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Fleet Week & Memorial Day 2018

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Auch wenn es für uns Deutsche & Europäer zum Teil nicht so ganz nachvollziehbar ist, welches “Gewese” hier in den USA um das Militär gemacht wird, sind all die Paraden und ähnliches hin und wieder trotzdem interessant anzuschauen. Während der jährlich stattfindenden New Yorker Fleet Week und am Memorial Day ist davon reichlich geboten:

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BASIS Independent – Curious Students. Expert Teachers. Endless Potential.

Basis Independent School Brooklyn

Curious Students. Expert Teachers. Endless Potential.

It’s no secret that BASIS Independent Brooklyn has captured the attention of families across New York City in the few years since it opened—it’s hard to imagine when we laid the first brick in 2014 that we would be bursting at the seams as we are today. So what is it that truly makes BASIS Independent Brooklyn stand apart?

The Curriculum 

Our advanced, well-rounded curriculum lays the foundations for high-level learning in content-rich courses.

A unique blend of liberal arts and sciences, the BASIS Curriculum is built from best practices from around the globe, educating students to the highest international levels. It is designed to encourage students to take risks, help them build confidence, and equip them with the knowledge and grit to succeed throughout their entire academic journeys.

The Teachers

Ask any expert and they’ll tell you that, more than any other factor in education, teachers make the most significant, lasting impact on a student’s learning. Great teachers are essential to our school’s success: our educators are subject experts in their chosen discipline, be it Calculus, Mandarin, musical theatre, engineering, or astrophysics. They utilize their expertise and passion for their subject to make classrooms come to life, inspiring students to love what they are learning day after day. What’s more, BASIS Independent teachers are wholly invested in their students’ success, providing the support and encouragement to help them excel.

The Culture

Our joyful learning culture is present in every classroom, hallway, and auditorium.

It creates a spark in the minds of all our students, one that motivates them to forge their own path of learning, become independent thinkers, and pursue their ambitions—and we ensure they are supported every step of the way.

Within just a few short years, our students, staff, and families have come together to create an unparalleled school community, one that is determined and eager to face whatever challenges come next.


Curious to learn more? Join the BASIS Independent Brooklyn interest list to receive updates on upcoming admissions events and tours.

Accepting applications for Fall 2018. Visit our website for more information.

BASIS Independent Brooklyn

556 Columbia Street

Brooklyn, NY 11231


(718) 643-6302

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Marion Miner – Immobilienmaklerin

Marion Miner kennt sich aus mit der Wohnungssuche. Nicht nur, weil sie selbst schon unzählige Male in ihrem Leben umgezogen ist, sondern vor allem, weil sie als Immobilienmaklerin arbeitet. Ihre Maklerprüfung hat die gebürtige Münchnerin in Kalifornien absolviert, wo sie viele Jahre lang gelebt hat. Vor vier Jahren ist sie schließlich nach New York gezogen. Seither arbeitet sie für Stribling & Associates und hilft internationalen Kunden bei der Suche nach der passenden Immobilie.

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Raising your kid bilingual – Everyone’s journey is unique

Bi-lingual education is a rocky road. When you were pregnant you probably thought you would speak German to your child, German only. And English to your better half. And then your beautiful child is born and everything is a bit off and not quite the way you thought it would be. You feel bad that part of your family does not understand what you are saying, so you pull away a bit. Or you give in and don’t speak German with your child as much as you thought you would.
And then soon she will start school and the American language and culture seeps into all aspects of your child‘s life. Or you decided to enroll your son in a German Immersion program and you are afraid that together with the Portuguese that he is learning from your mother he will be behind on the Gifted and Talented applications.
In short- you find yourself in a stressful situation as opposed the enriching learning environment you wanted to create for your child…..
All the above scenarios are from families that we know at Rella’s Spielhaus. Bi-lingual education is indeed messy. The rocky road you have embarked on not all that clearly marked. But I am grateful to tell you after over 7 years founding a German Immersion school that it is all part of the precious thing we are trying to do called bi-lingual education.
Maybe you can only send your child to a couple of weeks of German Summer Camp/year. Or you have committed to one Day of German Communication with your kids… it will all be precious material to be used and integrated later into your child‘s web of experiences.
What matters the most in our opinion is the joy of learning you share. Try to avoid to add German as another must on your child’s schedule. Create memorable experiences. Easily said, not so easily done. But UNIQUELY YOURS.
Guest blog by Barbara Rellstab
Founder/Director of Rella’s Spielhaus, Manhattan‘s First German Language Preschool and largest offerer of German classes for kids in New York. MA candidate fir bi-lingual/bi-cultural childhood education at Columbia University‘s Teachers College.
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Ostern 2018 in NYC und Umgebung

Ostern steht vor der Tür. Am 1. April ist es schon wieder so weit! Und was ist Ostern ohne Eiersuche? In New York City und Umgebung werden viele Aktivitäten für die Osterzeit angeboten. Wir haben einige zusammengetragen und wünschen euch ein fröhliches Eier-Suchen!
Natürlich hoffen wir, viele von euch auch bei den CityKinder Events in Brooklyn (Samstag, 31.03.) und Manhattan (zwei Sessions am Sonntag, 1.04.) zu sehen!

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Die besten Gesellschaftsspiele für Kids von zwei bis zwölf

Vor kurzem haben wir auf unserem Blog das CityPortrait unseres Kollegen Anatol veröffentlicht, der hauptberuflich im Spielecafé arbeitet.
Nachdem sich der Winter noch etwas hinzieht und viele Eltern auf der Suche nach neuen Beschäftigungsideen für ihre Kids sind, haben wir Anatol nach seinen Spiele-Favoriten für Kids zwischen zwei und zwölf Jahren gefragt.

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Schlittschuhlaufen in & um NYC

Was wäre ein Winter oder sogar eine ganze Kindheit ohne Schlittschuhlaufen? Wenn ihr euren Kindern diesen Spaß auch nicht vorenthalten wollt, findet ihr hier einige Locations in NYC, North Jersey und Westchester County, wo man sich auf’s Eis wagen kann!

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Anatol Dündar – Manager im Spielecafé The Uncommons

Früher war Anatol Dündar als Bauingenieur tätig. 2015 zog er mit seiner Frau nach New York. Hier war er zunächst ein stay-at-home daddy. Inzwischen arbeitet er wieder – jedoch in einer ganz anderen Branche als zuvor: Er leitet die Paulchenbande von CityKinder in der St. Pauls Church und ist Manager im ersten Spielecafé in Manhattan.

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Christmas Gifts for the Whole Family

Are you already done with shopping for this year’s Christmas gifts? If you, like us, still need some great ideas, take a look at our list below for some inspiration! All the companies we have listed, were founded and are run by German-speaking entrepreneur women in NYC or the USA!

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Die besten Weihnachtsmärkte in New York und Umgebung

New York hat inzwischen mehrere große und kleine Weihnachtsmärkte – wir haben hier eine Übersicht für euch zusammengestellt:

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