GEIST GAZETTE

September 11, 2020

Message from the Principal-

Hello families, we have had such a wonderful start to our phase 2 instruction. Thank you for your continued support of your child’s school. Please make sure to reach out to your child’s teacher if you have any questions! We want school and home to work together to help your child grow!!!


Great job this week navigating the car pick up and drop off line. Please remember we double stack through the entire parking lot except for 1) the corners (please merge) and 2) the drop off in front of the gym (merge as you reach that point). Please make sure any member of your family who may be picking up or dropping off knows the pattern of "snaking" through the lot and double stacking. Cones are there to guide us all! We want to be safe and the first time car riders can be easily spotted if someone has explained to them how it works! :-) Please have your child ready to exit the car on the LEFT SIDE with the backpack on and mask ready to go as well!


Students are navigating the new routines very well. Students are doing well getting on and off the bus. We exit the entire building in smaller groups and we are actually making great time! Please have students ready with their mask on when boarding the bus in the morning. Thank you for your patience at home.


Your children are getting excited for the new playground that is being installed. We had delays due to Covid, playground layout and broken down construction equipment. However, our PTO liaison persevered and the playground is going in and we hope to have children playing on it next week! Thank you to our GES Community and the organization and funding from the PTO for our new installment!


Your children have done wonderful in the cafe and at recess. It is wonderful to hear their voices, giggles and stories! Thank you for sharing your children with us!



Thank you,

Christi Thomas, Principal

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Students learning how the cafe procedures work

Dropping off or picking up an item for your student

If you need to drop off items during the school day please see our new procedures:


  • Label all items clearly with the student's and teacher's name;
  • Leave them on the table in the vestibule;
  • Ring the bell at the office door or call the office to let us know you've left the item.

We will pick up the items and get them to the correct person/place.


Similarly, if you have been directed to pick up an item from school please check the table in the vestibule.


Please help your students remember to gather everything they need for school before they leave home, and to bring the right materials home as well.

SAVE THE DATE

Virtual Student Material Pickup Day

Tuesday, September 15th, 2020
8-9AM & 11-1PM


Hi Geist Gators!


Virtual students, we have additional materials to provide you for continued virtual instruction. Families may come to the school between 8-9am or 11-1pm on Tuesday, September 15th. Please visit during the designated times as we don't want to interfere with morning drop off.


During the additional pickup day, families will drive to main entrance to pick up the following items:

  • Consumables (supplemental materials for the content areas)

  • Textbooks

  • Grade level/Related Arts/Teacher Materials

Please stay in your vehicle and pull to the main entrance. We will approach your vehicle and confirm your student's name and teacher. All items/bags will be labeled with your student's name.


We look forward to seeing you soon!

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Library News from Mrs. Pidcock

I was so excited to see students back in the library. Every week both the Red and Blue groups will be checking out 1 or 2 books.


For Virtual Only students I will be sending a forms questionnaire through your teachers. The questionnaire will need to be returned by Wednesday for curbside pickup on Friday. Sept. 14th to 18th will be the week for 3rd and 4th grades. Sept. 21st to 25th will be the week for kinder, 1st and 2nd grades. Books may be pick up and returned every other week. Check out will be set at 4 books. If you have questions, please call the school or send an email to me at kpidcock@hse.k12.in.us . I look forward to partnering with you for curbside service.


Kelly Pidcock

Teacher Librarian

HSE Body Safety Parent Nights

HSE district is offering a "Parent Night" Zoom session (see flyer). If more than 100 families express interest, another one will be offered later.


JOIN US FOR A ZOOM PARENT NIGHT TO HELP YOU BETTER UNDERSTAND THIS IMPORTANT INFORMATION YOUR CHILD WILL BE RECEIVING. Meetings will be held September 29 and October 2. Please see details in the accompanying flyer.


Please register here. Registrants will receive an email with the Zoom links the day of the parent nights.


For our elementary students, we will host Indiana Prevention (formerly Chaucie's Place) presentations during the week of November 16-20 via Zoom. 1st/2nd, 3rd/4th grade level classes will receive the presentation at the same time (for example: teacher logs into the Zoom call and projects it for the class).


More clarification coming on how our virtual-only students will receive the information presented from Indiana Prevention.

NWEA Testing September 14-25

The Fall NWEA Testing window is scheduled to be administered Monday, September 14th through Friday, September 25th on Red and Blue Days.


Virtual only students may test with their teacher during this time. Please email your child's teacher to notify them of your desire for your child to participate with the class on Red and Blue day Fall NWEA testing. The teacher will communicate the specific testing schedule information for their classroom. If you would like to receive additional information regarding alternative NWEA testing times during the scheduled testing window or opt out of Fall NWEA testing, please complete the NWEA Fall Testing Window Form. The NWEA assessments will only be completed in-person at the school building, the NWEA assessments will not be administered in a virtual manner. Virtual only families that do not complete the NWEA Fall Testing Window Form will be considered opting out of the NWEA Fall assessments.

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Student iPads

Please remember, student iPads need to be charged and ready for in-person and virtual instruction each day. Creating an evening routine that includes visuals is a great way to help build student's organization skills and independence. Evening Routine Sample Visual Chart


In the event a child forgets to charge their iPad, please send the student's iPad charger in their backpack so the iPad can be used and charged during the school day. In the event a child forgets their iPad at home, the teacher may ask the student to call and see if it is possible to have the iPad brought to the school front office.

PARKING LOT CHANGES

Please know that West Entrance is now an EXIT only and the East Entrance (bus lot) is an ENTRY only! Please stay to the side as cars will be sharing the entry with our buses.


Please click here for our new car rider map.

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Slime Party / Join Cub Scouts!

Slime Party / Join Scouts!

September 29, 2020

6:30PM


Come to our slime party with your friends and join Scouting! JoinScoutsIN.org


Text "JOIN" to 317-813-7125

Your HSE Elementary School will host an outdoor SLIME event on September 29th at 6:30PM.


Join Scouts Flyer

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Employment Opportunities at HSE Schools

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Community Insider

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Mudsock Youth Athletics Updates

Recreational Basketball Registration (K - 8th)

Swish. Did you hear? Registration opens Sept. 11th and runs through Oct. 31st for boys and girls interested in skill development and building a love for the game. Open to kindergarteners through 8th grade, the girls season runs from Nov. to early March. Boys (K) plays from Jan. -March, (1st-6th) Nov. - March and (7th/8th) Jan. - March. Opportunities for boys Rec Plus (3rd – 6th) also available. Information and registration can be found at www.myathletics.com.

HSE/Fishers Girls Travel Basketball (3rd – 6th)

Tryouts for Travel Basketball for girls in 3rd – 6th grade will take place on September 21st and September 22nd for Fishers and 22nd and 23rd for HSE. Program information and tryout details can be found here https://girlsbasketball.hsesports.org/Default.aspx?tabid=1208432. Athletes must be registered to attend at www.myathletics.com.

HSE/ Fishers Boys Travel Basketball (3rd – 6th)

Tryouts for HSE and Fishers Travel Basketball for boys in 3rd – 6th grade will take place on September 20th and 27th. Program details and tryout details can be found here https://www.mudsockbasketball.com/Default.aspx?tabid=1204023. Athletes must be registered to attend at www.myathletics.com.