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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...

Happy Friday, Families! It was a busy week in classrooms as students dug into their studies and adjusted to the new schedules. I “visited” classrooms and saw Mr. Bluestein stretching with the first graders and Ms. Stagg as they transitioned from one subject to the next, and witnessed Mr. Edwards using pipe cleaners and a super-saturated borax and water solution with liquid watercolors to create geodes. In Prekindergarten workshops, Mrs. Knight gave a lesson on cubism in...

Welcome Back Gillispie Families, I hope this update finds you well! As you know, Gillispie School carefully monitors guidance from federal, state, and local public health and education agencies. One such message was recently delivered by Governor Newsom, who confirmed that California public schools will remain closed through the end of the academic year as recommended by the California State Superintendent of Public Instruction. We continue to hold out hope that our campus will reopen later this...

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...

Keeping our community well is our highest priority. As such, we have been monitoring our community health during the normal cold and flu season, and also in consideration of the media coverage of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus. It is important that families continue to monitor the health and wellbeing of their children and themselves, and take all necessary, routine precautions that we would expect: washing hands, remaining home from school for at least 24-hours following any symptoms...

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