Geist Gazette

April 21, 2017

Principal's Message

Dear Geist Elementary families,

I can't believe that we are only five weeks away from the end of school. What an amazing year we have had!

In looking to next year, we were just recently notified by Ningbo China that our sister school will not be able to visit in August. They were not able to organize their paperwork in time to take to their government. Therefore they were not able to move forward with visas. We are going to continue our process of connecting with our sister school and plan for visits the following summer! I know we are all disappointed they won't be able to visit this year. Good things come to those who wait!

We have one additional week left in ISTEP testing. Results do not come out until the end of summer/start of next school year. We will keep you informed as to when the results arrive.

In just one week the nation will be celebrating Staff Appreciation week. This is such a wonderful time to allow your children to share with their teacher what their teacher means to them. We have an amazing and hard-working staff. Please know a short thank you note goes a long way in the life of an educator!

I hope the sun continues to shine brightly! Get out there and enjoy a nice long walk with your children!

Thank you for sharing your children with us each and every day!

Christi Thomas, Principal

GES Marketplace Charity Recipients

The following organizations will receive donations from Geist Elementary. The school will contribute $7,396.96 from the GES Marketplace activity. Thank you to everyone who supported the students in this endeavor!

Cooper Closet
Indy Paw
Make a Wish Foundation
Leukemia Lymphoma Society
Ronald McDonald House
Compassion International
Hamilton Co. Humane Society
Meals on Wheels of HC
HC Animal Rescue Shelter
Riley Hospital for Children
Peyton Manning Children's Hospital
Peyton Riekhof Foundation
St. Andrews Anglican Primary School

Spring NWEA Testing Windows

Grades K-2 is May 1-3

Grades 3-4 is May 8-10

iPad Return Process for the End of the Year

As a part of our preparation for the end of the school year we will begin to collect rental iPads starting Friday May 19th from our 3rd and 4th grade students. We will continue with K-2nd grade Monday May 22nd, and the final day for all grade levels to turn in any rental iPads will be Tuesday May 23rd. We will only be collecting iPads and cases and inspecting those for any damage; we will not be asking for the charging brick or cable back, please keep those for use with rental devices issued in the next school year. We ask that any personal Apple IDs set up on the device be logged out of iCloud and iTunes and for all lock codes to be removed before the date of return. Any iPads with personal accounts on them at the time of the return will not be collected and will be sent back home to have it removed. If you have any questions on how to remove your account please reach out to our IT specialist, Mandy Sanchez, at
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SchoolKidz Supply Kit Order Forms for students attending GES in 2017-2018. Orders due by May 3.

Your SchoolKidz order form was sent home this week. SchoolKidz is the school supply kit that is delivered to your child’s classroom for the first day of school. No running from store to store looking for the right supplies, it’s all done for you. The SchoolKidz supply list is chosen by the teachers so the kit contains the exact supplies needed for the classroom, plus a few shared supplies (Kleenex, baggies, wipes, etc…) for school wide use. Each grade level kit is $35. (Each kit is $35= $30 grade level supplies + $5 convenience fee which provides additional school wide shared supplies).

This year all orders will be placed online at (use account number 32455) until May 3. Please contact Sarah Tappendorf with any questions.

*This is a service provided by the GES PTO for students attending GES for 2017-2018.

Visiting Author - Troy Cummings

Author/illustrator Troy Cummings will be visiting Geist Elementary on May 4th. Each grade level will spend time with him discussing his work. Troy may be best known for his series of beginning chapter books called Notebook of Doom. Children will have an opportunity to pre-order one or more of Troy's book for autographing. Click here for the order form.

Scholastic Book Fair May 15-19

Friends of the Library

Thank you and congratulations to the April Friends of the Library members. Books have been donated by Allison A., Nolan C., Adam H., Brooklyn F., Morgan C., Connor G., Micah G., Ryan B., and Brandon B.
With the end of the school year fast approaching, the Friends of the Library club will not accept celebration book order forms after Monday, May 1st. We want to allow all of our friends to have plenty of time to enjoy their special book selection before summer break. Thank you to all the families that participated this year.

Kelly Pidcock
School Librarian

Library Cards and Enrollment information for 2017-2018

As students are being enrolled for the 2017-2018 school year, please check the box that allows children to use the Hamilton East Public Library databases. The child's student number then becomes the ID and password for accessing the databases and electronic books making logging in much easier.

Looking for a Mother's Day Gift?

Don't forget that Artsonia offers many options for Mother's Day gifts featuring your child's art! The deadline to order for Mother's Day is May 3. Visit or your child's account to see the options. As always, 30% of your purchase is given back to GES art.

GES Students Heading to Destination Imagination Finals this Weekend

Indiana Destination Imagination's Affiliate Finals will be held on April 22nd from 8am- 4pm at Fishers High School. Hamilton Southeastern has 22 DI teams from the elementary to high school level who will be competing in these state finals for the opportunity to move on to DI Global Finals in Knoxville, Tennessee over Labor Day weekend. Please plan to attend the competitions to learn more about Destination Imagination and the team-based problem solving skills that participants develop.

Please join us in supporting the following Geist Elementary students and wish them the best of luck on April 22nd as they compete to represent HSE at Indiana DI State Finals.

Charlie D, Gabe H, Andrew K, Revah M, Brayden P, Tate W, Elizabeth B, Delaney G, Paige G, Grant R.

Classroom Placements for 2017-2018

It is that time of the year where we will accept letters about class placements for next year. Please know that we do not accept teacher requests. You are welcome to share with us what characteristics you feel help your child be successful, however, notes or emails with teacher names are not referenced in the class placement process. Please direct all letters to Mr. Reynolds at

Need help?

If you and your family is in need of any assistance of any kind, please contact Mr. Reynolds at or 317-915-4260.

HSE Preschool of the Natural Sciences

Looking for information on the HSE Preschool Program? Click here.

Lunch Menus and Visitors

Click here to see what's being served in the café.

Click here for the food services website.

We love our lunch visitors! Please remember that we are unable to offer lunch to our visitors. You are welcome to bring your lunch; please no restaurant-packaged food.

HSE Nutrition Showcase May 9

PTO Updates the Staff Lounge

The GES staff sends a big THANK YOU to our fantastic PTO for updating the staff lounge. Some much-needed updates were added to the décor, along with a coffee machine and coffee, tea and hot chocolate pods, and a snack bin. Krista Rexroth, Christel Pardo and Kristi Perozzi developed a plan and with Amy Coombs worked hard a couple of afternoons to put it together. The Geist PTO does great things at our school for our students and staff. We appreciate the efforts and donations from all of our families!

Reminder to Sign Up for Geist Half Marathon with Geist Elementary

Get those running shoes ready to go!!! Break out your Geist Gators spirit wear! Please join our school group this May and run the Geist 5K. If you are interested, please follow the instructions below.

Go to

Click "Register Now"

Click the green "Tickets" tab

Click on the “Enter Promotional Code” in the upper right hand corner of the screen

Enter “SchoolProgram2017” as the program code

Please make sure you choose “School Program / Pay Now” Do not choose just School Program

Complete the registration form

If you have questions, please call or email. I hope to see a large group representing Geist.

Rod Sutherlin

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Movie Night at GES - Destination Imagination Fundraiser

Join us Friday April 28th for a showing of SING from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The event is sponsored by HSE Destination Imagination. Please complete the attached registration form and return it to school by Wednesday, April 26th. We can accept up to 225 registrations.

Click here for registration form.


The HSEHS Choral Department presents “Celebration” May 11th and 12th

Summer Sports Camp

Summer Sports Camp information is now available online. Here are the links:

HSE High School

Fishers High School

HSE HS Robotics Camps June 2017

2017 Knights Cheer Try Outs Information

HSE Fishers Youth LaCrosse Give Back Wednesdays

HSE Schools Community Bulletin Board

HSE Schools has created a Community Bulletin Board on its district website. This will serve as a central location to find information about activities and events promoted by organizations that serve our students and their families. This is where the Fishers Library, YMCA, S.P.O.R.T.S. and other groups' registration information will be located.

Parents can view the information at any time by visiting