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DOING GOOD TOGETHER is a national organization that provides opportunities for families to volunteer, or “do good” together. Click on the link below and then look for the blue San Diego square. Click here for a list of meaningful family-friendly volunteer opportunities. Better yet, become a member! www.doinggoodtogether.org...

Did you know that in 1933, a full 20 years before the formation of Gillispie as a school, it was a food pantry? Sam and Ada Gillispie, along with other community volunteers, ran thrift shops in town to raise money to stock the pantry, which was made available to those families who needed it. This is one of the many reasons that we prioritize community service here at School. It is in our DNA! Fun Fact about...

Students in many grade levels have been learning about Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, which was celebrated earlier this week. Early Childhood students in Juniper celebrated by eating apples and honey to symbolize a sweet new year. At circle time with Ms. Leib, they discussed the meaning of the Hebrew word "Mitzvah." Ms. Leib explained to the children that a Mitzvah is performing a good deed, doing something charitable, or acting out of the kindness of your heart. With...

This holiday celebrates and honors Native American history and culture. There are 18 federally-recognized Indian reservations in San Diego County, more than in any other county in the United States! Click here for 9 Ways to Observe Indigenous Peoples' Day with Children. Click here for more information on the Indigenous Peoples' Celebration at the San Diego Safari Park....

Happy third week of school! It was lovely seeing so many of you at Back to School Night where the energy was terrific. Clearly, we enjoy being together! As you heard our Board Chair, Jonathan Lischke, share in his remarks, we are launching our ONEGillispie Annual Giving campaign. Over the next several days you will receive a letter and a pledge form from Erin and Mitch Otolski, Parent Chairs of this effort, enabling you to make...

This month marked the return of a much-loved Gillispie tradition—International Day! Students grabbed their “passports” and traveled to themed outdoor areas representing Egypt, Tahiti, Brazil, Italy, Australia, and Taiwan. Parent volunteers and faculty members decorated the campus, wore traditional dress, prepared ethnic foods, and shared interesting facts about different countries from around the world. Students were provided with an opportunity to learn about life outside of our borders. International Day began as a social studies project, and over the years it...

Gillispie aspires to nurture and encourage global citizenship. As global citizens, we are connected and share many similarities, as well as differences, and learning about the world around us makes us better informed and empathetic. Families and students have asked how, as a community, we can help the situation in Ukraine. So, this Monday, International Day, we are launching a drive to collect the following items, identified by the local House of Ukraine as desperately needed: 1. All...

The Grade 3 Blood Drive yesterday was a huge success! Overall, we collected 39 units of blood for the San Diego Blood Bank on behalf of Gillispie School, and 25 people donated for the very first time at our drive! Participants were members from the Gillispie community and our local neighborhood. According to the blood bank, the amount collected is way above average for a mobile drive! Moreover, this collection will save the lives of 117 people in just one day. We are...

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...

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