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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

    • November 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. 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. 





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    • November 27, 2018
    • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Palatine Public Library
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    What Illinois' New Accelerated Placement Act Means for High-Ability Students & Their Families

    Speaker Carolyn E. Welch


    Palatine Public Library, 700 N. North Court, Palatine

    Meeting Room 1


    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 improve the education of their children.


    Carolyn E. Welch is an education lawyer who represents students with various needs and abilities, their families, and the schools they attend, including special needs students and schools in underserved communities.  As an advocate for gifted children from all backgrounds, she serves as Co-Chair of Policy and Advocacy for the Illinois Association for Gifted Children, Chairman of the Midwest Center for the Gifted, and as a member of the Legislative and Advocacy Committee for the National Association for Gifted Children.  She is also a member of the Board of Directors and an Officer of pilotED Schools, an Indianapolis elementary school focused on social identity, academic excellence, and civic engagement.  She is the parent of two gifted children who have required a combination of public school gifted programming, a private gifted school, whole-grade acceleration, and individual subject acceleration to help meet their educational needs.  Her children's experiences help fuel her passion for improving the education policy framework on behalf of all high-ability students, and successful IAGC advocacy efforts include the recent passage of the IL Accelerated Placement Act and the Report Card Act in 2017.  Carolyn received her J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center.




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    • December 04, 2018
    • 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. It is not too late for members to sign up for the whole series!


    Register for the First Tuesdays in Hinsdale Series



    This month we will discuss discipline and helping your child develop self-management skills.  Gifted children often are thinking as a much older child would, and thus, disciple can be a challenge.  


    Those following along in the book might like to read chapter 5.  


    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 Next Month: Intensity, Perfectionism, Stress and Idealism
    • December 05, 2018
    • 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:

    iGen: Why Today's Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebelious, More Tolerant, Less Happy and Complete Unprepared for Adulthood

    by Jean M. Twenge, Ph.D.



    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 January 9 for a "Phew, we survived the holidays Coffee!" 





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    • December 09, 2018
    • 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Hinsdale Public Library
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    Whether you are a board game aficionado or just getting started, this is the club for you. Risk, Settlers of Catan, 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.


    Snacks are welcome, but please be mindful that we are playing games so avoid sticky or messy items.


    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


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

    September 30 (register)

    October 28 (register)

    November 11 (register)

    December 9


      


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    • December 15, 2018
    • 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! 



    • January 06, 2019
    • 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Hinsdale Public Library
    Register

    Whether you are a board game aficionado or just getting started, this is the club for you. Risk, Settlers of Catan, 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


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

    Dates being finalized. Check back soon.



    • January 08, 2019
    • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Ethical Humanist Society, 7574 Lincoln, Skokie, IL
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    A Joint HSGS and CGCC event...


    College Talk Back: Owning Your Education


    Tuesday, Jan. 8, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Ethical Humanist Society, 7574 Lincoln Ave., Skokie enter through side garden, please. Glass doors on Lincoln Ave. are locked.

    Homeschooling through high school allows teens to take charge of their education, right?  What does this look like from the student’s perspective?  These college students, all homeschooled through high school, share their unvarnished experiences as teenagers who chose to homeschool high school. When did they start to feel that they were in charge of their education? What kind of support and strategies  helped them gain autonomy? What decisions were shared with their parents, and which were solely their own? How different was the homeschooling experience at 14/15 years old (roughly a freshman) and at 17/18 years old (senior)? What experiences helped them stand out to college admissions’ officers? Join us, with your teens, for a different look at homeschooling.



    • January 09, 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 relishing in having survived winter break!  



    There will be no book to read in preparation for this most casual get together!


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

    • January 24, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • MusikGarden Studio, 907 S. Lombard Ave., Oak Park
    • 19
    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. 


    • 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.


    • 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:


    Still under discussion - check back soon!  


    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 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. 


    • 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:


    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!


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



    • 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 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. 


    • 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.  


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