2019-2020 Calendar of Meetings & Events

Take note:

 

Be sure to check dates and times carefully, as our meeting format has changed!  Please note that our evening sessions now have a $5 fee for general members, 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. There is no charge for anyone who is a Friend of BVPAGE.  

 

If the meeting is at Hilltop, we recommend wearing layers.  The temperature fluctuates significantly.

Please note that locations vary and event dates and locations are subject to change.  This will always be the the most updated information.  To receive updates when information is posted, subscribe to the BVPAGE feed.

 

Meeting Minutes and all presentation/hand out materials will be published on the Meeting Archive page whenever possible. 

2019-2020 BVPAGE Events:

 

August

 

Grant Delivery to Gifted Teachers

Tuesday, August 13th

BVPAGE presents Grant Checks to Gifted Teachers at their gathering at the beginning of the year. Grants are made possible with funds from the Summer Robotics Camps. Teachers are allowed to spend the money for anything for students in their classroom that is outside of their budget or carry over one year to buy something bigger for their classroom.  It's our favorite time of the year!

BVPAGE Morning Coffee Meet Up
Friday, August 23rd - 9:00 a.m.

Pilgrim Coffee
12643 Metcalf Avenue (in the strip mall on the NE corner of 127th and Metcalf). We have reserved their semi private room. 
Informal Topics: New to the Blue Valley School District or the gifted program?  Think your kid is gifted and not sure what to do next?  Have questions about the changes to BVPAGE this year?  Join us for our first morning coffee chat!

September

 

BVPAGE Daytime Meeting

SENG preview and sneak peak at our new, one-day format!
Friday, September 6th - 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 

Hilltop Campus, Conference Room B (Northwest entrance near Rec Center)

7700 W 143rd Street, OP, KS 66223

Topic:  Join us for a discussion of the upcoming SENG seminar and see what the hype is all about! Our new format is going to be great for both new parents and those looking for a refresher as their kids continue to grow and change.

SENG Accelerated! Parent Group 

Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 

JOCO Blue Valley Library Meeting Room

9000 W 151st Street, Overland Park, KS 66221 

Fee:  $40, collected the day of the event.

BVPAGE presents a one-day accelerated SENG (Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted) Model Parent Group. Trained SENG facilitators will introduce and explore topics from James T. Webb’s book, A Parent’s Guide to Gifted Children. It will be helpful (but not necessary) to read the book in advance. The book is available from Great Potential Press, Amazon or at the JOCO Library. Groups of parents will exchange ideas and experiences in a confidential and supportive environment. Space is limited, so register early! Questions? Contact us at BVPAGE.SENG@gmail.com

 

October            

BVPAGE Evening Meeting ($5 fee for general members, no fee for Friends of BVPAGE

Intensities and Anxieties

Karen Jordan, a licensed psychologist in Overland Park who specializes in the assessment of gifted children, 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?"

Thursday, October 10th - 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Hilltop Campus, Conference Room A (Northwest entrance near Rec Center)

7700 W 143rd Street, OP, KS 66223

 

​KGTC 2019 Annual Conference

Sunday October 13, 9:30 a.m. – Monday, October 14, 4:00 PM

K-State Alumni Center

1720 Anderson Ave

Manhattan, KS 66502

Kansas Association for Gifted, Talented and Creative is a not-for-profit advocacy group in the state of Kansas dedicated to promoting identified gifted and other high achieving students. Information about the conference and registration is located here.

 

November 

 

BVPAGE Daytime Meeting

Finding the Gray in a World of Black and White

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. Friday, November 1st - 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Hilltop Campus, Conference Room B (Northwest entrance near Rec Center)

7700 W 143rd Street, OP, KS 66223

December

 

BVPAGE Morning Coffee Meet Up

You decide the topics! Come and share whatever is on your mind... and maybe some ideas for holiday gifts as well! 

Tuesday, December 3rd - 9:00 a.m., Pilgrim Coffee

12643 Metcalf Avenue (in the strip mall on the NE corner of 127th and Metcalf)

January

BVPAGE Evening Meeting ($5 fee for general members, no fee for Friends of BVPAGE

Executive Skills Part II - Practical Strategies with Diane McLean

Thursday, January 30th - 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Hilltop Campus, Conference Room A (Northwest entrance near Rec Center)

7700 W 143rd Street, OP, KS 66223

 

February

 

BVPAGE Morning Coffee Meet Up

Tuesday, February 4th - 9:00 a.m., Pilgrim Coffee

12643 Metcalf Avenue (in the strip mall on the NE corner of 127th and Metcalf)


BVPAGE Summer Opportunities Fair

Thursday, February 6th - 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.  Open house format.

Hilltop Campus, Conference Room B (Northwest entrance near Rec Center)

7700 W 143rd Street, OP, KS 66223

BVPAGE connects vendors offering gifted and high ability summer camps and programs with students and families in a single location. Drop in to visit with vendors and get information about offerings. To find out more about volunteering, visit the Volunteer section of BVPAGE.org.  To suggest a vendor, contact the Summer Opportunities Chair.   

March

 

BVPAGE Daytime Meeting

Understanding the Elementary Report Card: Standards Based Grading Q&A

Learn more about Standards Based Grading and how it impacts gifted students with Kelly Ott, Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction, and Jennifer Luzenkse, Director of Curriculum and Instruction

Please RSVP here.

Friday, March 6th - 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Hilltop Campus, Conference Room B (Northwest entrance near Rec Center)

7700 W 143rd Street, OP, KS 66223

April
 

BVPAGE Brain Blizzard Trivia Contest ($5 fee/child for general members, two kids free for Friends of BVPAGE)

Saturday, April 4th, 10:00 AM – Noon

Scheels Training Center

6503 W. 135th Street, Overland Park, KS

Brain Blizzard is BVPAGE’s Knowledge and Trivia Contest for Blue Valley 7th & 8th grade gifted students. Kids get to know each other before high school and bragging rights are awarded to the winners. Teams and individuals welcome. To find out more about volunteering, visit our Volunteer page. Visit the camp registration link under Items of Note on Events and Announcements page for details and to register.

BVPAGE Evening Meeting ($5 fee for general members, no fee for Friends of BVPAGE)

Maintaining Sanity in a Tech-Saturated World

Join us for an evening with START (Stand Up and Rethink Technology) to learn about screen time strategies and helping our kids become responsible technology users. 

Thursday, April 9th - 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Hilltop Campus, Conference Room A (Northwest entrance near Rec Center)

7700 W 143rd Street, OP, KS 66223

May

 

BVPAGE Morning Coffee Meet Up

Tuesday, May 5th - 9:00 a.m., location TBD

June

 

BVPAGE Summer Robotics Camps

June 8 - 12, June 22 - 26

Aubry Bend Middle School 

12501 W 175th St, Overland Park, KS 66221

 

Camp       Session Time                           2019-2020 Grade Level

WeDo      AM Session:  9 am - 12 pm      1st, 2nd, & 3rd

EV3          PM Session:  1 pm - 4 pm        4th, 5th, 6th, & 7th

Half day camps are run by LEGO education trained, experienced, retired teacher instructors. Gifted IEP is not required, but material is geared to high ability learners. WeDo does not change week to week, but EV3 can be taken both weeks and students can choose to focus on different challenges. Visit the camp registration link under Items of Note on Events and Announcements page for details and to register. Contact bvpage.robotics@gmail.com for questions not answered at the camp details link. 

 

Camp registration will open by mid-February and will be announced to Friends of BVPAGE first, and then on our website, Facebook, Twitter, and by email to all members. If you aren't on our mailing list, subscribe now.

 

There are also volunteer opportunities for high school students to help at camps. Volunteer registration information for high school students will be sent through high school gifted teachers shortly after Spring Break.  To find out more about what volunteering entails, visit the Volunteer section of BVPAGE.org.

Participation in BVPAGE Summer Robotics Camps allows BVPAGE to provide monetary grants to Gifted Teachers for classroom/student needs outside of their allotted budgets.  Thanks for your support!

Blue Valley Parent Advocates for Gifted Education