PTO Corner April 17, 2022

Geist Elementary School

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IMPORTANT UPCOMING PTO DATES

Spring Flower Pick-Up - April 28th from 5:30-7:00pm in the GES parking lot

Elearning- April 29

Spring Social- April 29 from 6-8pm

Book Fair- May 9 to May 13

Earth Day Celebration- May 10

Bruster's Ice Cream Dine to Donate with Celebrity Scoopers. -May 11 from 4-8pm

PTO Board Meeting- May 12 @ 9:30/ GES Conference Room

Last Day to Order School Supply Kits- May 14

Field Day and Volunteer Luncheon- May 18

Last Day of School- May 20

Save the Date - Spring Social at Geist Elementary on April 29th Sponsored by Gorman & Bunch Orthodontics

Come out and learn how you can get involved with the PTO while also getting to know other Gator families! All current and incoming families are welcome. Please RSVP here: https://forms.gle/teDvsRUe7EYu8mtH6

Earth Day Celebration May 10

The end of the school year is quickly approaching, and with that comes the Earth Day celebration. GES hasn't had an Earth Day celebration since 2019, so for many families this will be a first. The kids will have some time to help beautify the school by planting flowers, complete an Earth Day craft or activity, have a snack, and enjoy an Earth Day themed presentation by a guest speaker. The class schedules are as follows:

8:00-8:50 2nd grade

9:00-9:50 Kindergarten

10:00-10:50 1st grade

11:10-12:00 4th grade

12:45-1:35 3rd grade

If you'd like to sign up to volunteer at the Earth Day celebration, please click here https://signup.com/go/UkqiiBq.

School Supply Kits for 2022-2023

It is already time to begin thinking about next school year! The PTO is excited to share the opportunity to support GES students and teachers with the purchase of a school supply kit. All the supplies have been carefully chosen by the grade level teachers and will be waiting for your child’s teacher by the first day of school.

You can also purchase additional classroom supplies, such as sanitizing wipes, hand sanitizer, Kleenex, and zip top bags that are not included in the kits but needed (and appreciated) as classroom supplies.

Go to www.shopttkits.com and type in the account number: 32455 to order your grade level kit and extra supplies! Ordering begins 4/11/2022 and ends on 5/14/2022.

Questions? Email Caroline Scott ccscott@hse.k12.in.us
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WE NEED YOUR HELP!

As families have moved on from GES, we have have some important committee roles to fill on the PTO. We can not do what we do without your help and these positions involve the biggest fundraising for the school.

We also have other committee positions available and a few open Board positions, you can sign up for any of our open positions by clicking here.

Gallop Event Coordinator in Training

Time Commitment: July-October; initial planning begins in July and things get busy in September. Less than 5 hours/week on average.


The Gator Gallop is our school’s biggest fundraiser. This is the last year that our Gator Gallop Chairman will be running the event and we are looking for a volunteer to learn about the event and train in the position to be able to run the Gator Gallop in future years.


The great thing about being a part of the Gator Gallop Committee is that you can give back to the school, but all during the first few months of school! Since the event takes place in the late summer/early fall all of the time commitment is at the beginning of the school year--and then you're done! It's a fun event for the kids AND the staff to be able to raise money for the school that they can use for the entire year.


The Gator Gallop co-chair will assist the main Gator Gallop chairman with the following:


  • Website development/coordination with vendor partner that manages Web site
  • Partnership with principal, PTO committee members and teachers to promote, plan and execute the event
  • Coordinate incentives for students to receive while fundraising
  • Work with PTO treasurers on donations, submitting to Web site and following up with families
  • Select spirit days for spirit week the week of Gator Gallop
  • Availability to be on-site all day the day of the event
  • HAVE FUN! The kids really love this day!

Fall Festival Coordinator and Co-Coordinator

Time Commitment: Planning for the Fall Festival begins at the beginning of school and concludes soon after the event in early November.


The Fall Festival is our largest school event of the year. This position and co-position will organize the Festival, plan organizational meetings with the Chairs of the Fall Festival committees and report back to the Board throughout the planning process. While event planning experience is not necessary, excellent communication and event management skills will be helpful. This position will have the support of the Board to answer any questions along the way.

Spring Flower Sale

Thank you to everyone who ordered flowers from our spring flower sale! Pick up will be in the Geist Elementary parking lot during the evening of Thursday April 28th from 5:30 - 7:00. The PTO will not be responsible for any flowers that are not picked up within the pickup window and leftover flowers will be donated to staff.
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Staff Appreciation Week is May 2- May 7

The first week of May is dedicated to showing our staff just how much we appreciate everything they do. Students can get involved all week long with daily acts of appreciation.


Sunday- Bring out your chalk from 4-5 and decorate the front and bus lot sidewalks to greet the staff with Monday morning

Monday- Flood the staff's emails with special memories or moments you've shared

Tuesday- Dress like your favorite staff member

Wednesday- Bring in a letter for a staff member of your choice

Thursday- Bring a school supply or book to replenish your classroom supply

Friday- Wear your gator gear to show your love to GES

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Book Fair May 9th to May 13th

GES library will host a Scholastic Book Fair May 9th to May 13th. Shopping days are as follows:


  • Monday-4th grade
  • Tuesday-1st grade
  • Wednesday-2nd grade
  • Thursday-3rd grade
  • Friday-Kindergarten


There will also be after-school shopping on Tuesday, May 10th from 2:30 to 4:30.

Calling all volunteers!! We will need cashier help each day. Look for class shopping time information coming soon at VolunteerSpot

Save the Date

Field Day 2022 will be Wednesday, May 18th! We need parent volunteers to help with this fun-filled day of outdoor games, relays and Kona Ice. As a reminder, volunteers must have a current safe visitor badge on file. Contact Kate Chillemi, Field Day Chair, at katechillemi@gmail.com with any questions.


Sessions:

8:05-9:05am 2nd Grade

9:20-10:20am 1st Grade & Kindergarten

10:35-11:35am 4th Grade

12:30-1:30pm 3rd grade


Sign up to volunteer via the Geist Elementary PTO signup page at https://signup.com/go/sqthZaV

2022-2023 PTO Board Slate

The proposed PTO Board for the 2022-2023 school year:


Angie Commorato/Amy Klus- Presidents

Andrea Stanley/Amy Hahaj- Vice Presidents

Ashley Clarkson/Melissa Gray- Treasures

Stephanie Nader/Sarah Pilli- Secretaries

Kimberly Mark- Member at Large


The board will be voted on at the volunteer luncheon on May 18. If you would like to be considered for a board position or have any questions or concerns about the proposed slate, please reach out to gesptopres@gmail.com.

Make sure you're using AmazonSmile when shopping!

November is here, and Amazon wants us to start thinking about holiday shopping. If you shop through AmazonSmile and have Geist Elementary School selected as your charity, then you can support us with no additional costs to you! It is even better and easier to turn on AmazonSmile in your Amazon app!


Step 1

Get the app

Step 2

Join AmazonSmile (Simply sign up and select GES as your charity.)

Step 3

Turn on AmazonSmile (Open the app and find "settings" in the main menu. Tap on "AmazonSmile" and follow the onscreen instructions to turn on AmazonSmile on your phone.)

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Friends of the Library

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Easy Ways to Support GES!

Do you shop at Amazon or Kroger? If so, there is an easy way to donate a portion or percentage of your purchases to Geist Elementary. Although the percentage may seem small, the total amount back to GES adds up significantly the more people that register! These rewards programs do not cost anything to sign-up and are easy to register by using the following steps:


Amazon: Anytime you make a purchase on Amazon, go to Amazon Smile to shop at www.smile.amazon.com. Choose Geist Elementary PTO, Inc as your supporting organization and GES will receive 0.5% of your total purchases.


Kroger: Register your Kroger Plus Card at www.Kroger.com/account/enrollCommunityRewardsNow. Then, sign into your Kroger account and link your card to GES’s organization number which is GU130. Then, shop and swipe your Kroger Plus Card at the checkout and GES will earn cash! We had about 140 registered cards last quarter and GES earned over $4400 last year!




Thank you for registering and giving back through these programs!

Soda Drinkers! This is for you!!

If you are a soda drinker, Coke Rewards can be used to benefit Geist PTO! When you make Coca-Cola purchases, you simply enter the product codes here: Coke Donations (or google Coca Cola Gives)and our school receives a donation.
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We need box tops! If you haven't already, please download the Box Top for Education app and start earning for Geist Elementary.

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