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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...

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...

In December, more than 25 Gillispie families (more than 60 parents and students) volunteered for Feeding San Diego. Volunteers sorted and bagged 1400 pounds of kiwi and 6800 pounds of onions—it was messy but rewarding work! We learned that 1700 families were going to benefit from the food we sorted, and 700 families came through the parking lot food pick-up line just while we were there. Food insecurity is a real challenge in our community, and...

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...

A recent EC Parent meet-up, where we discussed Technology and Our Young Children, served as an important reminder that it takes a village to raise and educate healthy, happy, and tech-balanced children. With this in mind, we thought we would share some relevant tips that came from that meet-up, which we believe could come in handy over the winter break. While the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends screen time and other media limitations, especially for younger...

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...

Recently, the third graders worked on a violin still life project in art class. Students are familiar with violins because they are learning to play this beautiful instrument in music class this year. Students rendered the instrument with pencil and pen and then created an abstract watercolor background to convey the sound and feeling of the music made by playing the violin. They turned out beautifully. Susan Walters, Art Teacher...

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,...

Exceptional moments occur in any given school year. Sometimes they are big, hairy, scary moments, and other times they are exquisitely meaningful and wonderful. Working through the ever-evolving pandemic conditions in 2020-2021 would be an example of the former. And, conversely, what happened at the recent Talent Show in the Gillispie Sandbox’s MPR would fit into the latter category. We witnessed magical moments as pianists, string musicians, jugglers, singers, gymnasts, and magicians (to name a few) took...

As part of the Grade 1 social studies curriculum, students learned about national symbols and monuments. One big question that came out of their homeroom discussion was, “Why is the Statue of Liberty green?” In science, we set out to answer that question. We talked about the oxidation process that some metals go through when exposed to certain environmental elements. One of those metals is copper, which the students excitedly shared, “That’s what the Statue of Liberty...

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