Batavia CANDO

Winter Wonder

"Call To Action" Update

Dear CANDO families,

Thank you to everyone who responded to CANDO's "Call to Action" regarding proposed changes to Gifted Services affecting Gifted and high-ability students at all education levels in BPS. Voicing your concerns to teachers and administrators took courage, but our shared concerns were heard.

As students returned to their classes, CANDO resumed dialogue with BPS administrators and other leaders in our educational community. I met with Amy Biancheri, President of the Batavia Education Association (teachers' union). Teachers are eager to work collaboratively with parents to help BPS design processes and procedures that: 1) properly identify gifted and high-ability students, 2) support educators through providing targeted professional development and needed instructional materials, 3) result in educational opportunities reflective of best practices, and 4) systematically evaluate the effectiveness of these collaborative efforts.

That same week, CANDO's Advocacy co-chairs, Jessica Kelly and Christy Magerkurth, and I also met with BPS 101 Superintendent Lisa Hichens and BPS Chief Academic Officer Brad Newkirk. Proposed changes to Gifted Services at the middle and high school levels had already been rolled out, even though a revised Gifted Handbook has not been completed. Dr. Hichens facilitated a discussion between CANDO and Gifted Services that should result in a return to the work of revising the Gifted Handbook, and re-open discussion of proposed changes to elementary-level Gifted Services ahead of the 2016-17 school year.

Again, thanks to all of you who reached out to educators and administrators in BPS and voiced our shared concerns. Please continue to build on the positive, collaborative efforts that have yielded so many of the opportunities that now benefit our gifted and high-ability students. And please join us at some of the upcoming CANDO events!

Warm regards,

Deb Grizzell, CANDO Chair

Chat with CANDO Exec. Board

Thursday, Feb. 4th, 9:30-11am

Panera Bread, West Wilson Street, Batavia, IL, United States

This is an open forum for all parents to share comments, questions and concerns regarding Gifted Services at BPS101. An update on the Handbook revision process will be shared. The update will also be available on the CANDO website, FB page and via email.

T.E.N (Twice Exceptional Network) Chats

Thursday, Feb. 11th, 7-8:30pm

Panera Bread, West Wilson Street, Batavia, IL, United States

CANDO is very interested in talking to parents of 2E students about issues they would like us to bring to the February Gifted Committee meeting discussion of 2E issues. The Gifted Committee meetings are joint meetings with BPS administators and CANDO Executive Board and School Liaisons. If you are unable to attend this CHAT and have issues that you'd like discussed, please email CANDO with your contact information and/or issues at, subject 2E issues.

Games Night

Monday, Feb. 1st, 6:30-8pm

Batavia Public Library, South Batavia Avenue, Batavia, IL, United States

CANDO invites ALL BPS101 families (K-12) to enjoy an evening of fun with friends while playing games! Games for all ages will be set up in the large conference room at the Batavia Public Library.

Do you have a favorite game to play that you'd like to share with others? Bring it to Family Game Night! Games of all types are welcome, including but not limited to cards, Twister, Pick-up-Sticks, Jacks, Scrabble etc. Parents will enjoy this time meeting other parents throughout the district.

Mark your calendar for the April 4th Games Night at BPL 6:30pm-8pm

EQ: Emotional Intelligence

Monday, March 21st, 7pm

Batavia Public Library, South Batavia Avenue, Batavia, IL, United States

Mark your calendar for this FREE seminar for all parents interested in learning more about emotional intelligence . More information will be posted on the CANDO FB page, website and email.

Introduction taken from the book Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child by John Gottman, Ph. D. with permission of the author. Copyright 1997 by John Gottman, all rights reserved.

Good parenting requires more than intellect. It touches a dimension of the personality that's been ignored in much of the advice dispensed to parents over the past thirty years. Good parenting involves emotion.

In the last decade or so, science has discovered a tremendous amount about the role emotions play in our lives. Researchers have found that even more than IQ, your emotional awareness and ability to handle feelings will determine your success and happiness in all walks of life, including family relationships. For parents, this quality of "emotional intelligence"-- as many now call it-- means being aware of your children's feelings, and being able to empathize, soothe, and guide them. For children, who learn most lessons about emotion from their parents, it includes the ability to control impulses, delay gratification, motivate themselves, read other people's social cues, and cope with life's ups and downs.

Exemplary Educator Awards

It's that time again to begin thinking about the exemplary educators in your student's life at BPS101!

The 3rd Annual Exemplary Educator Awards will be presented to BPS101 staff at the April 12 Board of Education meeting.

CANDO has chosen to recognize the efforts of educators who have embraced the opportunity to provide enriched and differentiated educational opportunities for the gifted and high-ability students in their classrooms. This type of learning environment challenges curious learners, engages their creativity, and is sensitive to their unique approach to life and learning.

The link for the online nominations will be available for parents and students by the middle of March.

Batavia CANDO

CANDO is a district-wide parent advocacy group in Batavia Public School District 101. CANDO focuses on advocacy, networking and development to support appropriate education for our district's gifted and high-ability student population.

We endorse a district wide learning plan for all students to reach their full learning potential.