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Gillispie School / Early Childhood

Recently, Preschool students in Cypress Room celebrated National Bring Your Teddy Bear to School Day. Each student brought in their own teddy bear (or other friendly stuffed animal) and shared it with the class during morning attendance. Keeping with the day's theme, students made bear-inspired treats during snacktime using cream cheese, blueberries, rice cakes, and bananas. "I've never eaten a bear before!" one student said. Students also drew portraits of their stuffed animals, created animal faces using natural materials, and...

Grade 3 students have been visiting the Kindergarten classrooms to read with their Book Buddies! Our Book Buddies program pairs upper elementary students with their younger cohorts for weekly meeting spent reading or playing together around campus. Kindergarten students are working on their reading and writing skills, while Grade 3 students are working on their confidence while reading aloud. Both classes enjoy the camaraderie and mentorship that the program provides!...

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,...

We are excited to welcome our new Early Childhood Support Teacher, Sarah Baxter, to our community! What inspired you to work with kids/become a teacher? I have always loved working with children, and I was fortunate to have had many great teachers growing up who inspired me to become to follow their career path. What do you love about your job? I love helping and working with children and families, and being a part of a great school community.  What is...

We are excited to welcome our new Early Childhood Outdoor Classroom Teacher, Anna Gonzalez, to our community! What inspired you to work with kids/become a teacher? Coming from a large Italian family is what inspired me to become a teacher and work with children. What do you love about your job? I love watching children develop and helping them through the learning process. The energy that children give me every day makes me so happy. What is your favorite thing/hobby to...

What inspired you to work with kids/become a teacher? The concept of fun and play inspired me to become a teacher! I've been around young children since age 12 when I started babysitting for families in my neighborhood. I've always loved kids and their play-based way of thinking, learning, and experiencing life. I worked as an aftercare teacher throughout college, thinking that once I graduated I would need to change gears and pursue a more corporate career. Near...

Kindergarten students have jumped into their handwriting program, Handwriting Without Tears. In one of their first lessons, they learned that all capital letters are made up of 4 basic shapes: big lines, little lines, big curves, and little curves. Using large, hands-on cutouts of lines and curves, students practiced making things with these 4 basic shapes. These tools will help guide them through building letters, copying letters, and then independently writing letters! Learn more about the Handwriting Without Tears program here: https://www.lwtears.com/...

A warm welcome to our new Preschool Teacher Jennifer Takahashi! Here is a short "get to know you" Q & A we'd like to share: What inspired you to work with kids/become a teacher? I appreciate how kids share their unique perspective of the world around them.  When we get time with them and listen, we can let go of our view and see things with fresh eyes. Their curiosity and excitement about life is infectious and it's an...

New this year, the Spring Arts & Science Showcase was a day to celebrate the performing arts, visual arts, and science at Gillispie! Parents, grandparents, and special friends were treated to musical performances and guided walks through exhibits and displays around campus. Thank you to Ms. Walters for her beautiful backdrops and for helping coordinate the students' art projects, Mr. Edwards for inspiring some amazing science displays, Mrs. Jacobs for leading the beautiful (and her final) spring musical...