One of the great strengths of the St. Bernard Academy community is the family-like atmosphere. The mutual respect between the faculty and the parents is one of the foundations that supports the students to develop into caring, responsible, and compassionate adults. The 2016-2017 school year brought the inauguration of the semi-annual Parenting Education Series as a way to continue supporting the students’ first teachers, their parents.
These sessions, which are open to the public, offer parents the opportunity to hear from both local and national speakers. They also give parents the opportunity to connect with other parents who may be facing similar parenting challenges. The fall’s session entitled “Anxiety in Today’s Student” was led by Monica Urness, a local social worker from Symmetry Counseling. In February, Katey McPherson, Executive Director of the Gurian Institute, and Troy Kemp, Executive Director of the National Center for the Development of Boys, presented “The Minds of Boys and Girls” to parents as well as faculty. As a means of reaching as many families as possible, each session was presented twice, once in the evening and again the following morning.
The series will continue during the 2017-2018 school year with sessions focusing on technology as well as the social emotional development of children. Please check back to this webpage this summer for the latest information on our next session.