Geist Gazette

March 29, 2017

Kindergarten Registration for 2017-2018


Tuesday, April 18th, from 5:00-7:00 PM ** (New Date)

A child must be 5 years of age on or before August 1, 2017

Online Enrollment is Now Open.

Click here for details.

Visit the HSE Website for more information, including early entrance.

Principal's Message

Thank you to all the parents who made their way out to support the GES Marketplace. It was a wonderful day! Your children are amazing. They display such passion and love for learning. The are curious and creative. Thank you for sharing them with us each day. We are honored. Thank you for your encouragement at home and thank you for your support of our school!

Have a safe and wonderful spring break.


Christi Thomas

ISTEP+ Testing Begins After Spring Break

Third and fourth grade students will begin ISTEP+ Part 2 testing with the Practice Test on Wednesday, April 12 through Friday, April 14. Students will continue testing through Friday, April 28.

It is critical that your child is present these days of school. In the event of an absence on a testing day, makeups must occur prior to Friday, May 5th.

How can you help your child?

  • Charge your child's iPad nightly.
  • Ensure your child is getting a good night's sleep leading up to and throughout the testing dates.
  • Ensure your child has a good breakfast.
  • Encourage your child to do their best and be proud of his/her effort.

Spring Pictures April 11

Spring Pictures will be taken on Tuesday, April 11. This is the week we get back from spring break. Flyers were sent home last week. Online orders will be accepted until the night before. Students who place an order online or bring a paid order envelope will be photographed. Two poses are offered.

Click here or visit and use the order code: 17363NB or 17363JB.

Students in Mrs. Wolf's 2nd grade class worked on persuasive writing.

Students each picked a product and wrote to the company about what they liked about the product and gave suggestions to make the product even better.

Four students wrote to Frito Lay about the chips they sell. Pat Wolter visited our classroom to share about the Frito Lay company.

Family Night at the GES Library

Mrs. Pidcock is hosting Family Night in the Library on April 11th. Children and their families may spend time browsing the collection, reading together and checking out 1 or 2 books per student. Kindergarten, 1st grade and 2nd grade are invited from 5:30-6:30. Third and 4th grades are invited from 6:30-7:30. Multi-age families may choose the hour which best fits their schedules. Geist Library has a wonderful collection of books through family support of book fairs and Friends of the Library Club.

Visiting Author - Troy Cummings

Author/illustrator Troy Cummings will be visiting Geist Elementary on May 4th. Each grade level will spend time with him discussing his work. Troy may be best known for his series of beginning chapter books called Notebook of Doom. Children will have an opportunity to pre-order one or more of Troy's book for autographing. Click here for the order form.

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Friends of the Library

Thank you and congratulations to KJ M. for his recent donation to the Friends of the Library club.

2017 District Art Show T-Shirts

T-Shirts are available - return your order by Thursday, March 30. Please click here for the order form.

Notes from the Music Room

*Our 3rd and 4th graders are working hard in their recorder groups. Students are learning new pieces to play, and learning new notes as they progress.

*Our 2nd graders are working very hard on their 2nd grade Musical called "The Principal and the Pea" The musical will be presented on May 10th at 7:00. Please put this date on your calendars! We are beginning in-class auditions for solos and speaking parts. The students are learning to follow a musical score and learning movement to the songs. We look forward to performing for you! Please watch for further communications about any extra practices and costume information.

*Our first graders are learning new songs and playing instruments with the songs. We have recently learned to play hand bells, and are currently working on xylophones. We are also learning about different instrument families, such as Brass, Woodwind, Strings and Percussion instruments.


Thanks for all of your support with Jump Rope and Hoops for Heart. We are over $24,000 and I will have a final total soon. As I said in earlier newsletters, this amount will put the school over the 1/4 Million $ mark for our school over 13 years!!!! AMAZING

Another Thank You to the PTO for the awesome rock climbing/traverse wall. The students are already putting it to good use and having a great time with it.

One last thing

Fourth Grade Track starts on April 10. We will meet on Mondays and Fridays until May 15. Check with me for more info.

Have a great break and stay active and healthy!!

Rod Sutherlin

Geist Elementary

Physical Education

Student Council Spirit Day April 21

Student council will have a spirit day on April 21. The theme is career day! Dress up like your favorite career. Bring $1 to support Emma’s Art Cart at children’s hospitals. Student Council will also be holding an art supply drive in April to help Emma restock her art carts. Visit to learn more about Emma’s Art Carts.

Suggested donations include:

coloring books, crayons, construction paper, glue sticks, glitter glue, stickers, scissors (kid or adult), play-doh, modeling clay, wikki sticks, model magic, watercolor paper, white cardstock, sketchbooks, water-color paints, canvas boards, colored pencils, charcoal markers, sharpies, drawing sets, and mechanical pencils.

Classroom Requests 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

Celebrate Diversity at GES!


At Geist Elementary, we want to celebrate our diversity. To become a more welcoming school, we are planning a special project. This is where we need your help!

We want to know how you say ‘Welcome to Geist’ in other languages. If you speak a different language in your home other than English, please send Mr. Reynolds an email or a letter with the below information.

Welcome to Geist-_______________________________

Language used- __________________________________

Thank you, and if you have any questions, please email 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.

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.

Permitted use of school newsletters as required by the Equal Access Act is not an endorsement of this group or this group’s beliefs by Hamilton Southeastern Schools or the Board of School Trustees.


Chess Club Starting April 12

Click here for registration information. Please remember to use School Dismissal Manager to allow your student to stay after school.

Engineering for Kids Starts April 14

Click here for registration information. Please remember to use School Dismissal Manager to allow your student to stay after school.


Geist Half Marathon with Geist Elementary

Get those running shoes ready to go!!! Break out your Geist Gators spirit wear! Please join our school group this May and run the Geist 5K. If you are interested, please follow the instructions below.

Go to

Click "Register Now"

Click the green "Tickets" tab

Click on the “Enter Promotional Code” in the upper right hand corner of the screen

Enter “SchoolProgram2017” as the program code

Please make sure you choose “School Program / Pay Now” Do not choose just School Program

Complete the registration form

If you have questions, please call or email. I hope to see a large group representing Geist.

Rod Sutherlin

HSE HS Robotics Camps June 2017

Community Service Movie Night at Fishers High School

2017 Knights Cheer Try Outs Information

HSE Fishers Youth LaCrosse Give Back Wednesdays

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

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Mrs. Many's Kindergartenders used the game headbandz to work on inferencing.