Growing Together

Geist Montessori Academy@GeistAcademy

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Volume 9: September 27, 2020

Dear GMA School Family,

Peace Day was a beautiful celebration of community!

It is so incredible to witness our classrooms creating collaborative peace and real change in our world. Each classroom is committed to using their gifts and talents for the greater good, and outreach projects will be done throughout the year by all grade levels. I loved hearing the students’ ideas for peace; please see the photos featured, and enjoy their inspirational insight.

Along with this, just as the trees’ glide into a kaleidoscope of color before our very eyes, transformation of hearts and achievement is being witnessed in all of the classrooms. Thank you for working each and every day to bring out the richness of character and true colors of your child and one another. Each week, we can feel our sturdy strength as we grow together. I am so impressed by our community spirit, grit, and dedication to our GMA school family.

Speaking of strength, the Super Hero Run is coming WEDNESDAY, September 30th!

Please encourage your students to dress as their favorite super heroes, and see the attached PTO documents for further information. Remember, you are your child’s first and greatest Super Hero!

As we fly into another week, please know how grateful we are for you and ALL that you do!


Cindy Schuler

Executive Director

Geist Montessori Academy

(317) 813-4626

Of all things, love is the most potent.

-Maria Montessori

Dates to remember

Upcoming Events

9/30 Super Hero Run Fun! Dress in Costumes!

10/7 FALL Concert ONLINE link released at 7 p.m.

10/9 End of Quarter

10/12 Picture Day, NEW quarter and classes begin

10/14-10/16 Parent-Teacher Conferences

10/15-10/16 Early Release at NOON

10/20 School Board Meeting, 5:30 p.m.; PTO 6:30 p.m.

10/22-23 Fall Break

10/30 Dictionary Day, Informaton coming soon

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kaleidoscope of compassion

Peace Education is the seed that transforms into a kaleidoscope of hope of wonder. It reveals itself in many methods and manners in the Montessori classroom. Early on, children play the silence game and learn to quiet their bodies, helping them center and discover peace. Though the classroom is quiet, there is an interested buzz in the air, as curiosity and self-control align.

Children in a Montessori classroom have authentic learning opportunities and are free to move about the room and work on projects that pique their interest.The rich curriculum beginning early on, exposes students to history, science, and geography lessons, teaching them about their world in the past and present. As such, they develop a broader lens to see the world and a greater sense of pride in humankind, as they learn about its beginnings, accomplishments, and wondrous ways.

Connections that transcend time and place are unveiled and analyzed, radiating the gift of life. Students begin to see everything as one, the goal of Peace Education. They learn how to work as a community, help one another, and resolve conflict independently. Most importantly, though, students come to appreciate their own unique gifts and talents and are afforded opportunities to spread their light to others.

On Monday, September 2, all around the world, International Day of Peace was observed.

Geist Montessori Academy students gathered together and shared songs, ideas of peace, and made pinwheels of peace to disperse kindness and bliss to ALL!

This is what peace means to me:

Talya, " Friendship."

Callahan, " Saying I love you and meaning it."

Jude, "Loving the peple who are hurting the most."

Amaya, "Being nice."

Ellsie, " Showing respect and doing things for others."

Melanie, " Never cheating or doing wrong."

Cara, "Being kind to one another."

Let us learn from the children and spread the kaleidoscope of compassion.

Stretching learning is easy when there is Student Choice, voice, and engaging lessons

sunshine spreaders!

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Spreading joy and kindness this week:

Maeve Sterley

Cora Parker

LeAndra Anderson

Ethan Ratliff

The Entire Acorn Family: multiple deeds of care and compassion ( featured below)

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It's time to fly in the fun! It's GMA's Super hero Run!

SUPERHERO RUN On Wednesday, Sept 30th,!

ALL students will participate in our annual Superhero Run! The children are encouraged to dress like a superhero of their choice, including medical professionals. This year we are not able to run/walk/dance as a group but we can still pledge to make healthy choices, for example, eating healthy food and exercising daily.

Please take pictures at home and send them to: We want to encourage families to also send pictures of your child dressed up to the family and friends who gave donations in their names. Students are asked to raise money through donation requests to family members and friends.

Please assist your child in finding sponsors who may be willing to support Geist Montessori Academy. We are hoping for each student to raise at least $50. This will enable us to provide financial support to our school and teachers for:

● Community events provided free or at-cost

● Field Trip support

● In-school enrichment opportunities (guest speakers/artists/scientists)

● Classroom and specials support

● Special fund for outdoor play equipment

Any questions please reach out to Jessica Gray (VP Fundraising):



Hello GMA Families!

This week's video is about the different parts of the brain that work together to allow us to function in everyday life. Part of the Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) process is learning about the brain and how it functions. There are so many parts of the brain! Knowing the functions of the brain can help students get a better understanding of how their thoughts, emotions, and actions are processed. Having a better understanding of the biology behind these thoughts, emotions, and actions can give us a new perspective on how to better manage them. If you have any questions, please let me know!

Thank you!

Michael Skiles

Geist Montessori Academy

School Counselor

317-813-4626 EXT: 104

Mr. Michael's Week 6 Video: Parts of the Brain

GRIT at play

Notes from the nurse

Flu season is around the corner!

There are many ways we can help fight the flu this season. Some of the ways we are all working together to fight coronavirus will also be ways we can help combat the flu in our school community. In addition to wearing masks, frequent hand hygiene, and social distancing, getting a flu vaccine is strongly recommend this year as well as staying healthy and being diligent about other healthy habits.

Protect yourself, your family, and your GMA community this season with an annual flu vaccine for everyone in your family who is 6 months and older. While the timing of flu season is unpredictable, seasonal flu activity can begin as early as October and last as late as May. CDC recommends that people get vaccinated by the end of October, if possible. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body that protect against influenza virus infection.

Other healthy habits we can all participate in are things like, getting enough sleep at night, playing outside, riding bikes, not sharing food with friends, continuing to staying home when we do not feel well, and eating healthy. Ways you can add in extra nutrition for your family are by making sure you pack or prepare at least 1 fruit and 1 vegetable for lunch and drinking at least half your body weight in oz of water per day. For reference, a 60lb person would want to drink about 30 oz of water (the size of a quart of milk), and a 135lb person would want to drink about 68oz of water (the size of a 2 liter).

You have the power to protect your family and the GMA community against flu this season. Get yourself and your family a flu vaccine. The Indiana Immunization Vaccine Coalition is offering a free mobile vaccine clinic to GMA the week of October 5th. You can receive this year's flu vaccine, vaccines that are due now, or ones you need to catch up on for you or your students, and never leave your car. Fill out the pre registration form and look for more details next week! Fight the Flu!

Nurse April

Kaleidoscope of learning

pto meeting coming!

Topic: GMA PTO Meeting
Time: Oct 20, 2020 06:30 PM Indiana (East)
Every month on the Third Tuesday, until Dec 15, 2020, 3 occurrence(s)
Oct 20, 2020 06:30 PM
Nov 17, 2020 06:30 PM
Dec 15, 2020 06:30 PM
Please download and import the following iCalendar (.ics) files to your calendar system.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 954 7527 8995
Passcode: jXU4tX

GMA School Calendar

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Virtual or LIve, GMA always thrives!

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GMA's Sensational School Board!

Our sincere appreciation is extended to our amazing school board for their service to GMA!

President: Uriah Ellis

Secretary: Lacey Willard

Treasurer: Andrew Cavallaro

Members at Large: Karen Swan and Mark Clark

Meeting Dates: October 20, 2020 (*Pending Fall Break calendar), December 15, 2020, February 16, 2021, April 20, 2021, June 15, 2021

*All Meetings begin at 5:30 pm and are open to the public. Meetings will be held at the physical school location or virtually, as needed.

We look forward to our continued partnership, as we grow together for the better!

"Children of the World" Virtual Choir

Children of the World, featuring GMA students!!!

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Meet our incredible School Family staff members: Enjoy Photos and Letters

Please enjoy this special edition newsletter, filled with letters and photos from our 2020-2021 staff members.

Meet our 2020.2021 Staff Members

We are so excited to grow together for the better!

Meet Geist Montessori Academy's Executive Director: Cindy Schuler

GMA Contact iNformation


(317) 813-4626


6058 W. 900 N.

McCordsville, IN 46055

growing together for the better!