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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...

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,...

Robin Preiss Glasser Presenting at the LJ Riford Library Dec. 4 in Partnership with Warwick's Books Robin Preiss Glasser of Fancy Nancy fame with be speaking on her latest book, Grand Jete and Me, a collaboration with New York City Ballet prima ballerina Allegra Kent. Robin will be live, zooming from her east coast studio onto the screen in the Library's community room for an in-person audience, who will also enjoy a video of Allegra Kent reading the...

Grades 1-6 are currently in their Flag Football unit. Students have been practicing taking a handoff, holding the ball correctly while running, throwing, catching, punting, kicking off the tee, and running various small-sided games. Kindergarteners have been playing tag games while learning to wear and pull the flag belts. The Early Childhood students have been really enjoying the parachute activities we have been doing over the last couple of weeks. We have also started working on the essential...

Grade 2 students participated in their first Authors' Share in our new Multipurpose Room in the Sandbox! Students shared with their teachers and peers the finished small-moment narrative stories that they spent weeks brainstorming, drafting, and editing. Mrs. Fleming and Mr. Bluestein also came to join in on the fun :) We love seeing the new space in use!...

[caption id="attachment_9873" align="aligncenter" width="918"]  [/caption] Please take advantage of the many resources available for parents through WeCare, a consortium of which Gillispie is a member. The next opportunity is a spectacular virtual parent event with Rosalind Wiseman Monday, October 25 at 6:00 p.m. As a member school, all Gillispie parents, faculty, and staff can attend for free! ...

Several students have asked me about free dress and spirit dress days--I suppose they’re longing for the freedom of summer! We are giving you a sneak peek for the first several months! The first non-uniform day is scheduled for September 24, and students may arrive in free dress or in Padres apparel/colors. Sixth graders will decide for November 19, whether it’s a free dress or themed-dress day, and their selection will be posted in the Sun and through Room...

Hello Gillipsie Families, This will start a series of emailed Special Notices that you will receive periodically throughout the school year. These notifications will be titled COVID-19 Updates so that you know the content entails important information regarding this topic. UPDATED MASK POLICY As are many public and private schools in San Diego, we are requiring adults and Kindergarten through Sixth Grade students to wear masks both indoors and outdoors as we open the school year. Early childhood students will be required to...

Hello, Gillispie Families! To those who are returning, we’ve missed you, and to those new to Gillispie, we can’t wait to get to know you! Our community is better because of your presence. It has been an exciting summer as we complete our last week of summer session and move into our gorgeous new building, the Sandbox. Most importantly, we have been laying plans for a healthy and safe start to the new school year.  GILLISPIE’S COVID-19 PLANS It...