Welcome Back!

Welcome Back!

We hope you all enjoyed the summer break. We are excited to welcome back all of our new and returning GATE families.
– If you’re new to GATE and looking to connect with other GATE families, be sure to attend our events –


Upcoming Events

  • Annual General Meeting PLUS a special presentation: “GATE Hacks: Need to Know Tips for Hitting the Ground Running” – September 26
  • Casino Fundraiser – November 15 & 16
  • Purdys Fundraiser – November (date TBA)

– Details below –


President’s Message

Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year. Our executive team has been working hard to prepare for the new school year. We look forward to reconnecting with our friends and creating new friendships with our new families.

We are excited to launch our new and improved website. I would like to thank Sue McLarty, Robyn Derdall of 29 Web Design, and the rest of the team for their excellent work creating the new website and working on this project throughout the summer.

We have several exciting events coming up which we hope you will take part in:

  • GATE Parent Association Annual General Meeting PLUS special presentation: “GATE Hacks: Need to Know Tips for Hitting the Ground Running”, September 26, 6:30-8:30 pm, Louis Riel School (details below)
  • Guest speakers and parent education seminars (dates and topics TBA)
  • Casino fundraiser, November 15 & 16
  • Purdys fundraiser, November (date TBA)

If you have questions or would like to be involved, please contact us anytime at info@gatecalgary.ca.

Welcome to GATE! It’s going to be a great year!

Sandy Dewald,

GATE Parent Association President


Notice of Annual General Meeting (AGM)

PLUS a special presentation by the CBE gifted specialist Cathy Wiederick:
“GATE Hacks: Need to Know Tips for Hitting the Ground Running”

Wednesday, September 26
6:30-8:30 pm
Louis Riel School
CTF Lab
9632 Oakfield Dr SW

NOTE: If your child is enrolled in GATE as of September 2018, you are a member of the GATE Parent Association (GPA). You are eligible to vote at business meetings and can be elected to our executive and board at our Annual General Meeting (AGM). If you are interested in volunteering your time, feel free to contact us with any questions and attend the AGM. Information about our roles can be found here: Our Roles


Casino Fundraiser

Our next Casino is coming up fast! This is where we raise the most funds, and these funds go directly to schools to be used to enhance the GATE classroom experience. We can’t do it without your help! Signup to help here or email us.


Purdys Fundraiser

The GPA and Louis Riel School Council Purdys fundraiser has been a great success two years running. We’re doing it again this year. Stay tuned for more details. If you’d like to volunteer to help with the fundraiser, please email us.


Parent Education Sessions

Watch for announcements about upcoming parent information sessions in the fall. Have a suggestion for an information session? Let us know!


New Referral Process for CBE students

Application dates remain the same (February of the application year), however there are new requirements with respect to psycho-educational assessments and IPPs (Individual Program Plans). If you feel your child should be considered for GATE placement, talk to your school principal. Dates and other information regarding GATE referral can be found on the CBE website, here and here.


Links to helpful articles on parenting gifted children

Tips for parents of gifted children: What most parents wish they had known

Ten Suggestions for Parents of Gifted Children


Indigo Gift Cards

Support GATE by buying books! This ongoing fundraiser allows members to support the GPA, the GATE program, their students, and our GATE teachers. Shop for things you buy anyway, and earn funds to help enhance the GATE program.

Click below to buy a gift card, and 15% of the purchase price will go to support the work that we do, including funding for teacher professional development and public information seminars and events. Gift cards may be used at all Chapters, Indigo, and Coles stores, and online.

Click on the image below to purchase.

Indigo Logo