GEIST GAZETTE - Welcome Back!!!

September 4, 2020

Message from the Principal-

Hello Gator Families- We are very excited to have your children back in our building on Red days and Blue days next week. Please take time to review all the information in the newsletter as it includes a great deal of resources.

This week we have sent you emails with our virtual tour and the arrival and dismissal procedures. In this newsletter we've included a video about our bus procedures. We will do all we can to provide a safe environment for your child! Please help us by checking daily on any symptoms your child has. If they show Covid symptoms, please do not send them to school. We appreciate your cooperation and efforts to protect all students and staff.

We will welcome your children with open arms into school next week. Please know the halls will be lined with staff to assist your children! Thank you for sharing your children with us!

Remember YOU have Homework for this weekend. Please confirm on school dismissal manager your child's dismissal plan for next week. Have an amazing and restful weekend.

We are excited to see the children!

Christi Thomas, Principal, and the amazing staff of GES

NWEA Testing September 14-25

Dear GES Families,

The Fall NWEA Testing window is scheduled to be administered Monday, September 14th through Friday, September 25th on Red and Blue Days. Virtual only students may test with their teacher and classroom during this time.

Please email your child's teacher to notify them of your desire for your child to participate with the class on Red and Blue day Fall NWEA testing. The classroom teacher will then communicate the specific testing schedule information for their classroom.

If you would like to receive additional information regarding alternative NWEA testing times during the scheduled testing window or opt out of Fall NWEA testing, please complete the NWEA Fall Testing Window Form by Wednesday, September 9th.

The week of September 8-11th additional information will be emailed to families who have requested alternative in-person group NWEA testing options.

Thank you!

Lynn Laffey

Assistant Principal

Geist Elementary

Teaching Safety Techniques

Please share the following videos with your family to understand the safety principles we're following at school.

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Please know that West Entrance is now an EXIT only and the East Entrance (bus lot) is an ENTRY only! Please stay to the side as cars will be sharing the entry with our buses.

Please click here for our new car rider map.

Bus Protocols during COVID-19

Enrichment Opportunity for Virtual Students

During 50/50 instruction students who are not at school on a given day can participate in two open enrichment sessions provided by building specialists. Students will access these zooms through their classroom canvas page under the Virtual Enrichment button. Kindergarten, First, and Second grade enrichment will take place at 1:00 and 1:30. Third and Fourth grade enrichment will take place at 2:00 and 2:30.



Music class will be taking place both indoors and outdoors this year. I suggest that you put sunscreen on your student and maybe even have them wear a hat and/or sunglasses to music class when we are outdoors only. A water bottle would be good to bring outdoors as well. As it gets chilly in the Fall, your student might want a jacket or sweatshirt. I will try to put on the Canvas Calendar when we will be outside so you can plan ahead. Please note, things might change last minute due to weather.

3rd & 4th grade virtual choir will be starting September 9th. More information will be emailed to all 3rd & 4th grade families later this week.

--Mrs. Koenig,


Students will need to bring their school supplies (art box) to class. I would suggest using the plastic bag that contained the art supplies from pick up. This would be a great way to carry supplies to and from art class. Students should bring their own pencils, scissors, glue sticks, and coloring tools. If you do not have an extra set of these materials at home, your student will need to take them home for their virtual days.

--Ms. Green,


Students will need the app Kahoot installed on their iPad. Also, they will need to bring their art box/bag supplies to class.

--Mrs. Zimmerman,


Students will need to wear gym shoes and bring a towel for class.

--Mrs. Povinelli,


Students will need to wear gym shoes and may bring their water bottle to class.

--Mr. Sutherlin,

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K-2 Students - Items to Send to School

If your students is in grades Kindergarten through 2nd please send an extra set of clothes in their backpack each day. Thank you.
Weekly Announcements September 4, 2020

COVID-19: When Can a Student Return to School?

The Indiana Dept. of Health has issued guidelines for the return to school following exposure to COVID-19. Please click here for more information.

Report It!

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. Please see our website for more information about safety in our schools.

Each issue of the Geist Gazette contains a link to the HSE school safety page. Look for the Mental Health & School Safety button further down the page.

Thank you!

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Get Involved with Geist Elementary PTO

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