Watch a video welcome from GIPA President Milli Metzker
Dear GIPA Parents,
Welcome to a new school year!
Whether this is your child’s 12th year in the German language program or the very first, we are so happy to have you as a part of the GIPA family.
While it is undoubtedly going to be a very different beginning to the school year than we are used to, we wanted to reach out to let you know that our German teachers and GIPA parent volunteers are still hard at work to make sure it will be an educational and memorable school year for our children.
For those who are concerned about the class schedules, we are told by the schools that the schedules are still being worked out and will be finalized on Friday, August 28th.
However, we have been assured by each of the schools that our children will still have German language classes! So, please be patient and keep checking the Parent Portal for your child’s updated schedule. (If you have specific questions or concerns about your child’s schedule, please reach out to your school’s assistant principal with questions as GIPA is not involved in scheduling.)
In the mean time, we wanted to remind you that Your GIPA Membership Matters!
Even though school is not (yet) in person, a GIPA membership for the 2020-21 school year is still vitally important, perhaps now more than ever before in our history.
GIPA remains committed to its core mission, which is to support the German language program financially, including paying for the salaries of many of our German teachers. That mission does not go away because of the pandemic. If anything, it becomes even more urgent as schools will likely experience their own budget pressures.
So, please take a few minutes to join or renew your GIPA membership at the highest level you are comfortable with. It only takes a few minutes. (And while you’re there, please also make sure to fill out this year’s Media Release Form.)
Finally, we are here for you! If you have any questions about GIPA membership or the German language program at your school, please don’t hesitate to reach out to one of the Membership Coordinators or your school VP with questions. You’ll find their names and email addresses, along with those of our entire GIPA Board, here.
Be well, stay safe, and have a great first week of school!