MONDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2013 - ON OR CLOSE TO 9:05 AM
First a couple of "technical" apologies....
Due to a problem with our District Server, I was unable to update this page over the weekend. It looks like we are now up and running.
Also, I discovered that most of the presentation photos that I took last week did not record to my disc. Apparently, the tiny pins inside the camera did not align with my SD card and the photos that I shot were not saved. That's unfortunate, because there were several wonderful projects that made for some brilliant photo opportunities and sadly - they weren't recorded.
That being said, I hope that everyone had a great holiday and that you won't be eating any more turkey sandwiches this week. (By now they taste like sawdust!)
Presentations continue this week and my fourth graders are preparing for their big "Pow Wow" at the end of the month. The following photo was taken by a parent and displays a team of children working on their projects and preparing for their big day. (Notice the high quality of healthy snacks that were available!)
Have a wonderful week!
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2013 - ON OR CLOSE TO 2:50 PM
Our Class Presentations Are Now Underway!
On Thursday, November 21, the 6th Grade Students at the Wheeler Avenue School started sharing their History Alteration Projects.
Here were some highlights:
This young man explained the relevance of Steve Jobs.
This young lady prevented the Titanic disaster. (The real event, not the movie!)
This presenter altered the tragic history of the Space Shuttle Challenger.
In this young man's presentation, JFK's assignation was prevented.
This week presentations will begin for my Fifth and Sixth Grade students at Dever and for my Fifth Grade students at Willow Road.
I would like to remind all of my Fourth Grade students to return their permission slips to Mr. Rosenfeld for the trip to Howell Road on December 20, 20I3.
I also want to wish all of my students and their families a wonderful Thanksgiving.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2013 - ON OR CLOSE TO 10:30 PM
I started to send home permission slips to my fourth graders last week about the trip to Howell Road on Friday, December 20 for our Native American Presentations. The students at Willow Road and James A. Dever will get these forms this week. Parents, please complete these forms and return them to me as soon as possible. Thank you for your help with this.
Report cards for the first marking period will be going home on December 6, 2013 and I wanted to remind everyone about the grading policy of the Gifted and Talented Class.
A grade of "1" means that your child is not performing up to the standards of the Gifted and Talented Program.
A grade of "2" means that your child is meeting the criteria of the enrichment program.
A grade of "3" means that your child is truly going beyond the requirements of the program. I refer to this as taking "extra steps."
There is no grade of "4" in the Gifted and Talented Program.
Have a great week and keep working on your projects!
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2013
Item #1: First and foremost...a sincere "Thank you" to all of of our Veterans.
Item #2: Election Day 2013
I am fortunate to belong to a wonderful group of educators called the Gifted Education Network.
We are basically a consortium of Gifted and Talented teachers who meet regularly on Election Day and throughout the year. The focus of the group is to offer its members a chance to collaborate about curriculum, discuss innovations in Gifted Education and pool our resources so that all of our programs can benefit from our collective experiences.
It was suggested that parents of Gifted and Talented children might also want to connect with each other. To that end, I am sharing a letter that was crafted by the founders of our group.
The Gifted Education Network was created with the mission of connecting teachers and administrators of Gifted and Talented Education in 2009 by Cindy Dwyer and Julia Johnson, Coordinators of Gifted Programs in neighboring school districts.
With the growing demand for parents of gifted students to connect with one another, GEN is proud to announce that we will be starting a GEN Parent Group. The impetus for creating a network for parents resonates with the same ideology behind the initial Gifted Education Network- the idea that we already have enough commitments, requirements and obligations, we simply want a way to communicate with one another to unite, ask questions, share stories, and support one another. By e-mailing email@example.com, with ‘GEN Parent’ as the subject line, you will be added to the distribution list. If you want to reach out to fellow GT parents, simply send an e-mail to Cindy (firstname.lastname@example.org) or myself with the request for us to pass it along.
My Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Grade students should continue to work on their projects.
Have a great week!
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2013 - ON OR CLOSE TO 12:40 PM
I am finding it hard to believe that it is already November. The school year is moving at a very fast pace.
Here are a few things that I would like to mention about the program that you and your children should know:
1) In case of class cancellations due to special school events or teacher workshops, all assignment due dates will move up to the next day or period that we meet as a class. Last week we lost some class time due to Student Council Assemblies, Halloween activities and a "Red Ribbon Week" show.
2) It is now imperative for all of my students to bring their research folders, flash drives, index cards and other supplies to each class session. Too many children are leaving their flash drives or folders at home. These items need to go back and fourth on a regular basis. If you still need to purchase a thumb drive for your child, try to get one that is durable. The character thumb drives may look nice, but they aren't always built to last and they often cost more.
3) My Fourth Grade students will soon need to meet with each other outside of our class sessions. Please help to arrange some time for this and help the children work out the logistics of getting together.
4) As I mentioned at the Open House, The Parent / Teacher Conference Schedules will be as follows:
December 11 & December 12 Afternoon Conferences:
Wheeler Avenue School - Basement Art Room
December 12 Evening Conferences
Howell Road School - Room Number 8
March 19 and March 20 Afternoon Conferences
James A. Dever School - Computer Lab
March 20 Evening Conferences
Willow Road School - Room 41
Please note that all of my class parents and guardians are welcome to attend my conferences at any building. Due to the number of children in the program, I will not be able to schedule individual appointments. Come to the session that is most convenient. Simply sign-in and kindly wait your turn. I have always found that these meetings are most effective if your child attends with you.
Thank you and have a great week!
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2013 - ON OR CLOSE TO 9:15 PM
As Halloween falls on Thursday evening, please be mindful of safety if your child participates in the festivities. Always inspect all treats before you allow them to be consumed, and make sure that any costume is reflective and easy for a driver to see. Even if you are keeping a local route, make sure your children (even older ones) are supervised by adults at all times. Also, try to be mindful of some of our senior citizens who might truly be frightened and confused.
I will probably stay home and give out the treats.....(Fun size? That's not good. Give me the 5 pound bag of M&Ms. Now THAT's the real fun size!)
Have fun and be safe.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2013 - ON OR CLOSE TO 11:10 PM
I just want to thank everyone who came to my Open House this evening. It was kind of you to take time from your busy week in order to meet with me and to learn about the program. I would like to thank the James A. Dever Music Department and the custodial staff for helping me set up. I would also like to thank Mrs. Sells-Asch for her help in coordinating the evening.
If you have questions at any time, please feel free to send me an e-mail and I will get back to you as soon as possible.
OCTOBER 20, 2013 - ON OR CLOSE TO 1:00 PM."
I look forward to seeing all of my class parents and guardians this Thursday at 7 PM for my annual Open House. This year it will be held in the auditorium at the James A. Dever School.
Have a great week!
MONDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2013 - ON OR CLOSE TO 12:00 PM
Some of the best ideas come from my class parents. I have now made this blog easier to follow by putting the more recent postings and important messages on the top of the web page instead of on the bottom. This will make it easier for you to see when information has been added and you won't have to scroll through old entries every week.
By now you should have my e-mail address. Please use it to ask questions or to provide me with information about your child when it is necessary. I will do my best to get back to you within 24 hours. Always include your name and the name of your child in every correspondence - even if you think I already have this information. Also note that I will never respond directly to children via e-mail.
Have a great week.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2013 - ON OR CLOSE TO 4:00 PM
I would like to invite all parents and guardians of Gifted and Talented students to my OPEN HOUSE on Thursday, October 24 at 7 PM. This will take place in the James A. Dever School Auditorium.
The Open House will provide information about the Gifted and Talented Program including curriculum, trips, and special events.
Please note that this event is for adults only.
Letters with additional information will be sent home during the week.
I look forward to meeting family members who are new to the program and to catching up with those who have been with me for the last year or two.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2013 - ON OR CLOSE TO 2:45 PM
The enrichment program is in full swing. The Fifth and Sixth Grade children are working on their first full-scale projects.
They are posted on this website under the tabs on the left-hand side of this page in case you misplace any of the paperwork or if you need additional copies.
I thought that the parents of my new Fourth Grade students would appreciate a few "in-action" photos of their children as I continue to acclimate them to the program and routine.
This young lady is working on her survey responses.
This young man is working on thought-provoking questions.
"No problem....I can handle this!"
The Puzzle Challenge at Howell Road.
"You mean after all this work, I only had to complete number 3?"
Over in the Wheeler Avenue Basement Art Room, these students are working on their puzzle challenge.
At Willow Road, this young lady is excited to be part of the Gifted and Talented Program. (Welcome Aboard!)
In the middle of all the required assignments, we still try to have a little fun.
This young man is concentrating on his responses. If you look closely, his pencil is sawing through the table..
I know that these new rubber band things are the latest fashion trend, but Mr. Rosenfeld is still hanging on to his amusement park bracelets that he got last summer.
Have a great week!
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2013 - ON OR CLOSE TO 11:45 PM
At this point I have met with most of my students and our program is underway. I would like to welcome the families of my new students to the program. Dates for my Open House will be posted soon. A list of supplies is posted on this website and you can access that lift by clicking on the link.
In the past I have asked my students and their families to bring in their empty printer and copy machine cartridges. This is something that I would like to continue this year. We recycle the cartridges through our Technology Department and we exchange them for new equipment. It would be great if you could help us out with this!
Gifted and Talented Meeting Locations for the 2013-2014 School year.
James A. Dever School - Computer Lab
Howell Road School - Room #8
Wheeler Avenue School - Downstairs Art Room (Next to the Lunchroom)
Willow Road - Room #41
Have a wonderful week!
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2013 - ON OR CLOSE TO 9:45 PM
Here is the Gifted and Talented class schedule for the 2013 - 2014 school year:
James A Dever School:
Wednesday 11:40 AM - 12:20 PM
Wednesday 2:00 PM - 2:50 PM
Monday 8:30 AM - 9:20 AM
Wednesday 1:20 PM - 2:00 PM
Monday 11:40 AM - 12:30 PM
Wednesday 8:30 AM - 9:20 AM
Howell Road School
Friday 11:25 AM - 12:05 PM
Friday 2:30 PM - 3:15 PM
Friday 9:45 AM - 10:35 AM
Friday 1:45 PM - 2:30 PM
Wheeler Avenue School
Tuesday 11:25 AM - 12:05 PM
Thursday 11:25 AM - 12:05 PM
Thursday 10:35 AM - 11:25 AM
Thursday 1:45 PM - 2:30 PM
Thursday 12:10 PM - 12:55 PM
Thursday 2:30 PM - 3:15 PM
Willow Road School
Monday 9:35 AM - 10:15 AM
Monday 1:35 PM - 2:25 PM
Tuesday 9:35 AM - 10:15 AM
Tuesday 1:35 PM - 2:25 PM
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2013 - ON OR CLOSE TO 3:15 PM
The Gifted and Talented schedule is almost complete and it looks like I will start seeing my students on Monday or Tuesday. Once we are good to go, I will post a copy of the schedule here. I can't wait to get started!
New students who have been accepted into the program should receive official letters from the district office this week. WELCOME ABOARD! Please have your child return the forms to Mr. Rosenfeld's mailbox. I am fortunate to have a mailbox in each school's main office.
Information about the Gifted and Talented Open House and Parent / Teacher Conferences will be forthcoming.
Have a great weekend!
MONDAY EVENING - SEPTEMBER 2, 2013
Welcome back to school!
I would like to wish all of my wonderful students a fantastic start to the school year. I would also like to wish all of my former students a great year in junior high school as they embark on new journeys.
The Gifted and Talented program will start as soon as possible. Screening of new entrants will take place within the first few weeks of school and our schedules will be posted here as soon as they are finalized.
I look forward to a productive and enriching school year.
PS - Ever so often I post information about events that may or may not take place during school hours if I feel they are worthwhile for my Gifted and Talented Students. One such event is Maker Faire that is held annually at the New York Hall of Science in Queens, NY.
If you have never been to it before, maker faire is a collection and celebration of technology, creativity, art, innovation, etc.
This year the faire will be held on Saturday, September 21 and Sunday, September 22.
I have provided a link for your information.