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Gillispie School / Articles posted by Brittany Kaszas

Our Book Buddies program pairs upper elementary students with their younger cohorts for weekly meetings spent reading or playing together around campus. It is back in action after a long hiatus and the students are loving it. In this photo, children in Ms. Hurley's Grade 3 class teamed up with our Prekindergarteners in Juniper and Sequoia for a community storytime where the Elementary students read some of their favorite stories to their young friends. Both classes enjoyed the camaraderie and...

Early Childhood students in Willow Room have been creating art in various forms and using their art to hone other skills. From crafting with loose parts to painting at the easels, they are encouraged to express their creativity and connect with each other through sharing insights and reflecting together on their work. Manipulating with loose parts has been particularly helpful when working on fine motor, cognition, and communication skills. When the children want to design a piece,...

Gillispie School will host its 13th annual blood drive on Thursday, February 9, 2023! This service-learning project is near and dear to our hearts. Fourteen years ago, Gillispie welcomed a brother and sister pair to the third grade program. One of the siblings suffered a sudden relapse of cancer she battled as a kindergartener. Her treatments were grueling and her prognosis was grim, and our school community searched for meaningful ways to help. We decided to...

In P.E. this week, Early Childhood students have enjoyed improving their throwing and catching skills using various objects ranging from balloons to volleyballs. Meanwhile, Elementary students are wrapping up their volleyball unit and continue to work on passing, setting, and hitting. Most of these activities have been performed indoors in our gymnasium due to the rain! Ed Whelan and Cheyenne Kibblewhite, P.E. Teachers...

What a blast we had on December 16 as Gillispie welcomed well over 200 grandparents and special friends to our campus! Students were so excited to show off their classrooms and take part in fun activities with their special guests. Hearing from Alison Fleming about Gillispie's philosophy in educating children and enjoying our Grade 4 musicians were also on the schedule. Thank you to our special guests, our incredible parent volunteers, our creative and dedicated teachers, and...

In December, more than 25 Gillispie families (more than 60 parents and students) volunteered for Feeding San Diego. Volunteers sorted and bagged 1400 pounds of kiwi and 6800 pounds of onions—it was messy but rewarding work! We learned that 1700 families were going to benefit from the food we sorted, and 700 families came through the parking lot food pick-up line just while we were there. Food insecurity is a real challenge in our community, and...

We'd like to welcome the three newest members of Ms. Cohn's Grade 4 class: Pumpkin Pie, Pecan Pie, and Pudding Pie! As you may have guessed, these three little cuties aren't students—they're guinea pigs from the San Diego Humane Society! The Grade 4 students are fostering these little friends while they wait to find permanent homes. A representative for the Humane Society came to campus last week to teach the students how to care for their temporary class...

A recent EC Parent meet-up, where we discussed Technology and Our Young Children, served as an important reminder that it takes a village to raise and educate healthy, happy, and tech-balanced children. With this in mind, we thought we would share some relevant tips that came from that meet-up, which we believe could come in handy over the winter break. While the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends screen time and other media limitations, especially for younger...

Each year students from around the world engage in fun computer science challenges to spark their curiosity and enhance their hands-on coding experiences during the annual Hour of Code. Hundreds of free coding and unplugged challenges are available for anyone. Gillispie elementary students will participate in the Hour of Code through a variety of activities, which will begin with an inspirational video from astronauts at the International Space Station! Students in K through Grade 1 will rotate through...

Recently, the third graders worked on a violin still life project in art class. Students are familiar with violins because they are learning to play this beautiful instrument in music class this year. Students rendered the instrument with pencil and pen and then created an abstract watercolor background to convey the sound and feeling of the music made by playing the violin. They turned out beautifully. Susan Walters, Art Teacher...

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