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    • April 01, 2019
    • August 26, 2019
    • 21 sessions
    • Skokie
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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.)







    • May 28, 2019
    • 7:00 PM
    • South Side, Chicago
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    Dinner this month will be held at:

    Fatpour Tap Works McCormick

    2206 S Indiana Ave, Chicago, IL 60616

    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.

    • June 02, 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Merkle Cabin, Spring Valley - 1111 E Schaumburg Rd, Schaumburg, IL 60194
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    Picnic Time!

    CGCC

    (almost) Summer

    Family Picnic


    Summer is almost here and we are thrilled to announce the CGCC (almost) Summer Picnic. This year we have rented a 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 enjoy some 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 04, 2019
    • 12:00 PM
    • J. Flemings, 18 N. Cass, Westmont

    Book Group Lunch

    No books to read, just a chance to enjoy each other's company.  

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

    • June 11, 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Novel Coworking, 405 W Superior St, Chicago
    • 17
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    Parent Education Series

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

    The format of each event in the series is a 30-minute expert panel presentation on the topic, followed by a 15 minute question period for the panelists and a 30 minute mingle. The idea is to bring together a parent of gifted child, a mental health professional, and a gifted educator, for different perspectives and ideas around solutions. There are 2 workshops in the summer series:

    June 11 - Gifted 102: Gifted School Challenges
    July 16 - Gifted 202: Anxiety and Perfectionism

    Gifted 102: Gifted School Challenges

    In the state of IL, there is no gifted only IEP. Are you wondering what is available to you in terms of school advocacy? We will cover the basics. Are you wondering about the CPS Accelerated Placement Policy or the State Accelerated Policy Act? We will also be able to explain this policy and how it affects public and nonpublic schools. Are you looking to come up with strategies to help your child with specific school problems? Our expert panel will brainstorm with you.


    Judy Wahl, Dr. Jessica Douglass, Irene Gottlieb

    Judy Wahl is the Owner and Program Director of Sprout Gifted Services, a SENG facilitator, and Educational Consultant. She has worked in education for over 15 years, in roles such as classroom teacher to director of an early childhood center. She also is a professional member of CGCC.

    Jessica Douglas is a nationally certified school psychologist who pursued a career in educational psychology because of her desire to help struggling students achieve social-emotional and academic success. She holds a masters and specialist degrees in school psychology and a doctoral degree in human learning and development at National-Louis University, where her research focused on social skill interventions for students with autism spectrum disorders.

    Dr. Douglas worked as a school psychologist in public schools and is now in private practice at Psychoeducational Resource Services, Inc. Her current practice emphasizes the importance of working in unison with parents, schools, and private providers to gain a comprehensive understanding of the student’s learning profile, and to ultimately develop an educational plan that will support his or her individual needs.

    Dr. Douglas is an executive board member for Everyone Reading Illinois (formerly the Illinois Branch of the International Dyslexia Association) and highly involved with outreach related to dyslexia.

    Irene Gottlieb is a parent of gifted children.

    MAGE, 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.

    Novel Coworking is our host for this evening. They offer fully furnished, amenity-rich workspaces with direct fiber internet & WiFi in prime locations so your business can thrive. Perfect for small businesses, entrepreneurs, professionals and enterprise companies looking for an impressive new office space. Inquire about renting a budget-friendly private office, office suite, dedicated desk, coworking membership, virtual office or daily office.

    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.

    • June 17, 2019
    • 7:00 PM
    • Melting Pot, Naperville
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    We will meet for an informal dinner to share stories and to provide support for raising gifted children while enjoying Ladies' Night! 

    The Melting Pot

     

    The Melting Pot

    4931 S Route 59, ste 101

    Naperville, IL 60564

    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

    • July 16, 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Novel Coworking, 405 W Superior St, Chicago
    • 20
    Register

    Parent Education Series

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

    The format of each event in the series is a 30-minute expert panel presentation on the topic, followed by a 15 minute question period for the panelists and a 30 minute mingle. The idea is to bring together a parent of gifted child, a mental health professional, and a gifted educator, for different perspectives and ideas around solutions. There are 2 workshops in the summer series:

    June 11 - Gifted 102: Gifted School Challenges (registration)
    July 16 - Gifted 202: Anxiety and Perfectionism

    Gifted 202: Anxiety and Perfectionism

    What does anxiety look like at different ages and stages in a gifted child? What can be done to help a child that is struggling with various grades of anxiety and perfectionism? How can you help your child when they are anxious or worried.


    Leslie Contos, LCPC, NCC, CCMHC, Deborah Lee, Irene Gotlieb

    Leslie Contos, LCPC, NCC, CCMHC is a clinical professional counselor at Homeschool Consulting. Homeschool Consulting works with special populations including 2e and gifted students who are in a traditional or home school. Homeschool Consulting mission to offer positive, solution-focused services for those times when your homeschooling family needs a little extra support.

    Deborah Lee currently serves as a curriculum and program director in a suburban Chicago public school district. Starting her career as a secondary chemistry and art teacher, her work in gifted education spans over a decade, ranging from program management and curriculum development to admissions, hiring, and marketing. She holds two degrees and a certificate in Gifted Education from Northwestern University and an educational leadership certificate from DePaul University. Deb's professional interests are in STE(A)M opportunities, non-academic talent development, student diversity, the excellence gap, and the model minority myth.

    Irene Gottlieb is a parent of gifted children.

    MAGE, 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.

    Novel Coworking is our host for this evening. They offer fully furnished, amenity-rich workspaces with direct fiber internet & WiFi in prime locations so your business can thrive. Perfect for small businesses, entrepreneurs, professionals and enterprise companies looking for an impressive new office space. Inquire about renting a budget-friendly private office, office suite, dedicated desk, coworking membership, virtual office or daily office.

    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.

    • September 04, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • The Commons, 117 N Cass Ave., Westmont
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    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 
    • September 15, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Riverside or online
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    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.  

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



    • December 31, 2019
    • Various
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    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! 



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. 

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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. 

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