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Volume 11, February 17, 2020

Creative Critters Catching Valentine Love

Swing into the Sock Hop this friday!

Please join us on Friday, February 21st, from 6:00PM - 8:00PM for our Family Sock Hop in the Gymnasium!

  • Swing dance lesson by Naptown Stomp
  • Performance by Leen Illusions
  • Tickets are $5 per person or $20 per family.
  • Please send in your registration by February 20
  • Please send your registration (see attached) in by Wednesday to help with preparations.
  • We could still use a few more hands to help make this a great event.

Like to be involved? We'd love to have you! Sign up here

Great Skate Party at Roller Cave!

Thank you calendar committee!

A special thank you to the creative and dedicated calendar committee!

The 2020-2021 DRAFT Calendar will go to the Board for a vote on 2/19.

Please see the attached proposal. Also, please make note that all snow days will be eLearning Days on the day of the occurrence. As such, all of the typical FLEX Days are now DAYS OFF. The committee was also mindful to put Professional Days/eLearning Days next to already scheduled breaks.

In addition, start and end times will remain the same, Pre-K and Kindergarten: 8:30-3:00 and 1st-8th grades: 8:30-3:30. We hope you enjoy that your input was heard and the majority vote on both surveys was used to build the calendar. Again, we are so appreciative of your feedback on the surveys and the dedicated team who created the calendar.

Meet Jeanie Wiesler, GMA's new ELL Coordinator

A word from Jeanie Wiesler

My name is Jeanie Wiesler. My husband and I have three grown children who live in Cleveland, Tacoma and Indianapolis. I have taught English, Spanish and French for 30 years. I also speak a little German and understand some Italian (and not just pizza, gelato, latte, and al fresco). Here at Geist Montessori, my work is to help students learn English.

I am also a Tree Steward which means that I love trees, try to learn more about them every day and work to keep the woods healthy by pulling invasive species a few mornings every week.On the weekend, you might find me bird-watching, kayaking, bicycling, wildflower spotting or just staying home with my computer, a good book, or some knitting.

My greatest accomplishment would be to leave Earth a greener place.

My advice to you students is to remember that you matter, that what you know matters. Learn all you can about speaking and writing so that you can tell people what you know.

What tree would I be? A white oak. They grow big and strong. They can feed and shelter more than 500 kinds of insects and animals.

Panera is a SOUPER donor

Dine to Donate

Enjoy a delicious meal and support GMA! Our next Dine to Donate is Thursday Feb 20. Please present the attached flyer in paper or electronic form. GMA PTO receives 20%.

WE need your leadership!

A note from Anne, our PTO President

PTO Board 2020-21

Would you like to positively impact GMA in concrete ways?

Join the PTO!

We are an organization of parents and teachers giving our time and talents to make GMA a great community for our children.

Board members for next year will be elected at our April 14 meeting.

Contact Anne Tordai for details on the following roles:


VP of Teacher Appreciation

VP of Fundraising



Event Chairs

We are eager to have you join our PTO!

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Meet the hoy Family

The Hoy Family has been at GMA since August of 2012 when Jackson started Kindergarten. We love the close community and learn at your own pace philosophy. The kids think this creates unlimited success. As parents, we like the character building and life skills lessons as well.

Jackson is now a 7th year, Violet is a 4th year and Ollie is a 2nd year.

Jackson loves to read, write stories, design cartoons, create stop motion videos and be funny. He has read the Harry Potter series at least 10 times and loves Star Wars.

Violet loves our Pug Maggie. She likes to try new things, always has a project to work on at home, loves being outside and swimming. Ollie loves llamas. He likes to figure out how things work, sing and act with Ten West theater group and to tell jokes. Matt and Danielle just sit back and try to manage the chaos.

As a family, we learn about kindness, differences and the world by watching CBS Sunday Morning. In the summer, we like to hang out with our friends at the pool, have epic Nerf Gun battles and go to the drive-in movie theater. During the winter months, we read, have Family Movie night and play games. We all celebrate our half birthdays with small gifts and our favorite cookies. We define success as working together to get through life.

Take a ride with Middle School Students who Traveled Silk Road

Roller Coasters Galore!

STEM Club - Mechanical Engineering

STEM Club with Engineering for Kids starts March 3 for students in grades 3-8 ( K-2 begin April 14). This session's topic is Mechanical Engineering. They will learn the basics of energy , traction, aerodynamics, and trajectory all while constructing roller coasters, catapults, and more.

Please refer to the attached registration form due Feb 28.

Limit 20 students

We Love Learning!

important reminders

Upcoming Events

February 18: School Board Meeting in the Art Room, 5:30 p.m.

February 20: Dine to Donate: Souper Panera

February 21: Family Dance, 6-8 p.m.

March 3: Engineering for Kids

March 7: Come cheer on the Robotics Team at the State Championship!

March 11: End of Third Quarter, conferences

March 12: Early Release, Conferences

March 13: Early Release, Conferences

April 2: International Festival

April 3: Flex Day (or eLearning)

April 6-10: Spring Break/No School

April 20-May 15: iLearn State Testing

It's spring enrollment time!

Let the word out, it's spring enrollment time! We are currently accepting new students for the 2020-2021 School Year. Tours are Tuesday mornings from 9:30-10:15; sign-up on our website.

Additionally, current GMA families, it is that time of year to let us know if your current student has a sibling not currently enrolled in GMA that wishes to enroll for the 2020-2021 school year. Per our charter regulations, siblings of current students have priority. If you have a student that will be joining us for the 2020-2021 school year, please complete this form:

Enrollment Form, Sibling 2020-2021

Please contact Ms. Jane with any questions or concerns, 317-813-4626.

Learning Labs

Learning labs are going well and will continue until the end of the month. Parents will be notified by February 28 if their child will be invited to join a learning lab or if their child will be be invited to continue in the lab for another 5 week session. The second round of FREE tutoring will run from 3/9-4/24 ( Spring Break is in that time frame.) We are so excited to be able to provide this extra layer of support for our students and look forward to further enhancing their achievement and learning development.

Car Line Care Reminders

Please use precaution, courtesy, and grace when in car line.

New Phone Number: (317) 813-4626 and Address

Please take note; our new school family has a


(317) 813-4626


6058 W. 900 N.

McCordsville, IN 46055

working together for the better!

Meet Geist Montessori Academy's Executive Director: Cindy Schuler

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