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May 2012
German School Summer Adventure Language Camps in June. All information directly on our homepage, including enrollment forms.

November 2011
Concordia Language Villages recently posted an article about our school on their News and Events blog:Villages Inspire Kansas Saturday School

September 2011
New German School of Northeast Kansas holds first classes.
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News articles and various media information available for download.

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January 17, 2014
Dear Friends of the German School of Northeast Kansas,
Tomorrow is the big day as we begin our Spring 2014 classes at the German School. Frau Farrar, Frau Kuhn-Laird and Frau Wille are ready to begin another great semester of learning together.

Please consider if the time is right for you to join us in class this semester.

Best wishes,
Michael G. Windheuser, Ph.D.
Executive Director
German School of Northeast Kansas
785.218.9700
mwindheuser@gmail.com


November 8, 2013
Dear Friends,
The German School of Northeast Kansas needs your help and support.

We are in our third year of operation and are in need of two new board members to begin three year terms starting in January of 2014. You need not be enrolled or have a student enrolled to become a board member. You just need to be interested in helping guide and support our school and willing to meet every other month for 90 minutes.

If you would like to see the GSNEKS continue to serve the need for immersion German Language teaching in Lawrence and would like to join in leading our school, please contact me (Michael) at mwindheuser@gmail.com.

Thanks for being a friend of our School.

Happy Holidays,
Michael G. Windheuser, Ph.D.
Executive Director
German School of Northeast Kansas
785.218.9700


August 1, 2013
Dear Friends and Students

The fall 2013 orientation/enrollment and first day of class for the German School of Northeast Kansas will be here in just a few weeks!

Orientation / enrollment is Saturday August 24th at 10 am at Bishop Seabury Academy - Reese Hall. The first day of classes is Saturday September 7th at 9:30 am.

The costs and enrollment process remain the same as last year. I hope you and/or your children can join us for class this fall.

One other item is the German School will once again participate in the Lawrence Celebration of Cultures held in South Park in downtown Lawrence in September. This time it will be a fundraiser - bake sale to support the German School. Are there German food items you can bake and donate for sale? Please let me know by return email

Best wishes,
Michael G. Windheuser, Ph.D.
Executive Director
German School of Northeast Kansas
785.218.9700
mwindheuser@gmail.com


May 9, 2013
Dear Friends of the German School of Northeast Kansas

The spring semester finished up on April 27th with our *Maifest*celebration. And a big THANKS goes to the teachers and students for a great semester. BUT it is not to early to plan to enroll yourself or your children for the *fall semester*.

German immersion language classes are held on Saturday mornings from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM at Bishop Seabury Academy in Lawrence, Kansas. Orientation and enrollment will be held on Saturday August 31st at B.S.A. starting at 10 AM. Enrollment continues on the *first day of fall classes - September 7th*. New enrollments are accepted through the third week of classes.

Classes follow the academic schedule and there are 12 Saturday class sessions each semester. See our website for more details.

One item for your notice is that we had planned to offfer a two-week summer camp starting in June but we have had to cancel camp due to low language teacher registration.

Have a great summer. Hope to see you in the fall.

Warm regards
Michael G. Windheuser, Ph.D.
Executive Director
German School of Northeast Kansas
785.218.9700
mwindheuser@gmail.com


April 11, 2013
Dear Friends of the GSNEKS

Come to our Maifest celebration on April 27th at 10:30 AM to help us end the spring semester.

The last day of German School class for spring 2013 will be Saturday April 27th. (This is a change from the previous date of May 4th because we had 13 Saturdays scheduled instead of 12).

April 27th will also be our Maifest celebration!
You are welcome to attend from 10:30 AM to 11:00 am to help us celebrate. The location is in Reese Hall, Bishop Seabury Academy on Clinton Parkway, Lawrence Kansas.
Any former teachers, students, parents, board members feel free to attend.

Warm regards
Michael G. Windheuser, Ph.D.
Executive Director
German School of Northeast Kansas
mwindheuser@gmail.com


February 18, 2013
Dear Friends of the GSNEKS

There is lots of news to catch up on this spring.
Enrollment for the spring 2013 semester stands at 22 and we have just held our Karnival celebration this past Saturday at School and even had a short parade in Reese Hall.

Coming up March 2nd, the adult Sterne class will be taking a field trip to serve German breakfast to the staff at the KATG Schulerkongress during the annual meeting held on the KU campus.

The German School Board has been busy approving the final application for federal Tax-Exempt status for our school. Much thanks go to Board member John Glassman and our business consultant Jan Stewart from Office Helpline. The application was mailed on February 14, 2013. We do not expect an answer on our application for about 6 months. The School also filed its 2012 annual report with the State of Kansas.

The Board also approved the plan to hold a Summer German Language Adventure Camp in collaboration with the Kansas Department of Education and Kansas University. This summer's German Language Camp will be held the first two weeks in June (3-7; 10-14) for students entering grades 1 - 8 in Fall 2013.
Cost per student is $100 for the two weeks of daily German camp. More info will be available soon.

Please consider planning to have your student join the 2013 Summer German Language Camp in June.

Best wishes,
Michael G. Windheuser, Ph.D.
Executive Director
German School of Northeast Kansas
mwindheuser@gmail.com


December 15, 2012
The Board of the German School of Northeast Kansas would like to welcome a new Board member.

Mr. Matthew Richards was elected to the GSNEKS Board at the December meeting and will also serve as the schools Treasurer.
Willkommen Matt.

Matthew has a daughter, Catharine, who is a student in Frau Farrar's Igel class. He has an undergraduate degree in accounting, earned a JD from the KU Law school. Matt has 12 years of legal experience after Law school and 18 months ago he and his wife opened a business in downtown Lawrence called "MADE" which offers handmade home decor items from artists around the country.
Stop in and say hello if you are downtown.

737 Massachusetts Street, Lawrence, Kansas 66044

Phone (785) 749-1162
MadeOnMass@gmail.com
http://www.madeonmass.com

The 2012/2013 German School of Northeast Kansas Board members and officers are as follows:
Michael G. Windheuser, Ph.D. Executive Director, Board President
John Glasssman, Board Secretary/Parliamentarian
Matthew Richards JD, Board Treasurer, Parent of GSNEKS student
Phyllis Farrar MA, School Principal, Instructor-Igel class
Shannon Graham, Parent of GSNEKS student
Nicole Graves, Parent of GSNEKS student
James Sterbenz, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Kansas University
Gabi Lunte, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Modern Languages (German), Washburn University


September 10, 2012
A New Semester Begins at the German School of Northeast Kansas.

Twenty six students attended the first day of the Fall term on Satuday September 8th. There was a mix of past students who are continuing their immersion German language experience with us along with many new students.

This was also the first class day for our two new instructors - Mark Daly who is teaching the 3 to 6 year-old (Baren) class and Natalie Aaron who is teaching the adult (Sterne) class.
Phyllis Farrar has moved up to teaching the 7 to 12 year-olds in the Igel class. This is our largest class with 12 students.

There is one more Saturday (Sept 15) to enroll for this semester!
Hope to see you in class this fall.


July 5, 2012
Summer 2012 German Adventure Language Camp Update

Dear Friends of the German School of Northeast Kansas,

In June, our school Principal, Phyllis Farrar, held two weeks of successful German Language Adventure Camps that were paired with the Kansas Department of Education Summer Institute for World Language Teachers. Ten language teachers from around the state of Kansas spent two weeks under Phyllis's instruction developing immersion language teaching skills.

During the first week the teachers spent 90 minutes each day observing Phyllis teach German by immersion to a small group of students, some of whom were students at the GSNEKS this past year. The second week, two teachers fluent in German taught another group of mostly GSNEKS students daily immersion lessons on the topic of "health". The other teachers took turns teaching others their language of expertise.

These German Adventure/World Language Institute camps were the first of their kind to be held in Lawrence and were a great success for students and teachers. We also learned a number of things that can help to improve the program should it be offered again next summer.

Remember to plan now for fall Saturday German School classes beginning September 8th, 2012. Ages 3 to Adult are welcome.
Enrollment and orientation are September 1, 2012.

We look forward to your being part of our second year of Saturday German School.

Michael G. Windheuser, Ph.D.
Executive Director
German School of Northeast Kansas
mwindheuser@gmail.com


May 5, 2012
Dear German School Students, Parents, Teachers and Friends,
Today we completed the FIRST YEAR of classes of the German School of Northeast Kansas with a fun celebration of Maifest.

The teachers prepared a wonderful Maypole with colorful ribbons and tried valiantly to teach us the "ins and outs" of the art of winding the Maypole. While winding the ribbons on a Maypole may look easy on Youtube - it really isn't.

We also distributed first German School T-shirt which is an instant collector's item. We said our goodbyes and offered good wishes for a wonderful summer. And suddenly, Die Schule ist aus!

We hope to continue Saturday German classes this coming September but don't forget about the first ever German School Summer Adventure Language Camps which are coming up just next month in June.
Please check out the poster and registration form on our Homepage.

A daily 90 minute German language session will be offered the first week and then similarly, Chinese, French and Spanish classes daily in the second week.
See the website for a more details.
This is a great way to have your children get a fun taste two different languages in a short two-week span.

Tremendous THANKS go to our founding year German teachers, Phyllis Farrar, Friedemann and Winnie Eisert, Anke Wells and Uschi Kuhn-Laird who stepped in to cover the Sterne class for the last three weeks of the semester.
Without these very skilled and experienced teachers there would have been no school at all these past two semester.

Vielen Dank!

Sadly for us, Herr und Frau Eisert will not be returning to teach at the German School in the fall. They both officially retired from teaching German in the Lawrence Public School last May and I think they actually want to retire!! We will miss them both but wish them all the best.

Please consider joining us on Saturdays this fall.

Best wishes,

Michael G. Windheuser, Ph.D.

Executive Director
German School of Northeast Kansas
www.lawrencegermanschool.org
mwindheuser@gmail.com
785.218.9700


March 30, 2012
Dear GSNEKS Students, Parents and Friends,
We are excited to announce that in June the German School of Northeast Kansas will offer summer German language camps for students who have completed Kindergarten through 7th grades. In collaboration with the Kansas Department of Education Summer Institute for World Language Teachers, we will be able to offer other language camps as well.
More details will be forthcoming but below is a brief description.

The first German language camp will meet daily, June 11-15, 2012 from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. It will provide immersion German language experience for children Kindergarten to third grade (completed).
It will be taught by Phyllis Farrar as a demonstration class for the KSDE Summer Institute for World Language Teachers.

During the following week of June 18-22, 2012, the language teachers enrolled in the KSDE Summer Institute will teach daily language camps in their respective language of expertise.

Initial offerings include - German, Spanish, Chinese and Korean. More language camps will be added as institute registration continues through May 1.

Your children are welcome to attend either or both weeks depending on the age ranges for the camps (yet to be determined for June 18-22 camps). You might consider enrolling your children in the June 11-15 German camp and then any of the June 18-22 camps, for exposure to another language.

Both weeks of camp will be held at Bishop Seabury Academy, 4120 Clinton Parkway, in Lawrence, Kansas. The tentative cost per student, per week of camp is $100, which includes snacks. Afternoon sessions will be 1-2:30 p.m. daily. Morning sessions will be added (10-11:30 a.m. daily), during the second week, June 18-22, as teachers become available.

Please consider forwarding this information to your friends who are interested in learning various languages and check our website for updated summer information.

Michael G. Windheuser, Ph.D.
Executive Director
German School of Northeast Kansas
785.218.9700


March 15, 2012
Dear Friends,
We are excited to announce the GSNKES will join with the Kansas Department of Education this summer to support joint summer German language camp and a world language teacher training institute.

The German summer language camp is planned for June 11-15, 2012 and will include up to 2 hours per day of immersion German language experience for school aged children. It will be taught by Phyllis Farrar and will be observed by the group of world language teachers enrolled in the KSDE Institute for World Language Teachers.
During the week of June 18-22, 2012 these teachers will team teach daily language camps in their language of expertise. Depending on the language expertise there might be concurrent language camps for Spanish, French, German, Italian etc.
Your children may be able to attend either or both weeks depending on the age ranges for the camps (yet to be determined). You might consider enrolling your children in the June 11-15 German camp and then the June 18-22 Spanish camp for exposure to another language.
Stay tuned.

Michael G. Windheuser, Ph.D.
Executive Director
GSNEKS


January 18, 2012
We had a great time celebrating Karneval on Saturday! "Kölle Alaaf !"
The paper masks and dancing were great fun for all.
Mark your calendars that there is no German school on March 3rd, so that our teachers may attend the KATG Schülerkongreß.
But we will again have class on Saturday March 10th.
Our spring break holiday is scheduled for March 17th and 24th so there will not be any classes held on those two Saturdays in March.


January 21, 2012
Open House / Orientation / Enrollment for the new semester from 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM at Bishop Seabury Academy.

Hosted by Phyllis Farrar, this will be an opportunity to learn about plans for the coming semester.

Enrollment will also be open.


December 05, 2011
This coming Saturday December 10th we will gather at Bishop Seabury Academy in Reese Hall for the last class session of our inaugural fall term.
It has been a great beginnig for our school with a fall enrollment of 35 students.

We will also be hosting a very special guest of the season on Satuday - Nikolaus himself will stop at GSNEKS.
We would like to extend an invitation for you to join us at 10:30 AM on Saturday for our closing program which will feature each of our classes performing for St. Nikolaus, a bit of what they have learned this semester.
Hope to see you there.


November 17, 2011
The GSNEKS will not be holding class on Saturday November 19 AND November 26, 2011. We will resume class on December 3rd and complete our first Fall semester on December 10!!

The Spring Term will begin on Saturday January 28, 2012. Plan now to enroll for the Spring.

On another note an article on our school is being written for an upcoming newsletter by the Concordia Language Villages in Minnesota. The connection comes from my family attending the family German language camp called Waldsee for a week in each of two recent summers. I was impressed with the immersion language environment at Waldsee where every experience was designed for language learning. Our goal at GSNEKS is to create a similar environment here in northeast Kansas. In fact our Mission statement is to create a German-speaking community in which children and adults experience “Sprachvergnügen,” the joy of learning German, through a variety of age-appropriate learning activities in a friendly and supportive environment.


October 15, 2011
School enrollment hits a new high of 35! With the addition of a new Marienkafer (ladybug) the German School of Northeast Kansas has hit a new high for student enrollment at the halfway point of the first fall term.

The Marienkäfer class taught by Elissa Sclumpf has five students. The Bären class taught by Phyllis Farrar has eight students. The Igel class taught by Friedemann Eisert has a solid ten students. And the Sterne class taught by Anke Wells leads the school with twelve (zwölf) students.

Please let us know if you have any German children's book you might like to loan or donate to the school.

Plan your spring semester Saturdays now so you can join us at German Saturday School.


October 8, 2011
Week five saw a shuffling of teachers and students to different classrooms to make set up and clean up easier on everyone.

A new student who heard about the school at the Culture Fest booth enrolled in the Sterne class to push enrollment up to a healthy 32 students!

Thinking about joining us in the Spring? Tentative spring semester start date is Saturday January 28, 2012.

German story time at the Lawrence Public Library started with a bang last Tuesday. Friedemann Eisert is the host on Tuesdays from 4:00 pm to 4:30 pm.

Alles Gute.


October 1, 2011
Saturday was amazing! Our enrollment jumped up by 8 students! So enrollment now stands at a healthy 31 individuals.

Awareness of the school is beginning to increase and this is boosting enrollment. Our teachers are doing a great job adjusting to the challenge of new students arriving each Saturday.


German Story time at the Lawrence Public Library!
GSNEKS teacher Friedemann Eisert will be reading German Kinder books on Tuesdays in the Children's book room at 4:00 pm to 4:30 pm. All ages are welcome. Bring the whole family!
All library events are free and open to the public. Lawrence Public Library 707 Vermont St. Lawrence Kansas.



September 24, 2011
This week we added one adult-level student to put our total enrollment at 23.
Anke Wells led the first official Sterne (stars) class with 8 students, making it the largest class by student number.


Anyone willing to loan German books, games, puzzles etc. for German School use please contact the school's director, Dr. Windheuser, via email.



September 17, 2011
We had a second GREAT class session on Saturday September 17th.
Fifteen out of 16 Kinder were in class and, since there was no adult-level class being held, some parents took the opportunity to visit one of the other classes to observe.

Winnie Eisert did a fabulous job filling in for Phyllis Farrar and we also added a Stammtisch (discussion table) and the availability of coffee and tea!



September 10, 2011
It was a GREAT first day of class on Saturday 10 September 2011 at Bishop Seabury Academy in Lawrence Kansas. The Fall 2011 enrollment started at 21 children and adults!

We start each Saturday session at 9:30 am with Morgenkreis greetings, songs and announcements. For example "Puff, Puff, Puff die Eisenbahn and Guten Morgen sung to the tune of Frere Jacques.

This first 20 minutes of group learning time is one way to learn everyone's name and form some cohesiveness as a German language community. Parents are welcome and encouraged to be a part of this time.

Following Morgenkreis we break into four class groups. The Marienkäfer group (2-3 year-olds) is taught by Elissa Schlumpf. The Bären group (4-6 year-olds) is taught by Phyllis Farrar. The Igel class (8-12 year-olds) is taught by Friedemann Eisert. And the Sterne adult-level class is taught by Anke Wells.

After class we have a short circle time for key announcements relating to the following week's classes and then dismiss at 11:00 am.



September 2011
New German School of Northeast Kansas (GSNEKS) holds first classes.
LAWRENCE, Kansas (September 26, 2011) - The newly formed German School of Northeast Kansas held its first day of class on Saturday, 10 September 2011. Enrollment for the inaugural fall semester began with nineteen students, ages 2 to 66, and has grown to 23 by the third week.
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School Board Members - Past and Present
An organization always needs helping hands. We want to use this space to honor those who were willing to help at the beginning of our school and along the way as GSNEKS grows and prospers.

Founding Board Members
Michael Windheuser, Chair/Treasurer
John Glassman, Secretary
Nicole Graves
Phyllis Farrar
Shannon Graham
Gabi Lunte
James Sterbenz
Jason Barbour

Current Board Members
Michael Windheuser, Chair
Matthew Richards - Treasurer
Phyllis Farrar
Shannon Graham
Gabi Lunte
James Sterbenz
Natalie Aaron
Mandi Chace