May 19, 2017
Ten months ago we came together as one school...
Note from the Principal
We started the year celebrating our National Blue Ribbon Award. We were one of almost 270 public schools recognized in the United States for Excellence. Thank you to the parents and teachers for all you do to help make GES a school of academic excellence!
The fall started off with an exciting Gator Gallop, Fall Festival and Career Week. During career week many parents visited the schools to share about their career choices. We appreciate your willingness to share with all children what it takes to pursue different careers.
The year continued with a great fourth grade musical, movie nights, a successful science fair for our children, and the choir concert. Kindergarten and second grade put on musicals as well. Thank you parents for your time and dedication in bringing students early to school or picking up late so that our children could practice and improve their skills!
Students at all levels work on STEM
Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics standards are required at all levels.
Students learning to use the IPAD as an educational tool
Our study trips lead into great inquiry projects!
Students enjoy the hands on activities that our teachers provide!
Real life experiences allow our students to apply their learning!
Students work together and learn the value of collaboration.
The winter and early spring brought about the 2nd ever Marketplace with over $7,000 going to various charities. We celebrated Earth Day and beautified the grounds. This year our students have raised over $40,000 for the American Heart Society, Leukemia Society, families in need, Emily's Kart and more. Our children are learning to give and be kind to others. We have focused our lifeskill teachings on integrity, patience, manners, compassion, self control, open-mindedness, accountability and empathy. Take time to watch our Patience video. Feel free to reinforce those character skills over the summer! We are a Gator all year long not just during school so we must continue to do the right thing and treat people right- each day and everywhere!!!!
Academically, our students made great strides in their learning. Our mathematicians, writers, and scientists shined brightly each day as they took on new experiences and improved their grit in doing things that were challenging to them. Our children and teachers were presented with the IPAD as an educational tool to amplify learning. The capability to research was amazing to see from K to 4th grade. Students were doing passion/genius hour projects from Kindergarten through 4th grade. GES Gators presented their new learned material in a multitude of ways including iMovie, chatterpixs, plays, presentations, posters, and more. Student centered environments were evident throughout the building. Our goal is to create an environment where students feel at home at their school! Thank you for joining us in the HSE21 journey of creating student centered learning opportunities for our students. We want our students to inquire and investigate! We hope this summer you will take time to continue to foster this inquiry approach in your home. Take time to cook together, play in the dirt and enjoy the sunshine! Get outside and play and then play some more!
Thank you for sharing your children with us and thank you for being an amazing school community!
Christi Thomas, Principal
Thank you to the most amazing PTO in the State!
Parents, thank you for supporting your little Gator(s) and your school!
Together we make a difference in the lives of children!
Friends of the Library
Thank you and congratulations to the most recent Friends of the Library Club members. Books have been donated by (May) Jack C., (July) William M., and (November) Bethany M.
Don't forget you can still order from Artsonia over the summer! Did you know that you can upload your own images, photos or artwork, to Artsonia into your child' account? Those images can be added to the gifts that are available and GES gets the same 30% of the sales! Also don't forget summer birthdays and Father's Day. If you have questions regarding your account please contact Ms. Green at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks to everyone for supporting our Artsonia web gallery this year. Your comments and purchases have made a difference to your student and his/her school! This school year your purchases earned GES over $900. Those funds are put directly back into purchasing supplies your child will use in the art room next year. Thank you!
Ms. Erin Green
Check out Mrs. Adams' Kindergarteners celebrating Earth Day
GES Destination Imagination Team is Going to Global Finals!!!
Hamilton Southeastern had a district record of 12 teams advance to Destination Imagination Global finals tournament in Knoxville, Tennessee (May 24th- 27th) where they will compete against teams from over 30 states and at least 15 different countries. All these teams placed 1st or 2nd in their challenges, at their age levels, to qualify for the Globals finals.
From Geist Elementary, students moving on are Gabe Hendricks, Andrew Koleszar, Tate Watson, Delaney Gamble and Grant Romjue. They represent team DInsteins in the Technical challenge. Congratulations and good luck at Globals!
HIJH Panther Preview
Mrs. Wilham's 3rd Graders "Dig" Earth Day
HIJH SchoolKidz for Incoming 5th Grade Students
Schoolkidz ordering information was sent home this week. SchoolKidz kits can be picked up during our Panther Preview on Wednesday, August 2nd. If unable to attend Panther Preview, kits will be delivered to your child’s homeroom classroom.
Safe Visitor Badge - Does it Expire Soon?
iPad Return Process for the End of the Year
Classroom Placements for 2017-2018
It is that time of the year where we will accept letters about class placements for next year. Please know that we do not accept teacher requests. You are welcome to share with us what characteristics you feel help your child be successful, however, notes or emails with teacher names are not referenced in the class placement process. Please direct all letters to Mr. Reynolds at email@example.com.
If you and your family is in need of any assistance of any kind, please contact Mr. Reynolds at firstname.lastname@example.org or 317-915-4260.
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
Our fantastic PTO has a facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/GeistElementaryPTO/
HSE Schools Professional Honor Roll
It’s hard to believe the end of the year is in sight! May is such a busy month at HSE Schools, but it is also the perfect time to recognize a special teacher or staff member that has made a difference for your child.
As you are considering staff appreciation, go beyond the mug by nominating any HSE Schools teacher, counselor, nurse, bus driver, custodian, food service team member, administrator, or other staff member to the Professional Honor Roll.
Your honoree will receive notification of your gift, a thank you for exceptional service to students and public recognition on the HSSF website.
Visit www.hsefoundation.org/donate/thank-educator to thank an outstanding educator today!
Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to see who will make the Honor Roll this year or see last year’s honorees at www.hsefoundation.org/what-we-do.
Launch into Scouting - GES Kindergarten and 1st Grade Boys
Summer Sports Camp
Summer Sports Camp information is now available online. Here are the links:
HSE High School
Fishers High School
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.