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CGCC Event Registrations

Upcoming events

    • December 21, 2017
    • 11:00 AM
    • Allstate Arena, 6920 Mannheim Rd, Rosemont, IL 60018
    Registration is closed

    Chicago Wolves vs. Grand Rapids Griffins  

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    Have a morning out and see a fun game! The Wolves are extremely family-friendly, with both a fun game and lots of activities for kids. The whole arena is one price this day, first come first served, so let's make our reservation early and plan on a having a fabulous time!

    I suggest coming a little early, as there are fun pre-game things (like indoor fireworks!).

    Tickets are $11 each. Enter the number of tickets requested on the registration form. Registration is open only through NOVEMBER 8TH, so that we can get good seats and all be together. We will get e-tickets, which I will forward to all attendees. Hope to see you there!
    • January 06, 2018
    • Various
    Registration is closed
    Please join other parents of gifted children in a

    Guided Reading
    of
    A Parent’s Guide to Gifted Children
    By Webb, Gore, Amend and DeVries


    Meet with a group of parents for 8 consecutive weeks to discuss issues of giftedness in a SENG Model Parent Group. Times and locations to be determined by interest level.

    Each week we will read one or two chapters of the book A Parent’s Guide to Gifted Children and discuss them as a group in a facilitated discussion format developed by SENG (Social and Emotion Needs of the Gifted).  Additional readings from the gifted press will be provided.  We will cover a variety of topics relevant to raising gifted children, such as maintaining motivation and enthusiasm, avoiding underachievement, coping with intensity, perfectionism, stress, idealism, and depression, making and keeping friends, handling siblings, and more. 

    The cost for participation will depend upon the cost of the venue we are able to find, but we hope it will be about $80 for members, $110 for non members. Additionally, each participant will need to acquire a copy of the book, which is readily available online, or directly from the publisher, Great Potential Press.

    The guided reading will be facilitated by Newenka DuMont.  Newenka is a certified SENG Model Parent Group master facilitator and the Illinois SENG (Social and Emotional Needs of the Gifted) Liaison.  She has been leading guided reading groups since 2003.  Newenka has been active in the Chicago area in gifted circles for almost 20 years.  She is the current president of the Chicago Gifted Community Center and is on the board of the Illinois Association for Gifted Children.  More importantly, Newenka is the mother of two gifted daughters.

    If you are interested in participating or in receiving more information, please email Newenka at NewenkaDuMont@ChicagoGiftedCommunity.org.  The group size will be limited to 15 people, but we need at least 8 people for meaningful discussion. 

    • January 09, 2018
    • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Ethical Humanist Society, Skokie
    Register

    A joint CGCC and HSGS presentation . . .



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


    Come hear HSGS grads talk about Life After Homeschooling. As homeschoolers, did they feel prepared for college? What were some of the adjustments they had to make? In what ways did homeschooling prepare them, and in what other ways did they have to learn new skills or strategies? What would they have done differently in their homeschool? For those who chose a different path, how did homeschooling prepare them for life outside of college? What advice do they have for the next cohorts of homeschoolers?  (If you know an HSGS grad who would like to reconnect with other HSGS alums on this panel, please contact Maria Galo at mariatgalo@hotmail.com.)


    • January 17, 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Buzz Cafe, Oak Park
    • 20
    Register

    A Roundtable Discussion led by Sheryl Stoller


    Getting a Hold of Yourself

    whatever your gifted/2e/multiE child is or isn’t doing


    Buzz Cafe, 905 S Lombard Oak Park, IL


    In the gifted/2E/multiE world, we parents have more “opportunities” for needing to get a hold of ourselves because our children have more intense thoughts and feelings, quicker-reflexive actions as they emote what they’re experiencing, and far more of those moments, every day, than other children and parents. 


    Join Sheryl as she gives you a power tool you can use in any situation for getting a hold of yourself, even before you consciously think to take a breath. She will be explaining steps for putting the tool into action, answering your questions, and helping make this the connected safe haven for us often-isolated-parents to melt into not being alone on this journey.


    Sheryl is a PCI Certified Parent Coach®, founder of Stoller Parent Coaching, and the parent coach at The Center for Identity Potential. She is a Certified SENG-Model Parent Group Facilitator – Supporting Emotional Needs of Gifted, and mother of three intense children affected by asynchronous development, all of whom are now flourishing young adults. Drawing on her professional and personal experience, Sheryl specializes in coaching parents of children with intense behaviors and emotions, many of whom are gifted or twice exceptional. Through their collaboration with Sheryl, parents develop personal customized approaches in key areas such as: de-escalating and preventing reactive anger and worry in both their children and themselves; modeling and guiding their children in effective life skills; and recapturing joy and love on their parenting journey.  She invites you to visit her at her website  www.stollerparentcoaching.com and her Stoller Parent Coaching FB page, or contact her directly at either sheryl@stollerparentcoaching.com or (708) 358-8289.


    Come join the discussion. Register today! Registration is free for CGCC members. Non-members pay a non-refundable $5. (Fee waivers are available.)


    Won't you consider helping us build a community of gifted families by joining CGCC today? Annual membership is only $25.  Join


    We will be meeting in the upstairs meeting room at the Buzz cafe. If you are interested in grabbing food or a beverage, please order these downstairs before heading up.

    • January 17, 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Quest Academy, 500 North Benton, Palatine
    Register

    Please join us as we read and then discuss


    Giftedness 101 

    By Linda Silverman

    Facilitated by Amanda Davey


    Curious about giftedness from a more academic perspective?  Join us as we read Giftedness 101 by Linda Silverman.  We will read the first half of the book before this discussion.  Those who cannot read the book are still welcome to attend and participate in the discussion.  

    The objective is to use the book to frame the discussion with other parents who face the same kinds of parenting challenges you do!


    We will discuss the second half of the book on February 7, 2018. (Register here!) Feel free to participate in one of these sessions, or both, as it fits into your schedule.  

    • January 18, 2018
    • 7:00 PM
    • Flat Top Grill, Evanston
    Register

    We will meet for an informal dinner to share stories and to provide support for raising gifted children. This is a joint event with the Chicago Gifted Children Meetup.


    FlatTop Grill

    707 Church Street

    Evanston, IL



    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?  


    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. 

    • January 23, 2018
    • 7:00 PM
    • Horse Thief Hollow, Chicago
    Register

    Beverly Gifted 

    Parent Supper


    Horse Thief Hollow

    10426 S. Western Ave. Chicago, IL




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


    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. 


    Next Beverly Supper:  February 27, 2018.  Link


    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. 


    • January 25, 2018
    • 9:15 AM - 10:45 AM
    • The Commons, 117 N Cass Ave., Westmont
    Register

    This months book is:  


    Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

    Updated Edition

    by Carol Dweck


    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 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 scheduled book club?  February 22, 2018.  Learn more here.

    • January 30, 2018
    • 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • At a member's home in Hinsdale
    Register

    This month's book is:  


    The Power of Different, 

    The Link Between Disorder and Genius 

    by Gail Saltz


    Please 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 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!



    Debbie Reber of TiLT Parenting recently interviewed Dr. Gail Saltz. Click here for the podcast.


    • January 31, 2018
    • 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! 



    • February 02, 2018
    • May 11, 2018
    • 14 sessions
    • Central United Methodist Church, 8237 Kenton, Skokie
    Register

    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.


    • February 03, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • Bricks Wood Fired Pizza Cafe
    Register

       Parents Luncheon



    We will enjoy lunch and conversation about gifted children and the challenges of parenting and educating them immediately following the Illinois Association for Gifted Children Convention parent presentations. (For more information about the parent presentations, click here.) Attendance at the IAGC session is not required.


    A nearby restaurant will be chosen nearer to the date.   Register now and you will be sent a reminder when the location is chosen.  If you don't like it, just cancel!  


    This event is "free," as all participants will pay for their own lunch. Please register so we can make an appropriate reservation.

    • February 07, 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Quest Academy, 500 North Benton, Palatine
    Register

    Please join us as we read and then discuss


    Giftedness 101 

    By Linda Silverman

    Facilitated by Amanda Davey


    Curious about giftedness from a more academic perspective?  Join us as we read Giftedness 101 by Linda Silverman.  We will read the second half of the book for this discussion.  Those who cannot read the book are still welcome to attend and participate in the discussion.  

    The objective is to use the book to frame the discussion with other parents who face the same kinds of parenting challenges you do!


    We will discuss the first half of the book on January 17, 2018. (Register here!) Feel free to participate in one of these sessions, or both, as it fits into your schedule.  

    • February 22, 2018
    • 9:15 AM - 10:45 AM
    • The Commons, 117 N Cass Ave., Westmont
    Register

    This months book is:  


    Still being decided upon!


    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 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 scheduled book club? March 29, 2018.  Learn more here.

    • February 22, 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Riverside or Google Hangout
    Register


    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. 


    • February 27, 2018
    • 7:00 PM
    • Horse Thief Hollow, Chicago
    Register

    Beverly Gifted 

    Parent Supper


    Horse Thief Hollow

    10426 S. Western Ave. Chicago, IL




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


    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. 


    Next Beverly Supper:  April 24, 2018.  Link


    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. 


    • March 29, 2018
    • 9:15 AM - 10:45 AM
    • The Commons, 117 N Cass Ave., Westmont
    Register

    This months book is:  


    Still being decided upon!


    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 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 scheduled book club? April 26, 2018.  Learn more here.

    • April 16, 2018
    • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Ethical Humanist Society, Skokie
    Register

    A joint CGCC and HSGS presentation . . .


    Secrets of Homeschooling to College: Beyond the Transcript

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


    What are the secrets to successfully homeschooling for the future?  How do you find programs, mentors, personal projects that help your child take their deep interest to the nth degree?  What programs are out there that will help your student? This panel discussion will address when, why and how to take standardized tests (and which standardized tests);  how to find specialized summer programs that match your child's interests; when and how to take community college courses while a high school student, and how to develop interesting extra-curricular activities. Hear how HSGS families helped their teens get accepted into competitive programs, develop unique projects, and pursue personally meaningful extra-curriculars which-- most importantly -- fed their souls and ---coincidentally --  impressed college admissions officers.  


    • April 24, 2018
    • 7:00 PM
    • Horse Thief Hollow, Chicago
    Register

    Beverly Gifted 

    Parent Supper


    Horse Thief Hollow

    10426 S. Western Ave. Chicago, IL




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


    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. 


    Next Beverly Supper:  May 22, 2018.  Link


    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 26, 2018
    • 9:15 AM - 10:45 AM
    • The Commons, 117 N Cass Ave., Westmont
    Register

    This months book is:  


    Still being decided upon!


    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 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 22, 2018
    • 7:00 PM
    • Horse Thief Hollow, Chicago
    Register

    Beverly Gifted 

    Parent Supper


    Horse Thief Hollow

    10426 S. Western Ave. Chicago, IL




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


    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. 


    Next Beverly Supper:  June 26, 2018.  Link


    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. 


    • June 26, 2018
    • 7:00 PM
    • Horse Thief Hollow, Chicago
    Register

    Beverly Gifted 

    Parent Supper


    Horse Thief Hollow

    10426 S. Western Ave. Chicago, IL




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


    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 our President, Newenka, at Newenka@ArvaMont.com. 


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