The Gifted Gazette
The Gifted Gazette

April 2019
Hello AGT Families and Friends -

We have opened up AGT membership registration for the 2019-2020 academic year. Anyone who has recently registered for AGT or plans to will have valid membership through 2020.  Our group exists for you so please continue to give us the opportunity to support you and your student's needs.  If time allows, please consider volunteering your time during the upcoming school year to help plan and run AGT programs and events. We engourage your participation.  We are specifically looking for a Membership Chairperson in 2019/20, if someone is interested.

Family Game Night is finally here.  This popular event is set for this Friday, April 26th at 6 p.m.  There will be a brief AGT Board meeting followed by loads of fun.  We can't wait to see you there!

Finally, the AGT Board recently voted to award a $1,000 grant to the 7th Grade Polk / Blalack Destination Imagination Team as they head to competition at the global level in Kansas City this May.  Good Luck at Globals!

Kind Regards, 
Your 2018-2019 AGT Board 

Tips for Summertime Planning -  

Summer is around the corner! As the school year hits April, it becomes apparent to parents that suddenly our children will be out for vacation in just a matter of weeks. Are we prepared? Probably not. But can we take some steps to make things easier for us? Absolutely.

Summer camps/classes: This, of course, is a very popular option that most parents already have counted on. CFBISD already their great Summer Enrichment classes, SAGE and Exploration Academy, open for registration. This is half-day camp and comes with many different options of topics for your child. If you are wanting to expand and look for other choices, look into arts center camps, dance schools, martial arts studios, meditation centers, libraries,  performing arts groups, museums, sports centers, science centers, colleges -- there are literally hundreds of choices all over the DFW metroplex for parents to find fun opportunities for their children.

New skills: Summer is a great time for your child to try out something new with a relaxed approach. I plan on letting my oldest try out Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop this summer, just to see what she can do with it. Try out a skill or something you already do in your house -- a hobby or part of something you do at work, and just let them self-guide (within reason) and see how they do. They could learn how to edit and create videos, design a website, code, learn a new language, create a business plan, practice yoga, cook like master chef, etc. And thanks to YouTube (supervised, of course), apps, Khan academy, etc. -- you may already own some the programs or have free/inexpensive access to some of the skills they would like to practice.

House projects: Your kids can be very useful resources in whatever the adults’ summer plans are. I plan a major clean out for our house this summer and this a great time to them to practice those Marie Kondo skills of keeping what they love and letting go of the rest. We will fully have certain days where it is all about assembling furniture, or cleaning out areas of the house -- the kids need to see and engage with that too! This is what makes life run, what makes a household run -- and they can be a part of it. Don’t try to plan what needs to be done around them -- just put them in the plan too.

Boredom!: We’ve all heard that some boredom is good for children -- it helps them learn creativity and problem-solving. This may be a good time to test that theory out, if you have not done so already.

Vacation?: Your children can be part of the planning! Make these moments teachable. You can definitely incorporate academic knowledge into trips: geography, map-reading/math, etc. But, also take a moment to let them learn social skills as well. Is your young child old enough to speak well on the phone? See if they can make a restaurant reservation while you listen. Can your child plan ahead well? See if they can find and research possible family excursions. Show them that they too can do some “adulting” tasks as well, and they will be thrilled to try more.

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••• Upcoming Events •••


Saturday, May 4th @ 9 AM

Farmers Branch Community Garden  
12411 Templeton Trails, Farmers Branch, 75234


More Details:

  • This is open to Elementary, Middle and High school students.
  • While this is a Free activity, a voluntary donation to the Garden of $5 per family is appreciated. You can bring the cash and drop it in the jar. 
  • No Sign-Up sheet but please RSVP via email to  so that we have enough volunteers to help with the event.  Walk-ins are OK.
  • Meet Senior Gardeners, Arborists and Experts on Farming
  • Find our event page on FB:

If you have questions, please email the Event coordinator at AGT: Zoher Bharmal at .

Apple Coding and App Camp

May 18, 2019
10:15 - 11:30 a.m.

Southlake Apple Store

  • Registration is limited to the first 20 students (AGT members only*)
  • Geared to Upper Elementary and Middle School Students
  • Private Tour and Hands On Experience
  • Parents will need to provide transportation to and from the event

Contact Dr. Pooja Shah Goyal (AGT Dream Link Chair) --

For more information, download the event flyer and permission slip.
To register for the event, click here.
*To become an AGT member, click here.
For the 14th consecutive year the Computer Science and Engineering Department (a CTC partner) at the University of North Texas is offering STEM Summer Camps for middle school and high school students in North Texas. Camp programs will be offered at Discovery Park in Denton, as well as the UNT New College at Frisco Campus. The current camp offerings include

*       Robocamp - a week of exploration with Robots

*       AppCamp - learn how to build Apps for your mobile devices

*       Animation and Game camp - build some cool cartoons and live action games

*       Cyber Security Camp - learn about keeping your devices and websites secure

*       IOT Camp - Learn how to set up home Internet of Things devices

All the camps are 5 days in length and are generally targeting students who will be entering the 7th grade and above in Fall 2019. All the camps currently listed are Co-Ed and are offered at the low cost of $300 per student, with a limit of 24 students per camp

Also, stay tuned at the website below. We are waiting on notifications about some grant funding that may enable additional capp opportunities for this summer, including some all-girl camps that will allow rising 6th to 8th graders to attend. 

Registration is currently open. More details and links to registration can be found at
AGT Board Meetings

If you are interested in volunteering with the AGT Board or finding out more about what we do, please join us at our next Board Meeting.

Please email us for details.

CFBAGT has been around for over 40 years.  We are a group of parents and educators advocating for gifted programs in CFBISD.  We are definitely in this together.  

Please Join us!

Updated Registration Form now available for 2019-2020
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organizations. Contact the AGT Board for consideration.

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