Spring 2016

Dear GSEB Community:

Welcome to Spring Term 2016! We have successfully concluded our first few weeks of classes and are pleased to announce that our total enrollment for the Spring semester is 190 students attending classes in both mornings and afternoons. Our student body ranges in age from two to 80+ years. As we continue to grow in enrollment, we are always looking for great teachers to join our school. If you know of any teachers that may be interested, please send them our way. In particular we are still looking for a Educational Director.

As an all-volunteer run school, we would greatly appreciate your valuable input and talents. Whether becoming a board member, events assistance/coordination, website, operations or even communications, we need you. Our dynamic school thrives because of active members. If interested, please let any member of the board know. We always have opportunities to match your skills! Thank you in advance.

It’s going to be a great semester and we are happy to have you with us as we continue to provide students the opportunity to learn the German language and culture in a supportive environment.

New Addition to Our Teaching Family:


We are thrilled to welcome Mirjam Leopoldsberger as a new teacher for the 3rd grade advanced class. Mirjam and her family have been an active part of the GSEB family since 2012. She has two children that attend the school – Josh (11) is in his 4th year and Luna (6) is in her 2nd year. Mirjam grew up in Germany in a home of educators and currently lives in Pleasanton. She has a love for language, learning and working with children. Mirjam is a caretaker at heart. In addition to her dedication to the German school, she is also a nurse (not actively working as such at the time) and volunteers regularly in her church and at her daughter’s elementary school. Her energy will continue to be a wonderful asset to our GSEB teaching community. Welcome Mirjam!

Job Description: Educational Director:

The German School of the East Bay is hiring an Educational Director. We are looking for a native or near-native German speaker with an educational background interested in a part-time career opportunity. Responsibilities include hiring, mentoring, and evaluating teachers; working with the curriculum developer and board liaisons; determining student placement; and teaching and substituting as needed. Update: this position has been filled.

Around the School: Pigs Can Fly!

School Bus

Congratulations to the GSEB first prize winners of the ZfA Kreativwettbewerb (creativity competition). With their project “Wenn Schweine Fliegen Könnten” (If Pigs Could Fly), the students of the 5/6 Advanced Class won the category of “mein Lieblingssprichwort” (my favorite saying). They wrote and recorded a humorous skit filled with elaborate wishes. Want to see if their wishes worked? Check out the video!

Their prize includes a certificate, a $50 gift card to Barnes & Noble, and a book with the names and pictures of all the winners.

These students are so fortunate to be learning German from Tina Schrader, their amazing and creative teacher. Please join us in congratulating Tina and these hard working students: Tonia Bäuerlein, Ben Frederick, Kira Funk, Elliot Karger, Joshua Leopoldsberger, Micah Mueller-Harley, Christopher Pohl, and Kira Wood.

Important Dates:

Date Event Location
Feb. 13 No School
May 7 General Meeting and last day of Spring Semester Starts at 12pm in Prior Hall
May 21 Theateraufführung für Kinder: Reise um die Welt (Children’s theater sing-along) Starts at 10:30am in Prior Hall at the Altenheim.

Cost: $5 – prior to event;

$8 – day of event

Reise um die Welt is a sing-and-play-along children’s theater show for kindergarten and elementary school children. The talented Christof and Vladislava Altmann will entertain their audience on a virtual world tour, visiting exciting places and making new friends along the way.

Have a wonderful semester! Thank you for your support and dedication to our school and students.