SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2016 - ON OR CLOSE TO 1:00 PMTHIS JUST IN
I am delighted to report some wonderful news.
Earlier in the week I received notification that the Interschool P.T.A. has granted the Gifted and Talented Program a special mini grant of two hundred dollars to purchase a series of foam-backed three-dimensional puzzles. These puzzles will replicate the New York City skyline featuring the Freedom Tower. The children will be able to work on the puzzles during our lunch breaks. My hope is that the entire project will be complete by April so that we can display this as a tribute to first responders at Lights-on for Education. I will accept this mini-grant at the next Valley Stream 13 Board of Education Meeting on Tuesday, April 25.
On behalf of my students and their parents, I would like to thank the Interschool P.T.A. all of the building P.T.A.s for their support of my project. If you have not already done so, please consider joining the P.T.A. of your child's school.LOST AND FOUND
Earlier this week one of my students left behind a blue digital watch. I also found a flash drive that someone left behind. If either of these items belong to your child, please let me know and they will be returned.OPEN HOUSE
Again, I look forward to seeing many of you at our Open House this Thursday, October 27 at Howell. Project samples will be displayed at 6:00 and my presentation will begin at 6:30. This will take place in the General Purpose Room. Please let me know if you will be able to attend.ART CONTEST
The Kidsday Art Contest (Open to every child) is underway and deadlines are quickly approaching. If your child would like to participate, please see the link for Competitions and Contests on the right side of this web page. Good luck to all participants!
Have a great week!
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2016 - ON OR CLOSE TO 1:00 PM
The October series of school holidays are now behind us and I will be meeting with all of my classes for the next couple of weeks.
Here are some due dates to keep in the back of your mind:
Grade 5 - Human Rights Projects - Due Thursday, October 27, 2016 (This is the same date as our Open House.)
Grade 6 - History Alteration Projects - Due Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Grade 4 - Native American Projects - Due Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Enjoy the beautiful early fall weather and try not to get lost in a corn maze. Please let me know via e-mail or returning the form that I sent home if you will be attending my Open House. Thanks!
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2016 - ON OR CLOSE TO 10:30 PM
Good Evening Everyone!
Earlier in the week I attempted to call all of the parents and family members of my students who are new to the program. The purpose of the phone call was to welcome everyone, distribute my school e-mail address, mention this web site and personally invite the new families to the Open House that is being held on October 27 at Howell. (Notes were also sent home to all parents about this event.)
If for some reason I was only able to leave you a voice message and you still need to contact me, please call the building secretaries at Howell Road during regular business hours at (516) 569 - 6130 and I will call you back with the information that you need.
There are a few school closings this week due to holidays, so I will not be meeting with my Fourth Graders this week. The children should gather texts and on-line materials to bring to their groups on October 19.
In honor of "Columbus Day" here is a classic little ditty from Lou Monte. It was released in 1962: (Just click on the link to play it.)Please-Mr-Columbus.mp3
Finally, congratulations to the New York Mets. No, they didn't make it to the Division Series, but they only fell an inning short. Remember, nobody wins all the time.
Have a great week!
MONDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2016 - ON OR CLOSE TO 11:45 PM
I would like to invite the parents and guardians of all of my Gifted and Talented Students to attend our annual "Open House."
This will be held at Howell Road on Thursday, October 27. The presentation will begin at 6:30 PM and there will be a series of sample projects to view starting at 6:00 PM.
The Gifted and Talented Open House offers quite a bit of information to the parents of my Fourth Grade students since they are new to the program.
This year there have been some changes to Kidsday, so I am urging my Six Grade Parents to attend as well. Of course, all are welcome!
I will provide the location once I know how many people will be attending. It will most likely take place in the Library or the General Purpose Room.
If you need to bring your child to the Open House, I will save a table or two so that they can do their homework or study while I am talking to the adults.
And as a final incentive...back by popular demand....FREE PRETZELS!
A letter about this event will be sent home.
Have a great week!
Mr. RosenfeldJulie L. Floch 1960 - 2016 (A really great person who will be missed.)
Here are some recent photos highlighting our new Fourth Grade Students:
The G&T Bus delivers a new set of children to Howell Road. Notice the smile. That's a happy rider!
"This looks like an enthusiastic kid.....WAIT...Oh my gosh...and is that Yoenis Cespedes?"
As soon as the children walked in, they began to learn about the program. This young lady is intensely working on her first challenge.
This young man is treating his challenge very seriously. He has also learned how to levitate his hands.
"Ok...I know this may seem a little weird,...but I just can't help it...I feel like my lunchbox is staring at me?"
"Hey wait a minute...I think he is trying to trick us."
This young lady is taking her first survey. By the end of the year, she will be crafting her own and gathering information on her Independent Study.
Lunchtime at G&T is a nice intermission. The children, can bring in their own lunch or order from the lunchroom - just as they would at their own schools. On the left side of the photo, there is a group of children playing "Quarto" a very cool strategy game.
Here is a close-up of the game. Each piece has four properties (Color, shape, size and mass). The goal is to line up four pieces in a row with one common trait. The cool part is that you do not select your own piece. That is chosen by your opponent. This looks like a tough battle.
This is the puzzle challenge. The first team to complete it wins...if they follow ALL
of the rules.
This team is using a few strategies to solve their puzzle.
"I found the missing piece...I found the missing piece!"
"We're almost done...we just have to exchange a few prisoners of war."
Thank you for a great first day. I hope you have a fantastic school year. Remember to have your parents complete their survey and form and also bring in your own surveys and goal sheets next week.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2016 - ON OR CLOSE TO 1:05 PM
Good Afternoon Everyone!
The G&T Bus will be rolling this week!
6th Graders meet every Tuesday.
4th Graders meet every Wednesday.
5th Graders meet every Thursday.
A more detailed schedule is posted on another page of this website. Simply click on the "2016-2017 Schedule" link. It's on the left-hand side of the page.
The children can bring their parent-permission forms to class when they attend. These should arrive by mail from the District Office.
SAVE THE DATE
The Gifted and Talented Open House will take place on Thursday, October 27 at Howell. More information will be coming soon.
One last reminder that Maker Faire takes place at the New York Hall of Science on October 1 and October 2. It's a fantastic experience for all family members. Once again, here is the link to the website: http://makerfaire.com/
Enjoy the Weekend!
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2016 - ON OR CLOSE TO 3:50 PM
Good Afternoon Everyone!
If you are a parent or guardian of a Fourth Grade student, please note that the screening process is almost complete.
If your child met the district criteria to participate in the program, you will receive a parent consent form from the district by the end of the week. These will be mailed home.
I expect to meet my new Fourth Graders for the first time on Wednesday, September 28.
If you are the parent of a student who was in the program last year, you will also receive a permission form in the mail.
I posted the first part of the 2016-2017 schedule:
On Tuesdays, I will see my Sixth Graders, Wednesday's will be for the Fourth Grade classes and Thursday is reserved for Fifth Grade.
Have a great day!