Funding for gifted programs on the line – please contact your senator asap.

Funding for gifted programs on the line:

Contact your senator asap if you support funding programs for gifted students

The ​U.S. ​ Senate Appropriations Subcommittee that handles Labor, HHS, & Education spending will be ‘marking up’ the fiscal year 2015 appropriations bill TOMORROW (Tuesday, June 10).

It is important that the members of the subcommittee hear from constituents TODAY and TOMORROW MORNING about funding for the Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Act.

​Illinois Senators are member​s​ of the Subcommittee ​; please contact ​their offices and urge the Senators to provide $15 million for the Javits Gifted Students Act for fiscal year 2015 in the Labor-HHS subcommittee markup. Calls and emails must get to the office by NOON tomorrow(Tuesday). The markup is scheduled for 2:30.

Democrat
Richard J. Durbin Illinois

Republican
Mark Kirk Illinois

Email and phone #s are below:

Dick Durbin (D)
711 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-2152
Contact: www.durbin.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact

Mark Kirk (R)
524 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-2854
Contact: www.kirk.senate.gov/?p=contact


Thank you for acting on such short notice.

For more information about the funding history of the Jacob Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Act, please see:

http://www.nagc.org/index.aspx?id=1006​

Screen Free Week Activities

Use Screen Free Week as a great excuse to break out some of those board games which have been feeling lonely in the closet. Looking for some different games? Why not head on down to Fair Game (http://fairgamestore.com/2014/04/turn-off-your-tv-and-turn-on-your-brain/) in Downers Grove and try out something new from their wide variety of demo games. Drop in, grab a game, sit down, and reconnect with your family while disconnecting from tech.

Have other suggestions for screen free week activities? Drop us a line at membership@dgfrog.org.

You’re invited to Saganashkee Slough on Chicago River Day 2014 (May 10, 2014)

Fellow FrOGgers – I am leading a site for Chicago River Day and was hoping you and your families can join me!

Saganashkee Slough (Palos) SITE CAPTAIN: Jeanne Eberhardt

Join us for an exciting morning along the banks of the Chicago River. Volunteers will work side-by-side collect garbage and sort for recycling, remove invasive vegetation, spruce up river-edge trails, plant native seedlings and more.

For more information, click on this link:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/saganashkee-slough-on-chicago-river-day-2014-tickets-10877794777

Illinois Space Day at Unv. of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana

Illinois Space Day is a free event hosted by the Illinois Space Society for students in grades K-12 to spark an interest in space, science, and exploration! Activities will include science demonstrations, hands-on projects, campus tours, technical presentations, lunch, and a talk given by UIUC alumnus Craig McGrath.

To register, go to tinyurl.com/isd2014

Questions? Email Kelsey White ISS Educational Outreach Director (and DG99 & DG58 alumna) krwhite2@illinois.edu.

Creative Brilliance at Work

Brayer Teague and the DGN Fine Arts Department, in conjunction with Jon Belonio of DG58, put on an amazingly creative show for local elementary school kids. The show incorporated technology, music and visual arts

Please check out the link below if you’d like to see it:

http://tinyurl.com/ArtOfMusic2014

Chess Tournament this Saturday – Last few days for reduced registration rate

The annual FRoG Chess Tournament for kids in grades 1-8 is this Saturday, from 9:15 until 3pm.

All levels are welcome.  Participants should bring their chess set and lunch to Hillcrest Elementary School in Downers Grove.

The price at the door is $25, however if you register before Saturday, you pay only $20.  To register, go to www.dgfrog.org/Chess_Register.html.

 

 

Super Saturday 2014 – Registration is Open

Click link to go to registration page

All classes are on Saturday mornings at O’Neill Middle School on five Saturdays beginning February 8, 2014 with no classes on February 22nd (2/8, 2/15, 3/1, 3/8 & 3/15)

 
50-Minute Classes (* with exceptions)
9:00 – 9:50 10:00 – 10:50 11:00 – 11:50
Art for the Spring and Summer
Grades: K – 1, $50
Creative Dramatics
Grades: K – 1, $35
Creative Dramatics
Grades: K – 1, $35
Gross Out Chemistry I
Grades: K – 2, $65
Cupcake Decorating
Grades: K – 2, $60
Jr. Chefs
Grades: K – 2, $65
Yoga in Motion
Grades: K – 3, $35
Lego Engineering II
Grades: K – 2, $65
Lego Engineering I
Grades: K – 2, $65
Art Experiments
Grades: 1 – 3, $47
Beginning Chess
Grades: 1 – 8#, $35
Elementary Entomology
Grades: K – 5, $65
Advanced Chess
Grades: 1 – 8#, $35
Robotics I
Grades: 2 – 4, $60
Intermediate Chess
Grades: 1 – 8#, $35
Weather Balloon I *
Grades: 10 – 12, $75
Jr. Chefs
Grades: 3 – 5, $65
3 D Art
Grades: 3 – 6, $50
Beginning Acting
Grades: 2 – 4, $35
Stuffed Creatures
Grades: 3 – 6, $50
Stuffed Creatures
Grades: 3 – 6, $50
Amazing Mosaics
Grades: 2 – 8#, $55
Gross Out Chemistry I
Grades: 3 – 6, $65
Lego Engineering II
Grades: 3 – 6, $65
Cupcake Decorating
Grades: 3 – 5, $60
Creative Writing Ideas
Grades: 3 – 6, $45
Codes and Ciphers
Grades: 3 – 8, $50
Lego Engineering I
Grades: 3 – 6, $65
Cartoon Creations
Grades: 3 – 7, $46
Cupcake Decorating
Grades: 3 – 8, $60
Cartoon Creations
Grades: 3 – 7, $46
Bridge Building
Grades: 3 – 8, $50
Digital Game Design
Grades: 3 – 8, $40
Digital Game Design
Grades: 3 – 8, $40
Digital Game Design
Grades: 3 – 8, $40
Robotics II
Grades: 3 – 8, $60
Pastel Painting I & II
Grades: 3 – 8#, $50
Introduction to Knitting
Grades: 3 – 8#, $50
World of Monsters
Grades: 3 – 8, $65
Jr. Chefs
Grades: 4 – 8, $65
Silk Screen Printing
Grades: 3 – 8#, $50
Continuing Knitting
Grades: 3 – 8#, $50
Yoga for Everyday
Grades: 3 – 8#, $35
Intro to Photography
Grades: 4 – 8#, $45
Weather Balloon II *
Grades: 6 – 8, $75
Erase 9:00 a.m. class Erase 10:00 a.m. class Erase 11:00 a.m. class

*     Class is longer than 50 minutes

 

Hello world!

Welcome to Friends of the Gifted (FRoG). We are a non-profit organization in Downers Grove, IL. For the past 30 years, FRoG has co-sponsored the Science Fair, presented enrichment classes on Saturdays (Super Saturdays), and has been a support group for parents of gifted children.