GATE Parents:

Please join us at our planning and regular business meeting.

Tuesday, May 2nd, 6:30 pm

Louis Riel School
9632 Oakfield Dr SW


The GATE Parent Association (GPA) celebrates 25 years!

Our business meeting will be a brief review of our financials and activities for this year.

Then, we want to hear from YOU, our GATE parents. What do you want your GPA to focus on in the coming year(s).

We want to know what you think works and what you think needs changing. We’ll also answer any questions about what the GPA does to enhance the GATE program, what the GPA executive team and board members do, and how you can get involved.

Light refreshments will be served.

This event is open only to parents with students currently enrolled in the GATE program.

January 24th, 6:30 pm

Queen Elizabeth High School
512 – 18 Street N.W.

$5.00 per person, or pay what you can. 

Gifted and Underachievement

Doesn’t gifted mean high achieving, highly motivated, and highly
successful? It could, but more often than one would like, gifted children
underachieve according to current research and teachers observation.
Many factors get in the way of learning and achievement. Through
interactive discussion and a sharing of the research, we will explore
these factors and discuss strategies parents can try to support their
child to be more successful at school and beyond.

12 Oct / 2016



Information about each of these programs will be presented by administration, teachers and GATE students, to assist parents and students in making the best choice. There will be time for questions after the presentation.

PLEASE NOTE TIME CHANGE. This session now begins at 7:00 PM.

Tuesday, NOVEMBER 8th

7:00 – 8:30
Queen Elizabeth High School
512 18th Street NW

All parents welcome.

Sponsored by the GATE Parent Association.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016, 6:30 – 8:15 pm
Louis Riel School: Comp Room
9632 Oakfield Drive S.W.

The Annual General Meeting is a great opportunity to meet fellow parents and share stories in the journey of parenting the gifted. Learn what the GATE Parents Association (GPA) is about and lend your voice to what you think is important. During our AGM, we will welcome our Executive and Board of parents to continue supporting our work. We hope you will consider volunteering with us! There are still a number of positions to be filled. Please see below for more information. At the AGM we will also talk about what we did last year, review our finances, and discuss what will happen this year.

Following the AGM there will be a presentation on Mindful Parenting. Stay tuned to this web site for more information.

Positions to be filled:

Click here for job descriptions.


Casino Chair

Fundraising Chair

Site Representative

Queen Elizabeth High School (junior & senior)

17 May / 2016

Dabrowski Congress

July 14 to 16, 2016
Calgary, Alberta

The Dabrowski Congress is an event for students, parents, teachers, psychologists, and physicians. Dabrowski created a theory of personality development that enhances  and aligns with our understanding of gifted individuals and how they experience the contrasts in the world. This theory celebrates the challenges faced and the opportunities for growth out of these challenges. View the site for more details at

Are you willing to share your insights into the GATE program?

Dr. Laurie Alisat, GATE specialist at the CBE, would like to hear from you!

In order to make the GATE program the best it can be, please share your reflections about how you benefitted personally from the program, and identify improvements that could make the learning experience better. Any other stories you’d like to share would also be welcome.

For more information, contact Dr. Alisat at She is eager to hear about your experiences!



Louis Riel is excited to host an evening for parents to experience the GATE program for themselves!

Come back to School!

Tuesday, May 31, 2016
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Louis Riel School
9632 Oakfield Drive SW

Have you ever wondered what happens in a GATE classroom and how it differs from a regular program? Teachers from grades 4, 5, 6, and 7 will help you understand the classroom experience and answer your questions about how the GATE program is taught. Get ready for a fun evening that will provide insight into how your child spends their days learning and thinking.

In order to accommodate all interested parents (and ensure we have enough snacks!), please RSVP to by May 24th. As always, donations are greatly appreciated as this money is used to support professional development for all our GATE teachers. All participants are welcome to join the business meeting to be held immediately after the event. This meeting will be brief and informative and the executive welcomes all interested members. If your child is in GATE…you are a member!

Who can attend? This event is open to all who are interested. Please RSVP to

Is there a cost? Suggested donation is $5 if possible. All funds raised this evening will go toward teacher professional development.

We’re excited to launch an opportunity to bring parents together to connect and share in a relaxed environment. Join us for an informal evening (or two!) of connecting and discussion with other GATE parents. The conversations are sure to be informative and wide-ranging. No need to pre-register; drop by at any time. As part of our fundraising campaign we will be accepting donations but there is no fee to attend the discussion. We hope to see you there!

Screen Time

7:00 to 8:30 pm
Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Weeds Cappuccino Bar
1903 20 Ave NW

Drop in and share ideas about the positives and drawbacks of screen time. Meet others who may be struggling with the same screen management issues!


Social Issues

7:00 to 8:30 pm
Thursday, February 25, 2016

Good Earth Cafe (upstairs)
Glenmore Landing

Drop in and share ideas about how to manage the social and emotional challenges faced by your kids. Share management tips with other parents!

27 Jan / 2016

Fundraising Campaign


For the first time in five years, the GATE Parent Association is asking for donations to support teacher professional development. Our coffers have run dry! You may know that one source of our funding comes from casino volunteering, and these funds are allocated directly to our GATE schools on a ‘per student’ basis to support GATE programming in the classrooms. But casino funds cannot be used for teacher professional development or certain student programs. And the CBE does not have the budget to pay for these needs.

We are asking for direct donations that can be used to enhance the skills of our teachers as well as provide experiential learning for GATE students that casino funds are not allowed to cover. Help your child’s teachers to deliver high quality programs and provide enriched learning environments: Donate Now!


What are the benefits of donating?

  1. The GATE Parent Association recognizes the value of assisting our teachers through the funding of conference fees, book studies, and workshops, to encourage the pursuit of continued learning that benefits our kids.
  1. GATE teachers with a strong understanding of gifted learners offer the social/emotional support and learning experiences our GATE students need.
  1. Every penny you donate will be used to benefit GATE students and teachers.


Are there examples of where the donations will help?

This July, we would like to send teachers to the Dabrowski Congress in Calgary. This bi-annual conference is an ideal opportunity for teachers (and parents!) to enhance their understanding of the developmental patterns and challenges that occur for students who are gifted. This year’s theme is “Dynamisms: Forces for Human Growth.” To learn a bit more about the conference, visit

Did you know that there are no formal training programs to help teachers recognize giftedness or understand how to teach gifted learners? Teachers are selected for GATE classrooms because they show aptitude in the area of gifted education, or have pursued training on their own. It is often up to GATE teachers to continue their own professional development and by assisting with these costs, we are supporting their continued learning which will be reflected in the classroom.

Thank you so much for your support!

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Queen Elizabeth High School: Learning Commons

512 – 18 Street NW

Do you walk around on pins and needles sometimes with your child, not knowing how s/he might respond to something you say or do? Gifted individuals live in the world with intensity. Not only does this impact their learning, but also their relationships and self-esteem.  Our discussions will focus on understanding what these behaviours might look like and why they might be happening, the progression of feelings/behaviours, and strategies to help manage these strong responses.

About the speaker:

Dr. Laurie Alisat is a Specialist for Gifted Education with the Calgary Board of Education. She has worked with gifted students as a classroom teacher in both community and specialized settings. As well, she has worked with teachers as a strategist for gifted learners and as an instructor at the University of Calgary in inclusive learning and the development of creativity. Working with Dr. Robert Kelly, she assisted in interviewing and writing “Educating for Creativity: A Global Conversation.” Her recent research focused on the experience of schooling for gifted boys in alternative settings. Laurie is passionate about compassionate relationships serving to develop appropriate, meaningful challenges for students to build confidence and resiliency.

Who can attend? This event is open to all who are interested.

Is there a cost? Suggested donation is $5 if possible. All funds raised this evening will go toward teacher professional development.

What else will happen that evening? The GATE Parent Association will kick off its fundraising drive, which happens only once every five years.

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