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! 

General Meeting 2015


Please join the EGLS Board of Directors, students and teachers for our Annual General Meeting and pizza lunch!
Saturday, April 18, 2015
First United Methodist Church

While the General Meeting is an opportunity to hear from EGLS's Board of Directors about the accomplishments and financial health of EGLS over the last year, this year the Board of Directors will be looking to fill the following positions:

Director at Large
Director at Large

Being part of the Board of Directors  is a wonderful opportunity to not only connect with the people who make the daily decisions about EGLS, but also help to navigate its future. 

We look forward to seeing you there!

Oktoberfest 2014


Eastside German Language School, SAGA School Seattle, and German Language School Seattle are proud to present the fourth annual



German Oktoberfest


Saturday October 11th, 2014

Benson Barn North Bend

5PM - 10PM



Save the date!!!



Family friendly Octoberfest!

Enjoy the Alpine Brewing Beer, Schuhplattler performances, bouncing castle, and more!

Adult - $7.00

Child (2-18) - $5.00

Family - $20

From I-90 East, take Exit #32, turn left off exit onto 436th, at flashing yellow light, turn left onto SE Cedar Falls Way, turn left onto 424th Avenue SE, turn left onto dirt/gravel road. The Barn will be on your left.




Fall and Winter Events

Upcoming Events – Winter 2014

November 29th - No School

No School due to Thanksgiving holiday.

December 6th - Niklaus!

Niklaus will be visiting our school and giving out treats to the students. Please, wear clean shoes to school to put in front of the door and plan to wear socks only in the classroom.

December 13th - Adventsfeier

Join us for Adventsfeier from 10:00AM-12:00PM at FUMC Bellevue. Please no drop offs, parents must remain for the duration of the event.

We will have crafts for the kids, Weihnachtslieder, Kinderpunsch, plus a bake sale and games fundraiser to help offset the cost of the event. Games are from 10:00AM-11:15AM

· Win Cookies in Adventsfeier Bingo

· Guess That Teachers Nose, students play $.50, adult play $1.00 (WIN PRIZES)

We need your support in making this event a success. To help make this event a success:

· Please bring food to share

· Bring individually-wrapped items for the bake sale.

· Volunteer!  We need 12 Adult or High School Students to run games, set up and clean up.  This is a great opportunity for High School students needing volunteer hours.  Please sign up by following this link to SignUpGenius.

This year we are excited to welcome Thea Fortune, from Alphabet Garten for an Adventsfeier book fair. Cash and Checks will be accepted during the book fair. If you wish to pay with a credit card, please order in advance at the Alphabet Garten website and use the Discount Code EGLSfree. Items will be brought to EGLS with no shipping charges. If you wish to see an item before purchasing or you have questions, contact Thea at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

December 20th - Last Day of Class

Last Day of Class before Winter Break. Both Basic and Adult Classes will meet this week.

January 17th - Kiepenkasper

Kiepenkasper comes to EGLS. Show time and ticket information to follow.

January 22nd – February 7th - Seattle Children's Film Festival

Seattle Children’s Film Festival. The full schedule is not published yet, however there are 2 German Films screening. Thomas Heinemann, one of the directors will be in the audience for the screening of his film. We will send out more information closer to the festival.


EGLS Early Registration until July 31, 2014

EGLS Early Registration with no registration fee is still open until July 31, 2014.

Please send in your registration form with a full paid tuition to

  • EGLS Registration Form (1 page) :  .docx   or  .pdf
  • Emergency Contact Form (1 page): .docx  or  .pdf
  • Photo Permission Form (1 page): .docx  or  .pdf

Eastside German Language School
12819 SE 38th St. #496
Bellevue, WA 98006

Important Dates:
- Saturday 9/6/2014 – First Day of School
- Saturday 9/13/2014 – No School – Teacher Conference

Our new school location is
First United Methodist Church
1934 108th Ave NE
Bellevue, WA 98004

See you all back in September!

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