7380 Girard Ave

La Jolla, California


Posted on Nov 15, 2010

Accentuating the Positive

October 7, 2010

Having held parent coffees, to date, with Grades 3-6 families, I have been reminded to let all families know how Gillispie has been using a scarce commodity—its space—in a way that honors our children. Last year’s remodel of the early childhood outdoor area was beautifully visible through the addition of art, drama, sand/water, quiet-garden, and gross motor areas, but elementary school students also have seen positive changes:
  1. The gym is now open for particular grade levels in the morning and after school for those needing a rush of adrenaline (K-2 MWF, 3-6 TTH);
  2. Mrs. Ludington has enhanced activities on the sport court with crafts, games (I recently lost a game while using an over-sized set of dominoes), and tactile/sensory activities (including “moon sand” and instant snow);
  3. Library hours have been extended for those individuals wanting a quieter, cozier space at the start (8-8:30 a.m.) and end of the day (3-3:30 p.m.);
  4. Our P.E. teachers continue to make use on Wednesday afternoons of the field across the street for Grades 3-6 (weekly), and Prekindergarten is now taking advantage of the space (biweekly); and
  5. We’re honoring the physical (and social) development of the older elementary children by making occasional use of the La Jolla High School Aquatic Center, tennis courts, and running track for Grades 5 and 6, as well as by heading out to rock climbing, ice skating, martial arts instruction, hip-hop lessons, and kayaking for sixth graders, who do need a change of scenery.
Keeping in mind the advice of an old Bing Crosby song, “You’ve got to accentuate the positive; eliminate the negative,” and with real estate at a premium, Gillispie has aimed to do just that. Alison Fleming Head of School
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