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Hello Gillipsie Families, It has been a terrific start to the year! With each passing day since our opening, I hear and watch the children becoming more and more comfortable in their surroundings. There is nothing in this world like the laughter (and even arguing) of children as they make their way through the day. Early childhood students came to campus last week and were joined by kindergarteners, first graders, and second graders this week. Next week...

For parents electing not to enroll their preschoolers in an on-campus program this year, Gillispie School in La Jolla has launched a new virtual learning program called Gillispie at H.O.M.E. (Hands-On Mindful Exploration.) Gillispie at H.O.M.E. will provide an interactive community and unique home learning adventure for children ages 2 through Prekindergarten. The program will offer nine 4-week sessions that can be taken one month at a time or through a subscription plan beginning August 24 and is...

Dear Parents,  Our hearts are heavy with the historic and ongoing injustices and tragedies of racial disparities that have been highlighted over the last several days. As educators, we are compelled to provide you with resources as you lead your young children through the complex issue of race. Gillispie’s Mission Statement includes the language, “We value a nurturing environment that fosters kindness, respect, and individual commitment to the larger world,” and our Philosophy Statement includes, “We focus on...

Hello EC Families! We hope your second week of being at home has gotten off to a great start! We have a few extra ideas for you to check out:   ACTIVITIES Using Kitchen Scraps to Learn About Plant Science https://www.funathomewithkids.com/2017/08/using-kitchen-scraps-to-learn-about.html   Easy and Colorful Ice Painting Art https://www.powerfulmothering.com/ice-painting/   RECIPES Taste Safe Slime Recipes https://littlebinsforlittlehands.com/edible-slime-recipe/   Berry-Banana Cauliflower Smoothie http://www.eatingwell.com/recipe/265882/berry-banana-cauliflower-smoothie/   HELPING KIDS UNDERSTAND COVID-19 Hello, My Name is Coronavirus https://660919d3-b85b-43c3-a3ad-3de6a9d37099.filesusr.com/ugd/64c685_319c5acf38d34604b537ac9fae37fc80.pdf   LIVE STREAM CLASSES There are two great local small businesses offering free live stream classes (a small donation per class is requested): Movers & Groovers with...

Even with the off and on showers, it's been a fun week in P.E.! Early Childhood and Elementary P.E. classes have been centered around the topic of nutrition and healthy food choices. Following guidelines from the USDA and MyPlate.gov, students have been grouping foods based on the MyPlate chart and deciding between healthy and unhealthy choices. Grades 3-6 are also wrapping up their exciting volleyball unit this week. Passing, serving, setting, and hitting have all been practiced and...

In music class this month, our Prekindergarten students have been learning how to read music notation. Pre-K through Grade 1 students have been playing xylophone and learning various songs. This picture captures students reading and playing “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star!” This month has a continuation of our exploration of new styles of music. Over the past few months, we have learned about “The Carnival of the Animals” by Camille Saint-Saëns. Recently, we have started our journey into blues...

Sequoia students are building their very own robot! Over the past week, students have been creating drawings and "blueprints" of what they want their robot to look like and how they plan to build it. After discussing and comparing the plans, they started construction. Using found parts and pieces, they created a "robot workshop" where they used tools and teamwork to begin assembly. Collaboration was key as they discussed every aspect of the project and took turns taking turning...

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