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Volume 14: November 7, 2020

Family, Friends, And fun!

Dear GMA School Family,

Thanks for supporting the PTO and coming out for some Friday night food, friends, family and fun! It was wonderful to see so many families, and we appreciate all that you do to build our supportive and caring school community.

This past week, students enjoyed learning in our outdoor space, sharing their thinking, and engaging in meaningful hands-on lessons. This Wednesday, Veterans Day, we will celebrate those who serve and have served our great country. As students dive deeper into their learning and understandings, we will also be offering free tutoring to those who may benefit from additional, small group lessons.

The tutoring sessions are formed by learning levels and subject areas; some learning labs are offered before school, while others are offered after school. Invitational letters went home last week, and these FREE sessions will run from November 9- December 18. If your child did not receive an invitational letter, and you believe that s/he would benefit from these small, supportive sessions, please feel free to contact me, and we will accommodate your child’s needs.

Still dancing upon our Indiana trees are those vivid red, orange, and yellow leaves. Wishing you a wondrous weekend to enjoy nature's glory, with a little walk on sunshine with your loved ones.

As always, thank you for your partnership in learning!


Cindy Schuler

Executive Director

Geist Montessori Academy

(317) 813-4626

Of all things, love is the most potent.

-Maria Montessori

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With love in our hearts, we remember!

Thank you, Robert Peden!

Branch of Service: Army

Years of Service: 4 years

Robert was deployed twice to the Persian gulf, where he was a cook, stood lookout, steered the ship, rigged underway replenishment, was flight deck firefighter, and gun magazine captain.

We are grateful for your service!

Dates to remember

Upcoming Events

11/11 Veterans Day

11/17 PTO Meeting, 6:30 p.m.

11/25-27 Thanksgiving Break

12/14-17 Winter Concert

12/15 School Board Meeting, 5:30 p.m.

12/18 End of Quarter

12/21-1/6 Winter Break

1/7-1/22 Virtual Learning

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sunshine spreaders!

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Spreading joy and kindness this week:

Marlee Davis

Carter Brown

Emory Bishop

Recipients not pictured: Reagan Hall and Morgan Begle

We love number work!

Warm Welcome to our New Exceptional Learner Coordinator: Jessica Hickman

Dear Geist Montessori Academy Families,

My name is Jessica Hickman, and I am excited to begin the next chapter of my career serving as the Special Education Coordinator and Art Teacher at Geist Montessori Academy. It’s a privilege to join this wonderful school community.

I’m a graduate of St. Lawrence University in my home state of New York. My undergraduate degree is in Education and Fine Arts. I earned my Masters Degree in Severe Special Education from Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts. I bring with me 9 years of teaching experience in residential, elementary, and high school settings.

As an active duty military spouse, I have had the amazing opportunity to travel the country and teach a variety of learners in culturally diverse settings. One of the most rewarding experiences was serving as the Community Based Instruction teacher in Kapolei, Hawaii, partnering with the school community and surrounding Oahu communities.

My husband Zachary and I recently relocated to Indiana from Hawaii with our 2 year old daughter Eleanor and two dogs Gabrielle and Stella. As a parent and an educator, I understand the value of a well-rounded, student centered education. The whole child approach cultivates a sense of wonder, and a passion for lifelong learning and curiosity. Students learn in so many different ways and it is our job, as educators, to strive and exceed the individual needs of our students.

I’m excited to be working at Geist Montessori Academy and look forward to working with each and everyone of you. Please feel free to reach out to me!


Jessica Hickman

Hands-on, Engaged Learning!

Ms. Jen's Tip of the Week

As we begin making preparations for our scheduled eLearning days in January, our teachers have been busy learning about some awesome digital tools that will help our students continue working on the skills and concepts that they’ve been learning this year at GMA. Many of these resources also have parent resources that will help you be involved and kept up to speed on the things your child will be doing during eLearning.

In the coming weeks, be on the lookout for information about how parents can stay informed about assignments and lessons that are posted on Google Classroom. Each week, we will also begin highlighting one of the many digital tools our teachers will be using to facilitate eLearning.

This week, be sure to check out the amazing treasure trove of stories available for free on Storyline Online. There, you will find a wealth of stories read by famous actors in partnership with SAG-AFTRA (Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists) Foundation. Each story includes supplemental curriculum that was developed by licensed teachers to help improve comprehension and language skills. The stories come alive with animation on the screen. The parent guide also includes fun activities and projects that can bring families together through rich literacy-based learning at home. It’s definitely worth checking out!

YMCA childcare partnership

Hello GMA School Family,

The YMCA is exploring the option of eLearning Care for GMA families in January. Please click the link and let us know what your needs will be.


Katy Yeoman

Regional Program Director

YMCA of Greater Indianapolis

Youth Development – North


Small Group lessons clarify our thinking

Thank you for Screening Daily and Keeping our School Community Safe and Healthy!

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Quarantine Tips

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Just take 20: Tips for Reading at Home

Questions to Ask Your Child When Reading Fiction Fiction includes literature, such as short stories and chapter books that describe imaginary events and people.

Before Reading

• Based on the title and the cover illustration, what do you think this story will be about?

• What do you already know about this topic?

During Reading

• Who is the main character? How are you like or different from this character?

• What is the setting for this story? Does the setting change across the story?

• What is the problem in the story?

• What do you predict will happen next?

• Which character would you want to be your friend? Why?

• Could this part of the story happen in real life?

After Reading

• How was the problem in the story solved?

• Did the characters change in the story? How and why?

• Why do you think the author chose this title for the story? Can you think of a different one?

• What part of the story was most interesting?

• Did you like the ending? Why or why not?

Come read with us! Visit for more fun reading activities

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Friday Food, Family, Friends, and Fun! Thanks for organizing this, PTO!

ROBOT parts needed for the Buckeye class


The Kindergarten Buckeye class is doing their first project of the year. Based on the interests of the children and resources available the topic of our project is ROBOTS!! We are in full on research mode for our project and part of the research process is exploring the topic through recyclable materials. At this time we are reaching out and asking anyone for donations to our class to help us.

Ideas for items: boxes (big and small), water bottles, bottle caps, wheels (big and small), straws, dryer vents, toilet paper rolls, paper towel rolls, construction paper, string, dowels, pipe cleaners, pvc pipe, pool noodles... just to name a few.

We appreciate your support,

Mrs. Victoria Kortz

Geist Montessori Academy

Kindergarten Teacher

Below are some visual examples as well:

We love learning!

Montessori Materials

Have you ever wondered what your child was talking about when s/he came home?

What is this lingo that s/he speaking? Here is a wonderful resource of Montessori terminology:

WE hope to see you at the next PTO Meeting!

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

We love our 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: 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!

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GMA School Calendar

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Virtual or LIve, GMA always thrives!

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Children of the World, featuring GMA students!!!

"Children of the World" Virtual Choir
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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!