October 7, 2016
Notes from the Principal...
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!
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 www.schooldismissalmanager.com 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
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: www.chauciesplace.org.
If you have any questions please contact school counselor John Reynolds at firstname.lastname@example.org or 317-915-4260
Friends of the Library
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:
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 email@example.com , 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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: https://youtu.be/9vSEA5jeYTg.
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.
HSEF PastaBowl Results
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 email@example.com, please email Vicki Foutty (firstname.lastname@example.org). If you have not yet completed the background check, click here to get started.
Want to keep up on what's happening at school?
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Check our website: hse.k12.in.us/GES
The Geist Gazette goes out every other Friday. We will send it to you via email and post it on our website under the News tab.
School Building Calendar: Click here to see our activities before, during and after hours.
Lunch and Breakfast Menu: Click here to see what's being served in the café.
Prices and other information: Click here for the food services website.
Geist Elementary PTO
EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES AT GEIST:
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 email@example.com to RSVP for the game.
Fishers Fire Department Open House at Station 96
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.