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!
October 18, 2017 – “Empathy”
Presented by Tracey Barrett, Director of Diversity and Cultural Affairs

Empathy is at the heart of our school community. It is what facilitates our interactions and connections with each other and the world around us in an increasingly globalized society.  Fostering empathy is fundamental to strengthening our community, building positive classroom culture and preparing our students for a complex world.  

This parent coffee chat will explore why developing empathy in our children matters, challenges in the digital age and how parents play an integral role in helping to build empathy skills in our children.

Previous Coffee Chats Have Included...

  • 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.