Geist Gazette

October 7, 2016

Notes from the Principal...

We were so excited to finally share out about our National Blue Ribbon Award! Thank you for the kind regards to our amazing staff. We were notified that we were selected from the Department of Education (1of 9 Indiana schools) back in January and we then went through a very extensive application process. The last hurdle was to assure we made AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress) with the 2015-16 testing results. I was made aware of that in early September. It is hard to keep a secret! Thank you for your support of the staff and your children. We look forward to continuing our great success. Together, we make a great team!

Speaking of team, we are excited to start parent-teacher conferences over the next month! Enjoy this time working with your child's teacher and hearing about the progress your child is making at GES. Please contact your teacher throughout the year with any questions you may have.

I can't wait to see everyone next Friday night for our Fall Festival! It is going to be great time. Thank you for your support of the most AMAZING PTO in the State of Indiana! Go Gators!

Feeling blessed,

Christi Thomas, Principal

School Dismissal Manager is up and running!

Thank you to all our parents who have signed up on School Dismissal Manager! GES parents are the best!

We will begin using SDM exclusively next week. Please visit to set up your child's default setting using a desktop. Daily changes may be made on your phone or tablet. Don't have a user name or password? Click here.

  • SDM is for changes at the end of the day only (car riders, bus, YMCA, clubs, etc.)
  • Early releases are requested with a note, not SDM.
  • Absences should be reported with a phone call to the office.
  • The Default setting should be what your child does most days of the week.
  • Use recurring dismissal or daily exceptions to make any change from the default. Once you've set the default please do not change it; call the office.

School Dismissal Manager also has Frequently Asked Questions and tutorials to help navigate the system.

Celebrate Gator Gallop and Fall Festival week with Spirit Days!

  • M- Neon Bright Day- Neon colors, hats and sunglasses allowed

  • T- Work Out day- Get ready for the big day on Friday in your workout clothes ( jersey, sports pants, favorite team)

  • W- Wacky Wednesday- mismatch and wacky hair

  • Th- Rainbow Grade level day- K- Red, 1st- Orange, 2nd- Yellow, 3rd- Green, 4th grade- Blue, Specials, Staff and CFL/Lifeskills- purple

  • F- Gator Gallop Shirt (students will get these at school Friday) and walking shoes for the Gallop

School Pictures - Retakes October 11

School Picture orders were sent home with students this week. Retakes are Tuesday, October 11. More information and order forms will be sent home soon.

School Directory

Did you know...that all student directory information is available to you for all HSE students in Skyward? Just log in and look for the "Student Directory" tab.

Smart Steps™: A Body Safety Program for Children

Geist Elementary is partnering again this year with Chaucie’s Place, a child advocacy organization in Hamilton County, to bring Smart Steps™: A Body Safety Program for Children to our Kindergarten, 2nd and 4th grade students on October 19th. Smart Steps™ is a child sexual abuse prevention and education program that empowers your child to say “NO!” to any unwanted touches that make them uncomfortable from anyone.

We invite you to attend a Chaucie’s Place Parent Night to learn more about the Smart Steps™program. Lantern Road Elementary will be hosting from 6:00-7:00 pm on Thursday, September 22nd and New Britton Elementary will be hosting on Thursday, October 13 from 6:30pm-7:30pm. These meetings are open to all parents and/or guardians of Kindergarten, 2nd and 4th grade students. Please be advised that Parent Night is not open to children. To learn more about Chaucie’s Place visit:

If you have any questions please contact school counselor John Reynolds at or 317-915-4260

Special Meals and Bonus Items during National School Lunch Week

National School Lunch Week starts Monday. Click here for the menu and bonus items.

Friends of the Library

Thank you and congratulations to the most recent Friends of the Library Club members. Books have been donated by (September) Ben S., Aidan P., (October) Grant L., Annabelle D., Will L., Nevin H., Ethan R., Ashley W., Harper C., Luke P., Nathan B., Audrey B., Conrad L., Abby K., Michael H., and Declan P.
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Artist of the Week

Congratulations to the Artist of the Week:

Sept 26: Liam P. in Mrs. MiIler's class, 3rd grade

Oct. 3: Adam H. in Mrs. Magill's class, 2nd grade

High Ability Parent Book Study

Are you interested in learning strategies to best meet the needs of your high ability child? Hamilton Southeastern School district is pleased to offer a four-session book study on A Parent’s Guide to Gifted Children by James T Webb, Janet L. Gore, Edward R. Amend, and Arlene R. DeVries. The book is considered a classic for high ability parents (Dr. Jan Davison). Meetings follow a discussion format without lectures. Walk away with strategies for addressing intensities, perfectionism, sibling issues, and underachievement. It’s a great way to network with other parents of high ability children.

Sessions will be on Tuesday evenings from 7:00-8:00 pm at the Administration Building on 13485 Cumberland Road in the West Conference Room. Meeting dates are:

October 18th

October 25th

November 1st

November 15th

The book club is limited to twelve participants, and only one member per family. Late registrants will be placed on a waiting list for a spring morning book club of the same book. I will be offering a book study of Mindset by Carol Dweck in the spring; it will focus on a conversation about growth vs. fixed mindset at a one-time meeting. I have enough copies of both books for all participants. Books must be returned at the end of the book studies.

If you would like to join the group, contact Meg Strnat, Hamilton Southeastern’s High Ability Coordinator at , who will be facilitating the book study discussions. Please include your child’s name, teacher, and school so that I can send home a copy of A Parent’s Guide to Gifted Children before the meetings start.

What are you Jamm'n to on your IPOD or cell phone?

At the start of school we take time to complete hearing screenings in kindergarten, 1st, and 4th grades. Proper vision and hearing is critical to learning! We believe it is very important to assure that students are not listening to electronic devices or to music in general at a loud level. We have all heard people jamming out in the car and on their IPODS. Please know that you may want to monitor your child's level of volume on their IPOD, IPHONE or IPAD. Did you know you can actually set the default sound volume if you so choose? Here is an article to help you with setting the volume. Enjoy some safe listening levels!

HSE Early Childhood Peer Program Program

Information for Early Childhood Classroom Peers – For Families in the Fishers Community

Applications for peers in our Early Childhood classrooms are being accepted now. Early Childhood in HSE creates an environment that affords all children the opportunity to develop friendships while becoming leaders and role models. Throughout the educational experience, children will learn about acceptance and diversity. Children enrolled in the four half day (M-Th) Early Childhood classroom will experience a student-centered preschool curriculum enriched with social skills and language skills along with academic activities. The skills and activities are linked to the Indiana State Standards for preschool which are precursor skills designed to promote kindergarten readiness. Children must be at least three years old and not kindergarten eligible. For information regarding how to enroll your child in this enriching learning opportunity, please stop by Brooks School Elementary for an application. If you have any questions about the peer program please contact the early childhood secretary, Beth Kiel, at 915-4250 or send an email to:

Send in Used Belts - Donations accepted at GES

Please help us, help HSE student Olivia collect belts for IPS. Please join in Olivia’s Don’t Waist Your Belt organization!

Over the past two years, Olivia was able to collect and distribute over 3,400 new and used belts, thanks in part to HSE school district! As a result of the successful belt drives, IPS has requested 3000 belts for this school year and needs your help. Connie Chew, our IPS contact, made a short video message asking for your help in collecting belts for underprivileged IPS students:

When Olivia started Don’t Waist Your Belt in fall 2014, IPS students were getting suspended for not wearing a belt, which is part of a complete school uniform. While she received good news last year that students are no longer getting suspended if a belt isn’t worn, a belt is still part of the required uniform. However, there are many more underprivileged students that need belts.

Check out the Great Work of our HSE Foundation

The Hamilton Southeastern Schools Foundation has been hard at work for you.

HSEF PastaBowl Results

The 2016 PastaBowl drive set a new record by collecting 15,228 pounds of food! To put that in perspective, that is more food than one local pantry gave out all of last year! Where does all that pasta go? Thanks to the PastaBowl team of Meijer, Harvest Food Bank, Citizens State Bank, ProShred, the Hamilton Southeastern Schools Foundation, and the Fall Creek Township Trustees Office that pasta was distributed to more than 40 area food pantries in Hamilton County as well as Second Helpings in Marion County. More than generating pasta, the campaign also raises awareness for the one in seven local children that struggle with food insecurities. Because when you're hungry, it’s hard to learn! The tremendous success of PastaBowl is attributed to the leadership and involvement of students at every school. A special congrats to the winners of this year's traveling trophies: Fishers High School, Riverside Intermediate, and Hoosier Road Elementary.

iPad/Student Fees due now

iPad (rental if applicable) and student fees are now available to view in Skyward. Fees were due by September 23, 2016. You can view your student’s fees in Skyward Family Access under “Fee Management”. Please note that fees that are not paid (or first payment made) by September 23rd are subject to additional processing fees. Please contact us for any/all questions regarding your child’s fees, we are here to help!!! Please allow 10 days to process fees in to skyward.

Families may pay via efunds or by sending in a check payable to GES. Please click here for further information.

Safe Visitor Badge and Visitors

Anyone intending to spend time in the school must have a SafeVisitor ID Badge. Please note this policy also applies to anyone wishing to join students for lunch (see below). If you have been approved as a volunteer with Hamilton Southeastern School Corporation and did not receive an email from, please email Vicki Foutty ( If you have not yet completed the background check, click here to get started.

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American Sign Language Club begins October 26


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Calling all Homecoming Royalty!

Former HSE Homecoming Kings and Queens are invited to attend the Homecoming Game on

October 7, 2016.

Please help us spread the word! We would like to have as many former Homecoming Kings and

Queens at the game as possible! We want to include you in the Homecoming King and Queen

Ceremony and announce your names.

If you are, or know any of the alumni listed below please have them contact Naomi Jackson at to RSVP for the game.

Fishers Fire Department Open House at Station 96

The Fishers Fire Department will hold its Open House on Monday October 10, 2016 at Station 96. This is our Geist fire station located at 104th St and Florida Road. The station will be open from 5pm to 8pm. Refreshments and safety reminder give-a-ways will be available as well as the Safety Trailer.

Great time for the community to see our newest station, meet the firefighters that protect them, and get an up close look at the equipment that makes it happen.

The Make A Wish Foundation is hosting a Haunted House October 28th

Hamilton Southeastern Wrestling Club Kindergarten—8th Grade

The Wrestling Club is accepting registrations. Please click here for the flyer.

The Liger XC Mile is Thursday, October 13

Fishers Library Activities

Click here for October happenings at the Fishers Library.


Click here for the latest SPORTS newsletter.