Welcome to Boulder Valley Gifted and Talented!

Academic calendars have guided my life for forty years, and I still enjoy the excitement of the beginning of school. As a non-profit connected so closely with schools, BVGT hopes to help sustain the positive energy and also ease some of the anxieties that come with the fall. We’re very excited about our kick-off speaker, Dr. James T. Webb, covering concepts relevant for both novice and veteran, parent and educator (below). And that’s only the beginning.
Come join us for an event. Consider supporting us with a membership. We'll be thrilled to see you throughout this academic year.
Kristin Kusmierek
BVGT co-president

Our first event of  2016-17 is just around the corner; Sunday September 25th at 6:30 pm at Manhattan School of Arts & Academics.  Join us!

BVGT 2016-17 Kick-Off Speaker Event:

Dr. James T. Webb and the "11 Key Issues of Giftedness at Home & at School"

Gifted kids are all different in their own unique ways. However, Dr. James Webb has identified eleven key issues that are common across the gifted population. In this presentation, you will learn how range of ability, asynchronous development, over-excitabilities and thinking styles can change the trajectory of your child’s daily life at home and at school. Find out how parents and educators can identify challenge areas and become equipped to deal with them. Stay for a book signing with Dr. Webb immediately following the lecture!

Sunday, September 25th at 6:30 pm
Where: Manhattan School of Arts and Academics
Tickets: Invite a friend and Reserve your FREE tickets today.

11 Key Issues of Giftedness at Home & at School Flyer

Save the Date of Our Second Event - Wednesday, October 12 - Brian Housand
“Today’s Technology and Gifted Students: What Parents Need to Know” by Brian Housand, Author and Associate Professor at East Carolina University.

Gifted 101 for Educator Event - Thursday, September 22

Please join BVSD and BVGT for an  overview of characteristics of gifted students and discussion of TAG programming and social emotional needs. Open forum for questions. Taught collaboratively by BVGT and BVSD.

Thursday, September 22
4:30 to 6:00 pm
Boulder Valley School District Education Center, Flagstaff Room
6500 Arapahoe, Boulder, Colorado 80303
Contact time is 1.50 hours. This is a free event.
BVSD and independent school educators can register via: MyPassport
Go to courses, Search Course # 16322

CAGT 39th Annual Conference & Membership

Create, Innovate & Inspire
Come join CAGT on October 10 and 11, 2016 for our 39th Annual Conference with Keynote Speakers: Ian Byrd, Patty Gatto-Walden, Brian Housand, Ella Hushka and George Betts.

Membership Has its Benefits

BVGT is offering five scholarships for members to attend the CAGT Parent Institute which is held October 10 as part of the annual CAGT conference. If you are a member and interested in attending, please email Membership@BVGT.org. Tickets will be issued on a first come, first served basis, so join/renew now!  For more information on membership, visit our website.  You will not want to miss this!

Members' Corner - Why Renew?
              -from Laura Dombrower, BVGT member and parent
Because differently-wired kids are NOT just fine on their own. Contrary to mainstream opinion, giftedness is not a ticket to Easy Street.  It is a complicated topic that doesn't respond well to sound bites.  This is where BVGT programming and education helps. Giftedness can also be uncomfortable to discuss.  It can sound elitist, exclusive, too different in our one-size-fits-most society.  But we NEED to call out our giftedness, even if it doesn't actually feel like a gift.  Different is not better.  Different may mean more intense, more emotional, more intellectual, more asynchronous.  For those with learning disabilities, things become even more challenging. The gifted label matters.  So does hard work, Yes? But some gifted kids are so intense they'll work themselves past the point of exhaustion just to get "it" right.  Perfectionism can have a downside. A tough lesson to get across when one is admonished to develop grit. Being gifted is not a choice. But your membership in BVGT is. Renew today!

Parent Liaison Network

Do you like to build connections and facilitate communication? Have you considered being a BVGT Parent Liaison?

BVGT Parent Liaison Network provides a conduit between BVGT and local schools as well as provides support to school personnel and parents. Our goal is to have a liaison to each school community--including independent schools and homeschooling groups. If you don’t know if your school is currently represented, please ask!

The task list seems small for our liaisons: 
*meet together and with others at your school,
*exchange information, and
*build connections.

The impact is potentially mighty, however:
*a network of well-informed and engaged parents,
*increasing numbers of parents and educators who know about and access BVGT events, and
*strong and productive partnerships within school communities.
Check out our meeting schedule on the Opportunities link of the BVGT website.

For more information, to ask questions, and to get involved, please contact Kristin Kusmierek, our Interim Parent Liaison Coordinator (and Co-President) at parents@bvsd.org.


BVGT book reviews are written by Jocelyn Gebhardt. Jocelyn is a founding board member of BVGT as well as an employee of the Tattered Cover Book Store in Denver. She works in the Children's Books section and runs Story Time every Tuesday at 10:30 am -- Please feel free to stop by!

Box by Min Flyte, illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw, 2015

This charmer of a book will engage your young kids from the front cover. There is something about kids and boxes; now add flaps that let you see inside- with foldouts and fold-ups -- and questions to pique your curiosity!

Beautifully illustrated with large, easy to understand pictures, I can imagine Box will become a fast favorite with the 2 to 6 years old crowd. Really clever and fun.

Ned the Knitting Pirate by Diana Murray, illustrated by Leslie Lammle, 2016

Told in clever rhyme, this picture book is the story of Ned, a fierce and strong pirate who just happens to love to knit. The pirate captain is infuriated with Ned's favorite pastime and finally puts his foot down, forbidding it. 

Oh no! That very night the briny, ocean beast attacks- the one who loves to snack on pirate ships! 

How does Ned save them all?

I guess you'll just have to read this book to find out.

Irresistible rhyme and illustrations will draw you in, me hearties, so don't try to resist its charms. Perfect for all who love a fun tale of not too scary action-packed adventure- and for those who do things a little differently than the crowd. 

For ages 4 or 5 to 7 or so. Wonderful!

The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles by Michelle Cuevas, illustrated by Erin E. Stead, 2016

The Uncorker of Bottles had just one job -- and it was "of the utmost importance". His job was to open any bottles found in the ocean and deliver the letter within.

Listen to the language the author uses- "Sometimes the messages were written by a quill dipped in sadness. But most of the time they made people quite happy, for a letter can hold the treasure of a clam-hugged pearl." 

The Uncorker secretly wished there would be a letter for him- but how could that happen, when he had no friends?

Find out how he successfully delivers a letter that isn't addressed to anyone! 

Rarely does a picture book come along that hits the sweet spot combination of story line and illustrations, and this is one of those books. Truthfully, it is as popular with adults as it is with the picture book crowd. I'd have to say the age span of this book goes from about 5ish to adult, if you know an adult who has a yen for a happy ending.

Whittling down this list from many to three was especially hard this go-round.

So many good picture books from which to choose!

I did it, but only after deciding to leave you with three more titles I hope you enjoy on your own...and they are:

Dragon Was Terrible, by Kelly DiPucchio

All My Treasures: A Book of Joy, by  Jo Witek

You Are My Best Friend by Tatsuya Miyanishi

Happy reading!


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