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Gillispie School / Values and Community

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...

It has been over a decade since Gillispie first rolled up its sleeves and hosted the first blood drive, and the tradition continues with our annual Grade 3 Blood Drive and Bake Sale February 11, 2020. An event that was organized to support a former Gillispie family affected by childhood leukemia has now turned into our blood drive--a life-saving, annual event that our local community depends on. Over the past ten years, our Gillispie blood donors have saved...

Recently, Grade 5 students served lunch at St. Vincent de Paul’s public and family kitchens in downtown San Diego. Combined, the two classes served well over a thousand meals, bussed tables, and restocked condiments and paper goods. Some students distributed food behind the counter, while others delivered meals to the tables for visitors who were not ambulatory. As one student wrote in a post-trip reflection, "Today was meaningful and really showed me that just a little bit of my...

With "the season" upon us, students in Grade 1 have been learning about different holidays from around the world. Recently, they had a lesson on Diwali, one of India's most celebrated holidays. Diwali (also known as the Festival of Lights) lasts five days and usually falls at the end of October or beginning of November. Families celebrate the spiritual triumph of light over darkness or good over evil by hanging lights and lamps outside homes. Sweet treats such as dried fruits...

We are excited to welcome our new Early Childhood Support Teacher, Sarah Baxter, to our community! What inspired you to work with kids/become a teacher? I have always loved working with children, and I was fortunate to have had many great teachers growing up who inspired me to become to follow their career path. What do you love about your job? I love helping and working with children and families, and being a part of a great school community.  What is...

We are excited to welcome our new Early Childhood Outdoor Classroom Teacher, Anna Gonzalez, to our community! What inspired you to work with kids/become a teacher? Coming from a large Italian family is what inspired me to become a teacher and work with children. What do you love about your job? I love watching children develop and helping them through the learning process. The energy that children give me every day makes me so happy. What is your favorite thing/hobby to...

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