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Alaaf! Helau! It’s Carnival Month.

GermanSchool campus celebrates its third Carnival Season at the School this year. Join us!

We invite you to our very own Karneval with fun games, music and of course lots of traditional ‘Berliners’, a donut-like pastry that is filled with delicious apricot or raspberry jam.

It’s been a very special tradition here at our school and this year will be the third time that we celebrate this fun event right here at our school on the Newport Bay!

Come by and party with us! Dance along famous German Fasching tunes, or partake in typical Karneval games; but you especially don’t want to leave without indulging in our deliciously scrumptious ‘Krapfen’. They have been made to order for this particular occasion!

Mark – Your CalendarforSaturday, February 10th
from 4 pm to 6 pm

Karneval Party 2018Carnival Excitement is spreading through Germany!

Europe and here in particular German-speaking countries in Europe have been in ‘Karneval-Fieber’ (carnival mood) since November. To be precise, since the 11th day of November. That’s when Carnival started at exactly 11:11 am! A strange time, wouldn’t you admit? But that’s when the Narrenzeit (Time of the fools) officially begins.

Since around that time everyone is usually getting ready for Christmas, the crazy signs of Carnival are not yet as visible. Carnival during that time commonly concentrates on the “Ball” season (elaborate dancing events), which culminates in beautiful events in January and February. You most likely have heard of the Vienna Opera Ball, a most illustrious example.

Fasching, Karneval, Fastnacht and more

‘Fasching’ has its origins in the medieval times. It’s connected to the liturgical calendar starting in the Pre-Lenten season, also known as Shrovetide, and ending on Shrove Tuesday. The following Ash Wednesday starts the 40-day fasting season (Lent) until Easter. However, one may also consider Carnival as a rite of passage, when taking into account pagan customs that wanted to make way for spring and summer. Here, dressing up in fantastical costumes was often the ritual to drive away the winter spirits.

Carnival has been known historically as the time where breaking the rules was okay and when an excessive lifestyle was accepted, even expected! Today ‘Karneval’ in Germany entails not only elaborate costume parties but also political parades, where the people make fun of the ones in charge of the country and beyond. The largest political Carnival Parade happens every year in Cologne.

Depending on where you are in Germany around Carnival time, you will experience Fasching quite a bit differently. Many States have even different names for the same seasonal event: While Carnival is known as ‘Karneval’ in Cologne and the Rhineland, in Bavaria they call it ‘Fasching’. In Franconia, one knows Carnival as ‘Fosnat’ and in Swabia as ‘Fasnet’, or ‘Fastnacht’ in Mainz.

Not everyone is out and about on Carnival, some people, called a ‘Faschingsmuffel’ (a Carnival grouch), dread this time of partying and rather stay at home. But there is one part of the German population that is looking forward to the Carnival season all year long. These are the children!

Before Halloween was celebrated in Germany, Fasching was the only time for kids to dress up as their favorite character. But they are not only looking forward to dressing up as princesses, ninjas, transformers and Co., but also to special Carnival foods like ‘Krapfen’, the donut-like pastry with jam in the center. They are also called ‘Berliner’ or Kreppel.

Carnival at GermanSchool Campus – It’s only happening Once A Year!

Get into Carnival mood with us and come by to celebrate with GermanSchool campus on Saturday February 10th from 4 pm to 6 pm. It’s a fun event where we join forces with Ute’s Kinderschule. Don’t miss it! A special batch of yummy ‘Berliners’ is waiting just for you!

Please let us know if you are coming by! Send us an Email or Call

[email protected] or 949-285-0829

We look forward to seeing you!

DATES to REMEMBER: See also out SCHOOL CALENDAR

February 10 – Carnival Party at German School Campus for young and old from 4pm – 6pm (Free Event)

March 31 – Easter Party. Watch out for details on Facebook.

April – Enrollment starts for the STEM SUMMER Camp & the new School Year 2018/2019. Book early to reserve your space.

July 2nd – July 7th – Our Yearly STEM SUMMER CAMP! Book early to claim your space. (July 4th is a off)

Summertime for students in Erlangen

The University of Erlangen-Nuremberg

is the third largest university in Bavaria. It was founded in Erlangen in the 18th century and offers 79 Bachelor's and 89 Master's degrees to more than 40,000 students. The faculties are distributed Der Sommer für Studenten in Erlangenall over the city and cooperate with many organizations. The cooperation with a lot of hospitals in Erlangen makes the Friedrich Alexander University to one of the ten largest universities in Germany. The palace garden in the center of the city offers a great atmosphere. Right next to the faculty of the university is the Orangerie of the palace with direct access to the university street. The park has many beautiful places that are used for sports, reading and relaxing and makes the students' lunch time especially in summer. The palace garden is also a popular place for graduation parties and festivals. A beautiful place to study.

Der Sommer für Studenten in Erlangen

Die Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

ist die drittgrößte Universität in Bayern. Sie wurde im 18. Jahrhundert in Erlangen gegründet und bietet mehr als 40.000 Der Sommer für Studenten in ErlangenStudenten 79 Bachelor und 89 Master Studiengänge an. Die Fakultäten sind in der ganzen Stadt verteilt und kooperieren mit vielen Organisationen. Besonders die Kooperationen mit den Kliniken in Erlangen macht die Friedrich-Alexander-Universität zu einer der zehn größten Universitäten in Deutschland. Eine tolle Atmosphäre bietet vor allem der Schlosspark im Zentrum der Stadt. Direkt neben der Verwaltung der Universität liegt die Schloss Orangerie mit direktem Zugang zu der Universitätsstraße. Der Park besitzt viele Wiesen für Sport, Lesen und Entspannen und versüßt den Studenten die Mittagspause. Der Schlosspark ist unter anderem ein beliebter Ort für Abschlussfeiern und Stadtfeste. Ein wunderschöner Ort um zu studieren.

The Northern Sea

30 degrees Celsius, sun, beach and water!

In this way the May began in Germany at the Northern Sea. In the north of Germany the summer feeling began early this year. Just in time for school holidays, families enjoyed the warm sand, the warm water and good food. A perfect place if you need time to relax! Even from the south of Germany people travel to the north. Not only the coast is an attractive holiday destination for many people, also the islands around the mainland. All public ferries are also easy to reach. The most relaxing place is in “beach baskets”, which shelters from the sun and the wind, but also invite you to dream. The Northern Sea is an unique landscape with tall grasses and sand hills called “Dünen”. A visit to German beaches is worthwhile for everyone!

Die Nordsee

30 Grad Celsius, Sonne, Strand und Meer!

So hat der Mai in Deutschland an der Nordsee angefangen. Im Norden von Deutschland fing das Sommer Gefühl früh an dieses Jahr. Rechtzeitig zu den Schulferien genossen Familien den warmen Sand, das warme Wasser und gutes Essen. Wer Zeit zum Entspannen braucht ist hier genau richtig! Sogar aus dem Süden Deutschlands reisen die Menschen in den Norden an. Nicht nur die Küste ist für viele ein attraktives Urlaubsziel, sondern auch die darum liegenden Inseln. Mit den Fähren sind alle ganz einfach zu erreichen. Am schönsten ist es in den Strandkörben, die nicht nur Schutz vor der Sonne und dem Wind bieten, sondern auch zum Träumen einladen. Die Nordsee ist eine einmalige Landschaft mit hohen Gräsern und Sandhügeln, die „Dünen“ genannt werden. Ein Besuch an deutschen Stränden lohnt sich für jeden!

Spring in Franconia!

Spring in Franconia!

Nuremberg is the second largest city in Bavaria with about half a million inhabitants and is in the heart of Franconia. Not only does it contain a dramatic and fascinating past, but also a wonderful old town, and many international fairs and with great locations in the middle of nature. City life beckons many residents and tourists to visit. The connection the city has to the University of Erlangen and the city of science, Fürth, makes Nuremberg even more attractive for all generations. Large parks and a great public transportation systems connect the three cities and the people. The surrounding lakes, the open air events, and the castle at night should especially be visited during the springtime.

Die Blaue Nacht
Die Blaue Nacht
Spring in Franconia!
Spring in Franconia!

One popular event for everyone is “die Blaue Nacht” in the center of the city. All shops and squares light up with a magic blue glow, while artists and storeowners present their works. Many visitors meet for music, cocktails, and good food on the streets dancing the night away. If this is too much blue, you can also visit the public gardens, the zoo, or enjoy long walks to many different cities. Despite the high population, Nuremberg has remained welcoming and pleasant. If you are planning a trip to Germany, the middle of Franconia should not be missed!

Frühling in Franken!

Frühling in Franken!

Nürnberg ist die zweitgrößte Stadt Bayerns mit ungefähr einer halben Millionen Einwohnern und ist das Herz Frankens. Nicht nur eine dramatische und faszinierende Vergangenheit, sondern auch eine wundervolle Altstadt, viele internationale Messen und die tolle Lage in der Mitte von Natur und Stadtleben überzeugen viele Bewohner und Touristen. Die Verbindung zu der Universitätsstadt Erlangen und der Wissenschaftsstadt Fürth macht Nürnberg noch attraktiver für Jung und Alt. Große Parks und eine gute Verkehrsanbindung verbinden die drei Städte und die Menschen. Aber vor allem die umliegenden Seen, die Openair Events und die Burg bei Nacht sollte man bereits im Frühling besuchen.

Nuernberg
Nuernberg
Die Blaue Nacht
Die Blaue Nacht

Ein beliebtes Fest für jedermann ist „die Blaue Nacht“ im Zentrum der Stadt. Alle Geschäfte und Plätze tauchen in ein blaues Licht, während Künstler und Ladenbesitzer ihre Arbeiten präsentieren. Viele Besucher treffen sich zu Musik, Cocktails und zu gutem Essen auf der Straße und feiern die ganze Nacht. Wem dies zu viel blau ist, der kann auch die öffentlichen Gärten oder den Zoo besuchen oder lange Wanderwege genießen. Nürnberg ist trotz seiner Einwohneranzahl gemütlich und natürlich geblieben. Wer eine Reise nach Deutschland plant, der sollte sich die Mitte Frankens nicht entgehen lassen!