Issue: 325                          
April 26, 2018 
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Facilities Update - We Still Need Your Help!

The facility committee is asking you to show your support for the TCGIS building project. If you've already sent an email or letter, THANK YOU! If you have not, please consider helping! Feel free to write your own letter or use the form letter here. Please focus your communications to the following parties. Timeliness is a factor, please send right away.

City Council President, Amy Brendmoen
320-A City Hall 15 Kellogg Blvd. West
Saint Paul, MN 55102

District 10 Community Council
Historic Streetcar Station
1224 Lexington Parkway N
Saint Paul, MN 55103

The school is scheduled to present at the District 10 Community Council Meeting on May 2nd, 2018 at 7:00 PM.  The location has changed to: Mission Orthodox Church -  1040 Como Ave, St Paul, MN 55103.   Please save the date for this meeting and plan to attend. It is very important that you show your support at this meeting.

If you are a current bus family, or are interested in using the TCGIS bus service for the 2018-19 school year, please be sure to take our  BUSING SURVEY by  Sunday, April 29, 2018. Your feedback is needed for plan for next year's busing program!

Further information on finalized bus routes, stops, and registration procedures will be provided before the end of the 2017-18 school year.

Questions regarding busing should be directed to Gael Braddock ( gbraddock@tcgis.org). 
K-4 Field Day 2018 on 5/18

This year's K-4 Field Day 2018 is set for Friday, May 18. Please mark this day in your calendar if you would like to lead one of our stations or help walk the students to the park. Our backup day in case of bad weather is Monday, May 21. More information will be coming out soon!  Thanks!
Last (nearby) Volleyball Game

Come cheer on our TCGIS 7th and 8th Grade Volleyball Teams at the   Friends School (1365 Englewood Ave, St Paul, MN 55104) this Friday, April 27th. Games begin at 4:30 and 5:30pm.

-Coach Kulhanek
See MN United FC Play and Support TCGIS!

Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 12, at 1pm! We are having another TCGIS event in collaboration with Minnesota United FC. What's different about this event?  It's also a fundraiser for our big End of the Year Picnic!

For every ticket purchased, TCGIS receives $5 towards funding the picnic on Tuesday, June 12. Enter the promo code TCGIS0512 on this page and buy tickets today! 
The picnic on June 12 is a great way to celebrate the end of the 2017-18 school year, but it's also a great way to meet players from MN United FC! We are so excited to announce that we will have 1-2 players from the team at our picnic who will be ready to sign your jerseys and scarves, and to take photos with fans!
Sign Up to Volunteer at the End of Year Picnic!

Our last day of school is coming up fast! Mark your calendars for Tuesday, June 12 to celebrate our End of the Year Picnic! The picnic will be held at the Como Park Pavilions and will be from 11:30am-2:00pm. To help make this event a success, we need help from parent volunteers. Please click here to see what volunteer opportunities are available and to sign up today! Please email Lauren Kalish at lkalish@tcgis.org if you have any questions.
Thank You to our Picnic Sponsors

We would like to thank our picnic sponsors: Larry Mohr, President of the German American Chamber of Commerce, MN Chapter" and Dr. Stefanie Bauer, Life Ripples.

Thank you for your support!
SEAC Meeting on April 30

The Special Education Advisory (SEAC) is inviting everyone to the next meeting on  April 30th from   6-7:30pm in room 100. We hope to see you there! 
Drama Play 

7/8th grade play "Der Besuch der alten Dame" coming soon! It is a  3-act play by Swiss playwright Friedrich DĂĽrrenmatt, 90 minutes long.

There will be two performances in room 100:  Tues, May 15 at 10:40 AM and  Thurs, May 17 at 8:30 AM.  All adults are invited!  The play is a tragic comedy, but the main theme is pretty dark and involves corruption to the point of murder.
Book Fair April 30-May 4 - Volunteers Needed

The Book  Fair is coming  April 30th-May 4th and we need v olunteers!  We cannot do it without parent help. If you are able to help out with the  book   fair , please sign-up here  . Email Ginger Sanford at  gsanford@tcgis.org  with questions.   

Volunteer slots still open:
Friday 4/27 3:30pm to 5:00pm Set up Book Fair
Monday 4/30 3:15pm to 5:30pm 
Tuesday 5/1 3:15pm to 5:30pm
Wednesday 5/23:15pm to 5:30pm
Thursday 5/33:15pm to 5:30pm 
Friday 5/4: 3:15pm  to 5:30pm 
Friday 5/45:30pm to 6:30pm Break down and pack up

The hours to visit the book fair are:
April 30-May 4
3:30 to 5:30
Room 100
Early Morning Recess Volunteers Needed!

It's finally time! Early morning recess will start up in May pending enough parent volunteers. Please click here to read more information and sign up today!
Meet the Candidates Forum

Come to the PTO sponsored Meet the Candidates Forum on May 8th, 7:30-8:30, Room 100 @ TCGIS.  Read the board candidates bios here. 

TCGIS will elect THREE board members this year to serve a three year term.
We have 4 candidates for the TCGIS Board: Jenneke Oosterhoff, Julie Alkatout, Nic Ludwig, Ron Okenfuss.
Elections will take place May 14 - 18. For voting el
igibility, procedures, and instructions, please visit Board Elections FAQ 2018.
Intercultural Engagement

If you have ever wondered about what it's like when Germans and Americans work together, check out these articles from the business world! 

Letter for 4th Graders Interested in Band & Band Concert

Do you have a 4th grader at TCGIS who is interested in band at TCGIS? Please take a look at this letter from Krista Johnson, the band instructor at our school. This will be on Thursday, May 3. 

This year's band will have their concert on May 9 from  5-5:30pm in the Aula. Potluck following. All are welcome to attend!
Build Your Own Rain Barrel

The Como Community Council invites families and staff to a Rain Barrel Workshop  May 19 at TCGIS. You will learn about the benefits of rain barrels, why to use them, and how to install them. Then you will take home a rain barrel. The cost for the workshop and barrel is only $29 (plus tax). That is a savings of $50.  Space is limited, so sign up soon. The link to the registration below and on the attached flyer.  

Questions, you can contact Mike MacDonald at 952-201-2845.
Faculty Focus
For this week and each week until the end of this school year Herr Mullins will introduce our school community to a new faculty member we have at TCGIS this academic year. We have talented colleagues who have diverse experiences in their lives that assist them each and every day in serving the needs of your sons and daughters. Herr Mullins hopes you find this column inspiring as you read about our TCGIS Educators!

This week: Emma Carroll, Art department
PTO Announcements
PTO Meeting & Meet the School Board Candidates Forum
May 8, 7:00-7:30 PTO meeting followed by forum at 7:30-8:30 in room 100. Please RSVP your attendance, questions, and child care needs. A recording of the forum will also be available online

PTO Retreat 
Join us Sunday May 6th from 1-4:00 at Clare's home to talk about the PTO year and make plans for the next. Please RSVP to Clare for address, clarecole1020@gmail.com.

Family Game Afternoon
We have one more game afternoon for the 3rd & 4th grade families.  Meet us Sunday, April 29th from 2-4pm in the TCGIS cafeteria. Invite a friend on facebook.

Strudel & Plant Pick-up
May 7th 3:00-600pm. Don't forget and watch your email for more details. 
GAI Announcements
Registration now open for Spring Spezial short courses & special topics classes. Classes include G100 Beginner German course, Speaking & Pronunciation, Gesprächsrunde and Oberstufe LK 'So ein Theater' for advanced speakers. Click HERE for more information and to register.

WALTZ & WINE - Learn to dance the waltz!
Wednesdays, May 2, 9 and 30; 6:30pm - 8:00pm
No need to be a wallflower. Join us in the ballroom for three Wednesdays of waltzing and wine. Popular dance instructor Jimi the Polka Dancing Pirate will teach you how to glide across the floor in 3/4 time so you can be prepared for all occasions. Click  HERE for more information and to register.