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Hello Parents, What a remarkable time in the world at large and in our own homes as we establish our new routines and norms. First and foremost, thank you for acting as the conduit for Gillispie and your children; it truly has been a team effort in moving to our online educational program. The teachers and leadership team have pulled together the most often asked questions from your emails and this week’s survey results. Certain questions are...

Hello EC Families! We hope your second week of being at home has gotten off to a great start! We have a few extra ideas for you to check out:   ACTIVITIES Using Kitchen Scraps to Learn About Plant Science https://www.funathomewithkids.com/2017/08/using-kitchen-scraps-to-learn-about.html   Easy and Colorful Ice Painting Art https://www.powerfulmothering.com/ice-painting/   RECIPES Taste Safe Slime Recipes https://littlebinsforlittlehands.com/edible-slime-recipe/   Berry-Banana Cauliflower Smoothie http://www.eatingwell.com/recipe/265882/berry-banana-cauliflower-smoothie/   HELPING KIDS UNDERSTAND COVID-19 Hello, My Name is Coronavirus https://660919d3-b85b-43c3-a3ad-3de6a9d37099.filesusr.com/ugd/64c685_319c5acf38d34604b537ac9fae37fc80.pdf   LIVE STREAM CLASSES There are two great local small businesses offering free live stream classes (a small donation per class is requested): Movers & Groovers with...

Greetings, Wonderous Ones! Last week was impressive as the Gillispie School community got up and running with online learning. The teachers did a marvelous job, and from my vantage point, it was exciting watching all of the assignments and activities going live, students responding, and morning meetings transpiring. As another Head of School shared with me, moving to remote education so quickly was like moving from gasoline-run automobiles to electric cars in a span of two weeks....

Hello EC Families! As you continue to embark on your stay-at-home journey, I present to you the first volume of Gillispie EC Ideas & Resources (an email that I will send out periodically). The content has been curated by our EC team and our goal is to encourage you during this unpredictable time and offer resources for your family to utilize while you are at home. We hope you find this helpful! ACTIVITIES Go Take a Hike! Kid-Friendly Trails in...

Hello Gillispie Families,   Happy St. Patrick’s Day! How are you feeling as parents, and in all of your familial roles--as sons and daughters, as brothers and sisters, as partners? One fun way I’ve heard to stay connected with family near and far is by forming group chats and posting exercise challenges, jokes, funny home videos, or fancy dance moves. (I have always felt that dancing is a fabulous way to release stress...

Dear Gillispie Families, As a Gillispie community, our concern is always for the well-being of all our students, families, and employees. School leadership has been preparing and planning for the ever-changing situation brought about by COVID-19. After much thought and consultation with Board members and other independent school leaders, we have decided to take the proactive measure of closing the Gillispie campus starting Monday, March 16. We hope to return to normal operations on Monday, April 6,...

Even with the off and on showers, it's been a fun week in P.E.! Early Childhood and Elementary P.E. classes have been centered around the topic of nutrition and healthy food choices. Following guidelines from the USDA and MyPlate.gov, students have been grouping foods based on the MyPlate chart and deciding between healthy and unhealthy choices. Grades 3-6 are also wrapping up their exciting volleyball unit this week. Passing, serving, setting, and hitting have all been practiced and...

During what may be a challenging and confusing time, I am reaching out to provide a status update on developments related to coronavirus (COVID-19) and to share some additional details about the actions we are planning to protect our school community. I am also providing you with two resources which may be useful as you help your children to understand the situation. The health and safety of our students, staff, and families is our priority. While the total...

We strive to develop open-minded collaborators and articulate communicators at Gillispie. Every child and adult has to navigate working with others on a daily basis and the tools needed to be an effective collaborator and communicator are not ones students are born with. Skills like these need to be explicitly taught, practiced, and reflected upon just as any other subject in school. Through group projects, students have a platform that not only develops these skills but...

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