Issue: 361                          
March 14, 2019 
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Attention D10 Residents:  Critical D10 Council Elections on April 16!  Please Consider Running for Open Seats!

Recently the school sent information to all D10 families regarding this upcoming election.  Given the intense level of neighborhood opposition to TCGIS on several different fronts, we have reason to believe that many of our neighbors opposing TCGIS and its campus renovation project actively intend to run for open seats. Because at least 5 of the 9 open seats in this election HAVE NO INCUMBENT, this is an especially good opportunity for first timers to run for a seat.   

Maskenball -- Our PTO's fundraising gala is just a short week away! 

What is happening this year at Maskenball?!
  • Drinks and appetizers
  • Art auction
  • Silent auction
  • Party with a DJ
  • Virtual Reality station and more! 
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 90s 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 

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 childrenThank you for your cooperation and we look forward to seeing you next school year!
Reminder: April Order Window for Lunches/Milk and Kinderclub Closes Sunday, March 17!

Don't forget to place your order for April! Please log on to our online store website   Boonli  to place your child's Kinderclub and School Lunch/ Milk  order. Please make sure to check out your cart to successfully place an order.   

All orders must be submitted by midnight on Sunday, 3/17.

For any questions regarding our online store website (e.g. forgotten username/password, payment questions, etc.), please contact us at  ordering@tcgis.org
Registration for After School Activities 

Registration for spring after school activities is now open! Payment and registration is due by Thursday, March 28. Activites start the week after spring break and therefore no late registrations will be accepted. Below you can find:
If you have any questions please contact Lauren Kalish at lkalish@tcgis.org
Middle School Spirit Week
Next week, March 18-22, is Middle School is having another Spirit Week to brighten up the gray March! Join us and dress up!

Monday:  Mismatch day
Tuesday:  Pyjama day 
Wednesday:  Hat day
Thursday:  Sports teams day
Friday: Fancy day
Last Chance to Buy Girl Scout Cookies! 

Girl Scout Troop #57317 will be having a Last Chance Cookie Booth in the Atrium on Friday 9:00-1:00. Cookies are $5 a box and when they are gone, that's it! Support TCGIS Girl Scouts by helping us clear out our cookie inventory.

Fifth-grade Juniors will also be there to promote their Bronze Award project of building outdoor shelters for feral cats. Find out how you can help with a donation of supplies or money, or how you can sponsor a shelter in honor or memory of a loved one or favorite pet.
Support our Volleyball Teams!

Come support the 7th/8th Grade Volleyball teams this Friday, 3/15! Their games, which start at 4:30 and 5:30pm, are taking place at the  Friends School ( 1365 Englewood Ave, St Paul, MN 55104). 

If you can't make it this Friday, there are other close options at the same times on upcoming Fridays:
3/22 @ Hmong Prep Academy, 1515 Brewster Street, St. Paul
3/29 @ Friends School, 1365 Englewood Ave, St. Paul
4/19  @ Hmong Prep Academy, 1515 Brewster Street, St. Paul
Looking for Old Cell Phones

We are looking for old cell phones! Frau Schecker is doing a "Timeline of the Cellphone" in 6th grade science and is hoping some parents have old phones!
They don't need to work, don't need to be charged. Phones can also be given back at the end of the unit after spring break. Thank you!
GEMs Summer Camp -  Girls 
Excel in Mathematics 
Save the Date!

Missy Morrissey (Middle School) and Kim Kulhanek (Elementary School) are offering a summer MATH camp for girls with support from the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics Student Chapter at the University of Minnesota during the week of August 12th-16th. 

Coming soon: Watch for the registration form in the Elternbrief!

Who: All students entering grades 1-6
What:  GEMs Summer Math camp
Where: University of Minnesota, Vincent Hall
When: August 12th-16th, 2018, from 9am-12pm.
Cost: $150 (daily snack provided)

Contact Missy Morrissey at  gemsummercamp@gmail.com if you have any questions!
Save the Date: Capstone Scholarship Benefit Concert 

Sat. April 13, from 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. in Minneapolis, Kirsten and Carolyn Stuber, TCGIS students and classical pianists, will perform a benefit concert to raise scholarship funds for students participating in TCGIS' Capstone Exchange. Every year TCGIS strives to ensure that all 8th graders are able to travel to Germany, regardless of financial ability to pay. Money raised through this concert will fund a new scholarship available to individual students, as opposed to the group fundraising efforts that benefit the entire group when they travel. In lieu of tickets, donations in any amount will be accepted. Stay tuned next week for the donation link. 
Lost & Found Displayed at Conferences 

Our Lost and Found bins are overflowing. The contents from the main Lost and Found cupboards and the cafeteria have been set out in the front foyer. The small green bins near the lockers in the classroom hallways are still full of (presumably) recently lost items. Please check both the front tables AND the bins in the hallways near your child(ren)'s classroom(s) when you come for conferences. Any remaining items will be donated early next week. Thank you!
Parent Council Elections Start Today

The online election for our inaugural Parent Council starts today and will be open until next Thursday: March 14-21. Each FAMILY has ONE vote PER child, so if you have more than one child, one parent may vote in each child's class. You'll find more instructions on the ballot form. Click here to access the 2019 Parent Council Elections. Thank you for participating! 
Congratulations to this Week's Mausmünzen Winners

The selected students have shown exemplary behavior at TCGIS during the school day, and are representing their class and grade level. Meistermäuse have demonstrated to staff one or more of the following praised traits: Sicherheit (safety), Verantwortung (responsibility), and Respekt (respect).

Congratulations to Keirka (7a), Luka (1c), Teddy (Kc), Isaac (5a), Elizabeth (4c), and Herr White!  Keep up the good work!
Board Announcements
Former Secretary of State Mark Ritchie's Editorial Comment Supporting TCGIS in March 11 Issue of MinnPost  
Former Minnesota Secretary of State and current President of Global Minnesota, Mark Ritchie, penned a great  commentary in MinnPost supporting TCGIS in reply to a  previous commentary by David Greenwood-Sanchez which was misleading and critical of the school. Ritchie singles TCGIS out as an asset for the community, our educational system and the global stage. He highlights TCGIS's many accomplishments and advocates for its support from the community.

Free Presentation -- Power & Privilege Series at University of Minnesota on April 3
If you are in town over spring break and looking for a development opportunity, consider attending this free presentation on April 3. Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, President Emerita of Spelman College and author of several books, including the best-selling "Why are all the black kids sitting together in the cafeteria", will give a  presentation and Q&A on April 3 at 4:00pm at the University of Minnesota's Coffman Theater. This presentation is free and open to the public. Dr. Daniel Tatum is an expert speaker on the topics of racial identity development, race and education, and strategies for creating inclusive campus environments. This is timely for TCGIS as we work towards increasing our student diversity.
PTO Announcements
March Sign Ups for Staff Appreciation: 
Kindergarten Families: Please consider contributing to our next early release potluck for teachers and staff! March 20th.  Sign up here!

All Families: We are still in search of some volunteers to clean up from conference night pizza buffet for staff !! Do you have an hour to spare? We could use you! 

Other March PTO Fundraisers:
Plant Sale: Who is ready for spring? Order your spring plants from Gertens starting March 7th through April 18th with the PTO.  We will have many beautiful options such as: hanging baskets and tubs, potted annuals, and basket flats of many varieties. 
Pickup for items will be at school on May 2nd!  Shop here!

Davanni's Pizza:  A TCGIS tradition is back! Join us at Davanni's in Roseville for a pizza night or order takeout and bring it home!  Tuesday March 19th, 4pm-8pm (Davanni's Pizza 1905 Perimeter Road, Roseville)
GAI Announcements
We are showing the award winning film 'Wer wenn nicht wir' at our  Kino Kneipe on Friday,  March 15. Doors at 6pm film starts at 7pm; Admission $12.00, includes 2 drinks.

Our annual  Pork & Kraut dinner on March 23. This is German soul food - succulent roast pork and pork ribs with sauerkraut and potatoes. Toast your companions with Paulaner draft beer and German and Austrian wine, and if you have room, there are linzer bars for dessert. 

REGISTER NOW FOR GERMAN SUMMER CAMP at the GAI from June 17 through August 23.