Association for Bright Children

DECEMBER 2016 - JANUARY 2017

We're so happy to have you in our community! We know that raising your child and advocating for his or her needs can be a real challenge and we're glad that you know you are not alone. The Ministry of Education recognizes that gifted children of all ages and abilities deserve to be supported so that they may reach their potential. Connect with us at a parent meeting or during an enrichment event to celebrate your successes or for information and guidance to help you advocate for your child.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

Saturday, December 3: Parent Meeting @ Westmount Public Library

Saturday, December 3: Book and Games Day at Westmount Public Library

Wednesday, December 7: TVDSB event for gifted grade 8 students (see flyer below)

Tuesday, January 10: TVDSB SEAC meeting @ TVDSB Education Centre

Saturday, January 14, 21, 28 & February 4: ABC London enrichment events and parent meetings/presentations

Tuesday, January 17: LCDSB SEAC meeting @ LDCSB Education Centre

Saturday, February 25 (or Sunday 26): Games Day @ Cardboard Cafe

Thursday, March 2: Exploring the Stars event @ Cronyn Observatory

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Winter Classes (January 14 - February 4)

Saturday, Jan. 14th 2017 at 1pm

3200 Wonderland Road South

London, ON

Thinking about holiday gifts that keep giving? Treat your child to a series of enrichment classes this winter, where they will have the opportunity to learn at their pace and level and meet more like-minded peers.


This winter we are excited to bring you experts in the fields of science, fine art, and yoga to stimulate the minds of children ages 6-15. The full details are available on our website at http://www.abclondon.ca/register-for-an-event.html. As always, spaces are limited to promote quality instruction and interaction, so be sure to register for the classes your child wants right away.

Games Day (plus Book and Games Exchange)

Saturday, Dec. 3rd, 3:30pm

3200 Wonderland Road South

London, ON

Join us on Saturday, December 3 at Westmount Public Library for a book and games exchange. The idea is simple: bring a book* you have enjoyed that you would recommend to another avid reader. Leave it on our exchange table and take a book home that you are interested in reading.

If your family has board games at home that you have enjoyed but would like to swap, you can bring those and leave them on our exchange table too!

During the exchange, we encourage you to take a newly acquired board game and invite a friend to play in the common areas of the library. If you'd prefer, you can also bring a favourite game from home to share with some friends for an hour. We'll bring some games too. It's going to be fun!


RSVP on our website for your free ticket.

*You can bring as many books and games as you would like and you can take one book or game for every one you bring.

ABC LONDON CELEBRATES SUCCESS!

When you participate in an ABC event, group, or class, you'll be sure to find people like you, something that isn't always easy for gifted children. Making friends, having a great time, and exploring new ideas is par for the course with ABC London.


So far this year, we've hosted two First Lego League Junior teams of kids 6-7 and 8-10, who received the Rising Stars and Inquiring Minds awards along with their Junior Engineer medals at a recent expo.


We've also hosted First Lego League for kids 9-13 for the first time this year, and are proud to share that this team won the Robot Performance Award at the regional tournament held in London on November 26.


In October and November, we hosted art classes for kids 5-7 and 8-10 and a number of other events including Pokemon Go! and science for kids 6-14. All of this in just three months thanks to the volunteers and teachers who make ABC events possible.


Our last event of 2016 is an open event on December 3 - Book and Games Day @ Westmount Public Library. Visit our website to register and take advantage of the many opportunities organized by ABC for you and your children to connect with the bright and gifted community in London.

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SLACK: ABC's way to talk about what matters to you

if you are already using Slack, you know that it's an easy way to share ideas and resources. It's also a handy way to ask other parents for advice, to get input as you advocate for your child, and to share in a private group things you might not say in a public forum.


To join, open this link, enter your email, and you'll get an invitation sent to your inbox:
https://abclondon.stamplayapp.com/


You can join the group chat or message individuals privately - this way no one else can see what you write. You can also share documents, useful links, and all kinds of material.


We'll be using Slack most often as we move forward to enrich the conversations between ABC London members. Between this newsletter and the next one (due February 1), we'll be on Slack with other news, events, and discussion topics. Join us there.

ABC London Parent Meeting

Saturday, Dec. 3rd, 3:30-5pm

3200 Wonderland Road South

London, ON

Join other parents of bright and gifted children and experienced members of ABC London's board to share your experiences and learn from other parents living your reality. The focus of this meeting will be sharing resources parents have found helpful to them on their journey so far.


Register for this free event at abclondon.ca.

SEAC Meetings / Contact Your Rep

TVDSB and LCDSB hold meetings throughout the year to receive community input on the development and implementation of special education plans and policies. ABC Ontario is the only recognized group that sits on the Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC), required by all school boards, to represent the needs of gifted learners. Below are the upcoming public meeting dates and times as well as the contact information for the SEAC representative in each board. Please contact them if you have any questions or concerns about your school-aged child's needs.


Your child does not need to have been already identified as gifted in order for you to get advice and support.


TVDSB:

Tuesday, January 10 @ 12:15 - 3:00, London Room, TVDSB Education Centre

Tuesday, February 7 @ 12:15 - 3:00, London Room, TVDSB Education Centre


Representatives: Christine Thammavongsa (thammavo@execulink.com) and Shachar Weis (shacharweis@gmail.com)


LCDSB:

Tuesday, December 20 @ 6:00-8:30, LCDSB Education Centre

Tuesday, January 17 @ 6:00-8:30, LCDSB Education Centre

Tuesday, February 21 @ 6:00-8:30, LCDSB Education Centre


Representative: Kathleen Keane (keane.kathleen.f@gmail.com)

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Recommended Reading

In each newsletter, we like to include something that we have read that we think is valuable enough to pass along to all parents of ABC London. You can search past newsletters here, or see what we post regularly on Facebook here.


In this newsletter, we'd like to offer you Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnosis of Gifted Children and Adults.


From the publisher:


Gifted children and adults are being misdiagnosed and given medication for disorders they don’t have. This book is your guide to help prevent that. Some of our brightest, most creative children and adults are misdiagnosed as having behavioral or emotional disorders such as ADD/ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, or Asperger’s Disorder. Many receive unneeded medications and/or inappropriate counseling. How can this happen? Many physicians, psychologists, and counselors are unaware of characteristics of gifted children and adults that mimic pathological diagnoses. Six prominent healthcare professionals describe ways in which parents and professionals can distinguish between behaviors that are pathological and those that are “normal” for gifted individuals.

Topics include:

  • Diagnoses most commonly given to gifted children and adults
  • Traits of diagnoses incorrectly given to gifted children and adults
  • Parent–child relationship problems
  • Issues for gifted adults
  • Advice for selecting a counselor or healthcare professional


This book is available through Great Potential Press, and Amazon.ca.

TVDSB Navig8 Event

Wednesday, Dec. 7th, 6-7:30pm

1250 Dundas Street

London, ON

**This is an event organized by TVDSB for students in grade 8 who have been identified as gifted.**

This event has been designed to bring together elementary gifted learners and their parents/guardians to learn about enrichment programs and services offered at the secondary level. Students will also have the opportunity to plan out various pathways and courses of interest prior to registering for their respective secondary schools.

At this event they will have the elementary gifted itinerant teachers, parents/guardians, and fellow peers who will all be transitioning into secondary next year. Please do ensure you bring a writing utensil for planning!

Please RSVP for this event using this brief Google survey: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdj9KOubkO8zj-VpNkxuy28c2kUwBIxJR-ADzn4ty1Jt2yjxA/viewform
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CONNECT WITH US!

Do you have a question about your child? Looking for advice or support as you raise your child and navigate their education? Are you an educator with an interest in gifted children and want to learn more? Connect with us!


Slack: abc-london.slack.com