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Volume 12: October 18, 2020

The Timeless Beauty of One

Dear GMA School Family,

The crunch of leaves under your feet, the brisk air touching your cheek, the little hand in yours… These are the moments before us, where the trees burst with true hue and invite us to stop and stare in wonder, to notice and linger a while longer.

We are all a part of this interconnected beauty unfolding gently before us, reminding us that we, too, are changing. Likewise, at GMA, we have changed quarters and the newness of the second nine weeks provides new opportunities for growth and development. The dynamics of having new friends on campus is refreshing and generates original perspectives and insight. We are still one school family, one community of learners, yet now differently connected.

Just as the autumn leaves are now unveiling their true colors, these past nine weeks, it has been pure joy witnessing the children reveal their inner personalities, styles, and passions. Their joy, carefree love and adventure, their curiosity and exploration with the world is innately there. And still, all of the students, so uniquely created, so profound and full of potential, are intricately connected with one another, just like the Montessori materials themselves.

As we head into fall break, please pause and notice. Revel in the joy and passion of your child. Celebrate the differences in one another and the strengths you bring when together as a family. Dr. Maria Montessori noticed. She saw, and she created. She continues to challenge each of us to celebrate the interconnectedness of it all, to be true to our own personal nature, to wake up to the beauty before us and enjoy each precious moment; all one, yet many; all different, but equal, the timeless beauty of one!

As always, thank you for your partnership~ wishing you and your loved ones a wonderful fall break!


Cindy Schuler

Executive Director

Geist Montessori Academy

(317) 813-4626

Of all things, love is the most potent.

-Maria Montessori

Habitats and learning habits emerge! Empowering students' curiosity and creativity with research

Dates to remember

Upcoming Events

10/19-10/21 eLearning Days

10/20 School Board Meeting, 5:30 p.m.; PTO 6:30 p.m.

10/22-23 Fall Break, Wonder and Wander

10/30 Dictionary Day, Words Come Alive

11/11 Veterans Day

11/17 PTO Meeting, 6:30 p.m.

11/25-27 Thanksgiving Break

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sunshine spreaders!

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Spreading joy and kindness this week:

Cooper Neumann

Kaylin Durham

Asher Lemieux

Liam Fluke

Recipient not pictured: Emery Tembe

Whole Child Development

Words Come Alive 10/30: Dictionary Day

Dictionary Day

Dictionary Day is held in honor of Noah Webster, the man who is considered to have fathered the American Dictionary. It is typically celebrated October 16, but GMA will be celebrating words on 10/30.

Dictionary Day encourages students to improve the way they speak and write by enhancing and expanding their vocabulary. Friday, October 30, vocabulary words will come alive, as students dress as a word. Each class will partner with another class to share their words, parts of speech, definitions, and the words used in a sentence. We can't wait to see the words come alive!

Ahhhh~ a good book!

Notes from the NUrse

Fall Break Travel Guidance from Nurse April

Wishing everyone a much deserved and safe fall break! Here are some guidelines to follow from the Indiana Department of Health and CDC if you plan to travel over the break:

While getting gas, use disinfecting wipes on handles and buttons on the pumps.

In hotels, limit contact and ask hotel’s prevention practices.

When stopping for food, pack or use drive thru, delivery, or carry out services.

Do not travel if you are sick or have been around someone with COVID-19 in the past 14 past 14 days.

Please continue the same precautions we have all been practicing at home and school: wear a mask, distance 6 feet apart, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer, avoid contact with anyone who is sick and avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

Before traveling please check the cases from the last seven days in the states you will be traveling through using this site from the CDC:

For further travel recommendations please see the CDC guidelines here:

Safe Travels and Happy Fall Break from Nurse April!

We're Being the Best that we can be! BTBTYCB!

Rising Student Leaders

With the fresh new nine weeks, we began new procedures at GMA. Student leaders from each classroom are invited down to the office each morning to help raise the flag, say the Pledge of Allegiance, and share a favorite Montessori or other beloved quote. It has been inspiring hearing their nuggets of wisdom to start the day!

We loved meeting with you at Parent Teacher Conferences!

We are so very grateful for ALL of you!

Thank you for your dedication and support of learning during this past quarter. Student achievement and whole child development is flourishing thanks to your supportive partnerships!

Veterans Day Celebration

Though we are unable to have a schoolwide onsite celebration, GMA students will be celebrating and learning about Veterans Day the week of November 11. If you or a loved one are a veteran, please complete the attached form so we can recognize and honor your service!

Growing Together

School Board Meeting Coming Soon

Our sincere appreciation is extended to our amazing school board for their service to GMA!

President: Uriah Ellis

Secretary: Lacey Willard

Treasurer: Andrew Cavallaro

Members at Large: Karen Swan and Mark Clark

Topic: School Board Meeting

Time: Oct 20, 2020 05:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 778 5601 2413

Passcode: 2MsBY8

Meeting Dates: October 20, 2020 , December 15, 2020, February 16, 2021, April 20, 2021, June 15, 2021

*All Meetings begin at 5:30 pm and are open to the public. Meetings will be held at the physical school location or virtually, as needed.

We look forward to our continued partnership, as we grow together for the better!

WE hope to see you at the next PTO Meeting!

Topic: GMA PTO Meeting
Time: Oct 20, 2020 06:30 PM Indiana (East)
Every month on the Third Tuesday, until Dec 15, 2020, 3 occurrence(s)
Oct 20, 2020 06:30 PM
Nov 17, 2020 06:30 PM
Dec 15, 2020 06:30 PM
Please download and import the following iCalendar (.ics) files to your calendar system.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 954 7527 8995
Passcode: jXU4tX

Virtual Related Arts

Virtual Related Arts for Second Quarter

Students will continue to receive daily related arts, but the format will be changing. Recorded lessons will be sent out for the children to view and participate in every day. Each student will also receive one live ZOOM class for each special: one for PE, one for art, and one for music, each week. These live ZOOM classes will be multi-age and optional.

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GMA School Calendar

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Virtual or LIve, GMA always thrives!

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Children of the World, featuring GMA students!!!

"Children of the World" Virtual Choir
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Meet our incredible School Family staff members: Enjoy Photos and Letters

Please enjoy this special edition newsletter, filled with letters and photos from our 2020-2021 staff members.

Meet our 2020.2021 Staff Members

We are so excited to grow together for the better!

Meet Geist Montessori Academy's Executive Director: Cindy Schuler

GMA Contact iNformation


(317) 813-4626


6058 W. 900 N.

McCordsville, IN 46055

growing together for the better!