Department of Defense Education Activity

Grafenwoehr ES: School Activities

GES students are involved in activities and clubs. Some run throughout the year and some run for specific dates. Many offerings change each year. Students and parents are made aware of opportunities through parent newsletters, the school Intranet, morning announcements, Grizzly Growlers and other means.

After school athletics for middle school and elementary school age students are the responsibility of Youth Services, not DoDEA. DoDEA Europe does not have the authority nor does it receive the funding to initiate such services.


Europe Student Activities

All students are encouraged to participate in co-curricular activities whether they be athletic, academic or social in nature. These activities help to shape students and prepare them for the future as part of a well rounded education.

Some of our athletics and activities are Europe based events, which means that there is a culminating area wide championship for athletics that mimics a state championship. Europe Activities are support curriculum and offer area wide available throughout the year that range from art, drama and music to math, language and film/entertainment. More information concerning Europe specific activities can be found under on the  DoDEA Europe, Student Activities page.

Running Club

Are you interested in increasing your cardio fitness? If you answered "yes!" this is the club for you! Cardio Club is open to 2nd-5th grade students! We will work on building endurance and having fun while exercising. Cardio Club begins after Spring Break on Mondays and Tuesdays. Please keep your eye out for permission slips coming home soon. Parents are always welcome to join us! The leader and point of contact for this club is Mrs. Will.

Europe Student Activities

All students are encouraged to participate in co-curricular activities whether they be athletic, academic or social in nature. These activities help to shape students and prepare them for the future as part of a well rounded education.

Some of our athletics and activities are Europe based events, which means that there is a culminating area wide championship for athletics that mimics a state championship. Europe Activities are support curriculum and offer area wide available throughout the year that range from art, drama and music to math, language and film/entertainment. More information concerning Europe specific activities can be found under on the  DoDEA Europe, Student Activities page.

Student Council

Student Council is composed of 4th and 5th grade students who want to be leaders in our school and community. Students campaign in September, and we elect three club officers.

For the 2019/20 school year: President is shared by Leah Richardson and Bella Peach; VP is Sage Boggs; Secretary is Harper Sharpstein. There are 18 members in the club. Fifth grade teacher Mrs. Sobey is the club sponsor.

Over the year, the members work to better their school and local community.  For our school community, we help out with areas of school spirit. We will sponsor a Spirit Week and help out with Read Across America, Earth Day, and other school-wide celebrations and activities. We also support our military partner unit. Student Council sponsored a travel-sized toiletries drive to make ready bags for our soldiers. We also made cards and brought in home baked goodies to help our soldiers feel the holiday spirit. We have also sponsored a drive to collect winter clothing items for a local Bavarian orphanage. Additionally, we will sponsor a pet supply drive in the spring for a local pet shelter. Student Council members are tasked with being leaders in their everyday school lives and encouraged to set examples for the student body about how to be STAR students.

We offer the following after school activities at different times during the year:

Drum/Uke Classes

Drums and Ukes is an after school class for fourth and fifth graders.The first half of each session covers a core rhythm and counter rhythm on different hand drums. The second part of the session covers basic chords, strumming, and songs on the ukulele.

The emphasis of this class is locking into a rhythm and developing a groove. There is also an emphasis on culture. Most of the rhythms taught have origins from Africa or South America.The Ukulele is seen as the instrument of Hawaii, which it is. However, the ukulele originated from an Hawaiian adaptation of the Portuguese machete, a small guitar-like instrument.

The main focus of Drums and Ukes is, of course, to have fun with music and develop some competence on these wonderful instruments.

The teacher and point of contact for these classes is Mr. Crawford

Chorus & ORFF

The Chorus and Orff Clubs meet once a week in the Fall in order to prepare a Holiday Concert for the Students and Families of GES.

During rehearsals, we work on proper singing and mallet technique as well as following conducting patterns. We also discuss and practice musical principles such as dynamics, tempo, and reading music and other markings. The manager for these clubs is Mrs. Hefti.

Mexican Dance

Baile Folklórico is a rich part of the Mexican culture.  Each state in Mexico has its own style of dance.  The dances are performed to different types of music depending on the region it is from.  The costumes also are different depending on where the dance originates.  Kindergarten through 5th grade students are taught some of the traditional dances from various regions of Mexico.  They perform these dances in handmade clothing that depicts the their specific state. 

The teacher and point of contact for these classes is Mr. Boggs.

Camera Club

The purpose of this club is to teach digital camera and basic photography skills to students, including uploading photos to folders, deleting photos from device, and simple evaluation of the quality of photos the students are taking. The teacher and point of contact for this activity is Mrs. Park.

Talent Show

The teacher and point of contact for this activity is both Ms. Sobey & Ms. Hefti.

Grizzly Gurus & Grizzly Guides

Grizzly Gurus : Is a peer-led Homework club which occurs on Tuesdays from 2:45p-3:45p. Fourth and Fifth Grade students who have shown consistent high achievement, support  their peers in completing their homework. Our group is to promote student achievement by supporting student cooperative learning.

Grizzly  Guides: Is our school wide ambassador program which matches class representatives with new students. The Grizzly Guides welcome new students on their first day of school, provide them with a tour and introduce them to the GES staff with a GES Bingo game card. Grizzly Guides also support the new student throughout the school year. On the last Friday of the month, there is a Grizzly Guide lunch party for the most recent students and their Grizzly Guides.

The leader and point of contact for this activity is Ms. Redmond, our counselor.

STEM/STEAM

STEAM Club focuses on robotics, coding, and programming with Lego WeDo building kits. The leader and point of contact for this activity is both Ms. O'Brien & Mrs. Finlay.

Family Art

Family art club offers an opportunity for students to bring family members to the art room to make a project together. When we met in the fall, we worked on gel plate printing. We will have two Saturday meetings this spring so watch your school emails for date announcements. Participants will be chosen by lottery if we have overflow of applicants.The leader and point of contact for this activity is Ms. Williamson, our art teacher.