Author Kathy Ellen Davis Visits Helios!

The Hummingbirds (K) had a special visit last week from local author Kathy Ellen Davis. She read us her latest book,  Ta-Da!, reminded us that we're all story-tellers and potential authors, showed us the first book she wrote (in kindergarten), shared books she loves, and led our very first library dance mini-party (we definitely need to make this a regular library thing)! We are grateful to Hicklebees Books for making this visit possible!

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Gifted Development Center (GDC) [] at Helios

For over 35 years, GDC has established the standard of excellence in the assessment
and identification of giftedness, even when masked by learning challenges.

Not everyone “gets” gifted. As a research center, GDC is at the leading edge in
understanding this population. They are knowledgeable about all ages and in
addition to IQ and Achievement testing, GDC offers parents a two-hour post test
conference, an optimal development plan and a detailed report.

Linda Silverman and Gifted Development Center staff will be testing at Helios during
Presidents Week: Feb. 18-22. If you would like the opportunity to have your child
tested in without traveling to Denver, or would like a consultation with Linda
Silverman while she’s in town, please contact the GDC directly:
[] or 303 837 8378.

Helios family working together to solve a math problem

We had great turnout for the math-movie-pizza night, despite inadvertently scheduling it in conflict with Diwali! Natasha led a family math circle with some great puzzles, much laughter was heard from the kids watching the Muppets, and we had some wonderful conversations about math curriculum at Helios.  

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The kids who came by the library deemed the space "Heliosian friendly!" 

In addition to weekly class library times, we have "open" library times for kids to come in, check out and return books, and just hang out and read, write, or study.  Open library times and most class library times have volunteer parent librarians to help kids find and check out materials.

See you there!

parents playing board game

Game Night was a great success! Several dozen community members attended and shared our mutual love of games and gaming. From Takenoko to Ticket to Ride, Settlers of Catan to Sleeping Queens, kids and adults got to explore a host of games both familiar and new. 

Thanks to the adults who led some of their favorite games; and an enormous thanks to Eileen Dooley and Deb Das for orchestrating!

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Helios held its first monthly meeting of the Parent Discussion Group in October.  Each month, the group will focus on a specific topic, share resources about the subject (books, articles, videos, podcasts, etc.) and dedicate some time to discuss how these subjects relate to parenting gifted children.  At the first meeting, topics for the year were decided:

  • Adult Giftedness
  • Anxiety and Perfectionism - parents and kids
  • Talking about Giftedness - to kids as well as other adults
  • Technology and Social Media
  • Emotional Intensities and Overexcitabilities
  • Drugs and Alcohol - how and when do we talk to our kids about it

Our discussion groups are open to all Helios parents, so if you see a topic that interests you, drop-ins are welcome!

Author John Flanagan Visits Helios!

Helios was honored to visit with Australian author John Flanagan, writer of The Ranger's Apprentice and The Brotherband series, courtesy of Kepler's Books. Our 3rd-8th graders had an uproarious time listening to John talk about his life as a writer, his life before becoming a writer, his home and family, and his vision of being a creative person. He loved our kids so much that he stayed to talk with some of the kids and grab some great food courtesy of our wonderful parent volunteers.

Helios homepage

We are proud to launch our newly redesigned website,

Our goal is to provide families an easier way to view information about school events and streamline the admissions process for prospective families. We will be constantly updating our content with helpful information, events, newsletters, and school announcements.

We worked hard on creating a website that we hope you find valuable!