Observations, Comments and Occasional Reflections

List of 20 news stories.

  • February 24, 2020: At Gill, One Size Does Not Fit All

    Everywhere I go, in person or online, I seem to be bombarded by marketing efforts of all kinds. Whether it is selling a product, a service, or a subscription, they come at me fast and furiously each day. Along with the many other things in my life; all compete for my attention and try to persuade me to buy something.
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  • January 30, 2020

    Please know that Gill St. Bernard’s has been and will continue to monitor the well-publicized novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) and its implications for the community. We are receiving regular updates and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH), and the Bernard’s Township Health Department. For your information, I have attached the most recent guidance from the NJDOH, which includes answers to basic questions about the situation.
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  • January 10, 2020

    The New Year brings with it a fresh start, resolutions and most of all, renewed hope. Of course, in schools, the “fresh start” may be somewhat contrived as the academic year is almost halfway completed. Furthermore, the majority of our seniors are into college and for some of them, June cannot come soon enough. Their fresh start will have to wait until August! Nonetheless, as the semester changes, there is still the chance to begin again for most, if not all our students.
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  • November 19, 2019: Thanksgiving Message

    Dear Friends,

    Once again, we find ourselves on the cusp of the holiday season, and it is certainly one of the most joyful times in the academic year. Furthermore, it seems quite fitting given the recent burst of cold weather that has descended upon the region. Soon enough the campus will be in the words of the poet, Robert Frost, “almost covered smooth in snow.”
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  • November 13, 2019

    In one of his New York Times columns last April, David Brooks offered a new name for the times in which we live. Whereas others categorized the last decade or so as the “Age of Information” or the “Internet Age,” Brooks dubbed it an “Era Defined by Fear.” He traces the origin of this to the terrible events of September 11, 2001, the negative implications of the war on terrorism, as well as the growing number of mass shootings in our country.
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  • October 25, 2019

    In my remarks this year at our opening Parents’ Association Welcome Breakfast, I intentionally departed from my traditional script. First, I spoke in depth about only one of the books I read this summer. Second, I dispensed with my usual beginning of the year words of advice. Finally, I kept my remarks under ten minutes!
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  • September 4, 2019: Convocation

    Mr. Matthews and members of the Board of Trustees, special guests, colleagues, parents, members of the Class of 2020 and to everyone in the community; it is my privilege to formally open the 2019-20 academic year at Gill St. Bernard’s.
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  • August 30, 2019

    Dear Parents,
     
    At GSB, the safety of our students is our top priority. To that end, we regularly review our policies, procedures, and facilities to ensure that the GSB environment remains secure. Regrettably, given the number of incidents that have occurred in schools in the past several years, we must constantly be vigilant and proactive in our approach to this concern. As the academic year begins, it is important that you know about some of the ways we work to keep our students, teachers, parents and visitors as well as our campus safe
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  • August 16, 2019

    Dear Parents,
     
    Given the warm, humid weather of the last few weeks, it is hard to believe that the summer is almost over! I do hope that you had an enjoyable and restful time this summer, as well as ample opportunities to reconnect with friends and family.
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  • June 2, 2019: Commencement

    Honored guests, trustees, colleagues, parents, grandparents, family members, friends and members of the Class of 2019, it is my privilege to open this Commencement.

    Once again, we gather to celebrate the achievements of a senior class at GSB and an extraordinary year. Indeed, the weeks since Convocation in September have been nothing short of amazing. Of course, I am referring to the Boston Red Sox winning the World Series last October and the New England Patriots collecting another Super Bowl trophy in February. And now the Boston Bruins are in the Stanley Cup finals; yes, it has been a truly special year… at least for me. I know… I better enjoy it while it lasts!
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  • May 29, 2019

    With Commencement soon upon us and the end of the academic year less than a week away, the time has come to begin thinking about the summer and all that comes with it. For many, it brings the opportunity to escape to the shore or some other place for rest and recreation. For me, a big part of the change in daily schedule is the newfound time to read without interruptions.
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  • April 17, 2019

    Dear Friends,

    I am pleased to share the news with you that Meredith Marks has been appointed Interim Director of Institutional Advancement, effective July 1, 2019. The search for this position was a lengthy one and Meredith emerged as the best choice from a strong pool of candidates.

    The coming months will be busy as we work to complete the campaign and prepare for Jim's transition.

    Please join me in congratulating Meredith on her new responsibilities.
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  • December 17, 2018

    Dear Friends,

    It is with deep sorrow that I write to share the news with you that one of our teachers, Marilyn Dori, passed away this afternoon. Marilyn was one of Gill St. Bernard’s best, having taught and served as a dean for almost 20 years at the school. During this time, she touched the lives of countless students, alumni, parents and teachers.
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  • November 20, 2018

    Dear Friends,

    The period of time from the start of classes in early September through the Thanksgiving holiday represents the longest part of the academic year without an extended break. Indeed, the month of November can often bring special challenges, and last week’s surprise snowstorm provided us with a particularly messy one!
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  • October 29, 2018

    The following remarks were made in the Upper School assembly this morning. Because of their nature and importance to the school community, they comprise today’s post.
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  • October 9, 2018

    Needless to say, the repaving of Old Chester Road and St. Bernard’s Road caused lengthy delays this morning and a great deal of frustration for our school community.
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  • October 5, 2018

    The academic year has now moved into the month of October, yet the weather continues to feel more like late summer. The warmer temperatures that are now occurring more frequently in September (and April) have caused us to extend the time that students are allowed to wear shorts. Yes, the school does have a dress code, although in recent years it has become more gender neutral and relaxed.
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  • September 5, 2018: Convocation

    Mrs. Udoff, members of the Board of Trustees, colleagues, parents, students and members of the Class of 2019; it is my privilege to speak to you today as a part of Convocation. This ceremony marks the official beginning of the 2018-2019 academic year at Gill St. Bernard’s, which will end in June at Commencement. It also gives us the opportunity to formally acknowledge and recognize the seniors, as well as new members of our Board of Trustees.
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  • June 3, 2018: Commencement

    Honored guests, members of the Board of Trustees, colleagues, parents, grandparents, family, friends and members of the Class of 2018, it is my privilege to open this Commencement.

    We are here today to once again celebrate what is the most important event of the academic year. Commencement signals the formal completion of the secondary school experience for these young men and women, as well as their transition from students at, to alumni of, Gill St. Bernard’s. Every senior has followed his or her own unique path to earn the diploma; we hold each one up before the community today in recognition of this achievement.
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  • February 20, 2018

    Dear Parents,

    This past week brought the awful news of yet another shooting at a school in our nation. Once again, senseless violence has occurred in a place where everyone should feel safe. We may feel various levels of shock, disbelief and anger that this has happened. Sadly, when I reviewed my past blog posts and letters on this topic, I discovered that I have written more than six times on the matter since the tragedy at Sandy Hook in 2012. This, in and of itself, begs the question of what will it take to stop such events?
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Gill St. Bernard’s is a private, coeducational day school for students age three through grade 12, located in suburban New Jersey. Each of the three school divisions provides a rigorous, meaningful, and age-appropriate curriculum, and all students benefit from the environmental learning opportunities that exist on our 208-acre campus.