Transforming Intensity – CPA General Meeting and Talk, May 11

CPA General Meeting and Talk 6:00pm-8:00pm May 11, at Terrace Park Commons   (Meeting at 6:00pm, Talk 6:30-8:00 pm.)
Light meal and childcare available from 6-8pm.

Catherine Stafford: Transforming Intensity – An Introduction to Inspiring Greatness through the Nurtured Heart Approach
With many challenging and intense children, traditional parenting and therapy approaches can actually worsen behavior. Learn about a different approach with this respected local therapist. The Nurtured Heart Approach emphasizes positive responses for appropriate behavior.

Read more: CPA Spring Speaker 2016

Other area talks of interest:

  • Sapna Cheryan: Not All Fields Are Created Equal: Examining Gender Differences in STEM; 7-9pm 4/18 at Kane Hall, UW. Registration required. Sponsored by the Evergreen School Speaker Series.
  • Liliana Lengua: Supporting Elementary-Aged Children through Change: Promoting Resilient Responses to Life’s Stresses; 9:30am Weds, 4/27 at Mercer Island’s Lakeridge Elementary. Sponsored by Mercer Island Parent Education.
  • ParentMap Lecture Series
    “Free Range Parent” Lenore Skenazy: Keep Calm and Parent On, 7-9pm 4/19 in Seattle, Jo Langford: Encouraging Smart Choices in a Wired World, 7-9pm 5/24 at Seattle Childrens’  [note: each talk $25 pre-register/ $30 same-day]


Edmonds Comedy Night – January 29th and 30th!

Come support Terrace Park Elementary and enjoy The Ninth Annual Evening of Laughter at Edmonds Center for the Arts

Friday, Jan. 29th
Regular Admission $25
7:30 pm Showtime

Saturday, Jan. 30th
Regular Admission $25
7:30 pm Showtime
VIP Admission $55
6:00 pm Party

This year’s show features comedians Jackie Kashian, David Crowe, Andrew Rivers and Kermet Apio!
More information and tickets available at: 

Childcare Options
Boys and Girls Club:
Phone: 425-774-0630
Child care at the Boys and Girls club is available on the 29th. The cost is $10 per child (must school age – Kindergarten-6th grade). They will be open an hour before the event starts and 30 minutes afterwards.

Phone: 425-111-2222


Schools and Organizations benefiting from show:
Beverly Elementary School • Cedar Way Elementary School • College Place Elementary School • Edmonds Elementary School • Hilltop Elementary School • Lynndale Elementary School • Madrona School • Martha Lake Elementary School • Meadowdale Elementary School • Mountlake Terrace Elementary School • Oak Heights Elementary • Seaview Elementary School • Sherwood Elementary School • Terrace Park School • Westgate Elementary School • Alderwood Middle • Meadowdale HS Track team

Innovation, Inventing, and Creative Learning – Family Event on Jan. 27th!

CPA Winter Speaker!

Please join us on Wednesday, January 27th at 6pm!

We will have a short CPA meeting & update at 6pm sharp, followed by…

Ed Sobey!

We are super excited to welcome Ed Sobey, PhD, Creativity Advocate and Director of NW Invention Center, for this interactive family presentation! Ed Sobey is the President of the Northwest Invention Center in Redmond, WA. He conducts workshops for science teachers in 25 countries and creates exhibits that travel to science centers around the world. He has participated in two dozen scientific expeditions and visited more than 75 countries!

Kids! Don’t Forget to Bring Your Parents!

This is a HANDS – ON Event for Kids and Adults!

Ed will talk about things like this:

★what is the creative process?

★why is failure a “good” thing for inventors?

See more on this flyer!


More information available at Northwest Invention Center:

Please Plan to Attend: CPA Fall Speaker Nov. 4!

Challenge Parents Association Fall Speaker 2015

Get it Together! Organization, Planning and Prioritizing:
Executive Function Skills to Help Kids Succeed

Julie George, M.Ed

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

6:30 pm
Terrace Park Elementary, Commons
5409 228th St SW | Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043

Executive functions are mental skills that help the brain organize and act on information. These skills enable people to plan, organize, remember things, prioritize, pay attention, get started and stay focused on tasks. They also help people use information and experiences from the past to solve current problems.

Children with challenges in executive function may have difficulty with many school tasks, and it may worsen as they get older and have more responsibilities.

Learn more about executive function, how these skills impact school success, and hear some practical strategies for developing and practicing these skills.

Julie George has a BA in Special Education and a Masters in Elementary Education. She taught elementary and middle school for 9 years before joining the staff at the UW Autism Center. She is currently in private practice as a Behavior and Education Consultant, working with students, families, and schools to build strategies to help students succeed in different environments.


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**

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 with the number in your party.

We’ll see you there!