Association for Bright Children

FEBRUARY - MARCH 2017

AWESOME EVENTS!

Monday, February 20: Join us at the Family Games Day event

Thursday, March 2: Exploring the Stars event @ Cronyn Observatory *FREE EVENT* -CANCELLED

Wednesday, March 22: Parent meeting @ Westmount Public Library *FREE EVENT*

Saturday, April 29: Cooking School event (parent discussion too) *SUBSIDIZED*

May: 4 Discovery Western workshop days!

June: 4 Discover Western workshop days!


See also: Dates below for the Special Education Advisory Committee meetings, where the needs of children with exceptionalities are discussed throughout the school year in TVDSB and LCDSB.

Family Day Board Game Event @ Centennial Hall

Monday, Feb. 20th, 10am-5pm

Centennial Hall, London, ON, Canada

London, ON

On February 20 (Family Day), there is an all-day board game event open to the public at Centennial Hall. The cost to participate is $5/individual or $10/family with in/out privileges throughout the event, which runs from 10:00-5:00.


There will be games available to play, board game demonstrations, volunteers to help families learn to play new games, and more. You can also bring your own favourite game to play if you wish.


Refreshments will be available if you wish to purchase something onsite. Parking will be available at Centennial Hall or you can use street parking. Centennial Hall is also accessible through the city's public transportation system.


This games day is great way for families members to connect and a great way to meet other families and have some fun! Let us know if you will be attending and we'll be sure to meet up!

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

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Parent Meeting @ Westmount Public Library

Wednesday, March 22nd, 7-8pm

4200 Wonderland Road South

London, ON

Discussion and support group for parents raising bright and gifted children. If there is a topic you would like to have addressed, please snd us an email. We are currently planning to discuss intensity in bright and gifted children.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Cooking School Event & Parent Meeting

Saturday, April 29th, 5-7pm

3040 Wonderland Road South

London, ON

We invite you to join us to cook up some fun in April. This subsidized event will engage children in preparing and enjoying their own three-course meal alongside other ABC children while parents take the opportunity to chat over their favourite beverage.


This event is open to all families, with priority registration given to those who are registered members of ABC (registered in 2016 - present). With ABC's subsidy of the event, the cost to participate is only $7/child.


This event is for children aged 6+ (parent supervision may be requested). Maximum participation is 25 children.


Please use the RSVP form below if you are a registered member of ABC Ontario and wish to be included in the contact list for this event. You will be given the first opportunity to register for this event. Registration is first-come, first-served.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Discovery Western Days with ABC London (May and June)

Last year, ABC London partnered with Discovery Western to offer two 2-day workshops to explore Lego Robotics. The events were met with great enthusiasm and interest - and we heard you!


This year, we have planned the following events for ABC families. They all run during the day (typically 9:30-3:00) and some parent volunteers will be required.


Wednesday, May 24 & Thursday, May 25: Lego Robotics 2-day workshop for ages 9+

Friday, May 26: Maker Workshop and Roller Coasters for ages 9+

Wednesday, May 31: Fundamentals of Flight and Chain Reactions for ages 6-9

Monday, June 5: Maker Workshop and Chain Reactions for ages 6-9

Tuesday, June 6: DNA workshop and Maker Workshop for ages 10+

Wednesday, June 7 and Thursday, June 8: Lego Robotics 2-day workshop for ages 9+



For descriptions of these workshops, you can visit: http://www.eng.uwo.ca/dw/workshops/workshop_descriptions.html


*Note that the grades listed on the DW site will not line up with the ages we have listed here. All workshops are limited to 16 participants and will fill quickly. We will give priority enrolment to registered members of ABC. Full details and registration instructions will be published in our April-May newsletter.*

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We've pointed you toward Hoagie's Gifted Education website in the past and if you haven't yet visited, we highly recommend that you take some time to do it this month. It is overflowing with useful information for bright and gifted children as well as their parents. The look is a bit dated but don't let that deter you!


This month, we'd like to suggest you visit Success Stories in Gifted Education. If ever you feel alone on your journey, need some inspiration or to read about times when parent advocacy works, this page is a great place to go. Parent stories explore such topics and gifted children with a second exceptionality, grade-skipping, part-time schooling, successful partnering with local schools, and early entrance to university.

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

Monday, March 6 @ 6:30, London Room, TVDSB Education Centre

Tuesday, April 4 @ 12:15, London Room, TVDSB Education Centre


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


LCDSB:

Tuesday, February 21 @ 6:00, LCDSB Education Centre

Tuesday, March 21 @ 6:00, LCDSB Education Centre

Tuesday, April 18 @ 6:00, LCDSB Education Centre


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

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