Association for Bright Children

January 2016

Winter is a Wonderful Time to Connect!

Happy New Year, everyone! 2016 is going to be a wonderful year.

Many creatures hibernate during these winter months, but not us! We've been planning ways you and your children can connect with families who share your questions, interests, and goals. Here's what we're planning so far:

In January:

First Lego League Junior teams meet every Saturday @ 10 am

[SUN-31] Games Day at the Cardboard Cafe @ 1 pm (see details below)

In February:

[TUES-23] Exploring the Stars Event at the Cronyn Observatory @ 6 pm (see details below)

[SAT-27] First of three parent seminars and kid social @ 2 pm

First Lego League Junior meets Feb 20 & 27 @ 10 am

In March:

First Lego League Junior meets March 5 @ 10 am

In April:

[SAT-9] Second of three parent seminars and kid social @ 2 pm

[SAT-9] Parent meeting to explore FLL teams for kids 9-13 for 2016 @ 3 pm

In May:

[SAT-7] Third of three parents seminars and kid social @ 2 pm

Parent Education Seminars - Registration Open!

Do you:

  • hesitate to speak-up or struggle to find the right words to address your child’s needs?
  • feel conflicted about if and how you should talk to your child about their giftedness?
  • sometimes feel like you’re bragging or making excuses when talking about your child?
  • find others cannot relate to your parenting experiences or even belittle your struggles?
  • long to talk about your parenting challenges, but fear no one will understand?

If this sounds like you, then you will enjoy this education series intended to help you understand giftedness, what it is, what it isn't, and what you can do to help yourself and your child.

Full details about each of the seminars offered and registration for the sessions where you can learn more about your child(ren) and they can have some fun with ABC friends is available here.

Games Day

Sunday, Jan. 31st, 1pm

114 Dundas Street

London, ON

The Cardboard Cafe has a wall FULL of board games for kids and adults alike. Come and enjoy an afternoon playing some favourites or trying out some new games with ABC friends. Cost is $6 (taxes incl) for participants 12+. A paying adult can bring up to two children under 12 for no added cost. ABC members are welcome to stay until 7:00 pm, when the cafe closes. With the great price for the event, you may want to treat yourself or your family to a snack or warm drink while you play. Here's a link to the cafe's menu.

For a listing of just some of the games on site, click here.

To register, please email your payment to or send it using Paypal at Be sure to choose "send to a friend" so that I don't get charged a fee for receiving the payment.

Exploring the Stars: The Big Bang

Tuesday, Feb. 23rd, 6pm

Cronyn Observatory, London, ON, Canada

London, ON

How did the universe start? Where did it come from? Scientists agree that the Big Bang Theory is the best explanation we have so far! We will first put the size of the universe into perspective, and then discuss where the Big Bang Theory came from and what evidence we have for it. What about the end of the universe? We talk about these possibilities too!

After the presentation, participants will have the chance to participate in a tour of the observatory, including the telescopes. To learn even more about telescopes they can build one from a small, reusable kit, that are the same size that Galileo used to find the Moon's of Jupiter and view Saturn's rings! Participants will learn about optics and how each lens does it's job to create a sharp, magnified image. Find out what's really important when looking for your own telescope.

Exploring the Stars is a public outreach program run as a partnership between the Department of Physics and Astronomy & The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada.

There is no cost to participate in this event. Public parking is available for a fee in the lot adjacent to the Cronyn Observatory. Details can be found at this link:

Events in the Community

Discovery Western Girls - Winter Club

Discovery Western also runs summer camps for boys and girls grades 2-8.

Go CODE Girl for grades 7-11. Event at Western on February 27: Registration opens in January:

Kangaroo Math Challenge is March 10, 2016. Registration opens in January.

Spelling Bee of Canada registration is now open.

Western Engineering Summer Academy (WESA) is for students in grades 9-12 looking for a challenge. Registration opens late January:

Special Education Advisory Committees

In accordance with the Education Act, each school board has a Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC), where interests of students with special needs are considered. SEAC makes recommendations to the board about the development of special education programs and services for exceptional students. SEAC is a critical element in supporting gifted education in public schools.

SEAC meetings are open to the public. Click here for a list of SEAC meeting dates for 2015-2016 in TVDSB and here for LCDSB. If you want to be informed of opportunities arise to give input about special education, click here to subscribe to TVDSB's mailing list. If you would like to connect with the SEAC representatives for the Association for Bright Children in London, please email us at


Do you have a question about your child? Looking for advice or support as you raise your child and navigate their education? We are a supportive community that is here for just those reasons. Connect with us!