WEDNESDAY, December 6, 2017

6:30 – 8:30 PM

Louis Riel School – South Gym
9632 Oakfield Drive SW

PLEASE RSVP to by December 4, 2017, so that organizers can be sure there are enough chairs for everyone.

Cost: $5.00 donation encouraged, but not required


25 things kids with ADHD wish their parents knew

Brought to you by the Louis Riel Parent Council

Most parents of kids and adolescents who have ADHD try very hard to be compassionate and understanding of the nature of ADHD and its various effects on behavior, mood, academic performance, and so on. What we can all forget, sometimes, is that somewhere in there is a kid who understands ADHD better than anyone else. This presentation is based on hundreds of conversations with kids with ADHD and their response to the basic – but critically important – question “What do you wish others knew about you and your ADHD?” Using their own words is a great place to engage in truly understanding the condition and developing more effective ways to work with kids, adolescents, and young adults who have ADHD while also framing the symptoms in a much more positive manner, so the focus is on strengths as opposed to focusing on the negative effects of ADHD. Strategies developed in collaboration with kids with ADHD will also be discussed.

Dr. Brent Macdonald, PhD, is a registered psychologist and certified teacher with over 20 years’ experience working with individuals with a variety of complex learning differences. He has taught at the junior and senior high level and was the assistant principal at an independent school for students with learning disabilities. He is a sessional instructor
in the departments of psychology and education at Mount Royal University. He is also an adjunct assistant professor with the Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary.

Brent can be reached at

We warmly welcome parents from Louis Riel, Nellie McClung, Cedarbrae, and Braeside schools to this event.
31 Oct / 2017

November News

Meet your new GPA!

Thank-you to everyone who came out to our Annual General Meeting (AGM) in September, where we elected our new executive. The following people will serve in their positions for two years:

  • President: Sandy Dewald
  • Vice President: Leanne Stewart
  • Treasurer: Michelle Johnson
  • Secretaries: Sue McLarty & Brandi Dyck

We would like to extend a huge thank-you to our past President, Marilyn Oshry, for her service to the GATE Parent Association (GPA) over the last six – yes SIX – years! Marilyn continues to assist the new executive, and will continue to serve on our committees.

We also welcomed new volunteers to our Board, who will each serve a one-year term:

  • Casino Chair: Sofia Cao
  • General Fundraising Chair: Sherry Mah
  • Parent Education Chair: Priya Kharat

The position of Web Communications Chair is still vacant. If you have an interest in helping us to develop and maintain our website and social media presence, please contact us.

News and Events

Along with our AGM in September, we also had a parent and child information session on the topic of Social Dynamics. Thank-you to all who attended for your enthusiasm and participation!

Our new VP and Parent Education Chair are hard at work planning future education sessions. If you have ideas about topics you’d like to see covered, please let us know.

If you’re new to GATE and looking to connect with other GATE families, be sure to attend our events!


Curious about the GATE program or know someone who is? Attend an information night:

(Louis Riel and Henry Wise Wood)
Wednesday, November 1st – 6:30 pm
Henry Wise Wood High School
910 75th Ave SW, Calgary

(Hillhurst and Queen Elizabeth)
Thursday, November 2nd – 6:00 pm
Queen Elizabeth High School
512 – 18 Street NW, Calgary


Henry Wise Wood Senior High School

IB Information Night – November 2nd

  • 7:00 pm – main gym

Open House – December 7th

  • Grade 9 Tours – 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
  • Open House – 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
  • GATE INFO – 7:15 pm – 7:45 pm in the library
  • IB INFO – 7:45 pm – 8:15 pm in the courtyard

Queen Elizabeth High School

High School Info – presentation (PDF)


The CBE has hired a new gifted specialist. We extend our warmest welcome to Cathy Wiederick. Cathy has extensive experience in GATE schools, and we’re excited to have the opportunity to work with her. If you have questions about GATE, you can find answers as well as Cathy’s contact information here.


The GPA and Louis Riel School Council Purdys fundraiser was such a great success last Christmas, we’re doing it again! If your child attends Louis Riel School, stay tuned to your email for important ordering information and deadlines. Brochures will also be sent home in backpacks. If you’d like to volunteer to help with the fundraiser, please email us.

If you attend a GATE school other than Louis Riel, and your school is interested in doing a Purdys fundraiser with the GPA, please email us. We’d be happy to work with the school councils of our other GATE schools on a Purdys Christmas or Easter campaign.


Our GPA “Mentor Database”, created by GATE parent Toni, exists to provide powerful learning experiences and opportunities to bring working professionals into the classroom. If you have knowledge that you feel would benefit the classroom, please contact us to be added to our mentor database.

ALBERTA HEALTH SERVICES is offering the following sessions which may be of interest to our members:

Nov 7 – Understanding ADHD and Strategies that Work
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Alberta Children’s Hospital – Theatre

Nov 8 – Boys and Girls Learn Differently: How Gender Differences Influence Learning and Behaviour
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Alberta Children’s Hospital – Theatre

Nov 9 – Not falling through the cracks – How Psychoeducational Assessments can help Foster Success!
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
South Health Campus Auditorium

Nov 15 – Eating Disorders, Body Image, & Youth
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Simon Fraser School

Nov 21 – Healthy Relationships: How parents can help their children create positive and healthy relationships
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Mitford School

Nov 21 – Understanding Childhood Stress and Anxiety
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
East Lake School

For details and full calendar, visit

Dear GATE families,

Our first meeting of the GATE Parent Association will be a FAMILY event on SEPTEMBER 26, 6:00 – 8:00 PM at Queen Elizabeth High School, 512 18 St NW.

Bring your GATE student!

It will be a combo event – Annual General Meeting and speaker presentation. Please note the earlier time (we start at 6:00 pm, rather than our usual 6:30 pm).

Our presenter will be Michelle Springman, a registered psychologist. Ms. Springman will talk to us about Building Strong Social Skills: Helping our gifted students with tools to manage social anxieties and challenges.

Following a brief presentation, the students will have a break-out session with Ms. Springman, while the parents attend the Annual General Meeting (AGM). The AGM will take approximately 30 minutes.

The GPA serves the unique needs of GATE students and their families. All parents of GATE students are members of the GPA, and can participate in the Association. We focus on the following:

  1. Fundraising – The GPA casino funds are allocated across all GATE classrooms for enhanced educational materials, such as math contest fees, specialized science materials, advanced books, field trips, artists-in-residence, and technology. We also fundraise to support teacher professional development in giftedness.
  2. Parent Education – The GPA organizes presenters to facilitate family learning needs around giftedness and social-emotional development. Past presentations can be found on our website.
  3. Advocacy – GPA executives assist the CBE to support teacher professional development in giftedness. We also meet frequently with the CBE Gifted Specialist to advocate for gifted education and the needs of the program.

We need your help: We will be electing a new executive at our September 26th AGM, and we are looking for parents to step into leadership roles within the GPA. These roles can be reviewed on our website.

To join our mailing list, visit

There is no cost for this event, but donations are always welcome and fund GATE teacher professional development. RSVP please to

09 Sep / 2017

Welcome back!

We are excited to welcome back all of our new and returning GATE families. We hope you all enjoyed the summer break.

If you’re new to GATE and looking to connect with other GATE families, be sure to attend our events.

for our Annual General Meeting

including a family presentation and workshop for kids on
Building Strong Social Skills

presented by MacDonald Psychology group

September 26th, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Queen Elizabeth High School
512 18 St NW

Please RSVP your attendance to

NOTE: If you are on our mailing list, you may have received an email indicating the meeting will start at 6:30 pm. This was an error. Our Building Strong Families presentation will begin at 6:00 pm.

NOTE: If your child is enrolled in GATE as of September 2017, 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 at our Annual General Meeting (AGM). If you are interested in being on our executive, feel free to contact us with any questions, and attend the AGM in September. Information about our roles can be found here: Our Roles

The GPA and Louis Riel School Council Purdys fundraiser was such a great success last Christmas, we’re doing it again! If you’d like to volunteer to help with the fundraiser, please email us. Also, if your school site is interested in doing a fundraiser with the GPA, please email us. We’d be happy to work with the school councils of our other GATE schools on a Purdys Christmas or Easter campaign.

The CBE’s gifted specialist, Laurie Alisat, is beginning a new adventure. We can’t thank her enough for all that she has done for the GATE program, for our children, and to contribute to the giftedness conversation in Calgary in general. We know that she will continue to work tirelessly to promote the needs of gifted children in her new role, and we wish her the best of luck. The GATE Parent Association looks forward to working with the new gifted specialist once one has been appointed by the CBE.

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

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!


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