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Grade 5: Orientation Days

Dear parents of our new fifth graders,

Your child will enter the Middle School level of the GISW very soon. We would like to celebrate this important milestone by inviting you and your child to a welcome event on Thursday, August 22nd, at 8:15am, in the auditorium.

The first two days of school will follow a special schedule, which is shown below. On Friday, August 23rd, we are having a breakfast for the fifth graders and their parents beginning at 8:10am in the cafeteria. The breakfast will be provided by the NEWBEES and the parents of our fourth graders.

On the first day of school, your child will get his/her own locker. Your child should bring a combination lock (please program the number for the lock in advance and practice opening and closing it with your child).

We are very much looking forward to welcoming you and your child on August 22nd!


Rebekka Kehlenbrink

English Teacher / Coordinator of 5th Grade Orientation


Orientation Days for Classes 5a and 5b on August 22nd and 23rd, 2019



8:15 am –

8:55 am

-       Welcome for parents and fifth graders by Head of School Mrs. Palenzatis (Auditorium)

-       Welcome from the new homeroom teachers, Mr. Thiemeyer and Ms. Kehlenbrink

-       Singing with Ms. Linnenbrink

-       Class picture (Assembly Hall)

8:55 am –

9:40 am

-       In the classroom

-        nametags, seating arrangement, lesson plan

-        distribution of lockers

-        emergency-slips for students (Please bring back on Monday!)

9:40 am –

9:55 am

-       Recess with breakfast in the classroom (Please provide your child with a breakfast snack!)

10:00 am –

10:15 am

-       Assembly Hall: Opening of the new school year

10:15 am – 10:45 pm

-       In the classroom with homeroom teacher

10:45 am – 12:15 pm

-       GISW-Rally (together with 9th grade buddies)

12:15 pm – 12:50 pm

-       Lunch in the cafeteria (Please provide your child with either a lunch pass or lunch ticket!); recess

12:50 pm – 3:10 pm

-       Lessons according to plan




8:10 am –

8:55 am

-       Breakfast with fifth graders and parents in the cafeteria

-        8:35 meet the student representatives (SMV)

-        8:45 meet members of the administration (Ms. Wagner, Ms. Uhas)

8:55 am –

9:40 am

-       Lesson with homeroom teacher

9:40 am –

1:30 pm

-       Lessons according to plan


On Friday, regular lessons end at 1:35pm; after that, you may either pick up your child or he/she will be supervised during the Afternoon Program.


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