March Newsletter

President's Message

Spring is almost here but it sure doesn't feel like it! We are crossing our fingers for no more snow because we have three great events coming up in the next week and we have been busy making them better than ever!

Here's the breakdown to help you keep track of the details:

This year's Summer Opportunities Fair is this Thursday, February 28th from 7-8:30 p.m. at Hilltop. We have grown even more since last year and have 15 NEW camps! Please help us spread the word!

Our monthly meeting is next day, Friday, March 1st from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., also at Hilltop. The topic is fostering friendship with gifted kids, which is always something that is on many parents' minds as we help our kids navigate how to connect with others.

Next weekend is also our annual Brain Blizzard on Sunday, March 3rd from 1:00-3:00 p.m. at Scheels. We are still in need of a few high school volunteers to help out. We will give community service hours for it! Please contact Lynn Hohman at if you know a student who can help!

Robotics Camp registration is open as well. Be sure to register early...only two weeks of camps this year!

We have even more fun events lined up for April so check out the details below and stay tuned!

Amy Gallentine,

2018-2019 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.

Summer Opportunities Fair Thursday, February 28th, 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Hilltop Conference Center We have a variety of new camps coming this year so don't miss this first look! Click the heading for more information. March Meeting - March 1st, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Fostering Friendships with Gifted Kids Hilltop Conference Center Room B Friendships can be tricky for anyone, but connecting with others is sometimes more challenging for gifted kids. Is your kid the bossy one? Super-introvert? Over-the-top passionate about one (and only one) topic? These traits often push potential friends away, without our kids understanding why. Counselors from around the district will be with us to discuss how to help our children forge solid friendships and avoid pitfalls. Brain Blizzard Sunday, March 3rd, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Scheels Training Center, Corbin Park (upstairs) This is always a fun event for gifted middle school kids to test their knowledge and earn great prizes! Click the heading for more information. Register your teams here:

Robotics Share Fair Friday, April 12th, 12:15 to 1:45 p.m. Blue Valley CAPS, 7501 W. 149th Terrace, Overland Park, KS 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. We are happy to say the Overland Park Bomb Squad will be back again this year to present their amazing robots. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! This is an easy, one-day commitment and we would love some volunteer help in both set up and tear down. Please visit the volunteer section of for more information. April Evening Meeting - Thursday, April 11, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Don't Ask Alexa, Siri, or Google - The Parent Panel Hilltop - NO DAYTIME MEETING THIS MONTH PARENTS of gifted children, it's YOUR turn! Last year, our kids got a chance to hear from high school and college students about their journey growing up gifted. This year, please join us for an evening of questions and answers, stories, adventures, and exploits from parents doing their best to raise gifted children. Our parent panelists will discuss their joys, challenges, successes, and strikeouts. This upbeat forum will allow you to talk with and ask questions of others who understand, have been there, and are still there - doing their best to be better parents! This a joint effort with Olathe Quest so we expect a great turnout! May Meeting - Friday, May 3rd

Gifted Resources, Year-End Wrap Up & Swap & Shop 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. District Office Campus, Commons, 15020 Metcalf Avenue, Administrative Entrance

BVPAGE Summer Robotics Camps

June 3-7 and June 10-14

Blue Valley Middle School Commons

5001 W 163rd Terrace, Stilwell, KS 66085

Session Dates/Times:

June 3-7 M-F, AM (9–12) - WeDo (Completed grades 1-3)

June 3-7 M-F, PM (1–4) - EV3 (Completed grades 4-7)

June 10-14, AM (9–12) - WeDo (Completed grades 1-3)

June 10-14, PM (1–4) - EV3 (Completed grades 4-7)

Half day camps are run by experienced instructors using WeDo (AM sessions for younger students) and EV3 (PM sessions for older students). Kids who have completed grades 1-3 can attend WeDo sessions and kids who have completed grades 4-7 can attend EV3 sessions.

Camp details, including which EV3 missions will be offered which weeks, is here! Camp registration is now open!

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

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!

SENG Spring Parent Groups Postponed until Fall. Please watch for more information about dates and locations for Fall 2019 closer toward the end of the year.

SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted) Groups are small, guided discussions for parents of gifted children. Each group meets with other parents and two trained facilitators for eight sessions, using Jim Webb's A Parent's Guide to Gifted Children as a starting point. Every attempt is made to have a morning and evening session, but this may change with enrollment.

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