October 7th, Redmond: Understanding the unique social and emotional aspects of gifted children

October 7, 6:30-8:30 in Redmond, at the LWSD Resource Center at Redmond Town Center

L.E. Scarr Resource Center
16250 NE 74th Street
Redmond WA 98052

Driving Directions

Lake Washington GEAC hosts Anne van Roden and Gloria Sandford, local treasures on gifted parenting, who will be presenting: “Understanding the unique social and emotional aspects of gifted children.”

Many gifted children are intense, sensitive, anxious, energetic, inflexible and/or disorganized.  SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted) has spent over 30 years researching and understanding why gifted children have these different social and emotional needs and responses to life.  While each gifted child is a very unique combination of these traits, we will bring you core, foundational SENG concepts to help you understand what lies underneath these intensities and sensitivities.  And leave you with some parenting tools to help make life a bit more smooth in the often chaotic, fascinating, amazing, and challenging roller-coaster ride that is raising gifted children.”

This is a monthly meeting of The Lake Washington School District (LWSD) Gifted Education Advisory Council (GEAC). Monthly general meetings are always open to the public; it is not necessary to be a GEAC member to attend. Typically Dan Phelan, LWSD Director of Accelerated Programs, starts each meeting with an update on highly capable programs such as Quest and Advanced Placement, as well as any relevant LWSD developments.

October 21, Bothell: What Parents Need To Know About Smart Kids

October 21, Northshore School District, 3330 Monte Villa Pkwy, Bothell, 7:00pm, FREE

Northwest Gifted Child Association hosts Austina De Bonte, presenting “What Parents Need To Know About Smart Kids”  

What Parents (and Educators, Grandparents, Coaches, …) Need To Know About Smart Kids
Many parents are surprised to learn that their bright child’s unique “quirks” are actually well-studied social & emotional behavior patterns that appear across large populations of highly intelligent children. Whether it’s refusing to wear shirts with buttons or tags, overreacting to the slightest criticism, gravitating to play with older children, anxiety about trying something new, or preferring a book to a playdate, many perplexing behaviors are common in this population. Learn what’s normal, what to expect as they grow, and why HiCap school programs are optimal for kids’ social and emotional development, as well as developing their academic talents. Presented by Austina De Bonte, President of NWGCA.

Past attendees say… “This presentation was a true eye opener” “greatly changed my perspective”
“amazed at how many things applied to my daughter”
“helped me to better understand not only my child, but myself”
“I learned so much – despite the reading I’d already done”

**especially useful for incoming families**

Welcome back to another year of advocacy

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Welcome back to another year of advocacy.

With the start of the new school year, the Coalition begins a new fiscal year. Attached to this message as a pdf file is the income expenses 14-15.numbers. We operate on the slimmest of margins, but thanks to the contributions of all of you and the generosity of WAETAG, we made it successfully through our year and were able to pay a $1700 bonus to our splendid lobbyist Donna R. Christensen for all her work during the recent, extended legislative session.

While we ended that session in the same place we started it, we did make some progress during session. There were several attempts in the Senate to increase HCP funding, although that was not reflected in the appropriation for HCP in the final budget.

The fact that the legislature did not increase HCP funding to match the actual costs of the program to the districts was brought to the attention of the state supreme court in the July 27 filing by NEWS, which is one of the plaintiffs in the McCleary case (the Coalition is a member of NEWS). This is the second time NEWS has called HCP underfunding to the attention of the court and we remain hopeful that this time the court will not simply accept the legislature’s statement that HCP is fully funded because they used the SHB 2776 formula and will remind them that saying something is true doesn’t make it so.

For our take on the extent of the underfunding, see the attached A 2response to Aug 13 court ruling pdf file.

If you wish to dig more deeply into the details of the court filings and rulings, go to   http://www.courts.wa.gov/appellate_trial_courts/SupremeCourt/?fa=supremecourt.McCleary_Education . Look especially at State of Washington Reply, May 29,2014, pages 5-6 and PlaintiffRespondents’ 2015 post-budget Filing of July 27, 2015, item 6, pages 45-6.

Although the Court clearly hoped for a special session, no action has been initiated to call one. The Senate K-12 Education committee is holding a series of workshop/hearings this fall, across the state, to gather public opinion of how best to meet the McCleary requirements. http://app.leg.wa.gov/mobile/meetingschedules/upcoming?agency=Senate&committee=EDU If one is scheduled in your area, give consideration to attending and speaking. The Coalition is organizing speakers for each of these meetings, but a good showing of advocate support will go a long way toward attaining our goals.

Whatever course events might take (special session/no special session), we need your financial support as we move forward.

We accept donations online by credit card and PayPal. Please CLICK HERE TO DONATE on PayPal. You don’t need a PayPal account to use a credit card with them.

We suggest a contribution of at least $40 but any amount is welcome.

Or, you can send a check direct to us if you don’t want to use PayPal. Make it payable to WCFGE, fill out the contribution form attached as a pdf file (membership 15-16 form) and mail it to:

Washington Coalition For Gifted Education
18149  147 Ave. SE
Renton WA  98058

If you are a member of a parent support or advisory group and its charter and tax status allow it to financially support advocacy efforts, please consider asking your group to become a supporting member of the Coalition by making an organizational contribution. There is no minimum amount as every dollar helps.

The Coalition is a registered political advocacy organization, not a 501c3 corporation.

The contribution form is usable for either individuals or groups.

Our deepest thanks for all your support last year, financially and through contacting legislators directly when asked. Please support us this year to get us through the final obstacle to full funding of HCP as a part of basic education.

If you wish to become a member of our affiliate organizations, NWGCA and WAETAG, please go to their web sites.
http://www.nwgca.org/donate.html   click on Donate
http://www.waetag.net/  click on Join/Contact WAETAG

If you are a teacher or administrator, you may be interested in WAETAG’s fall conference, October 16-17. More information at the WAETAG link just above.

Calling all Challenge Families! It’s Picnic Time!

CPA Back-to-School Potluck Picnic 

11am – 2pm this Sunday, August 23
at Dragon Park
(North Lynnwood Neighborhood Park)
18150  44th Ave West, Lynnwood
CPA 2015 Picnic Flyer

Join your friends and make new ones!
Bring a dish to share!
CPA will provide beverages and desserts.

Please RSVP to challengeparents@gmail.com with the number in your party.

We’ll see you there!

Parenting Your Gifted Child–Begins August 11

SENG Model Parent Group (SMPG) – A guided discussion group for parents/caregivers of gifted/highly capable or twice exceptional children.

You are invited to join a discussion group with other parents of gifted kids:

Join this weekly opportunity to share ideas, strategies and support in a relaxed setting, guided by SENG- trained facilitators. Through the valuable insights of the other parents and reading the book A Parent’s Guide to Gifted Children, you will learn more about giftedness, discuss the challenges of parenting, and share strategies for supporting our gifted children while enhancing family relationships. SMPGs are not therapy sessions; however, participants often find the sessions to be therapeutic, empowering and comforting. Topics covered include:

  • Characteristics of gifted children
  • Communication
  • Motivation, enthusiasm & underachievement
  • Establishing discipline and teaching self management
  • Intensity, perfectionism & stress
  • Idealism, unhappiness & depression
  • Acquaintances, friends, & peers
  • Only children & siblings
  • Values, traditions & uniqueness
  • Complexities of successful parenting

When: Tuesdays from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Aug. 11 to Sept. 29, 2015 (eight session series)

Where: 21500 Cypress Way, Lynnwood, WA 98036 (A Journey School)

Who: Sponsored by the Northwest Gifted Child Association (www.nwgca.org) Co-facilitated by Sue Wilson-Schmitz & Denise Anderson, Certified SMPG facilitators and parents of gifted children

Contact: Sue Wilson-Schmitz at calisuz@frontier.com

About SENG: SENG’s mission is to empower families and communities to guide gifted and talented individuals to reach their goals: intellectually, physically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually: www.sengifted.org.

Cost: $140.00 – Covers the cost of the book A Parent’s Guide to Gifted Children by James T. Webb, PhD; materials; and one or two parent/caregiver registrations for eight facilitated sessions. Needs-based scholarships available.

Registration: Register early: class size is limited to 20 participants (minimum eight). Register online at www.tinyurl.com/LynnwoodSMPG

What past participants have said:

“This has been a great life saving class. It has been great knowing that I am not alone in the difficulties we have.”

“Helpful to have ideas in hand to implement when needed! Great to know that we are not ‘the only ones.'” “Motivating my child to do homework and chores is now easier because of this group.”

“It has given me more tools to draw from in spur-of-the-moment decisions and interactions with the kids. I would recommend for any parent.”


Summer Playdates & New BTMS Ice Cream Social!

 This year we have three park dates for elementary students on June 27, July 23, and August 11, and begin a new tradition with an ice cream party for BTMS 7th and 8th graders on August 18th. Times and locations for our meet-ups vary: check out the flyer for details.  We wrap up the summer with our Back-to-School Potluck Picnic  at Lynnwood Neighborhood Park (“Dragon Park”) on August 23, 11am-2pm.
All current, incoming, and past families are welcome to attend these events — it’s an easy way to stay connected over the summer.

Gifted Teens and Tweens – Join us on June 13 at Camp Long!

Calling Families of Teens and Tweens
Join us on June 13 at Camp Long
A great lineup of speakers for parents:
  • Mike Willis, “College admissions: Where to begin?”
  • Austina De Bonte, “Why grit matters, Where underachievement comes from, and What you can do about it”
  • Marcia Holland-Risch, “How to help your teen get organized finally!”
$30 adult registration, $10 for a spouse or second family member
A super cool afternoon for gifted middle and high schoolers:

Choice of:

  1. Challenging High Ropes Course, for ages 14 and up, minimum 90 pounds and 4’10” tall (to properly fit in harnesses). Pictures  Details
  2. Rock Climbing Course, for ages 11 and up.More info
$35 teen program registration
Note that parents must be on site, and must sign a waiver for their child to be able to participate.  There is very limited space, and teens/tweens MUST be registered ahead of time for the teen program. Drop in registration will not be available.
The program will be held at Camp Long in West Seattle. The Seattle Parks & Rec website has detailed driving directions, as well as some pictures and information about the high ropes course and rock climbing.

There will be an optional mixer from 4pm-5pm on the lawn. Let’s get together and do this thing!  Bring something to share…


Stand with our teachers: Tomorrow, 5/15

Challenge Families,
Please consider coming out tomorrow afternoon from 3:30-5:30pm to stand with our teachers and district staff as they picket in protest of the state legislature’s delay in making the changes necessary to fully fund basic education in Washington State.  Bring your signs and your voices to demonstrate support for our schools.
Terrace Park will stand at 220th and Hwy 99 in Lynnwood (near the former TOP Foods building)
Brier Terrace Middle School will stand at 196th and 44th Ave W in Lynnwood (near Fred Meyer’s)
We’ll see you there!
CPA Board

P.S. Please take a moment to send an email to a legislator. You can find a list of your legislators, connect to their webpages and email directly in just a few minutes. Not sure what to write? Here’s a start:

Dear Senator/Representative ___________,
I am writing to express my support for fully funding basic education in Washington State. It is imperative that the legislature provide adequate funds for school buildings, teachers, administrators, materials and equipment.  Students across our state need your support and funding in order to have healthy learning environments and build skills for a successful life.
I ask that you take responsibility for making the changes necessary to create reasonable class sizes, provide adequate supplies and materials for our teachers and students, and pay our educators competitive salaries. Our children and teachers have been shortchanged for too long by the legislature’s reluctance to make the hard decisions that will be necessary to make education funding a priority in our state.
Thank you for your efforts on behalf of our children and communities.

(Information from Edmonds Education Association follows:)

Dear Neighbors:

You’ve undoubtedly heard about the one-day strikes in districts around our state to protest the legislature’s failure to fully fund the costs of basic education, as well as its continued defiance of the State Supreme Court. I’m sure you’re wondering if and when this type of action will come to the Edmonds School District. I want to let you know that at this time the approximately 1,500 certificated educators in the Edmonds School District will not be striking.

However, our decision to not close schools for a day does not mean we aren’t as frustrated and angry with our state lawmakers as our colleagues around the state. We are angry that Washington continues to rank near the bottom of our nation in every important measure of school funding: 40th in the nation in per pupil funding; 47th in the nation in class size; and 42nd in the nation in teacher compensation. Despite the 2012 State Supreme Court ruling that the legislature is violating its “paramount” duty to amply fund the education of all K-12 students, and despite the Court’s ruling last September that the legislature was in “contempt” for failing to make adequate progress toward fully funding schools, and despite the voters passing Initiative 1351 in November to ensure that all our children have reasonable class sizes, the Washington legislature continues to shirk its paramount duty. Currently, the House and Senate are deliberating on school funding. All current proposals fall short of creating reasonable class sizes, providing adequate supplies and materials for our teachers and students, and paying educators professional wages and benefits. Year after year, our children and teachers bear the burden of the legislature’s refusal to make education funding a priority in our state.

The educators in Edmonds are not striking at this time for two reasons. First, our local legislators in the 21st, 1st, and 32nd legislative districts are supportive of teachers, students, and increased school funding; we cannot directly impact the “no” votes with a one-day strike. Second, and more importantly, we are keenly aware of the impact of closing schools on our community. We are grateful that you continually support us at the ballot box when we run bonds and levies, as just over 20 percent of our district budget comes from our local voters. We could not safely open the doors of our schools without you! We are grateful that you recognize our importance in your children’s lives through providing us with supplies, support, and smiles in your neighborhood schools.

Instead of closing schools for a day, on Friday, May 15, from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. we will be picketing at 6 locations in our school district. We want this to be a community event, with educators, administrators, parents, and students standing together to demand that the legislature follow the order of the Supreme Court and fully fund basic education in Washington State. We are asking you to support us by standing with us as we participate in a public demonstration against the legislature. Please make a sign and add your voice by joining us at one of the following locations:

  • 100th Avenue West and Highway 104 in Edmonds
  • 196th and Highway 99 in Lynnwood
  • 196th and 44th Avenue West in Lynnwood
  • 196th and Alderwood Mall Parkway in Lynnwood
  • 220th and Highway 99 in Lynnwood
  • 168th and Highway 99 in Lynnwood

Our children will not have a second chance at their K-12 education, so join the educators of Edmonds in taking a stand for the resources our children need to be successful in school! The time to act is now!


Andi Nofziger-Meadows
Edmonds Education Association