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German Theater Workshop for Kids in SoCal


The German American School Association presents a Fairytale Theater Workshop in German at the Phoenix Club in Anaheim!

The theatre workshop offers an interactive theatre program for children ages 6-15 featuring a modern adaptation of the classic fairytale “Die Bremer Stadtmusikanten”.

During this workshop, children are encouraged to try out new ideas and become acquainted with different perspectives. Discovering their own body language helps them to adapt to new roles. Through the development of their own creativity and the joy of play-acting, a world of possibilities opens to them.

Yvonne Zech, actress and trainer with the Galli Theater Group in Wiesbaden, Germany, specializes in educational children’s theater projects and will guide the children through the day-long program.

A Frankfurter lunch is included. (Please pack a lunch if your child has allergies or food restrictions.)

Parents, family, and friends are invited to the final performance later in the afternoon at 5:15pm.

Between the workshop and the performance, a dinner selection will be available for purchase for you and your family. Space is limited, so reserve your spot today!
Last day to register is February 15th! Enroll HERE.

Theatre Workshop for Children:
WHEN: Sunday, February 25, 2018, 10am-4:30pm
WHERE: Phoenix Club, 1340 S Sanderson Ave, Anaheim, CA 92806
PERFORMANCE starts at 5:15 pm

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German Immersion Outdoor Camp – July 26 to August 1, 2015

It’s that time of the year again to start thinking about summer camps. In three more months the children will be out of school and summer vacation will have started! If you plan on having your child expand on his or her German language skills, there is exciting news.

GASA (German American School Association of SoCal) offers its German Immersion Outdoor Camp again. This year the camp will take place at the Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center in Orange, Southern California and promises fun for everyone! Seven days and six nights full of adventure, with special activities like zip lining, swimming a 136ft. water slide and archery are on the itinerary. Activities will all be conducted in GERMAN and include fishing, sports, crafting, baking, nature hikes and more. This year children will also experience the thrills of a planetary walk.

WHAT:     German Immersion Outdoor Camp                                                      WHEN:    July 26-August 1, 2015                                                                                       WHERE:  Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center in Orange                         COST:       $650                                                                                                                  For children ages 7 to 16. For more info refer to http://www.germanschool4kids.org         .

NEW German Flag Program at Theodore Roosevelt Middle School, Glendale

Middle School students within the Glendale school district can now continue their studies of the German language beyond elementary school. With Franklin Magnet School of Glendale having offered a bilingual immersion program in German from Kindergarten on for the last few years, graduating six-graders can now move on with their studies in German by attending Theodore Roosevelt Middle School in Glendale.

Theodore Roosevelt Middle School in Glendale, CA is excited to welcome the GERMAN FLAG program to the school next year! The school is one of the oldest schools in Glendale and recently underwent an expansive modernization of the campus. The school has an extensive partnership with JPL/NASA and has been named the first NASA Explorer School in the Glendale school district in 2007. “With our new school bell schedule adding 7 periods to each child’s daily schedule, all students will be able to take an exciting elective in addition to their GERMAN Language Arts class!” says Mary Mason, the middle school’s principal. The students have progressed in the district’s GERMAN FLAG program since kindergarten, and can continue now into middle school here at Roosevelt.

For more information on the school and its program, please contact the school at (818) 242-6845 or mmason(at)gusd.net.

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Memories of a Fun German Summer Camp at Big Bear Lake


Though Summer is officially over we wanted to take a last glance back at it and share a short review of one of Southern California’s successful German summer camps.

Organized by GASA, the German American School Association the German Summer Camp at Big Bear Lake is now in its second year. The camp site is close to Los Angeles and has made itself a name: Fun, adventure and camaraderie is what comes to mind for many when remembering their fun six days at Big Bear Lake.

The motto of this year’s camp was: “Die alten Germanen” – “The Teutons”, explaining the life of our Germanic Ancestors. To give the children a better understanding of what to expect of the week’s  camp, everyone was introduced to the topic with a movie : „Hermann, der Cherusker – die Schlacht im Teutoburger Wald.“

54 students from seven to fifteen years of age and from all over California, some kletterwandeven from Arizona and Minnesota, arrived on a Sunday afternoon, and were excitedly looking forward to the variety of activities awaiting them.  The camp’s mornings were dedicated to sports activities like fishing, soccer, golf, rock climbing and much more, after which the students had the choice of participating in baking, dancing or crafts classes.

Every class covered not only the fun factor but included also teaching the children about life in the Germanic ages, while even acquiring special skills of those times. By the end of the camp for example, every child had either built a sword or learned how to weave a basket, and all of them knew how to write their name in runes. Teaching of the runes alphabet was part of the curriculum in the afternoon, when the children concentrated on the history of their Germanic ancestors.

The day before last at summer camp all students and teachers went on a 1,5 milegermanen nature hike together before returning to a cozy evening around the fire.

And then the last day of camp was suddenly here, and all the week’s learning culminated in a final celebration, the exciting highlight of the camp: A fantastic interpretation of the “Die Schlacht im Teutoburger Wald” presented at the open-air theatre stage and every child had an active part in it.

An exciting summer camp had now come to an end, and everyone settled down for a last get together watching the sunset over Big Bear lake. While singing songs, roasting marshmallows and making smor’s, phone numbers were exchanged, and plans were made for next year’s adventure at Big Bear’s German Camp.

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