Your locker team on the First Day of School – 19 August 2019
Back row (L/R) Jacqui Bespolka, Isabelle Cerden, Terrance Oldani and Cassandra Heidler
Front row (L/R): Buck Chisolm, Kristen Winkler, Anne Talbot and Veronica Strange

Updated on 25 February 2022 for processing of new 7th graders and first-time upperclassmen.

Still do not see the answer that you were seeking? Then feel free to drop us a note at: lockers@theverein.com

Q. My child did not hand in an ‘Application for Locker Use’ or our family was not members of the Verein before school started. Will my child be able to get a locker?

A. All incoming students will have a locker set aside for their use! This includes all current 6th graders who are transitioning to high school and all the new families who have been identified to us. As soon as any open items are cleared up (i.e. Application, Verein membership, and deposit) your student will receive their locker information. In the case that a student or two are not on our list, do not worry, each year we set aside an ample number of spare lockers to cover late arrivals.

Q. Our child is starting the 7th grade. When and how will they receive their locker assignment?

A. We are hoping to welcome our new 7th graders on Orientation Day, the last Friday before school starts (please see the school calendar). Due to Corona, we have had to alter these plans for the past two years. If this happens again, the lockers will be distributed in the classrooms during the first weeks of school. Please check the school website and your email as the date grows near. The exact dates will be communicated by the school.

In preparation for either situation, please ensure that your student has returned their Application for Locker Use and that your family is a member of the Verein by May 31st.

The EUR 10 deposit will be paid by the student to the Locker Committee either at Orientation Day or during the first week of school.

Q. Our student is new to JFK and is entering the 8th to 12th grade. What do we do to get them their locker?

A. We are hoping to welcome our new students (8-12th grade) on Orientation Day, the last Friday before school starts (please see the school calendar). Due to Corona, we have had to alter these plans the past two years. If this happens again, the lockers will be distributed during the first weeks of school. The Locker Committee usually has a table set up in the school for the first days of school. Please check the school website and your email as the date grows near. Exact dates will be communicated by the school.

In preparation of either situation, please ensure that your student has returned their Application for Locker Use and that your family is a member of the Verein at your earliest convenience. Best would be before the start of school. 

The EUR 10 deposit can be paid by your student to the Locker Committee either at Orientation Day or during the first week of school.

Q. We cannot attend Orientation Day. How does our student get their locker? 

A. The locker committee will have a presence in the high school the first few days of the new school year. 7th graders and New Students can come and visit our table in the high school; we are usually there from circa 8:00-13:00.

For all other students 8-12 grade who had a locker in the previous year, your locker number and combination will be given to you by your homeroom teacher or the Locker Committee on the first days of school. If there are any problems, then your student will receive a note telling them how to resolve the situation to receive their locker information. If there are any questions, students are welcome to come to visit us at our table.

After the first few days of school, your student can visit the American Vice-Principal, Erin Hale, who will manage the lockers for the balance of the school year.

Q. Why does my student need to pay a €10 fee when they are first assigned their locker?

A. This one-time deposit has two purposes: While our combination locks are very high quality, they do wear out. From the deposit, €5 is allocated for the replacement of locks. The other €5 will be refunded to the student upon graduation or permanently leaving JFKS.  

IMPORTANT: The lock deposit should only be given to a representative of the Locker Committee. Please DO NOT give this fee to your child’s homeroom teacher. Unfortunately, we cannot release a locker without receiving the deposit from the student. Students will receive a written receipt from us upon payment.



Q. Is it possible to have the membership fee in the Verein waived?

A. Families receiving social assistance (Berliner Pass) are eligible to have the Verein membership fees waived. Simply write us an email (lockers@theverein.com) and include a PDF of your paperwork from the relevant social agency. 

Assistance is also available for families who have a bit of financial strain at the moment and just need a little support. Please reach out to us or the Verein in general and we can help.

In all instances, your information will remain confidential.

Q. How can my student get assigned a top (or bottom) locker?

A. The assigned lockers change every year as the students progress through high school. When preparing for the new school year the initial assignment (top or bottom) is entirely random. 

Should your child have a medical condition that requires a specific locker, please provide a letter from your child’s orthopedic doctor. Letters can be submitted to: lockers@theverein.com

Q. You guys seem to be having so much fun! How can I volunteer to be on the Locker Committee?

A. We do have fun and lots of it!! Each year we have approximately 20 parents and 10 students who volunteer to assist. Parents are needed primarily on Orientation Day and the first few days of school. We also need parents in late June to assist in the final clean-out of the lockers.

Students can volunteer to help hang the locks throughout the school (early August). And on Orientation Day, we need ten upper-class students to help get the new 7th-grade class settled into their lockers.

To inquire about becoming a volunteer and earning the the honor of wearing “our stunningly beautiful locker team tee” drop Kristen a note at: lockers@theverein.com