Association for Bright Children

March 2016

gifted screening: what parents need to know now/exciting news!/enrichment days for families/robotics mini-course/events in London

ABC families enjoyed a fantastic learning opportunity at Cronyn Observatory in February, thanks to Shannon Hicks of Western University and the volunteers from the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. If you missed our Exploring the Stars community event that was a great fit for our bright and curious children, you can still enjoy one of the public nights offered at Cronyn Observatory throughout the year. RASC is also on Facebook!

"Gifted Identification in TVDSB: What Parents Need to Know" - Call to meeting of all parents of primary-grade 4 bright children

Wednesday, March 23rd, 7pm

211 King Street

London, ON

In January, grade 4 children in Thames Valley District School Board participated in the Insight Cognitive Assessment screening process, which is used to identify giftedness and eligibility for special education programming for giftedness and other exceptionalities.

Many parents have questions. It is important to informed about this test and its impact on your child's future before the results are sent to schools at the end of this month. ABC is hosting an information session for interested parents. Parents of children who are not yet eligible for this test are encouraged to attend as well. Click here to register for this information session (no charge, limited capacity). To read about our original reference to this test in our February newsletter, click here.

We're Going to Worlds & We Have Bunnies To Help Us Get There!

We are THRILLED to share with you that one of our First Lego League Junior teams, The Brainstormers, has been selected to attend the First Lego League World Expo in St. Louis, Missouri in April. This is a major accomplishment since only 40 FLL Jr teams from around the world are invited to attend the expo. They will be presenting their project on the international stage with kids from all over the world. Isn't that amazing?

This team will be representing the bright and curious kids in London at this event and we want to invite you to help them get there.

We have partnered with photographer Tracy Zimmerman to bring you an exclusive offer for ABC families. On Saturday, March 12 and Sunday, March 13, you can enjoy a photo session for your child(ren) with 3 digital prints and an online digital gallery.

Price is $20 for your first child, $15 for your second, $10 for your third, etc. Each child will have his/her own session. 100% of the proceeds from this event will go toward the team's expenses.

Did we mention there will be bunnies? Perfect for spring or Easter photos!

To reserve your preferred day and time, email Tracy at Your space is secured once you have submitted payment. Tracy will provide payment instructions at the time of reservation.

Saturday May 12 photos are in-studio

Sunday, March 13 sessions will be at Gibbon's Park if the weather permits. In case of snow or rain, these sessions will also take place in studio.

What's better than getting some great spring shots of your child AND supporting a good cause in the process? :-) Be sure to mention you are an ABC supporter to take advantage of this offer. It's a great deal, as you can see from Tracy's public advertisement, below.

ABC Enrichment Series Starts April 9 - Register Today!

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.

The first date in this series is April 9. Click here to learn more about this enriching series for gifted children and their parents and for registration information. Spaces are limited to ensure a quality experience for all participants. April 9th's main event for kids is programming with Lego. :-)

Robolab mini-course (2-day)

Tuesday, June 14th, 9:30am

1151 Richmond St

London, ON

ABC has partnered with Western Engineering to offer bright and gifted children an exclusive opportunity to participate in a two-day robotics course on June 14 and 15. For details, please visit our website's upcoming events page.

Recommended Read

Parenting a bright or gifted child can be challenging. Advocating for his or her needs can also be a challenge. Not everyone understands what it means to be gifted. Many myths and stereotypes persist and negatively impact our ability to understand and support gifted individuals. If you have not yet read it, Stephanie Tolan's article "Is it a Cheetah?" helps us to understand the critical importance of speaking up on behalf of our children for the education they deserve.

Community Opportunities

Parent and Child (8-13) Learn to Code on March 5

Children 8-13 and a parent are invited to participate in this pay-what-you-can event hosted by Ladies Learning Code. For details and registration, click here.

Science Fair registration open until March 18

There is an annual opportunity in our region for children in public, private, and separate schools as well as homeschooling children to participate in a science fair. Registration closes on March 18. Please visit this link for all of the details

National Kangaroo math competition March 20

Registration is still open for children in London and area to participate in the national Kangaroo Math competition which will take place on March 20. There is a training/orientation session on March 13 to help students become familiar with the location and the expectations as well. Previous tests are available online for reference. Visit this link for al of the details.

Arduino Workshop (begins April 2)

Ookpik Labs is offering an Arduino workshop aimed at 12-16 year-olds. The workshop begins on Saturday, April 2. For more information, please visit their website.

Western Engineering has some great programs this spring. Check out their March newsletter.

Our city has so many opportunities to engage and connect. Some of the events that look interesting to us this month include the following:

Alone Against the North: An Evening With Explorer Adam Shoalts on March 3, 7-8:30;

Saturday Morning Walks - Fox Hollow or Harris Park

Original Kids Theatre Company's 'The Lion King Jr' and Godspell

March break programs offered by London Public Libraries

University of Waterloo's engineering outreach has programs for students grades 6-8 and grade 11 girls (stay in residence) this spring to explore engineering. Registration is now open.

If there are more opportunities you'd like to share, please leave them in the comments below.

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