Geist Gazette

November 18, 2016

Note from the Principal,

What a week we have had at Geist Elementary! The last time I wrote, Mr. Reynolds and I spent the day launching pumpkins on the catapult in the bus lot and that evening and weekend we packed our bags to head off to Washington, DC to bring home our banner and plaque for our National Blue Ribbon Award!

The Ceremony in DC was amazing! The Secretary of Education, Dr. King spoke to us about the need to have our children learn about their civic duty of being good citizens, serving others and learning about government. He also shared the need for schools to help children be problem solvers and innovators. In the back of my head I thought about the Marketplace that will be taking place in March where our students will create a business, market their product, sell their product and then donate their proceeds to a cause in the local area! I am so thankful that we have a community that supports our innovative projects and a staff willing to allow for risk taking to occur in the classroom!

This week was action packed with the school book fair, breakfast for our staff on Monday, Tuesday was the Night Zookeeper (an engaging online writing resource for students), Wednesday was blue day and bring a stuffed friend to school (the sea of blue in our building was beautiful), Thursday was dress your best for the Mayor, Chief of Police and Superintendent and Friday was Career Day. We have celebrated and been blessed by your kind remarks.

On Monday, we will be hosting our school board at Geist Elementary for a special celebration of our staff! We are honored that the GES Choir has been asked to sing at this special celebration for our National Blue Ribbon Award. That night, we will also have special guests Senator Donnelly and Congresswoman Brooks enjoying time with our staff.

Thank you for your continued support of our school and the staff! We make a great team! I do hope each of you enjoy the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. What a wonderful time to pause and show thanks for all that we have!

Feeling blessed and thankful,

Christi Thomas, Principal

Introducing Mandy Sanchez - our new tech specialist

Mandy Sanchez has joined the Geist Elementary family as a tech specialist. She is here to help with our ever-growing technology needs in the classroom. Tech Specialists are available to provide assistance on rented IPADS only. We are sorry, however HSE does not work on personal devices. Any parent who needs assistance with an HSE device should contact the child's teacher who will follow up with Ms. Sanchez and communicate next steps.

Artist of the Week

Artists of the Week:

Nov. 7: Ella R. in Ms. Smith's class, 3rd grade

Nov 14: Declan P. in Mrs. Ward's 1st grade

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Ella R's Artwork

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Declan P's Artwork

Art Room News

Please consider a gift from Artsonia this holiday season! You can order a large variety of items featuring your child's artwork, and 20% of your purchase is given back to GES art for purchasing supplies. Now through December 15, you can receive 25% off one item by using the promo code HolidayFunds16 when checking out. Details are available on the website, If you need assistance accessing your child's gallery, please contact Ms. Green at Your continued support is highly appreciated!

If your workplace has unwanted paper or card stock, please consider donating it to the GES art room. It can be of any size of color. Thank you!

Career Day at GES

We say THANK YOU to the many parents, grandparents and friends who offered time today to participate in our Career Day. The children loved the interactive format. Who knows how many students you have inspired with your experience?

Science Fair - January 25

The GES Science and Engineering Fair promotes interest in science and technology. The Science and Engineering Fair will take place on January 25 during school hours. Entry forms with project outline are due on January 15. The Science Fair is open to all GES students in grades 1-4. Science Fair projects may be submitted individually or in pairs. All projects will be judged for awards and displayed in the gym after school for parent viewing. Grade level winners will be expected to compete in the Central Indiana Regional Science Fair on March 4, 2017. Information will be posted on the website or you may request a packet from your teacher. For more information, click here or visit the GES website at

Science Fair 101 - Information & tools for a great science fair project

Monday, Dec. 5th, 6:30 - 8:00 PM- Café

Not sure where to start? Eliminate science fair stress! Attend this special family event where Rick Crosslin, “Mr. C the Science Man” will give you the information and tools for a great science fair project! Don’t miss the new activities this year. The meeting will be in the GES cafeteria. Cost: $5 per student. A limited number of scholarships are available for those who cannot afford the fee.

Pre-registration is required. Please return payment with the registration form to your teacher in an envelope marked “Science Fair 101” by November 28. Click here or visit the GES website to access the registration form. The school office also has forms available.

Lost and Found is overflowing!

See this picture? This is our lost and found table. You can't see the sign because the table is so full! If your child is missing something please ask him or her to check lost and found, or if you're in the building please check it too! It's located outside of the Music Room.

Thanksgiving Break - November 23-25

Students are in school Monday and Tuesday of next week. There is no school Wednesday through Friday due to the Thanksgiving holiday. School resumes Monday, November 28.

Do you need help for the holidays?

If your family is in need of assistance this holiday season please contact John Reynolds, our counselor. He can be reached at or by calling the office, 317-915-4260.

Lunch Menus and Visitors

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

Click here for the food services website.

We love our lunch visitors! Please remember that we are unable to offer lunch to our visitors. You are welcome to bring your lunch; please no restaurant-packaged food.

Thank you to our PTO for all you do!!!

Our PTO takes such good care of us - thanks especially for today's box lunch. What a special treat!!

Student Council Canned Food Drive

Geist Student Council is sponsoring a food and household goods drive for Third Phase in Hamilton County.

The drive will begin on November 28 and conclude on December 7.

Items needed by Third Phase include:

boxed and canned goods

personal hygiene items

office supplies

batteries (AA,AAA, 9V)

household items and cleaners (trash bags, paper products)

bottled water

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Look for the Goodwill collection bin in our lobby. Thanks for your help!


Next week, we are asking all HSE Schools champions to rise! Not only do we have 24 hours to shower our schools, faculty, and staff with compliments, but thanks to this team of local philanthropist you can double your donation! Every dollar donated to HSE Schools Foundation on Giving Tuesday will be matched up to $21,000. That means double the impact for literacy, STEM, mental health, social justice, fitness, and more!

Help us reach that $21,000 goal on Tuesday, November 29 by visiting to make a gift of any size. And don’t forget to give a special shout out to that special teacher, coach, bus driver, counselor, nurse, custodian, or staff member.

And join us in thanking David Becker, Will Bryan, Kevin Clasen, Bud and Karen Colglazier, John and Amy DeLucia, Joe and Florie Eaton, Michelle and Greg Fullhart, The Henderson Family, Todd Huston, Jon and Kyle Kroehler, Tom and Tricia Long, Greg McDaniel, Kurt and Cathy Meyer, Tracy Mills, Mike and Paula Peterson, Gary Reynolds, Sundesh and Sneha Shah, Susan Binford Taylor, Corby Thompson, Greg and Charron Wright for their commitment to every student, every grade, every school!

Check out the Great Work of our HSE Foundation

The Hamilton Southeastern Schools Foundation has been hard at work for you.

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Club Registrations at Geist

We have several clubs and activities that take place before and after school at GES. Please be thorough when submitting registrations for these activities. Registration forms should include the student's full name, teacher and grade, parent's current contact information and payment if applicable. Thank you.


Gobblers Jog 5K

@ Saxony in Fishers
Thanksgiving Morning

Enjoy Family Health and Fitness Before Your Thanksgiving Day Celebration!

Click here for details.

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Southeastern Swim Club

Southeastern Swim Club is holding tryouts for the Short Course Season. Click here for details.

Fusion Winter Dance Clinic

Parents Night Out!

HSE High School student leaders are sponsoring a Parents Night Out December 3. Click here for details.

Fishers Library Activities

Click here for December happenings at the Fishers Public Library.


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