To foster a spirit of community as well as keep tuition low, the German School of the East Bay asks that each family or adult student volunteer at least 5 hours per semester.  At the beginning of the semester, a $75 volunteer/library book deposit is required, and once the volunteer commitment has been met, and no library books are outstanding, the deposit is returned at the end of the semester.  Deposits are not carried over from semester to semester.

In addition to the volunteer hours, each student (except for a Sing- und Spielgruppe student) is asked to bring a healthy snack at least once during the semester.  Kindergarten students are asked to bring healthy snacks for their classroom.  All other students are asked to bring a healthy snack for approximately 25-30 people.

Volunteer hours and snack commitments are managed via the online internet service SignUpGenius (just click icon to access).  Details regarding volunteering work as committee chairs, committee volunteers, shift volunteers and coordinators can be found on SignUpGenius.  Details regarding Snacks are provided below.

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(SignUpGenius sends out sign-up reminders and invitations for future volunteer opportunities.)


Snack Details:

Sing- und Spielgruppe families are not asked to provide a school snack as the class time is much shorter.  (They are, however, asked to volunteer.)

A Kindergarten student is asked to bring a healthy snack for the classroom at least once per semester.

A student in any class other then Sing- und Spielgruppe or Kindergartern is asked to bring a healthy snack for approximately 25-30 people at least once per semester .  These Kaffeekasse snacks are offered to students during their breaks at a small cost ($0.25 on up) thereby serving as a small fundraiser for the school.

Healthy Kaffeekasse Snack Suggestions include:

  • Fruit: apples, strawberries, mandarin oranges
  • Bagels, regular or mini, cream cheese
  • Mini croissants
  • Dinner rolls, sliced cheese, salami
  • Goldfish crackers
  • Banana breads
  • Cake, muffins
  • Mini bagel pizzas

Any food items containing peanuts and/or tree nuts must be clearly labeled specifying what they contain.

Sign-up sheets for snacks can be found on the SignUpGenius website.

After you have brought a snack, sign the Volunteer Kaffeekasse book in the GSEB Kitchen.


If you have any questions, please contact Kit Thompson , GSEB volunteer coordinator, at volunteers@gseb-school.org or 510-459-5357.