Help Needed with Science Educator Conference this Monday, November 17

Northern Illinois Science Educators is seeking volunteers to help check in participants at their upcoming conference this Monday, November 17. The conference will be held in Naperville, Illinois. Volunteers are needed between 7am to 10am to help check people in.

For more information, please see

Please direct questions to Mike Heinz, DGN Science Dept. Chair, at

SB16 – please submit a witness slip

CSD 99 & DG58 stand to lose massive amounts of state funding if SB16 passes. If you have children in either CSD99 or DG58, please take a few minutes this weekend to submit a witness slip voicing your opinion on this bill.

There will be a public hearing this Tuesday, November 18. If you cannot go to Springfield for the hearing, please make sure to submit your opinion before Tuesday.

For more information on how to submit a witness slip, please see either


Thank you.

FRoG’s Fall Speaker Schedule

Saturday, November 1, 2014  – 9am

Cyndi Karmik

Counselor – Downers Grove North

Putting It All Together – The Great Sorting Game of College Admissions

The Great Sorting Game engages students and parents in an enjoyable mock-admission simulation.  The purpose is to help students and parents understand the many factors that are weighted in admissions decisions.


Saturday, November 8, 2014 – 10am

Dr. Mark McDonald

Superintendent, CSD 99

Gifted Students and District 99

My reflections on being the parent of a gifted student and the opportunities that he had in District 99.


Saturday, November 15, 2014 – 9am

Dr. Kari Cremascoli, Superintendent of DG58 and

Dr. Matt Rich, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, DG 58

Supporting Student Learning – Directions and Supports in District 58

Dr. Kari Cremascoli and Dr. Matt Rich will present on strategies for growth and improvement in District 58 during the 2014-15 school year. This will include an overview of the districts’ goals and action plans as well as a look at the resources available to support high achievers and gifted students within the core learning experiences.


All talks are held at O’Neill Middle School in Downers Grove.  For more information or to RSVP for any of the speaker events, please contact

Fall 2014 Super Saturday Registration now open!

Does your child have a hankering to learn about high altitude weather ballooning? How about a knack for knitting? Curious about cartooning?

Well you are in luck! Registration for fall 2014 Super Saturday classes is now open. You can sign up your child to learn about topics ranging from mosaics to monsters, cupcake decorating to chemistry.

Here is the list of classes for the fall session

50-Minute Classes (* with exceptions)
9:00 – 9:50 10:00 – 10:50 11:00 – 11:50
Art for the Fall / Winter
Grades: K – 1, $50
Creative Dramatics
Grades: K – 1, $35
Creative Dramatics
Grades: K – 1, $35
Gross Out Chemistry I
Grades: K – 2, $65
Lego Engineering II
Grades: K – 2, $65
Jr. Chefs
Grades: K – 2, $65
Lego Engineering I
Grades: K – 2, $65
Cupcake Decorating
Grades: K – 3, $60
Harry Potter Potions
Grades: K – 6, $65
Yoga in Motion
Grades: K – 3, $35
Beginning Spanish
Grades: K – 5#, $40
Elementary Entomology
Grades: K – 6, $65
Beginning Spanish
Grades: K – 5#, $40
Jr. Chefs
Grades: 3 – 5, $65
3 D Art
Grades: 3 – 6, $50
Forensic Science
Grades: K – 6, $65
Gross Out Chemistry I
Grades: 3 – 6, $65
Lego Engineering I
Grades: 3 – 6, $65
Beginning Acting
Grades: 2 – 4, $35
Creative Writing Ideas
Grades: 3 – 6, $45
Lego Engineering II
Grades: 3 – 6, $65
Marvelous Mosaics
Grades: 2 – 8#, $55
Bridge Building
Grades: 3 – 8, $50
Codes and Ciphers
Grades: 3 – 8, $50
Cupcake Decorating
Grades: 3 – 5, $60
Animation Creation
Grades: 3 – 8, $40
World of Monsters
Grades: 3 – 8, $55
Cartoon Creations
Grades: 3 – 7, $46
Gamestar Mechanics
Grades: 3 – 8, $40
Continuing Knitting
Grades: 3 – 8#, $50
Gamestar Mechanics
Grades: 3 – 8, $40
Introduction to Knitting
Grades: 3 – 8#, $50
Cupcake Decorating
Grades: 5 – 8, $60
Pastel Painting I & II
Grades: 3 – 8#, $45
Silk Screen Printing
Grades: 3 – 8#, $45
Jr. Chefs
Grades: 4 – 8, $65
Yoga for Everyday
Grades: 3 – 8#, $35
Weather Balloon
Grades: 6 – 9, $75
Intro to Photography
Grades: 4 – 8#, $45
Lego EV3
Grades: 5 – 8,* $80
Grades: 7 – 12, $35

Classes fill up fast. To make sure you get your first choice class, sign up today!

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.

Richard J. Durbin Illinois

Mark Kirk Illinois

Email and phone #s are below:

Dick Durbin (D)
711 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-2152

Mark Kirk (R)
524 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-2854

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:​

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 ( 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

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:

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

Questions? Email Kelsey White ISS Educational Outreach Director (and DG99 & DG58 alumna)

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: