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Upcoming CGCC Events

    • January 24, 2020
    • May 01, 2020
    • 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.


    • April 05, 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • 1164 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60642
    • 13

    Parent Education Series

    Gifted and ADHD

    RESCHEDULED for June 14! 

    CGCC is partnering with Midwest Academy for Gifted Education (MAGE)  to present this free series. 

    Does my child have ADHD? How do you tease out the Dabrowski psychomotor excitabilities vs. ADHD? How do you know if they are energetic, or engrossed in their favorite things, or if it’s medical? At what point do you need to look for support, and what kind of support is out there for your family? Does it actually work? Who can help? Medication is scary but has been brought up to you, how do you learn more? What are strategies to help your child? Gifted characteristic traits overlap with ADHD. How do you know what side of the line you’re on?

    Additional presentations in this series:  

    Sunday, May 3, 2020, 12:00PM-1:00PM, Planning ahead for college

    Midwest Academy for Gifted Education, a parent and teacher not-for-profit start-up, is the only private gifted school in the City of Chicago. They focus only on the gifted population/IQ of 130+ and they teach in multi-age classrooms which allows them to differentiate properly. They provide individualized and personalized instruction with the right balance of rigor, without pressure. They top off a well-rounded education with personal communications and partnership with parents.

    Registration is required for this free event. If you wish, a donation may be made during registration or in cash at the event to support CGCC.  Or consider becoming a member . CGCC is a non-profit all-volunteer organization that relies on member dues to support events  such as these for gifted children and their families. Annual membership is $25.

    • April 08, 2020
    • Online Submissions
    Register

    WriteFest

    We are inviting students to engage with their peers and share impressions on relevant ideas and issues in this one hour challenge.   

    Unique prompts for Grades 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12 will be sent out at approximately 9 a.m. on April 8th to the parent of each registered participant.  We believe that participants should spend no more than an hour on their writing, but they can choose which hour between 9am and 6 pm on April 8th.  Students will receive instructions on how to submit finished pieces. 

    Need accommodations or have questions? Contact Rhonda Stern.
    • April 08, 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Google Hangout
    Register

    This month the Westmont Daytime Book Group is discussing a movie! 

    THIS DISCUSSION WILL BE HELD ONLINE!  

       

    Captain Fantastic

    from IMDB: 

    In the forests of the Pacific Northwest, a father devoted to raising his six kids with a rigorous physical and intellectual education is forced to leave his paradise and enter the world, challenging his idea of what it means to be a parent.

    Trailer

    You can watch this movie on Amazon Prime, Hulu, Xfinity, YouTube, GooglePlay or VUDU - all for $3.99.  Pop the popcorn!  Warning: this movie is rated R.  

    Next book discussion: May 6, 2020
    • April 10, 2020
    • 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Jitsi Hangout
    • 15
    Register

    Parenting Discussion

    Calm in the Storm

    How do you maintain an inner calm in these trying time? How can you help your family achieve an inner calm? 

    Need tips right now?  Read this article by Nicole Tetreault: Cultivating Calm Amidst a Storm

    Join Katherine Peterson and Newenka DuMont, two SENG model parent group facilitators, as they engage you in an informal discussion about parenting gifted children in the time of self-isolation. We will meet online using the Jitsi meeting software, which will allow you to join the meeting on your computer, via an app on your phone, or by calling in on a dedicated phone number.

    • April 17, 2020
    • 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Jitsi Hangout
    • 16
    Register

    Parenting Discussion

    Nurturing Playfulness in Isolation

    It is important for kids to have playful outlets in their days. In the absence of friends, how do we provide them with the play time they crave? 

    Join Katherine Peterson and Newenka DuMont, two SENG model parent group facilitators, as they engage you in an informal discussion about parenting gifted children in the time of self-isolation. We will meet online using the Jitsi meeting software, which will allow you to join the meeting on your computer, via an app on your phone, or by calling in on a dedicated phone number.

    • April 24, 2020
    • 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Jitsi Hangout
    • 16
    Register

    Parenting Discussion

    Relationships

    How is everyone getting along? Have you developed some strategies for managing relationships when everyone is around all day every day?

    Join Katherine Peterson and Newenka DuMont, two SENG model parent group facilitators, as they engage you in an informal discussion about parenting gifted children in the time of self-isolation. We will meet online using the Jitsi meeting software, which will allow you to join the meeting on your computer, via an app on your phone, or by calling in on a dedicated phone number.

    • April 26, 2020
    • 11:00 AM - 2:30 PM
    • Riverside or online
    Register

    CGCC Board Meeting

    The Chicago Gifted Community Center is a 501(c)(3) specifically created to allow the gifted community in the greater Chicago area to organize activities and events for parents, children and families. Your board does not aspire to create the next great kids club or parent speaker series, we aspire to help you create that club and that series.  Won't you jump in the pool with us?  

    Your board meets 3 - 4 times per year.  We welcome members at our meetings, which usually occur in private homes.  If you are interested in attending, please register here and the host of this meeting will contact you with the address.  

    • April 26, 2020
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Hinsdale Public Library
    Register

    Cancelled due to the "stay-at-home" through April 30 order from Governor Pritzker.

    Board games are proven to boost critical thinking and  can even help with improving attention and social skills. Whether you are a board game aficionado or just getting started, this is the club for you.

    Pandemic, Risk, Settlers of Catan, Exploding Kittens, Carcassone, SET, Quirkle, Chess, 7 Wonders, and Ticket to Ride are a few we can explore. Bring your favorite game from home to play or to teach to the group if you would like.

    Ages: Designed for ages 8 and up. There are many library activities available to keep younger siblings busy.

    Please Note: This is not a drop off event. Parents must stay on site at the library or are welcome to join in the fun.

    Event Location: 

    Hinsdale Public Library
    20 East Maple Street
    Hinsdale, IL 60521

    We have a NEW Start Time of 2pm!

    • April 30, 2020
    • Various
    Register
     

           Sign Me Up! 


    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! 



    • May 03, 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Midwest Academy for Gifted Education, Chicago
    • 20
    Register

    Parent Education Series

    Planning Ahead for Collage

    CGCC is partnering with Midwest Academy for Gifted Education (MAGE)  to present this free series. 

    Midwest Academy for Gifted Education

    1164 N. Milwaukee Ave.

    Chicago, IL 60642


    If your child is ahead, way ahead… the time to start planning for college is in elementary school, before it sneaks up on you. What do we mean, planning for college in elementary school? Well, if your child may be headed to early college, there are all sorts of challenges. If your child is headed toward taking AP and community college courses before they are in high school or early in high school, this talk is for you! Considering grade acceleration? Once again, you need this talk, especially if your child is likely to play college sports. We are not talking college applications - we are talking things that you will wish you knew a few years ahead of that process.

    Midwest Academy for Gifted Education, a parent and teacher not-for-profit start-up, is the only private gifted school in the City of Chicago. They focus only on the gifted population/IQ of 130+ and they teach in multi-age classrooms which allows them to differentiate properly. They provide individualized and personalized instruction with the right balance of rigor, without pressure. They top off a well-rounded education with personal communications and partnership with parents.

    Registration is required for this free event. If you wish, a donation may be made during registration or in cash at the event to support CGCC.  Or consider becoming a member . CGCC is a non-profit all-volunteer organization that relies on member dues to support events  such as these for gifted children and their families. Annual membership is $25.

    • May 06, 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • The Commons, 117 N Cass Ave., Westmont
    Register

    This month the Westmont Daytime Book Group is discussing mentoring relationships - their importance, and how to establish them.  

    This is such an important topic, and yet it is difficult to find advice to finding mentoring relationship. Here is a pretty basic first reading:   https://raisinglifelonglearners.com/gifted-kids-mentors/ 

    There is a guidebook produced by Davidson that is available online here: http://www.davidsongifted.org/young-scholars/free-guidebooks.    

    And then out of Kentucky from Roberts and Inman Mentoring And Your Child, an article published in some magazine, and photocopied for this link. 

    These will get us started on a discussion focused on finding mentors for our kids.

    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!  Reading the above is not required. The objective is to use the reading to frame the discussion with other parents who face the same kinds of parenting challenges you do, but bring what you have and what you know and we'll go from there.  

    Next book discussion: June 3, 2020
    • May 11, 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Naperville Municipal Center - Room B
    Register

    The 5 Step coach approach to parenting workshop

    Naperville Municipal Center – Lunch Room


    7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

    Imagine being able to give directions and offer advice to your kids without triggering defensive reactions. Imagine your kids seeing you as a member of their team and seeking out your guidance and support.

    Come learn and practice the 5 step Coach Approach that will help you become the parent you really want to be, and help you create the kind of relationship with your child that you've always wanted!

    You want your kids to understand what makes them tick -- without getting defensive. You want them to become independent -- and actually believe in themselves! You want to help them truly feel capable of becoming successful adults.

    When you begin to use the 5 step Coach Approach, your kids will learn self-management skills and take ownership of their lives. They'll begin to:

    • See the best in themselves, embracing their strengths and their talents
    • Find the motivation to focus on learning in both school and life
    • Become inspired to overcome obstacles, set goals, and reach for them
    • Dramatically improve relationships with family and peers
    • Become accountable, independent and responsible

    Carlene Bauwens Bio

    Carlene Bauwens Executive, Life, & ADHD Coach, works with people of all ages who are ready to move past their ADD/ADHD challenges, focus on their strengths and flourish in their personal, academic and business lives. As an ADHD Coach and parent, Carlene’s mission is to show people how ADHD is really impacting their family, to break the fail-and-punish cycle, and to embrace each other’s differences. Check out all of Carlene’s great resources on ADD/ADHD, executive functions, social skills, leadership and positivity at coachcarlene.com

    She is a contributing author to the best-selling books, “More Ways to Succeed with ADHD” and “Wacky Ways to Succeed with ADHD.” 

    Carlene is a graduate of the ADD Coaching Academy and is a member of the International Coaching Federation. She is Certified in Life Coaching, ADHD Coaching, Positive Psychology, and as a Mental Health First Aid Responder. She successfully completed Executive Function training through Rush Neurobehavioral Center


    • May 31, 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Merkle Cabin, Spring Valley - 1111 E Schaumburg Rd, Schaumburg, IL 60194
    Register

    Picnic Time!

    CGCC

    (Almost) Summer

    Family Picnic


    We are thrilled to announce the  CGCC (Almost) Summer Picnic is  scheduled for May 31. We are looking forward to another fabulous gathering of member families connecting and supporting each other. We are headed back to Spring Valley since it was a wonderful venue enjoyed by all last year.  We have rented a large cabin with an indoor restroom in addition to a picnic shelter and a fire pit!  Come meet other families with gifted children in Chicagoland, and join in on the fun!  We will have a family scavenger hunt for you to complete. Several of our professional members will have activities available and look forward to meeting you. You will also be able to meet board members of the Chicago Gifted Community Center, and share your wishes for our organization.


    The picnic is free for CGCC families and supporters, as it is underwritten by membership fees. Others are very welcome to join us and see what a great group we are, but we ask that they pay a nominal $10 fee per family. These fees are non-refundable. 


    Steps to take:

    1. Please register for the picnic now.  For planning purposes we need to know that you are considering coming! 
    2. Pack a lunch for your family. 
    3. Bring a dessert item to share. (Given the incidence of allergies in our community, please prepare a note card indicating whether your item contains gluten, nuts or peanuts.)
    4. Find and bring all your picnic enjoyment paraphernalia - frisbees, kites, baseball gear, bubble makers, bug spray, sunscreen, etc. 
    5. Also bring other things that your kids love to do to share with others, such as tabletop games or legos. 

    We look forward to seeing you there.  Rain or shine!


    Please contact Niamh with any questions or concerns.  


    • June 03, 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • The Commons, 117 N Cass Ave., Westmont
    Register

    This month the Westmont Daytime Book Group is reading:         

     an as yet undetermined book! Stay tuned for more information! No matter what the book, you know the discussion will be good, so sign up now!

    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!

    • June 14, 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • 1164 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60642
    • 20
    Register

    Parent Education Series

    Gifted and ADHD

    CGCC is partnering with Midwest Academy for Gifted Education (MAGE)  to present this free series. 

    Does my child have ADHD? How do you tease out the Dabrowski psychomotor excitabilities vs. ADHD? How do you know if they are energetic, or engrossed in their favorite things, or if it’s medical? At what point do you need to look for support, and what kind of support is out there for your family? Does it actually work? Who can help? Medication is scary but has been brought up to you, how do you learn more? What are strategies to help your child? Gifted characteristic traits overlap with ADHD. How do you know what side of the line you’re on?

    Additional presentations in this series:  

    Sunday, May 3, 2020, 12:00PM-1:00PM, Planning ahead for college

    Midwest Academy for Gifted Education, a parent and teacher not-for-profit start-up, is the only private gifted school in the City of Chicago. They focus only on the gifted population/IQ of 130+ and they teach in multi-age classrooms which allows them to differentiate properly. They provide individualized and personalized instruction with the right balance of rigor, without pressure. They top off a well-rounded education with personal communications and partnership with parents.

    Registration is required for this free event. If you wish, a donation may be made during registration or in cash at the event to support CGCC.  Or consider becoming a member . CGCC is a non-profit all-volunteer organization that relies on member dues to support events  such as these for gifted children and their families. Annual membership is $25.

    • August 16, 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 3:20 PM
    • 8237 N. Kenton Ave., Skokie
    Register

    THIS EVENT, originally on 17 April, HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19.

    we hope to reschedule it after the crisis passes. IF YOU WANT TO BE INFORMED OF THE NEW DATE, PLEASE REGISTER and we will contact you.

    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.  


About cgcc

The Chicago Gifted Community Center (CGCC) is a member-driven 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created by parents to support the intellectual and emotional growth of gifted children and their families. 

Become a member

We  are an all volunteer-based organization that relies on annual memberships from parents, professionals, and supporters to provide organizers with web site operations, a registration system, event insurance, background checks, etc. 

Contact us

info@chicagogiftedcommunity.org

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