Mrs. Happe's January GE News 15-16

Gifted Education: Weaver Lake and Oak View Elementary

Pull Out Groups for 3rd-5th

The second round of pull out groups are wrapping up. Don't panic!!

The third round of NBC's will begin the third week of February, after testing is completed. The 3rd and 5th grade groups will focus on nonverbal ability enrichment, and the 4th grade group will focus on quantitative enrichment. Check next month's newsletter for more specific details!


I will be available for Conferences on the following conference days:

Weaver Lake Elementary

February 23, 25 and 29 from 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm.

BIG NEWS At Weaver Lake, I now have an online conference schedule this time, just like classroom teachers!! We can now have a separate time to chat about your student, that will not interfere with your time with the teacher's sacred time slot:) Please use the following link to schedule time with me:)

Oak View Elementary

February 11 and 17 from 4:45 pm - 7:45 pm.

Feel free to stop in and check on your child's progress in GE! I love talking with families!


Young Scientist Roundtable

Please join us on:

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 from 7—8 p.m.

at Wayzata Central Middle School

305 Vicksburg Lane Plymouth MN 55447

Presenter: Dr. Terry Jones

Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Minnesota

“Theory of Relativity”

Albert Einstein is famous for his Theory of Relativity, but many people don’t know that he actually developed two theories. The first is called the Special Theory of Relativity, which explains what happens to objects moving at speeds close to the speed of light relative to each other, but does not include the effects of gravity. Einstein later developed his General Theory of Relativity, which includes gravity and led to our current understanding of the Universe as a whole. Dr. Jones will focus on the Special Theory of Relativity, which is surprisingly accessible to students and forces us to think differently about time and

space. He will then briefly cover the General Theory of Relativity and how both profoundly important theories are used in nearly all of our current technologies.

Your FREE participation in each month’s Young Scientist Roundtable is funded by Gifted Education 279.

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Minnesota Institute for the Talented & Gifted - MITY

Grades 1-4 Spring Classes for MITY are now open for registration. Classes are held on Saturdays: 2/27, 3/5, 3/12, & 3/19 from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. Parent Seminars are available during that time as well. Tuition is $175. If you are interested let me know and I will get you a brochure with more information.

Educate Yourself!

GE Monthly District Parent Meetings

Our first two Osseo district GE parent meetings have been successes! 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 and will be from 6:30-7:30 pm. Childcare for children 4+ and a light snack will be provided.

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

Previous Newsletters from Mrs. Happe:

Tip From Mrs. Happe

Have your child play games that deal with analogies. High level, focused on seeing relationships and strengthens connections.

Just Because.....

Star Wars shadow art, frozen tea in midair, amazing drone fireworks footage, and more!

For January 8th, 2016

Welcome back and Happy New Year! I'm writing this from a train going down the US's West Coast, from Seattle to Los Angeles. Here are five amazing links I found over the holidays. ~Ian

1. Star Wars Shadow Art

Check out this amazing Star Wars shadow art created from paper cutouts!

2. Tea Freezing In Midair

Here’s what happens when you toss leftover tea into the air when it's -40ºC!

3. A Drone’s View of Fireworks

I'm a sucker for drone video, but this footage of fireworks over Lima, Peru from New Years Eve is something else!

4. A Complex Lego Book

Know any Lego fans? They’ll love this new Lego book packed with complex creations.

5. Train Carved From Pencil

Oh my. It’s a train with tracks carved from a graphite pencil!

Summer School Opportunities

Watch for summer school Information in next month's GE News!


Contacting Kris Happe

Gifted Education Resources:

Hoagies' Gifted Education Page:

National Association for Gifted Children:

Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG):

Minnesota Council for Gifted and Talented: