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. Coffee is served, of course, and delicious baked goods are usually provided by an attending parent. It’s casual, comfortable, informative-please stop by!

2018-2019 Chair: Fran Howard

Stay tuned for upcoming dates!

Recent Coffee Chat:
“My GSB – How to Optimize KnightSite”
Presented by Joan Mruk, Director of Technology, and Michael LaBrie, New Media Specialist, helped parents utilize and customize the GSB information they need and desire. The presentation also included the latest development in GSB’s cyber security measures.

VIew recap / notes from the chat (PDF)

Previous Coffee Chats Have Included...

  • Daniel Giovenco spoke on the use of vapor products, such as JUUL. This presentation described popular product characteristics, reasons for use, and the health effects of vapor products.
  • Effective Sports Parenting, presented by Dave Pasquale, Upper School Dean of Student Life
  • 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.
  • 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.

Coffee Chat Chair: Fran Howard

How Volunteers Help

The Parents’ Association needs volunteers interested in providing baked goods for our coffee chat dates.
Gill St. Bernard’s is an independent, 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.