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HoS Update: 6/12/20

Hello Gillispie Families,

I hope this email finds you well. Our Early Childhood and Elementary drive-throughs were a festive, celebratory way to start the summer. The virtual hugs and high fives were felt by greeters and visitors alike. The enthusiastic waves from students, honks, and fabulous posters hanging from cars made us laugh. Thank you for helping us bring closure to a remarkable year! If these opportunities did not work for your families, please call the School and find a time when you can pick up materials and/or drop off school materials.

Other notes as we wrap up the year:

  • Lost and found items: please call the School to confirm a time to check for any clothing items your child may have left on campus throughout the school year.
    Progress reports for elementary students will be posted to MyBackPack accounts next week. You will receive an email letting you know that they are available. Summaries of developmental growth for early childhood students will be mailed next week.
    Summer reading assignments for Grades 3-6 will be posted to MyBackPack next week.

Looking Ahead

Due to the uncertainty surrounding the return to school in the fall, we have made the decision to extend the deadline for families to withdraw without penalty from June 30, 2020 to July 31, 2020. Any family that withdraws prior to July 31, 2020 will receive a refund of any funds paid for 2020-21. We have made this one-time exception to our typical policy because enrollment deposits were made before anyone understood the impact of the pandemic. Additionally, the first payments will not be due until August 1, 2020. This applies to the annual and 10-payment plans. In early July, Gillispie will communicate the most current updates to our planned opening on Tuesday, September 1.

In closing out this extraordinary year, I pay tribute to Gillispie’s faculty, staff, and administration. On occasion, I would stop into virtual classrooms and hear teachers facilitate wonderful discussions, demonstrate experiments, organize student scavenger hunts, or provide encouragement when a student was struggling with an academic concept or missing classmates. Staff worked to complete their own assignments like designing yearbooks, supporting front office operations, and maintaining a safe campus. Administrators kept abreast of ever-changing circumstances, created community through webinars and Monday Morning videos, and worked through financial forecasting for the School. They all have shown resilience, patience, and humility in adapting to change. It is my honor to work alongside such a dedicated, talented, and passionate group.

May the summer bring your family good health and rest!


Alison Fleming

Head of School

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