GEIST GAZETTE

October 2, 2020

Note from the Principal:

We are super excited to start at 100% next week! With this advancement in our phase, I thank you in advance for continuing your routines at home and having patience with carline and bus dismissal times. We will continue to make an effort to space children out when walking the hallways and when exiting the building. We will continue to have zones in the cafeteria and at recess to minimize crossing of cohorts. Students will continue wearing masks in the school building but masks can be taken off when students are outside and 6 feet apart. Teachers will attempt to get outside to teach and instruct to allow for mask breaks and fresh air! Please encourage your children to bring a sweatshirt or a light jacket as we enter the cooler months!


Carline- Please be prepared that our carline will have more cars starting on Monday! There are tasks you can do to help us streamline the carline process.

    1. The coned path will continue throughout the entire school year.
    2. Please double stack as much as possible through the entire parking lot except for the area in front of the gymnasium for drop off and arrival.
    3. Please take turns merging upon arriving to the gymnasium area (coned area) for drop off and arrival.
    4. Have your child ready to depart from the car upon pulling up in front of the gym area where we have 9 cones. If you are an early arriver, please know that the bell rings at 9:40, so begin preparing at 9:38 with the backpack, lunch bag and mask.
    5. Please have your child exit the car on the driver side.


Bus dismissal- Our buses are triple routed so we do often have to wait for buses to arrive. Thank you for your patience. This week is already going better because the city has finished paving in front of the building! It looks good and we appreciate everyone's patience as we got through last week!


Your children are doing an amazing job in the building! Thank you for reinforcing the mask wearing, hand sanitizer and cleaning of hands. They really are doing GREAT!


Thank you again for your continued support of our teachers and staff. We appreciate you!


Christi Thomas

Principal

School Pictures are Tuesday and Wednesday!

School pictures will be taken October 6 & 7. Please look at the schedule below for your student's picture day. All sales are online only. View the order form here for pricing.


Online orders may be placed at:

INTER-STATE.COM/ORDER

Use Order Code: 52099XB


Tuesday, October 6

Barmore, Minieri, Savin, Baldock, Knox, Kelber, Friedle, Diamond, Biggs, Bullock, Boyd, Wiseman, Frazer, Dahl, Scott, Kappus, Cook


Wednesday, October 7

Beck, Galliher, Cobb, Dawdy, Lamb, Many, Rader, Dyer, Harvey, Miller, Dobbins, Smith, Bradburn, Schmitt, Meier


Virtual students are invited to come to GES on Wednesday morning from 8:30 - 9:45 to have their photos taken. We will schedule a retakes day at a later date.

Are You Receiving Our Messages via EMail AND Text?

We send a lot of information to families, particularly at the beginning of the year. Recently we've sent a couple of text messages regarding bus delays. More often we will send our Geist Gazette and other less urgent messages via email to the families of our entire student population.


Messages are sent to the email addresses and mobile phone numbers as indicated in the family's Skyward account communication preferences. You may check your communication preferences by logging into Skyward Family Access and scrolling to the "Skylert" tab. You will see your name, email addresses and phone numbers. Refer to the attached photo and follow these directions:


  • To receive email messages go to the Contact Info at the top of the page. Please check the Emergency, Attendance, General and Survey boxes for the appropriate email address.
  • To receive text messages go to Text Messages at the bottom of the page. Enter the mobile phone numbers and check the Emergency, Attendance, General and Survey boxes.
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We know the mornings can be busy! Please remember to set out the mask and optional school approved breakaway lanyards the night before! THANK YOU!

2nd Graders Stem Project

Second graders did a stem project! They first read a book called If My Mouth Was a Volcano. Fishers Pediatric Dentistry donated toothpaste for this project. The idea is that the tube of paste is your mouth and the toothpaste is your words. The challenge was to put the toothpaste back in which was impossible. So: be careful what you say because words can't be taken back :) Then we did three experiments with ingredients to cause volcanoes!

Hearing Screenings

Hearing Screenings for students learning in person:

During the week of October 12th, hearing screenings will be completed for Kindergarten, 1st, 4th, and any new students who move to the HSE school district. Students will receive a slip of paper to send home to families if they passed. If they fail the screening, the student will be re-screened in 2-3 weeks and a referral will be sent home at that time if hearing continues to be a concern. Feel free to contact the school's Speech Language Pathologist via email if you have any questions regarding your child’s hearing: mcanter@hse.k12.in.us.

Do You Need Bus Transportation?

As we enter Phase III many parents are looking for bus transportation. If you wish to send your student to and/or from school on a bus you must first be assigned to the bus. If you cannot see a bus number and stop information in SKYWARD then your student is not assigned to a bus yet.


Requests for bus transportation should be sent to GES via email. When the bus assignment is scheduled and assigned we will notify you. Click here to request bus transportation.

Helping Families within Geist Elementary

Geist Elementary School has a tradition of offering assistance to its families in need. Traditionally we have accepted donations from staff, GES families and community organizations and distributed items to families within our school community who may need help getting through the winter break and holiday period. If you would like to DONATE or REQUEST assistance please refer to the Holiday Assistance link below.



Additionally this year we are participating in a program that will enable us to provide take-home snacks to students whose families would like to participate. Indy Snack Attack is a charitable, non-profit program offered to students in need. There is no cost to the participant or the school. The program is optional and participants can opt out anytime. For more information about Indy Snack Attack please visit www.indysnackattack.org. If you wish to sign up your student(s) for the program please refer to the GES Nutrition Club link below. If your student is already receiving the Snack Attack packs it is not necessary to sign up again.


Is Your School Dismissal Manager Set Correctly?

Please check your student's default setting in School Dismissal Manager to be sure it indicates where your student should go after school. This is especially important if you are changing from the current setting to car-rider, bus or YMCA.


If you are coming to school for the first time this year please be sure you've got it set correctly. If you need a reminder of your login credentials please email ecross@hse.k12.in.us or call 317-915-4260.


Car Riders: Please write your student's name in bold ink on a piece of white 8.5' x 11' paper. We are not using FastLane numbers just yet.

Mrs. K's Music Corner

Look into the following items in this week's Music Corner:

-Grades

-Canvas Assignments

-Veterans Day

-Phase II Lessons

-Pictures

and more!

https://www.smore.com/gvda4

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Volunteering for a Field Trip?

All volunteers with HSE Schools are required to obtain a Safe Visitor Badge. This includes field trip chaperones. You can check your renewal date by looking at the badge on your Safe Visitor App or checking with the GES office.


Click here to apply for or renew your Safe Visitor Badge.

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SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS NEEDED

Work while your kids are at school! The demand for substitute teachers is extremely high. HSE subs have an opportunity to pick their hours and even the schools they prefer. Please consider a position as a substitute teacher. Click here for details.

PARKING LOT REMINDERS

  • Walkers and bike-riders are to stay on the grass and not in the parking lot. Cones are set to indicate the area.


  • 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.


  • Drivers are to remain in their cars in the car rider line. Please DO NOT get out of your car in the drop-off or pick-up line.


Please click here for our new car rider map.


Check out our video car rider instructions here.

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Student Fees Are Due Today

Student fees are due by 10/2/20. To view student fees, login to Skyward and click "Fee Management".


To avoid additional fees, please pay the balance in full by Friday, October 2nd. If paying by check, please make check payable to Geist Elementary and include your student's full name and ID Number in the memo line. You may also pay online via e~Funds by choosing "Student Fees" when prompted. If payment arrangements are needed please contact Kristi Ray at 317-915-4260 or by email karay@hse.k12.in.us.

https://payments.efundsforschools.com/v3/districts/55481

Click here for Lunch Menus

Browse the menu, pay for lunch and more.

The School Day is 9:45-3:15 each day! See you Monday!

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