Issue: 360                          
March 7, 2019 
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Administrative Information
TCGIS "State of the School" Address from Director Ted Anderson and TCGIS Board Chair Sam Walling

Sam and Ted have prepared a special message for parents on the state of the school. Click here to view it. Near the end of their message, they refer to a letter from our authorizer, the University of St. Thomas. Click here to view it.
Reminder: NO After School Activities Next Week 3/11- 14

Due to Parent Teacher Conferences next week, there are no after school activities all week. 

Please note that the following sports/music will still be taking place:
  • Track - Monday 3/11 and Wednesday 3/13
  • 5/6 Volleyball - Tuesday 3/12
  • Band - Wednesday 3/13
Please be sure to make the appropriate changes in your child's schedule on PikMyKid. This helps ensure that students are where they should be at dismissal. If you have any questions, please contact the Front Office at info@tcgis.org.
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)
Last Call for After School Activity Instructors

Can you believe it?! Our final session of after school activities will be starting soon! If you would like to offer an activity please fill out the attached form and email it to lkalish@tcgis.org or hand it in at the office by the end of the day TOMORROW. Session 3 of After School Activities will be starting the week of April 8. If you have any questions about teaching a class, please email Lauren Kalish at lkalish@tcgis.org.

Registration for classes will open next Thursday, March 14.
Last Chance to Sign Up for Parent Teacher Conferences

The sign up for parent teacher conferences is still open! Conferences are from 4:00-7:30pm on Thursday, March 14 and 8:10am-3:30pm on Friday, March 15. The master password is  ptcspring2019
Before you log in, we suggest that you have the following information: 
  1. A list of all the teachers you would like to see. The online conference system will not tell you the names of your children's teachers.  
  2. The times you would like to have conferences. The system will tell you the available slots for all teachers. 
For further information, please find the attached  parent letter and  parent overviewThe website to schedule conferences is herePlease note: the sign up window will close at 8pm on March 11.

Please contact Lauren Kalish at  lkalish@tcgis.org with any questions.
Parent Council Nominations: Due Monday, March 11

Nominate yourself or a fellow  parent  to represent your class on TCGIS' first  Parent   Council!   Elternkontakte (EKs) in each grade are collecting nominations from every class for an online election that will take place March 15-22. Check your email for a message from your class EK! You can read   Ted Anderson's email about the Parent Council here.  
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!
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 Gus Korte (3b), Nika Scheid (5c), Ellie Willoughby (2a), Gunny Perchyshyn (7b) and drama teacher Frau Hall. Keep up the good work!
Board Announcements
Elections in D10 Are Coming Up!
On April 16  elections will be held for D10's Community Council Board. There are 9 board positions up for election. TCGIS's building project has shown how important local politics are to things like our building project. If you live in D10 and are interested in having a voice in your local community council, we urge you to run!

Facilities Committee Meeting March 12
The next facilities committee meeting is Tuesday, March 12, 6-7 pm in room 99. Anyone is welcome to attend. We'll be discussing the idea of a  gabion fence along the east side of the property as an art piece and noise-dampening barrier. We plan to submit an application for partial funding of the project through the  neighborhood STAR program.
PTO Announcements
Maskenball!!!  Get your tickets!!!

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 

March PTO Meeting:
Join the PTO on Wednesday March 13th at 6:30 p.m. in Room 100.The PTO has invited Ted Anderson and members of the board to come and answer facility questions and concerns. Childcare will be provided. 

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!

6th Grade Families: Please consider contributing to the Intern Breakfast on Monday March 11th! Sign up here!

All Families: Please sign up for conference night buffet for staff on March 14th. PTO will get the pizza orders, but we still need a need extras like beverages and salads. 

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
Das Moderne Deutschland The Series provides educational experiences focusing on Germany's approach and success in areas including culture and society, Climate Smart municipalities, sustainable building practices, and earth friendly initiatives. 
Kaffeestube Talk: Building a Sustainable Home is scheduled this Saturday, March 9 at 11:00am

Spring Spezial Short Courses and Special Topics start Thursday, March 7 with an advanced literature course. 
For beginning to advanced students, there is something for everyone

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.