Geist Gazette

January 8, 2016

Upcoming Dates

Monday, Jan. 11

Spanish Lessons

Engineering for Kids

Science Bowl

Tuesday, Jan. 12

Geist Running Club - 3rd Grade

Yearbook Club

Mad Scientist Monday

Topsicle Tuesday

Book Club

Destination Imagination

Wednesday, Jan. 13

Yearbook Picture Day

Choir Practice

Math Bowl

Thursday, Jan. 14
Spanish Lessons

PTO Board Meeting

Math Bowl

Science Bowl

Friday, Jan. 15

Half Day of School for Students; School is dismissed at 12:01

Geist Running Club 4th Grade

Monday, Jan. 18

Martin Luther King Day - No School

Tuesday, Jan. 19

Geist Running Club 3rd Grade

Yearbook Club

Book Club

Destination Imagination

Science Bowl

Wednesday, Jan. 20

Choir Practice

Math Bowl

Thursday, Jan. 21

Science Bowl

Spanish Lessons

Math Bowl

Friday, Jan. 22

Geist Running Club 4th Grade

Chess Club

Specials Rotation

Jan. 11 - Jan. 15 - Week 2 (PLC)

Jan. 18 - Jan. 22 - Week 1

Lunch Menu

Jan. 11 - Jan. 15 - Week 3

Jan. 18 - Jan. 22 - Week 1

Click the links to see the lunch and breakfast menus. Visit the HSE Food Services page for prices and nutritional information.

BRRRRR.....Winter's here! Dress for the Cold

The winter weather has arrived and it's cold! Please send your children to school with appropriate outdoor clothing - warm coats, gloves, hats and boots when snowy or wet. As stated in the student handbook, children will go to recess on the playground on days when the temperature is above 15 degrees unless conditions are otherwise hazardous. Remember to label your children's items in case they are misplaced.

Notes from the Music Room


All 4th grade students need to bring their recorders back to school no later than Monday, 1/11.


Choir will resume Wednesday, January 13th. We welcome new 3rd and 4th grade singers to our choir! Please get a sign-up form in the music room if you would like to join us for 2nd semester. (All current members do NOT need to sign-up again!) on Tuesday, Feb. 23rd at 7:00 p.m.

Talent Show News


It is time to sign up for an audition date for the 2016 GES Talent Show! The auditions are open to all students at Geist Elementary. Students may audition with a song, dance, gymnastics, hula hoops, magic, comedy, cheer, art, instruments, skits, or any other great talents!

Please practice with your group or alone and audition with a stage-ready act. We will provide a clavinova (digital piano), a stereo, and tumbling mats. Please have music on a CD (cd-R form, please.) We are unable to play music from a phone or iPod/Pad.

Parents must sign up for student audition times. Please go online to:


Entry code NPU151612

Please remember to sign up for only ONE time for all of the people in your group, if in a group. One parent will need to sign up for the whole group.

Auditions will be held 1/25-1/29, from 3:45-5:00 each day. The Talent Show is on Tuesday, Feb. 23rd at 7:00 p.m.

Art Room News

Artist of the Week:

Jan 4: Gracie P. in Mrs. Killinger’s class


Thank you so much to all of the purchases made during the first semester from the Artsonia website! So far this school year our school has earned over $900, which is used to purchase art supplies for our GES artists! As we get back to work in January, look for more artwork to be posted. If you have questions about Artsonia or how to view your child’s artwork, please contact me.

Ms. Green

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!

Thanks so much for all the Goodies, Gifts and Gift Cards. All of your generosity is greatly appreciated. I hope you all had a great break and are ready for a great second semester. It is an honor to live and work in such a great community! Thanks and remember to stay active!!
--- Rod Sutherlin, Geist Elementary Physical Education

Geist Elementary Library News

Geist Elementary participated in the All for Books campaign during our book fair in November. Thanks to our students we were able to donate $953.00 worth of books to Dayspring Center, which provides emergency shelter, clothing and meals for homeless families. Our donation consisted of so many books that the center decided to create their own library. Your generosity helped bring more knowledge, imagination, and love for reading into the lives of children in central Indiana.

GES Science and Engineering Fair - February 11, 2016

GES Science and Engineering Fair is February 11th. Deadline for entry into the Science Fair is January 15th. Please complete the entry form and return it to your teacher. If you have questions please contact Susan Galliher at 915-4260 x 1632. Please print the entry form from GES’s website .

Click here for the Science Fair Information and Registration Form.

Science and Engineering Fair Parent Volunteers Needed!

We are looking for parents to help with Science Fair set up (evening of February 10th) and to volunteer during the Science Fair on February 11th. If you are interested, please contact Cindy Orris at .

Science Fair Judges Wanted

Are you a science fan? The GES Science and Engineering Fair needs judges!! These volunteers will be needed on February 11th to judge the science fair entries. If you are interested, please contact Cindy Orris.

What To Do If You Suspect a Disability/Child Find:

If your child is age 2 ½ through 21, attends any school within the Hamilton Southeastern Schools boundaries or you live in our community, and you suspect your child may have a disability, you should contact us for more information.

· For children at least two and a half years of age, but not yet age-eligible for kindergarten, you should contact the Early Childhood Assessment Team at Brooks School Elementary School, 915-4250.

· For students who are eligible for kindergarten through age 21, you should contact your child’s teacher, school counselor or building administrator to discuss your concerns and explore the steps to be taken. If your child is not enrolled in public school, you should contact the counselor or building administrator in the building your child would attend if enrolled.

Response-to-Instruction (RtI)

RtI is a general education initiative designed to provide high quality instruction and interventions matched to student needs, and using learning rate over time and level of performance to make important educational decisions. The RtI model is based on a three-tiered model of service delivery with a focus on early intervention and prevention of academic and behavioral concerns. Data collected during this process provides valuable information regarding students’ educational progress and response to interventions. Students who do not demonstrate a response to well-implemented, scientifically-based interventions at the Tier 3 level would be referred for an educational evaluation to determine eligibility for special education. RtI is a component of HSE’s Child Find Process.

Chess Club beginning January 22

Cloud City Chess Club is offering a winter session at GES beginning Friday, January 22. Check out “” for details and registration information.
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Southeastern Swim School

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Fishers Library Activities

What's happening at the Fishers Library (HEPL) in February? Click here for highlights, and here for younger children.

Enroll in 4-H

Don’t forget the 4-H enrollment period ends January 15th!! For more information on how to enroll, call the Purdue Extension Office at 317-776-0854 or go to It is easier than ever with the online system, The $25 fee per child includes all Indiana 4-H program fees.

S.P.O.R.T.S. News

Spring 2016 Registration – Open registration for baseball, softball, soccer, boys and girls lacrosse, rugby, track and field and boys volleyball will take place January 1-31 with a late fee beginning February 1. Parents may register online by submitting a paper copy to the S.P.O.R.T.S. office. Parents who register with a paper registration form will need to submit the form with check or cash payment. Credit cards are not taken in the office. Parents registering online can pay online with a credit card or can print the registration form and submit it to the S.P.O.R.T.S. office with check or cash payment. Visit the S.P.O.R.T.S. website for more information.

S.P.O.R.T.S. Boys Volleyball – Boys volleyball will be offered in the spring of 2016! Registration will begin on January 1. Plans are being made for a season beginning in April after spring break. It will be a 6 week session for boys in grades 4-8. A board will be formed in February to finalize the details. Please contact Marcy Morrolf with interest or questions, or visit the S.P.O.R.T.S. or volleyball website for more information.

Southeastern Rugby - Early online registration for Southeastern Youth Rugby, grades 2-8, is officially open. There will be a $10 late fee after January 31, so sign up now at Don't forget to also register your child with Rugby Indiana at

HSE-Fishers Boys Lacrosse will be holding stick skills clinics on January 5, 12 and 26 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. All are welcome to attend, but stick skill sessions are geared towards players new to lacrosse or with 1-2 years of experience. We will focus on basic stick management, passing and techniques. These stick skill sessions will be held indoors and the cost will be approximately $45. To register or for more information, please email

HSE-Fishers Boys Lacrosse Callout Meeting – If your son is interested in playing SELECT or TRAVEL lacrosse this spring and you weren’t able to attend the first callout meeting, it is important that you attend the callout meeting on January 13. We will be announcing some important changes to the program. Topics will include travel and select boys lacrosse. We will discuss team structure, tournaments and lacrosse in general. Parents are encouraged to attend if their sons are interested in trying out for travel or select lacrosse. Select teams play rec lacrosse as well as limited travel tournaments. A third call out for rec lacrosse will be held in February. The meeting will be held in the Billericay Community Room from 6:30-8:00 p.m. You can reach boys lacrosse at or Daniel Coppersmith 501-1871.

Hamilton Southeastern Royals Boys’ Basketball Youth Night will be on Saturday, January 16 when the Royals face the Anderson Indians. The JV game starts at 6:00 p.m. with the varsity game to follow around 7:30 p.m. All boys in the S.P.O.R.T.S. rec basketball leagues will be admitted free if they are wearing their team jersey. We encourage parents to attend the game with their sons. Immediately after the conclusion of the JV game, teams and coaches from the rec league will be recognized on the basketball floor – and will then help welcome the Royals out on the floor for warm-ups. Rec teams should plan to arrive by 6:45 pm and meet in the west lobby (the lobby nearest the HSE bench) during the fourth quarter of the JV game.

National Winnie the Pooh Day Celebration, Back in Fishers Jan. 17

Books, cartoons, movies; Winnie the Pooh and his friends have been a childhood favorite since they were created by A.A. Milne in 1882. Winnie the Pooh came to life in these classic novels and for the third consecutive year Fishers Parks & Recreation is bringing him to Fishers for a free, National Winnie the Pooh Day celebration. Families are invited to Cumberland Park on Sunday, Jan. 17 from 1 to 4 p.m. The celebration includes:

  • Photo opportunities with Winnie the Pooh! Charge the batteries and don’t forget a camera, these photographs will be memories that last a lifetime.
  • Opportunities to play inside. Let’s face it, January weather is tricky. Indoor activities will include coloring pages, table top games and light refreshments to enjoy while warming up.
  • A.A. Milne’s characeters also brought to lifePooh Sticks, and families will have the chance to play Winnie the Pooh’s favorite game on the bridge. Outdoor activities also feature the chance to build an Eeyore House from sticks, explore animal artifacts and books to enjoy at the 100 Acre Wood story nook.

Winnie the Pooh Day is a drop-in program, meaning families are welcome to stop by any time during the event. This program offers a unique opportunity for children to learn more about our environment through these famous characters. Those planning to stop by are encouraged to wear their favorite Winnie the Pooh clothing, bring their favorite stuffed animals to enjoy the party and share photos from the event on Facebook and Twitter.

Escape the House this Winter with Fishers Parks & Recreation

Winter blues got your little one down? Skip the video games and head over to Roy G. Holland Memorial Park for Dragon Pottery! This pottery program offers the opportunity for children ages 2 through 10 to get artsy. On Saturday, Jan. 23 children and their parents will arrive at 1 p.m. to paint their own 3 piece dragon and enjoy hearing the story Dragons Love Tacos.

Dragon Pottery is being hosted with help from Creative Escape who will kiln fire the pieces after the program concludes. Finished pottery pieces will be available for pickup from the Fishers Parks & Recreation office 7 days after the program concludes. Dragon Pottery costs $20 for residents and $30 for nonresidents, and all supplies are included.

Secure a spot for your child in this program by registering online, today!

Bring those Pinterest Pins to Life with Fishers Parks & Recreation

Let’s face it, we all spend hours on Pinterest pinning new recipes to try, restoration projects to embark on and crafts that could really invigorate the spaces we live in, but who really has the time to bring these pins to life? Now, thanks to some help from Fishers Parks and Recreation, residents 13 and older can dedicate on evening to a DIY Pinterest craft! Join us on Jan. 26 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Roy G. Holland Memorial Park Building for Pinterest Night: Mobile. Perfect for a girls night out, mother daughter evening or a new solo activity participants will create the perfect decorative piece.

Pinterest Night: Mobile costs $8 for residents and $12 for nonresidents. Each attendee will create their own craft that can be used to spruce up a dorm room, given as a gift or hung around the house. Don’t take our word for it, share this email with a few friends and secure a spot today.

Space is limited, so visit our website to register online!