ODS Gifted Dance Update


Gifted Dance Education (Addendum)

3rd Quarter, Week 3 – February 17th – February 21st

  • Due to the delayed arrival schedule today and the cancelled dance classes, the Love and Freedom Concert has been rescheduled to Friday, February 28th for our Friday dancers. (10:50 – 11:50 a.m.)

Contact (Email) Information:

Kimbra Cowan – Department Chair – kimbra.cowan@vbschools.com

MaryAnn Laverty – maryann.laverty@vbschools.com

Allexis Smith – allmsmit@vbschools.com

Pamella Washburn – pamella.washburn@vbschools.com


ODS Website: https://olddonationschool.vbschools.com/   Twitter: @BrickellAcademy

How To Raise A Child Who Cares

How To Raise A Child Who Cares

Being able to practice empathy is one of the most important skills you can learn. In a world that spends so much time picking at flaws and igniting fear and anger in people, empathy can be a balm to that fear and anger.
Click on the picture below to view a TED.Com article entitled, “How To Raise A Child Who Cares” and a TEdTalk by one of the articles co-authors, Daniel J. Siegel, a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine, the founding co-director of the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center, and executive director of the Mindsight Institute. He is also a graduate of Harvard Medical School.


Tips on Raising Gifted Scholars

Here is a list of some do’s and don’ts for raising gifted scholars from SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted. SENG is a nonprofit organization that empowers families and communities to guide gifted and talented individuals to reach their goals: intellectually, physically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually.

Do give compliments to your child for his abilities and efforts.

Gifted children need recognition for their abilities from people whose opinions matter most to them just as much as anyone else. Try to be particularly aware of when your child really has put a great deal of effort or thought into something and needs encouragement or positive feedback.

Don’t over-schedule your gifted child; that is not the same as providing challenge.

Don’t judge the value of your child’s choices during the free and down times (except for safety and health issues). Give your child exposure to many different skills and activities that may uncover talent and passion in the child. Give your child the freedom and opportunity to make choices regarding clubs, activities, and extra-curriculars.

Do demonstrate how to prioritize, schedule, and let go.

Gifted individuals discover early that they have many interests and can get more done—wear more hats—than most other people. Sometimes they get over-involved and can’t decide how to lower their stress and their commitments. Help them learn to recognize the difference between their own goals and someone else’s. Help them learn that some goals are necessary “hoops.”

For more information on do’s and don’ts: https://www.sengifted.org/post/some-do-s-and-don-ts-for-raising-your-gifted-kids

Academy Applications Are Due Jan. 10th

Scholars interested in attending one of the school division’s academy programs and/or advanced academic programs are required to submit an application. Each program has specific application requirements.

January 10, 2020 is the deadline for all VBCPS students to submit their applications for the 2020-2021 school year. Timelines related to the selection and appeal process are available on the Application Timelines web page.