Monday July 2nd till Saturday July 7th
(Wednesday 4th of July is off) Time 8:30 am to 4:30 pm daily
From exciting excursions on a pontoon boat to a local Science center in the Newport Bay to building a solar powered hydro car, campers will learn about the various environments, and become familiar with sustainability, recycling, clean air solutions, wind power and much more.
Children ages 6-17 get immersed into hands-on scientific experiments while playfully being introduced to a new culture and language (German) as they have fun with water activities and make new friends. Beginner / Intermediate / Advanced.
Location: 1931 West Coast Highway, Newport Beach CA 92663
Phone: (949) – 285 – 0829 – Frau Ursula Schoeneich – School Director
Happy New Year! Are you ready to tackle 2018 with us?
We hope you enjoyed the holiday season as much as we did and that you had a fabulous start into 2018!
German Customs to Ring in the New Year
Should you have celebrated New Year’s Eve or the 1st of January together with some Germans or somewhere in Germany, you might have been given a little pig made of marzipan. Don’t be offended! It means that the person, who gave it to you, wishes you all the best luck in the new year ahead. In fact, there is such an intrinsic connection between luck and “pig” that it even shows in the German expression: “Da hast Du aber Schwein gehabt” which literally means “You really had some ‘pig’ there”, meaning “Wow, you were really lucky there.”
Germans love to ring in the New Year in ‘Grande style’. That means fireworks galore! When the clock strikes midnight, you can be sure to find extensive fireworks in all major cities, but even many families launch quite impressive fireworks right from their backyard.
But, what do folks do, who are not into fireworks?
Like people in other countries also Germans like to get together with friends and family to make New Year’s Eve a special night. A favorite party activity while waiting for the clock to turn midnight is lead pouring (Bleigiessen). Germans just love to play fortune teller on that last day of the year. And…, who doesn’t’ like to find out what the future holds in store for the next year?
Well, each bizarre form that’s being created during the lead pouring process is supposed to reveal the future for each particular person participating. How does lead pouring work? A piece of lead is melted over a flame. Once it has become liquid it is poured into a bowl of cold water. Voilà! You instantly get some kind of “frozen” form that will be interpreted by the rest of the guests. Instead of using lead many use wax instead these days.
But there is more! Germans have a dear show they like to watch again and again, year after year on this last day of the year. Dinner for One is an 18-minute sketch featured on various television stations throughout the evening. But the most peculiar thing about is: The short play is ENTIRELY in ENGLISH! Yet, New Year’s Eve or ‘Silvester’ as the German calls it, wouldn’t be the same without this delightfully funny show. See for yourself!
How did you ring in the New Year? Share your traditions and stories with us next time we see you in class on January 4th.
It’s Only Just January, but we are moving ‘Full Steam Ahead’!
We have a full year of excellence ahead of us and it’s starting right this month. Our advanced German class is taking the AATG 2 test on January 27. They have studied hard since last September and are well prepared to tackle this test’s challenges. The next few weeks we will spend with plenty of test preparation for January 27th, we will be more than ready to go!
What is the AATG test?
If you are new to our German School Campus’ newsletter, you might not yet know about the great advantage that taking the AATG test will give high schoolers.
The AATG Exam, also called the National German Exam, is delivered electronically and has four levels, each with the same format. Passing the AATG tests might help you fulfill the foreign language requirement at your high school. Many high schools will give you credit for a full year of taking a foreign language with each AATG test you pass.
So, if you pass all four AATG tests you might be credited for four years of taking a foreign language! A credit that is not only a great personal achievement but also looks impressive on any college application.
Here at German School campus, we make sure that all our students are properly prepared for the various levels of the AATG testing.
You thought all festivities were over…? Surprise!
We are gearing up for Fasching also known as Carnival season next! While today this season is mostly known for its costume parties, lustrous Ball (dancing) season and official mocking of politicians and governments, it is actually a time that has its origins in the Western Christian festive season. It’s the time before Lent, also known as Shrovetide, a time during which people since the medieval times adopted excessive lifestyles displaying gaiety and overindulgence until Lent would start a time of fasting that would end with the celebration of Easter.
Even though we will learn some of the historic background of Carnival in Germany, we will focus most on the fun part here at German School campus and invite everyone to our Carnival Party on February 10.th Watch out for more fun facts on Carnival practices on Facebook .
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!
October – A Month Rich in Historical Events in Germany that Shaped the Whole World
Today is October 3rd. A very important date in German history as we are about to learn this month at German class at our school. And there is a lot more history to cover this October.
German-American Heritage Month is also in October with the German American Heritage Day being observed on October 6. We take this as an opportunity here at German School Campus to make our students familiar with some of the important events in German history.
German National Day – Tag der Dt. Einheit
October 3rd commemorates the reunification of Germany. Since World War II had ended the idea of reunification has been on the minds of German politicians and the German people alike.
When the construction of the wall started in August 1961 many Germans saw their hope for a united Germany vanish for good. The wall should divide the city of Berlin permanently, replacing the less effective wire fence that had been used until then.
It caught Berliners, Germans and the world all the more by surprise when on November 9th of 1989 the East German government declared that it would allow its citizen to freely cross the border to visit West Berlin and West Germany. It was a historical moment and dramatic pictures of that time when East and West Germans met again after so many years of separation, keep captivating people from all around the globe.
The man, who left a lasting impact on religion, education and the German language
October 3rd is just one date this month that carries a lot of importance in German history. Another date deems just as important in terms of the changes it brought along that affected not only the Germans but many countries around the world.
October 31. This was the day when Martin Luther, a German priest and theologian from Eisleben (a city in Saxony-Anhalt), nailed his famous 95 theses onto the doors of the castle church in Wittenberg.
Meant initially to simply draw attention to certain practices and teachings of the Catholic Church that he didn’t agree with, this bold action soon started a whole movement that initiated the Protestant Reformation. Today Lutheranism is among the largest branches of Protestantism. Other branches include Calvinism, Baptist churches, Methodism, Anglicanism among many others.
2017, often called the ‘Luther Year’ in Germany, celebrates the 500th anniversary of the Reformation that had been started by this significant event at the castle church in Wittenberg.
Martin Luther is also the man, who made religion accessible to everyone in his country by translating the Bible from Latin into ‘colloquial’ German. Now even laymen were able to understand the Bible’s teachings. This event however had a much bigger impact, not only on the religious understanding of a whole society but also on German culture as a whole. By translating the Bible into one ‘common German language’, Luther united Germans through their language. In a sense Luther can be seen as the father of ‘standardized’ German, since until then no single German language existed but a variety of dialects.
Education for ALL
Luther was a born reformer. He changed religious believes, created one German language and also revolutionized the educational system. At his time, education was a privilege, accessible only to the elite and future priests. As the visionary he was, he realized the importance in having the next generation be educated in order to preserve knowledge and cultural heritage. He wanted education be available to everyone including girls! “By the late 16th century, rural German schools were gender balanced” according to an article by Jay Mathews in the Washington Post.
That education needs to be free for everyone, is still a motto that’s driving Germany’s education model even today!
Look out for the ‘Oktoberfest Table” at the Phoenix Club on October 15th, 2017. More information to follow.
Monday, October 2 – Schwarz-Rot-Gold Day : Kick off the week by showing your pride in Germany and the German language—wear Schwarz-Rot-Gold! Whether you’re at school, at work, out in the community or anywhere else, everyone around will know you’re a fan of German. ( Please wear these colors on Thursday, too)
Friday, October 6 – Famous German-Americans Day: Hats off to German immigrants to the US and German-Americans! The cultures of the German-speaking world have had an enormous influence on American culture. You’ll find the contributions of German-Americans in every walk of life—actors, athletes, artists, entrepreneurs, fashion designers, musicians, politicians, scientists, teachers, filmmakers, and writers.
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
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.”
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
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.
A New German Program For The Youngest Language Learners At German School Campus.
The 2017/18 academic year rings in our first ‘Vorschul-Klasse’ for the 4-6 year olds.
Knowing how important it is for our children to be introduced to a new language as early as possible, we realized the significance of designing a special class for our youngest German language learners. We listened to our parents, and created German School campus’ brand new ‘Voschul-Klasse’ (4-6 years old)!
Learning German at our school right on the Newport Beach Bay has always been an exciting adventure but this year marks the first year, where we make it possible for students to join us at German School campus already at four years of age!
New at German School campus for the academic year 2017/18?
Here is what you need to know: We are expanding our course offering for the upcoming academic school year by adding two new programs:
Our new German ‘Vorschul-Klasse’ for ages 4-6 will cater to our youngest learners within the preschool to Kindergarten age.
We will continue having our traditional Beginner Class that prepares students for the AATG 1 exam in their first year, and we will have our popular Intermediate Class, which culminates in taking the A2 Exam according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), (The A2 Exam is a necessary step towards the B1, and finally B2 /C1 exams). Our Intermediate class takes also the AATG 2 exam in spring 2018, which can count towards credits for foreign language studies at a high school.
Acquiring an early taste for German at German School campus’ new ‘Vorschul-Klasse’
Countless studies show how beneficial it is for children to start learning a foreign language as early as possible. Not only is learning a foreign language happening more naturally and playfully then, but research demonstrates that language learning has also many cognitive benefits. It enhances critical thinking and problem solving skills, and provides our children with greater mental flexibility and makes them better multi-taskers.
Our ‘Vorschul-Klasse’ program for our youngest learners is taught by Livia Wielath, a gifted educator, who has a BA in Education and a Masters Certification in the Dalcroze-Method for Music & Movement from the Conservatory in Stuttgart. Livia has been teaching young children in Germany and Orange County for the past 27 years. She currently teaches Orff Music classes and also German Language Circles at a school in Laguna Beach.
At German School campus she’ll use her experience with the Dalcroze-Method and teach our 4-6 year olds the German language through songs and rhythm. Children will learn numbers, the days of the week, the calendar, seasons and much more through fun songs and plays. As it is tradition in our school, also our youngest members will learn how to introduce themselves and will be able to hold up a small and simple conversation by the end of the year. You’ll be surprised by their success!
Our engaging teaching method benefits all 4-6 year olds in our ‘Vorschul-Klasse’. While we focus more on the spoken word with our youngest ones in class, we start introducing simple writing and reading in German to our 5-6 year olds. Working on art projects and doing crafts further enhances the German language immersion.
Learning about German Culture by celebrating German Traditions
Throughout the year all classes at German School campus participate in celebrating German traditions and prepare for festivities in an age-appropriate way. Highlights are:
In December, we have several celebrations: Our Saint Nicholas celebration, a Gingerbread House Decorating contest, as well as a Family Christmas celebration, in which our students traditionally present a play and sing German Christmas carols.
The second year of the project “summer camp” is over and it was a complete success again as shown by the positive reaction of the students regarding the practical experiences. Outside of the class rooms the students have learned everything about the elements -earth, water, air and fire. The main focus was talking about our resources and renewable energy, with an emphasis on sustainability in mind. A further priority was learning new vocabularies in a field that becomes more and more important to all nations all over the world. In cooperation with the Newport Sea Base School Mrs. Schoeneich (school director) was able to plan an all-round camp with interesting articles, videos, games and great trips to different places in the Newport Back Bay area, for examples excursions on the water including kayaking and sail boat tours. The idea was to practice a specialized vocabulary playfully with all students of all ages together. At the end the kids got their own folders with all important information about tides, solar and wind energy and recycling, of course in German. Mrs. Ursula Schoeneich created with her German School Campus another wonderful summer camp that hopefully will come back in 2018 again!