Spring Pledge Drive 2016

Spring Pledge Drive Donation Form

It is hard to believe the school year is coming to an end. We’ve had a busy year and your generous donations have made a difference for our teachers and our school. This year CPA has been able to sponsor:

  • Materials and supplies for 1 st -8 th grade classrooms
  • 1 st -8 th grade teacher attendance at WA state gifted education conference
  • Attendance for 2 BTMS teachers at California state gifted education conference
  • “Zones of Regulation” social-emotional materials for use throughout 1 st -8 th grades
  • Teacher collaboration time in support of continuity in acceleration/enrichment throughout grades
  • 1 st -2 nd grade pool party/potluck
  • Gifted Education Day advocacy trip to Olympia
  • Socratic Discussion Seminar for 2 elementary and 2 middle school teachers
  • Book sets and materials for all grades (CIA reading program for 1 st -6 th grades)
  • In-school art field trip with Frye Museum for 1 st -2 nd grades
  • Social gatherings like the Back-to-School Picnic and BINGO party
  • Parent educational talks on Organization Skills, Innovation, and Nurtured Heart Parenting

We had a successful Fall Pledge drive and are on our way to meeting our goal of $18,000 for the 2015-2016 school year. We need your continued support in order to fund spring grants for our teachers as well as provide end of the year parties for 3rd-6th grades.

To pay by check, please enclose with Spring Pledge Drive Donation Form and return to your child’s teacher or put in the CPA mailbox in the office by May 23, 2016. Credit Card payments accepted on our website – see link on top right of every page! No cash please. Tax receipts are mailed out in January and detail contributions for the previous calendar year. We are fortunate to have the support of our families to help supplement and fill the gaps that state and school district funding cannot. Your donations make this possible. We thank you all for your generosity. With heartfelt appreciation, The CPA Board.

CPA Fall Fund Drive

CPA’s goal is to advocate for and support our gifted/highly capable students, families and teachers in the Terrace Park Challenge Program and the Brier Terrace Middle School (BTMS) Hi-Cap Program, which are both a part of the Edmonds School District.

We ask for your support twice yearly: $90 per student or $150 per family in fall and spring, or $180/student and $300/family annually. Your contributions are tax-deductible and you will be provided with a receipt each January. This contribution is voluntary and not considered an obligation for program attendance.

 With your help, this year CPA plans to provide funding for the following:

  • Enrichment materials and opportunities, as requested by teachers and school administration
  • Professional Education for our teachers
  • Community building events

We are fortunate to have the support of our families to help supplement and fill the gaps that the school district cannot. Your donations make this possible. We thank you all for your generosity.

Read more and find donation form here:

CPA Fall Drive Information and Donation Form

Announcing the 2015-16 CPA Board Members

At our general meeting on April 22, CPA members elected the 2015-16 Board.  Representatives for next year include:

Christy Brookhart & Valerie Rosman, Co-Presidents
Nicole Bain & Kathleen Quirk, Co-VPs
Taesun Yoon, Treasurer
Julie Gripentrog, Secretary
Steff Bates & Lee Bradley, Webmasters
Noemi Bustamante & Kimberly Baca, BTMS Liaisons

Stepping down are Co-President Amy McCarthy, Treasurer Jenny Bardsley, and BTMS Liaisons Edie Matulka and Leah Bernstein, who have all served for two years. We thank them for their time and service.  Under their leadership, the CPA has continued to grow and change as needed to serve the needs of students, teachers, and families in our community.

Challenge Spot Newsletter: Thank you

Challenge and Hi-Cap Families,

The CPA Board wishes you a bright and fulfilling year exploring our world with your children.

Thank you for your generous contributions during our fall fund raiser. This fall, we raised over $14,000 in support of our school and state-funded instruction for highly capable students.

Our organization’s mission is to grow a strong community of connected families while providing additional support to our teachers and schools. We also take very seriously our role as one of the foremost parent organizations representing gifted children in the State of Washington.  This is a key year for education funding, and together we will make opportunities to voice support for our priorities with legislators in Olympia.  More on that soon.

We are excited to share with you these great opportunities to kick off 2015. Below, you will find upcoming parent networking, education, and discussion opportunities, followed by a few January enrichment activities that we think your kids will love.

This year, we encourage you to make stronger bonds with other parents.  In fostering an open, connected community, we create a strong support network for our children:  peers and adults to turn to in times of joy and need.

All the best,

Amy McCarthy & Valerie Rosman
Co-Presidents, Challenge Parents Association

Challenge Spot Coffee Hours at Caffe Ladro Lynnwood [map]
Gather with CPA Board & other parents of current and prospective Challenge / Hi-Cap students.
Saturday, February 7, 10:30am – 12:00pm
Sunday, February 22, 2:30pm – 4:00pm

Parent Discussion Groups at Terrace Park
Our own SENG-certified facilitators invite parents to an open group discussion regarding the social and emotional needs of gifted children, beginning with the topics of motivation and time management.  All are welcome to attend.
Thursday, February 12, 7:00pm – 8:30pm (topic: Motivation)
Thursday, March 12, 7:00pm – 8:30pm (topic: Time Management)
Contact Stephanie Bates or Valerie Rosman


P A R E N T   E D U C A T I O N
Andrew Keen: The Internet’s Unseen Consequences
Thursday, January 22, 2015, 6:00pm

Young Children and Anxiety at Bellevue Discovery Preschool
Monday, January 26, 6:00-7:00pm

Vision Therapy Workshop at Alderwood Vision Therapy
Tuesday, January 27, 6:45pm


S A V E    T H E   D A T E
CPA General Meeting followed by

Ordinary Magic for Extraordinary Kids:
Teaching Resilience to Gifted and Twice Exceptional Kids
with Marcia Jenson, Ph.D. and Leah Altemeier, Ph.D.

Wednesday, February 4, 6:00pm

These two Seattle-based psychologists will address cultivating resilience in children, drawing on research from the field of positive psychology and cognitive behavioral therapy, as well as their own clinical experience with gifted and twice exceptional children. CPA General Meeting at 6:00pm (all are welcome!); talk begins promptly at 6:30pm.


F U N    E N R I C H M E N T    A C T I V I T I E S
Future of Flight Maker Mondays
Mondays, 3:00pm – 8:00pm
Design, experiment, and create using the museum’s 3D-modeling stations. Ages 11+.

Skagit Eagle Festival in Concrete, Washington
Saturdays & Sundays in January, 9:00am-4:00pm
Free tours, walks, and educational programs about eagles and other wildlife on the Skagit River.

The Bushwick Book Club Seattle: A.A. Milne’s ‘Winnie-the-Pooh’
Saturday, January 24, 2015, 11:00am

Gardner Center for Asian Art and Ideas Lecture:  Egypt: Center of the Ancient World
Sunday, January 25, 2:00 pm

UW World Series  International Music Performance:  The Nile Project (listen)
Friday, January 30, 8:00pm in Meany Hall

Middle School Science Bowl
January 31, 7:00am at University of Portland


D O N ‘ T   M I S S   T H I S !

Fifth Graders Ski Free
At Stevens Pass and Mt Baker Resort


V O L U N T E E R   O P P O R T U N I T Y
Brier-Terrace Middle School Pollinator Garden,
created to nurture a population of the rare western bumble bee, which was discovered in Brier in 2013. In the last 18 months an area of bare grass along the south wall of the middle school has been mulched and planted with 85 individual  shrubs and perennials. The combination of native and garden plants has been densely planted to offer nectar and pollen from mid-winter through late autumn. Bumble bees, butterflies and birds have made immediate use of the new plants.

Needs: weeding, mulching parties, take part in the pollinator observation project
Contact: BTMS or Julie O’Donald,  Brier Habitat Project Coordinator

If you know of similar opportunities that may be of interest to other families, feel free to send information along to us at challengeparents@gmail.com.

Please note that we list these activities as a service to our group. Challenge Parents Association does not endorse or receive sponsorship from any of the programs or organizations mentioned here.

Spring Pledge Drive

Dear Challenge and Highly-Capable Families,

The Challenge Parents Association (CPA) thanks you for all of your generous contributions this year! So far, we have reached $13,000 and are closing in on our budget goal of $15,000. We would like to raise the last $2,000 in our Spring Fund Raising Drive so that we may fund all the grants for supplemental curriculum and classroom materials this year.

During this school year, we will have given each Challenge and BTMS highly capable teacher a $300 stipend for classroom expenses ($4,800 total).

Additionally, grants we have funded so far this year include: (1) Owl pellets for dissection 4th grade, (2) Dynamath subscription 2nd grade, (3) Novel Book Set 3rd grade (4) Collect, Interpret and Apply (CIA) reading approach training and classroom materials 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 5th grade (5) Literacy materials for 6th grade (6) Solar kits for 4th grade (7) grant for Challenge curriculum alignment with Common Core Standards (8) Pool party for 1st and second graders (9) BINGO night and (10) Speaker, Linda Silverman. More grant requests are still coming in from teachers.

Lastly, CPA has also funded four BTMS teachers and the principal to attend specialized gifted education training (California Association for Gifted conference) as well as provided funding for fifteen Challenge and BTMS teachers to attend the WAETAG (Washington Association of Educators of the Gifted and Talented) conference.

We are hoping that our Spring Fund Raising Drive will enable us to fund all the grant proposals we receive this year without using our reserve funds which will keep CPA running on firm financial footing.

We are fortunate to have the support of our families to help supplement and fill the gaps and your donations make this possible. We thank you all for your generosity.

Pledge Form March 2014

With heartfelt appreciation,

The CPA Board



Please Remember to Vote! Tuesday 2/11 Election Day

Hi Families!

Please mail or drop off your ballot not later than tomorrow, Tuesday, February 11, 2014 to ensure that Propositions 1 & 2 get all our YES/APPROVED support. This is suspected to be a close race so the vote of every mother, father, brother, sister, friend, friend of a friend, uncle and aunt matters! Spread the word!

Boxes are open 24/7 until 8pm on Election Day.


Arlington (near library)
135 N Washington Ave

Edmonds (near library)
650 Main Street

Everett (Courthouse Campus)
Rockefeller Ave & Wall St

Everett (McCollum Park)
600 128th St SE

Lake Stevens (near boat launch)
1800 Main St

Lynnwood (in front of city hall)
19100 44th Ave W

Marysville (behind Municipal Court)
1015 State St

Monroe (near library)
1070 Village Way

Mukilteo (near library)
4675 Harbour Pointe Blvd

Snohomish (near library)
311 Maple Ave

Stanwood (near library)
9701 271st St NW

Your Donations Make a Difference!

Dear Challenge and Brier Terrace Middle School (BTMS) Highly Capable Community,

Your donations make a powerful difference in the classroom!

Thanks to all of your generous giving and matched corporate dollars we’ve been able to respond to our teachers’ requests for unique and stimulating classroom materials and support our teachers’ further learning!

Click here to see how your contributions have benefitted our students and teachers so far this year.

Thank you for supporting the Challenge Parents Association!

CPA Board

Calling All Volunteers! CARNIVAL Night October 17th

Terrace Park’s Annual Carnival is coming up next week and the PTA still needs some volunteers to make this fun event happen. This is one of the kids’ favorite night at school and also an opportunity for you to browse the Book Fair offerings!
If you can spare some time and help out on Thursday night, please contact the PTA’s Carnival Chair Amy Roman at seattlemama@aol.com. Your help will be much appreciated!
Many Thanks,
Your CPA Board

News from the Washington Coalition for Gifted Education

As we announced in June, the Coalition has new leadership this fall. Co-Presidents are Janis Traven of Seattle and David Berg of Puyallup. Barbara Poyneer continues as Treasurer and sender of these “From the Coalition – message #” emails.
You can reach us at either of two email addresses:
Our Government Relations representative in Olympia continues to be Donna R. Christensen.
A coalition is a group of people and/or organizations coming together to achieve a common goal.
Our primary goal is full implementation of Highly Capable as a mandated part of basic education. (ESHB 2261 states in section 708 “The legislature finds that, for highly capable students, access to accelerated learning and enhanced instruction is access to a basic education.”)
Part one of this goal was the promulgation of the revised WAC governing the Highly Capable Program. This was done in April 2013.  http://apps.leg.wa.gov/WAC/default.aspx?cite=392-170
Next is the very important goal of ample funding to allow districts to fulfill the requirements now laid on them. Remember, no unfunded mandates!
Despite our best efforts last session we made no progress in getting the Legislature to enact an ample funding formula.
We are happy to report that the McCleary plaintiffs’ response to the Legislature’s Article IX filing with the court calls attention to the failure to make any progress or to plan such progress on ample funding of HCP.
The following is a direct quotation from the September 30th filing by NEWS. To shorten the length of this message, footnotes are omitted. They can be found in the HCP NEWS pdf file.
In short, plaintiffs acknowledge the State has made some net progress moving in the general direction of the 2018 finish line for full compliance with the State’s ample funding mandate under Article IX, §1. But “some net progress moving in the general direction of” that finish line is not what this Court Ordered. This Court Ordered the State’s 2013 filing to demonstrate steady, real, and measurable progress crossing that finish line by 2018.46 The State’s 2013 filing did not do that.
[There follows a long list of items setting out the Legislature’s failure. to show progress and to provide a plan for progress.]
Defendant Submits No Plan Or Steady Progress For ESHB 2261’s “Highly Capable Program”
“The current system isn’t designed well for those kinds of kids,… it bores them and they don’t learn very much, and they oftentimes more often than you would expect turn out to be the kids who drop out.”
Basic Education Finance Task Force member Senator Fred Jarrett’s trial court testimony explaining why the Task Force explicitly included a “fairly robust program” for gifted/advanced students 114
The “Highly Capable Program” Finish Line.
This Court’s January 2012 decision expressly recognized that “ESHB 2261 broadened the instructional program of basic education by specifically adding … the program for highly capable students.”115
The State has accordingly issued regulations requiring school districts to implement highly capable K-12 programs beginning this biennium.116
2. The State’s Highly Capable Program “Plan” & “Progress”.
(a) The State’s “Detailed Plan”.
The State’s 2013 filing does not submit any plan or any periodic benchmarks for full funding of the highly capable program added by ESHB 2261.
Instead, defendant completely disregards the “detailed plan” requirement in the Supreme Court Order.117
(b) The State’s “Progress”.
The State’s 2013filing does not claim any progress towards funding the highly capable program added by ESHB 2261. 118
No progress is not the steadyreal, and measurable progress this Court Ordered. 119
If you want to read the entire filing, NEWS 2013 post budget filing pdf is also attached. Much that does not directly refer to HCP is a strong argument for Legislative action, including action on full funding for HCP.
To support this strong reminder to the Legislature, the Coalition has statistical evidence of the actual underfunding of the HCP going back more than a decade. We will be using both items in the next session. With your support, we will achieve our goal of ample funding by 2018. As the Court stated in its December 2012 ruling on the State’s 2012 report:
“Full funding of the reforms initiated by ESHB 2261 is therefore an established finish line in this case, which the State must cross by 2018.”