Hoffentlich sind Sie alle gut in das Neue Jahr gekommen und kaum hat es angefangen, haben wir schon wieder Deutsche Schule. Vielleicht lässt sich in der verbleibenden Ferienzeit noch ein bisschen Zeit für ein deutsches Buch finden, denn wie Sie ja wissen, das Lesen hilft Ihren Kindern ungemein. Ob nun allein oder mit den Eltern, ob ein Pixi-, Bilderbuch oder ein Jugendroman, die Kinder profitieren ungemein.
Am Samstag vor unserer Weihnachtsfeier wurden einige der jüngeren Klassen von den Mädchen der Sprachdiplomklasse besucht. Die “Groβen” haben den “Kleinen” eine altersgerechte Geschichte vorgelesen. Dies war ein erster Versuch und es hat sich gezeigt, dass alle sehr angetan waren. Die Kleinen haben gespannt zugehört, was denn die Groβen da so erzählen, und die Groβen konnten feststellen, dass sie doch eine Menge können und fühlten sich sehr bestätigt. Zu einem geeigneten Zeitpunkt wollen wir so eine Aktion wiederholen.
Liebe Schüler, bitte punktet weiter mit Antolin. Neue Bücher warten auf Euch an der Schule. Bitte seid richtig fleissige Leseratten!!
Eure Katja Dell
Kommt, lest mit mir!
The younger students were in for a treat when older students came for a visit to read to them on December 1, 2012. Ms. Dell’s class prepared to read to younger to give students an understanding of what they can accomplish in a few years of studying German. The younger students were exited to listen to the stories and getting to know some of the “big” kids in our school. It was a fun event that we intend to repeat in the future! Please see pictures above from Ms. McBride’s class.
I am in awe of the teachers/staff here. I was constantly thrilled to be in this program. The TAs and Profs are inspiring and captivating. I fell asleep and woke up thinking in German. I can’t put it in words how thrilled I was. I only wish the program would be longer. I don’t want it to end. I loved it here. Thanks. (Anonymous, 2005)
Die Leute sind alle sehr freundlich und auch die Lehrer — das ist am wichtigsten. Ausserdem ist das Konzept des total immersion sehr gut; das habe ich in Österreich nicht so erlebt, weil dort alle Englisch sprechen wollen.
In 2009, my wife and were extremely lucky to find the German School of Atlanta that was both affordable and such an enriching experience for our son. At the German School, the educators, staff, school board and parents all share the same commitment to a multi-cultural learning environment, and that inspires us to do our part to contribute to the school’s success. If you are looking for German Saturday School program that is intimate in its setting, multi-cultural and is made of up motivated and genuinely nice families, then this is the place to be. (Anonymous, 2010)
Liebe GSA Besucher,
ich freue mich, dass ich mich Ihnen hier vorstellen darf: ich bin Gaby Beyer und bin der Schule seit 1994 treu!
1992 sind wir in die USA umgezogen und beim Abschied ermahnten mich meine Eltern sehr liebevoll und bestimmt, dass ich auf alle Faelle dafuer Sorge trage, dass die Enkel auf jeden Fall der deutschen Sprache verbunden bleiben. Als wir ueber Umwege nach Atlanta kamen, hoerte ich bei einem Kaffeeklatsch ueber die German School of Atlanta und war sofort begeistert. Meine Kinder haben beide das Sprachdiplom absolviert und meine Tochter arbeitet mittlerweile an der Schule als Assistentin.
An der GSA habe ich von Anfang an unzaehlige Stunden als Voluntaer verbracht. Mit viel Spass habe ich viele “Huete” getragen und habe auch eine Weile lang unterrichtet. 1997 trat ich dem Board of Directors bei. Lange hatte ich dort die Funktion als Vice President und 2008 wurde ich Praesidentin der GSA. Die Taetigkeit an der Schule ist mein Hobby und erfuellt mich auf vielfaeltige Art und Weise. Ich freue mich immer wieder am Samstagmorgen in soviele Gesichter blicken zu duerfen und so viele Reisepaesse stempeln zu koennen. Mein Herz singt foermlich wenn ich am Morgen alle SchuelerInnen sehe.
Dear GSA Visitors,
I am happy to introduce myself to you: my name is Gaby Beyer and I have been a loyal member of the GSA since 1994!
We moved to the US in 1992 and while saying our good byes, my parents impressed upon me to take especial care that our children will always be connected to the German language. Upon our arrival in Atlanta I learned about the GSA during a Kaffeeklatsch and I was immediately smitten.
Both my children have taken the Sprachdiplom and my daughter is currently working as a teacher’s assistant at the school.
From the beginning I clocked in countless hours as a volunteer at the GSA. Joyfully I have worn “many a hat” and even taught for a while. In 1997 I joined the Board of Directors. Several years I served as Vice President and accepted the position of President in 2008. My work at the school is a hobby of mine that provides me joy and satisfaction. Every Saturday morning I am happy to see so many faces and to stamp so many passports. My heart is full of joy when I see all the students each morning.
GERMAN SCHOOL ATLANTA: AN EDUCATION THAT KEEPS PAYING OFF
Several years ago our daughters were students at The German School Atlanta. On Saturday mornings it seemed as though the car automatically set out for Marietta and their Saturday morning foreign language class. Our background is not German, but this was the best modern, spoken foreign language that we could find for them. One of our daughters had a teacher in her public school who also taught at the German School. This teacher told our daughter about it and that put our children on the path to learning to speak German in spite of the fact that we had never been to Germany. The education that they took the opportunity to obtain at GSA has continued to pay off for both of them, but especially for the older sister, Maggie. This past January, in Egypt, her German language skills helped her get the information she needed to leave Cairo as the Egyptian revolution was starting.
Maggie and some of her friends had been in Luxor on an archeological dig with Johns Hopkins University, where she is a PhD student. They had already purchased their return tickets and left Luxor planning to visit friends in Cairo for a couple of days. They arrived in Cairo Thursday and were scheduled to leave Saturday. On Friday, the revolution began. The internet and cell phone service was disconnected. They were staying in a hotel but were uncertain of what would be the best procedures to follow.
In an effort to get information and possibly find a safer place to stay they called all the embassies the group had affiliation with: American, Canadian, and British. No one had any useful suggestions for them. In a last ditch effort to find out what they should do, Maggie called the German Embassy, speaking German she learned at GSA – this time, she was finally able to speak to a helpful person. The group was told that there wasn’t really much that could be done to help them at the moment but they should wait for a lull in the rioting and then try to get to the airport. The German Embassy was fairly certain that if they got to the airport they could leave Egypt since the airport was not yet closed and flights were allowed to depart. Maggie and her travel companions trusted and took the advice and were able to leave Egypt with nothing worse than sore throats from tear gas.
For the parents waiting here in the USA, that was a very long weekend. We had very limited communication with Maggie and her traveling companions. However, we did know that they had been given some advice by the German Embassy that they felt they could trust. We are forever grateful for the wonderful language education Maggie and her sister had at the German School of Atlanta and for the wonderful person at the German Embassy who gave Maggie advice that helped her and the other students leave Egypt before the most tumultuous days of the revolution.
Kennesaw State University is once again, and for the fourth time, bringing the annual “KSU German Culture Week” to the GSA Campus. This year’s topic is “Germany: Making Choices”. Please join us on September 30, 2017, in the Cafeteria. 11:00-11:30 KSU Quiz Bowl “Germany: Making Choices” 11:30-11:45 Parade 11:45-12:00 Making *healthy* Choices Celebration