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:
- 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);
- 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);
- 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.);
- 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
- 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.
Head of School