Winter 2014

President’s Message


Dear Students and Families,

We hope you enjoyed the recent snowfall!  We’ve been back to school now for over a month, and we more than halfway through the school year already.  Keep an eye out for registration details for 2014/2015 school year as well as the upcoming Maifest.


At this point, we have 105 students enrolled at EGLS, the most it has been in over 5 years.  Our priority and goal is to continue offering quality German language classes, keeping tuition affordable and classroom size at an acceptable level to support learning and interaction.  Thank you to our teachers, parent volunteers, Angrid (Principal) and Anita (Vice principal) for continuing to make this the Best Choice in German Language School on the eastside.  Thank you also to the Board for successfully guiding the school in financial and business decisions.


After serving the board for 4 years as President and Vice President, I have decided to step down from my position as President of the Board effective April 5, 2014, at the General Meeting.  My consulting practice is now in its third year and requiring much more of my time and energy.  I have thoroughly enjoyed serving the Board and EGLS and know that EGLS had a solid and long future ahead of it.


I am reaching out to you for referrals and nominations for the position of President of the Board.  It is a great opportunity for someone with a passion for German language, community and culture who wants to make a difference in the German community and on the Eastside.  The team of Board members is very strong – representing skills in business, high tech and legal.  If I say so myself – the Board Members are a lot of fun and have become good friends over the years.  Thank you Board Members – I will miss you – but will stay connected.


I look forward to seeing you at the General Meeting on April 5th.  Please come to hear about our year’s successes, challenges, financial health and goals.  Please let me know if you are interested in joining the Board or have any questions, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 425-753-4169 (personal cell).





Christina Easton

President of the Board



Principal's Message


We have already passed the half-year mark and are looking forward to celebrating Fasching on March 1st.

With the New Year we had some changes and exciting news: our playgroup has a new teacher – Silvia Phillips. Silvia has a lot of teaching experience in early childhood education and already taught the playgroup class at EGLS in 2008.


On January 18, 2014 our four DSDII students took their final oral test for their DSDII exam.  All students showed impressive presentations and passed the oral section.  We are looking forward to seeing their overall results in spring.


January 18 was not only the last day of the first EGLS semester, it was also “EGLS teacher’s night out” and our EGLS teachers met at Fins Bistro in Issaquah to enjoy a delicious dinner together as part of the teacher gift certificates from the EGLS Board for Christmas. 


EGLS is also getting ready to celebrate the 5th season.  We will celebrate Fasching on March 1st.  Get out your favorite costume.  School will start at 9:30 AM with regular class, and the Fasching celebrations will begin at 10:30 with dancing and games.  Bring family and friends and party with us.



See you all soon,


Angrid Henning




March 1st

Join us March 1st for EGLS’s Fasching.  Normal school class begins at 9:30 AM and the Fasching party begins at 10:30.  Wear your favorite costume!!

SAGA also celebrates Fasching in their Ballard location from 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM!!


 Save the date!

Parents Lunch: TBD

Cheers to our parents!  Join us at a fun pizza lunch after school!  Details to follow


Maifest: 5/1/14

Come celebrate the end of another fun filled year at Pine Lake Park.  Details coming soon!




Fasching is Germany’s carnival season.  It starts on the 11th of November at exactly 11 minutes after 11:00AM and ends at the stroke of midnight at on Shroud Tuesday (often referred to as Fat Tuesday, the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday).

Fasching is a time of festivity and merry making – a time to break the rules, poke fun at those who make them and then to make your own rules.


Soon after Fasching season opens a mock government of eleven guilds (Zünfte) are elected, along with a Carnival prince and princess who plan the carnival activities.


“Weiberfastnacht” is mainly held in the Rhineland. The day begins with women storming into and symbolically taking over city hall.  Then women throughout the day will snip off men’s ties and kiss any man that passes their way.


“Rosenmontag” - the largest and most popular carnival parades take place on the Monday before Ash Wednesday.  The biggest German Carnival parades are held in Cologne & Dusseldorf.


“Fastnachtsdienstag”:  Besides parades held on this day, you have the burning or burial of the Nubbel.  A Nubbel is a life size doll made of straw that embodies all of the sins committed during Carnival season.  It is buried or burned with great ceremony on Tuesday evening before everyone partys one more time until Ash Wednesday arrives






  • 6 egg yolks
  • 100 g of melted butter
  • 35 g yeast (or 1 bad of dried yeast)
  • 50 g sugar
  • 500 ml warm milk
  • 500 g flour
  • 1 pinch salt
  • Apricot jam mixed with a dash of rum (optional)
  • Oil
  • Iced Sugar











Mix the yolks, butter, yeast, sugar and milk with the flour and let the dough sit in a warm place for 30 minutes.  Mix it again and let sit until the volume has doubled.


Make about 20 little balls and flatten slightly.  Cover with a kitchen towel and let them sit for another 30 min. in a warm place.

Heat the oil in a pot and bake the krapfen on both sides.  Take them out and let the excess oil run off.

Mix the apricot jam with rum and use a filling tool with a beak to inject the jam into the baked donuts.

Cover generously with icing sugar



News & Events


Parents Lunch

Instead of our traditional Parent’s breakfast, please join EGLS for a lunch to celebrate our Parents!  Pizza and beverages will be served after the normal Saturday class at 1:30 PM.  Look forward to seeing everyone!!!

New Teachers!

Please welcome Silvia Phillips as the new playgroup teacher!  She brings wonderful early childhood education experience to EGLS. 

Please also join us in welcoming Christine Huelsmann-Dykstra as the new preschool teacher taking over for Klaudia Linowska who is on maternity leave.   She brings a wealth of teaching experience to the preschool as well as her darling 18 month old little boy named Jacob


It’s a boy!!!

Klaudia Linowska, our preschool and adult Saturday teacher welcomed a darling baby boy just in time for Valentine’s Day!  Henry was born February 4th at Overlake Hospital.  He weighed in at 7 pounds 6 ounces, 56 cm and as you can see super handsome!  Congratulations to Klaudia and her husband!


Relocation Update


Dear EGLS Students and Parents,

I wanted to share with you that our current contract with the East Shore Unitarian Church is up for renewal at the end of the school year.  We have already been fore-warned, that the current rates we have been enjoying the last two years were significantly below market, and that the new renewal rates will be significantly higher.


As a Board we are committed to offering German Language Programs at an affordable rate to our families and students.  We are looking at this situation very seriously as we do not want to raise tuition dramatically and want to remain an affordable German language program for our families and future students.


This letter is a call for your support and help – to all students, families and parents to let us know of any churches, schools or other appropriate facilities in the I-90/405 corridor that would have the following to meet our needs.



  • Facility usage for 32-34 Saturdays from September through May, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
  • 8-10 Classrooms that can accommodate on average 10-12 students
    • If the rooms are not set up for teaching, we would need access to chairs
  • Storage space for our equipment, supplies and books
  • Parking for about 20-25 cars during classes
  • Larger community-type space for special events (about 4 per year).
  • In addition, the following amenities are desirable
  • Kitchen access to make coffee or prepare snacks
  • Playground or outdoor open space
  • Shared internet access










·         Please pass any suggestions directly to myself, Melinda Wilson, or Tom Stone at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Help us find the best solution that meets the needs of our students and helps us sustain our mission on the Eastside!


Thank you.


Mit freundlichen Grüßen,



Christina Easton

President of the EGLS Board of Directors


Fall 2013 Newsletter

President’s Message

Dear EGLS Students & Families

Welcome returning families and new friends and students to the 2013/2014 EGLS school year.  We hope that you are all settled into your classes and have had an opportunity to reconnect with friends and build new friendships.  On behalf of the Board and outstanding staff, we are very excited to have a student base of 96 this school year spanning our SpielGruppe through adult classes.  This represents an increase of 15% over last year. 

We pride ourselves on being a non-profit organization.  As you may know we rely on fundraisers, tuition and corporate matching programs for our operating budget.  Did you know corporate matching programs and fundraisers contribute to over 20% to our operating budget? Wow!  Please keep this in mind when you volunteer your hours to EGLS events or classroom – many local corporates provide matching benefits. 

As school is underway, this is a good time to connect with your kids to see what is working for your child.  What is challenging your child? Is there an area you want to see your child grow in this year as it relates to German language and culture?  We have a diverse group of students and want to encourage you to share your thoughts with your teachers.


Christina Easton

President of the Board, Eastside German Language School


Principal’s Message

Dear Student’s Families and Friends of EGLS.

It seemed like the first day of school on September 7, 2013 was just around the corner and now, after a great Oktoberfest we are already thinking of holiday celebrations and Weihnachten.

Together with all of our teachers we are striving to improve our curriculum, serve our students and ensure that German is a long-lasting and important part of their lives.  This trend becomes even more obvious as a growing number of EGLS families with two or three generations are attending classes at the same time to learn German.

Since the German central agency for studies abroad made some changes, we now have a new German consultant for the Pacific Northwest, Natasha Milde.  She is located in Bellevue, WA.

Just before Weinachtsfeier, our advanced high school students will take the written part of the Deutsche Sprachdiplom language certificate, level two.  Their oral exam will be in the beginning of January.  The Deutsche Sprachdiplom language certificate, level one and all other German language certificates will be administered in spring.  Since the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG) changed their test format to an online format, we won’t offer this test this year to adapt to the new format first.

We are looking forward to another fun and successful school year!


Angrid Henning

Principal, Eastside German Language School


STAMP-Test News

Standards-Based Measurement of Proficiency

Many more school districts have now implemented competency-based credits for World Languages and also offer Assessment Days and award credits to their students, based for example on the STAMP Test (Standards-Based Measurement of Proficiency) 

For Instance, the Kent school district now offers free testing for their students in the district.  If you are interested please ask at your school office for World Language testing and credits.

Additionally, you can also find information about the tests at:

Please note that this test won’t be administered by EGLS, however with our curriculum students will be well prepared once they enter the high school level


EGLS School News

EGLS Pick up Policy

Students will not be dismissed early or released to anyone other than their parent or guardian without prior arrangement with school office personnel.  If it is necessary for you to pick up your child from school early, please come to the classroom to pick him/her up.  No child shall be released from the school without an  appropriate parent or guardian.  When you follow these procedures, you help to keep all children at EGLS safe.  These measures are taken in a partnership between home and school to ensure your child’s safety.

Preschool News

The holiday’s activities are some of our favorite in the preschool!  This year they include crafts to help our kids decorate, games to help them celebrate, worksheets to challenge their mind, poetry to ponder, cards to share with friends and family, oodles of pages to color and lots songs to sing together!  

EGLS Library

The EGLS library cart is located on the first floor by the bathrooms.  We have many wonderful books for all ages, music and audiobook CDs and DVDs.  Most DVDs are region 2 and do not work on American DVD players. Please check them out in the binder (please print) and return within 1-2 weeks to the appropriate shelf.  Please don’t keep them any longer as they are used in the classes.  The library is self-serve but if you have any questions contact Thea, Birgit or Ursula.


Matching Gifts Programs

Corporate Matching Gifts have proven to be a wonderful revenue source for EGLS.  We are fortunate that so many companies in this region participate in Matching Gifts Programs.  Here is a quick understanding of the programs that companies may offer.  Please see if your company will match your gift and potentially double the revenue!!

Usually matching gifts are equal to the amount given by the original donor, i.e. a 1:1 ratio.  For example, if a donor makes a gift of $100 to an organization, the matching company will also give $100, making the total gift worth $200.  While 1:1 matches are the most common, matching gifts can be of a variety of ratios, including 0.5:1 (the matching company giving $50 for every $100 given by the donor) and 3:1 (the matching company giving $300 for every $100 given by the donor).

Some matching gift corporations offer matching gift programs to the spouses of their company employees and retirees from their companies.

Some companies also offer volunteer grants where they offer monetary donations as a match for employee’s volunteer work.  In these cases, companies will donate either X dollars per hour of volunteering that an employee did on their own time or Y dollars after say 50 hours.  This can be a major source of fundraising for a non-profit!

Non-Profit organizations sometimes receive “Challenge Matches”, wherein a given donor, rather than giving a large gift outright, offers to give the organization a large donations with the stipulation that only as much as is raised from other donors within a certain span of time will be actually given to that organization.

Regardless of your company's individual program, it is a great way to help non-profit organizations like EGLS be successful!!


Parent’s Coffee Time

Please join EGLS parents for coffee at the Factoria Mall.  While our kids are in class, many parents as well as the library volunteers often meet in the larger seating areas near Panera or Sawdust Coffee/Target.  So stop by before shopping and introduce yourselves!  Look for Thea and Erik Fortune or other faces you recognize!


Seattle KinderSpass

Join Seattle KinderSpass – an online forum for the German community in Seattle and the Eastside.  A great way to share information on immigration or passports or schools, buy or sell German items, job offers and more.  Sign-up is easy: go to


Weihnachtsfeier: Dec. 14th

Come celebrate Weihnachtsfeier with EGLS on Saturday December 14th from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM.  Enjoy traditional German treats and Christmas Songs as well as a mini Christkindlemarkt created by the EGLS students.  There will be cookies, newspapers, fruit bread and jewelry for sale.  Don’t miss this wonderful family event with EGLS!


Bis Bald!

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Oktoberfest 2013!

 Eastside German Language School, SAGA School Seattle, and German Language School Seattle are proud to present our third
German Oktoberfest

Saturday September 28th, 2013
Benson Barn North Bend
5PM - 10PM


Save the date!!! 
Family-friendly Oktoberfest!
Enjoy the Alpine Brewing Beer, Schuhplattler performances, bouncing castle, and more!
Adult - $7.00
Child (2-18) - $5.00
Family - $20
Benson Barn 14120 424th AVE SE North Bend WA 98045
From I-90 Eastbound: take Exit #32, turn left off exit onto 436th Ave SE.  Turn left onto SE Cedar Falls Way, then turn left on Maloney Grove Ave SE.  Maloney Grove turns into 424th Ave SE.  Follow 424th Ave SE to the end of the road, turn left onto gravel road. The Barn will be on your left.

Laternenfest 2013

Welcome Back!

Welcome to our new and returning students!  We look forward to another great year at EGLS.  September is a busy month to kick off our new school year.  These events are also recorded on the School Calendar.


We have space available in our Weekday Preschool Program and our Saturday School for all grade levels from Preschool to Beginning Adult Classes.  For more information on classes please visit our EGLS Academics page or visit us at our Open House in September


Wednesday, September 4  5:00PM  - 7:00PM

EGLS Open House and Registration

  • Class Registration
  • Snacks and refreshments
  • Pre-Sale Tickets for Oktoberfest
  • Volunteer Sign up for Oktoberfest


Saturday, September 7

First day of school.

  • Classes start at 9:30AM
  • Pre-Sale Tickets for Oktoberfest
  • Volunteer Sign up for Oktoberfest


Saturday, September 14

NO School

  • Teachers will be in training


Saturday, September 21

School in Session. Classes Start at 9:30AM

  • Pre-Sale Tickets for Oktoberfest
  • Volunteer Sign up for Oktoberfest


Saturday, September 28th

School in Session. Classes Start at 9:30AM

EGLS/GLS/SAGA Oktoberfest at 5:00PM-10:00PM

Oktoberfest will be held at Benson's Barn  - North Bend


Are you interested in volunteering for Oktoberfest?

Do you need more information on pre-sale tickets?


Please contact Carmen Siems, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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