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Dear German School of Connecticut Community,

The GSC board of directors, taking under consideration recommendations from students, parents, teachers and administration, has decided that online teaching is the best way to keep everybody safe.

Since GSC is renting its facilities this leads to insufficient control over the safety of the two campuses. Furthermore, our students come from many different schools within a 1-hour driving radius elevating our risk of exposure to the Covid-19 virus. That said, we will constantly evaluate the situation, and adjust based on the development during the fall semester, and hopefully we will be back inside our regular classrooms no later than by the beginning of 2021.

We will be planning for different learning experience based on the age range of our students.

Our youngest students in classes up to age 6, will meet in online micro-groups of up to 3 students per session to provide an even more individualized learning experience than in our regular classroom. Based on the age appropriate attention span, these short micro session will be up to 30 minutes. Each micro session will be followed by a parents-assisted activity phase. Students will be provided with a window to reconnect with their teachers during Saturday morning hours to be able to share their independent work with their teacher for timely feedback and encouragement. Furthermore, you will be provided with a weekly video recorded reading of a picture book by one of your highly qualified early education teachers, and a weekly brownbag containing an activity, or book that will foster the learning expierence of each specific Saturday.  Last but not least, the teachers will schedule some outdoor Saturday morning classes at a location nearby to our regular school campus for a fun, save and engaging learning expierence. 

In addition to instruction by the classroom teacher, students will meet in a separate online meeting with the GSC music teacher to learn and enjoy traditional and contemporary German songs.

Our students, age approximately 6 through 11, will meet in two small groups of up to 6 students. Each groups can expect a 60 minute small group session plus a 20 minute whole class session. This set-up of shorter period but highly individualized meetings has worked best during our spring experience for this age range. In addition to their regular books, we are excited to introduce additional printed learning material, as well as the fun and engaging LÜK learning system to further enhance your child’s learning expierence. Weather-permitting, teachers will also strive for a few outdoor meetings with their entire class at a location near or at our regular campus provided that we won’t face another statewide lockdown. 

In addition to instruction by the classroom teacher, students will meet in a separate online meeting with the GSC music teacher to learn and enjoy traditional and contemporary German songs.

 Our classes for students age 12 and up, as well as our adult learners, will be meeting as a whole class, in breakout sessions for group activities, and in one-on-one sessions for the duration of their regular Saturday morning sessions. When possible, teachers will conduct outdoor meetings for the entire class.  We purchased additional literature for students to read off screen for class discussions, and we have other fun activities planned for the fall semester.

Since most of our classes are in their second year of a two year rotation, the majority of our students can expect to have the same great teacher and book that they are already familiar with from last year.

During the board meeting, it was decided to waive the schedule tuition increase for the entire school year and keep the tuition at last year’s level. Furthermore, the service fee and the volunteering opt-out donation have been waived for the fall semester for the Stamford and West Hartford campus respectively. If you should need additional tuition assistance, please inquire with our campus registrars. 

We are looking forward to seeing you at the first day of school for distribution of class materials, and a welcome back meeting with your class teacher. We are also looking forward to seeing you at one of our outdoor classes and online via zoom or facetime. If you have additional questions please feel free to reach out directly to our school administration or to your or your child’s classroom teacher from last year.

Kind regards,

Dr. Stefanie Mischner

Principal

Bärbel Röder                                                                     Dr. Eileen Wilkinson

Assistant Principal – West Hartford                          Assistant Principal – Stamford

Please help us with our planning & preparations for the fall semester and fill out this online survey for us please, thank you very much.

GSC School Community Feedback

Sincerely,

Dr. Stefanie Mischner

President and Principal

Stamford and West Hartford

E-mail:  gsc.mischner@gmail.com

Phone:  +1 (203) 300 5373

Internet: germanschoolct.org

Dear students, parents, teachers, alumni and friends of the GSC,

Registration for the GSC 2020/2021 is open now!

Reserve your spot for only a $200 deposit now .

Registering early helps the German School of Connecticut plan our teachers, classrooms, resources for the fall and ensures the continuation of our GSC Community.

Thank you in advance for your continued support and trust in our school!.

Click here to register now!

PS- Donations are kindly appreciated and help the GSC to provide an excellent service to our GSC Community.

If you would like to donate please click here and know that your donation has an immediate benefit for the school.

Best regards,

Arnold MischkulnigRegistrar Stamfordregistrar@germanschoolct.orgGail Zimmermann

Registrar West Hartford

gailzimmermann1@gmail.com

Click here to register now!

We are always looking to grow the GSC community. If you know of families that might be interested in the school, make sure to let them know about us. As a special referral incentive, we will give a $150 credit per referred family to be applied to future year tuition payments. (contact your registrar when you referred a family!)

EINPresswire.com – Fairfield County and the German School of Connecticut are well-represented this year: by the newly crowned Miss German-America 2018 and Her Court of Princesses who live, work and study in Fairfield County, CT and have a continuing involvement with the German School of Connecticut (GSC) in Stamford. These accomplished young women are extraordinary representatives of the rich German-American heritage and culture of the tri-state area.

Miss German-America Pavlina Schriel of Norwalk, CT, is a 2016 graduate of New York University in Manhattan and currently a music teacher at Brookside Elementary School in Norwalk, CT where she teaches all grades, from Kindergarten to fifth grade, is a former student at GSC.

Princess Sean Tomlinson, from Scranton, PA, is a double major of German and Sociology/Anthropology at Fairfield University, Class of 2019. Sean is an active community activist and aspiring folklorist. She learned German beginning in high school and was able to explore her German heritage in depth during the Summer of 2016 when she worked at a family clinic in Southern Germany. Now she shares and celebrates her culture as a German teacher for beginning students. Sean has taught German at Yale's Sprout and Splash Programs, at Starfish International in The Gambia, and as a teaching assistant at the German School of Connecticut.

The youngest member of the Court of Miss German-America is Junior Princess Amelia-Elsa Schweizer of Norwalk, CT who is a native-level German speaker and enrolled in the heritage language program at GSC where she has won several German national language awards. She attended Marvin Elementary School and is now in sixth grade and in the academically talented program at Nathan Hale Middle School in Norwalk, CT. She is an accomplished figure skater and dancer, and an active member of her local Girl Scout troop.

Join Miss German-America and her Court on Fifth Avenue in New York City on September 15th, 2018 at the Steuben Parade or view the live broadcast at http://germanparadenyc.org.

The German School of Connecticut offers German language instruction on Saturday mornings for children from the age of two through high school, as well as for adults. More information is available at www.germanschoolct.org and at the Open House at the Stamford Campus located at Rippowam Middle School 381 High Ridge Road, on Saturday, September 1, 2018 from 10 a.m. to noon. Classes start on September 8!

The German School of Connecticut congratulates Miss German-America Pavlina Schriel, Princess Sean Tomlinson and Junior Princess Amelia-Elsa Schweizer for their well-deserved new roles!

Muriel Swaggart
The German School of Connecticut, Inc
(203) 548-0438

We are looking for teachers, see details above.
For Stamford: Apply for teachers jobs at: stamfordinfo@germanschoolct.org

For West Hartford: Apply for teachers jobs at: hartfordinfo@germanschoolct.org

For next year September 2019 we are also looking for new principal. Job description is here. If you like more info contact: search@germanschoolct.org

Dear friends of the German School of Connecticut,

All of our parents community and some of the adult students are volunteering at our schools in Stamford and West Hartford. Thank you very much.

But we are also looking for outside volunteers to help us organize events  or Saturday mornings. Maybe you have a special talent like playing an instrument, fundraising ideas and experience, website talent or any other ideas to help us thrive in Stamford or West Hartford.

We also wanted to let you know we accept any donations in form of books, computers etc and also money donations.

If you like to donate to the German School of Connecticut, Inc., please use this link: donations or sent via PayPal to: registration@germanschoolct.org
Any donation is fully tax deductible and you will receive a receipt by mail for you tax filing.

THANK YOU

The German School of Connecticut

Contact info:

Dear GSC Community,

Today, 40 years ago (22 May 1978) I signed the papers of incorporation of our school.  Thus, today, 22 June 2018,  is our 40th  birthday.

Last Saturday, with the help of the administration, parent volunteers, teachers and students who created a time line, an exhibition of their school work  as well as a GSC hymn, we pre-celebrated this birthday.

We had a lovely school event.

The Consul General in New York who could not be present last Saturday asked me to let everyone have his congratulation.  I attach it.

I also attach an article on the history of our school that was written by a freelance journalist who has written about our school before.

I thank you all for your great and dedicated  support of the school in the many years since its creation.   I wish you a wonderful summer.

With kind regards,

Renate Ludanyi, Ph.D.
President/Principal
German School of Connecticut
www.germanschoolct.org

Letter of the General Consul of Germany in New York   A history of the German School of Connecticut