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This month marked the return of a much-loved Gillispie tradition—International Day! Students grabbed their “passports” and traveled to themed outdoor areas representing Egypt, Tahiti, Brazil, Italy, Australia, and Taiwan. Parent volunteers and faculty members decorated the campus, wore traditional dress, prepared ethnic foods, and shared interesting facts about different countries from around the world. Students were provided with an opportunity to learn about life outside of our borders. International Day began as a social studies project, and over the years it...

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...

Gillispie's annual Grade 3 Blood Drive is back Tuesday, February 8, 2022, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event this year will be held in a mobile blood bank stationed in the Sandbox parking lot. Did you know that blood supplies at San Diego County’s busiest trauma centers are more critically low than they have been in over 30 years? Here is a recent article in the San Diego Union Tribune with more information on the current blood supply crisis.  Now...

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...

Gillispie families love to eat pizza! Especially delicious pizza, like the take-n-bakes made by American Pizza Manufacturing. Thanks to the scores of Gillispie families and faculty/staff that participated, APM told us this was BY FAR the biggest fundraiser they have ever had, and we helped more than triple their revenues for a typical Wednesday evening. Owner/Manager, Andrew, was thrilled by the response, and old wished he could have provided shorter lines. We received terrific feedback and photos from families....

Veteran's Day activities last week included Grade 6 students sharing stories of friends and family members who are/were veterans during morning meeting, Grade 5 students writing heartfelt Veteran's Day Poems, and special opportunities like Mrs. Law bringing in her husband's REAL military jacket for Early Childhood students to see. Gillispie parent and VA Hospital Employee, AnneMarie Sachs, helped coordinate the production of student-made cards and reported back to us with this message: "Thanks to the great work of Gillispie students, more...

Season's Greetings, Gillipie Families! Our students are hard at work preparing for our Winter Program! We can't wait to present the culmination of their preparation and we are looking forward to seeing family members of students in Prek through Grade 6 on December 17. Pictured is Ms. Collin's and Ms. Young's class practicing, "Hot Cup of Cocoa". Ian Lewis, Music Teacher...

To complement their study of California's indigenous cultures, the Grade 3 students were treated to a presentation on the Kumeyaay by a visiting speaker. In the new multi-purpose room, they learned about the history of the Kumeyaay people who are native to the San Diego region. They were able to view a number of artifacts and representations of traditional garb, tools, and natural materials used historically by this indigenous tribe and hear more about how the Kumeyaay continue to...

Inspired by Phyliss Reynolds Naylor’s novel Shiloh, fourth graders sprung into action to help animals who are facing life challenges. Thanks to the help of a resourceful room parent and their classroom teachers, the children worked with water bottles, socks, stuffing, tennis balls, cloth, and squeakers to create 200 toys for the San Diego Humane Society. Many opted to give up recesses to complete the task. Lessons learned went well beyond the skill building of braiding and...

During our week-long celebration of Digital Citizenship, students connected the Gillispie ICARE Values with their technology experiences. Our main focus was on the letter A for Attitude, where we recognize that we have the power within us to overcome challenges. The Second Graders helped all of us learn how to keep calm, even when technology gets frustrating. Through videos, the Second Graders helped us to understand the Emotional Zones of Regulation and shared with us techniques...