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Parent CHAT Series Continues: How and When to Advocate for your GIfted Child

April 17, 2015

Monday, April 20, 2015 – 6:30 to 8:00

Bozeman Public Library Small Conference Room

CHAT (Connect, Help, Advocate, and Talk) Nights, sponsored by Gallatin Gifted Group, are dedicated to informally connecting parents and support systems of gifted children. The night helps to find others in similar situations with experiences to share and resources to offer.
The evening begins with a 10 – 20 minute presentation by a knowledgeable facilitator on a topic of interest, to be followed by an open discussion on the topic with those present. The April topic will be, “How and When to Advocate for your Gifted Child”, presented by Wendy Morical, PEAKS Coordinator in the Bozeman Public Schools.
CHAT Nights are free and open to the public. Childcare is not available. For more information, email

Astronomy and Aerospace Day at Musuem of the Rockies

April 15, 2015

An afternoon of astronomy- and aerospace-related events for kids and adults includes talks by a research engineer from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and an MSU alumnus who works as a systems engineer for Google[x] on the chauffeur self-driving car project.MSU logo
Museum of the Rockies

Sunday, April 19th 

1pm to 4pm

Summer Camps for Year-Round Learners

April 13, 2015

A parent from the Bozeman Schools, Laurie White, passed on the following information:

The time of year is here for the summer camp planning and registration rush.  There are many wonderful choices for active minds from expensive and week long to free or low cost classes.  A few that might pique the interest of your elementary age children are:

  • Camp Invention at the Children’s Museum of Bozeman (which is great because there are loads of spaces still available and you can sign up as late as the end of May).  Also, the new STEAM lab at CMB is offering camps, clubs and classes.  Most camps are posted for the slightly older elementary age, but, there are several short classes for all age groups including the very interesting Coding Club for Girls and a class for adults STEAM & Suds to help you acquire “the tools you need to understand and support your child’s interest in 21st century technologies: Coding, Arduino, 3D printing, etc.”
  • Museum of the Rockies week long camps are back including old favorites and a few new ones such as Famous Experiments where campers reconstruct some of the greatest experiments of all time… Galileo, Pasteur, Pascal, etc., and STEM on Two Wheels where campers examine the science behind bicycles while cycling Bozeman.  Sign up quick though, camps are filling fast.
  • The Bozeman Public Library will offer ½ day camps, clubs and classes again this summer.  They are still completing their programming, but they will likely host another 4H Robotics ½ day camp with Gregg Switzer (4H Robotics resumes again in the fall with signup on Oct 1), a STEM Day with several STEM activities and the Crazy 8’s Math Club.  Check their children’s activities calendar the end of the month for the summer schedule.
  • For something really different, why not check out Chinese Summer Camp hosted by Bozeman Mandarin Chinese.  China is the most populous country in the world, is the second fastest growing world economy (after India) and has aggressive investment in space exploration, industry, energy, export of goods and development of services.  Our children have much to gain from exposure to diversity that will be an every day part of their future.
  • YMCA STEM Camp for 3rd – 5th grade featuring Coding, Aviation and Engineering.  Also many traditional camps of course.
  • MOSS (Montana Outdoor Science School) offering an array of outdoor science oriented programming.

If you know of any that would feed the active mind of an elementary age gifted child, please share with the group.  Together we can satiate the deep craving for knowledge and mental challenge our children have and help them find the balance they need.  Thanks and hold on for Summer!

Parent CHAT Nights: An Opportunity to Connect, Help, Advocate and Talk

February 18, 2015

CHAT Night

March 16, 2015, 6:30 – 7:45 PM

Bozeman Public Library Small Conference Room

CHAT (Connect, Help, Advocate & Talk) Nights, sponsored by Gallatin Gifted Group, are dedicated to informally connecting parents and support systems of gifted children. The night helps to find others in similar situations with experiences to share and solutions to offer.

Each evening begins with a 10-20 minute presentation by a knowledgeable facilitator on a topic of interest, to be followed by an open discussion on the topic withthose present. The February topic will be ‘Social Dynamics of the Gifted‘, with Jodi Murray, LCPC, facilitating.

Chat nights are free and open to the public. Child care is not available. For more information, email

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Spring Parent Discussion Group Forming

January 5, 2015

SENG logoJoin other parents to discuss the unique challenges that gifted children bring to families.  For the third year, we’re offering the chance to join a facilitated discussion group specifically for parents of gifted students.

SENG, Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted, is a non-profit organization devoted to building parent understanding about the needs of gifted children. The SENG Model Parent Group is a forum for exchanging parenting wisdom and building a supportive dialogue. Trained SENG facilitators will guide weekly discussion, drawing upon topics from a comprehensive handbook based in research.

A Parents Guide to Gifted ChildrenThe $35 registration fee covers the cost of the book, A Parent’s Guide to Gifted Children. We will focus our discussion on one chapter from this book each week.

• What: SENG Model Parent Group: Supporting your Gifted Child
• When: Seven Tuesdays, January 20 through March 3, 6:15 – 7:30 PM
• Where: Bozeman High School library, 205 North 11th Ave., Bozeman
• Cost: $35, which includes a copy of A Parent’s Guide to Gifted Children

To register for the group, call 522-6016 or email Wendy Morical.

You’ve been told your child is gifted… Now what?

January 4, 2015

Tuesday, January 6

Willson Office Building Board Room, 404 West Main Street

6:30 – 7:30 PM

Nikki Vradenburg and Wendy Morical

The label of gifted is an attempt by educators to signal a learning aptitude present in certain students. These students may have special learning needs or distinct social and emotional needs. Parents of children who possess this label often are given little information about both the process and the results of identification.  They may have many questions:

  • What does gifted mean?
  • Why was our child identified?
  • Are there other kids like mine?
  • What will change at school?
  • Do I need to do anything differently?
  • How can I find answers to my questions?

Please join two education professionals in the field of gifted education as these questions and others are addressed in an evening presentation.  Topics to be covered include identification, traits and behaviors of gifted children, working with your child’s school, and resources for your family.

Summer Travel Opportunity

November 29, 2014

People to People - Educational Student Travel

Join a local group of middle to high school students on the European Discovery trip this summer! This is offered through People to People Ambassador Programs: Through the orientation meetings and travel each student will complete one Social Studies high school credit and 12 service learning hour

Come discover France, Italy, Switzerland, and Austria!
Contact Cynthia and Stephanie at

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