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Gillispie School will host its 13th annual blood drive on Thursday, February 9, 2023! This service-learning project is near and dear to our hearts. Fourteen years ago, Gillispie welcomed a brother and sister pair to the third grade program. One of the siblings suffered a sudden relapse of cancer she battled as a kindergartener. Her treatments were grueling and her prognosis was grim, and our school community searched for meaningful ways to help. We decided to...

During Spanish class earlier this month,  students visited the school's altar for Día de Los Muertos! Each grade level worked on one aspect of the altar decorations. First graders made paper skeletons, second graders colored and decorated paper skulls, third graders made papel picado, fourth graders made “alfeñiques,” which are little edible sugar figurines, and fifth graders made paper flowers. And, all students were able to taste some Pan de Muerto during their visit! Our wonderful parent volunteers helped put...

Two of Ms. Cohn's Grade 4 students placed in the top ten in the Sumdog San Diego Regional Math Contest! Sumdog’s online math contests are a fun way to motivate students as they go up against other regional schools in friendly competition. Halifax won 3rd place and Jonah won 4th place out of over 300 students who participated. What an amazing accomplishment!...

Well over two-thirds of parents say “parenting is harder today,” than it was 20 years ago – mainly because of technology (Pew Research, 2020). Screentime, social media, and the very (tumultuous) nature of tweens can combine to create the perfect storm for parenting in the digital age. But knowing what motivates our tweens, and how we can manage the Internet that surrounds all of us, may be part of the antidote.  Young people, including tweens, are often...

Join us for the 3rd Annual Hi Sweetheart shopping event to support Gillispie School on Thursday, December 2 and Friday, December 3, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Kick-off your holiday shopping the week after Thanksgiving break by stopping in the store or shopping online! 20% of all sales mentioning "Gillispie" December 2 and 3 will be donated back to the school. On Thursday, LoveJames will be at the shop hosting a Jewelry Pop-Up, and local designer Krissy Patterson will also be...

Hello, Gillispie Families! To those who are returning, we’ve missed you, and to those new to Gillispie, we can’t wait to get to know you! Our community is better because of your presence. It has been an exciting summer as we complete our last week of summer session and move into our gorgeous new building, the Sandbox. Most importantly, we have been laying plans for a healthy and safe start to the new school year.  GILLISPIE’S COVID-19 PLANS It...

The wall pictured above is in our front lobby, and every time someone invests in the ONEGillispie Annual Campaign, a number 1 is placed on the wall. Thank you to all the wonderful number 1’s who have already supported our campaign! Annual funds provide critical operating support for the School and we are humbled each year by the generosity of the Gillispie community. Our goal this year is to raise $325,000 and we are well on our...

We strive to develop open-minded collaborators and articulate communicators at Gillispie. Every child and adult has to navigate working with others on a daily basis and the tools needed to be an effective collaborator and communicator are not ones students are born with. Skills like these need to be explicitly taught, practiced, and reflected upon just as any other subject in school. Through group projects, students have a platform that not only develops these skills but...

It has been over a decade since Gillispie first rolled up its sleeves and hosted the first blood drive, and the tradition continues with our annual Grade 3 Blood Drive and Bake Sale February 11, 2020. An event that was organized to support a former Gillispie family affected by childhood leukemia has now turned into our blood drive--a life-saving, annual event that our local community depends on. Over the past ten years, our Gillispie blood donors have saved...

Gillispie Families, My name is Ian Lewis and I am excited and grateful for my new position at Gillispie as the Music Specialty Teacher. I have had the pleasure of meeting many of you at the parent coffees recently, at pickup/drop off, or at Monday Meetings. If I have not met you yet, I am looking forward to seeing you at the Winter Program this year! We are in full-swing in music class, learning how to play instruments,...

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