German Day 2004

Fourth Annual German Day
"Unter einem  D  A  CH  "
March 3, 2004
9:30-2:00 pm
University of North Carolina at Greensboro Campus

October 24, 2003

Dear friends:

We are thrilled to invite you and your students to our fourth annual German Day to be held on the campus of the University of North Carolina in Greensboro on March 3, 2004 from 9:30 am to 2:00 pm.

Each of the last three German Days was a splendid success! This success would not have been possible without your students’ enthusiasm and creativity and your hard work during the year. I am looking forward to hearing and seeing your students compete in the spelling bee (level I and II), the verb bee (advanced students levels III, IV, V), the poetry/declamation contest, the skits contest, the poster contest, and the T-shirt logo contest. We have not forgotten the popular song contest that, for the first time, will be held in our new state-of-the-art auditorium. As usual the day will culminate with the "Einstein Bowle," for your students to show off their knowledge of German trivia. And as always, all contests will carry prizes for the best performance.

Each school may participate in all eight activities. Yet, owing to time constraints, we must limit the number of participants in the various activities. Teachers are invited to select two students per class for the spelling bees, and the verb bee, and one team per class for the song contest. Select one poster and one t-shirt design per class for submission. The poetry contest specifies two students per school per category, and the skit contest can accommodate two skits per school. The "Einstein Bowle" can accommodate two teams per school. For the first time, the schedule of activities is available online, and you will be able to verify that your students’ chosen activities do not overlap. You are again invited to bring all of your students to campus to help cheer on their classmates.

The rules and regulations of the various contests may be found on the NC/AATG website at If you have problems downloading the documents, please contact me and I’d be happy to send you a copy by post. When visiting the NC/AATG website, please consider joining the NC/AATG listserv ncaatg-l if you haven’t done so yet. Many have found this feature useful to communicate with others, to share information and tips regarding German in our state, and remain updated on new developments in German.

The motto of the 4th annual German Day is “Unter einem D A CH ,” and we invite you and your students to play with the concept of DACH in your design of posters and t-shirts. This year’s motto must also be incorporated into the skits. All skits will be entitled “Unter einem D A CH ” (may be used literarily or figuratively).

Each participating teacher is asked to contribute 25 questions to the "Einstein Bowle." Categories are History, Culture, Famous People, Geography, and "Wildcard." Please send your questions to the person specified on the website who will edit out repeat questions, and organize/collate the questions into categories and difficulty level. The deadline for submission is February 1, 2004. Please remember that your contribution to “Einstein Bowle” is crucial for us to continue to offer this contest.

Please note the early deadlines for submission for the T-shirt contest (February 1, 2004). The selection committee will review all entries and decide on a design at the NC/AATG spring meeting. Late submissions cannot be considered. Please send your submissions to Karin Baumgartner, 1203 Leclair Str., Chapel Hill, NC 275177, or bring them to the NC/AATG spring meeting (date tba). The winning logo will be available for preview on the NC/AATG website. T-shirts bearing the chosen logo will be for sale on German Day for $ 8.00 per person. Due to logistics, t-shirts must be pre-ordered by February 21, 2003 (mail, e-mail, or phone to: Karin Baumgartner, 1203 Leclair Str. Chapel Hill, NC 27517, 919-968-1277; fax to 336-334-5885).

The registration deadline for German Day is February 21, 2003. Later registration may be accepted if space is available. At the time of registration, student registration fees are due ($ 3.00 per student). For your convenience, a registration form has been attached below. After your registration has been received, you will be sent a confirmation by e-mail or fax.

German Day will take place in our brand-new student union on the UNCG campus. Students may buy lunch in the cafeteria, or bring a bag lunch and eat in one of the lounges or outside. Teachers and chaperons are invited to join the faculty of the German Department at UNCG for a faculty luncheon. The lunch will be informal and allow teachers to drop in and out as need arises. Every year we enjoy meeting all of you, and many of you enjoy meeting familiar and new colleagues.

Please feel free to contact the German Day coordinator, Karin Baumgartner, at or 919-968-1277 (h), or 336-334-5427 (office) for more information, or consult the NC/AATG website for updates ( We look forward to seeing all of you on March 3, 2004.


Dr. Karin Baumgartner
Assistant Professor German
University of North Carolina at Greensboro


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