August 14, 2020

Letter from the Principal:

Dear Gator Families-

Welcome to our first full week of Virtual Instruction. Thank you for your patience and flexibility at home. I appreciate those who have reached out to us with questions and thank you for showing grace and appreciation to our staff who are working extremely hard to engage and instruct your children. I do believe that everyone's confidence and comfort with Virtual Instruction will grow over time. This new process takes different skills, patience, organization and flexibility at home and at school. Thank you for taking this journey with us!

An HSE District survey went out on Monday. Please provide us with some quick feedback so we can best service your family under the current circumstances. This is for parents only at the K-4 level. We know that Covid 19 has directly impacted many of our families in the GES community as has social unrest. We want to help where we can as we all make the adjustment back into the school year! Thank you for your time in completing the survey. GES Parent Survey K-4

As always, if you have any concerns about your child's social, emotional or academic growth, please email your child's teacher. They want to work with you on a regular basis to help your child! You are welcome to reach out to Mrs. Keller (, Mrs. Laffey ( or me (, whichever is most appropriate if you need further assistance. I do encourage you to direct specific teacher questions directly to your child's teacher. We also recommend you email directly to related arts teachers any questions that you may have pertaining to Art (, Music (, PE (, Focus and Flexibility (, and Global Studies/ Language ( for first semester)

Thank you again for your continued support of Geist Elementary.

Have a safe and relaxing weekend,

Christi Thomas, Principal

Need Tech Help?


As we continue to navigate the ever changing world of technology and app updates, we recommend the following (rather than Safari and the Canvas App) We recommend Chrome to be used with Canvas to allow for all the features of Canvas to work properly from on the student end.


  1. Set alarms on iPads to assist with Zoom schedules
  2. Use headphones with microphones (noise cancelation are very helpful in childcare areas)
  3. Make sure you Child's first and Last Name are noted when on ZOOM.
    • Open the Zoom application
    • Click Join a Meeting
    • Edit the display name
    • Then put in the following meeting ID 1234567890
    • Click Join Meeting
    • You will be told the meeting is not an active meeting but it does save your name.
    • Refer to this video for instructions to change name:


    Required apps are in the Mosyle Manager App. Make sure you have placed those apps on the iPad. All required apps should be there. It is only CHROME you might need to search for in the Mosyle Manager App.

    Please see the letter linked below for a list of recommended Apps.


    We wanted to let you know there is now a Virtual Learning Technical Assistance Quick Link on the GES school websites – It is the first link listed. It gives our specific building tech email and explains the process to request assistance including a 10-minute appointment with the tech.

    GES Weekly Announcements - August 14, 2020


    We are pleased to offer all HSE students the opportunity to order/purchase breakfast and lunch meals during Phase 1-Virtual Instruction. Parents and guardians of enrolled students will received an email from HSE each week.

    Families may make menu selections for the week by Thursday and select which school location you would like to pick up meals. You may select a different school location than where your child may be enrolled.

    Meals will be picked up on Tuesday, at the school location you select between 4:00pm - 6:00pm. Transportation assistance is available. We ask that you indicate a time window when we can expect you for pick up within that time frame.

    Any selections made will be charged to your student's lunch acount, regardless if meals are picked up. You should bring your student's ID numbers for pick up to claim your meals. The amount charged will be based on their eligibility of Free, Reduced or Paid price meals.

    Geist Families: If you have any questions regarding this program please contact our cafe manager Hillary Hawkins at 317-915-4260 or If you have a need for free or reduced lunch/textbook assistance please visit the HSE Food Services website.

    Last Chance to pick up items leftover from last year

    We have a collection of personal items that were left in the students work space including school supplies, headphones, and school artwork left from the end of the 19-20 school year. You will receive an email notifying you of any items to be retrieved.

    If you click on the picture above it will take you to our Canvas- Counseling and School Resource page.

    Mental Health Resources, School Safety

    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. Click here to learn more.

    HSE Schools Community Insider

    Check out extracurricular opportunities and activities happening at Geist Elementary and around the community! The HSE Community Insider is on updated frequently and is located on the HSE Schools webpage. You can find it here:

    Get Involved with Geist Elementary PTO

    Meet our PTO Board Members, catch up through the PTO Corner newsletter and learn how you can get involved.