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As I shared with Gillispie's Board of Trustees in my end-of-year report, it has been an extraordinary year for each and all of us. Reading the written comments from the 2021 Parent Survey, I recognize that parents missed being on campus to connect with each other and with their children's teachers. Yet, in thoughtful and different ways, we built and maintained a community. "It takes a village," and Gillispie is a Village. Adults on campus had to...

Last Friday, we held one our of favorite annual end-of-year traditions: the Grade 6 vs Faculty Kickball Game! Grade 6 students took to the field to challenge our faculty and staff players to a lively game while being cheered on by their younger peers. Both teams gave it their all, but in their end the sixth graders won the match 8-7! We were elated to bring back this fun tradition this year, and we will miss this group of amazing students....

The Grade 2 Book Drive results are in, and the event was a HUGE success with a final count of 1,306 books donated to the children of St. Vincent de Paul! Thank you to the Grade 2 students, teachers, and parent volunteers for spearheading this community service initiative, and to all whose donations helped make this possible. Please enjoy this "Thank You" letter we received from St. Vincent de Paul representatives that really speaks to the impact of our collective efforts: Dear...

Sometimes, the best, deepest, longest-lasting learning comes from doing (as opposed to, say, hearing about) something. In Science, students very often manipulate materials to create physical expressions of the concepts being addressed in class-- “making,” for short. There is a well-defined thought process called Design Thinking that guides us through our maker projects--it’s a topic that merits its own discussion. Every maker project takes time, which results in a meaningful relationship to the underlying concepts, and...

Just in time for Summer! Our new presentation entitled, “Hot Tech Tips to Keep Your Parenting Cool this Summer (and Beyond)” will provide you tips for helping your child(ren) to navigate technology wisely and safely. We also explore ways to help our children develop healthy relationships with technology and we will take a brief dive into Youtube and other enticing apps (or menacing) apps and how you can manage them. For your convenience, the presentation is a video that...

We had so much fun this past Monday gathering for an alumni reunion of former Gillispie students graduating from high school this year. After what has truly been a remarkable senior year, these resilient students are preparing for the next step in their educational journey, with many leaving San Diego for college in the fall! It was lovely and nostalgic to have these bright young adults back on campus for a visit, and we are so proud of their accomplishments!...

In music this year students have had the opportunity to share their work, compositions, and even solos with the class. In these experiences, our students develop confidence, empathy, and presentation skills. Many students have requested to perform with instruments that they are learning outside of school. A few weeks ago, one student asked if she could play her violin with her Kindergarten class. For many of our students, this was the first time they had seen or heard a...

The San Diego Museum of Art’s biennial exhibition “Young Art: My World, Our Planet” features four Gillispie School artists. The theme of Young Art 2021 is the environment and sustainability. Landon (K), Maddy (Gr 2), Abigail (Gr 5), and Sydney (Gr 5) are the Gillispie students whose artwork was selected by the jurors. Young Art is a ninety-year-old children’s art celebration and tradition at the museum. The exhibit is on view through May 9 and admission to Young Art is free (the entrance is by Panama...

For Elementary students who LOVE stories, this Online Summer Book Club with Ms. Long will meet virtually for an hour each week to read and discuss a collection of grade-level appropriate books through the eight weeks of summer session. Students will engage in reading throughout the break from wherever your family may travel, and Ms. Long will keep them captivated by her curated list of tales. You can sign up for this club online at www.gillispie.org/summer!...

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