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Gillispie School / Early Childhood

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,...

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...

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...

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...

Thanks to the incredible generosity of Gillispie families, we collected just over 20,000 LEGOS for Father Joe's Villages! Yes - you read that right - 20,000. And dozens of you came out to wash, sort, and pack up these LEGOS. It was a blast! An entire van load was delivered to Father Joe's yesterday, and hundreds of children will have a wonderful surprise waiting for them. Special thanks to Jenny Garza and Ashley Jacobs for leading this effort,...

Early Childhood teachers and students hosted a Thanksgiving Feast on the field before the Thanksgiving break! Students made themed decorations, including painted pumpkins, centerpieces, and placemats, and parents arrived with a pot-luck dish chosen by their little ones. Teachers made the field look special with photo ops and family crafts. Everyone enjoyed this special time together on campus. [caption id="attachment_10208" align="aligncenter" width="880"] FEAST 9900000000079e3c[/caption]...

The Gillispie Library serves all students on our campus. Early Childhood students enjoy songs, fingerplays, and activities related to the books they hear during library storytimes. Students in Kindergarten, First, and Second Grades have been listening to a series of books by award-winning author/illustrator Christian Robinson and sharing their responses with partner classes as part of the Global Read-Aloud. Upper elementary students recently learned how to search our Library catalog and how to use Google Book Preview...

Recently, Ms. Fleming visited the Kindergarten students to read aloud the book “How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin” by Margaret McNamara for a science and math activity that reinforces counting skills. In the book, the main character, Mr. Tiffin, and his students explore skip counting and estimation as a fun pumpkin-themed classroom experiment. After the reading, the students used the same technique to make their own estimations on a pumpkin Ms. Leard brought to the classroom. Thanks for visiting, Ms. Fleming!...

DOING GOOD TOGETHER is a national organization that provides opportunities for families to volunteer, or “do good” together. Click on the link below and then look for the blue San Diego square. Click here for a list of meaningful family-friendly volunteer opportunities. Better yet, become a member! www.doinggoodtogether.org...

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