Geist Gazette

October 29, 2021

Note from the Principal

Hi GES Families- We are in full swing of parent conferences and second quarter. Thank you for making every effort to meet with your child's teacher because we are aiming for 100% involvement! Hopefully you had a fun and relaxing fall break! We enjoyed the Indiana Dunes for a few nights this year! Indiana has so much to offer!

Thank you for getting back to routines at home and getting everyone to bed at an early time. We appreciate your efforts. Sleep is critical for good school day! November is busy with the Veterans Day program for 3rd and 4th grade students, Spell Bowl Competition for our 4th Grade Spell Bowl Team, and our Fall Festival. Thank you for your continued support!

Please take time to review the entire newsletter as we have lots of good information to share with you.

Thank you for sharing your children with us,



We are collecting our favorite Veteran pictures to share on the First Grade American Flag display in the X! Print out this template, include a picture of a Veteran and send to school anytime! Your teacher will put it up on the flag and we will honor our Veterans. Thanks to all our Veterans!


Water Bottles: Students are asked to bring a water bottle to school each day because the water fountains have been turned off. We have a water filling station that can be used to refill their bottles. Please remind your student to bring a water bottle to school.

We have been providing reusable bottles and single bottles to students who have forgotten theirs, but our supply has run out. We will provide paper cups for those students who have forgotten their bottles.

Attendance/Late Arrivals/Doctor Appointment: Please call the office or attendance line to let us know if your student will be arriving to school late, or if they will be out all day. 317-915-4260.


Parents if you would like to schedule to meet with one of the following staff members, please note available times below.

Katy Meier and Stacy Cook- Program classes

Susie Jacocks, ENL

Mrs. Thomas, Mrs. Laffey and Mrs. Keller

Monday- November 1- 3:30-5:30

Wednesday- November 3- 2:30-3:30

Wednesday- November 10 2:30-5:30

Jen Koenig-Music:

Tuesday-October 26 – 2:30-4pm

Tuesday-November 2 – 2:30-4:30pm

Tuesday-November 9 – 2:30-5pm

Rod Sutherlin – Physical Education

Monday – November 1 – 3:30-5:30

Wednesday – November 3 - 2:30-4:30

Wednesday – November 10 – 2:30-4:30

Erin Green-Art &

Stacey Zimmerman – Spanish:

Wednesday--October 27—2:30-4:30

Tuesday—November 2—2:30-4:30

Tuesday—November 9—2:30--4:40

Kelly Pidcock-Teacher/Librarian

Tuesday-October 26th 2:30-4:30

Tuesday-November 2nd 2:30-4:30

Tuesday-November 9th 2:30-4:30

Betsy Stankevitz - SLP

Monday- November 1- 3:30-5:30

Tuesday-November 2nd 2:30-4:30

Tuesday-November 9th 2:30-4:30

Artists of the Week

Artists of the Week for October 11 (top photo):

K: Fiona B. and Matthew D. in Ms. Crawley's class

1st: Zander M. in Mr. Baldock's class and Zainab Q. in Mrs. Silva's class

2nd: Janney M. and Cora M. in Mrs. Friedle's class

3rd: Jannat Q. in Mrs. Galliher's class

4th: Valeria P. in Mrs. Smith's class

Artists of the Week for October 25 (bottom photo):

K: Evan P. in Ms. Dawdy's class and Bailei B. in Mrs. White's class

1st: Jasria S. and Kadri M. in Mr. Savin's class

2nd: Jenna W. and Mina M. in Mrs. Diamond's class

3rd: Dylan D. in Ms. Dahl's class

4th: Olivia B. in Mr. Wiseman's class

Music Newsletter: Mrs. K's Corner

-Veterans Day Performance Information

-2nd Grade Musical Information

-Music Lessons & Videos from Class

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In the next two weeks students will practice body language and context cues when someone is sad or mad. You are invited to read the links for more information.

Week of November 1 - Sometimes we feel sad

Week of November 8 - Sometimes we feel mad

Holiday Assistance

GES and the surrounding communities would like to assist families in need this winter.

Families may ask for help with groceries. Donations are accepted to provide food to GES families in need. Food will be distributed prior to each Holiday.

Please click here for the request/donation form.

***If your family is in need of assistance re: clothing/toys, please reach out to Mrs. Lisa Keller at for assistance.***


Student Council Applications

Third and Fourth Grade Students

Do you enjoy helping your school and community? Are you a leader in your classroom and among your peers? Two representatives will be selected from each third and fourth grade class. GES Student Council will be accepting applications next week! See your teacher on Monday if you are interested in applying for this position.

The students were very excited about the BMX presentation prior to break-

Mrs. Thomas setting up the BMX show while Mrs. Beck was trying to give a math test.

Mrs. Caughman's class enjoyed the BMX Presentation

If You Are Having Trouble Loading the Safe Visitor Badge Barcode....

You may need to download the NEW mobile app. Safe Visitor has disabled their old App Store and Google Play apps. The new app must be installed using Safari (IOS) or Chrome (Android).

The app has a new look (pictured). Users will be asked to enter the visitor ID number when adding a badge/pass. The number is the 5 or 6 digit number under the photo on your existing badge.

Click here for instructions to download the new app. Please contact the office if you need assistance.

Student Fees are now Past Due

Student fees are past due and could be subject to additional processing fees. If you have not paid your fees or made other arrangements please check your student's Skyward account. Look for the Fee Management tab to find the amount due (it is the total of all fees listed).

Fees may be paid by check or via eFunds. Visit here to go to the eFunds payment site.

New Apps for Safe Visitor Badges and School Dismissal Manager

Both the Safe Visitor and School Dismissal Manager mobile apps have been updated for the new school year. If you are having trouble accessing either one you may need to delete and reinstall the new apps. Please refer to the information below.

Safe Visitor App Installation Instructions

School Dismissal Manager App Instructions

Mudsock Youth Athletics Updates

Recreational Basketball News:

  • Boys Basketball - Athletes in grades 2nd, 3rd and 6th will begin practicing this Saturday, October 30th. The 1st, 4th and 5th grade divisions will begin practice on November 6th. Please note the kindergarten division kicks off in January. More information here.
  • Girls Basketball - Athletes in kindergarten – 8th grade will take to the courts beginning Saturday, November 6th, for their first practices. We are excited to welcome a record number of female athletes. The league is finalizing team assignments and players should expect to hear from their coaches by early next week.

*Co-ed high school intramural basketball information will be released at the end of November.

Spring Program Registration:

Mark your calendars! Registration for spring baseball, softball, soccer, boys and girls lacrosse, rugby and track and field opens January 1st at Season information including divisions and program fees will be updated on our site at the end of December. Need a refresher over our registration periods? Find them here.

Calling All High Schoolers! MYA is looking for high school volunteers to be youth coaches in our leagues. Find the flyer here.

What's Coming Up at Geist Elementary......Click Here

You can search our school calendar by date or activity or just read the list for the next week. Call us if you have questions about items on the calendar.

HSE Schools Community Insider

Check out opportunities and activities on the HSE Community Insider on the HSE Schools webpage. You can find it here:

HSE Report It!

Hamilton Southeastern School District takes the safety of its students and staff seriously and fostering safe and supportive learning environments is a top priority across all our school buildings. HSE works closely with school buildings, the Fishers Police Department and area law enforcement agencies to protect our students, teachers, school leaders, and staff and to prevent emergencies before they arise.

HSE Report It! is a school safety mobile reporting app that allows students, staff, and community members to provide anonymous information about concerns for their own safety or the safety of others. HSE Report it!, can be downloaded via Google Play or the Apple App Store. It’s anonymous and reports are made exclusively through the mobile app. HSE Report it! will has no length limitations or the need to remember a short code. Reporters can attach photos, screenshots, videos, documents and/or audio recordings to their concerns and they can engage in a two-way dialogue with a real person.