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Hello Everyone, As promised last Friday, below are Gillispie’s plans to open school on September 1. Given Governor Newsom’s recent announcement, will our elementary students meet on campus or online as we open the 2020-2021 school year? Time will tell, and rest assured that we are assiduously planning for both possibilities. In the July 17 Framework for K-12 Schools in California, the California Department of Public Health referred to a waiver that might be granted by the...

For parents electing not to enroll their preschoolers in an on-campus program this year, Gillispie School in La Jolla has launched a new virtual learning program called Gillispie at H.O.M.E. (Hands-On Mindful Exploration.) Gillispie at H.O.M.E. will provide an interactive community and unique home learning adventure for children ages 2 through Prekindergarten. The program will offer nine 4-week sessions that can be taken one month at a time or through a subscription plan beginning August 24 and is...

Dear Gillispie Families, Today’s announcement from the San Diego Unified School District that it will not reopen its campuses on August 31 has undoubtedly raised many questions for you. Currently, at Gillispie, we are moving ahead with our plans to open school on September 1 because we are able to meet current San Diego County and California State safety guidelines. What is of great benefit to us as an independent school is the age of our students, low...

Hello Gillispie Families,   To those of you returning and those of you who are new, welcome! As it currently stands we are very excited to start our year on campus Tuesday, September 1. At this time, the School feels that with the safety and health measures being put into place around distancing, including the strategic use of masks, stepped up hygiene measures, increased campus cleaning, and proper ventilation, we can come together daily on campus. While it...

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...

Good Evening Gillispie Families, As the year comes to a close, we are looking forward to seeing you at our end-of-year farewells on Tuesday, June 9 for early childhood families and Thursday, June 11 for elementary families. These events are for adults and students to drive up to campus to return school property to Gillispie, receive personal items that were left on campus, receive a yearbook (one per family), and to wave goodbye to teachers and staff...

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...

Good Evening Gillispie Families,  My notes are brief because I am including the link from yesterday evening’s webinar during which Mr. Bauer, Mr. Bluestein, Dr. Smith, and I discussed plans for the re-opening of school on September 1.  Our guiding principle is to have Gillispie students and employees return to campus for face-to-face learning as safely as possible. As we think through scenarios and put protocols in place, we need to honor a learning environment in keeping...

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