BCGT March 2019 Newsletter

New site with member only features, support for 2e; & more!

Check out our new website and sign up for an account to view our member forum and news!

We are finally ready to launch our new website! The address is the same at, but the look and feel are completely different! New features include online membership signup, integrated registration of events (including payment for non-members), member only forum and news, and a more modern feel. With the Wix app, you can post and respond to topics on the forum, be part of member groups, see a member directory and message other members. We hope people will find this site more engaging and appealing.

It’s easy to sign up to be a member and to set up an account. Once you submit your account request (click log in at the upper right hand corner of the BCGT website), we will approve it after we confirm your membership. Then you will be able to log in and start online discussions and more!

Once your account is confirmed, please download the Wix app. Instructions to join the BCGT community using the app can be found by logging into our website using your membership login, under Member Info. By joining the BCGT community using the app, you can join groups and chat with other members.

Please contact us at with any questions. We thank you for your support!

Summer Showcase and Science Night with Mr. Freeze

Thank you to all those who helped make both Summer Showcase and Science Night a success! Special thanks to Summer Showcase co-chairs, Amanda Schrof and Pam DeLeon, and to Science Night chair, Michele Farr, and volunteers, Doris Romans and Tiffany Asta.

Members can see photos and videos of Science Night under member news (once you sign up and are approved).

For anyone interested, you can check out Summer Showcase vendor information on our Resources for Families page on our website (can’t link to until we transfer the domain over).

Parent University: Mindfulness Is...

Date & Time: Wed, March 13, 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Location: Barrington High School, CRC (front doors, turn left, first door on left)

Description: Barrington 220 parents are invited to this Parent University titled, Mindfulnees Is..., featuring a presentation by Hough Street School teacher, Eleni Keller. Is your family stressed? Learn how to bring mindfulness into your family: how to help your family slow down, build focus, be present and express gratitude while taking care of your body and mind. What a powerful tool for parents and children to learn and implement! Come to find out how to incorporate these mindful routines into your daily schedule. Click here to RVSP.

Parent University: Living with Asynchrony—Tips and Tools

Date & Time: Tue, April 9, 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Location: Barrington High School, CRC (front doors, turn left, first door on left)

Description: Barrington 220 parents are invited to this Parent University titled, Living with Asynchrony—Tips and Tools, featuring a presentation by Dr. Michele Kane from Northeastern University. Asynchrony is the term used to acknowledge uneven development between cognitive, emotional, and physical attributes of gifted children. "Gifted children often have significant variations within themselves and develop unevenly across skill levels. For example, a gifted child may be excellent in math, but poor in reading--or vice versa. Often, intellectual skills are quite advanced, but fine motor or social skills are lagging" (NAGC, 2019). Dr. Michele Kane will help to explain the developmental variance of our most advanced learners. Join us! Click here to RSVP.

PTO Presidents Council Candidate Forum on 3/13

It’s important to have board members that represent your voice as a parent and member of the community

All the candidates running for the Board of Education for our district will be attending the PTO Presidents Council candidate panelist session on 3/13/19 at 9:30am at the Barrington Area Library. Come get to know the candidates better, and if you cannot attend, please check out each of the candidates below before voting on 4/2/19. For more information on the referendum, please check out:

Don’t forget to vote on 4/2! The last day to register to vote by mail is 3/28/19.

Board of Education Candidates:

Dr. Barry Altshuler

Eva Cole

Leah Collister-Lazzari

Matthew Gray

Angela Wilcox

BCGT April 2019 Board Meeting

Tuesday, April 2nd, 6:30pm

505 North Northwest Highway

Barrington, IL

Come join us at our April board meeting. All are welcome.

We will be meeting in Meeting Room B.

BCGT Parents and Kids Night with Guest Speaker Georgia Nelson

Thursday, May 2nd, 6:30pm

505 North Northwest Highway

Barrington, IL

Please come join us for our first Parents and Kids Night with guest speaker Georgia Nelson, who is one of the ESC teachers, while the kids have fun playing games next door.

You are welcome to come early and join our board meeting, which will be from 6:30-7pm that night.

To register, please visit

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AFFECT Board Meeting

Thursday, March 14th, 9am

150 South Lageshulte Street

Barrington, IL

AFFECT stands for Amazing Family Friends and Educators Coming Together. We are a community group championing to support the social, emotional and academic needs of children with unique needs, including 2e students, who may or may not have a 504 or IEP.

Our board meeting is on 3/14 at 9am at the Barrington Campus Life Center. We will be discussing our new expanded mission and vision. Beth Jones, assistant superintendent of Student Services, will be presenting an update as well. We hope you can join us as our board meetings are open to all. Please visit for more information.

AFFECT Parents and Kids Session on Executive Functioning and Emotional Regulation

Monday, May 20th, 6:30pm

505 North Northwest Highway

Barrington, IL

This is an event hosted by AFFECT (Amazing Family Friends and Educators Coming Together).

Jarrett Wolske MS, OTR/L, will be our guest speaker presenting to parents and caretakers on tips to help with executive functioning, sensory diets, zones of regulation and grounding techniques. All are welcome and there will be a limited number of children allowed, but registration is required. This event is free for AFFECT members, and $10/family for non-members. You can register at

Barrington Council for the Gifted and Talented