German Events 2019

October 3:  GIS 4th and 5th graders will meet Lutz Dammbeck, German film director, at the school.  This event is made possible by the German department at Oregon State University, the History department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, the German Studies Association, and the German Consulate in San Francisco.  Mr. Dammbeck will show his animated film, Herzog Ernst, answer questions about making movies, sign autographs, and professors from these institutions will have a chance to meet parents interested in learning about pathways for students at schools like GIS.

October 9-12:  Portland has been chosen to showcase innovation and industry between Germany and the United States at the Wunderbar Together Pop-Up Tour.  Portland’s Pioneer Square will be transformed into a hub of transatlantic activity. 

October 11:  9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. our school will be front and center in Portland's living room, Pioneer Courthouse Square.  The Wunderbar Together PopUp Tour will be in town that week and we are thrilled to be partnering with the German Foreign Office, the German Embassy, the Goethe Institut, and others.  This is a uniquely outstanding opportunity to showcase our learning community that we hope you will support.  A big event requires a lot of information.  Please take some time to familiarize yourself with what we will be doing and what that means for you and your children. See our FAQ's on the calendar page.

What you really need to know is that Extended Care (EC) is operating normally and will treat this event like a field trip that all students attend.  Normal October EC sign-ups are due September 14th.     EC will be closing at 3:00 p.m. this day!

Since this is not a normal school day, we are hopeful that many families will join our whole staff downtown on Pioneer Square for our 4th/5th grade choir performance from 12:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. and our preschool and kindergarten teachers for a story time/open sing from 10:00 a.m to 11:15 a.m.   

Additionally, we will be offering collaborative community art projects (think giant chalk by numbers of famous German artworks), ‘speed’ German lessons, craft projects, and more.  All EC students will be back at the school by 2:30 p.m., at the latest. 

Oct. 31-Nov. 2:  GIS will host representatives from all the German Schools Abroad in North America for a Head of School training, with a focus on German and American cultural and communication differences.  

November 9: 30th Anniversary (November 9, 1989) Fall of the Berlin Wall Project

November 12St. Martin's Day Parade

December 6:  This year's St. Nikolaus celebration, Winter Concert, and Holiday Market are being rolled together into one school day.  The main goals are to build our school community even stronger and to go back to our 'roots' with our celebration back at the school.  We will be starting our school day at 10am and finishing later with the concert and a community meal.  We are actively seeking interesting ideas for crafts and other stations for our students and some other German-interested groups to enjoy.  Click here for more information on this.  If you have questions or ideas, please contact Blake, Daniela, or Stefanie.