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WeCare San Diego is offering an upcoming virtual parent event on February 16 at 6:00 p.m. that is free to all Gillispie families! Join us for an evening with Dr. Wendy Mogel who will share tips from her previous books as well as her most recent book, Voice Lessons for Parents: What to Say, How to Say It, and When to Listen, offering guidance for communicating with children across the expanse of childhood and adolescence and explaining the most effective ways to...

Dear Parents, We hope your holiday festivities were bright and meaningful and that 2022 has gotten off to a strong start. Although this past year presented us with many challenges, I think we can all agree that we are blessed to have this community. In the past, Gillispie has delivered donations to an orphanage in Tijuana, Casa Hogar Niños Con Visión, that serves children from infancy through young adulthood. With Valentine’s Day just a few weeks away, now is...

Willow Room students turned their classroom into a Makerspace of their own! Using the basics of the Design Thinking Model, students brainstormed ideas for gadgets they could make, discussed the materials they could use, sketched out their ideas, and then got to building! They created some amazing contraptions using recycled, everyday materials and loved the process from start to finish. We can't wait to see what these Early Childhood students create one day in our Elementary Makerspace—they are already displaying...

[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! ...

Elementary (Grades 3-6) Check-In on Thursday, March 18, 9:00-10:00 a.m. Topic: Body Image Dr. Paula Grayson has practiced pediatric medicine for over 27 years in San Diego and believes in not only treating the young patient but the family as a whole in caring and supporting the child. Book Club: Voice Lessons for Parents: What to Say, How to Say it, and When to Listen by Dr. Wendy Mogel Early Childhood: April 8 | Elementary: April 20, 9:00-10:00 a.m. Voice Lessons for Parents: What to Say, How to Say...

Recently, students in Sequoia explored coding using fun, programmable robots called BeeBots. The students delighted in giving the Beebots instructions (code) to get from one end of the mat to the other. They began their coding exploration with simple instructions on how to use the buttons on the backs of their Beebots to code their robots. Then, they explored challenges and tried out different ways to program the bot to reach its destination. Some students even...

During the winter break, our amazing teachers in Cypress Room did some classroom rearranging! The children were surprised to see the "new classroom" and played as if it was their first day of school. "I've never played here before!" one student said. They have been enjoying counting with red pegs, looking for golden coins at the sensory station, hopping with frogs at the large wooden table, and making colorful designs using marbles on a Chinese checkerboard....

Here are links to the most updated information from the San Diego County of Health and Human Services Agency: The newest version of the COVID-19 Symptom Decision Tree (1/11/21) Quarantine Timelines Based on the Decision Tree Isolation Timelines Based on the Decision Tree Parent/Family Guidance on Symptom Checking The Centers for Disease Control's Latest Travel Advisory Guidelines Thank you for your continued support in trying to keep us safe....

I wish each of you family time and lots of “game-on” fun as we head into the Holiday Break. Below are resources shared by parents at our Early Childhood and Elementary check-ins. Some of these bring out the competitive edge while others require a team effort (for example, see games by Peaceable Kingdom). In addition to your great suggestions, our fifth and sixth graders, as our on-campus experts, added a few of their favorites. Besides their choices listed below,...

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