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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...

Happy Memorial Day Weekend,  Dr. Adria O’Donnell spoke on Wednesday evening and did a wonderful job of explaining ways we can maintain positive relationships with our children and partners, as well as emphasizing the importance of being good to ourselves. Analogies such as the “boomerang,” “blender,” and “hot plate” were helpful. At yesterday’s parent follow-up webinar, her “lint roller” reference resonated with many of us. Sometimes, we look for evidence that reinforces our negative feelings and let...

Good Evening Brave Ones! How are you doing? I appreciate the many roles you are playing right now. Some of you are balancing work and home responsibilities as well as caring not only for your own children but often for your parents. Each of us is also dealing with our own feelings of isolation and lack of control because of future uncertainty. Though I may not truly understand all of your circumstances, I empathize with and applaud...

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...

Happy Friday Families! An article on the Gillispie Gives Back initiatives went out in the La Jolla Light yesterday - here is a link to it: https://www.lajollalight.com/news/story/2020-04-30/gillispie-gives-back-la-jolla-school-extends-helping-hand-to-essential-workers-seniors-and-food-bank Community Resources for Those That Need Assistance During this unique and unprecedented time in our world, families may be finding themselves in need of temporary assistance or know of others who need support.  The following resources are available in our community. Please feel free to share this with others who might benefit. Calling 211...

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