Gifted Education Day – February 2, 2017

Join us in Olympia!

Help remind lawmakers that funding Gifted Education is vital and is part of the state’s paramount duty to educate Washington children.

Gifted Education Day is an annual event scheduled by the
Washington Coalition for Gifted Education (WCGE).

Together, we learn about current education legislation, tour the Capitol, and meet personally with legislators to voice support for programs for gifted and highly capable students.  Challenge Parents Association connects its members with their district legislators and provides background information and specific talking points with the help of the Coalition.

We’ll take time out for a brown-bag lunch and (weather permitting) hike down the Heritage Park Hillside Trail to Capitol Lake before hitting the road to come home.

DATE: Thursday, February 2, 2017
TIME: meet in Olympia at 9:30 am, Estimated Return by 3:30 pm

So that we can organize carpools and schedule meetings for you with your legislators, as available, please RSVP to Christy Brookhart, and include the following information:

  • Number of Adults attending
  • Adult Name(s)
  • Number of Students attending
  • Student Name(s)
  • Teacher(s)
  • Email
  • Phone we can reach during GED (i.e. cell)
  • Legislative District

If you can’t join us in Olympia, please consider submitting a letter for us to deliver! Share your personal experience as a parent or your child’s experience. Your personal story on the impact of funding inequities is a powerful way to highlight the need for gifted education. Address your letter(s) personally.  Our legislators tell us every year that hearing from us on this issue is important!

Please send in letters by January 27th to allow time to print and include in presentation on Feb 2nd. Please email your letter to Leah Bernstein, and please feel free to contact us with any questions!

General Meeting & Guest Speaker “Executive Functions and the Learning Brain” – February 16, 2017

The Challenge Parents Association would like to invite you to our

General Meeting

Thursday, February 16, 2017
6:00pm in the Terrace Park Library

*Free childcare for school age children (Age 4 and older) provided by CPA.
Please RSVP for Childcare here.

followed, at 6:45, by our winter speaker:

Megan Reimann
from the Hallowell Todaro Center
“Executive Functions
and the Learning Brain”

What are executive functions?
How do they affect our daily lives in school and at home?

Gain a deeper understanding of what executive functions are, how they develop over time and how they affect the many aspects of learning and daily life.  This presentation is geared toward the developing brain of elementary to early adolescent (middle school) children. Come and learn about what the latest research available says about how to improve school performance and family relationships!

Presentation by Megan Reimann, who is a former teacher both in general education and special education. She specializes in working with adolescents and the developing, learning brain. She is also a parent of two children who have struggled in school due to delayed executive function skills and the many issues parents, teachers and the students face, especially during the adolescent phase of life!



Fall Speaker Series RESCHEDULED to Jan 12, 2017: What Parents Need to Know About Smart Kids

The Challenge Parents Association is thrilled to
announce our fall speaker:

Austina De Bonte
President, Northwest Gifted Child Association

“What Parents Need To Know About Smart Kids”

Thursday, January 12, 2017
6:30pm in the Terrace Park Library

preceded by
CPA General Meeting at 6:00pm

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.

provided by a local girl scout troop

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”

Satisfaction Ratings 4.8/5.0, 100% would recommend to a friend

1-12-17-Speaker Austina De Bonte Flyer