Issue: 364                         
April 11, 2019 
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District 10 Elections Next Tuesday, April 16

If you live in District 10 please make sure you   vote next Tuesday! We are thrilled that we have 4 TCGIS parents on the ballot! 

Lisa Linnell (running for sub-district 1 with another new candidate running against her)
Amanda Rohrer (running for sub-district 2 against Save Historic St Andrews member, Steven Greenwood,)
Mike Mitchelson (running for sub-district 3 against 2 other candidates)
Deb Verber (running for one of 3 at large positions against 3 others)

Please make sure to vote if you live in D10, and do your best to spread the word to get out the vote in support of these TCGIS parents!
2019-20 Re-Enrollment Survey - Response Requested

Is your family planning to return to TCGIS in the fall? Help us prepare for the 2019-20 school year by completing the re-enrollment survey no later than Friday, March 22. 

Please follow  this link to the survey.  If you have more than one student at TCGIS, please complete the form for each of your children. Thank you for your cooperation and we look forward to seeing you next school year!
Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) Petition Denied By St Paul Department of Planning & Economic Development

On April 9 TCGIS received notification that the Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) citizen petition filed by Roy Neal was denied. This is fantastic news for TCGIS. Dr. Bruce Corrie, Director of Planning & Economic Development summarized the department's findings stating "a petition is not relevant, an EAW is not needed and not ordered by the City of St Paul.". You can read the entire notification here.    
Please Attend Last Kaffeeklatsch of the Year on May 3 with Rep. Mary Kunesh-Podein (DFL) District: 41B

Rep. Kunesh-Podein is Vice Chair of the Minnesota House Education Policy Committee and was visited by Ted Anderson and parent Sue Burke-Westacott during the Charter School Lobby Day at the Capitol in March. Ted and Sue discussed the charter school funding and other issues with her. We are thrilled that she accepted our invitation to attend our last Kaffeeklatsch of the year. We are excited to showcase our great school to her as an example of a successful and thriving public charter school. This is a great opportunity for all parents to meet a member of the Education Policy Committee and make your voices heard regarding school funding inequity and other issues concerning charter schools.  
Save the Date For These TCGIS Fundraisers! 

Please mark your calendars for these TCGIS fundraising events:

Saturday, April 27th: 4-8 pm. Burgers und Bier Family Fundraiser at  Half Time Rec. Half Time Rec is located on Front Avenue just a few blocks from school and is happy to support TCGIS. Half Time Rec offers several games, such as indoor bocce ball. Special for TCGIS will be a German game called " Hammerschlagen"! They're offering TCGIS discounted burger baskets (voted Best Burger by City Pages in 2015) and beer at cost. TCGIS keeps proceeds from all keg sales (not food). Buy your $10 wristband at the door good for unlimited beer. Consider walking, carpooling, or taking an Uber/Lyft. Please don't drink and drive.

Sunday, May 5th:  6-9 pm. Family Fundraiser at  Urban Forage Winery and Cider House, 3016 East Lake Street in Minneapolis.  Owned by TCGIS parents Jeff and Zita Geitler and featuring a kid-friendly tap room, Urban Forage makes cider, mead and wine on site in small batches from locally sourced fruit, flowers and honey. Urban Forage is generously offering TCGIS  all proceeds  from cider sales that evening!  Bring the kids!  Parent Colin Kreuziger will play an acoustic guitar set for entertainment. Please help us support the Zeitlers who are supporting TCGIS!  And please don't drink and drive.
Call for Nominations & Applications for the

TCGIS School Board

By serving on the School Board, YOU can help our school, strengthen connections within our community, and make important decisions. The work of the Board ensures that TCGIS provides a meaningful education and experience for all students.

This year, the community will elect  THREE board members to serve  three year terms. We seek any interested persons  (parents, teachers, and community members), especially those with experience in board governance, financial compliance, marketing and development, legal matters, or education.

If you are interested in serving or would like to nominate someone to serve, all details and forms are attached in the links below. You do not need to be nominated to apply.

If you have questions or want to talk to a current board member about the role, responsibilities, and expectations, feel free to contact any of the  current Board members. Send your nominations or applications to  Stephanie Forsland (sforsland@tcgis.org) .

Important Dates:
April 18 : All nominations and applications due by 4:45 pm.
Send via email to  sforsland@tcgis.org or drop off in the school office.
May 8, 7:30-8:30, Room 100: Meet the Candidates Forum
May 13-17: Board elections, drop off all ballots by 4:45 pm on Friday, May 17.

Board Elections FAQ 2019 (including detailed timeline)
Capstone Benefit Show "A Musical Journey" this Saturday A.M.

Join us for a celebration of different music from the U.S. and Europe performed by TCGIS students, Kristen and Carolyn Stuber, together with a singer from the MN Opera and other special guests. The 45-min performance will showcase singing, dancing, and comedy, and will be a real treat for all families! Light refereshments will follow the performance. 

This show was developed to raise funds towards individual scholarships for TCGIS students participating in the 8th grade Capstone Program. In lieu of concert tickets,   donations in any amount will be accepted Details: April 13, 10:30-11:30am, Downtown Minneapolis (location details available on the donation page).
Upcoming Scholastic Book Fair - Please Volunteer!
Our Scholastic Book Fair is coming up! All purchases benefit TCGIS. This will take place  April 29 - May 3 from  3:30pm to 5:30pm in  Room 100.

Would you like to volunteer?
If you love books and have some free time, please  sign up to volunteer at the Book Fair for a 2-hour shift after school, or to help set up or breakdown the Book Fair.
First-Ever Middle School Product Design Field Trip to BluDot in NE Minneapolis

On Wednesday, April 10, middle school students from Emma Carroll's art class visited  BluDot  furniture company in Northeast Minneapolis. The field trip was the culmination of a pilot product design project for 7th and 8th grade art students who had been learning about product design. Students first designed a chair using paper index cards, and then in teams developed a single, large scale prototype using heavy gauge cardboard supplied by BluDot. Based on their chair designs and effort in this project, 30 of the students were selected to go on a field trip to  BluDot . A senior BluDot product designer explained their product development process, and then evaluated each team's chair and shared feedback with the students. All chairs were unique, well-thought out, and reflected students' grasp of the design process. Many thanks to BluDot and Medora Danz, Senior VP, for hosting TCGIS students and to TCGIS teachers Emma Carroll and Maike Schmitt!
Watch MN United at the New Stadium!
Saturday, May 18th @ 7:00pm CST - Minnesota United FC vs. Columbus Crew SC - Allianz Field, St. Paul, MN
Join the German American Chamber of Commerce, the Germanic American Institute, and the Twin Cities German Immersion School at a Minnesota United FC game! We will meet up prior to the game for some pre-game fun and networking at the food trucks on the north side of Allianz Field.

A limited number of tickets are available. Tickets are at a discounted rate of $29. Tickets will be gone right away so we recommend buying as soon as possible.

These tickets can't be resold. All sales are final. No refunds or exchanges.

Purchase Deadline: May 4th @ 7:00pm CST
SEAC Event - Executive Functioning

Join SEAC for an event about strategies for parents and teachers to positively influence children April 15th 7:00-8:30 Room 100 hosted by Twin Cities German Immersion School Special Education Advisory Committee at TCGIS . CEU's available for teachers. 
Best Wishes to Gael Braddock

This week we are saying Auf Wiedersehen to Director of HR, Gael Braddock. We wish her the very best, and are grateful for the years of hard work and dedication she has contributed to make TCGIS a great school! 
Board Announcements
The following board and committee meetings are taking place in April. All are welcome to attend.
  • Finance Committee Meeting:  April 16, 6:30-7:30 pm, Room 100
  • Facilities Committee Meeting:  April 23, 6:00 - 7:00 pm, Room 99
  • Fundraising and Development Committee Meeting:  April 26, 8:15-9:15 am, Room 308
  • April Board Meeting:  April 30, 6:30 pm in Room 100
PTO Announcements
Thursday May 2nd 6:30pm
PTO Meeting at school. Childcare provided.

Sunday May 19
PTO Retreat: A chance to reflect on the year and share new great ideas for next school year. For parents & staff looking to get more involved AND those who are already involved.

2019-2020 Open PTO Positions: Secretary
Email  tcgispto@gmail.com or come to our next meeting to get more info!

April Staff Appreciation Sign Ups
5th Grade: Please help supply our interns with a great breakfast on Friday, April 12th. SIgn up here.

Get your Ruhland's Strudel and support our school! 
Place sweet and savory orders here through April 18 here.

**Plant and Strudel Pickup is Thursday May 2nd after school!**
GAI Announcements
Weekly camps from June 17 to August 23 on site at the GAI
Most camps are for children 7-9 yrs   
NEW THIS YEAR: Intro to German for 5-9 yrs and German & Science for 10-13 yrs

Friday, April 12, 2019 from 6pm to 9pm; FREE and open to the public
Learn about the German Dual Education system, an alternative to the failing 'college for all' model. These 'earn and learn' apprenticeships benefit students and employers