Issue: 358                          
February 21, 2019 
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Reminder:  Kaffeeklatsch and Parent Morgenkreis Tomorrow, Feb 22!

Please join us for coffee and conversation at 8:30 following tomorrow's Parent Morgenkreis. This month's Kaffeeklatsch is hosted by the Board of Directors. This is a great opportunity to mingle and chat with some board members about school events.  

Join us at the TCGIS PTO Maskenball, an adults-only formal costume dance hosted this year at the lovely University Club of St. Paul. 

There will be appetizers, an art auction, a full cash bar, and wonderful ambiance at the University Club. A themed costume is encouraged, but not required. 

When: Saturday, March 23rd 
Time: 7:00p-11:30p 
Where: The University Club 420 Summit Ave St. Paul, MN 55102 
Tickets are limited! Secure your ticket now with an early bird special ending March 1st. 

Interested in Sponsoring? 
It is not too late to be a sponsor! Sponsorship levels range from $100-$2,500. Please contact Annegret Theis@ 952-454-4029 and annegret_theis@ultimatesoftware.com
Thank You for Your Ongoing Donations to the TCGIS School Bus Program

We would like to thank our bus families for supporting our bus program with a donation in January. We rely on on-going bus donations to offset the cost of providing busing to our families.  Please continue your support with a monthly donation via  Boonli or if you'd like to set up a recurring payment, please use  this form and submit it to the school office. If you don't ride the bus but would like to offer financial support to our busing program, we welcome your donation!

If you have any questions, please email Maja Reyes ( mreyes@tcgis.org).
Update Regarding City of St Paul and City Council

As communicated to the TCGIS community in the email message from the Board of Directors on February 20th, the school faces appeals to our variances request and site plan by both SHSA and also D10, who filed a last minute appeal on February 19th. On  March 6 the City Council will hear these appeals. This is a public hearing with testimony allowed. We encourage you to send letters ahead of this hearing in support of the  site plan and variances. Here is a  link to template letters to use IN FAVOR OF OUR VARIANCES AND SITE PLAN.
Relatedly, on  March 20 the City Council will hold a public hearing and receive public comment on whether to historically designate the former church.  Please send a separate letter against historic designation. Please encourage other friends and family members - even those not associated with the school - to write letters of support. Below is a list of City Council members and their emails, as well as a link to the letter templates AGAINST HISTORIC PRESERVATION you can use.  Thanks for your support!  

ward2@ci.stpaul.mn.us Rebecca Noecker
ward3@ci.stpaul.mn.us Chris Tolbert
ward4@ci.stpaul.mn.us Mitra Jalali Nelson
ward5@ci.stpaul.mn.us Amy Brendmoen, also City Council President
ward6@ci.stpaul.mn.us Kassim Busuri (replaced retired Dan Bostrom)
ward7@ci.stpaul.mn.us Jane Prince
Mark Your Calendars for Public Hearings, March 6 & 20 

Both March 6 and 20 public hearings are at 5:30 at City Hall, 15 W. Kellogg, in the City Council Chambers. If possible, please attend and wear TCGIS shirts. NOTE: to make it easier for you to attend the City Council meetings, your children can attend Kinderclub as a drop in, even if they aren't normally registered for Kinderclub. 
Make Up Days - Yes or No

We have received several inquiries from families as to the likelihood of TCGIS making up any of the missed instructional days.  At this point, we do not foresee having to do so. Should this change, we will let you know.  Please continue making your summer plans assuming that our school calendar stays the same.
Charter School Day at the State Capitol on March 6

Are you politically engaged? Are you available on March 6? We are seeking TCGIS parents whose State Senators and Representatives are on the Education Finance and Education Policy Committees. If you live  in one of these districts and are interested in visiting your Senator or Representative on behalf of TCGIS and charter schools on March 6, please email  Ted Anderson as soon as possible.  
Purchase a Yearbook!

Don't forget to  order your yearbook before prices increase on Friday!
Some featured pages in this year's yearbook include: 8th grade quotes, Austrian cultural icon Krampus' visit in the elementary school, National History Day presentations at TCGIS, and TCGIS sports teams!

Yearbook price bracket:
December 1 - February 22 - $17.50
February 23- May 11 - $20.00 (on May 11 online ordering closes)
May 12- end of school year -  $25.00 (cash only payments at front office)

The yearbooks will be available for pick up in May. Yearbook pick-up location is in the Front Office.
TCGIS Track-and-Field / Cross-Country Gear!

Take a look at the TCGIS Track-and-Field & Cross-Country sweatshirts and sweatpants.  Place your order  here . Write out your check to TCGIS and hand in to Coach Tabisz in room 314.

Interested in our middle school mascot? Information about the German Immersion Immers (loons)!

Questions? Contact Coach Tabisz ( ctabisz@tcgis.org ).
Capstone Cafe during Carnival of Cultures: Wednesday, Feb. 27th

Enjoy delicious food and drink at the Capstone Cafe at Carnival of Cultures! From 5:30-8:00 p.m. in the Cafeteria you can purchase sandwiches, snacks, and beverages. All proceeds benefit the Capstone exchange program by which TCGIS hosts German students in the fall and TCGIS 8th graders travel to Germany in the spring. The Capstone Cafe is hosted by this year's 7th graders in preparation for their student exchange next year. Thanks in advance for your patronage!
Board Announcements
Site Plan and Variances Update:
On February 8 the St. Paul Planning Commission voted not to reopen their tied votes from their previous meeting.  As it currently stands, TCGIS will likely have approvals in March when the deadlines for all city decisions expire. 

Reminder: Kaffeeklatsch and Parent Morgenkreis has been re-scheduled from Friday, February 8 to Friday, February 22 due to the conflict with the St Paul Planning Commission meeting on February 8.

GAI Announcements
German Summer Camps run from June 17 to August 23; Camps are offered for kids and youth 5-13 yrs. Topics include German Language Sessions, Arts & Crafts, Science, Cooking & Baking, German Fairy Tales, Nature & Science, Robotics and STEM (MINT) for the older kids. Half day and full day programs available. 

A night of revelry German Karneval style. 
Featuring the return of Elektra Cute, "The Most Shocking Woman in Burlesque", and Mistress Victoria DeVille. It's the naughtiest night of the year at the GAI Haus. 

German; Science; Sustainable Energy Workshop for kids: Windenergie  President's Day, February 18 for Grades K-4 ; Kids explore sustainable energy in the 3-hour hands-on workshop.