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HoS Update: 5/8/20

Hello Everyone!

I hope this letter finds you well. Though it appears that we will not be coming back to campus for the remainder of the year, we continue to plan for the future. In considering the start of school next year, the Administration is looking at hybrid teaching scenarios on and off-campus as needed, the use of school facilities and classroom layouts, and safety and cleaning protocols and procedures that will allow each child to learn and grow.

In ending this year, the week of June 8 will include some virtual and Gillispie “curbside” plans that will help give us closure to this extraordinary year. One item we will present to each of our families is a Gillispie yearbook. Stay tuned as we organize a fun way to pick up things your children may have left on campus, as well as an opportunity for you to return items belonging to the School, such as technology tools and learning materials.

As summer is around the corner, we are solidifying our plans which we will share with you in the next few weeks. We are ever cognizant of the changing landscape as to what will keep our students healthy and well and engaged in learning. Offerings will more than likely include on-campus and online options.

Between now and then, join us Wednesday, May 13 at 4:00 p.m. as children’s author Lois Brandt presents a live reading of her book, Maddi’s Fridge. This story gently and compassionately introduces children to the topics of poverty and hunger and has been well-received nationwide.  She will also entertain questions after her reading. Immediately following Ms. Brandt’s reading, our very own Jack L. will host the week’s Story Time with an extremely creative reading.  Hint: you may want to bring your swim goggles! Links to both of these opportunities will be sent next week.

Then, on Wednesday, May 20, please join Dr. Adria O’Donnell for a webinar from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. Dr. O’Donnell has been a favorite speaker at Gillispie over the past years because of her engaging style and expertise in understanding children. She is a licensed clinical psychologist practicing in San Diego. For the past 15 years, she has worked with children and adolescents, in the areas of anxiety and stress management, conflict resolution skills, and building healthy family relationships. Dr. O’Donnell will offer opening remarks on how to live under the same roof in our stay-home situation. It’s all about relationships–parent to parent, parent to child, and child to child. She will take questions from you on these topics.

The next day, three virtual meetings will be set up (for families in Early Childhood, K-Grade 2, and Grades 3-6) where parents can talk with one another about the topics raised in Dr. O’Donnell’s presentation. A few of our own Gillispie parents will act as moderators.

I continue to be amazed and so impressed by the resilience, determination, and compassion you as parents have brought to this uniquely challenging time. I received a particularly moving note from a parent this week which really demonstrates these qualities. She remarked, “We have loved this time together as a family. We have not only adapted to but also embraced a quiet and simple life during these times…I know that this too shall pass, but we have been given an amazing gift I hope we can all cherish.”

I hope you all find many things to cherish amidst these challenging times. Your Gillispie Family misses you!


Alison Fleming

Head of School

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