Get Involved

How to get involved

 

Getting involved with BVPAGE will give you access to a wealth of information and other parents who are or have been in your shoes - with kids aged elementary to high school, and even into college.  It's also a great opportunity to support our teachers and the BV Gifted Community.

Here are some ways you can get involved in BVPAGE.

 

General Membership

General membership is open to anyone who has a gifted child, in Blue Valley or in any other district.  Join our mailing list, subscribe to announcement updates, and join us on Facebook to get information about meetings.  To cover our costs and to allow us to grant money to gifted teachers, we do charge for some events. However, our coffee events and daytime meetings, along with several other events, are open to general members at no charge.

 

General members are also welcome at any of our other events, and we do accept one-time, per-event payments. For information about event costs, see the Calendar.  If you want easy access to everything we host, for a one time payment, read on to find out about Friends fo BVPAGE.

Friends of BVPAGE

 

Friends of BVPAGE is a voluntary way for you to contribute to our mission of supporting gifted families and teachers in our district. For a $25 annual donation, you will automatically receive free admission to our evening meetings, free entry for up to 2 kids to Brain Blizzard, and early enrollment opportunities for our summer robotics camp. The money you donate goes directly toward covering the costs of our events as well as the yearly grants we give to each gifted teacher in the district to use toward classroom needs.  

 

Please follow these steps to become a Friend of BVPAGE

1.   Complete this form to sign up.

2.  When prompted within the form, make your donation by sending a check to the BVPAGE Treasurer (information is in form) or via PayPal by using the Donate button below.  You are more than welcome to make any additional donations through our PayPal link or by check as well! 

 

 

Once we receive your completed form and donation, we will send you a confirmation email.

 

Please note: We will not share your information with anyone outside of BVPAGE. We are also NOT at 501c3 so your donation is not tax deductible.

 

Join Our Mailing List

 

Stay up to date on our latest meeting and events by subscribing to our monthly newsletter.

 

We are also active on Facebook and Twitter.  We have a closed Facebook group where you can talk with other parents between meetings.

Volunteer with BVPAGE

There are many ways to get involved in BVPAGE.  All of our members are welcome - and encouraged - to volunteer.  

Committees

Committees are a great place to start.  There are a variety of ways to help and a time commitment to fit almost any lifestyle. We even have some great volunteer opportunities for students!  Please contact the specific Committee Chair or be on the lookout for the sign up, if one is indicated.

 

Gifted Teachers Professional Learning Day Treats Committee

Summary:  BVPAGE provides refreshments and treats for all of the Gifted Education teachers in the district to enjoy during their Professional Development Day.  This includes breakfast type finger foods and drinks and afternoon snacks and drinks.  We coordinate with District; plan and purchase the food, drinks, and necessary serving items; create a small treat with a fun twist; set up the food in the early morning; and clean up/pick up the leftovers at the end of the day (if needed).

Date:  Usually the last day of Spring Break in March, when teachers are back in school, but students are not. This should generally be considered when volunteering for this committee.  

Location:  Varies

Committee Chair:  1 (President)

Plan, organize, and oversee the event.

Time Commitment:  Minimal

Committee Volunteers:  1-2

Assist with planning 2-4 weeks before event, and setup and cleanup the day of event.

Time Commitment:  Minimal 

 

Brain Blizzard Committee

Summary:  Brain Blizzard is BVPAGE’s Knowledge and Trivia Contest for Blue Valley 7th & 8th grade gifted students.  The contest was developed to allow the gifted kids from different middle schools to meet each other and to have fun seeing what they know.  The contest is held in February, when there are not too many competing activities.  The trivia questions come from a variety of sources and many may be recycled every other year so that they are not repeated for students who attend in both seventh grade and eighth grade.  There isn’t any big honor that comes with winning this contest, just bragging rights.

Date:  Saturday or Sunday in February or March, 10ish am – Noonish or 1-3 pm   

Location:  TBD - Scheel’s sporting goods for the first four years

Committee Co-Chairs:  2

Plan, organize, and oversee the event.  Choose the date, find the venue, arrange for snacks, develop the site (Google docs) for signing up, create flyer and distribute through District to middle school gifted teachers, find other volunteers to help during the contest, choose questions and confirm answers (if needed), find donations for goody bags and prizes, and make name tags.  Chairs have a notebook with historical information and important notes.

Time Commitment:  Moderate

Committee Volunteers:  2-3

Assist the Co-Chairs on the day of the event with scoring, snack management, setup, cleanup, and whatever else they need.

Time Commitment:  Minimal

Student Volunteers:  2-4 high school students 

Act as Graders, Runners, and Tech Support for the duration of the event.  The volunteers receive service hours.

Time Commitment:  Very Minimal - day of event.

Summer Opportunities Fair Committee

Summary:  Summer Opportunities Fair connects vendors offering gifted and high ability summer camps and programs with students and families in a single location. Families drop in to visit with vendors and get information about offerings.

Date:  First or second Tuesday in February

Location:  Hilltop Campus

Committee Chair or Co-Chairs:  1-2

Plan, organize, and oversee the event.

Co-Chair Commitment Time:  Moderate, but over eight months

Committee Volunteers:  3-4

Attend and participate in committee meetings (usually only 1 or 2); proofread and give feedback on vendor and attendee invitations in a timely manner; suggest and research possible vendors; assist with distributing invitations through personal contacts and social media, assist with obtaining items needed for event (i.e. balloons, bottled water), staff the event as greeters, assist with setup and cleanup of event, attend the follow-up committee meeting to celebrate and make notes for next year. (This is not a demanding job for committee members. Most of our work is done by email. The most intensive work for committee members is at the event itself, but we divide up the tasks so no one has to do it all.) 

Time Commitment:  Minimal to moderate, but over eight months

Student Volunteers:  2 high school students

Help at the event with setup and greeting. The volunteers receive service hours.​

Time Commitment:  Very Minimal - one evening

District Robotics Share Fair Committee

Summary:  Blue Valley 5th grade gifted classes meet in one large group to run their robots through a variety of challenges. Kids get to know each other before middle school and have the chance to pit their robots against one another. The Overland Park Bomb Squad and the CAPS Robotics Team demonstrate their robots.  The kids LOVE it! BVPAGE provides a Team photo to each team member as a memento of the occasion.

Date:  TBD mid to late April (school day) 12:30 pm –1:45 pm    

Location:  Center for Advanced Professional Studies

Committee Chair:  1

Plan, organize, and oversee the event.

Time Commitment:  Minimal to Moderate

Committee Volunteers:  4-5

Attend the event and help with setup before and cleanup after, as well as loading some slightly heavy, but mostly awkward, equipment. 

Time Commitment:  Very Minimal - one day

Photography Volunteer:  1 

Takes pictures of teams the day of the event and promptly touches up pictures (red eye), prepares for 8x10 printing, and provides files to BVPAGE.

Time Commitment:  Minimal - one day plus photo editing

Summer Robotics Camps Committee

Summary:  BVPAGE Summer Robotics Camps allow BVPAGE to provide monetary grants to Gifted Teachers for classroom/student needs outside of their allotted budget. The camps are run by experienced instructors using EV3 Lego Robots and are offered for two or three weeks in June or July. Kids who have completed grades 1-3 can attend WeDo and kids who have completed grades 4-7 can attend EV3. Sessions vary year to year, week to week, and morning to afternoon.  Each camp is five half-days, Monday - Friday. Each week will have an AM and a PM session, with four to six sessions total available. 

Date:  June or July, for two or three consecutive weeks, AM Session:  9–12, PM Session: 1–4

Location:  TBD

Committee Chair:  1 (or 2)

Plan, organize, and oversee the event.  Work with Camp Teachers and District to determine dates and locations, arrange for snacks, develop the site (Google docs) for signing up, create flyer and distribute through District to middle school gifted teachers, manage EventBrite registration, secure adult and student volunteers to help during the events, make name tags, and help with setup and teardown of camps.  Assist Teachers and Camp Assistant with whatever they need.  

Time Commitment:  Moderate to High - January through June or July

Committee Volunteers:  4-5

Assist Chair in organizing the event and attend as needed.

Time Commitment:  Minimal to Moderate

Photography Volunteer:  1 

Takes pictures of kids each Friday of the week during the Showcase event, promptly touches up pictures to remove names and kids who aren't to be photographed, and provides files to BVPAGE.

Time Commitment:  Minimal to Moderate - two sessions per week of camp plus photo editing.

Student Volunteers:  Number varies. Must be high school gifted student.

High school gifted students are needed to help the camp students in various ways as determined by the camp instructors. No prior robotics experience is required, but volunteers should be able to be patient with younger kids. Student Volunteers who are currently in 9-12th grades at the time of sign up will be accepted. You must have your own transportation. Volunteer duties may include, but not be limited to, helping students with building and programming, helping instructors with events and challenges, monitoring students during snack and at arrival and dismissal time.  

Volunteer registration information and links will be sent to gifted high school teachers after Spring Break. Students should check in with their high school gifted teacher to indicate interest in this opportunity. 

Time Commitment:  Varies.  Can do AM and/or PM slots, multiple days, etc.​

Board & Leadership Positions

Feeling brave?  Consider taking on a more active position!  We are a fully volunteer organization and we are always looking for people who want to be more involved.  

 

Our board is typically comprised of the following, but positions and titles change as needed.

Executive Board

President*

Vice President*

Treasurer*

Secretary*

General Board

Membership Chair

PR/Marketing Chair

Social Media and Website Chair
Brain Blizzard Chair/Co-Chairs  

Summer Opportunities Fair Chair

Robotics Share Fair Chair

Summer Robotics Camps Co-Chair

Outreach Coordinator

Advisory Members (up to 3, chosen by the Executive Board as needed)

While not necessarily voting board members, these specialized leadership positions can be in conjunction with a board position or stand-alone. 

 

SENG Liaison

Special Education Advisory Council (SEAC) Liaison

BV2E Liasion

Contact us if you have any interest!

Blue Valley Parent Advocates for Gifted Education