Parents’ Association Breakfast Encourages Involvement

Parents filled the Athletic Center this morning for the annual Parents’ Association Welcome Breakfast. New and returning parents chatted, ate, and learned about ways to get involved with the school community and the many volunteer opportunities for the coming year. Decorated information tables around the room highlighted this year's events.

PA Breakfast Co-Chairs Betsy Halstead P '23, '25 and Anna Walz P '23 welcomed the gathering. Echoing the enthusiasm in the room, Walz said, "I don’t have to volunteer here, I want to volunteer here."

Head of School Sid Rowell P '08, '14 followed, reflecting on the importance of being involved in our children's schools. "The data and research are clear," he shared. "Children perform better in school when their parents are involved with the school." Echoing his message of "Live life in person," from Convocation last week, Rowell also noted that involvement "helps everyone remain present in what is going on."

Afterward, President of the Parents’ Association, Monica Micera P '22 spoke to the crowd about her own transition from new volunteer to PA president. Micera's initial hesitation quickly faded after helping with a pie fundraiser a few years ago. "I feel so connected to the school," she said. "I really love it and I feel blessed to be part of it. I truly believe that by volunteering we are enhancing our own lives and not just our children’s."

Following the keynote speakers, individual event chairs highlighted volunteer opportunities for the year. Among these were Homecoming & Family Day, the annual Fashion Event and of course the Casino Night & Auction, which is the school's largest fundraising event each year. This year's auction is set for November 3, and as Co-Chair Lynn Farscht P '21 noted smiling, "Mark your calendars now because you are all coming."

Special thanks to all who attended this morning. If you could not join us, you can learn more about PA events and sign up to volunteer on our website.
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.