A Message From Mrs. Forgette

February 28, 2018

Over the past month, our school community has been blessed with the on-boarding of Jessica Neilans, our school psychologist, three days a week. She has pushed into religion classes to introduce herself to the girls and has started small group meetings regarding stress and anxiety. Later this spring, we will also be having a speaker addressing the girls on mental health topics. If you or your daughter have concerns regarding their social/emotional well-being, please feel free to contact Jessica at 881-6262 x 1026 or via email at jneilans@nardin.org

Over February break, I read Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions Into Adulthood by psychologist Lisa Damour who is the Executive Director of Laurel School’s Center for Research on Girls. You also may have seen Damour on CBS News this past week talking about mental health and gun violence. We are excited to have Damour at Nardin next September for sessions with our students, faculty and parents. If you find yourself asking any of the following questions, I highly recommend picking up a copy of Damour’s book.

My thirteen-year-old rolls her eyes when I try to talk to her, and only does it more when I get angry with her about it. How should I respond?
Do I tell my teen daughter that I’m checking her phone?
Where’s the line between healthy eating and having an eating disorder?
My daughter’s friend is cutting herself. Do I call the girl’s mother to let her know?

We value your partnership in supporting the healthy emotional, academic and social growth of your daughter.

Better Together,

Adrienne L. Forgette