Come spend an hour or so with other parents as we gather to mingle, and to listen to speakers and share ideas on topics that are relevant to our children, our school, and ourselves. Coffee chats are sponsored by the Parents’ Association and are held in the morning after drop off in the Verdile dining room in Founders. Last year’s topics touched on Internet safety, study skills, GSB website instruction and more! Coffee is served, of course, and delicious baked goods are usually provided by an attending parent. It’s casual, comfortable, informative-please stop by!
Tuesday, February 13
8:15am to 9:30am in Verdile Dining Room of Founders
Effective Sports Parenting
Presented by Dave Pasquale, Upper School Dean of Student Life

· Single Sport Specialization....Myths and Realities
· General Conduct and Behavior at Events....How it impacts your child
· What you should expect and not expect from your child's coach
· Transitioning from Youth/Travel Sports into Interscholastic HS Athletics
· Striking the right balance for the High School Student-Athlete
· Impact of Athletics on the College Process

Previous Coffee Chats Have Included...

  • Empathy, presented by Tracey Barrett, Director of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs
  • Study Skills & Memory Tips presented by GSB Learning Specialists
  • Successful Feeding Strategies for Families by Jeanne Petrucci, MS, RDN, Living Plate Nutrition Education and Counseling Center. This workshop focused on proven strategies for feeding families with young children.
  • College Prep Experiences with Kerri Small for Grades 7-11 parents.
  • Jessica Robina, GSB School Counselor, spoke about tips to help manage student stress.
  • GSB Learning Specialist Kim Turse discussed how to improve organization and learning habits, the behaviors of successful students, studying tips, and test-taking tools, as well as "Concussions and Their Impact on Your Child," a coffee chat sponsored by the Parents' Association. Review Kim's presentation.
  • Kyle Armstrong presented his talk on the “3 C’s”- collaboration, conversation, and creativity; three characteristics that make up a great school. Armstrong discussed the Library and Maker Space planned for the Middle School as well as the transition of the 5th grade.

How Volunteers Help

The Parents’ Association needs volunteers interested in providing baked goods for our coffee chat dates.

Coffee Chat Chairs: Tenaz Vemuri and Nathalie Schmitz-Tiepoldt
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 vigorous, meaningful and age-appropriate curriculum, and all students benefit from the environmental learning opportunities that exist on our 208-acre campus.