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It has been over a decade since Gillispie first rolled up its sleeves and hosted the first blood drive, and the tradition continues with our annual Grade 3 Blood Drive and Bake Sale February 11, 2020. An event that was organized to support a former Gillispie family affected by childhood leukemia has now turned into our blood drive--a life-saving, annual event that our local community depends on. Over the past ten years, our Gillispie blood donors have saved...

This week, Grades 5 and 6 students held a musical theater performance for their peers and parents! Bringing their techniques to the stage, they performed two songs from “Hamilton” and a song/scene from “The Lion King." They did a fabulous job! We can't wait until they have a beautiful new theater space to perform in! Click here for a video of one of the songs from Hamilton! ...

With "the season" upon us, students in Grade 1 have been learning about different holidays from around the world. Recently, they had a lesson on Diwali, one of India's most celebrated holidays. Diwali (also known as the Festival of Lights) lasts five days and usually falls at the end of October or beginning of November. Families celebrate the spiritual triumph of light over darkness or good over evil by hanging lights and lamps outside homes. Sweet treats such as dried fruits...

Recently, one of our Early Childhood students got the opportunity to tour Lakewood Construction Company, the contractors on our Constructing Sandboxes project. First, he met with Ms. Fleming to discuss the importance of math and language arts in the construction business. He then was able to meet Mr. Wheeler who runs Lakewood Construction. Mr. Wheeler showed him some important tools like a saw, a measuring tape, and a laser level, and let him look over some...

Have you heard the exciting news? Gillispie's Art Room has moved to The Art Bungalow on Fay Avenue. We are loving this new, old space! Built in 1910, the Craftsman-style bungalow is inspiring Gillispie artists with its historic charm and beautiful front garden. Students have been working in their new sketchbooks “en plein air” these past few weeks— even during a passing rain shower! In the kindergarten classes, we learned that Leonardo Da Vinci, at age six,...

  Campus is bustling this summer – both with summer campers and with PROGRESS! Here’s a sneak peek of Phase 1 of Constructing Sandboxes: The Campaign for Gillispie. Spurred by the generosity of early supporters of the Constructing Sandboxes campaign, our Kindergarten and Early Childhood classrooms are being completely rebuilt and transformed, expanding teaching space and bringing in elements that reflect the Reggio Emilia philosophy followed by faculty in their teaching. When our families return in the fall, they...

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