Issue: 363                         
March 28, 2019 
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TCGIS Office Closed 4/1-4/5

This is a reminder that the school will be closed for Spring Break from April 1-5. We will respond to any emails and phone messages on April 8th upon our return. 

If you have any questions for Kinderclub, please contact them at kinderclub@tcgis.org. We hope you enjoy your break!
Seeking D10 Representative for TCGIS

Annual elections for the District 10 Como Community Council board are only weeks away - on April 16- and 
TCGIS could have a representative run for a D10 board position. Our District 10 community council is an influential organization in the neighborhood and has been key in navigating the steps of our building project, especially in helping TCGIS understand city processes and providing mediation help in communication with SHSA.  Non-D10 residents interested in representing TCGIS on the council, please send an email to board@tcgis.org. In addition, any D10 renter, homeowner, or other resident of District 10 who is age 16 or older is eligible to run and/or VOTE! We are fortunate to have two D10 TCGIS parents, Lisa Linnell and Debra Verber running for D10 board positions. D10 residents, please support Lisa and Debra with your votes and consider running alongside of them! Get all the details on which seats are up for election, how to get on the ballot, and what being a board member is all about. 
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)
Big Wins at Regional History Day!

Congrats to the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade student projects that are moving on to the state History Day competition. 19 TCGIS students will be competing against over 1000 students from around the state of Minnesota for a chance to go to the national competition in Washington D.C. The state competition in on May 4.  
After School Activities Being Monday, April 8

After school activity registration has closed, and activities will begin the Monday we return from Spring Break (Monday, April 8th). Please be sure to update PikMyKid accordingly. 

To do this, tap on whatever day of the week they have an activity and change the pick up 
mode to "Session 3 - After School Activities". Be sure to set up a *weekly* recurring event and please select the end date of Friday, June 7. Your screen should look like this (click to enlarge)  -->

If you find that you are unable to make this change, it could be because you already have a change assigned to that day. You will need to REMOVE the change before you're able to add a new one. 

If you do not use the app, or have questions or issues making these changes, please contact Lauren Kalish

Outdoor Beautification

Are you looking to help make TCGIS a more attractive and nature-friendly environment? Come join us April 15 from 3:30-4:15 in room 100 for a planning day, with a workday coming in May. Our focus will be on adding more native plants to the northwest corner of the school as well as maintaining the current rain garden. If you feel you and your family have expertise, materials, or are just looking to help out, everything is appreciated! If you are not able to make this meeting and are still interested in participating, feel free to contact Michael White ( mwhite@tcgis.orgor Joey Meinert ( jmeinert@tcgis.org ) .

Tentative plans:
  • April (30-45 minutes): current plans, details for May, tools list, plant donations for May. (hostas, natives). 
  • May workday (2-3 hrs, 5-10 volunteers): weeding, prepping soil, planting seeds, covering & roping off planted areas
April 13: Capstone Scholarship Benefit Concert 
Kirsten and Carolyn Stuber, TCGIS students and award-winning 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 group fundraising efforts that benefit the entire group when they travel. In lieu of concert tickets,   donations in any amount will be accepted. Concert details: April 13, 10:30-11:30am, Downtown Minneapolis  For a sneak preview of a Stuber Sisters performance,  click here . 
GEMs Summer Camp Registration - NOW OPEN!

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. 

Registration Form  - Please complete for each child registered.

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!
Second Chance: TCGIS Track-and-Field / Cross-Country Gear!

If you missed our first order and still want 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.


Questions? Contact Coach Tabisz ( ctabisz@tcgis.org).
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. 
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 Jonah (7b), Emma (Kb), Sophia (2c), Otto (4c), Hanah (6b), and Frau Auvray.  Keep up the good work!
Board Announcements
The next TCGIS Board meeting is tonight, Thursday, March 28th at 6:30 pm in Room 100. All are welcome to attend!
PTO Announcements
Sunday April 7
PTO Meeting OFFSITE!  3:00p-4:30p at  Waldmann Brewery  (445 Smith Avenue, Saint Paul).  Come for a beer, a Wurstl, socializing and hear a summary of Maskenball as well as some thinking ahead for next year!

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.

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

Plant Sale: Going on NOW!
Who is ready for spring? Order your spring plants from Gertens from now 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!

THANK YOU! A huge THANK YOU to our Maskenball Committee for organizing a successful event! We want to especially thank the following for being our sponsors this year:  Audi, Life Rippless, German Imports, German American Chamber of Commerce, German American Institute, MindIT Services, Davey Tree Expert, Urban Forage, Bell Mortgage, SMAAASH, RJM, JW Real Estate, Davis Lock and Safe, Central Dental, European Christmas Market Saint Paul, Rivera Architects, Korby Home Team, and Wundersweets. 
GAI Announcements
Register NOW for German SUMMER CAMP  - Beginners to bilingual campers are welcome! Instructors and children will speak, hear, sing, and create in German while exploring exciting topics and themes. Camps are offered for kids age 5-13;  New this year: Intro to German and German & Science camps for Preteen! 

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