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CGCC Event Registrations

Upcoming events

    • January 17, 2019
    • March 07, 2019
    • 4 sessions
    • Lake County. Warren-Newport Library, 224 O'Plaine Rd, Gurnee, IL 60031
    Register
    EXECUTIVE
    FUNCTIONING
    BOOK STUDY 
     

    Let's meet and provide support to each other as we learn about and implement strategies to improve executive functioning skills.


    Discover the physical and emotional components of executive functioning with the interactive book Smart but Scattered


    We will have a mix of in-person and online interaction during this book study. There will be 4 in-person meetings and 4 weeks of asynchronous online interaction.


    In person Meeting Schedule

    17 January, 7 February, 21 Feb, 7 Mar


    Online interactions-asynchronous during the weeks encompassing:

    24 Jan, 31 Jan, 14 Feb, 28 Feb


    Topics:

    Wk 1: Introduction and Questionaires

    Wk 2: Matching the child to the topic; Identifying areas to work on

    Wk 3: 10 Priniciples of teaching/supporting EF

    Wk 4: Ways to instill skills and modifying the environment

    Wk 5: Motivating your child to learn and use executive skills

    Wk 6: Success in designing a program to help your child

    Wk 7: Daily routines

    Wk 8: Specific areas of focus breakouts and conclusion 


    Specific areas of focus options:


    Building Response Inhibition

    Enhancing Working Memory

    Improving Emotional Control

    Strenghtehening Sustained Attention

    Teaching Task Initiation

    Promoting Planning and Organization

    Fostering Organization

    Instilling Time Managemnt

    Encouraging Flexibility

    Increasing Goal Directed Persistence

    Cultivating Meta-Cognition


    Location: Warren Newport Library, Gurnee


    Please contact Ann Marie at AnnMarieTate@chicagogiftedcommunity.org if you have any questions.



    • January 20, 2019
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Hinsdale Public Library
    Register

    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!


    Spring Meeting Dates: Pick and choose which dates to attend, but please register for each date individually, thank you! 

    February 10 - Registration

    March 3 - Registration

    More to Come!



    • January 22, 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • River North 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.  

    • January 22, 2019
    • 7:00 PM
    • Horse Thief Hollow, Chicago
    Register

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


    • January 24, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • MusikGarten of Oak Park, 907 S. Lombard Ave., Oak Park
    • 9
    Register

    A Roundtable Discussion led by Brandon Tessers


    Procrastination and Perfectionism: 

    Two Sides of the Same Anxious Coin


     Oak Park, IL


    There are few things more frustrating and painful than watching our gifted children struggle with perfectionism or procrastination, knowing they are not executing at the level of which they are capable. The good news is that these behaviors are not ingrained. In fact, they are symptoms of something else. Something that can improve. In this presentation, a counselor who specializes in working with gifted children will explore the underlying, root causes of perfectionism and procrastination and their relationship to anxiety, skill gaps, and asynchrony. Attendees will learn strategies to use in helping gifted children overcome these harmful behaviors.


    Brandon Tessers is a Marriage and Family Counselor at the Center for Identity Potential in Park Ridge, IL. He has worked with teens, young adults, and their families for over 10 years as an educator and counselor. He has particular expertise in working with individuals and families struggling with issues related to technology and video games, and specializes in working with gifted individuals, artists, and atypical learners.


    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. 


    Do you know someone who might be interested in attending this presentation?  Here is a flyer to share:  Procrastination in Oak Park Flyer

    • January 25, 2019
    • May 03, 2019
    • 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 02, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • Jason's Deli, Naperville
    Register



    Parents Luncheon 

    Jason's Deli 


    1735 Freedom Dr, Naperville, IL 60563

    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 Saturday presentations. 


    Attendance at the IAGC session is not required.


    This event is "free," as all participants will pay for their own lunch. Please register so we can save enough seats!   

    • February 05, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Vine Academy, 125 South Vine, Hinsdale (second floor)
    • 35
    Register




    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 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 or $10 for the remainder of the series. 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 the remainder of the series (including this session)


    Register for Next Month: Social Dynamics
    • February 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: 


    Upside Brilliance, the Visual Spatial Learner by Linda Silverman

     


    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!


    The next book group meeting is scheduled for March 6, 2019.  See what we are reading next month.

    • February 10, 2019
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Hinsdale Public Library
    Register

    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!


    Spring Meeting Dates: Pick and choose which dates to attend, but please register for each date individually, thank you! 


    March 3

    More to Come!



    • February 21, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • MusikGarden Studio, 907 S. Lombard Ave, Oak Park
    • 19
    Register

    Book Discussion: 


    Perfectionism: A Practical Guide to Managing "Never Good Enough" 

    by Lisa van Gemert


    Perfectionism can be a great attribute when you are creating a masterpiece, but it can cause sever problems, such as underachievement, procrastination and a feeling that your work can never measure up to your own expectations! The unhealthy side of perfectionism plagues many gifted individuals.  Come discuss perfectionism with other parents of gifted children.  


    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. 


    • February 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 


    • February 28, 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! 



    • February 28, 2019
    • Various
    Register


    Please give us your ideas!  Here are some potential events to get the juices flowing: 

    • Book discussion group for children of a certain age, perhaps focused on a particular genre.
    • Maker clubs at a local maker space
    • Knitting circle (or math circle or perhaps a combined knitting math circle?)
    • Board game club
    • Origami lessons
    • Eco club
    • Astronomy club or rock club or dinosaur club or ...
    • A morning at the park

    As this year's New Year's Resolution, won't you organize an event for your community?  Volunteer by clicking here or registering as a volunteer here.



    • March 03, 2019
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Hinsdale Public Library
    Register

    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!


    Spring Meeting Dates: Pick and choose which dates to attend, but please register for each date individually, thank you! 


    More to Come!



    • March 04, 2019
    • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Ethical Humanist Society, 7574 Lincoln, Skokie, IL
    Register

    A Joint HSGS CGCC Event....


    How to Homeschool Gifted Teens to College


    Monday, March 4, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

    Ethical Humanist Society, 7574 Lincoln Ave., Skokie

    Please enter through the garden adjacent to the parking lot. 


    Homeschooling high school is a thrilling time for gifted teens and their parents. The teens find their intellectual curiosity soaring, and they reach greater heights of understanding and knowledge. They dive deeper into their passions and interests, which opens doors of opportunity for more learning and achievement. Sensitivities and emotional needs are more easily managed. Chicago area teens have accumulated amazing accomplishments, thanks to the flexibility and freedom of homeschooling during the high school years. Hear from veteran homeschoolers on how they guided their gifted teens through high school and to college acceptance. Learn the nuts and bolts of preparing and documenting your teen's high school studies and preparing a transcript that wows college admission officers.

    • March 05, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Vine Academy, 125 South Vine, Hinsdale (second floor)
    • 35
    Register




    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 the social interactions of gifted children, who can struggle as they are out of step with social expectations.  We will discuss finding friends, dealing with peers and sibling issues.   

    Those following along in the book might like to read chapters 8 and 9.  


    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 or $10 for the remainder of the series. 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 the remainder of the series (including this session)


    Register for Next Month: Complexities of Parenting 
    • March 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:grit book cover


    Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

    by Angela Duckworth 


    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!


    The next book group meeting will be on April 10, 2019.  See what we are reading for that meeting.



    • March 14, 2019
    • 6:30 PM
    • ChiliU, 547 N. Milwaukee Ave, Libertyville
    Register

    We are growing the gifted community in the far north suburbs!


    If you are parenting a gifted child, or suspect you might be parenting a gifted child, please meet us for dinner and conversation with other parents of gifted children from our local area. We can share our stories, our questions, and our information to help each other out while having an enjoyable dinner.


    Feel free to invite other families you believe would enjoy or benefit from experience with our community.


    There is no charge for this event, as everyone will pay their own way.  Please register so we reserve the right sized table for our group.  

    • 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 


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




    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 family values and traditions, and the complexities of parenting gifted children. Moral and cultural development are important parental responsibilities.  What other complexities do parents of gifted children need to navigate? 

    Those following along in the book might like to read chapters 10 and 11.  


    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 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 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:


    Still under discussion - check back soon, but save the date!  


    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!



    • April 18, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • MusikGarden Studio, 907 S. Lombard Ave, Oak Park
    • 19
    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




    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 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 


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