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Thank you to everyone who attended our evening meeting this past week focused on executive functioning skills! If you couldn't make it or want to review Diane McLean’s presentation, check out our website or Facebook page for the notes. There are some great tips in there for fostering better communication with your kids that helps lead to more effective strategies.

We have more events coming up quickly that you also won't want to miss. This Tuesday, we are hosting an informal meetup at 9 a.m. at Pilgrim Coffee. Come discuss what you learned from Diane or anything else on your mind! Please also mark you calendar for our annual Summer Opportunities Fair this Thursday, February 6th, from 7p.m. to 8:30p.m at Hilltop. We now have 41 camps different camps, programs, and classes booked, with 13 brand new ones this year! Feel free to bring your kids! Please see the flyer for more information


We are also very close to finalizing a location for our Summer Robotics Camps and we will be sending out an email with that registration information soon. Stay tuned!

We've gotten recent feedback on our Facebook page regarding concerns and confusion surrounding the new Standards Based Grading system in Blue Valley elementary schools. As a result, we've invited members of the Curriculum and Instruction Department to our March 6th daytime meeting so they can answer your questions directly. To help facilitate the discussion as efficiently as possible in the time we have with them, please go to the private BVPAGE Facebook page and submit your questions ahead of time. We have a dedicated thread for it and we welcome your comments! 

Registration is now open for this year's Brain Blizzard. It will be on Saturday, April 4th from 10 a.m. to noon at the Corbin Park Scheels training center and is open to 7th and 8th grade Blue Valley gifted students. Registration is $5 per child or free for up to two children if you are a Friend of BVPAGE. See flyer for more information and click here to register today!

We are excited to announce that we are partnering with START (Stand Together and Rethink Technology) for our evening meeting in April to discuss strategies on navigating the impact of technology on our kids and helping them more responsible digital citizens. They have a fantastic presentation filled with great discussion points and practical tips. The meeting is on April 9th at 7 p.m. at Hilltop. 

One final note: Thank you also to those who have donated at the door of our evening events this year or joined Friends of BVPAGE so we can secure more great speakers. We appreciate your support!

Amy Gallentine 2019-2020 BVPAGE President


Upcoming Events

Please note that locations vary and event dates and locations are subject to change. 


Morning Coffee Meet Up February 4th, 9 a.m. at Pilgrim Coffee 12643 Metcalf Avenue (in the strip mall on the NE corner of 127th and Metcalf)

Summer Opportunities Fair February 6th, 7pm-8:30 p.m, Hilltop Conference Center

Understanding the Elementary Report Card: Standards Based Grading Q&A March 6th - 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Hilltop Conference Center, Room B (north entrance) Learn more about Standards Based Grading and how it impacts gifted students with members of the Curriculum and Instruction Department. 

Brain Blizzard April 4th, 10 a.m.-noon, Scheels Training Center, 6503 W. 135th Street, Overland Park

Maintaining Sanity in a Tech-Saturated World April 9th - 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Hilltop Conference Center Join us for an evening with START (Stand Up and Rethink Technology) learning about screen time strategies and helping our kids become responsible technology users. 

Morning Coffee Meet Up May 5th, 9 a.m. at Pilgrim Coffee 12643 Metcalf Avenue (in the strip mall on the NE corner of 127th and Metcalf) Come chat about summer plans and share resources to keep our kids brains fed and happy! 


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We have a couple of updates for you:

  1. All of the Executive Skills information from last night is now posted in the Archive.

  2. We have made a change to our schedule for our March daytime meeting. The topic will now be Standards Based Grading in Elementary. Kelly Ott, Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction, and Jennifer Luzenkse, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, will be presenting.

Based on discussion in our Facebook group, we know that many of you have questions or comments about Standards Based Grading. If you would like to join the conversation and add to the questions to be addressed, please join the conversation here. If you would like to attend this meeting, please RSVP here. This is a free meeting and we want to make sure we have adequate space available.


We hope you all have a great weekend!

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