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CGCC Events Calendar



Members, see our Area Events Calendar for community events happening throughout Chicagoland.
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Upcoming events

    • January 25, 2019
    • May 03, 2019
    • 14 sessions
    • Central United Methodist Church, 8237 Kenton, Skokie
    Registration is closed

    LOGYC, Learning Opportunities for Gifted Youth, is a place where children can learn among other gifted children and have the opportunity to work at ability level versus being age restricted. At LOGYC, children can feel accepted for who they are, without having to hide their strengths or weaknesses. They don't need to underachieve to conform or feel isolated in feeling "not normal." They receive support for oversensitivities and integrating into a group learning environment.


    This unique community is a safe space to be gifted and to connect with like-minded peers, for students and parents alike.


    Registering for the co-op allows you to register for our many fabulous classes - check them out! 


    Many of our classes have flexible age ranges, as gifted kids often have asynchronistic development. If you have any questions about class details, whether a class would be appropriate for your kid[s], or the coop in general, please email us at logyc@chicagogiftedcommunity.org.


    • March 25, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Warren Newport Public Library, Meeting Room B, 224 O'Plaine Rd, Gurnee, IL 60031
    Register

    Learn About Illinois' Accelerated Placement Act and Possibilities for Your Student


    Under the new Accelerated Placement Act, all Illinois public school districts must now have equitable policies in place that allow for early entrance to kindergarten and first grade, subject-based acceleration, and full-grade acceleration for eligible students. What does this new law mean for families with high-ability students in Illinois? Hear the latest updates regarding implementation of the legislation and learn how parents can use this law to work with schools to improve the education of their children.


    Joshua Dwyer is the Policy Director for Empower Illinois. As Policy Director, he identifies problems with the education system, writes bills to address those problems, and advocates for them to become law. Four bills he has written have become law - a teacher tax credit for out-of-pocket expenses, a tax credit for donations to scholarship granting organizations, a bill that requires school districts to use best-practices when identifying gifted students, and Ithe Illinois Accerlerated Placement Act, the bill that we will be talking about tonight.


    For more information about the Illinois Accelerated Placement Act: https://www.iagcgifted.org/IL-Acceleration-Act


    For questions regarding this meeting, please contact

    AnnMarieTate@chicagogiftedcommunity.org

    • March 26, 2019
    • 7:00 PM
    • South Side TBD, Chicago
    Register

    South Side Gifted 

    Parent Supper


    Restaurant not yet determined 

    Have a favorite place on the south side? Let us know!




    We will meet for an informal dinner to share stories and to provide support for raising gifted children. These suppers will generally be scheduled for the fourth Tuesday of each month.  


    This event is "free" as everyone will pay their own bill at the end of the evening. Please register so that we can make the proper table arrangements. 


    These Suppers are a great way to meet other parents in your area. If you are interested in helping put together a Supper in your area, please contact Newenka 


    • March 27, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • 6575 N. Avondale, Chicago
    Register

    9:00am-10:00am ages 4-7

    10:30am-11:30am ages 8-16

    Cost: NONE


    4-7 = 10 Children 10 adults (adults will need to stand)

    8-16 = 10 Children 10 adults (adults will need to stand)


    Adults must stay with child[ren]


    Ages 4-7 outline:

    30 minutes with business owner, Jack Arnold talking to students about different aspects of the electrical construction industry. Includes different career opportunities, safety equipment show and tell, tool show and tell during 30 min. plus  Q&A. 

    2nd half of the hour will be hands on experiments with wiring in circuits, measuring voltages, testing continuity on various materials. All experiments are safe with DC batteries. 

    Ages 8-16 Outline:

    30 minutes with business owner, Jack Arnold talking to students about different aspects of the electrical construction industry. Career opportunities will be discussed. A more in depth look at how our business is ran opposed to other sectors in the industry.  Plus Q&A

    2nd half of the hour will be a lab in our warehouse where the students will be able to pull wire, bend pipe, and measure voltage and test outlets.  Students should expect to have fun. The young ones should have a blast wiring in circuits and learning all the different types of electrical work to be done out in the real world. The older students should leave with a new perspective on the electrical construction industry and hopefully leave wanting to search out other skilled trades to find what opportunities are available as the near entering the work force.  Students can come with questions pertaining to business, career, technician, troubleshooting, installations, anything really, they might have about the electrical construction industry.


    • March 31, 2019
    • Various
    Register


    I get it - CGCC is a member run organization and since I am a member, I would like to help.  Sign Me Up! 


    Please register as a way to let us know what you might like to assist with.  Thank you! 



    • April 01, 2019
    • August 26, 2019
    • 21 sessions
    • Central Park (9350 Central Park Avenue, Skokie)
    Register

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    Let's get out and play!

    Join us for a couple of hours

    of all-ages outdoor fun.




    We will rotate parks, trying a new one every month.

    April: Central Park, 9350 Central Park Avenue, Skokie

    May: Timber Ridge Park, 9040 Lawndale Ave, Skokie

    June: Lovelace Park, Gross Point Rd & Thayer St, Evanston

    July: Devonshire Park, 4422 Greenwood St, Skokie

    August: Gross Point Park, 9100 Gross Point Rd, Skokie


    Please sign up so that we can notify you when the location changes and if there are any weather-related cancellations. (In case of inclement weather, we'll meet for board games at the Skokie Public Library Youth Services.) See you there!


    (When you sign up, it'll show that you signed up for all 21 events. This is so you don't have to sign up every week, but do not worry that you have to make every date...feel free to attend whichever ones you like.)







    • April 02, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Vine Academy, 125 South Vine, Hinsdale (second floor)
    • 35
    Register






    Intensity, Perfectionism, Stress and Idealism



    Join us for a roundtable for parents of gifted children on the first Tuesday of most months this school year. The discussions will loosely follow the book: A Parent’s Guide to Gifted Children by Webb, et. al.   


    Due to the January cancelation, this month we will discuss the intensity, perfectionism, stress and Idealism.  Giftedness is often accompanied by many intensities, and these intensities can lead to other challenges.  Let's explore some of those!  


    Those following along in the book might like to read chapters 6 and 7.  


    First Tuesdays is facilitated by Kathy Nilles and Newenka DuMont.  Kathy is the mother of a gifted son, has a masters in gifted education and is the manager of  Parent Services for the National Association for Gifted Children.  Newenka is the parent of two gifted daughters, the president of the Chicago Gifted Community Center, on the board of the Illinois Association for Gifted Children and a master SENG Parent Group facilitator.  


    The member fee for First Tuesdays is $3 per session. Non-members pay $ 6 per session.  Membership is $25 annually, won't you consider joining CGCC and supporting our mission to facilitate educational and emotional support for gifted children and their families?  Fee waivers are always available, contact Newenka DuMont for details.  


    Register for Next Month: Schools and Advocacy
    • April 09, 2019
    • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Ethical Humanist Society, Skokie
    Register

    A joint CGCC and HSGS presentation . . .


    CGCC Introduction to Gifted Homeschooling

    Location: Ethical Humanist Society, 7574 Lincoln Ave., Skokie, enter through side garden


    Tuesday, April 9, 7:30 to 9 p.m.

    Ethical Humanist Society, 7574 N. Lincoln, Skokie, Illinois.


    Are you considering homeschooling your gifted child, but you don't know how to start? Are you worried about how to provide enough intellectual stimulation and social opportunities? Perhaps you are already homeschooling and you are looking for community with other gifted homeschoolers and opportunities for social interaction with intellectual peers. Whether your child has been tested for giftedness or not, bring your questions and concerns! Meet friendly, helpful and experienced homeschoolers who are deep in the trenches of homeschooling their K-8 children and are more than willing to share their insights, advice and company. These passionate, interesting women will challenge your ideas about homeschooling, giftedness, and parenting.
    • April 11, 2019
    • 6:30 PM
    • Uncle Julio's, Naperville
    Register


    We will meet for an informal dinner to share stories and to provide support for raising gifted children. 


    Uncle Julio's

    1831 Arbriter Court,

    Naperville, IL - 60563



    This event is "free" as everyone will pay their own bill at the end of the evening. Please register so that we can make the proper table arrangements. Won't you join us?  


    This is a joint event with the Chicago Gifted Children Meetup.


    These Suppers are a great way to meet other parents in your area. If you are interested in helping put together a Supper in your area, please contact our President, Newenka, at Newenka@ArvaMont.com

    • April 12, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 3:20 PM
    • 8237 N. Kenton Ave., Skokie
    Register

    LOGYC 


    Come spend a day visiting the LOGYC Co-op! Come and meet people, observe classes, ask questions, and see what we're all about. Come for one block or several, and bring a (nut-free) lunch.


    LOGYC is a coop for gifted homeschooling students aged 5 through 18. To learn more about the coop, see our coop FAQs.


    Please register, and someone will contact you with more details.  

    • April 15, 2019
    • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Ethical Humanist Society, 7574 Lincoln, Skokie
    Register

    A joint CGCC and HSGS event....


    Why a Gap Year is Awesome!

    Monday, April 15, 7:30 to 9 p.m.

    Ethical Humanist Society, 7574 Lincoln, Skokie.

    Please enter through garden gate 


    What if your gifted teen needs a little more time after high school graduation before heading off to college? We know that giftedness is often accompanied by asynchronous growth in other areas, such as interpersonal and social skills. Extra time to develop and grow before the onslaught of an independent life at college can ease a gifted teen's transition to adulthood. Dr. Michele Kane of Northeastern Illinois University and Brandon Tessers of the Center for Identity Potential present recent research on brain development that suggests a gap year can be highly beneficial. They will discuss how to develop a gap year that accentuate's a teen's strengths, deepens their self-knowledge and prepares them for a healthy college experience and adulthood.   




    • April 17, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • The Commons, 117 N Cass Ave., Westmont
    Register

    This month the Westmont Daytime Book Group is reading:         


    The Orchid and the Dandelion: Why Some Children Struggle and How All Can Thrive by W. Thomas Boyce.  


    The author was interviewed recently on Fresh Air. Hear the interview here.


    Bring your favorite morning brew and join us for a discussion of this month's book and how it relates to your parenting challenges. Read the book in depth, skim it, or take a look at the book cover on Amazon before your run out the door!  The objective is to use the book to frame the discussion with other parents who face the same kinds of parenting challenges you do!


    Next book discussion 



    • April 18, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • MusikGarden Studio, 907 S. Lombard Ave, Oak Park
    • 14
    Register

    Book Discussion: 


    Ten Things Not to Say to Your Gifted Child: One Family's Perspective

    by Nancy Heilbronner 


    Join us as we discuss parenting gifted children in the context of what you should and shouldn't say to them!  The author asks her own children to contribute to this light-hearted book.  


    We all lead busy lives, if you are interested in the subject, please join us for the discussion, the books will inform the discussion but having read them is not a requirement for attendance!  

     

    Registration is required for this free event. If you wish a donation may be made during registration or in cash at the studio to support the venue. Please consider joining CGCC to help us make these and other events possible. Annual membership is $25. Fee waivers are available, contact Newenka DuMont for more details. 


    • April 23, 2019
    • 7:00 PM
    • South Side TBD, Chicago
    Register

    South Side Gifted 

    Parent Supper


    Restaurant not yet determined 

    Have a favorite place on the south side? Let us know!




    We will meet for an informal dinner to share stories and to provide support for raising gifted children. These suppers will generally be scheduled for the fourth Tuesday of each month.  


    This event is "free" as everyone will pay their own bill at the end of the evening. Please register so that we can make the proper table arrangements. 


    These Suppers are a great way to meet other parents in your area. If you are interested in helping put together a Supper in your area, please contact Newenka 


    • May 07, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Vine Academy, 125 South Vine, Hinsdale (second floor)
    • 35
    Register






    Schools and Advocacy


    Join us for a roundtable for parents of gifted children on the first Tuesday of most months this school year. The discussions will loosely follow the book: A Parent’s Guide to Gifted Children by Webb, et. al.   


    This month we will discuss finding a school that works for you and your family and advocating for your child.    


    Those following along in the book might like to read chapters 13 and 14.  


    First Tuesdays is facilitated by Kathy Nilles and Newenka DuMont.  Kathy is the mother of a gifted son, has a masters in gifted education and is the manager of  Parent Services for the National Association for Gifted Children.  Newenka is the parent of two gifted daughters, the president of the Chicago Gifted Community Center, on the board of the Illinois Association for Gifted Children and a master SENG Parent Group facilitator.  


    The member fee for First Tuesdays is $3 per session. Non-members pay $ 6 per session.  Membership is $25 annually, won't you consider joining CGCC and supporting our mission to facilitate educational and emotional support for gifted children and their families?  Fee waivers are always available, contact Newenka DuMont for details.  


    • May 15, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • The Commons, 117 N Cass Ave., Westmont
    Register

    This month the Westmont Daytime Book Group is reading:  

           


    The Out-of-sync Child: Recognizing and Coping with Sensory Processing Disorder 


    OR


    The Out-of-sync Child Grows Up: Coping with Sensory Processing Disorder in Adolescent and Young Adult Years


    by Carol Kranowitz


    Bring your favorite morning brew and join us for a discussion of this month's book and how it relates to your parenting challenges. Read the book in depth, skim it, or take a look at the book cover on Amazon before your run out the door!  The objective is to use the book to frame the discussion with other parents who face the same kinds of parenting challenges you do!

    • May 20, 2019
    • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Ethical Humanist Society, Skokie
    Register

    A joint CGCC and HSGS presentation . . .


    CGCC College Admissions for Homeschoolers

    Location: Ethical Humanist Society, 7574 Lincoln Ave., Skokie, enter through side garden


    Monday, May 20, 7:30 to 9 p.m.

    Ethical Humanist Society, 7574 N. Lincoln, Skokie, Illinois


    Please register so that you get a handout

    How can homeschoolers document their gifted teens' accomplishments so that colleges and universities fairly evaluate these unusual students? What do homeschoolers need to know about the college search process that is unique to their under-served population?  When should homeschoolers start the college search? What does a college search look like? How can homeschoolers evaluate whether a college is the right fit for their unique student? Join Lisa Gurrola and Maria Galo in this presentation that will help homeschool families prepare to homeschool their teens to college. Lisa Gurrola is a professional college admissions counselor who helps homeschooled and traditional students prepare college applications. Maria Galo is president of Teen Learning Lab of Greater Chicago, which offers interesting and challenging courses for homeschooled high school students. Both Lisa and Maria have homeschooled their own children to selective, prestigious colleges. 


    • May 28, 2019
    • 7:00 PM
    • South Side TBD, Chicago
    Register

    South Side Gifted 

    Parent Supper


    Restaurant not yet determined 

    Have a favorite place on the south side? Let us know!




    We will meet for an informal dinner to share stories and to provide support for raising gifted children. These suppers will generally be scheduled for the fourth Tuesday of each month.  


    This event is "free" as everyone will pay their own bill at the end of the evening. Please register so that we can make the proper table arrangements. 


    These Suppers are a great way to meet other parents in your area. If you are interested in helping put together a Supper in your area, please contact Newenka 


    • September 04, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • The Commons, 117 N Cass Ave., Westmont
    Register

    This month the Westmont Daytime Book Group is reading:         


    Unwritten Rules: Real Strategies to Parent Your Child Into a Successful Adult by Adam Russo 


    Bring your favorite morning brew and join us for a discussion of this month's book and how it relates to your parenting challenges. Read the book in depth, skim it, or take a look at the book cover on Amazon before your run out the door!  The objective is to use the book to frame the discussion with other parents who face the same kinds of parenting challenges you do!


    Next book discussion 



    • October 02, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • The Commons, 117 N Cass Ave., Westmont
    Register

    This month the Westmont Daytime Book Group is reading:         


    a yet to be determined book! 


    Bring your favorite morning brew and join us for a discussion of this month's book and how it relates to your parenting challenges. Read the book in depth, skim it, or take a look at the book cover on Amazon before your run out the door!  The objective is to use the book to frame the discussion with other parents who face the same kinds of parenting challenges you do!


    Next book discussion 



    • November 06, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • The Commons, 117 N Cass Ave., Westmont
    Register

    This month the Westmont Daytime Book Group is reading:         


    a yet to be determined book! 


    Bring your favorite morning brew and join us for a discussion of this month's book and how it relates to your parenting challenges. Read the book in depth, skim it, or take a look at the book cover on Amazon before your run out the door!  The objective is to use the book to frame the discussion with other parents who face the same kinds of parenting challenges you do!


    Next book discussion 



    • December 04, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • The Commons, 117 N Cass Ave., Westmont
    Register

    This month the Westmont Daytime Book Group is reading:         


    a yet to be determined book! 


    Bring your favorite morning brew and join us for a discussion of this month's book and how it relates to your parenting challenges. Read the book in depth, skim it, or take a look at the book cover on Amazon before your run out the door!  The objective is to use the book to frame the discussion with other parents who face the same kinds of parenting challenges you do!


    Next book discussion 



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