Growing Together

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Volume 10: October 3, 2020

Dear GMA School Family,

We had such a SUPER week with all of our superheroes!

Refreshing, crisp air greeted our superheroes on their run, and everyone’s super powers and traits were shared this week. A special thank you to our amazing PTO for helping with this healthy choice fundraising event on Wednesday, September 30, and to each of you for your SUPER donations and support!

Each child, so special and unique, has been embracing his/her personal academic and social-emotional achievements and setting goals, accordingly. Teachers met individually with the children and discussed their NWEA data. Students set realistic goals, and most importantly, discussed the steps necessary to attain them. They focused on the importance of a growth mindset and the ability to create change. Growth mindset is the belief that intelligence can be developed. Students who possess a growth mindset focus on improvement rather than worrying about how smart they are or comparing themselves to others. They work hard to learn more and achieve their own personal success.

At GMS, we believe and support a growth mindset approach and encourage students to work hard, persevere when things get challenging, and believe that effort will enable them to improve and ultimately reach their goals. At home, you may hear your child talking about growth mindset, and you can support this idea through encouraging your child to work hard and persist when there are challenges. Students who adopt a growth mindset are enthusiastic and see obstacles as opportunities for growth rather than barriers; they invite change and challenge.

As Mother Nature continues to reveal her inspirational foliage, I encourage you and your loved ones to refuel on her vibrant beauty, noticing with delight the beauty of change.

As always, thank you for partnering with us in education!


Cindy Schuler

Executive Director

Geist Montessori Academy

(317) 813-4626

Of all things, love is the most potent.

-Maria Montessori

Super FUN Superhero RUN

GMA's Super hero Run!

Thank you for promoting healthy choices and for donating to the PTO!

This will enable the PTO 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):



Superheroes at work

Dates to remember

Upcoming Events

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, Information coming soon

Carving out time to meet October 14-16

We are so excited to meet with you for Parent -Teacher Conferences!

Your child's teacher should have sent out a sign-up sheet for you to select a convenient time to meet between October 14-16. We are eager to share information about whole child development: social-emotional, academic, and behavioral . Your student's NWEA progress report will be distributed, as well as his/her progress report to provide insight as to how s/he is progressing. Onsite students will have onsite conferences and virtual students will have virtual conferences. If you are coming onsite, please wear a mask and practice social distancing.

We look forward to meeting with you soon!

sunshine spreaders!

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Spreading joy and kindness this week:

Alanna James

Emery Szczypiorski

Mason ASh

Braden Brown

Marlee Davis

Ethan Miller and Gabe Fluke, not pictured

Dictionary Day

Dictionary Day

Dictionary Day is held in honor of Noah Webster, the man who is considered to have fathered the American Dictionary. It is typically celebrated October 16, but GMA will be celebrating words on 10/30.

Dictionary Day encourages students to improve the way they speak and write by enhancing and expanding their vocabulary. Friday, October 30, vocabulary words will come alive, as students dress as a word. Each class will partner with another class to share their words, parts of speech, definitions, and the words used in a sentence. Teachers will be providing more details soon.

We can't wait to see what words will hatch!

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Fall Concert Coming Soon

All onsite students will perform for their classmates on Tuesday, October 6. The link to the fall performance will be shared on Wednesday, October 7, at 7 p.m.

Counselor's Corner

Hello GMA Families!

October is National Bullying Prevention Month so this week's video is about bullying. In the video, I go over the different types of bullying and what bullying is. I also talk about the difference between tattling and telling. If you have any questions, please let me know!

Video 7 Link:

Happy October!

Michael Skiles

Geist Montessori Academy

School Counselor

317-813-4626 EXT: 104

GMA Vision

GMA Vision: Geist Montessori Academy, guided by the educational philosophy of Dr. Maria Montessori, is a community of learners that awakens and discovers the wondrous spirit of the child. We believe that ALL children are innately curious and capable of high levels of learning. By attending to the whole child and providing an academically, socially, emotionally, and culturally rich educational environment, students experience the joy of learning and are able to maximize their potential and become the best that they can be.

Look what's buzzin' by the ditch!

Hi, it’s Miss Jeanie.

Last Wednesday, I came to water the new plants and see what is happening as it starts to get cooler in fall. My inventory of who I saw there includes:

A frog

House wren
Song sparrow
Field sparrow

Monarch butterfly
Sulphur butterfly
honey bees

Have you seen anything else?

Cold weather is coming and these animals will deal with the cold in different ways. The frog will hibernate underwater. Sorry, but he jumped into the water before I could get a picture or an ID.

WE hope to see you at the next PTO Meeting!

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!