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Gillispie School / Values and Community

Grade 2 teachers received this beautiful "Thank You" letter from St. Vincent de Paul Village for the Grade 2 Book Drive donations that they'd like to share. Please pass this message along to your children who were kind enough to bring in books for others to enjoy: Dear Students and Teachers: Imagine your life without books. Imagine experiencing your childhood with a very narrow view of the world. You only know what you see and what you hear the...

Gillispie Grade 4 students spent an afternoon on the field with their Spanish pen pals from Stella Maris Academy! Ms. Gersten and teachers from Stella Maris led the students in fun learning activities like musical chairs en Español, a Spanish vocabulary relay race, and Spanish Twister—mano derecha en color azul! The students had a great time connecting with their pen pals and participating in a day of fun together.   At Gillispie School, we believe that learning is a journey...

It certainly has been an exciting couple of weeks as the school year winds down! As an educator, I am always pleased to see students find their individual “sandboxes;” those places where they stretch themselves, gaining excitement and sense of purpose from the challenge. Recently, some of our fourth and fifth graders participated in the county-wide Science Field Day, collaboratively constructing catapults, paddle boats, towers, and a series of simple machines that delivered marbles into cups. This...

Can you describe your family’s moral North Star? How do you serve one another, the world? If those questions seem tough to answer, you may have some work to do. You’ve probably noticed that most successful organizations have a mission statement, setting the framework for who they are, where they are going, and how to work together. These core values and beliefs are often critical to the ultimate success or failure of the business. Family is more...

Recently, Grade 4 and 5 students had a very special guest speaker. Kevin Barber is a Gillispie alumnus and he and his mother Dr. Carolyn Barber helped start a local program called "Wheels of Change" which provides paid work opportunities to San Diego's homeless population. Inspired by a similar program in New Mexico, Wheels of Change uses passenger vans to pick up eight people at a time from a homeless tent located near downtown and transport them to...

Parent volunteers put on a fantastic celebration for Teacher and Staff Appreciation Day! The Super Hero theme of this year's celebration was a perfect fit for the super educators we have here at Gillispie. We want to thank each and every one of the volunteers who contributed: it takes a village! Thank you ALL for your time, bringing in items, baking, taking photos, set up and clean up and everything else you did that made the day so...

Gillispie School celebrated its annual International Day Friday, April 6. Students grabbed their "passports" and traveled to Brazil, Iceland, Ireland, Mexico, Senegal, Sweden, 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 music, and much more! This successful...

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....