative via email or phone. Emails can also be sent to the full council at firstname.lastname@example.org
For the latest information
Please check the weekly Rundbrief. A summary of the monthly meeting is added to the Rundbrief. You are also welcome to contact your class representative.
The Parent Council is comprised of an elected representative from each class and grade level. Representatives are elected yearly around the first week of September. All parents / guardians are invited to volunteer.
A small leadership team is elected within the pool of representatives for Chair, Co-Chair, Secretary, and Communications roles.
All members are encouraged to take part in either the Board sub-committees or new ones we create as a Parent Council such as New Parent, Survey, and Student Academic Life. Additional subcommittees may be formed and/or dissolved as other topics or issues arise. Subcommittees take charge of specific concerns parents have raised to the larger PC by meeting separately as a subcommittee to discuss the issue(s); Gather additional information or data as needed; and Synthesize conclusions and report back to the larger PC during a monthly meeting.
The Parent Council holds meetings once a month on the second Monday.
This is a typical Parent Council Agenda:
6:30 - Call to order
6:35 - Report from Board Liaison
6:45 – Summary of Parent Communications received
6:50 – Discussion and updates with Kirsten Christensen
7:05 - Closed session
7:10 - Liaisons to the board committee meetings - report from any PC member that attended the various meetings.
7:20 - Sub-committees updates
7:30 – Topic discussions
8:30 - Finish discussion, move/propose any topics for next meeting.
8:35 - Adjourn
If you have any questions or would like more information about the Parent Council, don't hesitate to contact us.
Past Updates from the
Parent Council Calendar
Each class elects a parent / guardian from the class to represent them.
Formed in the Fall of 2018, the TCGIS Parent Council is based on German schools’ (Elternbeirat). All German schools are required by law to have representative councils of students, teachers and parents. A parent council, consisting of one elected parent rep from each class, provides a formal setting for parent input into school decision making.
We acknowledge and appreciate that TCGIS is located on Waȟpékhute (wah-PEH-koo-tay) Dakota traditional, ancestral, and contemporary homeland, near Lake Medewaka, in the land now known as Minnesota (Mni Sota Makoce). Read our full TCGIS Indigenous Land Acknowledgement here.
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