Spring Newsletter 2015

President’s Message

Dear students and families,
The 2014-2015 School Year brought with it a lot of changes.  As I stepped in as the new Board President, the Board and Faculty found EGLS a new home at the First United Methodist Church of Bellevue (FUMC).  Moving a school of our size is a major undertaking, and the Board and Faculty went above and beyond making sure we had all of our needs addressed to find a comfortable and welcoming environment for our parents and students on Saturdays.  The Faculty has continued their tradition of professionalism by adapting quickly to the new facility, and we owe our continued success to our excellent teachers.
Looking forward, EGLS is excited to expand our offerings by including two one-week Summer Camps and we are also planning on offering a new weekday half-day preschool starting in the Fall.  The Summer Camps will be held at FUMC, and we are still ironing out the details of preschool. Stay tuned for more details!
I look forward to seeing you at the General Meeting at FUMC on Saturday, 18 April.  Please join us for a discussion about the year’s successes, challenges, financial health, and future goals.  If you are interested in volunteering or becoming a member of the Board, please email me directly:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Matt Siems
President of the Board

Principal’s Message

Liebe Schüler, Eltern und Freunde der EGLS,

Spring is coming and already visible with the first spring bloomers. EGLS is entering the fourth quarter of the school year. Especially for our older students in elementary, middle school students and our high school students it is the busiest time of the year with the Vergleichsarbeit A1, Vergleichsarbeit A2, Deutsches Sprachdiplom Stufe I and German AP Exams in the public high schools. Students and teachers are preparing for reading and listening comprehension, essays, and oral presentations with poster boards and slideshows. We are looking forward to seeing striking test results and impressive presentations. A big THANK YOU to all teachers and parents for supporting our students to make this happen!
This Saturday, March 14th 2014 we had an exciting day for our school. Not only the A2 oral testing was going on all school day long, we also had our consul Julia Reinhardt, consul for culture and press affairs from San Francisco, visiting our school in the morning and talking with students, board members and parents.
The EGLS teachers are looking forward to celebrating their annual teacher dinner at the Rhein Haus in Seattle, sponsored by the EGLS board.
At the end of the school year on May 16, 2015 we will celebrate the Maifest and last day of the school year together and award the A1 and A2 certificates. All classes will perform on stage and we will have a get together with a potluck.
We can look back on an exciting and thriving 2014-2015 year. With our new home at the Bellevue First United Methodist Church we could expand to 11 classes with 97 students and 15 teachers. Our new location also has a room where parents, teachers and students can get together before, during or after class. The fireside room with our new coffee maker and Dani’s Bakery is a great place to meet, chat, and relax.
Liebe Grüße
Angrid Henning


This summer EGLS is planning on offering 2 one week camps for ages 2 1/2 through 7 years of age from 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM. Stay tuned for the dates!  Details coming soon!! 


The Eastside German Language School (EGLS) will begin a weekday German immersion preschool program for 2 ½ to 5 year olds. Children must be 2 ½ years old by August 31st 2015 (no potty training required).
Classes will be held on Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30am to 1:30pm, please bring your own lunch. The school year will be from September to June and tuition will be $350 per month.
For more information, email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or leave a message on our phone line and someone will return your call (425) 272-5929. Additional information is on our website www.egls.us.

General Meeting: Saturday April 18, 2015
Please join EGLS's Board of Directors Saturday April 18th from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM and hear about the accomplishments and financial health of the school.  This year there are three open Board positions:
1.  Vice President
2.  Secretary
3.  Director at Large
This is a great opportunity to become more involved in the decisions and growth of EGLS!
Pizza will be served and there will be a movie for the kids!! 

 Maifest: Saturday May 16, 2015

This year we will be celebrating Maifest in the upstairs portion of the Church.  This will be a potluck event so bring your favorite German food!!  Teachers will be handing out the A1 and A2 certificates and this year all the classes will be performing skits on stage. It should be very fun for everyone!   Make sure you put this date on your calendar and come join EGLS in celebrating Maifest! 

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