April Newsletter

President's Message

Spring is finally here and the end of the school year is fast approaching! We still have a few more awesome events planned before we break for the summer! PLEASE NOTE: We do NOT have a daytime meeting this month, instead we are hosting a evening event -- Don't Ask Alexa, Siri, or Google - The Parent Panel on Thursday April 11th. If you attended our student panel last year.. this year it's the adults turn! Come for an evening of questions and answers and swapping stories and strategies with a panel of parents who've "been there" raising gifted children. See below for more details! Another important note: We really need YOUR help as BVPAGE continues to grow. Please click on the link below and take a quick, 10-question survey to help us better support our families moving forward. That includes feedback on potentially changing the structure of how we organize and schedule our meetings. Click here for survey. In a BVPAGE first, one of the vendors at our Summer Opportunities Fair, YouthTech, Inc, has generously created a discount code to benefit our organization and save you money! When you sign up for their camps, just enter the code BVP10. You will automatically save $5 off your camp and another $10 will go to BVPAGE! Check out their camps at this link. Thank you, YouthTech! Speaking of summer, registration is now open for our Summer Robotics Camp. Please go to to check out the details and sign up. Remember, a large portion of the proceeds from this camp go toward funding our teacher grants each year so your kids get a double benefit...a super fun camp and new, fun additions to their gifted classrooms funded by BVPAGE! Stay tuned to see what the future holds for BVPAGE!

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.

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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