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.

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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.

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Nikolausfest

Der Nikolaus kommt!

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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 Müller, 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?

Movie night

3 great words starting with P?

Pizza, Popcorn, Potter.

Our students had great fun dressing up for German Movie Night. They also learned essential vocabulary, such as der Zauberstab (wand), die Narbe (scar), und der Zaubertrank (potion).

It seems that everyone is ready for Halloween. And don’t forget: If you’re a GSoM student, you get to wear  your costume again when we celebrate Karneval/Fasching at the end of winter!

Movie night

Movie Night

Thanks to Krista Spiro for organizing and to Delaney Jacobson for the pictures.

Zoo Outing

Our first field trip of the year was to Henry Vilas Zoo, on a glorious late summer day. Ask your children if they got to see the 6-months-old Löwen (lions) or the Dachse (Badgers) at the news Wisconsin Heritage Exhibit!

Did you know that there is a connection between the Vilas family and the German language? Henry Vilas Zoo was named in honor of a son of Madisonians William and Anna Vilas, who donated the land to the city in 1904. William Vilas was a law professor at UW Madison. He later became a US Senator. In 1889 he supported the movement against a law in Wisconsin that required the use of English in schools (Bennett Law). Up to then, many schools in Wisconsin used German in the classroom as the main language of instruction. Backlash against the law was strong and it was repealed in 1891.

Thanks to everyone who chaperoned and volunteered!

Sommerfest

School’s out!

Our students celebrated the end of the school year with performances, crafts, and treats. Thanks to our fabulous teachers and volunteers and to everyone who joined us! It’s been a great first year at our new location.

Registration for 2017-18 will open later this month.


Personnel news and schedule overview for the rest of the school year

We have some scheduling and personnel news to share:

Axel Junker is our new president! Axel has been with the German School of Madison since its inception and will continue our efforts to grow as a school and serve the individual needs of our families and the larger community.

We thank Catrin Weimbs, our outgoing president, for her extraordinary leadership through the past two years, in which our school gained recognition from the Central Agency for German Schools Abroad (ZfA), merged its first and second language acquisition branches, added a class for adults, and moved to our current location. Catrin spearheaded many of these developments and we are fortunate that she will remain on the Board of Directors.

Catrin Weimbs (on the left), Axel Junker (on the right)

Chris Tabisz, whom many of you know as a teacher for our school and who has led many of our outreach projects, will take on the role of administrator for the school next month. (He will continue teaching the Falken class until the end of the year.) Like Axel and Catrin, Chris has been with GSoM since the beginning and knows our programs inside out.

Chris Tabisz

With these developments, we feel we are in a good position to plan the next school year.  But first, we’d like to share information about some special events we have planned for the remainder of the current school year:

  • April 1st – normal class
  • April 8th – no class (MMSD spring break)
  • April 15th – no class (MMSD spring break)
  • April 22nd – normal class + movie night

After class, the whole GSoM community is invited to stay for a film evening with pizza in the LEUCC community room. The young kids will get to watch a children’s film during the 2nd and 3rd lessons for the older kids, and afterward, there will be a family film with pizza. The films are TBA.

The church building is not available that day. All classes (including preschool and adult classes) will meet at the Olbrich Gardens playground on the far side of the parking lot at 2 PM-4:45 PM. We will have mixed aged activities for the day’s class in and around the Olbrich Gardens.

  • May 6th – normal class
  • May 13th – normal class
  • May 20th – normal class
  • May 27th – last class for the school year / all school Spiel- und Basteltag

All classes (including preschool and adult classes) will meet at LEUCC (normal time), and we will have mixed-aged activities for the day’s class in and around LEUCC and the elementary school across the street.

  • Change: June 3rd – no class
  • June 4th – Abschlussfeier / Sommerfest

All of the GSoM community is invited to join in on the fun at the Monona Senior Center at 2:30 PM (1011 Nichols Road) for our graduation and end-of-school-year party. Note that this is a new location. Each class will present something that they have learned, and we will have activities for all ages before we all leave for the summer. Feel free to invite friends and family!

Sommerfest 2016

 

Join us for celebrating Fasching/Karneval on Feb. 25

Please join us at our annual Fasching/Karneval Costume Party! 

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Date: Saturday, February 25th, as an extension of our regular German school activities. (Please not that this is a change from the original plan to hold the party on Feb. 26. We made this change based on parent feedback.)

Location: Lake Edge United Church of Christ, 4200 Buckeye Rd. , Madison

Time: 3-5.15 p.m.

  • 3 pm: preschool and kindergarten children and their families, games and crafts for younger children.
  • 3:45-5:15pm: other grades will join the fun with additional games and music
  • 4:00pm: Costume parade and awards for costumes (design your own or recycle your Halloween costume).
  • 5:15pm event endsThere will be light snacks, desserts, and coffee. Please feel free to bring some simple/non-messy snacks. This will not be a sit-down event.Don’t forget to wear a mask or costume for the parade!

Faschingsparty 2015

 

  • Here is some background information on Fasching:  Also known as Karneval, Fasnacht, and Fastelabend,  it is a pre-Lenten celebration observed mainly in the Catholic regions of the German-speaking countries. It originates from Pagan rituals that symbolized the driving out of winter and all of its evil spirits. Some revelers wear fright masks to scare away the evil spirits (and children!) others wear silly, scary, sweet or funny costumes (ridiculing politicians, historical figures, controversial characters of the present and the past….
    In short, Fasching is a time to get crazy! It’s a time to break down boundaries in humorous and un-harmful ways and to make merry!

    We are looking forward to celebrating with you!