The Gifted Gazette
July 2020 Newsletter
A Note from the AGT Board

Dear AGT Families,

Welcome to our new families, and welcome back to our returning members! We are very happy to have so many people coming together to support gifted education in our district. 

The past few months have been a trying time for many of our families, and while each of us is doing the best we can, we are all coping in different ways as well -- with changes, challenges, and the new "normal" in our lives. 

AGT is doing our best to support you in ways that are helpful to you and your children. We have added virtual events to our summer agenda, in which you and your children have the chance to interact with and learn from other AGT parents and families. We are also providing our usual information about programs and updates through this newsletter. 

We are also still running our free membership drive through July 31, so if you have friends and neighbors whose children are in ACE or LEAP please encourage them to join. There is more information in the newsletter below. 

Finally, the biggest help we can provide is to be a space for all of our parents to connect, share information, and help each other as we move into a new type of school year. As an organization, we are growing a large membership, but we are only as strong as our connection and information flow between us. This is your organization -- please take advantage of it:

--Get involved. Volunteer, join a virtual event, try something new or share what you know.
--Make connections. Read the emails, click through to the events, meet new parents, exchange information.
--Share and help each other. Each person is experiencing challenges in their own way, and the best way to make a stronger experience for our own children is to be involved and support our schools' and district's efforts. Join AGT, join your local PTA, support the teachers and staff -- help them help our children.

Thank you for your understanding and continued support of your children's learning, and of CFB ISD. From the AGT Board, we see you, we're there with you, and we look forward to working with you.

Best wishes,
AGT Board

Stay current by checking out the AGT Website:
Special Announcement

Friday, July 31, 2020, 9AM

AGT Virtual Summer Events is proud to host Dr. Kathryn Schaeffer, Executive Director of CFB Advanced Academic Services and World Languages.

Dr. Schaeffer will be joining us to talk about changes for the new school year, answer questions, and share information with parents. 

Do not miss this opportunity to hear from Dr. Schaeffer as she addresses concerns for CFB learning in Fall 2020. 


Sign up Deadline: July 31, 2020

This form is for NEW members of AGT ONLY. If you are a current member, your membership will automatically roll over to the 2020-2021 school year.



For the 10 weeks during the summer, we will have virtual meetups for all AGT parents (Fridays 9 am) and students (Sundays 2pm). We have also included two Parents’ Night Out virtual events. All are 1 hour in length except for Netflix Party events. See the calendar for a schedule of events. Details to follow.  

Please note that the dates, times, and event are subject to change. We will provide timely updates if it happens.

Zoom Meeting Link:
Password: Password: 688789


Coffee with Kim (PARENTS ONLY) 

Bring your coffee and join the conversation. Catch us up on your life, visit with peers, or just hang out. Share your challenges. Exchange ideas with others. 



Let’s enjoy a virtual walk together. Wear your walking shoes and be prepared to track your steps or distance. 


Parents’ Night Out (PARENTS ONLY) 

Put your kids to bed. Grab a glass of wine or beer. Join the adult conversation. Catch us up on your life or just hang out. 


Netflix Party 

Enjoy a movie together. Chat with friends as you watch the movie.  


Music Party 

Swing by with your musical instrument(s) and play some songs. We can talk about it as well. 


Zoom with a Scientist 

Meet a scientist in the field while they share their stories. Ask questions and join the discussion. 


Art Party 

Share your favorite art work! Join us on a virtual exploration of art museums with digital collections in a wide range of art.  


Pet Corner 

Show and tell us about your pet! Share a favorite story or a trick they can do. See what penguins, bears, honeybees, and other critters are up to in various wild animal live cams. Share your favorite link for hanging out with domestic animals through rescue organizations. 


Campfire Stories 

Share your spooky stories with a group. 


Game Party 

Come share your favorite games and math puzzles.

Resources from parents shared at Virtual Summer Events:

We recommended the following books:
  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens, by Sean Covey
  • A Parent's Guide to Gifted Children, by Arlene De Vries, James Webb, Janet Gore
  • Parenting Gifted Children 101: An Introduction to Gifted Kids and Their Needs, by Tracy Inman Ed.D, Jana Kirchner 
  • Emotional Intensity in Gifted Students: Helping Kids Cope with Explosive Feelings, by Christine Fonseca
  • On the Social and Emotional Lives of Gifted Children, by Tracy Cross Ph.D.
  • Living With Intensity: Understanding the Sensitivity, Excitability, and the Emotional Development of Gifted Children, Adolescents, and Adults, by Susan Daniels, Michael M. Piechowski
  • Grit, by Angela Duckworth
  • Learning How to Learn, by Barbara Oakley
  • Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, by Carol Dweck
  • The Five Love Languages of Children, by Gary Chapman and Ross Campbell
  • Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience, by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

If you found this list useful, join the virtual events and connect with parents to find out more!

Shout out to Dylan Ly!
Dylan has submitted an experiment on Bose-Einstein Condensates for the Khan Academy Breakthrough Junior Challenge.
Good luck Dylan!

Find out more about Summer Exploration Programs in CFB!
Did you know....

You can donate to CFB AGT using Amazon Smile? Link AGT to your Amazon account and donate every time you shop. Visit for more details. 

Duke TIP Blog

The Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) is a nonprofit organization that has served over three million academically talented students in grades 4–12 since it was founded in 1980. Collaborating with educators and parents, TIP helps gifted students assess the extent of their academic abilities with above-grade-level testing, recognizes them for their achievements, and provides them with a variety of enrichment benefits as well as accelerated face-to-face and online educational programs.

Many AGT Families have participated in their programs. Please check out the Duke TIP Blog for ideas, updates, and more information.

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KERA Summer Math Program

This free program gives parents and caregivers a structured, easily-accessible blueprint to a fun, educational summer filled with kids’ favorite PBS characters.

How It Works

▸ First, register right here.

▸ Follow the checklist to complete the Challenge by the end of the summer.

▸ Get all the materials, instructions and information you’ll need for the Challenge in the Resource Station and Virtual Events sections below.

▸ Send us your completed checklist by August 21!


The Challenge runs from June 8 to August 10, 2020. It’s self-paced, so families can feel free to move to their own rhythm.

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Texas Association of GIfted and Talented

The Texas Association for the Gifted & Talented (TAGT) connects and empowers educators and parents to meet the unique needs of gifted and talented students from every cultural background who see the world in unique ways and are developing minds that just might discover innovative answers to the most challenging questions of their generation.

As a member of AGT you have special access to this site and its information. Please contact us for more information

View the latest newsletter sample here.
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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AGT is committed to serving gifted youth in our community. Financial Support may be available to CFBISD GT student
organizations. Contact the AGT Board for consideration.

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