First day of school

We hope everyone had a great first day of school. It was fantastic to see so many new and familiar faces. Our new location finally allows us to hold all classes at the same time. It also has a (wifi- and coffeee-equipped) communal space where parents can chat or get work done while their kids go to class. Please check your welcome folder for important information about upcoming events and volunteering needs. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Happy new school year!

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Wait lists for most classes

The registration deadline for the 2016-17 school year has passed.  We are happy to report that our classes for younger students have all filled and that spots are only left in our Eulen (5/6th grade), Möwen (7/8th grade), and adult class. For all other classes, you can still get on a wait list. 

We warmly thank all new and returning families for their support. You will soon receive information about a meet & greet on the first day of school. It’s going to be a great year!

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Sommerfest 2016 and exciting news about the new school year

Our students and families had a splendid time at our annual Sommerfest in June. It was Zeugnistag for everyone, and our Deutsch 3 students also received their well-earned A 1 certificates from the German Central Agency for Schools Abroad (ZfA). Our thanks go to our fabulous teachers and to our wonderful parents and volunteers for their support. We couldn’t do it without you!

At the Sommerfest, we also announced our schedule for the next school year. Two big changes: We will move to a new location (on Madison’s east side) and to a weekend schedule. All classes will now be taught on Saturdays. And, as requested by many, we will offer a class for adults! Read more about the 2016-17 school year here.

Online registration is open! Please register by July 31 to ensure that the class you are interested in will make and that your child(ren) will have a spot.

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We also held a very successful rummage sale. Time to stock up on those German books and toys!

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No need to hire a face painter — our older students are quite the make-up experts.

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Tschüss, 2015-2016 — we hope to see you all in September, in our new location. Classes start September 10, 2016.

Register today!

 

 

Curriculum update

We’re excited to report that more than 50 children have enrolled for the 2014-15 academic year at GSoM! After processing all registration forms, we have the following updates to share:

  • Due to an unexpected demand for a class for beginning readers with prior knowledge of German, there will be an additional class: Vorstufe Deutsch (mostly for children with a German-language background who are entering Kindergarten) will take place on Thursdays from 4.30-5.30 p.m. (with additional project classes — shorter than those for Deutsch 1 — on selected weekends). This class will focus on the connection between letters and sounds (working with an  Anlauttabelle). A work book will be provided.
  • There will be only one DaF1 (German as a Foreign Language) class (meeting Tuesdays from 4-6 p.m. and on three project weekends). No “split” class with meetings on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
  • There will be only one Deutsche Dachse class (meeting on Thursdays from 4:30 pm- 5:15 p.m.). No second class beginning at 5:15 p.m.
  • Due to an overlap with Yom Kippur, our October project class (Deutsch 1/2/3)  has been moved from Oct. 4 (Saturday) to Oct. 5 (Sunday), still from 1-4 p.m. Please consult our calendar for all calendar updates throughout the school year.
  • Curious about your child(ren)’s teacher? See our teacher profiles here. You will also receive a welcome email from your child(ren)’s teacher(s) prior to the beginning of the semester.
  • Online registration will close on August 15. If you would like to enroll your child, please do so now. Some courses are close to capacity at this point, while our Youth Group (for middle and high schoolers) still needs some more students.

Reminder: 

Our teachers take great care to assign children to the most appropriate class level, to ensure a challenging yet not overwhelming language learning experience for all children. During registration, we are asking parents to choose a preferred class for their child(ren); however, teachers will have the final decision regarding class placement. Prior to the beginning of the school year, you will receive an email with information about your child’s initial placement, based on the information provided by you in the registration process and, if applicable, teachers’ prior experience with your child(ren). After a period of four weeks, teachers will reassess each placement and children may be advised to move to a different class.