Celebrating Karneval, Scholarships, and Madison’s International Community

What a busy day this was for us! From morning to afternoon, we represented our school at the Overture Center International Festival. This year, our table was right at the rotunda, which was great exposure for our school. We loved chatting with everyone who stopped by, including familiar faces (Schwalben/Swallows teacher Jo Drury) as well as unexpected visitors.

Collage International Festival

In the afternoon, we celebrated Karneval/Fasching with arts & crafts and a costume parade. Have a look at all the fabulous costumes! Robots, fairies, and several Triwizard Tournament Champions were in attendance, as were Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz,  Axl Rose, and one Top Chef.

collage Karneval 2017

Collage Karneval 2017

What a great turnout! Special thanks go to Iris Hengst and Krista Bultmann-Spiro for organizing the event, as well as to everyone who helped with the setup and cleaning or who contributed treats.

Collage Karneval 2017

A highlight was the announcement of the winners of our Waldsee scholarship essay contest. Herzlichen Glückwunsch to the 8 (!) students who won a scholarship of $400 each towards attending  Waldsee, the German language immersion program in Bemidji, Minnesota, this summer. We are very grateful to Concordia Language Villages for providing this opportunity to our students.


Join us for celebrating Fasching/Karneval on Feb. 25

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


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!


Karneval Party 2016

Karneval (or “Fasching”), sometimes called the fifth season, is a celebration that occurs just before Lent. Parades and street parties abound (especially in the Rhineland area), children wear costumes, and cities elect mock governors.
Here are some impressions from our 2016 Karneval/Fasching celebration. Thanks to everyone who came and shared in the fun! Special thanks to organizers Elisabeth Berkelman and Iris Hengst and to all the volunteers who helped out before, during, and after the party. You are the best!

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Faschingsparty 2015

With the help of Luftschlangen, Schlager and fabulous homemade delicacies we once again turned the Community Center in Shorewood Hills into Fasching Central. Check out our slideshow of wizards and chefs, goddesses and jesters, fairies and pirates! A big thank you to everyone who  made our annual Faschingsparty a success — and to Iris Hengst and Elisabeth Berkelman for organizing it.

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