Latest News

Keep reading for news from the Family Network, the bookstore, Potpourri, and Unique Boutique.

Family Network

The JBS Family Network promotes communication and the exchange of ideas on adolescence and parenting through many on-campus events, such as book clubs, parenting together programs, parent-to-parent events, and more. All parents are always welcome to attend all Family Network events.

The Family Network currently has the following events scheduled:

Tuesday, October 16
8:30 am, conference room 2
Parenting Together, the 12th-grade year: Navigating the Stress of Senior Year, led by Connie Jones, LPC, private practitioner and former JBS parent. Families of all grade levels are welcome.

Tuesday, October 16
4–5 pm, conference room 2
Parent to Parent Alumni Event (for parents of 2018 graduates): Letting Go: A Parents’ Guide to Understanding the College Years, led by Karen Coburn. 

Wednesday, October 17
6:30-8:30 pm, Newman Auditorium 
Parent to Parent Technology Event: Devorah Heitner, author of Screenwise, discusses issues surrounding technology use. The discussion is geared toward 7th-, 8th-, and 9th-grade families, but families of all grade levels are welcome.

Tuesday, October 23
Noon–1pm, conference room 2
Parenting Together, the 9th-grade year: The Secret Life of the 9th Grader: Understanding and Supporting Your New High Schooler Through School Work, Social Pressures, and Sports, led by Kim Bouldin-Jones, Counseling & Wellness Department. Families of all grade levels are welcome.

New Date!
Friday, October 26
8:30 am, conference room 2
Parenting Book Club: Join Prue Gershman, JBS Counseling & Wellness Department, as she leads a helpful (and confidential) discussion on the unique joys and challenges of parenting through the book Uncommon Sense for Parents with Teenagers (3rd edition), by Michael Riera, Ph.D. During this meeting, we will cover chapters 2 and 3 ("The Adolescent World" and "The Middle and High School Experience") Reading the book is encouraged, but not required.

Monday, October 29
8:30-9:30 am, Commons conference room 2
Parenting Together, the 11th-grade Year: The Art of Affirmation: Attending to Your Child's Emotional Health During the Junior Year, led by Dr. Robert Furey, Ph.D. Families of all grade levels are welcome.

Tuesday, October 30
Parenting Together Book Club, 8:30 am, conference room 2
Parenting Together, The 10th-grade Year: Parenting our 10th Graders as They Become More Independent, Led by Jennifer Jones, Director of Counseling and Wellness and Counselor for grades 8, 10, and 12. Families of all grade levels are welcome.

Thursday November 1

8:45-9:45 am, Commons conference room 2
Parenting Together: The 7th Grade Year: 7th Grade: What Families Want to Know, led by Sally Kilbride, 7th Grade Counselor. Families of all grade levels are welcome.

Tuesday, November 13
8:30-9:30 am, Commons conference room 2
Parenting Together: The 8th Grade Year: How Sports Psychology Research Can Help Your Students Develop On and Off the Field, led by Joe Lenac, Sports Psychologist.

—Co-chairs Kellie Hynes & Julie Hyken

Bookstore Volunteer Opportunities 

Looking for a fun way to get involved and interact with the students? The bookstore has a few remaining shifts available for the 2018-2019 school year. If you are interested in volunteering or would like to be added to the substitute list, please contact Kirsten Schultz, JBS bookstore co-chair. Also, make sure to start the year off right with your JBS fanwear favorites. 

—Co-chairs Kirsten Schultz, Rachel Wilkins and Rachel Rackers


Potpourri 2019 is months away, yet there is so much work to be done. We have just a few spaces left needing to be filled with department co-chairs. This is a fun job and will give you the opportunity to meet other JBS families. The spirit throughout Potpourri is uplifting and invigorating and will have a lasting impact. If you are interested in finding out more, please reach out, and we will be happy to answer any questions.

We are so very excited about the 2019 sale and encourage you to stay tuned for exciting Potpourri announcements to come. In the meantime, we invite all parents to join us in the pink garage adjacent to the field hockey field for one of our sorts.

Here are a few upcoming sort dates and times:

Wednesday, October 3, right after the 8:30 am Potpourri Committee meeting
(Please feel free to attend the meeting as well if you’d like)

As always, please keep those donations coming! Stop by the trailer at the Clayton Road entrance and unload your gently used clothing, sporting goods, toys, household items and more.

This sale is full of treasures for the community. Last year, we had an enormous amount of compliments and appreciation from shoppers. Some people who attend Potpourri plan and save the entire year. It’s a time when the community benefits, and a time when the Burroughs families should be very proud. Please join us to make 2019 the best year yet!

Thank you!

—Co-chairs Mary Tricamo-Park, Ben Park, Kristin Pass and Daryl Rosen-Huitt

Unique Boutique

The school year has begun and plans are well underway for Unique Boutique 2018! There the next Steering Committee Meetings — which are open to all — are at 8:30 am on Wednesday, October 17 and Tuesday, November 6 in Conference Room 2. Everyone is welcome and volunteers are needed, especially anyone who enjoys marketing and promotion. 

We have lots of old favorite vendors returning and a number of first time vendors to give our show some new pop. Click here to see a description on our 2018 vendors.

There are lots of fun parent volunteer activities planned — baking parties, boho earring crafting, stationary and gift tag making, a wine party to make sugar face scrubs and dog treats, plus a three-day wrapping party extravaganza for all the donated baked goods to name just a few.  Click here to visit the Unique Boutique SignUp Genius page and volunteer.  All are welcome! Please contact Susan Jones or Stefanie Greenberg if you have any questions.

—Co-chairs Susan Jones and Stefanie Greenberg

"Latest News" is updated in conjunction with the mailing of the Parent Newsletter. (The next one will be mailed in mid-September.)