Monthly Coffee Chats for Parents Coming in 2010

CPA exists to provide support for gifted children in various ways. One goal is to help our parents find ways to connect with each other to share ideas, experiences, resources, questions, frustrations, and suggestions about what works with gifted kids in the family. As a step toward that goal, we are planning monthly coffee chats for any parent interested in an informal discussion with other parents about anything related to parenting gifted kids. Whether you are new to the label of “gifted and talented child” with many a concern, or a seasoned pro who has been through it all and can offer the solace and comfort of experience, we would love to benefit from your presence! There is support in shared experience and we are all in this together. Please join us!

We are planning our first gathering for Saturday, January 16th 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. Once we have a good estimate of how many parents to expect, we’ll announce the location for this coffee chat. Wherever it is, we’ll make sure there are beverages and snacks nearby, and at least one member of the CPA board will be in attendance at each gathering. Feel free to include in your email suggestions regarding the times, frequency, and locations of these gatherings.

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.

You CAN do more than shop: GoodShop!

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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. Additional advantages include:

  • GoodShop merchants offer exclusive coupons for their customers who come to them through the GoodShop site. When you click on a merchant link you are automatically shown any and all coupons that vendor is offering GoodShop customers.
  • Some merchants with physical stores in the area allow you to order and pay online and then pick-up the merchandise at your local store within a few minutes of your transaction; saving you time and shipping costs.

Happy Holidays, and thank you for your support of Challenge Parents Association!

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.

Make your message simple:

  • “I want you to fully fund highly capable programs in the Supplemental Budget” or
  • “Do not suspend highly capable program funding in the Supplemental Budget”

The Legislature will also propose a version of the Supplemental Budget after  January 11. Gifted education has strong supporters in the Legislature and we will work closely with them on the issue of highly capable funding. Mark your calendars now to be a part of Gifted Education Day on February 5, 2010–our day to make sure the legislature knows the importance of gifted education. It is vital that as many families as possible attend this event at the State Capitol. Terrace Park students in the Challenge program who go to Olympia that day will be given an excused absence from Principal Freitas. CPA will be coordinating carpools down to Olympia, tours of the Capitol, and meetings with our local legislators. Look for more information when we return from Winter break.

Remember, it’s the squeaky wheels that get greased–and it’s the vocal constituents who get their priorities funded!

*To see the actual budget proposal, go to http://www.ofm.wa.gov/budget10/bills/default.asp and select operating 2010 supplemental. Highly capable is on page 168.

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

Meet the law enforcement officers assigned to our schools.

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.  The panel of speakers, in addition to District Safety Specialist Lisa Skinner, will include:

  • Officer Tom Smith, Edmonds Police, Edmonds-Woodway High School
  • Detective Rebecca Lewis, Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office, Lynnwood High School
  • Officer Ron Moore, Lynnwood Police, Meadowdale High School
  • Officer Heidi Froisland, Mountlake Terrace Police, Mountlake Terrace High School

Please bring any questions or concerns about this topic and any others you would like to discuss with the Superintendent.

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.

Parents, educators, administrators, community leaders, all of us play
a crucial role in keeping children out of gangs, but many lack
important information.

The free community meeting will provide an overview of local gangs in
our city/county, its impact to our children and neighborhoods.
Speakers will also cover topics such as: what are the warning signs,
how to identify if your child is a gang target and what local
resources are available.

WHAT: Gang Awareness and Education Community Meeting

DATE & TIME: December 8th, 6:30 – 8:30PM

LOCATION: Meadowdale High School, The Great Hall (6002 168th St. SW,
Lynnwood 98037)

QUESTIONS: 425-670-5023 or jmoore@ci.lynnwood.wa.us

Spanish interpreters will be available. Need other language or signing
accommodations? Or have general questions? Call the City of Lynnwood
at 425-670-5023 or email jmoore@ci.lynnwood.wa.us.

*Partners: Edmonds School District, Edmonds Community College Office
of Equity and Diversity, Cocoon House, Sno-Isle Regional Libraries,
Familias Unidas, Family Support Center, City of Lynnwood: Police
Dept., Office of Neighborhoods, Neighborhoods and Demographic
Diversity Commission, Dept. of Parks & Recreation

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

Staying ahead of your gifted child’s surprises is a full time job. How can you be ready when your child needs something new? Come and discover opportunities beyond the Challenge Program. Learn what to watch for and how to identify your child’s changing needs as they unfold. Don’t get caught off guard. Know what’s coming and BE PREPARED to support those needs when they surface. Come join us for our “Beyond Challenge” Faire on Thursday December 3, 2009 from 7:00-8:30 PM in the Terrace Park School Commons. This presentation will be offered by Gifted Education advocates and specialists Sarah Childres, Kathy Ludgate and Maren Halvorsen, PhD and several past Challenge Program students who are now benefiting from some wonderful and unique opportunities such as IB, AP, EEP, UW Academy and Summer Stretch. Listen to their stories and ask questions of the experts!

Good News! CPA Can Now Accept Company Matching Donations

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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

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

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Math Night will be bigger and better than ever this year, and we need your help to make all the great activities happen for our students. Volunteers are needed for several fun 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.

This is an enjoyable way for parents and kids to explore diverse mathematics: from mazes to Lego robots to civil engineering with toothpicks and marshmallows! Each station volunteer will receive complete directions for their station’s activity, with support available on-site from the event organizers. And to continue the fun at home, Third Place Books and Math ‘N’ Stuff will have math-themed books and games for sale that evening as well.

Please contact Kari Potter  to let her know which shift(s) you’re available to volunteer. For questions regarding Math Night activities, please contact Dan Everhart .

Thank you!


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

Edmonds School District will hold and information night TONIGHT (November 3rd)  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. Information, important dates, and contacts for questions can also be found on the district’s website’s Highly Capable Programs page.