Welcome Back Gillispie Families,
I hope this update finds you well! As you know, Gillispie School carefully monitors guidance from federal, state, and local public health and education agencies. One such message was recently delivered by Governor Newsom, who confirmed that California public schools will remain closed through the end of the academic year as recommended by the California State Superintendent of Public Instruction. We continue to hold out hope that our campus will reopen later this...
What a remarkable time in the world at large and in our own homes as we establish our new routines and norms. First and foremost, thank you for acting as the conduit for Gillispie and your children; it truly has been a team effort in moving to our online educational program. The teachers and leadership team have pulled together the most often asked questions from your emails and this week’s survey results. Certain questions are...
Hello EC Families!
We hope your second week of being at home has gotten off to a great start! We have a few extra ideas for you to check out:
Using Kitchen Scraps to Learn About Plant Science
Easy and Colorful Ice Painting Art
Taste Safe Slime Recipes
Berry-Banana Cauliflower Smoothie
HELPING KIDS UNDERSTAND COVID-19
Hello, My Name is Coronavirus
LIVE STREAM CLASSES
There are two great local small businesses offering free live stream classes (a small donation per class is requested):
Movers & Groovers with...
Greetings, Wonderous Ones!
Last week was impressive as the Gillispie School community got up and running with online learning. The teachers did a marvelous job, and from my vantage point, it was exciting watching all of the assignments and activities going live, students responding, and morning meetings transpiring. As another Head of School shared with me, moving to remote education so quickly was like moving from gasoline-run automobiles to electric cars in a span of two weeks....
Hello EC Families!
As you continue to embark on your stay-at-home journey, I present to you the first volume of Gillispie EC Ideas & Resources (an email that I will send out periodically). The content has been curated by our EC team and our goal is to encourage you during this unpredictable time and offer resources for your family to utilize while you are at home. We hope you find this helpful!
Go Take a Hike! Kid-Friendly Trails in...
Hello Gillispie Families,
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
How are you feeling as parents, and in all of your familial roles--as sons and daughters, as brothers and sisters, as partners? One fun way I’ve heard to stay connected with family near and far is by forming group chats and posting exercise challenges, jokes, funny home videos, or fancy dance moves. (I have always felt that dancing is a fabulous way to release stress...
Dear Gillispie Families,
As a Gillispie community, our concern is always for the well-being of all our students, families, and employees. School leadership has been preparing and planning for the ever-changing situation brought about by COVID-19. After much thought and consultation with Board members and other independent school leaders, we have decided to take the proactive measure of closing the Gillispie campus starting Monday, March 16. We hope to return to normal operations on Monday, April 6,...
Even with the off and on showers, it's been a fun week in P.E.!
Early Childhood and Elementary P.E. classes have been centered around the topic of nutrition and healthy food choices. Following guidelines from the USDA and MyPlate.gov, students have been grouping foods based on the MyPlate chart and deciding between healthy and unhealthy choices.
Grades 3-6 are also wrapping up their exciting volleyball unit this week. Passing, serving, setting, and hitting have all been practiced and...