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PTA Meetings & CoffeeTalks

What are CoffeeTalks?

We strive to provide exceptional resources to our families and continuously engage our families with relevant information to enhance parenting skills.

We host Parent Presentations with guest speakers providing insight and information on topics important to our community. Our CoffeeTalks present parents with a guest speaker in a more casual setting where parents can interact and share information.

Three times a year we combined our Parent Presentations and/or CoffeeTalks with General PTA Business to share with the school community information and opportunities taking place in our organization. All families are encouraged and welcome to attend.

Please note that minutes from all meetings are available upon request by contacting the PTA Secretary.

Previous Events

  • Featured Presentation: "Pressure, Perfectionism & Privilege: The Perfect Storm for Teen Anxiety"
    Addressing tween/teen stress, anxiety and how parents can help foster resiliency.
    Dr. Frank Bartolomeo shared insight and perspective on our role as parents and how we can help our children build resilience and manage stress in their lives. Click here to view his slide show, filled with thoughtful advice and ideas.

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  • Friday, September 2, 2016
    Time: 9:00-10:30 am
    Location: EMS Cafeteria
    Type: General PTA Meeting

    "Back-To-School-Coffee"

    Join friends and meet new families at our "Back-to-School" Coffee. Come meet several key staff members and teachers, and find out what is happening at Eastern Middle School this Fall. We hope to see you there!
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  • Thursday, November 17, 2016
    Time: 700-8:30 pm
    Location: EMS Auditorium
    Type: Parent Presentation & General PTA Meeting


    "Helping your child set goals and advocate for themselves as they move from middle school to high school and beyond."

    Guest Speaker: Judith Nedell, Guidance Department Program Coordinator, GPS

Ms. Nedell shared with parents Naviance, a tool used by students to explore academic and career interests, set goals, and plan for the future, as well as the Student Success Plan used by the Guidance Department to help students set goals and objects. Articles were also shared and discussed with parents on key skill sets for student success. See links below for more information.

- Teaching Self-Discipline at the Heart of Good Parenting, Maud Purcell.
- Today's Exhausted Superkids, The New York Times.
- Top 10 Skills Middle School Students Need to Thrive: How Parents Can Help, Washington Post.
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  • Thursday, January 26,
    9:00-10:30 am
    Location: EMS Cafeteria
    Type: CoffeeTalk Sponsored by the PTA

"Straight Talk & Posture"

Join us for an informative presentation on "The damaging effects of forward head posture due to modern technology (laptops, electronic games, etc.) and heavy backpacks.
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  • Tuesday, February 7, 2016
    Time: 700 pm
    Location: GHS, Performing Arts Center
    Type: Parent Presentation Sponsored by the PTA

"Documentary: Screenagers - Growing up in the Digital Age."

How can we find balance for our family in a tech-filled world?
How does social media affect relationships?
How does screen use affect children's development?
How vulnerable are we to video game addiction & violence?
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Join us for Screenagers for valuable tips & discussion starters to work through the positive and challenging aspects. Let's work together to empower our children to best navigate their digital surroundings.

Panel Discussion: Dr. Sal Corda, Interim Superintendent, Greenwich Public Schools; Tali Orad, Founder & CEO, Screen; Dr. Marci Schneider, MD, FAAP, FASM, Greenwich Adolescent Medicine; Katherine Pappas, 11th grade, Greenwich High School

**All EMS Students will view the film on Tuesday, February 7th during the day. Join us in the evening at GHS to continue the conversation with our children as we work together to achieve a healthy amount of screen time in this digital world. For more information CLICK HERE.

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  • Friday, April 28, 2017
    Time: 9-10:30 am
    Location: EMS Cafeteria
    Type: Parent Presentation Sponsored by the PTA

"Pressure, Perfectionism & Privilege: The Perfect Storm for Teen Anxiety"
Addressing tween/teen stress, anxiety and how parents can help foster resiliency.


Dr. Frank Bartolomeo shared insight and perspective on our role as parents and how we can help our children build resilience and manage stress in their lives. Click here to view his slide show, filled with thoughtful advice and ideas.

Guest Speakers: Dr. Frank Bartolomeo, Psychotherapist, Joanna Savino, Assistant Principal , and Michelle Ebert, EMS TeenTalk Counselor
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  • Friday, May 19, 2017Time: 9-10:30 am
    Location: EMS Cafeteria
    Type: Coffee Talk & General PTA Meeting

"Security, Crime Prevention & Student Confidant: Helping our students stay safe."

Thank you to all parents who joined us for our May meeting. We started off with approval of next year's PTA Executive Board & budget as well as update on activities and events on the calendar. Parents had the opportunity to hear from Officer Franco, the District's Student Resource Officer at the Greenwich High School. He shared with parents his experience and expertise and role as our District's SRO. He answered questions and encouraged parents to keep talking & listening to their children.

- PTA Meeting and presentation of 2017/18 proposed slate and budget.
- All welcome.

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  • Tuesday, May 23, 2017
    Time: 7-8:30 pm
    Location: EMS Auditorium
    Type: Parent Presentation Sponsored by the PTA

    "Beyond EMS: Insight & Perspective on Activities at the High School"

Guest Speakers:
Gus Lindine, GHS Athletic Director
Diane Chiapetta-Fox, GHS Director of Student Activities
GHS Senior Interns

- Most applicable to 8th Grade parents, but all parents are welcome.