Parenting Information Sessions

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.

Next Session
Thursday, September 28th at 7:30 am

Adam Graham, Mental Health Cooperative
Maria Morffi Rodriguez Multi-Purpose Room

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Upcoming Event:
Date: Thursday, September 28th at 7:30 am
Speaker: Adam Graham

Adam Graham is supervisor of diversion services at the Nashville-based Mental Health Cooperative, which provides professional mental health services to people living at or below the poverty line throughout the state.
In honor of Suicide Prevention month SBA invites parents as well as the public to hear Adam speak on the subject of suicide. The speaker will discuss prevention and awareness, how to talk to someone struggling with suicidal thought, and give us a message of hope.  We hope you will join us for this event.
Upcoming Event: Screenagers presented by HSA
Date: Tuesday, October 3 at 6:00 pm

The Home and School Association is hosting a free screening of the documentary Screenagers in lieu of the October HSA meeting on Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017.  The movie will be shown in the Maria Morffi Rodriguez Multi-Purpose Room starting at 6 pm and will run a little over an hour. Following the screening, school counselor Seraphine Schomber will be there to address questions and speak directly to how SBA approaches technology/social media.  Sarah Siegand of Parents Who Fight will also be on hand to help parents know what to do next.  A link to RSVP will be coming next week, but please put it on your calendar. You can check out the trailer at