Kim Gottschild

Creekside Middle School

Carmel Clay Schools

3525 W. 126th Street (Map It!)

Carmel, IN 46032

(317) 733-6420 ext. 6071

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Frau Gottschild’s German Class Supply List for School Year 2014-2015

1” Binder and 5 dividers

Loose leaf notebook paper

1 3-ring pocket folder

Multi-colored flashcards (four different colors)

2-4 black fine point dry-erase Expo markers

2-4 colored dry-erase Expo markers

1 old sock

Pencils and blue/black pens

2 highlighters, any color

An old magazine or catalog

6th grade:  one box tissues

7th grade: one box crayons or colored pencils

8th grade: One box tissues, preferably family size


Check out GermanFest at the Athenaeum this Oktober!

Held Oktober 11, you can read all about it here.


Want to incorporate German culture into your holiday season?



It's almost Advent, and time for a German invention:  the Advent Calendar! This calendar is fun for the whole family.  To create, you all need these activity cards and pictures.

Check out the Athenaeum's St. Nikolaus Festival on Sunday, December 8th.

Also, there are a number of German Christmas Markets in the Midwest.    Maybe your holiday travel plans would allow for a visit?  I highly recommend the Chicago Christkindlmarkt, which is flown on straight from Germany every year.

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The Weckmann - Man of the Holiday Season

Formed out of sweet yeast dough, this man goes by many names in Germany— Weckmann, Nikolaus, Stutenkerl, among others—and is a popular treat for either St. Martin’s Day on November 11, or St. Nicholas Day on December 6. For the traditional Weckmann, the dough is shaped by hand into the form of a man, and raisins and/or nuts are used for eyes and buttons. In Germany, a clay pipe is often added, but this detail is hard to find in the United States.

The following recipe comes from the website and is used with permission.

Serves: 10


1 cup milk

1/3 cup sweet butter

3 tablespoon (1/6 cup) shortening

1 cup sugar

3 tablespoons real vanilla extract

1 grated lemon peel

1 bag rapid yeast (1/4 ounce)

3 tablespoon warm water

4 whole eggs

6 2/3 cups flour

1 egg beaten with 2 tablespoons water for glazing


Mix yeast with warm water and 1 tablespoon of sugar. Combine milk, butter, shortening, and sugar, in a saucepan and heat gently then set aside to cool. Place flour in a large bowl, make a well in the middle of the flour and pour yeast mixture into the well, cover and let rise for 20 minutes. Add milk mixture to flour and mix all the ingredients together. Knead into a ball, dust with flour and let rise for 45 minutes.

Roll dough and divide into 10 pieces to form into men. Place the men on a large baking sheet covered with baking or wax paper, making sure to leave enough room between each shape. Let rise for a further 20 to 45 minutes.

Brush with egg and water mixture, decorate with raisins and dried cranberries for the eyes and buttons

Bake at 325 to 350 degrees F for 10-15 minutes.