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Gillispie School / Values and Community

Thanks to the generosity of our amazing families, the Gillispie Toy Drive was a tremendous success! We filled 11 large boxes and two large bags with the donations you so lovingly brought in, and the handmade cards and gift tags were so meaningful. All of these items are being transported to an orphanage in Tijuana which serves infants, children, and teens up to age 18. Your giving spirit is changing lives! Thank you to the Community Relations...

Dear Parents, Although this year has presented us with many challenges, I think we can all agree that we are very blessed to have this community. In the past, Gillispie has delivered donations to an orphanage in Tijuana that serves children from infancy through 18 years. With Valentine’s Day around the corner, now is the perfect time to restart this tradition of giving to those in need while also involving our kids in the most important value of giving...

We are always in awe of the way our students shine inside AND outside of school. Just this week, we saw Emma in Grade 4 highlighted in the San Diego Union-Tribune as the winner of Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist Steve Breen's caption contest. Over the past two years, we have had other budding creative writers published. Emma was a K-12 Winner with her witty caption, "So who wants to top off this meeting?" for Breen's illustration of congregating condiments (see above). We also...

I wish each of you family time and lots of “game-on” fun as we head into the Holiday Break. Below are resources shared by parents at our Early Childhood and Elementary check-ins. Some of these bring out the competitive edge while others require a team effort (for example, see games by Peaceable Kingdom). In addition to your great suggestions, our fifth and sixth graders, as our on-campus experts, added a few of their favorites. Besides their choices listed below,...

There is nothing quite like the relationship between grandparents and grandchildren. At Gillispie, we love to involve grandparents! We have designated the week of November 16 as “Grandparents Week” and will have opportunities for grandparents and special friends (no matter where they live) to engage virtually with their grandchildren’s classrooms and with the School. Because most, if not all, of our events this year will be virtual or have a virtual component, we hope to involve our grandparents and...

Just because we can’t all be together for the time being does not mean that we can’t have a great time together! Be on the look-out for information on the following FUN activities that will take place in the coming several weeks: Padres Spirit Day will take place on Friday, October 2. Students are welcome to wear Padres colors or gear and cheer on our home team! It is also a free dress day! The Halloween Parade is on October 30 this year, and parents can...

Dear Parents,  Our hearts are heavy with the historic and ongoing injustices and tragedies of racial disparities that have been highlighted over the last several days. As educators, we are compelled to provide you with resources as you lead your young children through the complex issue of race. Gillispie’s Mission Statement includes the language, “We value a nurturing environment that fosters kindness, respect, and individual commitment to the larger world,” and our Philosophy Statement includes, “We focus on...

As a follow-up to last week’s Community Service email, please note the following current opportunities for engaging with our internal and external community: 1.       Weekly Story-Time – Beginning this Wednesday, April 22, you can join us for Story-Time at 4:00 p.m. These will be live opportunities for younger children to listen to stories read by older children, and they will also be recorded for future viewing opportunities. This week, listen in as Cooper Armstrong...

The Grade 3 Blood Drive and Bake sale was a huge success! Overall, we raised $4,092.07 for the San Diego Blood Bank on behalf of Gillispie School and collected 44 pints of blood. That makes 423 pints collected and more than $27,000 raised since 2010! We'd like to thank everyone who donated blood and baked goods and bought items from the bake sale. We'd also like to thank the following bakeries for donating treats for the event: Brick & Bell...

Keeping our community well is our highest priority. As such, we have been monitoring our community health during the normal cold and flu season, and also in consideration of the media coverage of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus. It is important that families continue to monitor the health and wellbeing of their children and themselves, and take all necessary, routine precautions that we would expect: washing hands, remaining home from school for at least 24-hours following any symptoms...

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