Geist Gazette

January 5, 2018

Principal's Message

Happy 2018 Geist families! I hope you all had a wonderful winter break. The staff is excited to be back in action with your children. As a faculty, we spent January 3rd in training on conferring opportunities in writing workshop and helping our students become stronger readers. We are continuing our work on our curricular resources of Every Day Math and our Units of Study in Reading. Our teachers are working hard at goalsetting with your students for second semester. I encourage you to take time to ask your children what their goal is for second semester.

NWEA reports will be sent home districtwide later in January. In addition, report cards are accessible today. Please take time to review the reports and if you have questions feel free to contact your child’s teacher.

We look forward to a wonderful second semester and we thank you for sharing your priceless children with us each and every day. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to school staff if you have any questions.

Blessings of happiness and health for 2018,
Christi Thomas, Principal
The office staff would like to thank all of you who brought treats and good wishes during the days leading up to Winter Break - well, all semester, actually! Thank you for the smiles and kind words. It's a pleasure to see each of you when you visit.

Artists of the Week

Artists of the Week for Dec. 11:

K-Margo S. in Ms. Dawdy's class

1st- Lexa M. in Mrs. Cameron's class

2nd-Molly G. in Miss Schmitt's class

3rd-Alexis G. in Mrs. Ireland's class

4th-Alexis T. in Mrs. Tappendorf/Steveson's class

Makerspace News

Thank you to everyone who has donated supplies for use in the Makerspace. Currently we are in need of straws, pipe cleaners, foil, masking tape and 2 regular sized glue guns and glue sticks for them. You may drop off the items in the office or send them with your student. Please mark your donation "Makerspace Supplies".

Looking for Library Volunteers

Please consider volunteering in the library for second semester. Help is needed on Tuesdays and Thursdays each week from 9:00 to 10:00. Your tasks would be checking in and shelving the books returned for the day and helping children exchange their books for new ones. If you are interested and want more information, please call or send an email to Kelly Pidcock at

Global Studies Update (Spanish)

Dear Parents,

We have been having a great time in Spanish class! Through whole group and small group activities, songs, projects, movement, rhythm, and art, we have covered a lot of ground in a short period of time! Students have learned how to ask and respond to the questions, “What is your name?” and “How are you?” They have learned various greetings and expressions including hello, good-bye, good morning, good afternoon, good night, and thank you. They have worked on numbers 1-10 (both sequentially and non-sequentially). They have learned that there are twenty-one countries in our world where the main language is Spanish; and they have discovered some fascinating facts about Mexico and the Mexican culture. It has been exciting to see the students proudly using Spanish in the school environment! Click here for the list of some of the vocabulary that we have been covering in class, so you can continue using the language at home if you would like.


Stacey Zimmerman

GES Science & Engineering Fair - February 1

The science/ engineering fair kickoff has begun at Geist Elementary. Information packets and sign ups are available through the GES website and in the office. Any first through fourth grader can take part in the fair.

The science/ engineering fair will take place February 1st during the school day. Students will present their science OR engineering project to judges and the top two winners in each grade will represent Geist Elementary at the Central Regional Science Fair on February 24th at Marian University.

Click here for the 2017-2018 Science & Engineering Fair Information Packet.

Science / Engineering fair projects are a great way for students to solve problem, investigate, and learn how things work. If you have any questions, please contact Susan Galliher ( or Abby Miller (

Lunch Menus and Visitors

Click here to see what's being served in the café.

Click here for the food services website.

We are practicing smooth transitions and procedures in the cafeteria as our students adjust to the school schedule. The cafeteria is not open to visitors at this time. We will open for visitors after Labor Day.

Want to keep up on what's happening at school?

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This newsletter, the Geist Gazette, goes out every other Friday (although it may be sent again next week). We will send it to you via email, and post it on our website under the News tab.

Click here to see our building calendar. This lists activities before, during and after hours.


Text-A-Tip is a program that allows students, parents or others to anonymously send a text or email message to our school resource officers and school administrators about concerns they may have for their own safety or the safety of others. Text-A-Tip will be actively monitored during the school day. It should not be used for emergencies—Call 911 if you need immediate help. Click here for frequently asked questions...

Submit Via Text

Texts can be sent to 274637 (or CRIMES). Start the actual message with the # symbol and a building-specific keyword. For a list of keywords, click here...


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HSE Schools Community Bulletin Board

HSE Schools has created a Community Bulletin Board on its district website. This will serve as a central location to find information about activities and events promoted by organizations that serve our students and their families. This is where the Fishers Library, YMCA, S.P.O.R.T.S. and other groups' registration information will be located.