Issue: 367                         
May 2, 2019 
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Last Kaffeeklatsch of the Year is Tomorrow, May 3 with Rep. Mary Kunesh-Podein (DFL) District: 41B

Attend the last Morgenkreis of the year and then come to the front lobby to meet Rep. Mary Kunesh-Podein. Rep. Kunesh-Podein is Vice Chair of the Minnesota House Education Policy Committee and was visited by Ted Anderson and parent Sue Burke-Westacott during the Charter School Lobby Day at the Capitol in March. Ted and Sue discussed the charter school funding and other issues with her. We are thrilled that she accepted our invitation to attend our last Kaffeeklatsch of the year. We are excited to showcase our great school to her as an example of a successful and thriving public charter school. This is a great opportunity for all parents to meet a member of the Education Policy Committee and make your voices heard regarding school funding inequity and other issues concerning charter schools.  Thanks to the PTO for hosting this last Kaffeeklatsch of the year.  
Family Fundraiser at Urban Forage Winery and Cider Sunday, May 5, 6-9 pm

Join us at Urban Forage (3016 East Lake Street, Minneapolis) for a tasty evening of cider and German treats. TCGIS parents Jeff and Gita Zeitler have graciously offered their venue for this fundraiser and all proceeds from cider sales will benefit the school. Parent Colin Kreuziger will provide acoustic guitar music. Authentic German cake from  Rhineland Cake and Wine Company will be for sale as well as  Aki's pretzels. Bring the kids, and also bring your friends and neighbors. The more, the merrier! Help us support the Zeitlers and TCGIS! Please don't drink and drive. 
Mark Your Calendars for the End of the 
Year Picnic

Can you believe that it is already May!? We are one month away from the End of the Year Picnic and it is time to get excited! More information will come next week, but please mark your calendars that Wednesday, June 12, all are welcome to attend our end of the year celebration. 

*NEW this year: the picnic will be from 10am-12pm, and this day will be an early release Wednesday. After the picnic ends at 12pm, students will start heading back to TCGIS for dismissal from 12:45-1:00pm. Please note that this is the regular early release dismissal time. Be on the lookout for details next week, and mark your calendars today!
Board Election Information

Thanks to the three applicants who are running for election to the TCGIS School Board. The following is a list of important dates:

April 27-May 17: Candidate Bio's published in Elternbrief
May 8th, 7:30-8:30 Meet the Candidates, sponsored by the PTO
May 13-17: Board Elections
May 17: (4:45pm) Final Ballot Deadline
District 10 Special Elections

District 10 will hold a special election May 21 to fill a vacancy in an At-Large position on the Como Community Council board. It's a one-year term, until April 2020.

At least one TCGIS parent will be on the ballot. Please make sure you come out and vote! Any renter, homeowner, or other resident age 16 or older who lives in District 10 is eligible to run. So are authorized representatives from a business or nonprofit located in District 10. To get on the ballot, fill out the online application by Tuesday May 14.
Sign Up for Childcare During City Council Meetings

Kinderclub is offering extended childcare hours (until 7pm) during the two Council Meetings on 5/15 and 6/5, so parents can attend and show support for our school. Sign up by May 6! Please pack a nut-free snack and a drink if your child is staying past 6pm!

Sign up for 5/15 childcare here.
Sign up for 6/5 childcare here.
Final Day for Book Fair Tomorrow

Tomorrow is the final day of the spring Book Fair. Stop by tomorrow from 3:30-5:30pm to check out the awesome books we have!
TCGIS Earth Day Clean Up

Sport classes went outside to clean up the neighborhood on April 22nd in honor of Earth Day. Students walked along Lexington Pkwy and Chatsworth St. picking up trash and enjoying the fresh air! 
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!
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 Sophie (1c), Frankie (5c), Eli (Kb), Gunnar (7b), and (not pictured) Julia (3a), Ida (4a), and Frau Uitto.  Keep up the good work!
Board Announcements
Thanks to all who attended the April 30th Board Meeting. For those who could not attend, you will be able to view the video of the meeting on the school's YouTube channel by the end of the week.

Next Fundraising and Development Committee Meeting: Friday, May 10 @ 8:15, Room 308

May Board Meeting: May 30, 6:30pm, room 100
PTO Announcements
Staff Appreciation is May 6-10!

We know this is a busy time of year. Last push until June! We would love to show extra gratitude and thanks to our hard-working staff. Can you help? Lots of help still needed next week....
Action Item for ALL grade s: Encourage your child to write a letter of gratitude to their teachers! It can be classroom teacher, specialists, or office staff. Encourage your child to bring these notes to school on Monday May 6th. 

4th grade families: Please consider contributing to the Intern Breakfast on Friday May 10th. Sign up here.

2nd grade families: Help nourish our teachers and staff on Wednesday May 8th for the early release potluck! Sign up here.

Other ways to helphttps://signup.com/go/HFGeOuE

PTO Important Dates
Thursday May 2nd - Plant & Strudel Pickup afterschool! 
Thursday May 2nd - 6:30pm  PTO Meeting at school
Friday May 3rd - 8:30am PTO Sponsored Kaffee Klatsch 
Sunday May 19th - PTO Retreat
Retreat Details:
Why: To wrap up this year, hear some highs and lows, and look ahead to new goals for the upcoming school year! All are welcome!
Where:  Annegret Theis's "Club House" 1128 Churchill Street in the Garage
GAI Announcements
Weekly camps from June 17 to August 23 on site at the GAI
Most camps are for children 7-9 yrs   
NEW THIS YEAR: Intro to German for 5-9 yrs and German & Science for 10-13 yrs

*Kinderstube German Immersion Preschool is hiring part- and/or full-time Assistant and Lead Teachers at its Minneapolis location, for employment beginning in July/August 2019! If you are interested, please click here for more information.