Geist Montessori Academy@GeistAcademy
Volume 12, February 23, 2020
shake, rattle, and Roll!
let's go to the hop!
Our GMAzing family was having a ROCKIN' good time at the Sock Hop!
We appreciate all that you do!
A special thank you to the creative and dedicated calendar committee!
The 2020-2021 Calendar was approved by the board on 2/19. Please make note that all snow days will be eLearning Days on the day of the occurrence. As such, all of the typical FLEX Days are now DAYS OFF. The committee was also mindful to put Professional Days/eLearning Days next to already scheduled breaks to keep the learning more fluid and to aide parents in scheduling.
In addition, start and end times will remain the same, Pre-K and Kindergarten: 8:30-3:00 and 1st-8th grades: 8:30-3:30. We hope you enjoy that your input was heard and the majority vote on both surveys was used to build the calendar. Again, we are so appreciative of your feedback on the surveys and the dedicated team who created the calendar.
We love reading at GMA!
GMA is WILD about Books: Book Fair Coming and eWallets are EASY!
Escape into the wilds of reading with the Scholastic Book Fairs® spring 2020 elementary school theme, Book Fair Jungle: Elephants, Tigers, and Books, OH MY!
The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to GMA March 9-13!
Students will get to make a wish list on Monday, March 9. Please refer to the attachment below. They will be able to purchase items during their class' scheduled time slot March 10-11. The Fair will also be conveniently open during the Student-Led Conferences.
Wednesday, March 12, the Fair will be open until 8:00 p.m. and Thursday, March 13, the Book Fair will be open until 6:00 p.m.
Give your student a secure, cash-free way to shop the fair. Simply create a free account, pre-authorize a spending limit, and have funds immediately. Check out some of the books that will be showcased by reading the book blurbs attachment below!
Book Buddies Needed!
If this interests you, please sign up in the parent volunteer Book Buddy Link:
An informational meeting will be held, Wednesday, February 26, from 10-11 in the conference room for more details. If you are unable to attend, please contact Cindy Schuler, 317-813-4626.
Hope to see you there!
We love learning together!
the Dynamic PTO Needs YOU!
Help create the memories!
Would you like to positively impact GMA in concrete ways? Join the PTO!
We are an organization of parents and teachers giving our time and talents to make GMA a great community for our children. Board members for next year will be elected at our April 14 meeting. Contact Anne Tordai firstname.lastname@example.org for details on the following roles:
VP of Teacher Appreciation
VP of Fundraising
We are eager to have you join our PTO!
Small Group Lessons Bring Learning Alive!
STEM CAmp Forms due this week!
STEM Club - Mechanical Engineering
STEM Club with Engineering for Kids starts March 3 for students in grades 3-8 ( K-2 begin April 14). This session's topic is Mechanical Engineering. They will learn the basics of energy , traction, aerodynamics, and trajectory all while constructing roller coasters, catapults, and more.
Please refer to the attached registration form due Feb 28.
Limit 20 students
“We must clearly understand that when we give the child freedom and independence, we are giving freedom to a worker already braced for action, who cannot live without working and being active." Maria Montessori
February 26: Parent Volunteer Meeting, conference Room, 10-11 a.m.
March 3: Engineering for Kids
March 4: Schuler Scoop
March 7: Come cheer on the Robotics Team at the State Championship!
March 9-13: Scholastic Book Fair: WILD About Books will be open Wednesday, March 11, until 8 p.m., and it will be open Thursday, March 12, until 6 p.m.
March 11: End of Third Quarter, Student-Led Conferences
March 12: Early Release at noon, Student-Led Conferences
March 13: Early Release at noon, Student-Led Conferences
April 2: International Festival
April 3: Flex Day (or eLearning)
April 6-10: Spring Break/No School
April 16: Enrollment and Parent Montessori Education Night
April 20-May 15: iLearn State Testing
It's spring enrollment time!
Additionally, current GMA families, it is that time of year to let us know if your current student has a sibling not currently enrolled in GMA that wishes to enroll for the 2020-2021 school year. Per our charter regulations, siblings of current students have priority. If you have a student that will be joining us for the 2020-2021 school year, please complete this form:
Please contact Ms. Jane with any questions or concerns, 317-813-4626.
Learning labs are going well and will continue until the end of the month. Parents will be notified by February 28 if their child will be invited to join a learning lab or if their child will be be invited to continue in the lab for another 5 week session. The second round of FREE tutoring will run from 3/9-4/24 ( Spring Break is in that time frame.) We are so excited to be able to provide this extra layer of support for our students and look forward to further enhancing their achievement and learning development.