Over 150 parents, guardians, and community members gathered on Thursday, September 15, 2022, in the Athletic Center for Gill St. Bernard’s annual PA Annual Welcome Breakfast.
Energy and enthusiasm for the event was high among the attendees, and everyone took advantage of the inviting table displays which highlighted the many events held throughout the year, ranging from the PA Pie Sales, now available, to Family Bingo Night this winter, or to Homecoming/Family Day being held next weekend, on Saturday, September 24.
Event Co-chairs Nicole Kolb and Michele Winneker began the formal portion of the morning by welcoming the crowd in the Athletic Center. They along with the chairs of the various committees shared their unique paths as members of the Parents’ Association and the rewards received, and they encouraged others to volunteer in any way they felt comfortable—whether large or small.
PA President Sacha Marcucci then took the podium to introduce the 2022-2023 PA Executive Committee, including Vice President Lauren Salko, Secretary Kate Hanson, and Treasurer Suzanne Hardy, and the 2022-2023 PA Steering Committee, which is over thirty members strong. She wholeheartedly thanked everyone for attending and closed her remarks with the reminder that, “Every family at Gill is part of the Parents’ Association. Regardless of our reasons, we have all decided that Gill is the best place for our students to grow. This makes us part of the same Knights family while we are here and, hopefully, long after our students graduate.”
Head of School Sid Rowell took a moment to share his thoughts on the year to come, and he reinforced the importance of working in partnership throughout the educational process. He wrapped up his reflections by encouraging everyone to get involved as much as possible over the school year.
“Becoming involved in the life of the school is important and will make a difference for others, as well as your child,” said Mr. Rowell. “The data is clear. Students whose parents are involved in their schools are more successful than those who do not participate.”