Just for Parents Speaker Series

A monthly forum for parents to learn and exchange insight.  If you have any questions, please contact the Just for Parents Speaker Series Committee Chair, Elizabeth Laukka.  


All events this fall will be held virtually. You will receive an online link to the event after you register. 

Faith in the BSM Community

Wednesday, February 3, 2021, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Virtual. 

Join BSM President Dr. Adam Ehrmantraut, faculty and staff during Catholic Schools Week as they explore building a community of faith at BSM. Learn more about how faith in the BSM community sets us up for success in the future, both academically and spiritually. RSVP here.

Anxiety and Perfectionism

Thursday, February 25, 2021, 6:00 p.m - 7:30 pm. Virtual. 

Anxiety, stress, and uncertainty will continue to be part of our lives and the lives of our students.  Some of the pressures of achievement can lead to perfectionism that cause our students to get "stuck" in certain behavior.  Come and listen to Dr. Jules Nolan, psychologist, speaker, author, and parent, as she addresses these common stressors and how parents' reactions can help or can hinder our students as they navigate the tween and teen years. RSVP here.

Senior Student Speaker Panel

Wednesday, April 7, 2021, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  TBA.  

Please join us for BSM’s annual senior panel presentation. From rigorous academics to building friendships to peer pressure, these students will openly discuss their experiences, providing us with a unique perspective of high school through their eyes. The panel will be facilitated by Dr. Jules Nolan, school psychologist, author, speaker, and partner, and Dr. Steve Kahn with Phoenix School Counseling LLC. This opportunity is open to all and offers valuable information for parents of all BSM students. RSVP here.

Senior Parents’ Time of Reflection​

Wednesday April 28, 2021, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.; Monday May 3, 2021, 8:00 - 9:30 a.m. and 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.  TBD.

Come meet with other parents of seniors to discuss life after graduation. Campus Minister Mike Jeremiah will facilitate this unique opportunity to reflect on where you’ve been and where you are headed. This is a can’t miss opportunity for any senior parent. “For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future of hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11) RSVP here.



Adolescent Mental Health

Thursday, November 19, 2020, 6:00 - 7:30 pm. Virtual event. 

Adolescence is a time of significant growth and development. Add the rigors of high school and peer pressure, and it is not surprising that many students exhibit signs of depression and anxiety. Come and listen to Dr. Jules Nolan, psychologist and co-author of Real World, Real Challenges: Adolescent Issues in Contemporary Society, talk about what may be normal, when to be concerned, treatment strategies, and how to help your student navigate the ever-changing world.  

Setting Yourself Up for the Next Step: Managing Expectations

Wednesday, October 7, 2020, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  Virtual event. 

As our students enter high school, there are many challenges they face. There is a lot of discussion about grades, ACT scores, and college acceptances. These discussions can have an impact on students’ self-esteem.  Come hear Kate Berry, BSM Guidance and College Counselor and Dr. Jules Nolan, psychologist, and author, discuss the importance of managing expectations and how to avoid the mindset “you are only as good as your numbers.”   

Learning Differences

Wednesday, September 9, 2020, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Virtual event. 

Does your student have a unique way of learning? Is your student dealing with ADHD, anxiety, dysgraphia, ongoing concussion symptoms, or other diagnoses that are impacting his or her ability to learn in a traditional setting? Join BSM Director of Learning Support, Kristin Gilbertson as she discusses how the faculty and staff at BSM are equipped to support your student so that he or she can thrive as a Red Knight! Click here to read the notes on this past event.