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27 March 2013

u.S. army garrison–East Camp / Rose Barracks

COMMUNITY NEWSLETTER

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Daylight Savings Time is Sunday 31 March: Sunday is Daylight Savings Time in Europe. This means that everyone “Springs forward” by moving their clocks ahead one hour. For more, visit http://www.timeanddate.com/time/dst/.

Tuition Assistance suspended Due to our current fiscal situation, Soldiers can no longer submit new requests for Tuition Assistance through the GoArmyEd portal. Soldiers currently enrolled and participating in courses approved for tuition assistance are not affected and will be allowed to complete current course(s) enrollment. Soldiers can continue to access their GI Bill benefits, if applicable (either the Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) or the Post 9/11 GI Bill), or use another funding sources (i.e. grants, scholarships, or Army National Guard Soldiers using state Tuition Assistance). Soldiers should be encouraged to contact their local education centers for additional information. Updated information will also be posted to www.goarmyed.com. The Army understands the impact of this decision and will re-assess as the fiscal situation matures.

Bavarian News online Head to BavarianNews.com to get timely news and see what events are happening in the community. Here are this week’s stories: Taking it to the next level. Soldiers prove ‘Best Warrior’ during the 2013 Soldier / NCO of the Year competition. Sparking conversation. A monthly book club brings readers together to discuss literary works. Tick tactics. It might seem too cold for them now, but tick season is right around the corner. The northern sights. Helsinki and Tallinn offer culture and good times in Europe’s Great White North. Furlough FAQs. Officials provide updates on sequestration.

We’re doing our part. Are you? The marquees are a great way to get information out to the community. But, we need to save energy, too. So, to do our part, we’re limiting the marquees’ hours of operation on both East Camp and Rose Barracks from 6 a.m.-6 p.m. Every little bit helps!

How to properly perform Retreat in the BMC Retreat is a daily ceremony held at all Army installations as the national flag is lowered at the end of the day. In the BMC, retreat occurs at 5 p.m. with a bugle call followed by “To the Colors.” All personnel driving on the installation must stop. Service members and government civilian personnel will turn off their vehicles, and if safe to do so, exit their vehicles and render the appropriate honors. Individuals outside of buildings will render the appropriate honors to the flag during the Retreat ceremony. Service members in uniform render the hand salute at the first note of “To the Colors.” Normally the flag is faced when saluting unless duty requires you to face in another direction. At the conclusion of the music resume your regular duties.

Sequestration requires careful planning Sequestration planning requires teamwork from IMCOM Europe and partners like USAREUR, DeCA, DoDDS and many others. Taking steps to conserve funding while still providing reliable service and looking after our Soldiers, civilians and families takes careful planning. We will share the results of that planning as soon as possible.

Warning: Apple App not sanctioned by Thrift Savings Plan A free iPhone App,” TSP Funds,” that is currently offered through the Apple App store asks TSP participants for their account login information. This app is not being offered through TSP and TSP does not recommend using this application to access your TSP account. Providing this information could result in a security risk to your account. More about the app.

Warning II: DTS phishing scam Watch out for emails asking you to log into DTS with the following address: (www.defensetravel.osd.com) The correct DTS website uses only a dot-mil (.mil) website address. The email asks user to sign into their accounts or else their travel reservations will be canceled. This will compromise account security.


Same-sex partner benefits DOD announces expansion of same-sex partner benefits. For more information, go to http://1.usa.gov/YRDMOS.

Army One Stop/ICE KIOSK to be set up throughout the garrison To improve your ability to provide feedback to the garrison, several Army One Stop/ICE KIOSKs will be installed throughout East Camp and Rose Barracks, with one at USAG Hohenfels. Within the next 40 days, you can access a KIOSK at the following locations: - East Camp Exchange, Lodging, Community Mailroom, Bldg. 244 main lobby, and Vehicle Registration waiting area - Rose Barracks PXtra, ACS, Multi Purpose Center and the Warrior Zone. The KIOSKs provide access to the ICE online, AKO, DFAS, TRICARE, and other approved sites that provide tools and information for our Soldiers, Civilians and Families. All BMC customers will still be able to access ICE from any computer or smart phone and we will continue to provide ICE comment boxes in select locations. For further information about the new Army One Stop/ICE KIOSK, please send an email to PAIO.

Financial tips for rainy days     

Build a budget. Create a budget for the month ahead by assessing how much you need to cover all necessary expenses. Use VAT forms on big purchases and coupons on small ones. Avoid bank charges. Keep an eye out for over-draft fees, insufficient fund charges and ATM fees. Look at your bank account and keep track of your spending and budget every day. Contribute to your TSP. Strategically plan errands to minimize driving. Walk whenever possible. Accelerate and break gently to save on gas.

Free tax preparation at the Tax Center The Grafenwoehr and Rose Barracks Tax Centers is open for business from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. to prepare free tax returns Soldiers and eligible civilians. All returns are completed by IRS VITA-certified Soldier and civilians. In Grafenwoehr, the Tax Center is located in Bldg. 216 on the 1st floor. In Rose Barracks it’s in Bldg 245, 1st floor. To make an appointment, call DSN 475-9258, CIV 09641-83-9258 for Grafenwoehr and DSN 476-2714, CIV 09662-83-2714 for Rose Barracks.

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month 3 April: Sexual Assault Awareness Month kicks off with SHARP Stand-Down Day on 3 April. During this day, there will be a screening of the renowned documentary, “Invisible War,” a Terrain Walk, Leader-to-Led discussions, “Take Back the Night” silent victim walk and an interactive performance at GPAC, the garrison will be saluting sexual assault awareness throughout the entire month. More details to come.

Take Back the Night 3 April: In order to illuminate the darkness surrounding sexual violence, the community is invited to attend the Take Back the Night Candlelight Vigil, starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Headquarters of JMTC, Bldg. 131 at the flag pole. Wear teal!

Ammunition Amnesty Day 9 April: The garrison ammunition supply point (ASP #1) will conduct its quarterly amnesty day for the military community and surrounding areas from 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Any community member with unauthorized ammunition or explosives can come to the ASP #1 to turn them in, absolutely no questions asked. Just show up at the ASP Gate, notify the guards that you have amnesty items and they will escort you to the turn-in point. For more, call DSN 476-3007, CIV 09662-83-3007.

FreeCycle Center Grand Opening 22 April: In support of the Net Zero Waste Initiative in USAG Grafenwoehr, the FreeCycle Center will begin offering reusable items, such appliances, electronics and clothes, to community members for free. First come, first served. Give itGet it. Starting 1 April, everyone is invited to drop off all unwanted electronics, appliances, clothes, auto parts, transformers, kitchenware (really anything) that they would like to donate. Open Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Bldg. 441 (Old Gas Station).


TARP, SETA, OPSEC, and Anti-terrorism Level 1 Training Community Security Awareness Training consisting of the Threat Awareness and Reporting Program (TARP), Security Education Training Awareness (SETA), Operation Security (OPSEC), and Anti-terrorism Level 1 will be conducted by USAG Grafenwoehr and JMTC. This training is a mandatory annual requirement for all DoD personnel including Military, AF/NAF (both US and LN); U.S. Contractor employees are welcome. 23 April: Grafenwoehr, Tower Theater, Bldg. 620. LN Personnel: 10:30-11:30 a.m. U.S. Personnel: 1:30-4 p.m. 24 April: Rose Barracks, Post Theater, Bldg. 354. U.S. Personnel: 9 – 11:30 a.m. LN Personnel: 1:30-2:30 p.m.

ICE QR code Now it’s even easier to submit ICE - Interactive Customer Evaluation comments. Take a snapshot of the code with your phone, and the code automatically directs you to ICE.

Stay vigilant and report suspicious activities For emergencies off post call 112, the European emergency number, reachable from fixed and mobile phones, free of charge, everywhere in the EU. Bavaria Military Community officials are asking everyone to stay vigilant and report suspicious activities as soon as they are observed. The safety of our families is one of our biggest priorities. USAG Grafenwoehr Military Police: DSN 476-2490/3397 or CIV 09662-83-2490/3397.

Suicide Prevention Awareness Call the suicide prevention hotline number at DSN 118, CIV 09641-83-118. Visit our website for more on suicide prevention. Suicide prevention, sexual assault or just a friendly ear… you’re never alone. Professionals are available to counsel you in confidence. Getting help is a sign of strength. 24 Hour Community Hotlines: Chaplain Hotline 0162-296-0838, Military Police Hotline 09662-83-114, Sexual Assault Hotline 09641-83-4567 or 09662-83-3218 and Emergency Services 09641-83-117.

Army Community Service (ACS) Contact Army Community Service (ACS) Grafenwoehr, DSN 475-8371, CIV 09641-83-8371. Rose Barracks, DSN 476-2650 CIV 09662-83-2650. ACS is now on Facebook and Twitter (Follow GRAF ACS) or email graf.acs@eur.army.mil for info.

Lunch and Learn "Financial Empowerment" ACS will start a series of Lunch and Learn "Financial Empowerment" at the Grafenwoehr DFAC. Soldiers can come eat their lunch and learn how to stay in money and out of debt. noon-1 p.m. 12 April: 2013 Tax Guide

Army Volunteer Corps 8 April: Organizational Point of Contact & Volunteer Management Class, 9-11 a.m., Rose Barracks, Bldg. 221, Rm 206.

Employment Readiness For anyone needing assistance with resume building, or one-on-one assistance, please call DSN 476-2650, 475-8371, CIV 09662-83-2650, 09641-83-8371. 2 April: Career Fairs 101, 10 a.m. - noon, Grafenwoehr, USO Bldg 150. 9 April: USAjobs: Learn the NEW Federal Application Process, 10 a.m. – noon, Rose Barracks ACS, Bldg 322. 16 April: Career Fairs 101, 10 a.m. - noon, Rose Barracks ACS, Bldg 322. 25 April: Job Fair, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Multi Purpose Building, Rose Barracks, Bldg 134.

Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) Have questions? Email EFMP directly. 27 March: Special Education Work Shop, 3– 4:30 p.m., East Camp, Bldg. 244, Rm 219. 3 April: Bowling With EFMP, 4 - 6 p.m., East Camp, Bowling Center. 10 April: EFMP 101, 3 - 4:30 p.m., Rose Barracks, ACS, Bldg. 322. 24 April: Gluten Free Cooking, 3 - 4:30 p.m., Rose Barracks, Chapel Annex.


Family Advocacy Program Hotlines to help: Domestic Violence 09662-83-3218 or 09641-83-5130. Please contact us for a complete listing of programs and services offered. 2, 9, 16, April: Love & Logic, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., East Camp, Chapel Annex. 18 April: Community Meet and Greet, 10 a.m., Rose Barracks, Kristall Inn. 5 April: 24/7 Dad, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., East Camp, Chapel Annex. 2 - 4 April: It Takes Two, 1:30 – 4:30 p.m., East Camp, USO, Bldg. 150 9-11 April: It Takes Two, 1:30 – 4:30 p.m., East Camp, USO, Bldg. 150 11 April: Community Meet and Greet, 10 a.m., East Camp Army Lodging

Financial Readiness Services are also available by appointment. For more information on saving your money, you may contact your ACS Financial Readiness at 09662-83-2650 or 09641-83-8371. 10 April: Debt Blasters, noon – 1 p.m., Rose Barracks, ACS Bldg. 322 12 & 29 April: Couponing Class, 10 – 11:30 a.m., Rose Barracks, ACS, Bldg. 322 12 April: Lunch & Learn, noon – 1 p.m., East Camp, DFAC 23 April: Investing 101, 11 a.m. – noon, Rose Barracks, ACS Bldg. 322

Mobilization & Deployment Readiness 16 April: FRG Basic Course, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., East Camp, Chapel Annex 19 April: Resilience Training Module 1 *NEW FORMAT!!, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Rose Barracks, Bldg. 221, Rm 206

New Parent Support Program 2, 23, 20 April: Infant Massage, 1 - 2 p.m., Rose Barracks, ACS Bldg. 322 2, 9, April, Body Back!, 3 – 4 p.m., Rose Barracks, ACS Bldg 322 Through 12 April: Great Expectations, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Rose Barracks, ACS Bldg. 322. (6 Sessions that meet on Friday mornings) 8 April: ABCs Of Toddlerhood, 1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m., Rose Barracks, ACS Bldg. 322. 19 April: Healthy Feedings, 1 – 3 p.m., Rose Barracks, ACS Bldg. 322.

Play Groups Every Tuesday: East Camp, Chapel Annex, 9:30 – 11 a.m. Every Wednesday: Rose Barracks, Chapel Annex, 9:30 – 11 a.m.

Newborn Network for parents with babies ages 0 through Walking Every Tuesday: Rose Barracks ACS, Bldg. 322, 1 - 3 p.m.

Hospital Tours

Every 1st Wednesday (except for holidays): Visit Weiden Meet at 5:45 p.m. in the Weiden hospital lobby. Every 4th Wednesday: Visit Sulzbach-Rosenberg Meet at 5:45 p.m. in the Sulzbach-Rosenberg hospital lobby. Every Other 2nd Tuesday: Visit Amberg Meet at 5:45 p.m. in the Amberg hospital lobby.

Relocation Readiness Through 25 April: SGI/ATS Belly Dancing, Teacher Meet and Greet, Thursdays, noon – 1:30 p.m., Rose Barracks, ACS Bldg 322 11 April: Arm Yourself With Claims Knowledge & Successful PCS Moves 101, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m., Rose Barracks, ACS Bldg 322 17 April: Military Sponsorship Train the Trainer, 1 - 2 p.m., Rose Barracks, ACS Bldg. 322 17 April: Immigration Workshop, 10 a.m. - noon, Rose Barracks, ACS Bldg. 322 17 April: Spouse Sponsorship Training, 1 - 2 p.m., Rose Barracks, ACS Bldg. 322. 22 – 24 April: Welcome To Bavaria, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., East Camp, Chapel Annex. Every Tuesday: English as a Second Language, 10 a.m. – noon, Grafenwoehr, Chapel Annex Every Thursday: English as a Second Language, 10 a.m. – noon, Rose Barracks, ACS, Bldg. 322.

Military and Family Life Consultants are here for you Military Life Consultants provide solution-oriented consultations to individuals, couples, families, and groups. They are designed to provide anonymous, confidential support to Soldiers and their family members, especially those returning from deployments. To contact a military life consultant, call Rose Barracks 0152-0294-0761 / 017-4147-6846 or Grafenwoehr 0152-0293-4290 / 0152-0241-5226, Mon-Fri, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.


Exchange News Wounded Soldiers get free alterations at Military Clothing Due to an Army-wide initiative, all wounded Soldiers receive free alterations and modifications on all issued uniforms in accordance with the Wounded Warrior Clothing Support Program. Eligible Soldiers must present an approved Army Form 3078 along with the prescribed modifications by the physical or occupational therapist to receive free services. The Grafenwoehr, Rose Barracks and Hohenfels Military Clothing stores and Alterations fully support this service to the community.

New on post high-speed internet service this summer The Exchange and TKS are introducing a new, high-speed internet option on post. Anyone interested in the new service must first have a router installed, a process that takes 15 minutes. For more information, click here.

Grafenwoehr Food Court hour changes Pizza Hut, Charley’s and Subway will now open at 11 a.m. Taco Bell will now open at 10 a.m. At this time, there is no plan to change hours at the Burger King and Manchu WOK.

Volunteers and other help needed FCC providers needed Interested in earning money from home and making a difference in the lives of military children and families? Army Child, Youth & School Services, Family Child Care (FCC) Program is looking for on-post and off-post FCC home providers that are dedicated to delivering high quality, emotionally secure and educational child care to our military and qualifying DOD family members. You must live in government - leased housing. Benefits include: federal subsidies, free initial and ongoing training, and the use of materials and equipment to set up your home. New Provider Orientation will be hosted on January 16-18 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Building 224 in Rose Barracks. Training will be held in the conference room. For more, contact Parent Central Services DSN 476-2760, CIV 09662-83-2760.

SKIES Instructors Needed The SKIES Unlimited program in the USAG Grafenwoehr is looking for dedicated instructors for piano, string instruments and gymnastics. The music positions require the individual to be subject matter experts in the area they are teaching and gymnastics instructors must have experience in tumbling, gymnastics apparatuses and/or acrobatics to teach entry and intermediate gymnastics. Those interested can email Tammy Weightman the SKIES director. Gymnastics and Dance positions are currently posted on USA Jobs and with contracting.

Grafenwoehr Girl Scouts looking for scouts and volunteers Attention Scouts! Grafenwoehr Girl Scouts serves girls from Kindergarten through 12th grade in USAG Grafenwoehr. We foster leadership in our girls through activities, events, and community service opportunities at the troop and committee level. Girl Scouts is also recruiting 9th -12th grade girls to be a part of the virtual troop that travels and attends high school-level events. Scouts even have the opportunity to win the Girl Scout Gold Award, which opens doors for scholarship money post-graduation. Attention volunteers! The Girl Scouts are looking for leaders and co-leaders and management team members. For those who have a skill but can't make a full-time commitment, the Scouts are always looking for subject matter expert in all fields. Knitting, auto mechanics and maintenance, culinary arts, art, science, technology, mathematics, languages... just donating 3 hours of your time to offer a course to our girls can change their lives. For more information about registering your daughter or volunteering, email or check out the Facebook page.

Volunteers needed at the USO Grafenwoehr If you'd like to help your USO, the military and their family members, come by the USO center in Grafenwoehr Bldg. 150 and sign up to volunteer. You can go to our volunteer website at www.usovolunteer.org and create your profile, post your own hours and keep track of your hours. For the Soldiers, the hours spent volunteering goes towards promotion points and a community service ribbon. For more, CIV 09641-605-2946.


Have You Saved a Life Today? Red Cross Needs Volunteers Do you have a background in the medical field or teaching field? The American Red Cross is looking for qualified Volunteer Health and Safety Instructors for our community. Call today to see if you qualify. Health and Safety Instructors: Volunteers teach lifesaving skills in the community. Classes such as Babysitting, CPR, First Aid, AED and other safety presentations. Armed Forces Caseworkers: Volunteers work with local members of the military and their families ensuring the delivery of emergency communications. Health Fair Volunteers: Volunteers staff a table at events in the community and engage those attending in conversations about preparedness and safety. Office of Volunteers: Volunteers assist with writing volunteer job descriptions, setting up volunteer orientation courses, conduct volunteer screening interviews, help with volunteer placement, record keeping, and recognition. For more, Rose Barracks Red Cross CIV 09662-83-1760 DSN 476-1760, Main Post Red Cross CIV 09641-83-1760 DSN 475-1760. Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED course 30 March: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Rose Barracks Bldg. 162. Registration is required. Go to https://classes.redcross.org/Saba/Web/Main to register. Cost is $55. For more, Rose Barracks Red Cross CIV 09662-831760 DSN 476-1760, Main Post Red Cross CIV 09641-83-1760 DSN 475-1760.

Seeking Emergency Placement Care Providers The children in the USAGG need you. The Emergency Placement Care (EPC) Program trains individuals to become 24 hour providers for at risk children. The community is in need of more providers as the number of children in imminent danger increased due to the deployment rotation of family members. The training you receive will last you a lifetime and help you build your experience and resume. Call ACS 476‑2650 or 09662‑83‑2650.

Sports, Fitness, Hobbies & Recreation AAFES Movie Listing Main Post listings, click here. Rose Barracks listings, here.

Vilseck Community and Spouses' Club events Board Nominations It's time to nominate board members for next year! If you are a VCSC member and know someone who would be a great fit, send a nomination to shannon.sevier@gmail.com. The election will take place in May. History tour of Vilseck 4 April: History buffs will love this tour. The local Night Watchman will bring Vilseck’s history alive. 5 euros. We will go to dinner before the tour. Dinner is not included in the price. Email VCSC to RSVP. Polish pottery shopping 16 April: Visit a variety of shops filled with beautiful pottery in Boleslawiec, Poland. The trip costs $53 per person. The bus leaves late Fri night so we can be at the shops on Sat. morning when they open. We will enjoy a special lunch before heading home. These trips usually fill up quickly. Email VCSC to RSVP.

Grafenwoehr Community and Spouses' Club GCSC 2013-2014 Scholarship Program Through 3 May: The Grafenwoehr Community and Spouses’ Club is offering academic scholarship awards for the 20132014 academic year for students and family members in USAG Grafenwoehr. Scholarships will be awarded 20-24 May. Application forms can be found on the Scholarship page of the GCSC website starting 18 March. For additional information, call George Linka, GCSC Scholarship Chairman at DSN 475-6108 or CIV 01520-251-6606 or email him. Go to their Facebook page for upcoming events and club news.

Bayern Rangers hockey team recruiting more players The Bayern Rangers, the community hockey team, finished 4th (of 11) posting a 4-3 record in the 21st Annual Military Ice Hockey Championships in Garmisch Fans are encouraged to come out and cheer


for the Rangers in their second appearance at the Puckbusters’ International Club ice hockey tournament in Weiden, 6-7 April. For more info, visit: www.facebook.com/bayernrangers.

Beginning Quilting Classes 28 March: Our quilting classes will teach you everything you need to know to get you creating your own quilt masterpieces. 9-11 a.m. For more, stop by the Heart & Home Craft Shop, Grafenwoehr Bldg. 607, or call DSN 475-6101, CIV 09641-83-6101.

The Twilight of the Golds 29 & 30 March: If your parents knew everything about you before you were born, would you be here? That’s the question in this intriguing drama. All is well when Suzanne Gold and her close New York family discover that she’s pregnant, until a prenatal test reveals unsettling news. The news forces the Gold family to confront bigotry, evolution and the limits of love. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and shows start at 7 p.m. Tickets are $7 per person. Appropriate for 18 and over (under 18 years of age admitted with parent or guardian consent). Grafenwoehr Performing Arts Center, Bldg. 103. DSN 475-6426, CIV 09641-83-6426.

2013 BGCA Regional Image Makers Photography Contest Through 18 April: Hosted by CYSS, at the Netzaberg Youth Center, Bldg. 9080, the exhibition will show photography from youth in the community 13 years and older. Photo categories are: "What Moves Me" photograph with essay or poem; Culture and Tradition; Surroundings; and Portraits. On 18 April, from 1:30-6 p.m., the photos will be judged. The finalists will move forward to the national competition in June for a chance to have their photography displayed in national exhibits and to participate in an all-inclusive celebratory trip. For more, contact CYSS Parent Central Services at DSN 476-2760, CIV 09662-83-2760.

Chess Tournament 29 March: We’re calling all ID Card Holders to compete to be crowned Chess Master of Grafenwoehr. 7 p.m. To sign up, call the Rose Barracks Warrior Zone at DSN 476-2947, CIV 09662-83-2947.

On-post Easter Egg hunt 30 March: Rose Barracks Chapel on post will host an Easter Egg Hunt from 4-5 p.m. Over 1,000 eggs will be hidden on chapel grounds. This is a community wide event open to children up to 10 years old. There will be prize eggs in different categories. The event is outdoors, so dress appropriately. Please contact Ingrid Luttrell for more.

Grafenwoehr Warrior Zone April events All events are at 6 p.m. in Grafenwoehr Bldg. 153. For more, call DSN 475-4309, CIV 09641-83-4309. Mondays: Madden 13 Xbox 360 Tournament Tuesdays: Movie nights Wednesdays: Texas Hold ‘Em Fridays: Pool tournaments

Celebrate your World at the Library 2-28 April: During Month of the Military Child, military children can spin the prize wheel after completing a coloring sheet. Pick up your coloring sheet 2-12 April then return to spin the prize wheel 15-19 April in Rose Barracks and 23-28 April in Grafenwoehr.

Women’s Self Defense Class 3, 10, 17 & 24 April: In conjunction with Sexual Assault Awareness Month, a women’s self defense class will be held on every Wed in April. 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Grafenwoehr Field House, Bldg. 547 (Across from Burger King.)

Bingo 4 & 18 April: Enjoy a dinner buffet, get out those daubers and try to earn cash prizes! Early bird, 6 p.m., Regular Bingo, 7 p.m., doors open at 5 p.m. Adults ages 18 and over only. Tower View, DSN 475-6200, CIV 09641-83-6200.


Library’s Book Club meeting 4 April: This month’s title is The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls. Bring your book and discuss your thoughts. If you haven’t read the book, still come and find out what you’re missing. The Book Club meets the first Thursday of every month. Grafenwoehr’s Java Café. 7 p.m.

Black Forest Day Trip 5 April: Take a trip with BOSS to the Black Forest to sightsee and explore those famous “woods.” 5 a.m. - 10 p.m. For more information and to sign up, call BOSS at DSN 475-8822, CIV 09641-83-8822 or stop by any Warrior Zone.

Skydiving Day Trip 5 April: We will take you to a proven and experienced sky diving company for a tandem jump, complete with a video of your experience. Sign up soon as trips are limited to 8 jumpers. Trips are contingent on weather and cloud cover. No previous skydiving experience is necessary. $279. To sign up, call, DSN 476-2563, CIV 09662-83-2563.

Mongolian Barbecue Dinner 5 April: You pick your ingredients, pay by the ounce and our chef will stir fry it for you! Offered the first Friday of each month. Grafenwoehr Patton Fireside Lounge, Bldg. 209. 5-9 p.m.

Trip to Istria, Croatia 5-10 April: In Northern Croatia, Istiria has all the ingredients for a perfect vacation: beautiful beaches, quaint towns and great wine and food. Sign up at DSN 475-7402, CIV 09641-83-7402.

April Fool’s Party 7 April: The Grafenwoehr Warrior Zone will be rigged with plenty of April Fool’s pranks, so take cover. This party is for everyone who enjoys a good joke. Best prankster will receive a trophy. 6 p.m. DSN 475-4309, CIV 09641-83-4309. Bldg. 153.

Grafenwoehr Physical Fitness Center closure 8 April: The Grafenwoehr Physical Fitness Center will be closed for yearly maintenance. We apologize for any inconvenience. The Fitness Center in Rose Barracks will still be open.

Bench press competition 12 April: Both male and female weightlifters are invited to face off to see who can bench press the most in honor of Alcohol Awareness Month. There will be three categories: Max weight, 225 lbs. max rep for men and 85 lbs. max rep for women. Sign up at the Grafenwoehr Physical Fitness Center on the day of the competition, from noon-1 p.m. The competition starts at 1:30 p.m. Prizes will be awarded to the first and second place contestants in each category. Open to active duty, retirees and dependants over 18 years old.

Rugged Terrain Obstacle Run 13 April: 9 a.m. All adult U.S. and NATO ID cardholders are invited to participate in the first Grafenwoehr Rugged Terrain Obstacle Run. Run, climb and jump past 13 hardcore obstacles spaced out over a grueling, 13-kilometer course along the Grafenwoehr Training Area’s Rough Terrain Trail. Participants can register with MWR online at or at the Grafenwoehr PFC. Preregistration fee is $15; register the day of the run for $25. For more, contact the PFC.

Tumbleweeds restaurant to close, Rosalia’s to take its place 30 April: Tumbleweeds restaurant will close at the end of April to make way for Rosalia’s Italian Pastaria. Rosalia’s will serve Italian classics, American breakfast, and a full coffee bar and will open later this year. There will be a break in service while Rose Barracks Bldg. 227 undergoes renovations in preparation for Rosalia’s.

Help donate to local animal shelters Community members can donate items such as food, old blankets, old towels, toys, leashes, expired medication; expired first aid kits, dog beds, cat beds, scratch posts, and transportation boxes. Tires from small bicycles or strollers are used to


build “rollis” for disabled pets. There are drop-off locations on Rose Barracks, Graf off-post, Kemnath and Pressath. For more contact Yasmine at DSN 476-2707, CIV 09662-83-2707 or visit the Facebook page.

CYSS SKIES Unlimited Programs Those interested in any SKIES classes should call Parent Central Services at DSN 476-2760, CIV 09662-83-2760. Or register with CYSS online. Register in March for: Kinder Spanish for 3-5 year olds and Beginner Spanish for 6-10 year olds Children’s Chorus/Voice for 8-16 year olds Intermediate and Advanced Gymnastics/Power Tumble for 7-16 year olds Open gym for 1-4 year olds (Mommy/Daddy and Me) – No formal instruction Every Wed in April: CYSS will open up the Gymnastics Room at the Grafenwoehr Field House every Wed, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Each child must be accompanied by an adult. Our open gym is a great social event for both children and parents. Kids’ Gym for 2-4 year olds (Mommy/Daddy and Me) – Formal instruction Parent and child classes promote early development, provide a strong foundation and help children reach new milestones. Parents will receive guidance from the subject matter expert on how to introduce the child to somersaults, cartwheels, bridges and other basic gymnastic moves. A parent must participate. Driver Education Program 15 April – 15 June: CYSS offers theory classes, simulator training and behind the wheel classes for 15-18 year olds as well as a full German drivers license program for youth 17.5 and older. Kindermusik now available in Vilseck Due to popular demand Kindermusik for parents with children 6 months to 5 years is now available on Rose Barracks. Kindermusik is a class where children sing, dance, play, and explore music. They will learn to actively listen, move, imagine, and relax. This is a family class. English Style Horseback Riding Register starting 2 April: Horseback Riding Lessons for 7-18 year olds will resume in Feb. Lessons will be at the Horseback Riding Stables in Weiden with certified instructors and temperament-tested horses.

Grafenwoehr Thrift Shop Don't Miss Our Great Deals! 50% off pink tags and 50% off expired consignment items. Watch the GCSC Thrift Shop FB Page for member specials. Open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, 9 a.m. - 3 .pm.; Thursdays 11 p.m. - 5 p.m.; 1st and 3rd Friday 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. in Grafenwoehr Bldg. 508. Want to give back to your community? Volunteer! Help your community by consigning or donating today. PCSing? No problem; we will mail you your check. For more, CIV 09641-926-0377, online, or find us on Facebook.

Hidden Treasures Thrift Shop Bring your gently used items to Bldg. 221 on Rose Barracks. Open 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Tues, Wed &Thurs. Call DSN 4762649, CIV 09662-83-2649, or email for more. Donations and volunteers welcome. Volunteers receive special discounts on all sales.

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Facility & Road/Openings/Construction/Closures Vehicle Registration closure 29 March & 1 April: Vehicle Registration will be closed due to a German holiday. Likewise, 28 March it will close at noon.


RSSA four day closure 2-5 April: The Regional Supply Support Activity (RSSA), located in Rose Barracks, Bldg 113, will be closed for a 100% inventory. For questions, call Mr. Peoples, DSN 475-8504, CIV 09641-83-8504.

Vilseck Health Clinic one day closure 12 April: The Vilseck Health Clinic will be closed today for a change of command and groundbreaking ceremony. For more, contact the clinic at DSN 476-2882, CIV 09662-83-2882.

Cut in office cleaning services Due to new fiscal realities, we must cut costs or we will be forced to cut family services. As such, we will be cutting the cleaning contract for administrative offices on East Camp and Rose Barracks from once per week to twice per month. It is recommended that directors talk with their staff to make plans to remove trash and keep their work areas clean. This change will not affect common area customer service locations or common use restroom service, but will save the garrison significant funds over the next year. These savings can then be funneled into maintaining high traffic areas.

Religious Passover & Easter services on post 27 March: Passover Luncheon, Second Day– Grafenwoehr Chapel Annex. 12:30 p.m. 28 March: Holy Thursday Mass–Rose Barracks Chapel. 6 p.m. 28 March: Maundy Thursday service– Grafenwoehr Chapel. 6 p.m. 29 March: Good Friday service– Grafenwoehr Chapel. Noon. 29 March: Good Friday service, Protestant– Grafenwoehr Chapel. 6 p.m. 29 March: Good Friday Mass–Rose Barracks Chapel. 6 p.m. 30 March: Easter Vigil–Rose Barracks Chapel. 8 p.m. 31 March: Easter Sunrise service, Protestant–Rose Barracks Chapel. 7 a.m. 31 March: Easter Catholic Mass–Grafenwoehr Chapel. 9 a.m. 31 March: Easter service, Protestant–Rose Barracks Chapel. 9:30 a.m. 31 March: Easter service, Protestant Liturgical–Rose Barracks Chapel. 10:30 a.m. 31 March: Easter service, Protestant–Grafenwoehr Chapel. 10:45 a.m. 31 March: Easter Catholic Mass–Rose Barracks Chapel. 11:30 a.m. 31 March: Easter Gospel service–Grafenwoehr Chapel. 1 p.m. 31 March: Easter service, Church of Christ–Grafenwoehr Chapel. 3:30 p.m.

Weekly Bible Study Velburg Truth Center meets for Bible Study every Wednesday at 7 p.m. In addition to weekly Bible Study, we also have church service every Sunday at 11 a.m. We are located at Alleeweg 2 Velburg, Germany 92355. Please email Brenda Means or call 0172-892-3771 for more.

Off post church services Eschenbach - Roman Catholic Mass Saturday services at St. Laurentius: 6 p.m. (1st Mass of Sunday) Sunday services at St. Laurentius: 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Monday services at St. Laurentius: 6 p.m. Tuesday services at Apfelbach: 6 p.m. Wednesday services at St. Laurentius: 6 p.m. Thursday services at St. Laurentius: 4:15 p.m. (geared toward children) Grafenwoehr Sunday services at Friedenskirche: 8 a.m. and 10.30 a.m. Family services every 1st, 3rd and 4th Sunday Monday services at Maria-Himmelfahrtskirche: 8.30 a.m. Tuesday services at Friedenskirche: 7 p.m. Wednesday services at Seniorenheim St. Sebastian: 4.30 p.m. 2nd Wednesday of every month; 7 p.m. at MariaHimmelfahrtskirche Thursday services at Friedenskirche: 4:15 p.m., students’ service Friday services at Friedenskirche: 1-2 p.m. 1st Friday of every month; 7 p.m. 1st Friday of every month. Saturday services at Friedenskirche: 4 p.m. Rosary; 6 p.m. Gmuend


Sunday services at Herz-Marien-Kirche: Alternating weeks, 9:15 a.m. or 7 p.m. Thursday services at BRK Seniorenheim: 3 p.m. 1st Wednesday of every month. Friday services at Herz-Marien-Kirche: 6.30 p.m. during winter, 7 p.m. during summer. Goessenreuth Thursday services at Michaelskapelle: 7 p.m. during winter, 7.30 p.m. during summer. Huetten Sunday services at Josefs Kirche: Alternating weeks, 9:15 a.m. or 7 p.m. Thursday services at Josefs Kirche: 7 p.m. Saturday services at Josefs Kirche: 5 p.m.

Chaplain Crisis Line After duty hours, please call: MP STATION CIV 09662-83-2490 or 09662-83-3397 / DSN 476-2490 or 476-3397. USAG-Grafenwoehr IOC CIV 09641-83-7226 / DSN 475-7226. CHAPLAIN CRISIS LINE CIV 0162-296-0838. During business hours: Main Post Chapel: DSN 475-1570, CIV 09641-83-1570. Rose Barracks Chapel: DSN 476-1570, CIV 09662-83-1570.

Adult Education / Training Scholarship opportunity for 2CR Soldiers and families By 31 May: Any 2CR Soldier, spouse, children or grandchildren enrolled in college for the 2013-2014 academic year can win up to $2,000 in scholarship money. Head to 2CR’s Facebook page for full details on how to apply.

East Camp & Rose Barracks Education Center consolidation By 29 March: The East Camp (Graf) Education Center will be consolidating with the Rose Barracks Education Center at the end of March. All services will continue at the expanded Rose Barracks Education Center, Bldg. 223. For your planning purposes, please note the final dates for specific services at the East Camp Education Center provided below: 27 Mar: Final day for proctored tests. An appointment is required. 29 Mar: Final day for Army Personnel Testing (DLAB, DLPT, AFCT, SIFT). An appointment is required. 29 Mar: Final day for Counseling Services and Out-processing. No appointment required. 29 Mar: Final day to meet with college representatives at East Camp. An appointment is recommended as some college representatives work part-time. *Evening and weekend college classes will continue on East Camp after the consolidation. *The Army Learning Center (Computer Lab) will remain open in Bldg 538, East Camp, after the consolidation For more information, call us at DSN 475-6786/6219, CIV 09641-83-6786/6219 or email. For testing appointments, please call DSN 475-6787, CIV 09641-83-6787.

FAST Class Through 29 Mar: Rose Barracks (Vilseck) Education Center, Bldg. 223, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Functional Academic Skills Training (FAST) provides Soldiers with instruction in reading, mathematics and language skills and is an excellent tool to prepare Soldiers to raise their GT score. This class is a 60-hour long course and is limited to twenty students. For more information please contact Rose Barracks Education Center at DSN 476-2653/3292 or East Camp Education Center at DSN 475-6219/6786.

National Testing Center (NTC) News While renovations continue at the Vilseck Education Center, University of Maryland University College - Europe's National Test Center (NTC) will temporarily be located in Rose Barracks Bldg.163D. The NTC only operates 20 hours per week and is open Mon-Fri 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The NTC offers computer-based national exams for college credit, including CLEP, DSST, Excelsior, GMAT, IT certifications, and many other professional certification exams. It is highly recommended that persons interested in testing contact the NTC at DSN 476-2462, CIV 09662-83-2462, or email Sarah Anderson to find out about availability and schedule an appointment.

University of Oklahoma The University of Oklahoma in Rose Barracks offers degree programs to military service members and civilians in an accelerated format that meets the demands of the working adult. The university offers both Master of Arts with an emphasis in International Relations and a Master of Human Relations. The following course is open for enrollment on-site in Rose Barracks: 16-21 April, PSC 5550-225, Problems in International Relations: Inter-American Politics. We are


currently enrolling new students. Call Carla Miller at DSN 476-2069, CIV 09662-83-2069 or email her. Further information can be found at www.goou.ou.edu.

University of Phoenix University of Phoenix is honored to serve military service members stationed in Europe by offering both MBA and Master of Arts in Education degree programs at several on-base locations near you. Classes meet one night a week. If you’re interested in developing managerial skills necessary to be effective in a rapid changing environment than the MBA program is for you. Face to face classes are one night a week in Vilseck from 5:30-9:30pm. Get started today by visiting www.phoenix.edu/militaryeurope or by calling, Fe Gehrels at DSN 475-6712 or CIV 09641-83-6712.

School News School registration 3-5 April: Parents can register their kids for the SY 2013-2014 at GES, VES, NES, NMS and VHS from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. each day. VHS and NMS will be at GES on 4 April from 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Contact your school for more details or for the required documents for registration. Or, look at the Netzaberg Middle School section of the Newsletter for the list.

Delayed Entry Program Attention High School Seniors, Class of 2013. Get in touch with us to discuss your future plans after High School. You are able to enlist now into the Delayed Entry Program (DEP) and lock down your training seats and other enlistment options for next summer. US Army Active or Reserve. Contact us by email or call DSN 475-9208, CIV 09641-83-9208.

Grafenwoehr Elementary School 29 March: STAR assembly at 1:35 p.m. 2-3 April: Spring Photos information and packets will be sent home with your child 3-5 April: Registration for SY 2013-2014 4 April: End of 3rd quarter 5 April: NO SCHOOL for students. Teacher work day 6-14 April: Spring Break 15 April: First day back from spring break 15 April: Begin 4th quarter 17 April: Honor Roll assembly for grades 4th & 5th at 1:45 p.m. 18 April: Pastries for Patriots 19 April: Parent Teacher Conferences – NO SCHOOL for students 24 April: Science Fair 3 May: STAR assembly at 1:35 p.m. Month of the Military Child Contest: GES is sponsoring an essay and poster contest for April. This year’s themes are “How my Family Supports the Military” and “Life as a Military Child.” Deadline for all entries is 17 April. Winners will be announced at the STAR Assembly on 3 May. Contact either Angie Hood or Lora Mehrer guidelines. Entries will be displayed at the school on 18 April from 8:30-9:30 a.m. Bus Office: If you have questions regarding bus transportation for your student, please contact Mr. Jimmy Avery or Mr. James Moss at the SBO office; CIV 09645-917-9254 DSN 472-9254. Attendance: If your student is going to be absent or late, please email us at our attendance email: GrafES.Attendance@eu.dodea.edu OR you may call us at: DSN 475-7133 / 6132, CIV 09641-83-7133 / 6132 by 9:00 a.m. Box Tops: Please don’t forget to keep bringing in your Box Tops to our PTSA. PCSing soon?: Please contact our registrar for the last day notice paperwork. DSN 475-6132, CIV 09641-83-6132. Please remember if you wish to hand carry records to your child’s new school we will need 5 working days notice along with the last day notice. School Office Hours School Hours Important Phone Numbers Mon.‑ Fri. 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.‑ Fri. 8:15 a.m.‑2:35 p.m. DSN 475‑7133, CIV 09641‑837133


Vilseck Elementary School Yearbooks are now on sale for $30. Checks can be made out to VES. Place order form, cash or check in an envelope and give to homeroom teacher or at the front office. Please don’t forget to keep bringing in your Box Tops to our PTSA. Through 28 March: Red Hot Readers Month. Vilseck Elementary School has numerous activities throughout the month to promote reading both at home and at school.

27 March: Family Library Night. Parents with their child, may check out materials, take reading tests, work on homework or sit and read. 4-6 p.m. 28 March: Final Red Hot Reading Assembly 8:40-10:15 a.m. There will be a “Cheer Reader” team perform, award medallions to students for meeting reading criteria, and watch the principal meet his school challenge. (This is always something wacky and fun he does when the school meets a total reading goal.) If you would like any more information about any of our events, please feel free to call the school office at 09662-83-2812 or DSN: 476-2812. You may contact me at: gretchen.wall@eu.dodea.edu.

2 April: Field Trip to the Commissary. Ms. Gunn and Mr. Hockman’s gr. 4 classes. 12:30-1:45 p.m. 3 April: Family Library Night. Parents with their child, may check out materials, take reading tests, work on homework or sit and read. 4-6 p.m. 3-5 April: Student registration takes place for school year 2013-2014. 4 April: End of 3rd quarter. 5 April: Teacher work day. No school for students. 8-12 April: Spring Break. Students return to school on Monday, April 15. 16 April: Awards Ceremony for 4th and 5th grades in the gym starting at 9:30 a.m. 18 April: Dining At the Ritz in the Annex starting at 11:30 a.m. Invitations will be sent with students. 19 April: Parent Conferences will be scheduled for morning sessions and walk-ins occur in the afternoon. 16 May: Early Withdrawal from VES. Students must be in school this day to accelerate with approved PCS orders. 23 May: The VES 3rd Annual Feet for Freedom 3K Fun Run/ Walk will be held at 9:00 am. All are welcome to come and join us at Vilseck Elementary School for fun and fitness! For more information, contact Jeannette Maitner at jeannette.maitner@eu.dodea.edu or DSN 476-2812. CIV 09662-83-2812. We hope to see you there! Child Find: What is child-find screening? Preschool Child Find is a developmental screening for children ages 3-5 identifying children with developmental delays or other special education needs. For children under age 3 please contact EDIS at 09662-83-3221. What is the process? A Child Find team made up of the preschool special needs service provider, speech and language pathologists and the occupational therapist screen the children for developmental delays. These free screenings take place monthly. How does it work? Parent submits the Child Find questionnaire (which they can pick up in the office or find on the school website); they are set up with an appointment for the screening. When they come in for the screening the child must first pass a vision and hearing screen by our school nurse. Then they are screened by the team. If the child is suspected of having any delays the team will refer them for further formal evaluation. Why is it important? When learning challenges are identified at a young age, early intervention can help the child with learning tasks. If parents are interested, what do they need to do? They can go to the school’s website and find the link for Child Find. Under that link is a questionnaire they need to fill out and email back to the email address provided on the form. Someone will be in contact with them within 48 hours. If they do not hear back please contact the school at 09662 832812 and let them know what happened. (Just in case the email was rejected as SPAM) Audrey Reader Preschool Services for Children with Disabilities VES Teacher/Provider Attendance E-Mail It is the responsibility of the parent or guardian to notify the school when their child will be absent. If your child will be absent, please call DSN 476-2973 or 09662-83-2973. You can also e-mail the attendance clerk. Free, Online Tutoring All U.S. military families can receive free online tutoring, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Go to http://www.tutor.com/military for more information.

VES Vision: Vilseck Expects Success Continuous School Progress Goals: Goal 1: By 2016 all students will improve competency with numbers and operations as measured by increased performance on assessments. Goal 2: By 2016 all students will demonstrate improved reading comprehension through written and oral communication as measured by increased performance on assessments. School Office Hours School Hours Mon.‑Fri. 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.‑Fri. 8:25 a.m.‑2:35 p.m.

Important Phone Numbers CIV 09662‑83-2812 / 2673, DSN 476���2812/2673


Netzaberg Elementary School Through 28 March: Talent Show auditions. Library. 2:45-4:30 p.m.. 4 April: 3rd Grade Think Aloud with Parents. In classrooms. 10:30-11 a.m. 4 April: End of 3rd Quarter. 5 April: NO SCHOOL for students. Teacher work day. 8-12 April: Spring Break. 15 April: Instruction resumes. Begin 4th Quarter. 19 April: Parent Teacher Conferences – No school for students. 9 May: Talent Show. MPR. 6 p.m. 27 May: NO SCHOOL. Memorial Day. Position openings: NES has employment opportunities for the 2013-2014SY. Click here or call the school for more. PCSing soon?: Please contact Wendy Streeter -- wendy.streeter@eu.dodea.edu, DSN 472-9185, CIV 09645-917-9185 - so she may assist you with transferring your children’s records to their new school. Yearbook Sale: Yearbooks are on sale right now for $25. Re-registration for 2013/2014: Re-Registration for School Year 2013-2014 is 2- 5 April. Please complete the registration packet you will receive at your CMR and bring it to the school, with any necessary documents requested. P.E.: Mr. Gray, our P.E. teacher, is asking for old sport shoe donations of all sizes. Many kids forget their sport shoes and this way Mr. Gray can loan them a pair for class. All sizes welcome. Library: Our school librarian, Dinah Tague, would love volunteers to help out in the library. She needs people willing to wash books, straighten shelves, label books, take pictures, and create bulletin boards. Homework Club: For 3rd-5th grade on Tue and Thu, 2:45-3:45 p.m. in room E2.122 with Ms. Hampton. Attendance: If your student is going will be late or absent, please email us at our new email address OR call 09645-9179184/9183, DSN 472-9184/9183 by 8:30 a.m. Bus Office: If you have questions regarding bus transportation for your student, please contact Mr. Jimmy Avery or Mr. James Moss at the SBO office; CIV 09645-917-9254 DSN 472-9254. Child Find: Do you have questions about your child’s development (ages 3-5 years)? For further information on Child Find developmental screenings at Netzaberg Elementary School, please call CIV 09645-917-9185 or DSN 4729185. Check us out on Facebook here. School Office Hours School Hours Mon.- Fri. 7:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Mon.- Fri. 8:00 a.m.-.2:35 p.m.

Important Phone Numbers CIV 09645-917-9185/4 DSN 472-9184

Netzaberg Middle School Through 29 March: School-wide Anti-Bullying Scavenger Hunt 27 March: NMS March Into Spring and MIOSM Concert, 5:45 - 7:30 p.m. 28 March: Math Counts Competition in Wiesbaden 29 March: District Superintendent, Dr. Dunham Meets with NMS Parents, 9:30-10 a.m. 2-5 April: Registration Dates for SY 13-14 3 Apr: NMS representatives at VES, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. 3 April: SILT Meeting, 3 p.m. - Parents are welcome 4 Apr: NMS representatives at GES, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. 4 April: Last Day of 3rd Qtr 5 Apr: VHS representatives at NMS, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. 5 April: No School for Students - Teacher Work Day 6-14 April: No School - Spring Break 20 Apr: Month of the Military Child Activities, 8-11 a.m. 26 Apr: Class of 2017’s Bingo, 4-8 p.m. 10 May: Asian-Pacific Heritage Month Assembly Program, 1:30-2:15 p.m. Registration Requirements: PLEASE BRING THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTS TO REGISTRATION *SPECIAL NOTE: All upcoming 6th graders and 9th graders are considered NEW students. All items below, except previous school records, will be required.  Sponsor’s Orders listing child’s name as a dependent and current DEROS  Sponsor’s I.D. (Civilians and Contractors)  Computerized Immunization Admin. Record (2766C)  Student’s Birth Certificate (mandatory for Kindergarten & First grade)  Name and Phone Number of 2 Emergency Contacts (mandatory)  Name, Address and Phone Number of a Permanent US Contact  Previous School Records/Previous School Contact Information (New Students)


POCs: Mrs. Ferdinand-Bessant at DSN 472-9233, CIV 09645-317-9233 or Mr. Valenzuela at DSN 472-9228, CIV 09645317-9228. Are you PCSing soon? Please give Mrs. Ferdinand-Bessant a call at DSN 472-9233, CIV 09645-317-9233 so that she can assist you with your transition. Student Drop-Off: Parents, please remember that you must come in with your child when dropping them off after a doctor’s appointment or if they are tardy. Your child must be signed in on the clipboard in the front office before an admit slip will be given. This policy is a secondary means of accountability for both the office and you and your student. Art Club: Art Club has begun! We will meet once a month, right after school till 4:30 p.m., to create a new work of art. Future meeting dates are: 6 Mar, 3 Apr and 1 May. Students can sign up for one or all of the art club meetings; see Ms. Geraghty for more information. Attendance: If your student will be late or absent, you must call the office NLT 9 a.m. The number for the office is DSN 472-9229, CIV 09645-9179229 or you may email. Bus Office: If you have questions regarding bus transportation for your student, please contact Mr. Jimmy Avery or Mr. James Moss at the SBO office; DSN 472-9254, CIV 09645-917-9254 Find us on Facebook: Like our page and you will always have access to the most update information about your student’s school. We will also be able to upload photos from the various activities. Parent Volunteers: If you are interested in volunteering for the PTSA or other school committees, please contact the school. We welcome your support. POC: Email Tiffany. School Office Hours Mon - Fri 7:30 a.m.–4 p.m.

School Hours Mon-Fri 7:55 a.m.-2:40 p.m.

Important Phone Numbers CIV 09645-917-9232/9233/9229 DSN 472-9232

Vilseck High School 30 March: AWAY Soccer Games @ K-Town 30 March: HOME Baseball/Softball Games v. Ansbach 30 March: HOME Track Meet 4 April: AWAY Soccer Games @ Hohenfels, Girls Only 4 April: End of 3rd Quarter 5 April: NO SCHOOL – Teacher Workday 8 – 14 April: NO SCHOOL – Spring Break After-School Tutoring VHS students can receive free tutoring for Language Arts, every Monday and Thursday, in room A-230. Tutoring for all subjects is available every Tuesday and Thursday, in room A-232. Students do not have to sign up ahead of time, and activity-bus passes are available. Tutoring for all sessions is 3:15- 5:15 p.m. Free, Online Tutoring All U.S. military families can receive free online tutoring, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Go to http://www.tutor.com/military for more information. VHS Facebook Page Vilseck High School updates and pictures are always available at our Facebook page. Volunteers Needed Would you be interested in tutoring, coaching, being a mentor or classroom helper, or pitching in at the school store? If so, please send an e-mail to Danielle Massey, or call DSN 476-2864 or 09662-83-2864. Attendance E-Mail It is the responsibility of the parent or guardian to notify the school when their child will be absent. If your child will be absent, please call DSN 476-2573 or 09662-83-2573. You can also e-mail the attendance clerk. Free, Online Tutoring All U.S. military families can receive free online tutoring, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Go to http://www.tutor.com/military for more information. The VHS Mission: To provide an exemplary education that inspires and prepares all students for success in a dynamic, global environment. The VHS Vision: Falcons S.O.A.R. (Success, Opportunity, Achievement, Respect) School Office Hours School Hours Important Phone Numbers Mon.‑Fri. 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Mon.‑Fri. 8:10 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. CIV 09662‑832864 / Fax 09662-832480 DSN 476‑2864

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Flea markets Every Sat., 6 a.m. - 4 p.m., in 93059 Regensburg inside the building at Am Protzenweiher 27, ph 0941-82-933. The market will not take place on German holidays. Every second Sat. of the month: 6 a.m. - 3 p.m.: in 90443 Nuremburg, Großparkplatz (large car park) on Gugelstraße, corner Humboldtstraße.


Every third Sat. of the month: 7 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. in 92224 Amberg, Kaufland-Parkplatz, An den Franzosenaeckern Every third Sun. of the month: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Trödel- & Jahrmarkt in 93073 Neutraubling (next to Regensburg), at the "Globus" DITY store, Pommernstraße 4.

Upcoming Bavarian Ski Club trips Come join the Bavarian Ski Club for skiing and snowboarding in the Alps. Visit our website or send us an email at for more information. We meet on the first and third Tuesday each month at the Alte Post in Freihung at 6 p.m. Come join us for free pizza and to learn more about the club.

Passion Play Through 29 March: in 95478 Kemnath, at the Mehrzweckhalle (community hall), Badstraße 12 (adjacent to the school, ca. 20 km / 12.5 miles north of Grafenwöhr). Parking is available around the building. After a 200-year hiatus, the Passion play in Kemnath was reinstated in 1983. Since then, the play is put on every 5 years. It follows the script from 1731, probably written by a monk of the former Franciscan monastery in Kemnath. In the past, the play was the highlight of the Holy Week. It was stopped by decree as the Volksfest-like atmosphere around the play didn't please the authorities. It is thanks to around 140 actors, nearly 100 singer, 14 musicians and 10 assistants working behind the scenes that this play can go ahead every 5 years. Click here for some photos from previous plays. Tickets can be purchased online (only German but the dates and start times are easy to understand).

Community Family Easter Egg Hunt 30 March: At Divines Kitchen (by Mega Play) Am Waldbad, 3, Grafenwoehr. Free food and fun games. Noon- 2 p.m. Sponsored by Radiant Star Ch. 46 and Rising Sun Lodge 84.

Easter Market Through 1 April: in 90403 Nürnberg, on Hauptmarkt. Opening hours: Monday - Saturday 9:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. Sunday and Easter Monday 10:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. Closed on Karfreitag (Good Friday.)

Have a Fish Dish Culinary Weeks Through 12 April: in 92237 Sulzbach-Rosenberg (ca. 20 km / 12.5 miles south of Vilseck). Click here for car parks closest to the historic Altstadt. These participating restaurants (only GE) will offer delicious dishes, each with a different focus: Hotel-Gasthof "Zum Bartl ", Glückaufstraße 2, ph 09661-876-150 (link only in German). Hotel-Restaurant "Bayerischer Hof ", Luitpoldplatz 17, ph 09661-876-010 (link in English). Ristorante "Imperatore ", Rosenberger Straße 22, ph 09661-3755 (link only in German). Hotel-Restaurant "Am Sportpark ", Schießstätte 29, ph 09661-52-111 (link only in German). Hotel-Gasthof "Am Forsthof ", Forsthof 8, ph 09661-87-570 (link only in German) Hotel-Gasthof "Zum Wulfen ", Neukirchner Weg 1, ph 09661-87-150 (link only in German). Brauerei-Gasthof und Flair-Hotel "Sperber-Bräu ", Rosenberger Straße 14, ph 09661-87-090 (link only in German). Landhotel "Neukirchner Hof ", in 92259 Neukirchen, Hauptstraße 4, ph 09663-91-410 (link only in German). Hotel-Gasthof "Café zur Post ", in 92281 Königstein, Marktplatz 2, ph 09665-91-550 (link only in German).

Art Exhibition of the Kunstkreis Jura Through 25 April: in 92318 Neumarkt at the bank "Raiffeisenbank", Untere Marktstraße 11, ph 09181-2330 (ca. 45 km / 28 miles west of Hohenfels). You can visit during the bank's regular opening hours.

Silent Days 28-30 March: Please be aware that the three days before Easter Sunday are strict silent days. ALL music is prohibited in all public locations where drinks of any kind are served.


Stores closed on Good Friday 29 March: Today is Good Friday, a German holiday. All German stores and authorities off-post are closed, as are all on-post facilities (non-food) with a predominantly local national workforce.

Easter Fountain Fest 30 March - 1 April: in 92237 Sulzbach-Rosenberg, at the fountain "Mutter-Kind-Brunnen", Rosenberger Straße corner Theodor-Heuss-Straße (opposite the Rewe and BayWa stores, ca. 20 km / 12.5 miles south of Vilseck). The Easter fountain will be decorated, and you can watch while having a snack and listening to the music - or participate! An inflatable jumping castle will be put up for the children.

Spring Volksfest in Bayrueth 30 March - 7 April: in 95448 Bayreuth, Volksfestplatz, Friedrich-Ebert-Straße. Two fest tents, around 50 rides, fireworks, a family day, a "Miss Volksfest" pageant, a boxing event and lots of activities make this Volksfest (only GE) a great attraction for the whole family.

Spring Volksfest in Nuremberg 30 March -14 April: in 90471 Nürnberg, Volkspark Dutzendteich, Bayernstraße. Nürnberg is hosting the largest Volksfest in northern Bavaria! At the Frühlingsfest (program, only GE), you'll find loads of entertainment for the young and still-young! And plenty of Franconian and Bavarian delicacies and beverages in the stalls and beer tents. There is also a "Rock House Tent", a "Frankendorf" and the "Altes Brathaus". Mon., Tue., Thu.: 2 - 11 p.m., Wed. (family day): 1 - 11 p.m., Fri.: 2 p.m. - midnight., Sat.: 1 p.m. - midnight., Sun.: 10:30 a.m. - 11 p.m. On the last day: 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.

Market Crier in Amberg 30 & 31 March: on Dultplatz, Bruno-Hofer-Straße. The famous market criers from Hamburg will try to sell their goods by shouting louder than their neighbouring vendors. They sell fish, fresh noodles, cheese, German Wurst, cakes and flowers. There will be prepared food too, like Fischsemmeln and crepes. Sat 9 a.m. - 8 p.m., Sun 11 a.m. -8 p.m. Click for a map of suggested car parks.

Second cut-off registration for Regensburg Marathon 31 March: Second cut-off for registering for the Regensburg Marathon. The actual marathon will take place on 12 May, 8:30 a.m., in Regensburg. Click here for all pertinent information in English, and here to register (also in English). You can register for a full marathon, a half-marathon, or a quarter-marathon. 40 Euros (full) / 28 Euros (half) / 17 Euros (quarter).

Medieval Games for Children 5 April: in 92249 Vilseck, at the Burg Dagestein castle, Schlossgasse 6-10; Zehentkasten (tithe barn). Here, children can (re-)learn creative and engaging games as they were played centuries ago, under the guidance of two trained caretakers. 2-4 p.m. Please park on Marktplatz and walk the short distance to the castle.

Vinyl and CD Market 6 April: 10 a.m., in 90478 Nürnberg, at the Meistersingerhalle, Münchener Straße 21, ph 0911-231-8000. Due to the difficult parking situation, it is highly recommended you take the train into Nürnberg. Are you looking for a rare vinyl? Or even a CD? They sell vinyls, CDs and even shellac records that are hard to find. In addition, you can find posters, t-shirts, literature and more. Admission is 3.50 euros.

Kart Racing: NAVC Weiss-Blau Kart Trophy Competition 6 & 7 April: at the Kart Racing Track "Raceland" in 92442 Wackersdorf, at Industriestraße 8, ph 09431-75520 (ca. 45 km / 28 miles north of Regensburg). The first race in the Weiss-Blau Trophy Competition, and the final are traditionally held in in Wackersdorf. The actual timed race is held on Sun. The racetrack is normally open Mon - Thu, 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.; Fri 11 a.m. - midnight; Sat 9 a.m. - midnight; Sun and German holidays 9 a.m. - 10 p.m. Please be aware that these karts generate a lot of noise, best take along some hearing protection, especially if you are bringing your kids.

Charity soccer game in Weiden 7 April: 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., in 92637 Weiden, at the Mehrzweckhalle, Am Langen Steg 17 (where the flea markets take


place, near the hospital). Not only can you enjoy a good game of soccer, there is also much entertainment for everyone as well as booths selling food and drinks. All donations will go towards an organization ("Dornrose") supporting victims of sexual abuse.

Street Market and Open Stores in Sulzbach-Rosenberg 7 April: in 92237 Sulzbach-Rosenberg (ca. 20 km / 12.5 miles south of Vilseck). Stores will open 1 - 5 p.m. Click here for car parks closest to the historic Altstadt.

Garden Fair 12 - 14 April: in 96052 Bamberg, on Böhmerwiese in the historic city center, Heiliggrabstraße 57. This large outdoor garden fair (only GE) is a colourful, lively market where you not only find everything for your garden, you can also buy accessories for your house, gardening tools, furniture, artefacts and jewellery. Fri 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sat & Sun, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. A free shuttle bus will take you from the P+R car park "Breitenau" to the "Ottokirche" stop near the market.

Pub Festival 13 April: 8 p.m., in 92318 Neumarkt, at various pubs and locations (ca. 45 km / 28 miles west of Hohenfels). Pay once, travel from pub to pub listening to Soul, Funk, Reggae, Salsa, Rock, Folk, Blues and Rock´n´Roll. Tickets will be available around two weeks before the event from the Tourist Info, ph 09181-255-125. Tickets cost 8 euros in advance, or 10 euros at any one of the participating pubs. A free shuttle bus will circle every 15 minutes between the locations.

Maximum Rock Night Every first Saturday of the month: in 90441 Nuremberg, at the Hirsch, Vogelweiherstraße 66, ph 0911-429-414. Two DJs will rock the "Hirsch". Every party offers special surprises and different music styles on the second floor. Admission is only 6 Euros per person.

Fresh Produce/ Farmers’ Markets Note: If any of the listed days is a German holiday, the markets are usually held the day prior. In 92224 Amberg: every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m., on the Marktplatz. In 91522 Ansbach: every Wednesday and Saturday 8 a.m.-1 p.m., on Martin-Luther-Platz. ***In addition to the regular fresh produce markets, local farmers offer their fresh goods every first and third Saturday of the month at the farmers market on Johann-Sebastian-Bach-Platz (same opening hours). Great opportunity to buy seasonal produce as fresh as it gets. In Bamberg: Monday thru Saturday, 7 a.m.-6 p.m., on Maxplatz. Closed on Sundays and German holidays. In Neumarkt: every Thursday and Saturday, in Untere Marktstraße. Thursday 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.-1 p.m. In Parsberg: every Wednesday and Friday on Stadtplatz. Wednesday 7 a.m.-midday, Friday 2-6 p.m. In Regensburg: every Saturday 7 a.m.-1 p.m., at the Donaumarkt (right next to the Eiserne Brücke / Iron Bridge). Closest car park is Unterer Wöhrd (and a short walk across Eiserne Brücke), or Dultplatz and Oberer Wöhrd (walk across the Steinerne Brücke / Stone Bridge and turn left). In 92637 Weiden: every Wednesday and Saturday 7 a.m. -12:30 p.m., Oberer and Unterer Markt / all around the Altes Rathaus (historic city hall, pedestrian zone). In 97070 Würzburg: Monday thru Saturday, 7 a.m.-1 p.m., on Rathausplatz. Closed on Sundays and German holidays.

Guided Tours *New* Segway Tours The latest craze is guided tours through a city on a Segway. Various cities and locations offer those already; some regularly, some only on special occasions. These cities offer regular tours in German - contact them to see if they will do tours in English: Bamberg: ph 0911-933-250 or 09133-768-7819; Garmisch-Partenkirchen: ph 0173-4444-948; Munich: These groups lead tours in English. Segway Tour Munich and City Segway Tours; Nürnberg: 0911-933-250 or 09133768-7819; Regensburg: Segway Tour Regensburg. Most large cities now offer Segway tours, for example Mindways Segway City Tours (in EN) has routes in Berlin, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Köln, Lübeck, and Travemünde. 1 p.m. daily: Walking Tours of Nürnberg in English Nuremberg was once an imperial residence, powerful free imperial city and international trading center. The prosperous city provided the ideal basis for an active cultural and intellectual life and the arts: Even today numerous buildings, monuments and artworks still reflect its former importance. The guided tour through the Old Town offers information and insights on the castle, the fountains and wells, churches and art as well as the city itself past and present.


Meeting point: Tourist Office at the Main Market Square (Hauptmarkt). Duration: approx. 2 ½ hrs. Price: 9 Euros per person, plus price of admission to castle (2 Euros pp). Children under 14 free in the company of their parents. 2 p.m. daily: Guided Tour of 91541 Rothenburg in English, of the most important sights in the historical district Meeting point: Market Square. Duration: 90 minutes. Fee: 6 Euros per person, payable cash to the tour guide 7 p.m. daily: Guided Tour in English of 91541 Rothenburg, with "The Executioner". Meet on Marktplatz, no prior booking required. The tours take place every day and cost 7 Euros per person. There are tours in German which start at 6 p.m., and also in English, starting at 7 p.m. If you click in the link and scroll down, you can watch a 5-minute promo clip for the executioner's tour (in English but with a lovely Franconian accent). The clip shows some interesting hidden places that you normally don't get to see. Every Wed. and Sat: 1:30 p.m.: Guided Tour of Regensburg, in English - "Experience a Historical City" In the course of this individually accented tour you get to know the Old City, with its patrician towered houses, the cathedral, the Old City Hall (all from the outside), the Stone Bridge and the Porta Praetoria. Our well-versed guides will be glad to answer any special questions you have, based on your own personal interests. Fees: Adults 8 Euros, Reduced 5 Euros , Families 12 Euros. Duration: 1.5 hours. Meeting point: Tourist-Information - Altes Rathaus, Rathausplatz, 93047 Regensburg, ph. 0941-507-4410. Closest free car parks are "Dultplatz" (Am Protzenweiher/ Oberpfalzbrücke); adjacent "Protzenweiher" (opposite Protzenweiher 27); neighbouring "Wöhrdstraße" (at Wöhrdstraße 18); and adjacent "Unterer Wöhrd" (Wöhrdstraße 60/62). There is also the "Donaumarkt" parking lot (Donaumarkt 1) which is "a walk across the bridge" closer than the "Wöhrdstraße" car park, but it's not free-of-charge, and it's blocked on Saturday mornings for the Regensburg produce market. From any of these car parks it's only a very short walk across one of the bridges. You can get a map of Regensburg's city center from the Tourist Info in the "Altes Rathaus" (old city hall) for free. Every Friday: 7 p.m. The Nuremberg Nightwatch Tour, in English - with the night watchwoman Re-live history through original, funny and exciting stories with the historian Dr. Ute Jaeger aka the night watchwoman. Discover the traditional parts of Nürnberg and enjoy its most beautiful sights! Meeting Point is the fountain "Schöner Brunnen", Am Hauptmarkt, 90403 Nürnberg (in the pedestrian zone). Fees are 9 Euros pp. Every Saturday: 1 p.m. Guided Tour of 97070 Würzburg in English Your stroll starts at the Falkenhaus (location of the Tourist Info, ph 0931-372-398) with its elaborate Rococo facade, followed by a visit to the Marienkapelle (St. Mary's Chapel) featuring sandstone sculptures by Tilman Riemenschneider. Other highlights include the historical town hall building and the Romanesque cathedral "St. Kilian". From the bridge Alte Mainbrücke, you can enjoy fantastic views of the fortress Marienberg, the pilgrimage church Käppele and the famous vineyards. Tour lasts around 1.5 hrs, tickets cost 6 Euros per adult. Between 7 May and 29 October, additional English tours are held every Friday at 1 p.m. Every Saturday: 2 p.m. Guided Tour in English of Albrecht Dürer's House in Nürnberg’s historical city center, AlbrechtDürer-Straße 39 (in the pedestrian zone). Admission is 5 Euros (normal), 2.50. Euros (reduced) Famous painter Albrecht Dürer lived in Nürnberg (1471 – 1528) – you might know him best for his “Praying Hands” –, and his original residence in Nürnberg’s pretty city center has been converted to a museum. Every Saturday, an actress in historical gowns offers guided tours of the house in English, telling its history from the viewpoint of Dürer's wife Agnes. Every Saturday: 3 p.m. Guided Tour in English of the Church of St. Jacob's in 91541 Rothenburg. A public and free tour in English of the famous StJakobs-Kirche (church). You only pay the entrance fee for the church: 2 Euros for adults; 0.50 Euros for students, pupils; groups from 10 person: 1.50 Euros. No reservation necessary! Duration: ca. 45 minutes. Meeting Point: front row inside the church. Every Saturday: 8 p.m. Guided Tour in English with the Night-Watchman in 91541 Rothenburg on Marktplatz = Market Place. Take a walk back in time with the Night-watchman through the romantically-lit streets of Rothenburg. Meeting point is on Market Square, the tour lasts about 60 minutes. Fee is 7 Euros per person, payable in cash to the Night-watchman.

Useful links in English for everyday life in Germany Find German zip codes: German Post's website Find German phone numbers: Das Telefonbuch English Historic Germany: http://www.hhog.de/

Loads of information about Germany, language and customs: http://german.about.com/.

German-American Kontakt Club The Vilseck Kontakt Club meets every Friday at 7 p.m. for Stammtisch at the Club House, Rose Barracks Bldg. 301. Those interested in the Vilseck Club please register with Daniel Koenig or sign up with the Vilseck Kontakt Club at the website by filling out the Mitgliedsantrag (Member registration form). The Grafenwoehr Kontakt Club meets every Monday for bowling at the Grafenwoehr Bowling Center and every Wednesday for Stammtisch at the Clubhouse. For more on the Graf Club, call CIV DSN 475-7878, 09641-83-7878 or email.


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