CHOICES Chapter Meeting


Aug 19, 7pm, Edina Community Center

Please join us Monday, August 19 at 7:00 in the Edina Community Center for the first Quarterly Meeting of the MCGT CHOICES (formerly Homeschool) Chapter!  

The MGCT CHOICES (formerly Homeschool) Chapter has changed the rhythm of how we gather.  One thing we’ve done is to separate out the monthly board meeting from the gathering of member families.  All board meetings, whether virtual or in-person, will still be open to all current and potential members, but people won’t have to sit through the ‘sausage being made’ before the general meeting as administrative work is slogged through.

We will now have quarterly general meetings at the Edina Community Center (February, May, August, and November) with a board meeting followed by a general gathering.  The chapter library will be open during the board meeting – with a veteran parent available to answer questions – for those who wish to arrive early to browse or chat.  Then the general gathering will open with a brief chapter-wide meeting for announcements and any needed voting before moving on to the night’s topic.

The board will meet online the other eight months of the year.  Meetings will be held the third Monday of the month, except February’s meeting will be the Tuesday after the third Monday due to federal holiday.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

QUARTERLY MEETING: EDINA COMMUNITY CENTER

Third Monday of the month in August, November, and May.  Tuesday following third Monday of the month in February due to Monday holiday.

6:00-7:00 –Room 350 (or other as assigned by Edina Community Center) MCGT CHOICES Chapter board meeting.  Open to all chapter members, but will be focused on administrative business.

6:00-7:00 – Room 315 (MCGT Office) CHOICES Chapter and MCGT libraries open.  Drop in anytime to browse library and visit with other parents.

7:00-7:15 – Room 350 (or other as assigned)  CHOICES Chapter news and announcements  Any items requiring voting by members will be presented.  Open to members and guests.  

7:15-8:30 – Room 350 (or other as assigned) Parent discussion.  Each quarter has a theme, and there will also be space for the conversation to flow organically around the unmet needs of the families present.

*August: Curriculum Discussion – What do we know about which curriculums do and don’t work for different families and learning styles?

*November: Gratitude Discussion – What resources (people, programs, and products) have helped your family along the way?

*February: Summer Planning Discussion – What structured and unstructured learning does your family crave in the summer?

*May: Planning Ahead Discussion – What are the choices, transitions, and longer-term goals coming up for your family?

8:30-9:00 – Room 350 (or other as assigned) and Room 315/Chapter library.  Unstructured discussion time.  Attendees are welcome to stay to continue discussions in smaller groups and catch up with friends.

Come Hang Out with the CHOICES Chapter at the Park!

Join them for their Informal Park Chat on August 30, 2019 10:00 AM-12:00 PM at Brookview Park, Golden Valley (There are water misters, so you may want dry clothes for the drive home)

More about the CHOICES Chapter:

Understanding giftedness can be tough: it’s not a measurement of achievement and accomplishment, but rather an asynchrony in development that includes advanced cognitive abilities. It also comes with a whole world of different possible quirks, sensitivities, and frustrations of “If you can do (this thing beyond your age level), why can’t you do (that other thing at your own age level)?”

Finding an educational path for your gifted kid is about more than just offering more or higher level curriculum. Whether you’re homeschooling your gifted kid or curating their education through routes like part-time or private school, the MCGT CHOICES Chapter is here for you.

Our families often request more opportunities to just hang out and chat with other parents of gifted kids. They may be homeschoolers looking for information about giftedness, parents of gifted kids looking to homeschool or otherwise bend a traditional school schedule, or veteran families in our community looking for a social visit and a chance to support other parents.

You are invited to an informal Park Chat organized by the MCGT CHOICES Chapter. There’s no agenda, just a time that some of us will be at a Twin Cities park to hang out with old friends and answer questions from new friends. Come to one or all!

Looking forward to seeing you there!

MCGT CHOICES (formerly MCGT Homeschool) is a chapter of the Minnesota Council for the Gifted and Talented that supports families curating their children’s education outside of their neighborhood public school.

For more information, contact [email protected]

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