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.

April 22: CPA General Meeting and Parent Talk

Please join us at the Challenge Parents Association General Meeting and election of 2015-2016 board members, then join CPA parent and psychologist Nicole Bain, PhD. for a discussion about Anxiety in Children.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

CPA General meeting & elections at 6:00pm
Talk begins at 6:30pm
Terrace Park Elementary, Commons
5409 228th St SW | Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043

Anxiety in Children
Many children experience high levels of anxiety in their daily lives. Traits that are common among gifted children, such as perfectionism, intensity, creativity, and social or emotional asymmetries, can combine with natural anxiety to restrict a child’s development. This talk will focus on identifying anxiety, its effect on daily living and academic performance, and common approaches for teaching children self-regulation. Dr. Bain will share her thoughts about discussing anxiety with children, and share some coping mechanisms that have helped other children.  More details available here:  CPA Spring Speaker 2015

 

Reminder: Tonight! “Ordinary Magic for Extraordinary Kids: Teaching Resilience…”

Please join us tonight at the Challenge Parents Association 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.

More details available here: CPA Winter Speaker February 2015

February 4th: CPA General Meeting followed by “Ordinary Magic for Extraordinary Kids”

Please join us at the Challenge Parents Association 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.

More details available here: CPA Winter Speaker February 2015

Gifted Education Pioneer Dr. Linda Silverman to Speak on October 21

The Challenge Parents Association is overjoyed
to welcome world-class gifted expert and author,

Dr. Linda Silverman
“Upside-Down Brilliance: The Visual Spatial Learner”

Monday, October 21st
Book Signing 6:30pm
Presentation 7:00pm

Terrace Park Elementary, Commons
5409 228th St SW  |  Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043 

Gifted education pioneer Dr. Linda Kreger Silverman is a licensed clinical and counseling psychologist who began studying the education of gifted children in 1961.

Since then she has studied more than 6000 gifted children enabling the creation of extended norms on the WISC-IV and WPPSI-IV. She has written more than 300 articles, chapters and books including Counseling the Gifted and Talented, Upside-Down Brilliance: The Visual-Spatial Learner and Advanced Development: A Collection of Works on Gifted Adults. Her latest book, Giftedness 101, was released in December, 2012. She also directs the Institute for the Study of Advanced Development and its subsidiaries, the Gifted Development Center [www.gifteddevelopment.com] and Visual-Spatial Resource [www.visualspatial.org].

A $10 suggested donation will be collected at the door.

**The Challenge Parents Association (CPA) is a non-profit 501c3 dedicated to advocating for and supporting our gifted and highly capable students, families and teachers in the Terrace Park Challenge Program and the Brier Terrace Middle School (BTMS) Highly Capable program, which are both a part of the Edmonds School District.

www.challengeparents.org

challengeparents@gmail.com

Sep 25th: Austina De Bonte Presentation and CPA General Meeting

Please join us Wednesday, September 25th at 7:00pm in the Terrace Park Commons for a dynamic and insightful presentation by:

Austina De Bonte

President of Northwest Gifted Child Association (NWGCA)

What Parents Need to Know About Smart Kids
Many parents are surprised to learn that their gifted child’s unique “quirks” are actually well-studied social & emotional behavior patterns that appear across large populations of gifted 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 full-time programs like the Challenge Program are optimal for kids’ social and emotional development, as well as developing their academic talents.

If you would also like to join us for our CPA General Meeting, it will be held before Austina’s presentation from 6:30-7:00 pm. Highlights:

  • What is CPA?
  • Key Activities and Dates for the 2013/2014 school year
  • Officer Reports

Austina De Bonte Flyer 2013

Potluck Picnic is Around the Corner

The Summer Potluck Picnic is coming up soon on Sunday, August 18th, 11:00 am-2:00 pm. Click Potluck Picnic Flyer Update for further details.

There will be a very brief, optional General Membership Meeting/Special Election during the picnic from 12:00-12:05 pm. Your vote will allow several Challenge Parents Association (CPA) board position vacancies to be filled.

Looking forward to seeing you soon!