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There was an amazing show of support for our 10th Annual Blood Drive and Bake Sale! The San Diego Blood Bank collected 45 donations, which will touch the lives of 135 people in just one day. This was our largest turnout since 2012, and our second largest drive ever! Additionally, 13 individuals donated for the very first time. According to the Blood Bank, 30% first-time donors is well above average for their drives. Bake Sale donations were also huge this...

Mr. Inigo's fifth grade recently hosted a guest speaker to learn more about homelessness, the topic of their year-long big project. Lindsey Fisher, Gillispie PTEP parent, spoke about her experience working with people struggling with homelessness and severe mental illness. She shared stories and information, and the students peppered her with questions. A few fifth-grade parents joined the audience, and one parent asked: "What's the best way to treat people you see on the street?" Ms. Fisher reported that...

It has been a decade since Gillispie first rolled up its sleeves and hosted the first blood drive. We had no idea back then that our little community service event would go on to collect 325 pints of blood and donate $16,257.81 to the San Diego Blood Bank. 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...

Last week, Cypress Room held its annual Thanksgiving feast in the gym.   Students made hand-printed placemats and table decorations for the event.   The meal was potluck style, with each family bringing in a dish specially requested by their child to share.   During the event, families wrote down things they are thankful for on cut-out feathers that were attached to a shared turkey display.   Everyone had a wonderful time eating together, laughing, sharing stories, and enjoying each other's company...

Students recently celebrated El Dia de los Muertos in Spanish class! El Dia de los Muertos is a day when people celebrate those who have parted but continue to be remembered because of the teachings, values, and loving memories they left behind. Grade 6 students made ofrendas for a famous person that they admired, that included a picture of the person, flowers, candles, sugar skulls, their favorite food, fruits, sweet bread, water, and items the person was known to...

Recently, Grade 4 students visited the Feeding San Diego food bank. During their time at the food bank, they worked as volunteers, both sorting and packing kiwi. They also learned more about the organization as well as the people of San Diego Country that it serves. The two classes packed 1,900 pounds of kiwi, which will be distributed to families at three local schools. That is a total of 450 bags! A few remarks from our students regarding their...

Gillispie School celebrated its annual International Day Friday, October 26. Students grabbed their “passports” and traveled to Portugal, Greece, New Zealand, France, Japan, Spain, Botswana, Mexico, India, and Thailand. Parent volunteers and teachers transformed classrooms into virtual countries where children experienced smells, sights, and sounds of the different cultures represented. The students had the opportunity to learn about each unique culture as they journeyed “around the world,” completing crafts, sampling exotic food and drink, listening to live music,...

As we enter fall, it’s starting to get chilly! Kids at Niños con Visión, an orphanage in Tijuana, Mexico need our help. Helping Hands will be collecting gently used jackets, sweaters, and shoes to donate to the orphanage. Bins are located in the front lobby to collect your donations! The clothing drive will go from now until Thanksgiving Break. Please do not include any Gillispie uniforms in your donation. Do keep in mind that the items you will be donating will...

When the discussion of names came up in Rosewood room, teachers saw an opportunity to inspire students to reflect on what their names mean. They soon noticed that the children were getting confused with such a literal question, so they took a new approach to the discussion. Instead of asking, "What does your name mean?" they asked, "What does it mean to be you?" Student responses included: "Being Dagny means like fun!" - Dagny "Uhmm, hero, and super lion, and a super speedy...

Grade 3 students have been enjoying time spent with their Kindergarten 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 while confidence reading aloud. Both classes enjoy the camaraderie and mentorship that the program provides!   About Gillispie School: Gillispie is an independent toddler through Grade 6 school...