Geist Gazette

October 8, 2021

Letter and video from the Principal

Hello GES Families-

I can not believe we have come to the end of the first nine weeks. Thank you for your continued support and care for your child and your child's teacher. Also, thank you for your help with making the Gator Gallop a success. Your support helps us bring many different opportunities to our students!

First Quarter Progress will be posted by the end of next week on Skyward ( top right corner of the screen). Please take time to review your child's progress. Your child's teacher will follow up the progress notes during parent teacher conferences starting after fall break. Please keep in mind we are working towards mastery and mastery does not often occur during the first nine weeks! In fact, considering the Pandemic, we are aware of the gaps that have occurred and our teachers are working tirelessly to assist and help all of our students grow. Feel free to keep in communication with your child's teacher to see how you can continue to partner at home !

This newsletter is packed with information! Please take time to watch the short video on parent teacher conferences October 25- November 19 and a few highlights from this weeks newsletter!

Have an amazing fall break!

Christi Thomas


Newsletter October 8, 2021

AGRI Park is a district wide study trip that all 2nd grade students will participate in throughout the year.

Families Invited to Panorama Parent Night Webinar

Families Invited to Panorama Parent Night Webinar

In the spring of 2019, HSE Schools began using the Panorama survey to better understand student’s experience in our schools. This survey helps HSE teachers, administrators and counselors gauge student growth and understanding around social and emotional competencies, which contribute to academic success and increase engagement in the classroom.

The district will be hosting a Parent Night Webinar to share information and answer common questions about the Panorama survey. We will discuss what data is collected and how HSE uses this data to help inform what services and supports are provide to students in order to increase academic success.

The webinar will be held on October 12th at 7:30PM. All HSE Families are invited to attend. Please pre-register for the event here.

If you can’t attend the webinar, the event will be recorded and posted to the HSE Schools website after concluding.

If you would like to learn more about how social-emotional learning can help your student better manage emotion, achieve positive goals, and experience increased success in the classroom, please visit: HSE Schools – What is Social Emotional Learning?

Thank you to the PTO and school community for a fun and successful Gator Gallop!

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ARTSONIA - Your Student's Art Gallery

Did you know? Artsonia is our school's online web gallery for student art! Are you connected with your child's account? If not, you can connect by using the following link:

Once you are connected to your child's account, you will receive updates any time new artwork is added. You can also purchase items featuring your child's art. Our school receives 20% of sales. Those funds are used to purchase supplies for the art room. (All original art by students is returned in the spring.) Please contact Ms. Green, GES art teacher, at if you have questions.

Artists of the Week

Artists of the Week for September 27: (top photo)

K: Grady D. In Ms. Schmitt's class

1st: Nico W. and Lauren L. in Mrs. Kelber's class

2nd: Charlie J. and Nehan H. in Mr. Frazer's class

3rd: Susan A. in Mrs. Beck's class

Artists of the Week for October 4: (bottom photo)

K: Ben C. and Braydon R. in Mrs. Many's class

1st: Jack R. and Lexi O. in Ms. Barmore's class

2nd: Emery H. and Emma D. in Mrs. Bradburn's class

3rd: Ariana C. in Mrs. Bullock's class

4th: Shain P. in Mrs. J.Scott's class

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage in Related Arts

The related arts team is having an amazing time collaborating for Hispanic Heritage Month and the Global Read Aloud. Our children are experiencing so many fabulous activities. We will continue for three more weeks so that all of our students have the benefit of this program.
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RELATED ARTS - WEEK 3 (OCT. 11) & WEEK 4 (OCT. 25)

Please check to see if your child has PE for the week. If so, please make sure they wear their tennis shoes and comfortable clothing so they can actively participate in class. Please do not have them wear dresses or skirts. Thanks so much for your assistance with this. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to call or email Mr. Sutherlin.

4th Grade Spreading Kindness

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SEL weeks 5&6

Students are continuing their work on growth mindset and goal setting. After fall break they move into digital citizenship and emotion management. Parents may check out the lesson plans by clicking the links below.

Week 5 Lessons (10/11)

Week 6 Lessons (10/25)

If You Are Having Trouble Loading the Safe Visitor Badge Barcode....

You may need to download the NEW mobile app. Safe Visitor has disabled their old App Store and Google Play apps. The new app must be installed using Safari (IOS) or Chrome (Android).

The app has a new look (pictured). Users will be asked to enter the visitor ID number when adding a badge/pass. The number is the 5 or 6 digit number under the photo on your existing badge.

Click here for instructions to download the new app. Please contact the office if you need assistance.

Student Fees are now Past Due

Student fees are past due and could be subject to additional processing fees. If you have not paid your fees or made other arrangements please check your student's Skyward account. Look for the Fee Management tab to find the amount due (it is the total of all fees listed).

Fees may be paid by check or via eFunds. Visit here to go to the eFunds payment site.

New Apps for Safe Visitor Badges and School Dismissal Manager

Both the Safe Visitor and School Dismissal Manager mobile apps have been updated for the new school year. If you are having trouble accessing either one you may need to delete and reinstall the new apps. Please refer to the information below.

Safe Visitor App Installation Instructions

School Dismissal Manager App Instructions

What's Coming Up at Geist Elementary......Click Here

You can search our school calendar by date or activity or just read the list for the next week. Call us if you have questions about items on the calendar.

HSE Schools Community Insider

Check out opportunities and activities on the HSE Community Insider on the HSE Schools webpage. You can find it here:

HSE Report It!

Hamilton Southeastern School District takes the safety of its students and staff seriously and fostering safe and supportive learning environments is a top priority across all our school buildings. HSE works closely with school buildings, the Fishers Police Department and area law enforcement agencies to protect our students, teachers, school leaders, and staff and to prevent emergencies before they arise.

HSE Report It! is a school safety mobile reporting app that allows students, staff, and community members to provide anonymous information about concerns for their own safety or the safety of others. HSE Report it!, can be downloaded via Google Play or the Apple App Store. It’s anonymous and reports are made exclusively through the mobile app. HSE Report it! will has no length limitations or the need to remember a short code. Reporters can attach photos, screenshots, videos, documents and/or audio recordings to their concerns and they can engage in a two-way dialogue with a real person.