Dyslexia 101
October 17th 7pm
The Public Meeting Room at the Kenmore Fire Station 7220 NE 181st Street, KENMORE, WA 98028

Laura Rogan, author of Wired for Reading, will present the science behind identifying dyslexic students and designing intervention. This presentation is jointly sponsored by the HiCap Council and SEPAC, the first of a series of talks about learning disabilities and other issues that can affect both HiCap and Special Ed kids. If you have a child who struggles with any of these things: writing, spelling, conventions, punctuation, phonics, math word problems, reading comprehension on standardized tests (but not necessarily in their own reading), your child may have a form of dyslexia. Dyslexia is way more common than most people realize, and for high IQ kids, they usually read fine and even above grade level, because they learned to read with “sight words” rather than phonics. Many HiCap kids aren’t formally diagnosed with dyslexia until middle school (or later) – but just like any learning disability, early intervention is best, and early identification is extremely helpful. If you wonder if this might apply to your child, please come and learn more!

HiCap Information Night
October 24th 7pm-8pm
Northshore PAC (Bothell High School, 18125 92nd Ave NE)

This annual presentation is done by the District HiCap Administrators. Members of the HiCap Parents Council will also be attending and will be available to chat before and after the presentation.

What Parents Need to Know About Smart Kids
October 27th 7pm-8pm
NSD Admin Building (3330 Monte Villa Parkway, Bothell

Your child’s unique “quirks” may actually be well-studied social & emotional behavior patterns that appear across large populations of highly intelligent children. Learn what’s normal, what to expect as they grow, and why HiCap school programs are optimal for kids’ social and emotional development, as well as developing their academic talents. Presented by Austina De Bonte, President of Northshore HiCap Parent Board, and President of NW Gifted Child Association.

Every summer the HiCap Parents Council arranges park dates for new and returning EAP and AAP students. This is a chance to see old friends and get to know new classmates before the school year starts. Here are the dates for this summer, with contact email addresses in case you would like to volunteer to help with organizing!

EAP, all schools: July 30, 2 – 4pm, Blythe Park in Bothell, bplottner@yahoo.com
Bear Creek, all school: August 30, 4pm, Rotary Park by Woodinville High School, jakub@oleksyfamily.com
Shelton View EAP: August 27, 3:30 – 6pm, Cedar Grove Park in Bothell, bplottner@yahoo.com
Sunrise EAP: July 24, 2-4pm, kavitsinghk@gmail.com
AAP, all schools: August 12, 4:30-6:30pm, Miners County Park in Bothell, austinad@hotmail.com

Join your friends in the HiCap community for an afternoon of board gaming, Sunday February 28 from 2:30-5:30 PM, at the Brightwater Center (22505 State Route 9 SE, Woodinville, WA 98072-6010).

  • All ages, family, and friends are welcome. But space is limited! Reserve your seat at Sign Up Genius.
  • If possible, please bring age appropriate games for your family or to share. A pool of board games will also be available.
  • This is not a drop off event–children need to be accompanied by an adult.
  • Donations of time (putting away tables & chairs at the end of the event) and/or money (towards hall rental costs) are appreciated.
  • Snacks will be available for purchase.
  • Feel free to come late or leave early. Some “between games” activities will also be available.
  • Directions to Brightwater are here. If you haven’t been there before, it is slightly north of Costco on Highway 9. The community center is at the very end of the driveway to the left. There is ample parking.

Thanks to the Northwest Gifted Child Association for co-hosting this event.

Save Our Challenge will be hosting a brainstorming session at 7pm on Tuesday February 9th at the Community Room at McMenimans in Bothell (18607 Bothell Way NE). We invite you and anyone interested in making our successful Challenge Program even better in our middle schools to attend this community input opportunity. At this meeting we will be brainstorming ideas about various program models that could be used when Northshore transitions from a Jr. High configuration to Middle school. We will collect all input and synthesize it into a proposal to be delivered to the school board as an addition or alternative to the recommendation soon to be proposed by the Middle School Grade Reconfiguration Task Force. We hope to solicit and then propose ideas that are in the best interests of ALL of the district’s children even if they haven’t been considered yet by the District. Please join us on Tuesday to be a part of the solution!