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Weekday Ministries at Geist Christian Church

Our faith-based early childhood education program serves children 18 months through kindergarten.
We offer one classroom-proven curriculum in two distinct formats – a traditional homeroom structure at our Mud Creek campus, a rotation-based schedule at our Promise Road campus – and compassionately develop academic and social-emotional skills.

General Info:

Address: 12756 Promise Road Fishers, IN 46038 and 8550 Mud Creek Rd. Indianapolis, IN 46256
Phone: (317)578-4591
Website: geistwdm.org


Q&A with Weekday Ministries:

What makes Weekday Ministries unique?

Weekday Ministries is proud to be a leader in connecting children with the natural world through its newly opened Certified Nature Explore® Classroom – the first of its kind in the Greater Indianapolis area. The breathtaking outdoor educational space is designed in partnership with Arbor Day Foundation and Dimensions™ Educational Research Foundation and is fully integrated into Weekday Ministries’ school and summer camp programs.

The dynamic, nature-based play and learning space was constructed using research-based, field-tested design principles to create a nature-rich outdoor experience for students. Numerous studies show that children’s social, psychological, academic and physical health is positively impacted when they have daily contact with nature, and this new space helps students meet this innate human need. By integrating well-designed outdoor education into its curriculum, Weekday Ministries is making a positive difference in the lives of children who may not be receiving adequate time exploring their interests in nature.

Currently, the Certified Nature Explore Classroom is offered at our Promise Road campus. Plans are underway, however, to open a second certified outdoor classroom at the school’s Mud Creek Campus in Indianapolis.

To learn more about Certified Nature Explore Classroom, visit www.natureexplore.org.

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What is Weekday Ministries educational philosophy?

Weekday Ministries’ curriculum is based on core early childhood practices of hands-on learning for each student, guided by a classroom-proven curriculum.
This includes the use of Zoo-phonics® multi-sensory language arts program and the renowned Everyday Mathematics comprehensive math program. Beyond reading, writing and arithmetic, we are proud to offer a variety of specials that help open children’s imaginations and give broader meaning and enjoyment to the world in which they live. This includes Music, Movement & Motor and Art.

Children also take part in a weekly Faith and Values class and attend chapel led by the Faith & Values teacher, along with campus pastors and staff. During chapel, they sing songs and actively engage in spiritual lessons. Children of all faiths are welcome!

Further, all teachers are trained in Conscious Discipline®, a whole-school solution for social-emotional learning, discipline and self-regulation that empowers teachers to consciously respond to daily conflict in a way that is safe, constructive and helps teach critical life skills to children.

What is Weekday Ministries age/grade range?

Programs Offered

For more than 25 years, Geist Christian Church has offered a faith-based preschool program. Today, that program is offered at both the Promise Road and Mud Creek Campuses and includes the following:

Kindergarten – 5 years old by August 1st

Transitional Kindergarten – 5 years old (Mud Creek Campus only) by August 1st

Pre-Kindergarten – 4 to 5 years old by August 1st

Preschool – 3 to 4 years old by August 1st

Child’s Day Out – 18 months to 3 years old by August 1st

What is your enrollment policy? Are there any key dates parents should be aware of?

Registration is currently open for the 2021-22 school year.

First day for Kindergarten and Transitional Kindergarten will be Wednesday, August 4, 2022.

Pre-Kindergarten, Preschool, and Child’s Day Out will begin Wednesday, September 8, 2022.

What are the standard school day hours? Weekday Ministries offer flexible day/hour options? Is before/after school care available?

Kindergarten students attend 9am to 2:30pm.

Transitional Kindergarten, Pre-Kindergarten, Preschool, and Child’s Day Out students attend 9:30am to 1:30pm.

Before Care and After Care are offered. Before Care runs 8:30am to 9:30am and After Care runs 1:30pm to 2:30pm.

How many children are in each class? How are children divided up?

Class sizes vary dependent upon the campus and classroom size.

What is the teacher/child ratio?

Kindergarten classes are a 10 to 1 ratio.  Transitional Kindergarten classes are an 8 to 1 ratio.  Pre-Kindergarten, Preschool, and Child’s Day out classes at the Mud Creek campus vary dependent upon classroom size.  At the Promise Road campus Pre-Kindergarten classes are an 8 to 1 ratio.  Preschool classes are a 6 to 1 ratio.  Child’s Day Out classes are a 5 to 1 ratio.”

Is parental participation required?

Parent participation is not required, but is highly encouraged. Our Kindergarten classrooms have the opportunity for parents to volunteer on a weekly basis. All other classrooms contact parents as volunteer opportunities arise. Parents also volunteer to organize and run classroom parties.

This year, we are not allowing any parent participation due to COVID-19.

How do teachers communicate with parents? How often do parents receive updates?

Teachers communicate weekly with parents via private classroom Facebook pages as well as emails.

How much time do the children spend outside?

Weather permitting, classes go outside daily.

Are meals and/or snacks provided?

No meals are provided. All students must bring their own sack lunch.

Special snacks times do arise at school. All snacks must be store bought and sent to school in their original packaging, no homemade snacks allowed. Ingredients for these snacks will be shared with parents for approval prior to being given to the students.

Does my child need to be potty-trained?

Our Child’s Day Out students do not need to be potty-trained.

All Transitional Kindergarten, Pre-Kindergarten, Preschool students must be potty-trained

What enrichment programs/activities are offered?

For students wanting to add an extra day to their school week we offer an enrichment day at the Promise Road Campus – Mud Creek offers enrichment second semester only.

After school clubs and summer camps are also available to students.

What are Weekday Ministries safety policies? What extra safety measures is Weekday Ministries taking during the COVID-19 pandemic?

At Weekday Ministries, keeping our children and teachers safe is our number one priority. Each day after student drop off the building doors are locked as well as the classroom doors. All visitors must sign in at the front desk. Anyone entering the school hallway must have a current background check on file.

Added COVID-19 precautions have been put into place this current school year. These include daily temperature checks at the door, masks worn by all teachers, smaller class sizes, and increased cleaning procedures. Students 5 years and up wear a mask all day at the Promise Road campus, and all students are required to wear a mask at the Mud Creek campus.

We will be following the guidelines set by the CDC, Fishers Health Department, and the Marion County Health Department for the 2021-22 school year.

Who should parents contact for more information about Weekday Ministries?

If you are interested in more information on Weekday Ministries at Geist Christian Church please call (317)578-5491 for more information. The director at our Promise Road campus is Janine Kays and at our Mud Creek campus the director is Valerie Zeigler.

Take a virtual tour: 

Promise Road  – https://youtu.be/NAEFBJRjo4M

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