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Gillispie School / Articles posted by Brittany Kaszas

Gillispie's annual Grade 3 Blood Drive is back Tuesday, February 8, 2022, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event this year will be held in a mobile blood bank stationed in the Sandbox parking lot. Did you know that blood supplies at San Diego County’s busiest trauma centers are more critically low than they have been in over 30 years? Here is a recent article in the San Diego Union Tribune with more information on the current blood supply crisis.  Now...

Dear Parents, We hope your holiday festivities were bright and meaningful and that 2022 has gotten off to a strong start. Although this past year presented us with many challenges, I think we can all agree that we are blessed to have this community. In the past, Gillispie has delivered donations to an orphanage in Tijuana, Casa Hogar Niños Con Visión, that serves children from infancy through young adulthood. With Valentine’s Day just a few weeks away, now is...

Dear Gillispie Families, I hope this letter finds you well and with lovely memories of time spent with family over the holidays. Our family stayed close to home and played many board games and charades-–I had no idea that some members were as competitive as when they played (or coached) recreational sports! Safety Updates With holiday travel and event gatherings, the late December COVID surge due to the omicron variant is expected to rapidly increase over the next few...

In keeping with our plans to safeguard the School from potential exposure and outbreak after prolonged school holidays, there will be no classes on Monday, January 3. This will allow everyone an opportunity to be tested within 3 days before returning to campus on Tuesday, January 4. Results can be from either a lab-processed PCR or an Antigen test (Home test results will not be accepted). Families may opt to have their children PCR tested at...

In PE, EC students have been working on throwing and catching in addition to strengthening their balance and core with body puzzles and yoga positions. Elementary students have been working on volleyball skills, acceleration through sprints, and honing in on their overhand and underhand throwing. Ed Whelen and Cheyenne Kibblewhite, P.E. Teachers...

Thanks to the wonderful generosity of Gillispie parent, Justin Nadi, we have more cooking spices and baking decorations than we could have ever imagined! And they are beautifully branded with the Gillispie logo. Gillispie students are now cooking and baking out of The Sandbox Kitchen, (and loving it!), and how wonderful that we have so many herbs, spices, and spinkles to choose from. It's smelling good in here...

Sixth graders have been learning about forensics through a simulated crime scene investigation in which gold was stolen from a train. So far, they’ve worked with several different types of forensic evidence, including fingerprints, documents, and soil. While analyzing each others', as well as our fictitious suspects’ fingerprints, they learned to identify general and sub-types of fingerprint categories, as well as how to notice and compare unique identifiers such as “islands”, “type lines”, and “deltas." To analyze a...

Gillispie families love to eat pizza! Especially delicious pizza, like the take-n-bakes made by American Pizza Manufacturing. Thanks to the scores of Gillispie families and faculty/staff that participated, APM told us this was BY FAR the biggest fundraiser they have ever had, and we helped more than triple their revenues for a typical Wednesday evening. Owner/Manager, Andrew, was thrilled by the response, and old wished he could have provided shorter lines. We received terrific feedback and photos from families....

For your convenience, Gillsipie is planning a vaccination clinic through Costco Pharmacy on December 15 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Gillispie gym. In order to do so, at least 40 participants must sign up on this Costco secured site by Friday, December 10. In addition to the pediatric Pfizer vaccine for children ages 5 to 11 years old, Costco medical personnel will also be administering adult vaccines of Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson,...

Veteran's Day activities last week included Grade 6 students sharing stories of friends and family members who are/were veterans during morning meeting, Grade 5 students writing heartfelt Veteran's Day Poems, and special opportunities like Mrs. Law bringing in her husband's REAL military jacket for Early Childhood students to see. Gillispie parent and VA Hospital Employee, AnneMarie Sachs, helped coordinate the production of student-made cards and reported back to us with this message: "Thanks to the great work of Gillispie students, more...