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Posted on Oct 28, 2011

Gillispie “Gems” of the Week

October 27, 2011

Gillispie parent Livier R. explains to students the main elements of the ofrenda for Día del los Muertos. Parent volunteers created a colorful, meaningful altar in the conference room to help students learn about the cultural context of this Mexican tradition. Students followed a special assembly and their visit to the altar with a taste of pan de muerto.

During the Grades 3-6 assembly yesterday, both Grade 5 classrooms performed the mathematics song “Order of Operations” to highlight work they had been doing in the classroom. Cross-curricular learning (such as using art and music to learn math) not only helps concepts stick in students’ minds, but is plain good fun.

To culminate Kindergarten’s study this month of fire prevention and safety, parent Lisa C. arranged to have Station 13 visit our campus. Students were thrilled to practice their stop, drop, and roll technique, explore the inner workings of the fire engine, meet a specially-trained arson dog, learn about the firefighters’ protective attire, and even see their heartbeat readings on an EKG monitor! It was a wonderful hands-on learning experience with our important community helpers.

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