PTO Corner September 25, 2022

Geist Elementary School

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IMPORTANT UPCOMING PTO DATES

September 27 - Picture retakes & new student photos

September 27 - October 3rd - Mums pickup dates at Wasson’s

September 30 - Elearning Day/Staff Development/No students at school

October 3 - October 7- Spirit Week

October 7 - Gator Gallop

October 13 - PTO Board Meeting @ GES Conference Room - 9:30am

October 17-October 21 - Fall Break

November 4 - Fall Festival

Gatorade made surprise visits to the kids during recess!

Notes from the PTO

Hi everyone. As we enter the final weeks of our Gator Gallop Fun Run fundraiser, we wanted to answer some questions for those who are new to the school or haven’t heard about the changes for this year. We also want to thank Hoosier Pediatric Dental Group for their sponsorship of our DJ at Gator Gallop and Crew Car Wash at Hamilton Town Center for their sponsorship of our bubble machines!

Q: What is Gator Gallop?
A: Gator Gallop is our main student fundraiser, which funds many of the things that the PTO purchases for the students and staff throughout the year. Students are currently collecting pledges to run in the Gator Gallop during school hours on Friday, October 7th. This year, we have a newly designed course (seen below), which will be set up in the GES soccer field. Each grade will be on the course for 20 minutes and then will end the run with a 100 foot bubble chute, lined with parent volunteers, leading them to a DJ-led dance party on the playground.


Q: How does the PTO use the funds that the students raise?
A: Below are some of the ways that the money raised is used within our school. We also invite you to attend our monthly PTO Board meetings (2nd Thursday of the month at 9:30am in the GES conference room) to find out more about what is being planned. Please let us know if you plan to attend (gesptopres@gmail.com) so we can reserve a spot!

• Individual teacher/grade level specialty grants written by the staff
• Grade Level Grants to fund enrichment programs and materials such as the Embryology Project
• $400 per teacher classroom allocation
• Beautification of the exterior of the school from Earth Day efforts
• Geist Memorial Scholarship
• Teacher continuing education
• Supplies and programming for character education
• Resources for art and music education
• New resources for art education
• Teacher appreciation events
• disAbility awareness program
• Winter Celebration, Science Fair, Science Night, Gator Gallop, Field Day & other events


Q: Are parents allowed to attend?

A: Yes, we will be sending out a signup to collect parent volunteers. As a volunteer, you will be assigned a location on the course to assist the students with different obstacles. We will also have parents around the course and lining the bubble chute, to keep the bubbles flowing throughout the event. All volunteers must have current safe visitor badges and follow the expected guidelines listed here https://www.hseschools.org/departments/student-services/school-safety/visiting-and-volunteering


For any other questions, please contact Angie and Amy at gesptopres@gmail.com.

Geist Elementary PTO Board

Gator Gallop Fun Run Course Map

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September Dine to Donate THIS MONDAY!

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Gator Gallop Fundraising is Under Way!

We are SO EXCITED that the Gator Gallop Fun Run is BACK this year!!! The 2022 Gator Gallop is currently scheduled for Friday, October 7, 2022, with a rain date of October 6th.


Each grade level will walk, skip, gallop, dance and limbo their way through a course set-up outside during school hours. The Gator Gallop is a safe and healthy way for Geist Elementary students to raise money for the one-and-only school fundraiser instead of door-to-door selling. Our goal is to obtain or surpass $50 in pledges per student and all money received will be used in support of the school! This is such an important fundraiser for Geist Elementary, and we need your help to make it a success! Please set-up an online donation account for your child by following the steps below!


1. Go to https://geist.myfunrun.com/

2. Click on “Register to Run”

3. Simply fill out the info for your child and a page will be created for them!

*If you have more than one child attending Geist Elementary, please create separate logins and pages for each student so that we can track their fundraising goals individually.


Should you have any questions, please contact Andrea Wright at agantzer@hotmail.com.

GATOR GALLOP SPIRIT WEEK OCTOBER 3rd-7th

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Fall Festival Food Vendors

The PTO and the fall festival committee have been hard at work planning for the Fall Festival on November 4. We have started booking food vendors for the festival. Advance food tickets will be available for purchase from Chick-Fil-A and Marcos Pizza to enjoy in the cafe. Chick-Fil-A will offer chicken sandwiches and 8 piece meals for $8 and Marcos Pizza will have large cheese and pepperoni pizzas for $12. There will not be any day of sales available for Chick-Fil-A or Marcos Pizza. Drinks will be available to purchase for $1. We will have food trucks outside for cash and credit purchases. Be on the lookout for additional information going home soon!
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Class Assigned Silent Auction Basket Themes

Be on the lookout for communication from your child’s Room Parents regarding the class assigned Silent Auction basket theme! Each class (Grades K-3) will be collecting donations for a basket that will be auctioned off at this year’s Fall Festival. Donations will be collected through Fall Break.

Staff Appreciation

One of the ways the GES PTO gives back to the school is through staff appreciation events and keeping the staff lounge stocked throughout the year. Here are a few highlights from the start of this school year!


We welcomed all GES staff back to school with a stocked staff lounge and a catered breakfast from The Original Pancake House in Fishers. We are so appreciative of our partnership with them each year and thank them for supporting our staff!


If you own a business and are interested in partnering with us or in sponsoring a staff appreciation event please reach out to geistptotreasurer@gmail.com. If you are looking for other ways to support our staff appreciation efforts here are some quick links!

Staff Favorite List

Stock the Lounge Amazon Wishlist

Mum Pickup

If you ordered mums they can be picked up at Wasson’s, located at 13279 E 126th St, Fishers, starting Tuesday, September 27th through Monday, October 3rd. Pickup hours are 9am-6pm Monday-Saturday and 10am-5pm Sunday. Thank you for supporting GES!

Thank You to Our Diamond Sponsor

Friends of the Library

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Easy Ways to Support GES!

Do you shop at Amazon or Kroger? If so, there is an easy way to donate a portion or percentage of your purchases to Geist Elementary. Although the percentage may seem small, the total amount back to GES adds up significantly the more people that register! These rewards programs do not cost anything to sign-up and are easy to register by using the following steps:

Amazon: Anytime you make a purchase on Amazon, go to Amazon Smile to shop at www.smile.amazon.com. Choose Geist Elementary PTO, Inc as your supporting organization and GES will receive 0.5% of your total purchases.


Kroger: Register your Kroger Plus Card at www.Kroger.com/account/enrollCommunityRewardsNow. Then, sign into your Kroger account and link your card to GES’s organization number which is GU130. Then, shop and swipe your Kroger Plus Card at the checkout and GES will earn cash! We had about 140 registered cards last quarter and GES earned over $4400 last year!


Thank you for registering and giving back through these programs!

Soda Drinkers! This is for you!!

If you are a soda drinker, Coke Rewards can be used to benefit Geist PTO! When you make Coca-Cola purchases, you simply enter the product codes here: Coke Donations (or google Coca Cola Gives)and our school receives a donation.
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We need box tops! If you haven't already, please download the Box Top for Education app and start earning for Geist Elementary.

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