Geist Gazette

February 19, 2016

Upcoming Dates

Monday, Feb. 22

Spanish Lessons

Engineering for Kids

GES Talent Show Rehearsals (per schedule)

Tuesday, Feb. 23

Geist Running Club - 3rd Grade

Yearbook Club

GES Talent Show Dress Rehearsal

Destination Imagination

Good News Club

GES Talent Show

Wednesday, Feb. 24

Choir Practice

Thursday, Feb. 25
Spanish Lessons

Math Bowl

Friday, Feb. 26

Geist Running Club - Grade 4

Chess Club

Monday, Feb. 29

Spanish Lessons

Engineering for Kids

Tuesday, Mar. 1

ISTEP Testing begins - continues through Mar. 4 - Grades 3-4

(This is part one; the second part of ISTEP testing begins in April)

Geist Running Club - Grade 3

Yearbook Club

Good News Club

Wednesday, Mar. 2

ISTEP Testing - Grades 3-4

Choir Practice

Sign Language Lessons

Thursday, Mar. 3

ISTEP Testing - Grades 3-4

Spanish Lessons

Kindergarten Field Trip to Clowes Hall

Friday, Mar. 4

ISTEP Testing - Grades 3-4

Geist Running Club - Grade 4

Student Council

Chess Club

Destination Imagination Movie Night Fundraiser - Grades K-1

Specials Rotation

Feb. 22 - Feb 26 - Week 2 (PLC)

Feb. 29 - Mar. 4 - Week 1

Lunch Menu

Feb. 22 - Feb. 26 - Week 3

Feb. 29 - Mar. 4 - Week 1

***Please note the menu change on Monday Feb 29th. We will have GRILLED CHEESE in place of Soft Tacos.

Click the links to see the lunch and breakfast menus. Visit the HSE Food Services page for prices and nutritional information.

PTO Corner

Don't miss all the news from our awesome PTO! Click here for this week's issue.

Artist of the Week

Feb. 8: Victoria H. in Mrs. Cameron’s class

Friends of the Library

Thank you and congratulations to the most recent Friends of the Library Club members. Books have been donated by (January) Dawson R. and (February) Samantha M., Michael M., Max L., Jackson M., Kaylee T., Chloe T., Emmy S., Aidan S., Noah B., Samaira L., Isabella G., and Jake S.

Hoops and Jump Rope for Hearts

Wow!!! Way to Go!!! Awesome!!! Geist Elementary is over $9000 with online donations already. Keep up the GREAT work! Please remember that all donations are due by February 29th. I hope all those dogs barking are not keeping anyone up at night. Remember if you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Mr. Sutherlin.

Join us for the GES Talent Show

The GES Talent Show will be on Tuesday evening, Feb. 23rd at 7:00. Please plan to attend and enjoy the talent we have here at Geist!

All students in the show have a rehearsal after school on Monday Feb. 22 until 5:45. This is our dress rehearsal and students need to have everything for their acts including costumes for the dress rehearsal. We are also doing a 2nd dress rehearsal at school on Tuesday at 2:00 for our students and staff. All props and costumes are needed at school on that day, too. Please remember to send in a note giving your student permission to stay after school on Monday for our very important dress rehearsal.

2016 GES Science Fair Winners

First Grade:
1 Tyler O
2 Audrey D
3 Ella C

Second Grade:
1 Kamau E
2 Tyler P
3 Blair S

Third Grade:
1 Alex O
2 Tyler F
3 Shelby B

Fourth Grade:
1 Zahara B
2 Team project - Morgan F and Peighton B
3 Maddi R

Destination Imagination Movie Night Fundraiser

Geist Elementary Destination Imagination presents Movie Nights. The movie will be Hotel Transylvania 2. Please watch your child's backpack for registration forms.

Friday, March 4th

Kindergarten & 1st Grade

6-8 pm in GES gym

Friday, March 11th

2nd, 3rd & 4th Grade

6-8 pm in GES gym

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American Sign Language (ASL) Lessons

Register your child for ASL afterschool club! Your child will learn basic vocabulary, alphabet and numbers and some aspects of Deaf Culture. Classes will be from 3:50-4:45 on Wednesdays. Classes will start March 1st and run for 5 weeks. Price is $50. Classes are limited to 25 students. This is for 3rd and 4th grade students. Please watch your child's backpack for a registration form.


This year, yearbook orders will be sold online only. To order a yearbook, go to Our school code is 04553Y.

The cost for each yearbook is $15. Orders can be placed between now and March 16, 2016.

Questions should be directed to Ms. Green at

Kindergarten Registration

Please share with your friends and neighbors that Kindergarten Round-Up this year is:

April 14th from 5:00-7:00p.m. in the GES café. Children must be 5 years old by September 1st, in order to be eligible to attend kindergarten.

Paperless registration will occur this year, please be patient and we will send more information as the date nears.

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ISTEP Practice- 3rd and 4th grade

Dear 3rd and 4th grade parents,

This year the state of Indiana is moving to a new publisher for the ISTEP test, Pearson Education. With a new test publisher comes new types of questions found on ISTEP. Rather than have our students just show up to testing without knowing what to expect, classroom teachers in 3rd and 4th grade have started practicing going over these test questions in class. What is even better is that you as a parent can jump online with your student and have them practice at home. The more our students can understand how the questions are structured and what they are asking for the better prepared they are. We STRONGLY urge you to use the following links to help better prepare your student for ISTEP.

Please note that these links will not work in Chrome browser!

The PARCC Practice test- This is Pearson’s PARCC assessment they have been using in other states. Though it is not ‘ISTEP’, the types of questions found on PARCC will mirror those found on ISTEP this year. Please scroll down to where it says ‘take the test’, select reading or math, and then select the grade your student is in.

The ISTEP Practice test- (will not work in Chrome browser) This is ISTEP’s official practice test for math, reading, and science (4th grade only). Just click on grade 3-4 and start the test.

For your planning purposes here is the testing window for this year’s ISTEP and IREAD assessments. Please make sure that your 3rd or 4th grader are in school on these dates:

ISTEP Applied Skills (Grades 3 and 4) ISTEP Online (Grades 3 and 4)

Feburary 29th- March 11th April 18th- May 6th

IREAD- (3rd Grade Only)

March 14- March 18th

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Help our school win up to $2,000 from 5/3 Bank!

Help our school win up to $2,000 from 5/3 Bank! Follow this link to check out our school’s basket in the HSE Foundation Game Day silent auction: . While you’re there don’t forget to look for other family fun items like a classroom date with Angela Buchman, dinner with the Fishers Fire Department or family trip to Cincinnati!
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Avoiding Test Anxiety

Thursday, February 18, 2016

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Fishers Library - Fishers Center

Taking standardized tests can be a source of stress and anxiety for some children. Dr. Greg Eaken from the Hamilton Southeastern School District's Family Resource Center will present tips on dealing with test stress and helping to ease your child's anxiety about taking these tests. ISTEP is around the corner, so please join us as Dr. Eaken will speak and then answer questions. No registration is required for this FREE event.

Here is a link with information:

Post the Perfect Picture with Help from Fishers Parks & Recreation

Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Flicker, thanks to our cell phone we’re all photographers! Fishers Parks & Recreation wants to help you capture the perfect picture on the one device that’s almost always in your back pocket. Residents ages 16 and older are invited to Cell Phone Photography 101, a two-week class that takes place at the Roy G. Memorial Park building, March 11 and 18 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Bring your device as you practice new photo-taking techniques, explore photo editing apps and learn how to add fun captions to enhance your photos!

Cell Phone Photography 101 is a great program to learn more about your mobile device and how it can help you capture unforgettable moments in your life. Participants should have a mobile device that they can bring to class and should already know how to work their mobile device. Registration for this program costs $10 for residents and $15 for nonresidents.

Registration can be completed online, today!

Enjoy a Fun Afternoon with Fishers Parks & Recreation

You’ve seen the wallets, bookmarks and pencil pouches made out of duct tape, and in this program you’ll create your own! Fishers Parks & Recreation invites young adults ages 9 through 14 for Duct Tape Creations. Taking place on Monday, March 14 from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Billericay Park Building, Duct Tape Creations offers a fun afternoon getting crafty. This program costs $5 for residents and $8 for nonresidents. Space in this program is limited and registration is due by March 7.

Head online to secure a spot today!

Celebrate St. Patty’s Day with Fishers Parks & Recreation

This St. Patty’s Day, let Fishers Parks & Recreation help you celebrate! Children ages 2 through 10 are invited to stop by the Roy G. Holland Memorial Park Building with a parent for Shamrock Pottery. Taking place on Saturday, March 12 from 1 to 2 p.m., this program offers an opportunity to spend quality time with your child while doing something fun.

During Shamrock Pottery each child will have the opportunity to create their own shamrock shaped dish. All supplies will be provided and no prior experience is necessary to register for this program. After painting is complete, one of our staff members will read The Night Before St. Patrick’s Day to the group! All finished pottery creations will be available for pickup from the Fishers Parks & Recreation office, located at 11565 Brooks School Road, seven days after the program concludes.

Secure a spot in this program by registering online, today!


With temperatures finally on the rise, thoughts are turning to the great outdoors and exploring all that Indiana has to offer. In honor of the state’s bicentennial, the Indiana State Library has now provided each library with a state park pass for loan to library cardholders.

When you are ready to hit the trail, simply stop by the Adult Services desk at either the Fishers or Noblesville Library and check for availability. Due to high demand, the passes will be available on a first come, first served basis, with no holds or renewals available. Passes can be checked out for up to 7 days.

Like other library materials, if passes are returned after the due date, late fees will apply. If passes are lost, a full replacement cost will be assessed.

For further information, check out the library’s website at


Spring 2016 Registration Update - Registrations for baseball, softball, soccer, boys and girls lacrosse, rugby, track and field and boys volleyball are still being accepted with a $10 late fee. Many sports have limited openings so register as soon as possible. Contact the S.P.O.R.T.S. office for more information or visit our website,

Fishers-HSE Youth Baseball Evaluations - Rec league evaluation dates are listed below. It is very important that every player attend their designated evaluation session. Players should report 10 minutes prior to their scheduled time.

5th and 6th Grade - Saturday, February 27 - HSE Auxiliary Gym #1 Last name A-H - 1:30 p.m. Last name I-O – 3:30 p.m. Last name P-Z – 5:00 p.m.

7th and 8th Grade - Saturday, March 5 - HSE Auxiliary Gym #1

Last name A-M - 1:30 p.m.

Last name N-Z - 2:30 p.m.