March 17, 2017
Kindergarten Registration for 2017-2018
KINDERGARTEN OPEN HOUSE 2017-2018
Tuesday, April 18th, from 5:00-7:00 PM ** (New Date)
A child must be 5 years of age on or before August 1, 2017
Online Enrollment is Now Open.
Visit the HSE Website for more information, including early entrance. http://www.hse.k12.in.us/ADM/enrollment/kindergarten.aspx
This week, I want to focus in on HSE21 and student centered approach of choice. We try to address the topic of choice for students in many different ways. As you may have noticed we have created many alternative spaces in the building and allowed for flexible seating throughout the building. When you spend 7+ hours in the same place, you need variety. When we are home, we don't stay in the same place for 7 hours- well maybe if you are binge watching Netflix, but you understanding the point. Our students need choices.
We allow for choice in writing and research. You will often hear about Genius Hour, Inquiry block or Passion projects. This is allowing students time to investigate topics they want to research. It is amazing to see the engagement level increase when a child is able to research the bee hive that has mesmerized them, the arctic animal that most interests them, or the famous person that most inspires them. Yes, there are times we must write to a prompt or read certain articles. We have your children do that as well. However, when choice can be applied we try to implement it!
There are many ways to achieve a standard. That is why you will find variation in the presentations. Some students may use iMovie, chatterbox, PPT, Prezi, Showme, educreations, poster board, speech, poem, song, etc. Choice has its place in class and in the life!
Choice increases engagement.
No two students are the same. We learn differently. We have different interests. So choice makes sense when possible!
Thank you for joining us on the journey of HSE21 and best practices needed to prepare our children for the future!
Want to learn more about HSE21? Follow the HSE21 homepage.
Have a great week-
Christi Thomas, Principal
Mrs. Barmore's Indiana Village
Knox is the Mayor.
Creating a Community
What do people need? Community helpers and jobs, basic government and leadership, global holidays, responsible citizenship
The Finished Project
Hoping the leprechauns stop by for a visit!
Spring Pictures April 11
Friends of the Library
Thank you and congratulations to the March Friends of the Library members. Books have been donated by Delaney M., Grant M., Brooklyn B., Olivia V., Ethan M., Noah M., Maggie W., Halston C., Claire H., Kennedy U., Blake M., Braeden T., Lily C., Olivia B., Kaitlyn B., Charlotte C., and Layla M.
China Sister School Request for Host Families
As announced last week, the HSE school district is in the beginning stages of creating a partnership with Ningbo School district in China. Our sister school will likely arrive around Thursday, August 17 and stay with host families for about a week. We will provide training for host families.
We are in need of a tentative list of families who would have an interest in hosting students from China. The students will range from 3rd grade to 5th grade. They will come to GES each day. We will not have any specifics until mid summer and our team will be in touch during mid-summer. It is possible that we will have up to 30 children from our sister schools and will need 15 host families. Please know adjustments can be made if conflicts come about in your schedule! This is just tentative on your part.
We have received a terrific response from our families but are still in need of a few families. If you have an interest in possibly hosting 2 children in your house, please complete the following link.
Thank you for your interest.
Learning takes many forms at GES
Mrs. Wilham's 3rd Graders
These 3rd graders are in the computer lab using an online game from the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry to learn about using simple machines to move objects.
Mrs. Nichols' CFL
Amante enjoys a ride through the hall saying hello to friends and staff!
Miss Bindner's Discovery
Kindergarteners work on a leprechaun mask in Discovery class.
Mrs. Wilham's 3rd Graders
Geist Half Marathon with Geist Elementary
Go to Geisthalf.com
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.
TODAY is the LAST DAY to BUY A YEARBOOK
Please Take Note of the Traffic Pattern & Rules During Morning Drop-Off
If you drive your child to school any morning please make note of the driving patterns. There are specific patterns that change during the morning drop-off hours. This is for the safety of your children as well as other travelers in and around the GES parking lot. We have received requests from parents to remind everyone of the driving patterns.
Please remember that there is no left turn from the GES parking lot between 8:40 - 9:00 a.m. All traffic must turn right on to 104th Street during that time. Drivers who bring students to school after 8:15 should use the WEST entrance and follow this pattern in the parking lot.
Drivers who bring students to school for before-school activities prior to 8:15 should use the EAST entrance and follow this traffic pattern.
Thank you for your cooperation.
SACK LUNCH ON MARKETPLACE DAY
Lunch Menus and Visitors
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.
Want to keep up on what's happening at school?
Geist Elementary PTO
EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES AT GEIST:
Chess Club Starting April 12
Fishers Athletic Showcase: Adapt & Thrive
Fishers Athletic Showcase: Adapt & Thrive
Friday, March 17 FHS gymnasium 6:00 to 8:00pm
Sponsored by the generosity of TOPSoccer, a program of Indy Premier Soccer Club; the Fishers Athletic Showcase features USA Paralympic Soccer Team, players Bryce Boarman & Seth Jahn as Keynote Speakers. Both will share their message of “Adapt and Thrive.” Bryce Boarman was born with cerebral palsy and will highlight his participation in the London and Rio Olympics. Seth Jahn was impacted by a traumatic brain injury while serving as a member of the US Army Special Forces in Afghanistan.
Also in attendance will be Vern Fleming, formerly of the Indiana Pacers, and Joe Reitz, current offensive lineman for the Colts and former graduate of Hamilton Southeastern High School. Both will serve as guest referees. The evening will also showcase exhibitions by Power Soccer, Special Olympics Basketball, Special Olympics Cheer and DeVeau’s Show Team by Gym Roots.
Donations will be accepted at the door and will be divided equally among performing organizations. Concessions will be open.
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 http://www.hse.k12.in.us/ADM/news/bulletin.aspx.