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Welcome New 1st Graders

WELCOME The new 1st Graders at Sunset and West Lab!

About 60 new students will be entering into our German program at both schools combined for the 2014/15 school year.

Please join in to give the new families a fun and informal introduction at our traditional Welcome Picnic at Dante Fascell Park. Saturday Aug 16th 1-4 PM

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GIPA Gala was a big success!

Dear GIPA Supporters,

Do you recognize these dancing legs? They were letting lose at last Saturday's annual GIPA Gala that showed lots of "green" and was full of fun, organic food and friendship. Gisele Widmer has shared her pictures from the event in an online album. (Be patient if they are slow to load, there are many photos!)

Many thanks for those joining us that night and to those who contributed to the silent auction and raffle prizes! Among the donations were HEAT Play-off tickets, hotel weekend stays at the Ritz Carlton on South Beach, the Palms Hotel and the Intercontinental Hotel. In-home wine tastings by Wines for Humanity, Porsche items, handcrafted jewelry by Mahi Art, kid's camps, the many beautifully decorated class baskets and much more. We are very thankfull to all sponsors and donors, because all proceeds from the Gala are going 100% to your children's German classrooms and education.

A special thank you to our teachers, principals and members from the German consulate for joining us. My special gratitude goes out to the many parents, high school volunteers and board members for their talent and time contributed to make this evening a success.

We look forward to seeing you again next year at our annual Gala and hope to see you then again!

Steffi Kordy
Gala Chair.

Class of 2013 IB students receive their IB diplomas

Below is a photo from the Dec 18, 2013 ceremony for the Class of 2013 IB students receiving their IB diplomas. Many students are already home from university for the holidays and the event had a great turnout. In attendance was Ms. Ulrike Pelissier, Deputy Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Some points of pride: 85% of all IB students at Coral Reef High School passed the IB tests and requirements and received their IB diploma. Coral Reef High School had the highest passing rate in Miami Dade County IB schools. There are many IB schools but only 2 that offer IB German. 100% of all German Program IB students (IS and IE) passed the German IB test. The Coral Reef IB students who graduated this year received their diplomas at a brunch, which was hosted by the IBIS foundation. Also awarded were the German Sprachdiplom Awards to those students who passed their Sprachdiplom test in their senior year. Many students already passed their Sprachdiplom test in 11th grade. Congratulations to the class of 2013!!

Carver students prepare for high school with trip to Coral Reef

Nearly fifty 8th grade students in the German program at Carver took a field trip today (Monday, Dec 16th, 2013) to Coral Reef Senior High School to see first hand what our magnet school program has to offer. The students were treated to a 2 hour tour of the campus and had the chance to meet and mingle with Coral Reef students.

Reminder to parents - magnet school applications for all schools are due January 15th and you must have a teacher recommendation to apply for Coral Reef. Find more information and more pictures by clicking the picture below:

New GIPA T-shirt

We are happy to report that we now have a new GIPA T-shirt which was designed by one of our very own children!

The T-shirt is available in Youth sizes (S 6/8, M 10/12 and L 14/16) for $15 and Adult sizes (Adult/S, Adult/M and Adult/L) for $20.

Important for Sunset parents: According to Sunset’s Uniform Policy, children may wear these T-shirts on Fridays instead of their regular uniform shirts !!!

2013 Oktoberfest - A great event!

GIPA would like to thank all of our volunteers, parents, students, teachers, school administrators, sponsors and German Government officials, for joining us during Saturday’s 22nd GIPA Oktoberfest. We would also like to thank the German American Social Club for once again hosting our event at their beautiful grounds.

The weather was picture perfect for a day of fun and games for the kids while adults had plenty of opportunities to mingle with friends and fellow parents. Food and drinks were delicious, the silent auction and raffle had exciting items to display and the students’ performances showcased by students from all our four schools offered entertainment to all proud parents and family members watching. Needless to say, we could not have done it without all of you.

A big heart-felt thank you for your continued support, from all of us at the GIPA Board!

p.s. please see pictures of the event posted by Peter Duester,
pictures of the event posted by Kirsten Eisfeldt, and
pictures of the event posted by Gisele Widmer