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Gillispie School / Values and Community

Each week, the San Diego Union Tribune hosts a cartoon caption contest, and last week Gillispie Grade 4 student Talia S. was chosen as a winner! What an honor! We are so proud of our students for not only their creative writing skills but the courage it takes to put themselves out there for contests like these. Well deserved recognition, Talia!   About Gillispie School: We are an independent toddler through Grade 6 school in La Jolla, CA. We...

In recognition of the individuals who died tragically at Stoneham Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida a month ago, a number of teachers and parents joined yesterday in a short walk. In classrooms, teachers dedicated a period of time to read stories and hold discussions about courage, empathy, and making a difference in small or large ways. In consideration of age-appropriateness, it was our indirect way of commemorating lives lost—as a school, it is incumbent upon...

Great sportsmanship and effort were on display as our Gillispie Geckos played the basketball team from The Children’s School! What a treat to visit their school and meet fellow b-ball enthusiasts. In a squeaker of a game, our Geckos were able to pull out a win! Congratulations on your hard work, Geckos, and thank you to TCS for the great game! About Gillispie School: We are an independent toddler through Grade 6 school in La Jolla, CA....

Margaret Mead said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." The third graders here at Gillispie did just that last week during our Annual Blood Drive and Bake Sale, raising an astonishing amount during the one-day event. This year the San Diego Blood Bank collected 43 pints of blood from donors ranging from parents, grandparents, teachers, and community members. In addition, the bake...

Values and Community  "Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'" - Martin Luther King, Jr. In honor of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service last week, Grade 2 students participated in a beach clean-up at La Jolla Shores. Students collected data on the amount and type of trash they collected that will be sent to the City of San Diego for their records. We are proud of our students for helping keep...

Mark your calendars! On Thursday, January 25 at 6:30-7:30 p.m., author David Schwartz will present a family program called Numbers, Numbers, Everywhere! David will be treating families to delightful storytelling when he talks about the connection between stories and numbers. Children (and parents) will long remember the difference between a million, a billion, and a trillion when the evening is over! Earlier that day, prekindergarteners through sixth graders will be participating in four separate assemblies David will be interacting...

A former Gillispie student was recently back on campus observing an EC classroom for her college Child Development course, and we were warmed by an email she sent us in regard to her experience: Coming onto campus for the first time in over 5 years brought more joy to me than I have had in a long time. Gillispie was my life from preschool to fifth grade and I am who I am because of Gillispie. I...

Our Preschool classes held their annual Fall Feast in the gym recently. 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. Shared mealtimes in Reggio are held in high regard, and our educational philosophy values children, educators, and family...

As a kick off to the school-wide food drive, Grade 4 students recently visited Feeding San Diego where they sorted, packed, and weighed potatoes, pears, and squash donated by local farms. By the end of the three-hour shift, the children had packed 2500 pounds of food. The food was later delivered and distributed to the organization's mobile pantries around San Diego as well as the UCSD diabetic wellness program. Feeding San Diego feeds over 65,000 people a week, and...

Working on this year’s goal of building empathy, at a recent assembly kindergarteners through second graders discussed the importance of practicing kindness daily. I challenged these children to perform two acts of kindness—one at home and one at school—that were to cost nothing monetarily and where nothing was expected in return. Some heartfelt examples are described below. One kindergartner explained, “Last night when my brother wasn’t feeling that good, we went to go get ice cream and...