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Volume 10, February 9, 2020

Love to you and yours!

Swing into the Sock Hop

Please join us on Friday, February 21st, from 6:00PM - 8:00PM for our Family Sock Hop in the Gymnasium!


  • Swing dance lesson by Naptown Stomp
  • Performance by Leen Illusions
  • Tickets are $5 per person or $20 per family.
  • Please send in your registration by February 17



Like to be involved? We'd love to have you! Sign up here

https://www.tinyurl.com/gma-family-dance

We LOve Learning at GMA!

eLearning Days : february 14 and February 17

Per Indiana Department of Education, "eLearning Days have given the option for continuing an instructional day away from traditional time limits and brick and mortar setting. This innovative program has evolved into an engaging instructional model used in many Indiana schools to keep the sequence of learning going in spite of weather and other challenges. More importantly, it has provided teachers and students the opportunity to engage with digital resources, to collaborate virtually, and to develop digital skills that are used and valued beyond K-12."


Please enjoy the eLearning PowerPoint Presentation by Mr. Logan to explain the process: http://gmacademy.org/e-learning-day-november-1st/

Playground Committee Update by Abby Kempf Strong

Some people are having trouble finding the sand or getting it to school. If you would rather donate $15 to go to the playground, that would be very helpful. Please send it in with your child labeled for the PTO playground and we can purchase the sand. In addition, any other donations could go to a structure for the older kids. I know it doesn’t look like much, but it is a process and it is winter! Please understand the playground is not suitable for large playground equipment because of fall zones, restrictions, and weight requirements. If there are yard games your children enjoy, send them in to play with others. As the weather changes, we will be able to get more done. Thank you for all of your support!

It's all the Rave, come to the roller Cave

It's going to be great, at 5:30, it's "Learn to Skate"

6-8 p.m., All Skate

February 13

Your voice was heard!

Calendar/times for next year


The calendar survey had a great response, with the majority selecting a traditional calendar. 58% selected a start date of August 5, 31% selected a start date of August 12, and 11% selected a start date of July 29. As such, we are voting on the top two choices, and we are also adding the question of early release Wednesdays or built-in monthly PD/eLearning Days.


Over 70% selected to keep our start/end times the same, 8:30-3:00 (Pre-K and K), and 8:30-3:30, 1-8th grade, so times will not change for next year. There will be a calendar meeting on Wednesday, February 12, in the art room, from 4-5 p.m., for the people who selected an interest in being on the calendar committee, and we will finalize flex days, breaks, eLearning days, etc. The aim is to have a calendar to present for a vote at the 2/18 Board Meeting.


Please take approximately 1 minute to complete this quick survey:

Click here for CALENDAR 2020-2021 Updated Survey

State Championship Volunteers Needed

Volunteer at the largest VEX Robotics State Championship in the country!

This one-day event, 3/7, will host over 300 teams from elementary, middle, and high schools across the state and we need your help to make it run smoothly! Roles vary in required experience level and we are specifically in need of the following positions:

  • Team and Skills Queuing - IQ or VRC (no experience required!)
  • Emcee
  • Team Inspectors
  • Judges (no experience required!)

All volunteers will receive t-shirts, training, and food during the event. If you have any questions about volunteer positions, please reach out to Andy Fulton at andy@techpointyouth.org. Please forward this email on to anyone who might be interested!

Click to sign up now: Robotics State Championship Sign-Up

US Census and INdiana schools

The upcoming U.S. Census will determine the federal funds schools receive. Click here to access Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) Census resources for superintendents, teachers, and families.

important reminders

Upcoming Events

February 11: PTO Meeting in the Art Room

February 13: Skating Party at Roller Cave, 5:30 Learn to Skate, 6-8 p.m.

February 14: eLearning Day, Professional Development for Teachers

February 17: eLearind Day

February 18: School Board Meeting in the Art Room, 5:30 p.m.

February 21: Family Dance, 6-8 p.m.

March 3: Engineering for Kids

March 7: Come cheer on the Robotics Team at the State Championship!

March 11: End of Third Quarter

It's spring enrollment time!

Let the word out, it's spring enrollment time! We are currently accepting new students for the 2020-2021 School Year. Tours are Tuesday mornings from 9:30-10:15; sign-up on our website.


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:

Enrollment Form, Sibling 2020-2021

Please contact Ms. Jane with any questions or concerns, 317-813-4626.

Something to honk about! Car lIne update

The new car line is definitely something to honk about!


Afternoon dismissal is getting quicker and more efficient every day, thanks to all of your efforts and flexibility!


Thank you for following our new car line procedures:

  • All Pre-K and kindergarten students without siblings will be released for car line pick-up at 3:00 p.m. All Pre-K and kindergarten students without siblings need to be picked up by 3:10 p.m.
  • Pick-up for Pre-K and K will only be at door 3, green moon.
  • Pre-K and K students with siblings, along with grade 1-8 students, will be released at 3:30, with cars stopped in the double-S lane until 3:15.
  • At 3:15, all remaining students’ car line numbers will be taken, and students will be called at 3:30 p.m.
  • All cars need to be in the lot no later than 3:45 p.m. Dismissal for this large group will be at both doors, like we have been doing.


Also, please note that school begins at 8:30. As such, the chain is being placed after the last car arrives into the lot before the 8:30 deadline. Parents must walk and sign students in if they arrive after the start of school.

Learning Labs

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.

Recycling Program Begins!

GMA is proud to announce that we have begun a recycling program.

Republic is our collection company and items, such as


  • Paper
  • Cardboard
  • Plastic Water bottles Take-out containers Soda bottles
  • Aluminum/Metal


For more information on recyclables, visit RepublicServices.com

GMA School Nurse Notes


Dear Families,


I am so excited to be here and be a part of your child’s education and daily care. The goal of having a school nurse is for me to help provide a safe and healthy environment for the students to learn in. I will be available to the students on Mondays from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:45 am to 12:45 pm. During these hours I will be in the clinic to assist with any health needs that arise. If you have any questions or have a student with special medical needs, please feel free to reach out to me with any concerns.


Just a friendly reminder that flu season is still going strong and the CDC has seen an increased number of cases in children this year. Please keep your sick kiddos home! The best way to prevent illness from spreading is to keep your child at home when they are exhibiting symptoms, such as fever >100 degrees, cough, vomiting, diarrhea, etc. Per our school policy, your child cannot return to school until they have met the following criteria…


1. Fever free for 24 hours, as exemplified by no temperature greater than 100 degrees or a fever that has required Tylenol or Ibuprofen to reduce it within the last 24 hours

2. Free of diarrhea or vomiting for 24 hours from last episode

3. If your child has a fever of >100, vomiting or diarrhea, the student will be required to go home.


By keeping the germs out of the classroom, this allows us to maintain a safer and healthier environment for all of our students. Handwashing is encouraged and is the #1 way to help prevent the spreading of germs.


Thank you for helping me to take the best care of our students. Please reach out if you have any questions!


Joy Sterrett, RN, BSN

GMA School Nurse

(317) 813-4626, extension 106

jsterrett@gma.k12.in.us

Branching out with new growth

GMA Middle School Students did an incredible job of bringing our new school logo to life in wall mural format. This will become the home of our Outreach leaves of thanksgiving. We have many sponsors to include and will be ordering the metal leaves soon. Please know that families may donate together and be included collectively on the engraved leaves.

Leaves of recognition will be adhered to the tree in tiers:


Bronze: $1000-$4,999

Silver: $5000-$9,999

Gold: $10,000-$14,999


Sponsors and donors that make a contribution of $15,000 or greater will have a banner featured in the gymnasium. The banners are 3X5 feet with grommets in the left and right upper hand corners. The design on the banner needs administration and board approval. Upon approval, the banner needs to be created by the donor.


We appreciate your partnership and are so thankful for your generosity and support. Indeed, we are BETTER TOGETHER!

PTO Spirit Shirt Sale~ only $10

There are still some shirts for sale, and if you have not already done so, please remit payment for your GMA t-shirt(s) that was/were purchased at the Open House. Please send the funds into school with your child, clearly marked “PTO T-Shirt Money” and your name.


Ms. Jane at the front desk is accepting the payments. Please make checks payable to GMA PTO.

If you have any questions, please contact Casi Durham at durham.casi@gmail.com.


Thank you!!

East Entrance is the only exit during the school day until car line pick-up

GMA’s east entrance, closest to Olio, is to be used as an entrance and exit during the school day since cars are not allowed on the north side of the campus during school hours. We are having a sign made to reflect this, so in the meantime, please know that it is ok to drive out the Do Not Enter signed east entrance.


There is also a chain blocking the north side of the school, so please be mindful of this policy. This is ensuring the safety of our middle school students as they play basketball on the blacktop area. We appreciate your help with this, as we continue to keep student safety a priority.

New Phone Number: (317) 813-4626 and Address

Please take note; our new school family has a

NEW PHONE NUMBER:

(317) 813-4626


NEW ADDRESS:

6058 W. 900 N.

McCordsville, IN 46055

working together for the better!

Meet Geist Montessori Academy's Executive Director: Cindy Schuler

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