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President's Message We hope you had a great Thanksgiving and want you to know we are so thankful for the kindness and support you show our community of families! In the hopes of relieving stress this holiday season rather than adding to it, we will be hosting an informal coffee meetup this month at Pilgrim Coffee instead of a daytime speaker meeting. Please note, we will meet on TUESDAY, DEC. 3RD and NOT on Friday at Hilltop. There is no formal topic but it would be great to swap gift ideas for our kids (that don't involve screens). Otherwise, feel free to share whatever is on your mind! I'm excited to announce that our January evening meeting topic will be Executive Functioning 2.0! On January 30th from 7-8:30 p.m. at Hilltop, Diane McLean, MEd, PCC will join us with a follow up to our hugely successful session last year and will focus on practical suggestions and tips on helping your child better manage their time. homework, and other responsibilities. Last session, she taught us a lot about the science behind why some kids (and adults) struggle so mightily in these areas and planted the seeds of ideas on how to manage them. This session, she will focus mainly on tangible takeaways you can try at home. As a reminder, this is a free event to those families signed up for Friends of BVPAGE. Otherwise, there will be a $5 entry fee. Click here to sign up for Friends of BVPAGE and attend ALL of our evening events for free plus earn other perks! Either way, these contributions will go a long way toward helping us secure more great speakers! Please mark your calendars for our upcoming Summer Opportunities Fair on February 6th at Hilltop. We are continuing to grow and refresh our camps again this year and it is not too late to suggest camps you love if you have any to share. This event is open to the whole community. I look forward to seeing you all for coffee today and wish you all very happy holidays! Amy Gallentine BVPAGE 2019-2020 President

Upcoming Meetings and Events

Unless otherwise noted, Daytime Meetings are the first Friday of the month from 11:30-1:00 at Hilltop Campus in Conference Room B (use north entrance). Feel free to bring your lunch! Please note that locations vary and event dates and locations are subject to change. Check BVPAGE.org for the most recent information.

Morning Coffee Meet Up December 3rd, 9a.m. at Pilgrim Coffee 12643 Metcalf Avenue (in the strip mall on the NE corner of 127th and Metcalf) We will be in the same room as last time near the counter. Executive Functioning 2.0 January 30th, 7pm-8:30pm, Hilltop Conference Center Join us for a follow up session with Diane McLean focused on tips and tricks to help your child better manage their time and responsibilities. February 4th - 9 am Morning Coffee February 6th - Summer Opportunities Fair, 7pm-8:30pm, Hilltop Conference Center March 6th - Daytime meeting, 11:30am-1pm, Hilltop Conference Center April 9th - Evening meeting, 7pm-8:30pm, Hilltop Conference Center May 5th - 9 am Morning Coffee


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President's Message Dear BVPAGE families, If this letter finds you in the midst of parent teacher conferences, we hope you are having productive and collaborative discussions with your kid(s)' teachers! Seems hard to believe we are almost finished with the first quarter! As a reminder, we DO NOT have a meeting at our usual time this Friday. Instead, we are hosting our first evening meeting of the year on Thursday, October 10th at 7 p.m. at the Hilltop Conference Center. Our speaker is Karen Jordan, a licensed psychologist in Overland Park who specializes in the assessment of gifted children. She will be focusing on tangible takeaways to help manage the wide variety of intensities and anxieties that many of our kiddos navigate on a daily basis. She will address questions like: "What tools can I give my child to navigate the swings between what feels like higher highs and lower lows than other kids?" You won't want to miss it! As part of our new meeting format, please note that our evening sessions now have a $5 fee, paid at the door in cash or check (please try to bring exact change if you can), to help us cover the cost of the facilities and professional speaker. However, PLEASE REMEMBER: This event is FREE to anyone who has joined Friends of BVPAGE or plans to do so before the 10th! It's not too late! Joining Friends of BVPAGE for a voluntary donation of $25 per family earns you free admission into all of our evening meetings for the year, free entry into Brain Blizzard for up to 2 children, and early enrollment in our summer robotics camps. A big THANK YOU to the nearly 30 families who have already joined! Click on the link here to learn more and sign up! In other news, if you were unable to attend our new, one-day SENG session at the end of September, fear not! The new format was well received and we hope to offer another session in the future. Stay tuned! Two other upcoming events to note: Don't forget to register for the annual KGTC conference on October 13th and 14th at K State in Manhattan, KS. There are always amazing speakers and break out sessions aimed at parenting gifted children. Go to KGTC.org for more information on signing up as well as other great resources! Four seats on the Blue Valley School Board are up for election on November 5th. The Blue Valley School Board makes decisions that affect all of our students, including how to use our tax dollars in the budget, setting class size limits, and hiring the superintendent. You can register to vote until October 15th. Click here to find out how. Please continue to give us your feedback or reach out with questions about any of our new changes. I look forward to seeing you at the meeting on October 10th! Amy Gallentine 2019-2020 BVPAGE President

Upcoming Meetings and Events

Unless otherwise noted, Daytime Meetings are the first Friday of the month from 11:30-1:00 at Hilltop Campus in Conference Room B (use north entrance). Feel free to bring your lunch! Please note that locations vary and event dates and locations are subject to change. Check BVPAGE.org or our Facebook group for the most recent information. Finding the Gray in a World of Black and White Friday, November 1st, 11:30 a.m.- 1 p.m. at Hilltop Conference Center Is it justice central at your home? Is there only right or wrong and no possibility of something in between? A group of Blue Valley school counselors from elementary, middle, and high schools will have tips on helping our kids see that the world isn't always black and white..They will also touch on other common hallmarks they see in gifted students and how they help them manage them in classroom and social settings.

Morning Coffee Meet Up December 3rd, 9 a.m. at Pilgrim Coffee 12643 Metcalf Avenue (in the strip mall on the NE corner of 127th and Metcalf) You decide the topics! Come and share whatever is on your mind... and maybe some ideas for holiday gifts as well! Save the Dates! January 30th - 7pm-8:30pm, evening meeting, Hilltop Conference Center February 4th - 9 am Morning Coffee February 6th - Summer Opportunities Fair, 7pm-8:30pm, Hilltop Conference Center March 6th - 11:30am-1pm, monthly meeting, Hilltop Conference Center April 9th - 7pm-8:30pm, evening meeting, Hilltop Conference Center May 5th - 9 am Morning Coffee


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