October News and Updates

What’s Inside?

  • New PE Session, November 9
  • We have a date for our Casino fundraiser!
  • General Fundraising Updates
  • AGM Meeting Minutes and Survey Response Data
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Helpful Links, Resources, and Articles

NEW! PE Session on Resilience

Online Parent Education Session

Monday, November 9, 2020 
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Join us for a special online presentation on RESILIENCE by Amy Shaw, psychologist with Affinity Psychological Group.

These days, students are experiencing greater levels of stress, anxiety, and depression, and our current pandemic is not helping. Why do some students thrive while others struggle? The key may be resilience. Resilience is the capacity to recover from or adjust easily to change or challenges. How can parents help their children to develop the resilience required to focus on their studies and excel despite today’s climate? 

While many of our sessions are aimed at younger students or all students, this session is particularly relevant to junior high and high school students. Our speaker, Amy Shaw, is looking to understand the questions parents may have about their child’s resilience. If you have particular questions or concerns, please email them to us before November 2nd, and Amy will attempt to address them in her presentation.

Click on the following link to register: https://gatecalgary.ca/meeting-registration/ You will receive an email with the Zoom link to participate in this session closer to the session date. 

NOTE: This event is free, however we encourage donations. Your donation helps to cover the cost of future PE as well as other GPA initiatives such as teacher professional development. Please click on the DONATE link below. 

Casino Fundraiser

The casino fundraiser is our biggest fundraiser. All casinos were put on hold earlier this year, and we are very pleased to have our new date. As always, we rely on the help of our amazing volunteers to make this event happen. 

Our next casino fundraiser will take place on Thursday, January 21 and Friday, January 22, at Elbow River Casino. We will send out a link soon to sign up for specific roles. For now, if you know you would like to help, please send us an email and we will add you to our volunteer list.

General Fundraising Updates

PURDYS: Due to challenges with COVID-19 protocols and for the safety of our members, the GPA has elected not to hold our annual Purdys chocolate fundraiser this winter. We will revisit this in the new year and hope to run our Easter Purdys fundraiser again if it is safe to do so.

INDIGO: We ARE still running our Indigo campaign. This is a great campaign that earns us 15% on every dollar spent! Electronic gift cards make great no-contact gifts. Purchase details and links are below. 

SPRING CLOTHING DRIVE: We are also hoping to run a spring fundraiser through Value Village. Please start setting aside your spring and summer items for donation!

We are in the process of investigating other ways to raise funds that do not involve the need to bring volunteers together for the purposes of sorting and distributing products. Any suggestions for fundraisers that do not involve distribution are welcome! 

Minutes from our Annual General Meeting

Thanks to everyone who joined us for our AGM on September 23rd. The minutes from this meeting, including the information shared from our GATE Families Spring Survey, may be found on our website: https://gatecalgary.ca/meeting-minutes/

Volunteers Needed!

We still need to fill the following positions as soon as possible:

General Fundraising Chair who will manage ongoing and new fundraising initiatives with help from the rest of the team

Newsletter Coordinator who will work with the executive team, school site reps, and other parties to create quarterly newsletters and updates using MailChimp

Louis Riel School Site Rep who will attend school council meetings and report any news or concerns to the executive team

Henry Wise Wood High School Site Rep who will attend school council meetings and report any news or concerns to the executive team

If you are able to help, please email us at info@gatecalgary.ca.

Alberta Health Community Education Services Classes

Alberta Health Services is offering a number of sessions which may be of interest to our members.

Please click on this link for their November update.

Links to Helpful Resources and Articles

Article: Gifted children need help if they are to change the world

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