New Parent Information

Dear Parents,

Welcome to what will certainly be an exciting new academic year at Gill St. Bernard’s School. We all look forward to meeting our new families as you and your child officially become part of the GSB family.
 
Each faculty and staff member at Gill shares the goal of student success, both inside and outside the classroom. We encourage our families to engage in a balanced and diverse program of academics and award-winning arts and athletics, all within a warm and welcoming community.
 
The following new parent guide is designed for your reference while navigating your first few weeks at GSB, to aid in the process of joining a new school. The guide includes quick contacts, the 2017-2018 academic calendar, a campus map and general information about the school.
 
As we begin the 2017-2018 school year, all of us at GSB are committed to providing your child with opportunities for engaging, meaningful and rigorous work in an environment that instills a love of learning in our students. Gill’s academic offerings, combined with its extensive range of extracurricular programs, are sure to create a lifetime of memories for your child.
 
Once again, welcome to Gill St. Bernard’s School.
 
Warm regards,

 
Sid Rowell

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  • Core Values

    Our core values reflect the deeply held convictions, principles and aspirations that guide our lives. These ideals form the foundation of a Gill St. Bernard’s education and shape the daily and long-term decisions we make:

    • Excellence • Compassion • Respect • Integrity • Courage
  • Diversity Statement

    Gill St. Bernard’s School believes that a school community should reflect a variety of ethnic, racial, economic, religious and social circumstances; all are fundamental to a 21st-century education. Among its core values, Gill St. Bernard’s affirms that a diverse learning community is an essential element of who we are as a school. Beginning with the Early Childhood program and culminating in Upper School, GSB students respect and value individual differences, seeing them as the basis for fostering a strong sense of self, community and global understanding.
  • Mission Statement

    To provide a balanced, diverse and secure community that prepares students academically, socially and ethically for college and a meaningful life.
  • Non-Discrimination Policy

    Gill St. Bernard’ s does not discriminate in the admission process, its scholarship programs or in the administration of its other programs or policies on the basis of characteristics or conditions, such as race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation or disability not related to the requirements for being a successful student at GSB. In reaching admission or other decisions, GSB may consider conditions that it reasonably believes would adversely affect a student’s or prospective student’s ability to succeed at the school, taking into account any reasonable ccommodations that would not materially alter the fundamental nature of GSB’s programs or services or place undue burden on the school.

General Information

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  • Academic Schedule/Teacher Assignments

    Lower School teacher assignments are mailed in late August.
    • Middle School teacher assignments and student schedules are mailed in late August.
    • Upper School preliminary schedules are mailed in late June.
  • After-School Activities

    Gill’s after-school activities are designed to be educational and fun for students and convenient for parents. Our after-school programs are taught and overseen by our teachers and caring staff members. Activities and costs vary per division and from semester to semester. Visit the "Resources" section of KnightSite for more information.
  • Back to School Nights

    Tuesday, September 12 – Upper School
    Tuesday, September 19 – Lower School
    Tuesday, September 26 – Middle School
  • Bus Transportation

  • Business Office

    Student Accounts and Billing
    Amy Cain, ext. 213
  • College Nights

    Mandatory meetings about the college guidance processes for students and parents. For juniors, the meeting is the official kick-off of the process and for seniors the meeting focuses on individual guidance and direction about applications, interviewing, fulfillment of required testing, and financial assistance applications when appropriate.

    Thursday, September 7 – Grade 12 College Night
    Wednesday, September 27 – Grade 11 College Night
  • Dress Code

    Lower School:
    Nancy Stober, ext. 241
    See the Student Handboook under “Resources” within KnightSite

    Middle & Upper School:
    See the Student Handbook under “Resources” within KnightSite
  • Emergency Notification System

    Honeywell Instant Alert System:
    School cancellations, delayed openings, early dismissals, etc.
    Joan Mruk, ext. 425
  • GSB Casino Night & Live Auction Event

    Gill’s annual auction for parents and friends is the school's largest fundraiser and offers parents a "night out" complete with delicious food, entertainment, wine pull, and silent and live auctions. Please save the date for this fun event!

    Saturday, November 11, 2017
    Athletic Center
  • GSB School Store

    The GSB Bookstore is located in the ground level of the Upper School Hockenbury building. Also check out GSB spirit wear via the online store!

    School Hours only, ext. 350
    7:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
  • GSB Used Book Sale

    An opportunity to buy assigned textbooks, paperbacks and study guides at great prices! For more information, see our flyer.

    Monday, July 10, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
    Tuesday, July 11, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
    Wednesday, July 12, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
     
    Wendy Supron, Book Exchange Chair
  • Handbook

    See “Resources” within KnightSite
    Contains general division information and specifics for parents and students.
    Please review with your child.
  • Head of School Reception for New Parents

    An evening to meet other new parents as well as school administrators and trustees. Please save the date!

    Friday, September 8, 2017, Chapel, 6:30 p.m.
  • Health Forms

    Now available
    Contact your child’s division nurse with questions.
    Lower and Middle School:
    Laura Barback, ext. 249
    Upper School:
    Carolyn Giordano, ext. 203
  • Hi-Hills Camps at GSB

    Gill’s full-service summer camp. For 50 years, Hi-Hills Camp has been giving children memorable summer experiences and parents peace of mind – confident that their children are learning, playing and growing with friends in a safe and nurturing camp environment. Ages 3-15. The camp, which utilizes Gill’s lush, 208-acre campus, offers traditional day camp, athletic programs and academic enrichment programs.

    June 12-August 25, 2017
    Cindy Wyatt, ext. 216
  • Homecoming/Family Day

    The annual GSB Homecoming / Family Day offers a day filled with rides, games, and activities geared to students of all ages and their families. A delicious picnic lunch is also available to all who attend and the GSB Knights have a full slate of athletic competitions throughout the day! Save the date!

    Saturday, September 23, 2017
    Jennifer Doherty, ext. 219
  • KnightSite

    KnightSite is GSB's password-protected intranet for the GSB community, with forms, class pages, assignments, schedules and more.

    www.gsbschool.org/app
    Joan Mruk, ext. 425
  • Lower School Ice Cream Social

    Thursday, August 24
    3:00 to 4:00 p.m.
  • Lunch (K-Grade 12)

    Contact Flik Dining with food allergy questions, ext. 254
  • Middle School Scavenger Hunt and BBQ

    Thursday, August 24
    4:00 to 5:00 p.m.
  • Orientations

    Wednesday, August 30, 2017
    Orientations for Grade 5 & 9 and New MS & US Students (With Parents)
    Orientation for Grade 6
     
    Thursday, August 31, 2017
    Class Visits for Primary & Kindergarten
    Class Visits for New Students Grades 1-4
    Off-Campus Class Trips for Grades 7-8
    Registration/Full Day for Grades 9-12
  • Parent Teacher Conference Dates

    Friday, November 3 – No Classes (Preschool to Grade 12)
    Friday, February 2 – No Classes (Preschool to Grade 12)
  • Parents’ Association

    GSB offers many opportunities for parents and alumni to get involved in our school community. Members of our Parents’ Association help plan and manage many major events and programs for the school including the annual auction, the Fashion Event and the regular Coffee Chats for parents. To learn more, please visit the Parents' Association page and fill out the online volunteer form.

    Parents’ Association Kick-Off Breakfast
    Thursday, September 14, 2017
    Jennifer Doherty, ext. 219
    All GSB parents are welcome!
  • School Textbooks

    Lower School:
    No purchase of textbooks necessary.
     
    Middle and Upper School:
    See “Resources” within KnightSite. Purchase new or used books online from Follett: gsbschool.bkstr.com
    Amy Cain, ext. 213
  • Summer Reading

    See “Resources” within KnightSite or our Summer Parent Portal. Summer reading assignments will be available by late June for all divisions.

Quick Contact Info

GSB Main Number:
908-234-1611

GSB School Security:
ext. 215
Student Absentee Hotline
(call before 8:15 a.m. or after 4 p.m.):
908-734-1120

Lower School Extended Day:
908-413-7588 (cell)

Middle School Study Hall (after school):
908-413-7607 (cell)

Athletic Hotline:
908-734-1009

Faculty & Staff Email:
first initial of first name followed by last name
@gsbschool.org

Faculty & Staff Phone Extension:
Published in Parent Directory and Website (available in September)

Lower School Director
Honor Taft
htaft@gsbschool.org, ext. 260
Administrative Assistant
Nancy Stober
nstober@gsbschool.org, ext. 241

Middle School Director
Kyle Armstrong
karmstrong@gsbschool.org, ext. 240
Administrative Assistant
Barbara Bator
bbator@gsbschool.org, ext. 242

Upper School Director
Sue Petrone
spetrone@gsbschool.org, ext. 230
Administrative Assistant
Meredith Swenson
mswenson@gsbschool.org, ext. 228

Nurse – Lower and Middle School
Laura Barback
lbarback@gsbschool.org, ext. 249, 908-448-4040 (cell)

Nurse – Upper School
Carolyn Giordano
cgiordano@gsbschool.org, ext. 203, 908-448-4041 (cell)
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.