Geist Montessori Academy@GeistAcademy
Volume 4, December 29, 2019
So Much Gratitude!
Sweet Meet and Greet at the New Campus
Warm your hearts with a special gathering at the new campus on Wednesday, January 8, from 6:00-7:00 p.m. This open house format will allow students to see their new classrooms before coming to school on Thursday, January 9. Be sure to check out the gym and enjoy some Cookies and Cocoa with the PTO.
New Car Rider Line Procedures
Secret Santas Were on the Loose
Important News Regarding Entrances, Exits, and Appointments
Along with this, due to the car line dismissal time of 3:30, there will be no student dismissals permitted after 2:45 p.m. Therefore, please make all appointments for your children before 2:45 p.m. In order to properly manage the flow of car line dismissal traffic, any student needing to be picked up beyond 2:45 p.m. will have to join the rest of the students in the regular car line procedures.
Snuggle up season
Volunteers Needed January 3, 12-3:00 p.m.
The closet shelves for the teachers have arrived at the new campus, but they need to be assembled. If you are available to assist with this, we will be building these in the gym on January 3, from 12-3:00 p.m. Please come any time during that window of time and be a part of the helping hands team.
The lockers will also be arriving on January 3, and we will need help unloading these from the truck, as well as securing them to the walls. If you are interested in helping with locker assembly, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Better Together: Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
We are looking forward to an exciting evening of gratitude, friends, and fellowship on Friday, January 31, from 6-7:30 p.m.! To help celebrate our grand opening, we are looking to showcase our children's, families', staff's, and community's gifts and talents. Please complete this form if you or a family member is interested in performing, planning, or helping to prepare for this event.
Enjoy some learning in action
eLearning Days : January 7 and January 8
With the transition and move into the new GMA building, there will be two eLearning Days in January: Tuesday, January 7 and Wednesday, January 8.
Per Indiana Department of Education, "eLearning Days have given the option for continuing an instructional day away from traditional time limits and brick and mortar setting. This innovative program has evolved into an engaging instructional model used in many Indiana schools to keep the sequence of learning going in spite of weather and other challenges. More importantly, it has provided teachers and students the opportunity to engage with digital resources, to collaborate virtually, and to develop digital skills that are used and valued beyond K-12."
Please enjoy the eLearning PowerPoint Presentation by Mr. Logan, presented on October 3 to explain the process: http://gmacademy.org/e-learning-day-november-1st/
Additionally, please find the attached board policy pertaining to eLearning Days. Students should have received their eLearning day work before leaving for winter break.
NWEA MAP Growth Assessments Reports
Recently, your child took a MAP® Growth™ test from NWEA® on a computer or tablet. MAP Growth scores help teachers check student performance by measuring achievement and growth. Teachers use results to tailor classroom lessons and set goals with students.
MAP Growth tests are unique, and they adapt to your child’s responses in order to measure your child’s skill level. If your child answers a question correctly, the next question is more challenging. If s/he answers incorrectly, the next one is easier. These results will provide a more complete picture of what your child knows and is ready to learn—whether it is on, above, or below grade level.
Based upon the results, students set goals within their classroom and assessed their strengths and opportunities for improvement. The NWEA results were sent home with the students’ second quarter progress reports on Friday, December 20.
We are truly excited to focus on your child’s individual growth and achievement. For more information about MAP Growth, visit NWEA.org/familytoolkit.
January 7-8: eLearning Days
January 8: Sneak Peek, 6:00-7:00 p.m., Cookies and Cocoa
January 9: First Day for the GMA staff and students to be together: Better Together!
January 14: PTO Meeting
January 17: eLearning Day, Professional Development
January 20: MLK holiday or eLearning Day
January 21: School Board Meeting, 5:30 p.m., gym
January 31: Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, 6-7:30 p.m.
February 13: Skating Party, 5:30 Learn to Skate, 6-8 p.m.
February 14: eLearning Day, Professional Development
February 21: Family Dance, 6-8 p.m.