Posted on May 17, 2013
Gillispie’s Preschool Room 1 children explored the art of sewing by using small embroidery hoops and child-friendly needles threaded with yarn. With guidance from a teacher, the children experimented with how to push the needle through the burlap . . . and back again. As the children mastered this skill, they began creating their own designs. Opportunities like these develop children’s manual dexterity and fine motor skills while exposing them to new venues for creative expression.
Posted on May 10, 2013
Gillispie Grades 2-5 Kiwanis Junior Olympic participants trained hard yesterday at the La Jolla High School track. After a quick warm-up and stretch, our athletes got out on the track and practiced their short and long races. The children practiced the “blind handoff” technique used in relay races, which included using visual markings on the track, specific hand and arm positioning, and auditory signals between teammates when passing the “stick.”
Students from nine La Jolla elementary schools–public, private, and independent–will gather at La Jolla High on Sunday, May 19, to endeavor for personal-best performances. Events will include obstacle course, broad jump, softball throw, and track events, including boys and girls team relay races . . . and the crowning event: the Fastest Girl and Fastest Boy in La Jolla races.
Posted on Apr 19, 2013
Gillispie students are preparing for Earth Week next week!
Using Earth inspired paint colors, Gillispie students of all ages rolled up their sleeves and lent a “hand” to decorating recyclable and reusable shopping bags for Earth Day, Monday, April 22. The bags include a label wishing users a “Happy Earth Day” from Gillispie and requesting that the bags be reused or recycled.
Thanks to the generous paper bag donations from Come on In, Sorrella, and Jonathan’s, these earth-friendly recyclable bags will be available to patrons shopping at these establishments next week.
Posted on Apr 15, 2013
Preschool Room 1 students do some demolition of their own! The excitement surrounding the construction of Gillispie’s “Field of Dreams” is being shared by even the youngest members of our school. Using bulldozers, diggers, and backhoes of their own, the children mimicked the on-campus activity in a classroom sensory bin–moving rocks, pushing sand, and making noise.
Posted on Mar 29, 2013
Teacher Mr. Inigo and several fifth grade boys prepare to leave Gillispie for the annual Grade 5 overnight trip: “Prelude to the American Revolution.” Students, teachers, and even a few parent chaperones will spend tonight on the HMS Surprise re-living the “the turbulent year of 1774, experiencing the struggle of merchant mariners sailing the triangle trade route between New England and the Caribbean. Embarking on a voyage of the imagination, students will role-play with maritime instructors, raising sails, loading cargo, and protecting the vessel from pirates. Navigating their way through the political storms of the era, students will face frustrations that inspired American colonists to revolt. Ultimately, they will choose their own destiny and find out what role they will play in the war for America’s freedom.”