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Happy and Gifted Unconference at Westgate Community School
Saturday, August 27; 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Child Care Available
 
The Happy and Gifted Unconference is a place where parents, educators, and researchers can come together and share experience and knowledge about meeting the emotional needs of young people who are recognized for exceptional gifts.
Everyone has gifts and there are obvious advantages to having those gifts recognized by parents, schools, and other institutions. However, there are emotional challenges that come with that recognition. A few examples:
  • Identity: Am I defined by my gifts? How do others define me? How do I define myself?
  • Social Integration: If I am exceptional, that means I'm an exception, different.
  • Entitlement: I've gotten special treatment and now I expect it from everyone.
  • Self-Criticism: If I don't succeed in everything then I'm a failure.
  • Low Self-Esteem: Advanced development in one part of my life makes the areas where I'm still growing seem stunted or broken.
  • Sensitivity: I have insight and comprehension beyond my ability to process the emotions that accompany that.
There are endless ways to be gifted, so it's impossible to make a comprehensive list. Still, we all have some experiences and discoveries that are useful to share.
We will be using Open Space Technology as the unconference format, in which topics and the schedule are created by the attendees. The goal is to create the ability for attendees to share their experience and knowledge in the way that makes the most sense, rather than a preset structure. 
Sign Up Here:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/happy-and-gifted-unconference-2016-tickets-23720220819
Big City Burrito Restaurant Night Tuesday, August 30
Take the family to Big City Burrito, 136th and I-25 (in the Lowe's parking lot) anytime on Tuesday, August 30th!

Tell them you are with Westgate and they will donate 20% of your purchase back to Westgate!

This is a delicious way to support our school!  Click on the icon for more details!
Sticky Fingers Cooking Classes for K-5 Students
Sticky Fingers Cooking Classes are back! 

Fall Session I:  Thursdays, September 8 - November 3
8 classes
(No Class on 10/13)
 
For more information and to sign up go to their website here:
www.stickyfingerscooking.com/school-programs/colorado/westgate-community-school-fall-2016-sept
Carline Change Starts Wednesday, August 17
Please see the email sent to you on Tuesday, August 16.  The map is also posted on the Parent Page.

As Westgate grows, the process of Carline that once worked is no longer serving our community.
 
After careful consideration, we are making some changes to the “Big Kid” 5-12 Carline.  This has been the place where there are the biggest concerns surrounding accidents and injury to kids walking between cars and to staff monitoring Carline.
 
Starting Wednesday, August 17, there will be NO PARKING IN THE UPPER LOT during Carline.   The 5-12 Carline will now work much like the K-4 line.  All students will walk to the median to wait to be picked up by their families.  There will be one line of traffic for K-4 and on line of traffic for 5-12.  Please take turns merging at the end of the lines.
 
If you want to park and pick up your child/ren, please use the lower lot.  We understand that spots are limited, so we encourage everyone to use the Carline system.  This will be the fastest way to get your children.

If you park and walk up to get your children, you will need to pick them up at their designated class/grade area. All students will be crossing over to the lot and must be picked up there.  No children will be allowed to be pulled out as they walk with their class to the designated area.  (Thank you K-4 parents.  This has been working great this year!)  
Parent Portal Information
Hello Westgate Families,
 
You can now log in to the parent portal from the www.adams12.org website.  
 
https://ic.adams12.org/campus/portal/adams12.jsp
 

When you get to the main screen, click on the orange help arrow and request an activation key.  I believe the email you receive will walk you through the process.  You can also click on the orange arrow towards the bottom of the page and you will see a link to a quick guide.  
 

Westgate Community School is committed to nondiscrimination in relation to race, color, sex, age, religion, creed, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation and disability in its educational programs, activities, operations and employment decisions. Harassment on such bases will not be tolerated.

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