A “Bright” Community Spotlight: La Jolla Village Montessori School

Walking down Fay Avenue, you can spot the La Jolla Village Montessori School by its bright blue and yellow facade. The school’s sunflower emblem greets people at the door and leads them inside a well-organized classroom, full of every imaginable learning tool.

When I walked in the door, many of the children looked up curiously, yet only for a moment. They seemed incredibly well-behaved, focused and engaged at the tasks in front of them. I voiced my impressions to the director of the school Joanne O’Neil. Joanne just smiled and told me that at her Montessori the motto is to “help me do it myself.” Children are engaged because they choose their own activity and have a multitude of options to explore.

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Private School Open Houses in La Jolla this Month of November

As the weather turns cold and the holidays approach, the school year is gaining momentum. Education is a crucial factor in any child’s development and a strong concern for parents. Before the shopping craze of late November takes over, parents should be mindful of perspective schools available for their children in the 2014-2015 school year.

Whether its a toddler’s creative development or a 12-year-olds best college preparatory track, the community of La Jolla has numerous private school options for parents. Blue Book has an extensive list of La Jolla’s best private schools that can help parents do some online research. This can give anyone a taste of each school’s mission statement, but open houses provide a much better space to explore potential schools and get a sense of their educational styles.

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La Jolla High School Takes On Hunger

Now that November has started, the community of La Jolla is gearing up to prepare for the upcoming holidays. The holiday season is a time to be grateful for what we have and give to those that are less fortunate. Whether it’s volunteering at a food shelter, serving dinner, or donating gifts, all help goes a long way.

San Diego Food Bank

The San Diego Food Bank is hard at work collecting canned food and donations for their annual Holiday Food Drive. With more than 446,000 people living below the poverty level in San Diego county, the food banks does its best to feed as many people in need. In 2010 the food bank raised over 20 million pounds of food, enough to make almost 16 million meals.

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In an effort to help the San Diego Food Bank, La Jolla High School will be hosting a two-week long canned food drive. From November 11-November 22, students will be able to donate canned goods in their second period classrooms. As a long standing tradition, the class that collects the most amount of cans will win a party for their period.

Most needed items this year include:

  • Canned meat & tuna
  • Canned soups
  • Canned fruits and vegetables
  • Peanut butter
  • Canned beans
  • Spaghetti
  • Dry cereal
  • Rice

 

To help fight hunger in San Diego, drop off non-perishable food items at a San Diego Food Bank location or make a tax-deductible contribution by visiting the San Diego Food Bank website.

La Jolla High Celebrates Cancer Awareness By Going All Pink

La Jolla High School is currently in the middle of Cancer Awareness Week. Traditionally, La Jolla High celebrates Breast Cancer Awareness week during October. In a movement to help support more victims, this week is focused on all types on Cancer. The La Jolla High ASB has planned great new events, combined with annual activities from past years.
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October is National Book Month!

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Book lovers unite! October is National Book Month. Here in La Jolla we have many places where you can find great books. Head on over to the Ridford Library or stop by Warwick’s, DG Wills and Bauer Rare Books, some of the country’s oldest family-owned and operated bookstores. As chillier evenings are rapidly approaching, curling up by the fire with a cup of hot cocoa or tea and a book is sounding quite pleasant.

According to nationalbook.org, there are so many ways to celebrate National Book Month, such as

  • book trivia
  • sending letters to authors
  • book swap meets
  • book drops

and so much more!

National Book Month is celebrated from October 1-31, so get out there and read! Interested in writing a book? Then check out the 12 Annual La Jolla Writer’s Conference on November 2-4, 2013.

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After School Sports in La Jolla Schools

Keeping our children healthy and active is a high priority for La Jolla parents. Fortunately, our local La Jolla schools don’t just offer elite programs in the classroom. Rather, many public and private schools in La Jolla offer diverse after school athletic programs for children of all ages and abilities. Public and Private schools do an equally great job with this and so continue reading to find out about sporting activities sports activities at Schools in La Jolla, CA.

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La Jolla High Students Help In Effort To End Bullying

August 23-27 is locally recognized as Anti-bullying week throughout the San Diego Unified School District. This week at La Jolla High School, students have been participating in a number of spirited activities to help create awareness and put a stop to this horrible injustice. Activities include wearing purple ribbons in support of stopping bullying, to a school wide signing of a no-bully pledge. Other lighthearted activities include ‘free hugs’ friday, ‘ask me for a compliment’ stickers, and free cookies for freshmen in order to welcome the incoming class to high school. Purple, the official color of anti-bullying week, is a standout color on campus this week. The entire school has been decorated in purple ribbons, balloons, chalk, and posters. Chalk quotes on the ground cover everything from serious statistics about bullying and dropout rates, to inspirational and motivational sayings such as, “You look BEAUTIFUL today!”.

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The Gillispie School’s “Field of Dreams” Completion Celebration

Gillispie Students celebrating at the event with XTreme Fun.

Gillispie Students celebrating at the event with XTreme Fun.


The Gillispie School’s highly anticipated “Field of Dreams” on Fay Avenue is complete, and faculty, staff, and Gillispie families celebrated the new addition to the School’s campus with a “Field Day” Dedication Ceremony on Friday, September 6.

The event included dinner, music, and fun games for the children organized by XTreme Fun.

Head of School Alison Fleming unveiled the field’s official name, “Pirtle Field,” chosen to commemorate the life’s work of one of Gillispie’s past educators, Suzanne Pirtle.

 Head of School Alison Fleming addressing the crowd at the dedication ceremony.


Head of School Alison Fleming addressing the crowd at the dedication ceremony.


Ms. Pirtle worked as a teacher at Gillispie for 15 years before retiring in 2012. She was in attendance at the ceremony, sitting near the dedication wall that reads, “Dedicated to Suzanne Pirtle and all devoted Gillispie teachers.” The wall also includes plaques with personalized messages from families who donated to the School’s fundraising campaign that helped raise money to build the field on Fay.

This historic day in Gillispie’s history ended with a throw of the field’s “first” football pass by current parent and former Charger offensive lineman Mike Goff to Gillispie P.E. teacher Ed Whelan.

 Coach Kibblewhite, Suzanne Pirtle, and Coach Whelan posing in front of the dedication wall.


Coach Kibblewhite, Suzanne Pirtle, and Coach Whelan posing in front of the dedication wall.


This event was the first of many events that the school will likely hold on its new, open outdoor space!

The Gillispie School is located at, 7380 Girard Ave, La Jolla, CA.