Monthly Coffee Chats for Parents Coming in 2010

Please join us for monthly coffee chats!  CPA parents need relaxed opportunities to support each other, share experiences, questions, frustrations, and suggestions about raising gifted kids. “Newbies” with many a concern, or “seasoned pros who’ve been through it all” are all invited. There is support in shared experience and we are all in this together. Our first gathering will be Saturday, January 16 at 10:00 AM.  The location will be determined by the estimated attendance numbers. Please contact us at cpaboard@yahoo.com by January 4th to let us know if you plan to attend.

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Phone Bank Volunteers Needed on Vital Levy Election–January 26th

Parent volunteers are needed to phone local voters who have voted for levy measures in the past to remind them to send in their completed ballots. The Levy Re-authorization is the only item on this February’s ballot, and voter response is expected to be low. While support of school levies is always important, in light of both recent and projected cuts in state funding for our schools, passage of this levy measure is critical.

Volunteers are needed at the phone bank in the Edmonds Education Association Office, 19707 64th Avenue West, Lynnwood on January 26th between 6:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Please contact Michelle Toshima for more details or to sign-up for a time slot on the phones.

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You CAN do more than shop: GoodShop!

Remember when shopping online to access your favorite vendors through GoodShop. When you designate Challenge Parents Association in the “Who Do You Support?” drop-down box we receive a percentage of each transaction you make with each merchant you access through the site.

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Gifted Education funding slashed from Governor’s Supplemental Budget

In her initial Supplemental Budget for 2010-2011, Governor Gregoire proposes to suspend  $7.4 million of 2010-11 highly capable funding.*

We need to make sure the Governor knows that cutting highly capable funding is not acceptable. Please send her that message through her web site http://www.governor.wa.gov/contact/default.asp or the hot line 1.800.562.6000. In a situation like this, it is the sheer number of messages, not the weight of your arguments, that will count.

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Superintendent’s Roundtable–Wednesday, December 2nd at noon

Superintendent Nick Brossoit’s December Roundtable will take place from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, December 2nd at the Educational Service Center, 20420 68th Avenue W., Lynnwood.  The program topic is Student Safety in Schools.

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Advocacy – Keeping Our Kids Safe from Local Gangs

Gang Awareness and Education - Keeping Our Kids Safe from Local Gangs

– A Problem that Demands Your Attention!

In partnership with the Edmonds School District, City of Lynnwood and
Edmonds Community College, we’d like to invite you to an important
Gang Awareness Community Meeting on December 8th at 6:30pm at the
Meadowdale High School
.

As a community, we are experiencing the beginning stages of
significantly increased gang activity in Snohomish County. Awareness
and education is an important first step to keeping our kids and
communities safe. Our middle school students are particularly
vulnerable as recruitment often starts at that age.

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THE BIG PICTURE~ Beyond Challenge: What next??? Thursday, Dec.3rd 7:00 Pm

Staying ahead of a gifted child is a full time job. Hear from the experts:  what to watch for as your child’s changing needs  unfold.  Don’t get caught off guard.  Know what’s coming and BE PREPARED to support those needs when they surface. Past Challenge Students will share stories and answer questions!

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Good News! CPA Can Now Accept Company Matching Donations

As many of you know, we’ve been working with the IRS and the state of WA over the last two years on name change issues, as well as other misunderstandings between the state and the IRS.  As such, we had not been able to accept company matching donations, even though individual donations have always been tax deductible.  We finally received our affirmation letter from the IRS that states that Challenge Parents Association (instead of the former name, Challenge Parents Booster Club) is recognized as an exempt organization under section 501(c)(3), and has been since March 1979.

So, that raises the question… Does your company match your donations?  If so,and you made a donation during the fall pledge drive, it still shouldn’t be too late for CPA to receive those matching funds.  Please send the matching gift form from your company to school with your child, or drop it off in the CPA lock box in the office.

If you were waiting to make your fall pledge drive donation until this issue was resolved, now is the time to do that.  The pledge form can be found on our website at http://www.challengeparents.org/about-the-cpa-board/fundraising/.  Please send the pledge form, your matching gift form and your check to school with your child, place it in the CPA lock box in the office, or mail it to CPA at this address:

Challenge Parents Association
P.O. Box 3371
Lynnwood, WA  98046-3371


Thank you for your continued support!

CPA Board

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Math Night Volunteers Needed–Monday, November 16th, 2009

Math Night will be bigger and better than ever this year, but we need your help to make all the great activities happen for our students. Volunteers are needed for several activity stations from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. and from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Terrace Park PTA will provide free pizza and a soda to each volunteer.

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K-7 Parent Information Night on Challenge/Highly-Capable Testing, TONIGHT

Edmonds School District will hold and information night TONIGHT from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Terrace Park Elementary for parents seeking information about having their children tested for the Challenge 1-6 or the middle school Highly-Capable programs for admission during the 2010-2011 school year.

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