Nikolausfest 2019

Our Nikolausfest was wonderful!  First the children arrived after an early release from  school and did a tree making or snowflake making activity.  The older children quickly started making large and sparkly paper airplanes to test out in the large event hall. 🙂

We were entertained by a lovely Christmas story with our German St. Nik, and both a  performance and sing along with the Wisconsin Chamber Choir.  Link to their upcoming events here.  We are grateful for the German music that the choir provides every year!! And we think they appreciate our German Potluck, as they always stay for dinner after the singing!

Speaking of German food, we were also so very grateful to Clasen’s European Bakery for their huge donation of German Breads!  Our German  school parents and children all loved it, and our celebration was jolly and German enough for all!


Einladung: Faschingfest 2020

You are cordially invited to our 2020 Faschingsfest!

All past, present and future students are welcome.  

For pictures of prior year events and prior Faschingfests, click here.

Please NOTE:

COSTUMES: Students are invited to wear costumes to this event!

POTLUCK!  Please bring a small healthy dinner dish to share between the families.  The German School will provide drinks such as juice and coffee/tea.

Fasching 2020


Laternenfest 2019

We have had some many great events this year, and some of the best pictures too!  Our newest board member has a shutterbug for a partner, and we have a number of fun pictures to post!  Our Laternenfest was wonderful, with 3 fire pits, a special Stock Brot from a dear German School Mom who helped us cook it over the fire, lovely sausages to cook and many other treats that parents brought.  The highlight as always was our parade through the neighborhood with lanterns and traditional songs!





Einladung St Martins

Liebe Freunde und Familie der GSoM,

You are all cordially invited to our 2018 celebration of Martinstag on Saturday, November 9th. This event is for enrolled families and interested community members. The event will be at Lake Edge United Church of Christ (4200 Buckeye Road – find us at the back of the building, off of Hegg Avenue), please see below for schedule and details.


We ask that parents attend and participate in GSoM events with their children, as they are intended for families to enjoy together.

fĂĽr Kleinkinder (for small children): For pre-k and Kindergarten children, we will kick things off with Lantern making and singing from 3:15 to 4:15 in Lake Edge UCC’s Community Room (downstairs).

GSoM classes will end early, at 4:15. From around 4:15 to around 4:45, we will sing, enjoy snacks and Stockbrot around the fire, near the back entrance to Lake Edge UCC (off of Hegg Ave).

Around 5:15, we will start the Laternenumzug. The Laternenumzug (lantern parade) will begin in the church lot and proceed into neighborhood around Lake Edge, coming back to the church. Feel free to bring a lantern, if you have one!

After the Laternenumzug, you are invited to enjoy snacks and drinks by the fire until around 6:00.

Wir freuen uns auf ein schönes Fest mit Euch! 

Nikolausfest 2017

This was the first time St. Nikolaus visited us at our new location. Not only did he bring little gifts for all children, he also told them the story of the historic St. Nicholas, Bishop of Myra.

And St. Nick did not come alone! He was accompanied by an ensemble from the Wisconsin Chamber Choir, who led us through the singing of some German Christmas carols.

It was a lovely event and our warm thanks go to everybody who helped with the organization, especially Krista Spiro.



We also thank the Clasen Family (of Clasen’s European Bakery) for their generous donation of cookies and other delicacies.



We wish everyone a peaceful holiday season! Thanks for celebrating with us and thanks for supporting the German School of Madison.


Der Nikolaus kommt!



You are cordially invited to our annual Nikolaus-Fest Potluck Celebration with guests from the Wisconsin Chamber Choir and a visit from St. Nikolaus. All welcome!

Date: Saturday, December 2nd
Location: Lake Edge United Church of Christ, 4200 Buckeye Rd, main celebration hall, 2nd floor.
Time: 3-4 pm: Arts and crafts for younger children (Entchen and Spatzen) including ornament making and drawing, 2nd floor, main hall.

  • 4 pm: Story time with St Nikolaus (in German and English) with treats for the Entchen and Spatzen.
  • 4:45pm: Other classes end, proceed to 2nd floor main hall.
  • 5pm: Songs from the 4 members of the Wisconsin Chamber Choir and a visit from St. Nikolaus, main celebration hall.
  • 5:30pm – POTLUCK DINNER
  • 7pm – event ends

Please bring a contribution to the potluck (main dish, salad, bread, dessert). We will have plates and plasticware available, but you are welcome to bring yours from home, if you would like (less waste).

We will sing a welcome song (“Lasst uns froh und munter sein”) for St. Nikolaus as a group. See below for the text or follow this link to YouTube.

If your children play an instrument they are welcome to bring it and play one song, possibly two songs for background music after they have finished eating. There is a piano available

We look forward to seeing everyone!

Lasst uns froh und munter sein

Lasst uns froh und munter sein und uns recht von Herzen freun!
Lustig, lustig, traleralera! Bald ist Nikolausabend da, bald ist Nikolausabend da!

Dann stell’ ich den Teller auf, Nik’laus legt gewiß was drauf.
Lustig, lustig, traleralera! Bald ist Nikolausabend da, bald ist Nikolausabend da!

Wenn ich schlaf’, dann träume ich, jetzt bringt Nik’laus was für mich.
Lustig, lustig, traleralera! Bald ist Nikolausabend da, bald ist Nikolausabend da!

Wenn ich aufgestanden bin, lauf’ ich schnell zum Teller hin.
Lustig, lustig, traleralera! Bald ist Nikolausabend da, bald ist Nikolausabend da!

Nik’laus ist ein guter Mann, dem man nicht genug danken kann.
Lustig, lustig, traleralera! Bald ist Nikolausabend da, bald ist Nikolausabend da!

St. Martin Lantern Walk 2017

On a chilly day our lanterns brought light and cheer to the neighborhood. Lantern songs, campfire bread, roasted marshmallows, hot cider — what could be better? Thanks to everyone who came out and celebrated St. Martin with us and especially to all those who helped organize — Krista Spiro, Philipp MĂĽller, Mary Ellen Rutemeyer, as well as several parent volunteers. We couldn’t do it without you! All pictures © Ralph Grunewald.

Enjoying good company (Schwalben teacher Jo Drury)…

… roasting Stockbrot

..admiring and…

…showing off lanterns…

.. while walking and singing, accompanied by a piccolo flute.

Don’t you wish you would have been there?