Geist Gazette

February 16, 2018

Note from the Principal

Hello Gator families-

We are excited to share that we are moving forward with our Pavilion and Dinosaur Dig Pit. So far we have secured a good portion of the funds for our project.

$4700 HSE Foundation Grant and $4700 District Playground matching funds = Total $9,400

Donated supplies from Calvin Landscaping, IMI, and J.A. Yancey and Associates in the amount of $2940.

We are still in need of raising Part A- $2940 cash and Part B- $2940 in contractor work and supplies. In the next month of so we will have a fundraiser to hopefully seal the deal of Part A- $2940 cash for materials that we will need to make our project come to fruition. We plan to get further details to you in regards to the donation needed for Part B- manual labor, materials, etc.

Thank you for helping our Gator Outdoor Learning Area come to reality! This will be an engaging area for our students to explore and learn! Thank you! More info forthcoming.

As we spoke two weeks ago, please know that ISTEP and IREAD testing is around the corner. Please make sure to have your children present during testing days and assure a good nights sleep and solid breakfast. An email skylert is being sent to all 3rd and 4th grade parents with the details.

Thank you for your continued support of the school! Have a wonderful three day weekend and we will see your children back on TUESDAY, February 20, 2018.

Christi Thomas, Principal

More of this and less of that

Please find a continuation of the Little bit more of this and little less of that. Although you will see some of content references say for gifted children, I do believe these suggestions are relevant for all children. All children need to understand Cause and Effect, find Meaningfulness, and have a growth mindset. You, as the parent or guardian, know your child. These are just some motivation tips that we, as adults, can all take time to reflect upon.

Home example: Model curiosity.....

Mom, why is Pluto not a planet? I don't know. ( This ends the conversation). OR Mom, why is Pluto not a planet? I like that question and I'm not sure. Go get my phone from the tech station (place in house where all tech goes) and bring it to me and let's look it up together or you look it up! ..... Make sure to follow up to find the answer and promote that curiosity!!!

School example: to jump in and solve it or when appropriate, to teach problem solving...

Mrs. Thomas, Samantha called me silly. Samantha, did you call her silly? Yes. Samantha, please don't call other children silly, that is not nice. OR Mrs. Thomas, Samantha called me silly. Ok, how can we problem solve that situation? I guess I could use an I-message. OK, let's try it. Samantha, I did not like when you called me silly, it hurt my feelings. Samantha says, I'm sorry, I didn't mean to hurt your feelings. I thought what you did was funny. (The second part shows how to engage both parties and allow for ownership and problem solving.)

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GES Science and Engineering Fair Wrap-Up

Congratulations to each of the students who participated in this year's Science and Engineering Fair.

Click here to see a slideshow of some of our participants and winners. The password is GES.

Thank you to the judges and parents who helped. The following students will be representing GES at the SEFI Regional Science and Engineering Fair: First Grade-Olivia B; Second Grade- Izzy D & Julia G; Third Grade- Audrey D and Ella K; Fourth Grade- Domineck P & Ritvik J.

Grade Level Winners:

First Grade-

First Place- Olivia Barras

Second Place- Isabella Blakely

Third Place- Kaiden Miller

Second Grade-

First Place- Izzy Donato

Second Place- Julia Grimes

Third Place- Sophia Feher

Third Grade-

First Place- Audrey Donato and Ella Kiernan

Second Place- Robert Saysana

Third Place- Casey Aslam

Fourth Grade-

First Place- Domineck Puntenney

Second Place- Ritvik Joju

Third Place- Ava Guiden and Helena Kiely

Friends of the Library

Thank you and congratulations to the most recent Friends of the Library members. Books have been donated by (January) Seth S. and Nate S., (February) Delaney M., Avery C., Samantha M., Tanner A., Jackson M., Chloe T. and Jake S.

Marley comes to visit once a week!

Global Studies

Dear Parents and Guardians,

During the weeks of February 5th and February 12th, the students participated in some special music and Spanish lessons. They learned about Mexican chocolate as well as the history of chocolate and Mexico. In addition, they learned two traditional Mexican folk dances, a folk song about chocolate, and a dance to pop culture music. They also made and ate Mexican Chocolate Pudding. We had a wonderful time! A recipe for Mexican Chocolate Pudding as well as the lyrics to the folk song, “Chocolate,” can be found here.

The Spanish classes for the Global Studies Program will come to a close on February 16th. I have greatly enjoyed being at Geist and working with your children!


Stacey Zimmerman


We kicked off our annual Jump Rope and Hoops for Heart campaign last week. I will be collecting donations through the month of February. This annual project has raised over $250,000 in the past 14 years for the American Heart Association. If possible, please help us continue our support of the AHA. There are three ways to make donations: online with a credit card, writing a check made out to the AHA and cash donations. If you have any questions about making a donation, please let me know.

Please ask your children about the Scare Squad. The Scare Squad are rewards for donations to the AHA, but they also represent 8 different Heart related messages. We have been talking about making healthy choices while eating and getting plenty of exercise.

This week we have been working cooperatively with Mrs. Cleavenger and doing Spanish related activities. We have been learning the Spanish term for different yoga stretches and we will be doing soccer activities later this week. Ask your children if they can tell you and show you some of the stretches they learned.

Thanks again for all of your past support with Jump Rope and Hoops for Heart. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Rod Sutherlin
Geist Elementary
Physical Education

Mrs. K's Music Corner

Mrs. K's Music Corner

-Spanish Lessons & Videos

-Choir Schedule & Rehearsal Folder

-4th Grade Recorder Music

Pop Tabs for Ronald McDonald House

Are you a “Pepsi” or “Coke”? "Diet" or "Regular?" We’re not picky…we just want your POP TAB! Again this year, Geist Elementary is collecting Pop Tabs for Ronald McDonald House. In the past 14 years this collection has been going, we have yet to make our goal of 1 million pop tabs at GES. (Approximately 1,000 lbs makes 1 million pop tabs! – GES has previously donated 450 pounds). Our second semester, we have a goal set of AT LEAST another 200 pounds. If you are a can drinker of ANY type, we’d love for you to collect your tabs for us.

Send your tabs in with your student and their teacher will have them deliver tabs to the collection location - If you have an abundance of tabs, feel free to leave them in the front office with your kiddo's name AND Mrs. Brown’s name on them. Thank you for your help in teaching our kiddos that any little bit “CAN” help others!

2017-2018 Yearbook Sale is on Now! Order by March 16.

Yearbooks are now on sale for the 2017-18 school year.

This is the only time to order. Do not rely on extra yearbooks being available to purchase! Order today!!

Orders may be made online only:

Please visit

Our school code is 25304E

The cost is $15 each.

The last day to order is Friday, March 16.

No orders can accepted after this date! No exceptions!

If you are unable to place orders online, or have questions regarding yearbooks, please contact Ms. Green:

Geist 5K

Hello All Geist Gators,

The Geist Half Marathon, 10k, and 5k races were organized to inspire health and wellness in the children in and around the Geist Reservoir community because we believe healthy bodies contribute to healthy minds which result in improved student outcomes and stronger communities. Thanks to your involvement our organization has donated over $400,000 to Geist area schools! We can’t wait to have your student runners with us this May!

If you would like to sign up for the race, please tap the attached link to register.

Please make sure you choose the pay now portion of the link. If you have questions, please don't hesitate to call or email me.

317-915-4260 ext 1690

I am looking forward to seeing lots of Gator Runners in May!

Rod Sutherlin
Geist Elementary
Physical Education

Lunch Menus and Visitors

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

Click here for the food services website.

We are practicing smooth transitions and procedures in the cafeteria as our students adjust to the school schedule. The cafeteria is not open to visitors at this time. We will open for visitors after Labor Day.

Menu Change on February 24

There will be a menu change on Thursday Feb 22nd. In place of Chicken Noodles we will have Spaghetti with meatballs and garlic bread. PBJ, Turkey Sandwich and Salad will be available.

March 23-29th we will be celebrating National Nutrition Month. We will give out free samples of Kale and spinach salad, roasted chickpeas, papaya and roasted brussel sprouts.

Want to keep up on what's happening at school?

Follow @geistgators on twitter. We tweet throughout the day.

Check our website:

This newsletter, the Geist Gazette, goes out every other Friday (although it may be sent again next week). We will send it to you via email, and post it on our website under the News tab.

Click here to see our building calendar. This lists activities before, during and after hours.

HSE Department of Exceptional Learners new Facebook page & upcoming Parent Night Feb. 21

HSE Department of Exceptional Learners new Facebook page & upcoming Parent Night on February 21.

Fall Creek Junior High - 12001 Olio Rd, Fishers, IN 46037

You must RSVP:

Please sign up for sessions and RSVP at this link!

  • The Department of Exceptional Learners invites you to join us for a parent night on Feb 21 from 6:00-8:00.
    • Sessions include:
      • Executive Functioning
      • Accessibility Features on iPads & Laptops
      • Parenting & Discipline
      • Understanding Trauma
      • Private Health Insurance & Medicaid Funding for Therapies
    • Informational Tables from:
      • Special Olympics of Hamilton County
      • IRCA: Indiana Resource Center for Autism
      • Fisher’s Disability Awareness Month (coming in March)
  • Also! We are excited to share our new Facebook page! Search for HSE Department of Exceptional Learners on Facebook and like our page! This is a place where staff and families can share resources and information relevant to students and families across the district! We look forward to connecting with you!
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Text-A-Tip is a program that allows students, parents or others to anonymously send a text or email message to our school resource officers and school administrators about concerns they may have for their own safety or the safety of others. Text-A-Tip will be actively monitored during the school day. It should not be used for emergencies—Call 911 if you need immediate help. Click here for frequently asked questions...

Submit Via Text

Texts can be sent to 274637 (or CRIMES). Start the actual message with the # symbol and a building-specific keyword. For a list of keywords, click here...

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Movie Night Coco - March 2


Is coming to Geist Elementary School

Friday, March 2, 2018

Movie Night will be from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. for Geist students (K-4). Reservations will be on a first come, first serve basis by returning this form with your payment. Please click here for the registration form.

Movie Night is sponsored by Hamilton Southeastern Destination Imagination ( and all money raised will go towards student travel expenses for Global Finals Competition.

Thank you for your support!


Permitted use of school newsletters as required by the Equal Access Act is not an endorsement of this group or this group’s beliefs by Hamilton Southeastern Schools or the Board of School Trustees.
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Employment Opportunities at HSE Schools

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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.