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Posted on Jul 31, 2014

How to Find and Destroy Germs in Your K–5 Classroom

Staples.com:  Pesky germs! They’re good at lurking in plain view and getting everyone in arm’s reach sick. So when you’ve got 25-plus elementary school kids sharing and touching the same high-traffic spaces, you’re bound to have culprit areas of your classroom that are breeding grounds for bacteria and viruses…read more. 
Posted on Jul 03, 2014

10% OFF Week 4 Fencing Class if you register by Thursday!


Olympic Fencing with Team Touché

Week 4, July 7-11, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., Grades 2-6, $225 NOW $202.50!

Team Touché helps refine free-swinging students into deft deflectors and Z-carving virtuosos (with foam swords) while providing a fun and engaging fitness activity. Discover the basics of swordsmanship and learn French and Italian terminology embedded in this classical sport. Wow parents and friends on the last day during our Olympic-style fencing tournament. All participants receive awards after the tournament. Tedd Padgitt is Head Coach of Team Touché and is the 2005 West Coast Champion.

Don’t miss this opporunity! Register today: (858) 459-3773 ext. 135, or email cwatkins@gillispie.org.

Click here for full brochure and registration forms.

Posted on Jul 03, 2014

Non-profit Enlists Gillispie School Students to Brighten Orphan’s Lives

La Jolla Light: Together for Charity, is a locally operated non-profit organization that sponsors an orphanage of 50 children in Tijuana, Mexico. The organization was founded in 2009 by a group Mexican-American women who grew up in Tijuana, but relocated to San Diego years ago…read more on page A12.
Posted on Jun 11, 2014

Gillispie “Gem” of the Week


Gillispie held its annual Art Day last week, showcasing student artwork from every grade level.

The theme of this year’s event was “Garden Party,” and activities included a gallery tour of the elementary school art in the gym, a “Garden Rock” art project in the new community garden space, and a gallery tour of Early Childhood art in the new atelier.

After the Art Day festivities were underway, the School held an ice cream social in the courtyard with tasty frozen treats for students and parents to enjoy.



Posted on Jun 11, 2014

Congratulations to the Gillispie Class of 2014


From Bella O.’s, This I Believe graduation speech, as inspired by NPR, she speaks with conviction about her future:

In life, there are moments that scare us. Places we’re afraid to go. People who intimidate us. Maybe you’re afraid of the dark, or spiders, or small spaces. What controls your fears? What determines if you’re afraid of clowns vs. a shark? It’s that little voice in your head telling you that you will fail. Telling you that you can’t win a soccer game. It could even be telling you that you can’t draw, or it tells you you’re not good enough for anything.

I heard this voice a lot, but it wasn’t telling me I couldn’t win a water polo game or swim meet. It told me I could never be an author. It told me I wasn’t good enough to be published. You might laugh at me for being afraid of not being able to write a book, but what I really am afraid of is rejection. “No, your commas are misplaced.” “No, this is a horrible idea.” “No, you’re only twelve.” I will be an author no matter how many publishers and editors tell me I can’t write. Fear is nothing more than an obstacle that stands in the way of progress. In overcoming our fears, we can move forward as stronger, wiser people. This I believe.

Congratulations to our Grade 6 graduates! We wish them all the best in their future educational journeys:

8 will be joining The Bishop’s School 3 will be joining The Francis Parker School 3 will be joining The La Jolla Country Day School 2 will be joining The Children’s School 1 will be joining Cal Coast Academy

Also, congratulations to Gillispie’s class of 2008 who are off to college in the fall:

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo Claremont McKenna College Occidental College Princeton University Southern Methodist University University of Oregon University of Southern California Willamette University Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Congratulations again to all of our recent and past graduates.

Alison Fleming Head of School

Posted on May 29, 2014

Gillispie “Gem” of the Week

At a recent assembly in the gym, Grades K-6 students were able to get up-close-and-personal to chickens, a turkey, and an emu. Anne Shapery from Nature Within gave the students a presentation on how to care for animals, the differences between them, and how to tell their eggs apart. After the inital surprise of seeing the animals in the gym, the children enjoyed the noises and differences noted amongst these birds. They were also surprised to see first-hand how friendly these birds were. IMG_1994.140652 IMG_1991.140714
Posted on May 29, 2014

Special Announcement for our Volunteers:

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Posted on May 22, 2014

Gillispie “Gem” of the Week


Last Friday, The Gillispie School held its annual Spring Sing! Gillsipie families and friends enjoyed musical performances from students in preschool through Grade 5.

Each performance began with a special opening song from the Gillispie Choir. One of the highlights from the performances was the Grade 5 students’ redition of “Happy” by Pharrell Williams.

It was wonderful to see so many bright and smiling faces proudly singing their diligently rehearsed songs during the joyful concerts!

Check out our Facebook page for more photos of this great event!



Posted on May 22, 2014

Community Relationships: Getting to Know Your Neighbors

It is wonderful to have a bookstore nearly right around the corner. For us, it’s Warwick’s, which came to the Village in 1939. This year, we had a particularly symbiotic relationship as our children have increased their love of reading and have been inspired by visiting authors.

Early in the fall, a small group of upper elementary students were invited to the store to hear from Jeff Kinney about his recently published Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck—even if it was a 7:30 a.m. call to mobilize.

Mid-May, one of our kindergarten classes walked down to Warwick’s to hear from Anna Dewdney (of Llama Llama Red Pajama fame) about the importance of capturing “small moments,” a term that our own students use as they journal in class. The children were impressed that Ms. Dewdney could extend that moment into 32 or 40 pages of writing and illustrations. One child asked, “How many ‘sloppy copies’ do you have to write for a book?” Ms. Dewdney’s response was, “Over a thousand.”  That number knocked their socks off!

Yesterday in our gym, Peter Lerangis spoke to our own Grades 4-6 students as well as La Jolla Elementary School Grade 5 students about the process of writing. He also emphasized the qualities of tenacity and patience. One Gillispie fifth grader will remember this: “You have this good idea, you write it down, you read what you wrote and it’s garbage. So you delete it, and you keep going.” And in terms of dealing with the negative self-talk, one of our fifth graders will keep in mind Mr. Lerangis’ advice, “There’s a voice in your head that says things are bad. Ignore that.”

Our thanks goes to Warwick’s. When you have a gem of a bookstore just a stone’s throw away from a school, all sorts of inspiration and connection to literature and writing can and will occur.

Alison Fleming Head of School

Posted on May 19, 2014

Gillispie “Gem” of the Week


Last Friday, The Gillispie School’s Spirit Club held its first-ever Field Day!

Students participated in mixed-age teams to compete in fun relay races on our beautiful field. Events included the shoe race, the sack race, and the spoon & egg race. The final event was a cup-with-a-hole relay where teams sent one student at a time to fill a cup (with a hole in it) from a central trough, then raced to fill their team’s bucket.

Preschool classes got in on the fun with an obstacle course on the preschool sport court during their assembly time before heading down to the field to cheer on the older students.

Students wore team colors of red, orange, yellow, green, teal, blue, purple, brown, black, and white, which made the crowd look like a beautiful moving rainbow.

Check out our Facebook page for more photos of this great event!



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