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Veteran's Day activities last week included Grade 6 students sharing stories of friends and family members who are/were veterans during morning meeting, Grade 5 students writing heartfelt Veteran's Day Poems, and special opportunities like Mrs. Law bringing in her husband's REAL military jacket for Early Childhood students to see. Gillispie parent and VA Hospital Employee, AnneMarie Sachs, helped coordinate the production of student-made cards and reported back to us with this message: "Thanks to the great work of Gillispie students, more...

Robin Preiss Glasser Presenting at the LJ Riford Library Dec. 4 in Partnership with Warwick's Books Robin Preiss Glasser of Fancy Nancy fame with be speaking on her latest book, Grand Jete and Me, a collaboration with New York City Ballet prima ballerina Allegra Kent. Robin will be live, zooming from her east coast studio onto the screen in the Library's community room for an in-person audience, who will also enjoy a video of Allegra Kent reading the...

Inspired by Phyliss Reynolds Naylor’s novel Shiloh, fourth graders sprung into action to help animals who are facing life challenges. Thanks to the help of a resourceful room parent and their classroom teachers, the children worked with water bottles, socks, stuffing, tennis balls, cloth, and squeakers to create 200 toys for the San Diego Humane Society. Many opted to give up recesses to complete the task. Lessons learned went well beyond the skill building of braiding and...

As I shared with Gillispie's Board of Trustees in my end-of-year report, it has been an extraordinary year for each and all of us. Reading the written comments from the 2021 Parent Survey, I recognize that parents missed being on campus to connect with each other and with their children's teachers. Yet, in thoughtful and different ways, we built and maintained a community. "It takes a village," and Gillispie is a Village. Adults on campus had to...

Last Friday, we held one our of favorite annual end-of-year traditions: the Grade 6 vs Faculty Kickball Game! Grade 6 students took to the field to challenge our faculty and staff players to a lively game while being cheered on by their younger peers. Both teams gave it their all, but in their end the sixth graders won the match 8-7! We were elated to bring back this fun tradition this year, and we will miss this group of amazing students....

The Grade 2 Book Drive results are in, and the event was a HUGE success with a final count of 1,306 books donated to the children of St. Vincent de Paul! Thank you to the Grade 2 students, teachers, and parent volunteers for spearheading this community service initiative, and to all whose donations helped make this possible. Please enjoy this "Thank You" letter we received from St. Vincent de Paul representatives that really speaks to the impact of our collective efforts: Dear...

We had so much fun this past Monday gathering for an alumni reunion of former Gillispie students graduating from high school this year. After what has truly been a remarkable senior year, these resilient students are preparing for the next step in their educational journey, with many leaving San Diego for college in the fall! It was lovely and nostalgic to have these bright young adults back on campus for a visit, and we are so proud of their accomplishments!...

The San Diego Museum of Art’s biennial exhibition “Young Art: My World, Our Planet” features four Gillispie School artists. The theme of Young Art 2021 is the environment and sustainability. Landon (K), Maddy (Gr 2), Abigail (Gr 5), and Sydney (Gr 5) are the Gillispie students whose artwork was selected by the jurors. Young Art is a ninety-year-old children’s art celebration and tradition at the museum. The exhibit is on view through May 9 and admission to Young Art is free (the entrance is by Panama...