Geist Gazette

May 19, 2017

Ten months ago we came together as one school...

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Note from the Principal

I can't believe the 2016-17 school year is coming to a close. We have so much to celebrate and to be thankful for this year!

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!

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

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.

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JellyTelly Kids Talk - Patience

Artist of the Week

May 7: Dani B. in Ms. Smith's class


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

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

Art Teacher

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

Is your student headed to HIJH next year? Click here for details on the Panther Preview.

Mrs. Wilham's 3rd Graders "Dig" Earth Day

Field Day Sack Lunch

Field Day is next Wednesday, May 24. Students who choose school lunch will be served a sack lunch which includes Corndog, Applesauce, Carrots, Rice Krispie Treats and Milk.

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.

Orders can be placed online at (use account number 30065) until May 26th. Please contact Sue Wahlstrom with any questions.

Safe Visitor Badge - Does it Expire Soon?

Your Safe Visitor Badge may expire over the summer. If you have a current background check on file you should receive a notification from about 30 days prior to the expiration; however it is up to the individual to ensure their background check is valid. You can check the expiration date by looking at your badge; the expiration date is located under your name on the badge.

iPad Return Process for the End of the Year

As a part of our preparation for the end of the school year we will begin to collect rental iPads starting Friday May 19th from our 3rd and 4th grade students. We will continue with K-2nd grade Monday May 22nd, and the final day for all grade levels to turn in any rental iPads will be Tuesday May 23rd. We will only be collecting iPads and cases and inspecting those for any damage; we will not be asking for the charging brick or cable back, please keep those for use with rental devices issued in the next school year. We ask that any personal Apple IDs set up on the device be logged out of iCloud and iTunes and for all lock codes to be removed before the date of return. Any iPads with personal accounts on them at the time of the return will not be collected and will be sent back home to have it removed. If you have any questions on how to remove your account please reach out to our IT specialist, Mandy Sanchez, at

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

Need help?

If you and your family is in need of any assistance of any kind, please contact Mr. Reynolds at or 317-915-4260.

HSE Preschool of the Natural Sciences

Looking for information on the HSE Preschool Program? Click here.

Lunch Menus and Visitors

Click here to see what's being served in the café.

Click here for the food services website.

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.

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 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

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Launch into Scouting - GES Kindergarten and 1st Grade Boys

Launch into Scouting, May 22nd, 6:00 PM. Click here for information about a Launch Into Scouting event.

Summer Sports Camp

Summer Sports Camp information is now available online. Here are the links:

HSE High School

Fishers High School

HSE HS Robotics Camps June 2017

2017 Knights Cheer Try Outs Information

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

From our GES School Family to your family, have an amazing summer and we will see you back in August!

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