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Karneval Party 2018

Karneval Party 2018

Karneval Party 2018

Saturday February 10th 4 pm to 6 pm

Sea Base room downstairs “Foxtrott”

School Campus Location
Youth Center Newport Sea Base – 1931 West Coast Hwy, Newport Beach, CA 92663

In Cooperation with: GERMAN SCHOOL campus & Ute’s KinderSchule

We welcome friends and new students. This is a free event!

GERMAN SCHOOL campus: (949) – 285 – 0829
Email: [email protected]
For age group 6 to 18

Ute’s KinderSchule: (949) – 786 – 3877
Email: [email protected]
For age group 3 to 5

Traditional Christmas Party with Performance of our students

Traditional Christmas Party
with Performance of our students

You and your friends are invited to join us
Sunday December 10th, at 4:00 pm

GERMAN SCHOOL campus together with Ute’s Kinder Schule

Sea Base, 1931 West Coast Hwy, Newport Beach CA 92663
Yacht Room upstairs

Please RSVP with your teacher by December 7th.
Bring a dish or something good to share.

[email protected]
Phone (949) 285 0829


Countdown to Christmas and the End of Year

Countdown to Christmas and the End of Year

The year end is calling, but we are far from calling it an end yet, here at German School campus! In fact, we have so much more in store for you before 2017 comes to a close. So join in and celebrate the season with us while learning about German traditions.

If you have attended our recent Saint Martin’s lantern parade at Old World Huntington Beach, you were part of a wonderful event that turned out a full success with our students, friends and the community at large! The feedback was so overwhelmingly positive that we are planning to make it a German School campus tradition. In fact, you might want to mark your calendar already now for next year’s lantern parade on Nov. 11th, 2018!

With Christmas around the corner we are just getting into full gear with more traditional events to share with you.

Christmas Traditions in Germany

Traditionally, Christmas is the most important holiday of the whole year for Germans. And to make this highly anticipated event even more attractive there are many beloved customs leading up to the final Holly Night on December 24th.

One important tradition is, of course, the advent calendar. Children in particular love the countdown to the 24th of December, which makes the time of anticipation go by so much faster. The advent calendar originated in Germany in 1904, before it conquered the world. Hopefully you have yours already set up since tomorrow on December 1st, it’s time to open the first door!

It is also custom to have an Advent wreath with four candles decorate the family home. With a new candle lit each Advent Sunday it reminds us of the remaining weeks until Christmas eve. Every family usually has one placed as a center piece either in the dining room or the living room to complement other Christmas decoration. Often made of evergreens and lovingly decorated, the Advent wreath provides the fresh Christmas aroma until the freshly cut Christmas tree arrives.

And then there is Saint Nicholas! This beloved event marks a Christmas highlight just a couple weeks before the actual Christmas Eve. Happening on the night from December 5th to December 6th, children put their boots outside their houses hoping that Saint Nicholas will come by at night to fill them with treats. Some families even have Saint Nicholas come by their home ‘in person’. After an impressive entry in such case, Saint Nicholas usually checks his large golden book to see if the children had been good all year. Only after that, he will treat everyone of them with gifts out of his big burlap sack. Quite an event, you can imagine!

Of course, during all these festive times plenty of holiday cookies are a must. And some families outdo each other by sporting as many as 15 different varieties! Yes, Germans take Christmas cookie baking seriously.

Lastly, the night of all nights has arrived, the evening of December 24th! This is when Germans traditionally celebrate Christmas and children receive their presents that evening instead of the morning of December 25th, the traditional day to exchange Christmas gifts in the Unites States.
The evening of December 24th often culminates for many Germans in attending the Christmette, the midnight mass.

Share the Holiday Spirit With Us Here At German School Campus

At German School campus we have a couple events planned to get you in the right holiday spirit.

On December 2nd join us for our Gingerbread House decorating contest from 3pm-5pm. This is a joint event with Ute’s Kinder Schule happening at German School Campus in Newport Beach. Students compete within their age groups K-12 and win prizes for the best decorated Ginger Bread House. Every year this event proofs to be a lot of fun. So if you’d like to participate give us a call immediately to have your spot reserved! The cost is $25 per person to cover material expenses.

On Sunday, December 10th, we invite to our Christmas Party from 4 pm-6 pm at German School campus in the Yacht room. The Christmas party is hosted jointly by German School campus and Ute’s Kinder Schule. Students from both schools perform songs, poems and plays.
Please join us for an afternoon full of holiday spirit, delicious foods and … a surprise visit from Santa!

We wish all our German School campus students, families and friends a wonderful holiday season and look forward to seeing you at school or one of our events!

The school will close for the holidays on December 18th and reopen January 4th, 2018.

Merry Christmas – Fröhliche Weihnachten!
Ein gesundes und erfolgreiches Jahr 2018!

Schultüten – For All Our New Students

New School Year 2017 / 2018

A new school year started at GermanSchool campus last week
with a beloved German tradition: the “Schultüte”, a school-cone!

Are you familiar with the tradition of the Schultüte? It’s an
oversized cone-shaped goodie bag that is generally filled with
candy, small school supply items and other surprises. It marks the
first day of school of every first-grader in Germany, and it’s his
most anticipated accessory aside of the ‘Schulranzen’, the book

First day of school - erster schultag

Dating back to the 18th century, this tradition of the “Schultüte”
meant to indicate and celebrate a turning point in a child’s life,
who leaves her carefree life for a 12-year academic adventure
ahead. It’s a symbol for a new beginning.

Ursula Schoeneich, GermanSchool campus’ founder still has fond
memories of her own first day of school in Germany in the 60’s.
“It’s just such a nice tradition to start out the seriousness of life. It
certainly left a positive impression on me!” she laughs, “I want to
replicate the positive impact this tradition had on me with my own
students. With the gesture of presenting my students with a
school cone I want to send them off onto their new journey of
learning German the right and fun way.”

Ursula's erster Schultag 1.April 1964 mit Schultuete

While all her new students of different age groups received the
traditional “Schultüte” today, Ms. Schoeneich is especially excited
about her new group of Kindergarteners joining the school’s
language program. This year will be the first year that she offers a
‘Vorschul-Klasse’, a class that will cater to the youngest learners
within the preschool to Kindergarten age (4-6 years old). This
particular class will playfully engage the children with the
concepts of the German language through music, songs, rhythm
and dance.

Registration for the new school year 2017/18 has already started
in early August, but the school’s open enrollment policy allows
sign-ups throughout the year.

Online registration please go to:

Or call the school at (949) 285 0829



Dieser besondere Tag, der nur den Müttern gehört, wird natürlich auf der ganzen Welt gefeiert!

Was sind die Unterschiede in den Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika und Deutschland?

Wenn die Familie zusammen sein kann, wird der Muttertag sehr ähnlich gestaltet. Wir stehen früh auf und überraschen die Mamas mit Frühstück, es gibt Geschenke und die Mamas sollen nichts tun müssen. Wir wollen zeigen, dass wir unsere Mamas lieben und sie immer brauchen werden. Dieser Tag soll uns daran erinnern, was für ein Glück wir haben!


In den USA sind gemeinsame Feiertage eher selten. Die amerikanische Lebenskultur und Arbeitskultur veranlasst viele junge Menschen berufliche und private Chancen in anderen Staaten wahrzunehmen. Eine Familienfeier über Skype sowie Besuche einmal im Jahr sind Normalität. Trotzdem werden die Mamas nicht vergessen.

Wer seine Mama nicht sehen kann an diesem Tag, freut sich umso mehr auf den nächsten Besuch und es ist eh viel schöner die Mama mehr als einmal im Jahr zu überraschen!

Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day

This special day, which belongs only to the mothers, is, of course, celebrated all over the world! What are the differences in the United States of America and Germany?

If the family can be together, Mother’s Day is very similar. We get up early and surprise the moms with breakfast, there are gifts and the moms should have nothing stress-fully to do. We want to show that we love our moms and will always need them. This day shows us how lucky we are!

happy mothers day

In the US, holidays with the family are rare. American life culture and work culture encourages many young people to take advantage of professional and private opportunities in different states. A family birthday party via Skype or visits once a year are normality. Nevertheless the moms are always with us!

If you cannot see your moms on this day, you are looking forward to the next visit and it is way more fun to surprise the mom more than once a year!

Holidays in Germany Part I

Holidays in Germany Part I

The 1st of May

Why is May 1st celebrated in parts of Europe? The reason for our holiday is the history of America.

In the era of industrialization in the 19th century, May 1 was in the United States of America the day of the demonstration of the rights of the working class. This day was chosen because of the tradition of moving on the 1st of May and is still known as “the day of moving”. The ambiguity of private change and political fights is still present today. Above all, in Germany the power of the citizens’ movement and the right to work, especially work for everyone under human conditions, are celebrated.


In the suburbs and cities, special trees called “Maibäume” are placed, which are not only a symbol of change, but also a part of the festivities. So it is tradition to steal the May trees of the neighboring cities and celebrate the victory with music, good food and traditional drinks. In some parts of Germany couple dances are also popular around the May trees. Especially in Bavaria, traditional clothes are used for these dances. In Europe the day of work is celebrated not only in Germany – also in Liechtenstein, Austria, Belgium, and in parts of Switzerland, May 1st is something special!

Feiertage in Deutschland Teil I

Feiertage in Deutschland Teil I

Der 1. Mai

Warum wird in Teilen Europas der 1. Mai gefeiert?
Der Grund für unseren Feiertag ist die Geschichte Amerikas.

Im Zeitalter der Industrialisierung im 19. Jahrhundert wurde der 1. Mai zuerst in den Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika der Tag der Demonstration für die Rechte der Arbeiterklasse. Dieser Tag wurde wegen der Tradition des privaten Umzugs am 1. Mai ausgewählt und ist auch heute noch bekannt als „the day of moving“. Die Doppeldeutigkeit von privater und politischer Veränderung besteht auch heute noch. Vor allem wird in Deutschland die Kraft der bürgerlichen Bewegung und das Recht auf Arbeit, besonders Arbeit für jedermann zu menschlichen und fairen Bedingungen, gefeiert.


In Vororten und Städten werden für die Feier Maibäume aufgestellt, die nicht nur als Symbol für etwas Neues stehen, sondern auch zur Unterhaltung dienen. So ist es Tradition die Maibäume der Nachbarstädte zu entfernen und den Sieg mit viel Musik, Essen und Trinken zu feiern. In manchen Teilen Deutschlands sind auch Paartänze um den Maibaum herum beliebt. Besonders in Bayern werden zu diesen Tänzen auch traditionelle Kleider getragen. In Europa wird der Tag der Arbeit nicht nur in Deutschland gefeiert – auch in Liechtenstein, Österreich, Belgien, und in Teilen der Schweiz ist der 1. Mai etwas Besonderes!

Karneval at GERMAN SCHOOL campus

Karneval at GERMAN SCHOOL campus 

The “Karneval “event was celebrated yesterday February 25th, in the classrooms at German School campus in Newport Beach. It was our 2nd year of this great party.

School Director Frau Ursula Schoeneich is a native from the Rhineland in Germany, where “Karneval “is this week-end in full swing. Frau Ursula loves to bring cultural events to the students and five events are being hosted during the school year.

Pudding Eating Contest
Marshmallow eating contest
Pretzels Contest
Pudding Eating contest
Marshmallow eating contest winners
Karnelval Music Dance

Together with Frau Ute from the Kinder Schule (4-6 year old’s) this event was fully sponsored by both schools. Music Teacher Frau Livia helped with a great music program. Lots of fun activities, games and dance moves. Students came with the entire family and brought also friends. We had students in creative costumes. The games were so much fun for young ones and adults: Parents fed each other with chocolate pudding as the eyes were blind-folded. Kids ate chocolate marshmallow so called “Schaumküsse’” in a competition. Pretzels on a string where the smaller kids competed with the older ones. They all danced to the music of Karneval. 

Old Guy 115 years old
Ballon Game
Ballon Game
Ballon Dance
Ballon Game
Circle game with gift box

The balloon dances were the highlight. Wonderful prices were given to the winners. Children and adults got spoiled with donuts so called “Berliner”, coffee, tea, lemonade and later in the evening with Hot Dogs The final game of the evening was the circle where a gift box went from right to the left student. As the music stopped, the child who hold the box in hand could open it.

The teachers were thankful for the last group of parents who helped in clean up. Party ended by 6:30 pm.