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Posted on Dec 14, 2012

An Ordinary Day at Gillispie Often is Extraordinary

December 13, 2012

Frequently I’m asked by prospective families, “What’s a typical day at Gillispie.” Answer: There is no typical day–that’s the joy of it!

Though it rained cats and dogs this morning (as one student joked, “There were ‘poodles’ everywhere!”), our spirits were not dampened and the day pressed forward as planned.

Third grade students and chaperones headed for Agua Hedionda Lagoon Discovery Center in Carlsbad. This is a second visit in a series of four to learn about native American tribes and indigenous plants and fauna of San Diego, as framed by their social studies curriculum.

Kindergarten students and second graders were off to a performance of the Nutcracker by the City Ballet of San Diego. Their excitement was palpable as they rode together on a chartered bus, which for some was a first-time experience. When kindergarten children launched into a spirited rendition of “The Wheels on the Bus,” the song took on a newly authentic meaning.

In between these two send-offs, I was treated to breakfast, first by first graders, who celebrated Santa Lucia, a Scandinavian celebration of lights that includes a procession through the campus with the children delivering biscotti. Next was a visit to a prekindergarten classroom for a Hanukkah activity, which included delicious latkes with sour cream and apple sauce.

Let it rain and let learning reign, I say, as each day brings new adventures and delights.

Alison Fleming
Head of School

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