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Volume 13: October 31, 2020

Sweet Treat!

Dear GMA School Family,

It was such a sweet treat having all of the students back to school this week after fall break! I hope you had some great family time to gather and regenerate.

Creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration are really colliding at Geist Montessori Academy, and the joy of learning is so alive! All of the foundational skills that the children worked so diligently on during the first nine weeks are now bursting into new directions and learning adventures. Imaginations are really coming to life as students share their thinking through book reports, research, and presentations.

This week, a synthesis of learning rich and diverse vocabulary exploded throughout GMA with our fun, school-wide Dictionary Day celebration. Thank you all for your love and care and for providing such incredible support to our learners. We are so grateful for our strong GMA school family. Please stay safe this weekend and read about some health and safety tips below.


Cindy Schuler

Executive Director

Geist Montessori Academy

(317) 813-4626

Of all things, love is the most potent.

-Maria Montessori

Words on Parade

Words Came Alive on Dictionary Day

Dictionary Day

Dictionary Day encourages students to improve the way they speak and write by enhancing and expanding their vocabulary. Creativity, critical thinking, and communication collided as vocabulary words came alive when students dressed and performed their words!

Dates to remember

Upcoming Events

11/6 Dine to Donate

11/11 Veterans Day

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

11/25-27 Thanksgiving Break

12/14-17 Winter Concert

12/15 School Board Meeting, 5:30 p.m.

12/18 End of Quarter

12/21-1/6 Winter Break

Students synthesized their learning with research and presentation: Meet Famous People of the Past and Present

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!

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!
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Engagement, concentration, new learning!

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sunshine spreaders!

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Spreading joy and kindness this week:

Diego Allen

Kamden James

Margaret Clifton

Avery Neumann

Quinn Ferguson

Eila Murphy

Ahmet Sevindek

Recipient not pictured: Camden Pfister

Illuminating Proactive Health and Safety Tips

With the rise in COVID cases in Indiana, we cannot thank you enough for helping to keep our school family healthy and safe! Thank you for following all screening verification procedures and being proactive in healthy habits!

As we head into cold and flu season, please be mindful that if we should ever need to close suddenly, children will bring all of their shoes and learning supplies home in case of an extended break. Please remember to have your back-up childcare plans in place. Also, below, is a letter form the YMCA requesting input for the upcoming eLearning days in January.

Enjoy these tips by Dr. Aspy:

Hancock County Health Department

Halloween Trick-or-Treating Guidelines for COVID-19

As our Hancock County communities prepare for trick-or-treating and other holiday celebrations, the Hancock County Health Department (HCHD) wants to remind our residents that this year’s events will, and should look quite different while we are still in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Sandra Aspy, Health Officer for HCHD, is encouraging those hosting holiday celebrations to modify our traditional activities by providing proper physical distancing, hand sanitizing, and maintaining smaller groups. “The Center for Disease Control (CDC) describes many lower or moderate-risk activities that should be considered this Fall. We want Hancock County residents to avoid the higher-risk activities and choose the safer, lower-risk activities designed to prevent the spread of COVID-19” says Dr. Aspy.

The CDC guidelines provide several recommendations for safer ways to participate in Halloween than the traditional door to door trick-or-treating. A much safer alternative is one-way trick-or-treating where individually wrapped goodie bags are lined up for families to grab and go while continuing to social distance (such as at the end of a driveway or at the edge of a yard). Those participating in trick-or-treating must remember there are still many ways in which this virus can be spread. Children putting their hands in bowls of candy, those passing out treats not sanitizing between guests, and large groups of people in close contact throughout neighborhoods are all counterintuitive to the guidelines we have been following for months. The important thing to remember is that COVID-19 is still as infectious as it was in the Spring and we are not reducing our risks of spreading this virus just because we are wearing costumes and costume masks. In fact, a costume mask is no substitute for a cloth mask, but do not double up with one over the other because that can make it hard to breathe. Instead, consider a Halloween-themed cloth mask.

A costume mask can protect against spreading the coronavirus if it is like a regular cloth mask: two or more layers of breathable fabric covering the nose and mouth, without gaps around the face.

While our communities are enjoying these holiday activities, we must remember that if you may have COVID-19 or you may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, you should not participate in in-person Halloween festivities and should not give out candy to trick-or-treaters.

YMCA childcare partnership

Hello GMA School Family,

The YMCA is exploring the option of eLearning Care for GMA families in January. Please click the link and let us know what your needs will be.


Katy Yeoman

Regional Program Director

YMCA of Greater Indianapolis

Youth Development – North


Pre-K At work creating art with spaghetti!

Joy of Learning onsite and virtually!

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Red Ribbon Week

Hello GMA Families!

This week we will be celebrating Red Ribbon Week!

Red Ribbon Week is the nation’s largest and longest running drug-use prevention campaign. During Red Ribbon Week, students will be learning about the importance of staying drug-free with materials designed for each grade level. In each grade level, we will go over basic information about why Red Ribbon Week is so important and they will learn about what it means to be drug-free. We will go over proper use of medicine and over-the-counter drugs as well as identifying who trusted adults are for each student. Trusted adults are the only adults that students can accept medicine from if they are feeling sick. They are the important adults the child looks up to and can go to for help. We will also talk about the importance of staying drug-free from alcohol, cigarettes, and vaping. The mission of Red Ribbon Week is to lead and support our nation’s families and communities in nurturing the full potential of healthy, drug free youth. If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know. If there is anything I can do to help, please reach out!

Red Ribbon Week Website:

Thank you,

Mr. Michael Skiles

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ROBOT parts needed for the Buckeye class


The Kindergarten Buckeye class is doing their first project of the year. Based on the interests of the children and resources available the topic of our project is ROBOTS!! We are in full on research mode for our project and part of the research process is exploring the topic through recyclable materials. At this time we are reaching out and asking anyone for donations to our class to help us.

Ideas for items: boxes (big and small), water bottles, bottle caps, wheels (big and small), straws, dryer vents, toilet paper rolls, paper towel rolls, construction paper, string, dowels, pipe cleaners, pvc pipe, pool noodles... just to name a few.

We appreciate your support,

Mrs. Victoria Kortz

Geist Montessori Academy

Kindergarten Teacher

Below are some visual examples as well:

We love learning!

Leaf Learning with Ms. Jeanie

Hi, It’s Miss Jeanie again.

I hope you enjoyed seeing the flowers, pollinators and birds on the ditch this summer. Now it’s time for the fall show. Have you noticed the days are getting shorter and less bright? Here’s a diagram from the Smithsonian showing how the sun is lower in the sky in winter. We’re in between the June and December now, so imagine the sun in between these two positions. With shorter days and longer shadows, it’s cooling off.

Leaf Lesson Extensions

-Here’s a video of a Luna moth life cycle. Do you see the part where they hide in fallen leaves?

-What do you think happens to trees that die before they do leaf abscission? Can you find any trees that fell in storms or were cut down?

-Trees drop their leaves at different times, some in August, some in October. Why do you think that is?

-Some oak and beech trees don’t drop their leaves until Spring. Scientists don’t know why. What do you think?

-What other animals need the protection of dropped leaves/leaf litter?

-Leaf scars are different for each type of plant. Trees especially have very different ones. Check out some of these and see if you can find them on twigs.

WE hope to see you at the next PTO Meeting!

Time: Oct 20, 2020 06:30 PM Indiana (East)
Every month on the Third Tuesday, until Dec 15, 2020
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

We love our School board

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

Meeting Dates: 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!

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!