Geist Gazette

November 17, 2017

Monday, November 20th is a 20 minute early release day

This is a reminder that this Monday, November 20th is a 20 minute early release day as is shown on the district calendar

Military Medley- USA is the password (UPPER CASE USA)

Military medley

Note from the Principal

We have had a wonderful first half of November. The Veteran's Day assembly was beautiful. The third and fourth grade students did a great job. Please see below for many pictures and videos from the performance. Our Veterans were touched and deeply moved by the kindness and love of your children. Students in K-2 did activities in their classroom to learn about the importance and impact of our Veterans. We are a blessed nation to have so many men and women committed to represent our country through the armed services. Thank you.

As we move forward, mark your calendar for Giving Tuesday on Nov. 28th, Hour of Code week (Dec. 4-8), the Blood Drive on Dec. 7th, the 2nd grade musical on Dec. 13th and winter celebrations on Dec. 20th. We are going to be collecting items for the Wheeler Mission this year. The Geist school community believes in helping our students know they can make an impact in the world. Thank you for partnering with us on our community service projects. We are excited that next semester the grade level teams will be completing their give back field trips and making a positive impact in our local community! Thank you to our PTO for providing this opportunity for our students. Look for more information to come from your child's teacher.

Finally, I hope you will take time to give blood on Dec. 7th at GES. My father has the been the recipient of many pints of blood and I am so very thankful for those who have saved his life. I know many of you have similar stories in your life where a pint of blood made all the difference. This community service activity is a commitment of our time! Thank you for scheduling some time between 3:30 -7:00 on Dec. 7th!

As our nation moves into Thanksgiving next week, I wish you a peaceful and grace filled time with your family and friends. I hope you each experience a little extra rest and relaxation!

Thank you for sharing your children with us. We are honored to partner with you in your child's education.

Christi Thomas, Principal

Spirit of America- USA is the password (UPPER CASE USA)

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The Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer position has been posted. This is a newly created position funded through the Lilly award. We are hoping to attract amazing candidates and need some help spreading the word. Can you push the link out to your networks near and far?

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Trick or Treat for UNICEF - by Mrs. Ellis, Grade 3

Hi everyone!! A few weeks ago, my students became inspired by Fly Away Home and Last Stop on Market Street, specifically to help children who don't have their basic needs met. Through various discussions, and keeping HSE21 global perspective in mind, they decided to participate in Trick or Treat for UNICEF. They researched children and countries affected by war and taught the rest of the third grade classes what they learned.

Thanks to the support of the awesome third grade team, all 3rd grade classes participated Trick or Treat for UNICEF. In just one week, our third grade raised $637.53, all of which will be sent to UNICEF to help children in war torn countries.

I just wanted to share the amazing job our kiddos did in taking this on, leading it and making such an impact. They've already decided next year they want to raise even more. :)

Artists of the Week

Artist of the Week for Nov. 6:

K-Amelia D. in Mrs. Blake's class

1-Griffin C. in Mrs. Diamond's class

2-Piper D. in Mrs. Cushman's class

3-Audrey B. in Mrs. Ireland's class

4-Chase K. in Mrs. Boyd's class

Art Room News

Kindergarten, first and second made collages or crayon sandpaper prints in red, white, and blue. These will be on display for our Veterans' Day program

Kindergarten learned about the many types of lines. We read Lines That Wiggle by Candace Whitman and then created a paper using lines. We then turned those papers into silly monsters like the ones in the book.

First graders are finishing up a project that focuses on shapes and abstract art. We looked at the artwork of contemporary artist Reggie Laurent, and found that art doesn't have to look like something. Sometimes it is just shapes, color, and lines! Students then created their own abstract work by collaging colorful shapes on a black background. Next up is learning about warm and cool colors.

Second graders are learning about contemporary artist Yayoi Kusama. Her 50 year retrospective is touring and currently in Washington DC. Ask your student if they remember why pumpkins are so important to this artist. Also, check out some of the videos on YouTube of her rooms that are really amazing!

Third and Fourth grade are finishing their China projects with fantastic results. Ask your child what aspect of China they chose to create in art class. Third grade is ready to begin learning about landscapes and the use of space in art. Fourth grade will begin our donut unit! This will include painting, drawing, and sculpture (ceramics). If only we could also eat donuts while we worked!

Artsonia News:

As we enter the holiday season, don't forget Artsonia for personalized gifts! Many special promotions will be offered so check out the website. The first will be a special sale on holiday greeting cards beginning November 13. You can choose from the artwork your child has done to be printed on these cards. As always, the GES art department receives 20% of your purchase. This money goes directly into purchasing supplies your child uses in art class. Your support is appreciated!

Ms. Erin Green

Art Teacher

Geist Elementary

317-915-4260 ext. 1622

Science Fair 101 - Monday, Dec. 4

Presented by Rick Crosslin
Hosted by Geist Elementary
TIME: 6:30-8:00 PM

The Geist Elementary Science Fair is on February 1, 2018

Click here for the registration form.


Dear Parents,

My name is Stacey Zimmerman, and I am the Spanish teacher for the Global Studies Program. I will be working with your children for the next few months. During our time together, the students will be actively learning the Spanish language through whole group and small group games, hands-on activities, songs, rhythm, stories, art, and movement. Some topics that we will cover include greetings, conversations, numbers, and colors. Students will also learn facts about Mexico and the Mexican culture.

We have had a wonderful start in Spanish class! I am greatly enjoying working with your children!


Stacey Zimmerman

2nd Grade Musical - December 13

2nd Grade Musical "Artic Animal Antics"

December 13th @ 7pm

Geist Elementary Gym

2nd Grade Acting Auditions 11/20 & 11/21 8:10am:

Below is a link to information about auditioning for a speaking part in the musical.

2nd Grade Rehearsal Recordings & Videos:

Below is a link to a folder that contains songs and other items to help students practice at home. More files like choreography videos will be added to this folder as we get closer to the performance.

All second grade classes will be participating in the musical. If you would like to volunteer to help with the musical, please email Jennifer Koenig, We'll need help with things like costuming, props, set up, decorations, typing programs among many other things. Thank you in advance for your help!

Jennifer Koenig

Music Teacher

Geist Elementary

14051 East 104th St.

Fishers, IN 46040

(317) 915-4260 x1636

Fax: (317) 915-4269


Night of Coding - December 7

Mrs. Pidcock will present a Night of Coding on Thursday, December 7 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. This will coordinate with the Hour of Code week in the library. Please watch for more information.

Are you visiting school soon?

Remember that ALL adults must have a background check in order to visit our school during school hours for lunch, classroom activities and volunteering. This includes grandparents and any other visitors who may be coming in for a special event. Background checks take about a week to finalize so please plan accordingly. You can apply for a background check here or on the district website,

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.

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Please join HSE in collecting items for Goodwill. For every 13-gallon bag of clothing dropped off at Geist Elementary that is donated to Goodwill, a $5 clothing voucher will go to those in need in our school family. Clothing only. Clothing must come in plastic garbage bags. Drop bags off in the goodwill box in the front atrium .


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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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.

College GO Week

Geist Elementary students and staff celebrated College GO Week (October 30-November 3, 2017). On Friday, November 3rd, we were fortunate enough to welcome career speakers (parents and friends of teachers) speak in our classrooms about their careers.

Our students were able to hear about their career, what interests led speakers to their careers and what skills are needed in their careers. Professionals spoke of their ‘jobs/duties’, the How’s and Why’s behind their careers and the impact they make on our community. Our speakers did a WONDERFUL job of making the connections to school and career opportunities. We can’t thank our volunteer speakers enough!!!! Thank you for supporting your/our students—it truly takes a village!!

Our CFL classroom, had the pleasure of a visit from Titi’s mom, a Pharmacy Technician. (See pictures). CFL peer buddies, from 2nd-grade, also participated and enjoyed the activities with their friends in CFL! Titi’s mom shared a small reading of The Berenstain Bears Sick Days and led a discussion about pills usage for some illnesses. She shared a slide show about places where pharmacy technicians work, the students were able to count ‘pretend’ pills to fill medicine bottles and they bandaged a teddy bear!

What a wonderful collaboration of teacher, support staff, parent, peer buddies and students! Mrs. Cook shared that ‘Mom was super excited to be able to share her job with us and see how our students interact with peers and different tasks’.

A big HUGE THANK YOU!!! To all who participated as career guest speakers!!

Lisa Keller

School Counselor

Geist Elementary School