Lesetag happens in the fall (typically end of September or early October) and focuses on reading German books. Each teacher selects a book and fun project for the children in their classes. Activities are organized by the classroom teachers, for their individual classes. This event takes place during school hours. It is a fun way for students encourage students to read!
This is a centuries-old German tradition of songs and brightly-colored lanterns to celebrate St. Martin’s Day! We have a lantern parade, followed by a gathering with refreshments. We meet at location (typically a park) in both Novato and Santa Rosa to light our lanterns (with flameless candles) before beginning the parade. Folks are welcome to bring their own lanterns or borrow one of ours! Afterwards we will have hot chocolate and Weckmänner (jumbo bread men) available if desired. The parade is free! We only ask for refreshments. Everyone is welcome at this event!
We host a booth at the Christkindlmarkt at the Hermann Sons hall in Petaluma every year. This is a wonderful holiday market and craft fair. We offer authentic German-made ornaments and German books. Our students also sing German Christmas songs for all to enjoy. Additionally, at this market you will find German baked goods, specialty foods, and baking ingredients along with special Christmas and Advent treasures.
Both the Novato and the Santa Rosa campuses celebrate a Weihnachtsfeier (Christmas celebration) on the last Saturday we are in session in December. On that day, classes are in session for an hour before the festivities begin, giving students time for dress rehearsals of their presentations! Then there are presentations by the students. We also have refreshments throughout the morning and silent auction with German and local items available. Everyone is welcome at this event.