Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Good Morning! Please check out this interesting opportunity!
Kids programs
Bright Lights workshops 
Saturdays, Oct 14 - Nov 04, St. Paul's High School

ABC Ottawa is pleased to announce that we will be hosting another Bright Lights children's/youth program this fall!  We have once again partnered with a host of terrific instructors and organizations in Ottawa to provide a unique range of programming for bright & gifted students from 6-14 years of age. Costs vary according to the class as some have associated material fees.

For more information on the courses, timing, location, and to register, please view our Eventbrite page:

Socio-emotional skills training for gifted children (ages 6-8)
Saturdays, November 11-2510am-12pm, Saint Paul University (Counselling Centre, Residence, 2nd floor, 150 Hazel Street)

Be part of a research project aiming to develop supports especially for gifted children!  DREAM - or Developing Resilience through Emotions, Attitudes, & Meaning - is a program being developed especially for gifted kids by researcher Laura Armstrong, a Clinical Psychologist & Assistant Professor at Saint Paul University.

In the DREAM program, children aged 6-8 years will learn social and emotional skills to manage the challenges associated with giftedness--such as emotional intensities, perfectionism, and much more.  The goal is to have fun while learning lifelong, evidence-based skills through games, music, drama, and crafts. Parents are encouraged to attend so that they can help children practice the skills learned at home.

Save the dates; registration info will be provided soon!

Parent workshops
Gifted....with something else going on - Carol Barnes
Tuesday, September 26, 2017;   7:00 – 9:00 PM.  (Revel Academy, 1550 Laperriere Avenue, #200)

Is your gifted child failing to thrive?  Do you often feel frustrated that they are "just not trying"?  Do you suspect that maybe there's more getting in the way than just boredom?  Many gifted children have additional exceptionalities, such as learning disabilities, autism, or attention, behavioral or mental health challenges.  However, gifted kids are extremely good at hiding those challenges, and often remain undiagnosed until they are much older.

Dr. Barnes is a Canadian researcher working in Australia, who specializes in twice-exceptional (2E) children.  If you’re keen to learn practical strategies which will enhance your relationship with your child and with their teachers - next week and next decade - then come along and compare experiences with other parents.

Register at:

ABC's Gifted 101 and 201
Late October/ early Nov, dates to be confirmed shortly
  • Gifted 101: Are you experiencing unusual challenges with your child, and suspect that giftedness may have something to do with it?  Are you wondering whether it would be helpful to have your child tested?  Unsure of pros and cons of private testing vs. in school testing?  Confused by the acronym soup?  Looking to understand the options available to your child in your school board?  
  • Gifted 201: Are you feeling overwhelmed?  Struggling to support your gifted child at home or at school? Wondering if your child might have additional learning challenges as well as giftedness?  Don't know where to go next?  Share your questions and experiences with ABC volunteers and fellow parents.
Save the dates; registration info will be provided soon!

Other Parent Events

Additional parent workshops will be added through the fall/winter.  We welcome your suggestions for topics and/or speakers!

This winter, we are also planning for some "Catharsis nights" - drop-in social events our community.  Parents of gifted children can feel quite isolated.  Support usually comes from sharing our kids' academic, social or behavioural challenges with friends and family, but those discussions can become unwelcome when giftedness is part of the issue.  So we're looking to set up some casual get-togethers over coffee or drinks, where you can share your worries, without judgement, with other parents who have been there, done that.  Dates and venues coming soon, suggestions welcome! 
Want to make things happen?  Volunteer with ABC!

Did you know ABC Ottawa is an all-volunteer organization?  We are all fellow parents, sharing our time and experiences to help each other out.  We work with school boards, develop parent and kids' workshops, advocate for supports and policy change, and provide individual advice to families in need.  We are always looking to do more - - - and for the people who can help make it happen.  Bring your ideas, and let's do it! 

All the best to you and your families for the new school year,
Your ABC Ottawa volunteers

Thursday, 7 September 2017

We would like to welcome all of our gifted learners back to school! A letter has been sent home today with students reminding them to keep an eye on the blog for upcoming enrichment opportunities. I will be support the students that would like to part take in any of these opportunities. 

Please see bellow the following upcoming activities!

 1) Virtual Ventures will be hosting Go Eng Girl again this year for girls in grades 7-10 on Saturday, October 14, 2017 (9:00am-2:00pm)!

Go ENG Girl is a unique opportunity for female students in Grades 7 to 10 and their parents to learn about careers in the exciting field of engineering and technology. We are very excited to be hosting a Panel of Women from Shopify to answer questions and speak to what it’s like to be a women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) at one of Canada’s most successful tech companies!

Registration will open this Thursday, August 31, 2017. For more information and to register visit our website.

2)Carleton University's Math Enrichment Centre. Math Connections in Arts, Science and Beyond, for Grade 8-10 students. Course starts September 26, 2017 and runs until April 2018. 

Course details and online registration forms can be found at:

For a complete list of math enrichment courses for grade 3-12 students, offered by Carleton University, please visit:

3) I will be sending home an invitation to attend N.A.C. performances later in September. Stay tuned. 

If you have any questions or concerns let me know. 

Ms. Byrne 

Friday, 3 February 2017

An Interesting Opportunity! Check it out!

The Aviation museum is hosting an inexpensive and fun Robot Competition April 10. Why not challenge your students with some interesting problems that will meet the interests of students at many levels. Take a look and have fun.

Monday, 30 January 2017

Good Afternoon here is an interesting workshop on writing for teens!

Your Story: MASC's Teen Authors & Illustrators Conference

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‘Your Story’ will be held on Friday February 10, 2017 at the Confederation Learning Centre, 1645 Woodroffe Avenue, in Ottawa. Students in grades eight to twelve are invited to sign up for a day of hands-on creative workshops led by some of Canada’s finest authors and illustrators of teen literature. Many thanks to the support of our event sponsor Leacross Foundation and the Ottawa Carleton District School Board.
Limited spaces are still available. 

For information please contact Wendy Hartley at  (613) 725-9119

Here is another one for April

Please share with gifted students (gr 4-8) interested in either writing or illustrating.

These workshops are really great and our students really enjoy this day. Parents can register online.

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Good Morning Gifted Learners! Please check out this interesting opportunity!!!

NEW TEEN PROGRAM at the University of Ottawa: The Wearable Technology Club
(Voir version française plus bas.)
The Faculty of Engineering Outreach team is now offering a Wearable Technology Club for all, and for girls only, this winter. The winter clubs will be completely different from the fall clubs.
Registration is now open!
Limited space only! 
Targeting girls and boys in grades 7-10, this bilingual educational initiative provides a great introduction into various technologies such as: 3D printing, laser cutting, and Arduino programming. Taught by engineering students, these Saturday clubs will give students the opportunity to design a wearable device using electrical circuits, Arduino and other devices. Each Saturday the teens will work on different components of their wearable project.
The clubs are offered in two different settings, the Wearable Technology Club for all and the Wearable Technology Club for girls. Please note that the curriculum is the same for the Club for girls and the Club for all.

All clubs are offered in a bilingual setting

Grade 7-10

Every Saturday from February 4th - April 1st inclusive
(with the exception of March 18th, due to March Break)

Wearable Technology Club for All 1:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Wearable Technology Club for Girls 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

The drop-off and pick-up takes place inside the main entrance of the SITE building at 800 King Edward Avenue.

$100 (for the winter session of 8 clubs), payable by credit card online.

Please click on the link below to register.To make any changes to your registration, please e-mailadventures@uOttawa.caor call613-562-5491; registrations cannot be modified online.

NOUVEAU PROGRAMME POUR ADOS à L'Université d'Ottawa : Le Club de technologieportable
L'équipe des programmes de sensibilisation de la Faculté de génie offrira un Club de  technologie portable pour tous, et pour filles seulement, en hiver 2017. Les clubs d'hiver seront complètement différents des clubs d'automne.
Les inscriptions sont maintenant ouvertes! Les places sont limitées!!
Spécialement conçu pour les filles et les gars de la 7à la 10année, cette nouvelle série de clubs bilingues offrira aux participants une introduction à différentes technologies, comme par exemple: l’impression 3D, la découpe laser, et la programmation d’Arduino. Enseignés par des étudiants en génie, ces clubs du samedi donneront aux adolescents l’opportunité de concevoir un dispositif portatif utilisant des circuits électriques, la programmation Arduino et autres technologies. Chaque samedi, les adolescents travailleront sur différentes composantes de leur projet portable.
Les clubs sont offerts dans deux différentes atmosphères, soit le Club de technologie portable juste pour filles ou le Club de technologie portable pour tous. Veuillez noter que le curriculum est le même pour le club pour filles et le club pour tous.

Langue :
Les clubs seront offerts dans un environnement bilingue.

Années :
7e à 10e année

Dates :
Chaque samedi du 4 février au 1er avril inclusivement
(avec l'exception du 18 mars pour la semaine de relâche)

Heures :
Club de technologie portable pour tous 13h00 à 15h00
Club de technologie portable pour filles 13h00 à 15h00

Lieu : 
Vous pouvez emmener et venir chercher votre ado à l'intérieur de l'entrée principale du bâtiment ÉITI au 800, avenue King Edward.

Coût :
100$ (pour la session d’automne de 8 semaines, payable par carte de crédit en ligne.)

Veuillez cliquer sur le lien ci-dessous pour vous inscrire.  Pour modifier votre inscription, veuillez nous envoyer un courriel à ou nous appeler au 613-562-5491; les inscriptions ne peuvent pas être modifiées en ligne.

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