Our philosophy:

At GSB we provide an academically and socially balanced preschool experience that prepares our children to thrive in elementary school. Our program is play-based with individual and small group academic instruction, which is intentionally interwoven to ensure each child is appropriately challenged and supported as they develop early cognitive skills.

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  • A Place to Grow and Explore

    At GSB we believe the world is our classroom and for our youngest students this means daily outdoor play and visits to our garden and farm. Our farm managers brings chicks, lambs, goats, and other animals from our farm to visit the students as part of their animal study.
  • Social/Emotional Curriculum

    Friday Friends is a social emotional curriculum delivered to our youngest learners, Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten students, to encourage building awareness and skills in being a good friend in line with our school's core values. This includes: accepting and celebrating differences and similarities, respect, cooperation, problem-solving, and empathy.
  • Preschool: Signature Programming

    • Welcome to School
    • Fall Fun
    • Giving Thanks
    • Happy Holidays
    • Winter Wonderland
    • We Love to Learn
    • We are Lucky
    • New Beginnings
    • April Showers Bring May Flowers
    • Look How Much We Have Grown
    • The Nutcracker Performance
  • Prekindergarten: Signature Programming

    • Welcome to School/All about Me/The 5 Senses
    • Fall/Harvest/Farm
    • Dinosaurs
    • Native Americans/Giving Thanks
    • Winter Holidays
    • Arctic/Animals/Penguins
    • Chinese New Year/Shapes
    • Space
    • Rainforest
    • Insects/Ponds
    • Spring/Seeds/Flowers/Butterflies
    • Ocean/Whale Week/Summer
    • The Nutcracker Performance
  • Kindergarten: Signature Programming

    • World Language
    • Daily PE and Recess
    • Daily Music
    • Orton-Gillingham Approach
    • Art Specialist
    • Reading Specialist
    • Learning Support Specialist
    • Extended Day
    • The Nutcracker Performance

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  • Sample Kindergarten Schedule

    8:00 to 8:15 a.m. — Arrival
    8:15 to 8:30 a.m. — Morning Jobs/Free Choice
    8:30 to 9:00 a.m. — Morning Meeting
    9:00 to 9:30 a.m. — Reading
    9:30 to 10:00 a.m. — Physical Education
    10:00 to 10:30 a.m. — Music
    10:30 to 11:100 a.m. — Science
    11:00 to 11:30 a.m. — Snack and Story
    11:30 to 12:00 p.m. — Math
    12:10 to 12:30 p.m. — Lunch
    12:30 to 1:00 p.m. — Recess
    1:00 to 1:45 p.m. — Journal Writing/Phonics
    1:45 to 2:30 p.m. — Handwriting
    2:30 to 2:45 p.m. — Books/Pack Up
    3:00 p.m. — Dismissal

Meet our Faculty

Our faculty is comprised of experienced preschool, prekindergarten, and kindergarten teachers who are warm and nurturing. They are deeply knowledgeable about early childhood education, including child development, curriculum, and instruction. Our teachers take pride in carefully preparing the classroom environment and the schedule of activities with the right balance of play and work.

List of 14 members.

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    Kyle Armstrong 

    Lower and Middle School Director
    908-234-1611, Ext. 240
  • Photo of Nancy Stober

    Nancy Stober 

    Lower School Administrative Assistant
    908-234-1611, Ext. 241
  • Photo of Julienne Jurken

    Julienne Jurken 

    Lower School Academic Dean & Technology
    908-234-1611, Ext. 344
  • Photo of Jill Fedon

    Jill Fedon 

    Lower School Dean of Student Life, Early Childhood Music Teacher
    908-234-1611, Ext. 382
  • Photo of Jamie Swinson

    Jamie Swinson 

    908-234-1611, Ext. 312
  • Photo of Kathleen Conte

    Kathleen Conte 

    908-234-1611, Ext. 383
  • Photo of Wendy Hanks

    Wendy Hanks 

    Pre-Kindergarten Assistant, Early Childhood Art
    908-234-1611, Ext. 426
  • Photo of Diane Lipnickey

    Diane Lipnickey 

    908-234-1611, Ext. 349
  • Photo of Lynn Prosen

    Lynn Prosen 

    Lower School Science; Tinkerspace; STREAMS Grades 4-6
    908-234-1611, Ext. 450
  • Photo of Linda Nisky

    Linda Nisky 

    Reading, Kindergarten
    908-234-1611, Ext. 385
  • Photo of Michele LaBarre

    Michele LaBarre 

    Supervisor, Health and P.E.
    908-234-1611, Ext. 420
  • Photo of Hope Napolitan

    Hope Napolitan 

    Foreign Language
    908-234-1611, Ext. 342
  • Photo of Lia Carruthers

    Lia Carruthers 

    Lower and Middle School Librarian
    908-234-1611, Ext. 430
  • Photo of Casey Santonacita

    Casey Santonacita 

    Specialist for Personalized Learning
    908-234-1611, Ext. 316
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.