Mrs. Pink's Dec. 2015 GE News

Park Brook, Birch Grove, & Crest View Elementary

I have really been enjoying working with your students. It was nice seeing many parents at Birch Grove Arts Night. Please note what's happening and what will be coming up in Gifted Education.

Testing for GE Services Coming Up in January and Early February

Second Grade Students will be given the Cognitive Abilities Test!


What does CogAT measure?

CogAT measures learned reasoning and problem-solving skills in three different areas: verbal, quantitative, and nonverbal. Reasoning skills develop gradually throughout a person’s lifetime, and at different rates for different individuals. CogAT does not measure such factors as effort, attention, motivation, and work habits, which contribute to school achievement as well.


All second graders will be given the Cognitive Abilities Test in January. Data gathered from this process and the upcoming NWEA assessments, will be used for decisions about GE services for 2016-17. Watch the Wednesday envelope for testing schedule and additional information. You do not need to sign and return anything unless you DO NOT want your child tested.



Third and Fourth graders can be tested with the CogAT too! If your child brought home a permission slip, PLEASE return it as soon as possible. Parents may also nominate students for this testing and students may self-nominate. If you are interested in having your child tested, contact me for additional information or to nominate your child for testing.

Who Knew?!

Students who may need Gifted Education Quantitative classes may show evidence of the following abilities:


  • Multiple Intelligence strength in logical reasoning/math
  • Strong academic performance and/or potential, particularly in math (Evidence may include math RIT score, MCA score, classroom performance)
  • Makes distinction between minute logical inconsistencies
  • Pairs logical and creative thinking to solve problems
  • Strong interest in math computation, problem-solving, spatial reasoning, and/or complex patterns

Students who may need Gifted Education Non-Verbal classes may show evidence of the following abilities

  • Multiple Intelligence strength in visual/spatial, logic, and/or bodily kinesthetic
  • Sequencing skills
  • Pattern recognition
  • Constructive problem-solving
  • Hands-on processing
  • Communication with pictures, images and/or large gestures
  • Makes distinction between minute visual differences
  • Pairs logical and creative thinking to solve problems
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Holiday Gift Ideas for Gifted Children

The NAGC (National Association of GIfted Children) 2015 Toy List


http://www.nagc.org/sites/default/files/Publication%20PHP/PHP_2015_ToyList.pdf



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GE Monthly District Parent Meetings


Our first Osseo district GE parent meeting was a success! We had over 55 parents in attendance. The purpose of these meetings is to provide parent support for students participating in gifted education needs based classes. There will be monthly meetings throughout the year with various topics – see schedule below. These sessions will be facilitated by several of our #279 Gifted Education Teachers. All meetings will be held at Oak View Elementary in the media center and will be from 6:30-7:30 pm. Childcare and a light snack will be provided. Our second meeting will be December 8th and the topic will be on intensity, perfectionism and stress, which are all common characteristics of gifted children.

Be sure to RSVP on the link below.


December 8th, 2015

6:30-7:30 PM

Intensity, Perfectionism and Stress




January 12th, 2016

6:30-7:30 PM

Motivation, Enthusiasm, and Underachievement




February 9th, 2016

6:30-7:30 PM

Idealism, Unhappiness and Depression




March 29th, 2016

6:30-7:30 PM

Communication: The Key to Relationships




April 12, 2016

6:30-7:30 PM

Not Just Gifted? Twice-Exceptional Children, Organization Issues




May 10th, 2016

6:30-7:30 PM

Advocating for Your Gifted Child Gifted Child

The REACH FOR THE STARS Catalog that was handed out at the November Parent Forum is linked below.

Contact Julie Pink

Pinkj@district279.org or 612 804 0139


Gifted Education Resources:

Hoagies' Gifted Education Page: www.hoagiesgifted.org

National Association for Gifted Children: www.nagc.org

Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG): www.sengifted.org

Parent Presentation

Tuesday, Dec. 8th, 6:30-7:30pm

6710 East Fish Lake Road

Maple Grove, MN

RSVPs are enabled for this event.