WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2014 - ON OR CLOSE TO 8:22 PM
I just wanted to mention that I posted the Gifted and Talented Class Schedule for the months of December, January, February and March.
Please note that there may be additional changes due to Kidsday events, concerts, and other circumstances.
Simply click on the "Schedule - Part 2" listing on the left side of this page to see the listings.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2014 - ON OR CLOSE TO 6:40 PM
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SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2014 - ON OR CLOSE TO 10:15 AM
I would like to start with a personal note. I cannot believe that we will be celebrating Thanksgiving in two weeks. Time is flying and my students have been very busy.
The first marking period ended on Friday, November 14 which means that I need to start creating the report cards. Remember that the grades in the Gifted and Talented Program only range from 1 to 3.
A "Grade of 1" means that your child's work in the graded area is below the Gifted and Talented expectations. A "Grade of 2" means that your child is doing everything that is expected within the graded area at a level that meets the expectations of the program. A "Grade of 3" means that your child is exceeding the expectations of the program.
I have also received a few questions about Parent / Teacher Conferences.
Due to the large number of parents that I see from all four buildings, I am unable to set up exact appointment times for each family. All of the meetings will be at Howell Road this year in Room #8.
These meetings seem to work best if you bring your child with you so that we can all be on the same page at the same time.
I will post the exact hours in December.
This year, in addition to meeting with all of my Gifted and Talented Parents, I also have quite a few Parents of the children that I see for Mathematics Academic Intervention Services. When you come to see me, please be patient. I will try to keep the line moving.
This week we start the Kidsday Project with my 6th Graders and I will let everyone know if there are any cancellations as we progress through the Journalism Unit.
My 5th grade students will continue to present their Human Rights Projects and my 4th graders will continue to prepare their Native American Projects.
Have a great week!
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2014 - ON OR CLOSE TO 8:30 PM
Today it was time for my fifth graders to showcase their talents. The children in my 5th Grade class are working on their Human Rights Projects. Here were a few of the highlights so far...
This student is discussing the history and importance of women's rights.
There are several organizations dedicated to Human Rights. This student was showcasing several of these important institutions such as the Red Cross and Amnesty International.
Sadly, in many areas of the world people are presumed guilty and can be punished without the benefit of a legal system.
Human Rights are also needed in the workplace to prevent worker exploitation and unfair working conditions.
Stay tuned for more projects from my fifth grade students.
By the way...during lunch today, some of my children began to play a brief game of Abalone.
Have a great evening!
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2014 - ON OR CLOSE TO 10:25 PM
I have placed quite a bit of attention lately on my 6th Graders, and I will continue to do so, but I would like to showcase some of my Fourth Grade Students as they prepare for their first projects...
These young ladies are working on their research cards and their locus sheets.
Teamwork and planning are essential for a quality presentation.
Our laptop computers are always dependable tools.
We have eight units and a printer.
Another student is preparing her set of locus sheets.
Always check your work for capitalization, punctuation, spelling, sentence structure and ketchup stains.
Yet another productive research session in Room #8.
I can't wait to see the final presentations!
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2014 - ON OR CLOSE TO 3:20 PM
So much is going on...or about to.
Most of my Fifth Graders will be sharing their Human Rights Projects this week. We will be starting those presentations on Thursday, November 13.
My Fourth Graders are continuing their work on the Native American Project which is due in December.
My Sixth Graders will not be meeting with me this week, (Due to the Veterans Day holiday), but I will be contacting several parents this week to set up a few Kidsday trips and experiences.
At this point I have six events booked and we haven't even started yet. Our first encounter with our editor will be on November 18. If all goes well and the weather holds - we will have the best set of Kidsday experiences that we ever had. Many of these have never been done before and those that we are repeating were exceptional. I am beyond excited! I also do not know what our editor will be offering us in addition to what I have already planned. Remember that a parent and student planning meeting is required for ALL Kidsday experiences and trips.
Please be on the lookout for the Journalism Unit Guide - which will be distributed to the children on the 18th of November. The guide is an overview of what is expected for the Kidsday Project.
November 18 is also is the due date for Sixth Grade History Alteration Project. I would like the children to share all of these presentations within two weeks.
Please remember to send in any empty printer or copier cartridges. We turn these in for new technology supplies for the district. Also, I am always collecting clear (transparent) water bottle tops. Thank you for doing so in the past.
Please share with your children that while Veteran's Day is a day off from school, it is a very important holiday. I have included a song that veterans find particularly meaningful and I hope you will give it a listen...even if you are not fond of country music.
Have a great week.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2014 - ON OR CLOSE TO 11:35 AM
EVEN IF YOUR CHILD IS NOT A 6TH GRADE STUDENT, PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION ABOUT KIDSDAY!
I mentioned at the Open House that as soon as I had more information about Kidsday, that I would pass it along. The starting date for Kidsday is Tuesday, November 18 even though that is the due date for the Sixth Grade projects. (We can handle both items in one day).
The rest of the information will be in a Question and Answer format.
Q: What is Kidsday?
A: Kidsday is a very special project which I have tied into a Sixth Grade Journalism unit. The children will be writing stories and publishing them for an entire week in Newsday in the Kidsday section. Many of these stories will be based on events and experiences that I will lead with small groups of students. The stories are slated to publish in late March through mid April. I will know more as we get closer to the publishing date.
Events can be interviews with celebrities, product reviews and trips that could take place during school hours, weekends and vacation days. These events take place in New York City as well as various places on Long Island.
Q: How does Mr. Rosenfeld decide who goes to each event?
A: I try to place students with events that they would enjoy. The events need to enrich the students' strengths and passions.
Q: Does every Sixth Grade student get to meet a celebrity?
A: I guarantee that each student will be asked to attend at least one event, but only a few events involve celebrities. If an invitation is declined, I may not be able to insure that a child will be invited to another one...but I will try.
Q: What are some of the events that have taken place in the past?
A: My children have visited radio stations, television production facilities, "green room" reception areas, back stage areas and numerous business locations. Some previous hosts have been ABC Television, WHTZ (Z-100), WLTW (106.7 FM), WQHT (Q-104), LIttle Airplane Productions, Robofun, Scribble Press, Hostos College, The Disney Channel and Maker Bot.
Q: What events are planned for this year?
A: I am in the process of putting together an itinerary. We usually don't go anywhere until our first meeting with our editor. He provides some of the experiences and I come up with the others. Thankfully he allows and encourages me to do this. If I did not, we would only be able to provide off-campus experiences for four children. Over the years we have truly turned Kidsday into something special which is why I am selected by the newspaper to do this every other year.
Q: How does my child prepare for the events?
A: A mandatory meeting with the children and their parents will take place at Howell at a pre-arranged date and time. That is when I will go over the itinerary for each trip and we will plan our questions. In some cases we attend more than one event in a given day.
Q: What about parent chaperones?
A: At least one parent chaperone is required for each event. Please note that while parents will be accompanying us on the trips, they are NOT allowed in the interview rooms. Usually parents wait in the lobby while the children and I attend the event and interview.
Q: What are the costs involved for these events?
A: For the children attending, most of the experiences are free. The family will have to cover food and travel, which is often by the Long Island Rail Road and the MTA Subway System.
Q: What else does my child need to know about the day of the event?
A: Your child will need to dress appropriately. Usually that means ties and jackets for the boys and business suits for the girls. They will need clipboards prepared with their pre-typed questions and they will need to be well-rehearsed. Each child will need a cell phone which will be used to communicate with their parents as we progress through the day. All cell phones must be turned off when we enter an interview room.
Q: What about photos of my child taking part in these events, can he or she bring a camera?
A: Mr. Rosenfeld will take care of all photos during the trip. If a student is meeting with a celebrity, there are usually "head shots" that the artist will sign for your child.
Q: What happens after the event?
A: Your child must write an article for each event he or she attends. Each article counts for the three that are required. Your child must also write appropriate hand-written "thank you" letters to everyone that I deem necessary. That might include publicity people, event hosts, etc. I will provide the exact names and addresses for each note. I must also approve the note before it is sent, so don't seal it before I read it.
Q: Will my child be marked absent from school if an event takes place during the school day.
A: No, I will call the school and let them know that your child is attending a Gifted and Talented Kidsday Trip.
Q: If I chaperone a Kidsday trip, can I bring my other children?
A: Usually that will not be allowed. In one rare case, a parent was allowed to bring older siblings to attend a show and we were all able to sit together, but the extra tickets needed to be purchased. After the show, the parents and the siblings had to wait for us to interview the celebrity and then we traveled back to Valley Stream together.
Q: Have you ever traveled to a Kidsday event only to have it canceled at the last minute?
A: Thankfully that hasn't happened to my children, but our editor has mentioned that it has happened to other schools in the past. If that should happen I will discuss our alternatives at the planning meeting before we leave.
Q: Can events happen at the last minute?
A: Yes. I can get a call on a Wednesday and we will need to be ready for Thursday. My children are always ready to roll.
Q: Why do the parents of Fourth and Fifth Grade Students need to know about this project?
A: There might be cases where our classes get canceled for an event or two. Please forgive me. Some of these events are life-changing. I would not cancel our classes if I didn't think it was necessary or worthwhile.
Q: Why can't we do the Kidsday Project every year?
A: There many schools who want to do this and the newspaper covers all of Queens along with Nassau and Suffolk Counties. It's an honor to be chosen once. We are most fortunate to have been chosen every other year.
Q: What if I have additional questions?
A: As always, send me an e-mail.
Also note that our 6th grade classes will not be meeting on November 4 and November 11 for holidays. Schools are closed. My 5th Grade class will not be meeting on November 6 because I must attend a math meeting that is going to be held out of the district.
Have a great week!
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2014 - ON OR CLOSE TO 5:00 PM
There a few items that I would like to bring to your attention this week...
First: I wanted to mention that one of my students left a very nice light blue Lands End jacket in my classroom. It doesn't fit me at all and I am not the type who will sell these type of things on E-Bay. Your child can pick it up when he or she returns to my class this week.
Second: please remind your child to bring all of his or her material (including the homework) to class each week. I don't mind lending the children a pencil or some blank index cards, but my students really need their research material in order to make the most of our classroom sessions.
Third: in all honesty, I do not have a "number three."
Fourth: I mentioned at the Open House that I won a grant from the Interschool P.T.A. for robotics materials which will benefit my Sixth Grade students. I will be receiving this grant at the Board of Education Meeting on Wednesday evening.
I want to remind all of my parents to join the P.T.A. of your child's school. These folks do quite a bit for all of our children and they have been VERY generous to me and our program over the years. I also wanted to let you know that I joined the P.T.A. in each building, even though I am housed at Howell. There are four P.T.A 2014-2015 Membership Cards on my door to validate that. Again, they are dedicated people who really deserve your support.
Fifth: I want to direct your attention to the Halloween tips which is on the main menu of the district website. Please enjoy your Halloween activities, but be safe and be careful. And try not to scare the little children too much.
Have a great week!
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2014 - ON OR CLOSE TO 2:35 PM
I have a few items to discuss this week....
First, It was a pleasure to meet many of my parents who are new to the program and to say "Hello" to some of the folks who have been with me awhile at Wednesday's "Open House." If you have any questions about the program, the projects, the qualifications please feel free to e-mail me at any time using the e-mail address I shared at the event. Remember that for extra copies of project documents and schedule information is usually available on this very website.
Here are a couple of photos from the Open House:
My students are expected to deliver quality projects and submit work that is above grade level on a regular basis. Parents can best assist their children by taking them to the library, providing "nominal" materials, helping with arrangements for group projects and by working with their children to manage their time.
Remember, your children have to do this work. NOT YOU! Please do not do it for them and please do not make excuses for a missing deadline or for less than expected quality.
If there is a passing in the family or a medical emergency - send me a note or an e-mail and I will be reasonable and as accommodating as possible.
Most of my children, especially my Fourth Graders have never had to struggle with work and deadlines of this nature before. Now they do and they will grow tremendously from meeting these challenges.
We had a nice crowd at "Open House" and again I thank everyone who was able to make it for attending. It is my hope that you found it meaningful.
There is a new schedule change for all of my Fifth Grade Students. I will be at a workshop on Thursday, November 6 with most of the members of the Mathematics Department. My Gifted and Talented Class will be canceled that day, and the due date for the assignment will be moved up one week to November 13. The bus for November 6 has been canceled and the classroom teachers will be notified.
Have a great week!
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2014 - ON OR CLOSE TO 2:35 PM
The Gifted and Talented Open House will be held this Wednesday evening (October 15) at 6:30 at the Howell Road School. The event will be held in the Library. You will have the chance to meet the teacher, learn about the curriculum, view projects from the past and ask any questions that you might have. This event is for parents and adults. As a final incentive to join us I am continuing the Open House tradition: "FREE PRETZELS!"
I am honored to report that I have been chosen to receive one of four Interschool PTA Mini-Grants. My grant application asked for additional materials for our Sixth Grade Robotics Unit that will begin later in the school year. I will be presented with this grant at the October 29th Board Meeting and I am ecstatic to share this news with my children and their parents.
Again, I look forward to seeing as many people as possible on Wednesday Evening.
Enjoy the rest of your holiday weekend!
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 9 - ON OR CLOSE TO 10:35 PM
If you are a parent or guardian of a Fourth Grade Gifted and Talented Student or if your child is a student who is new to the program this year, you are probably wondering how to help your child get started with his or her first main project.
The following are some tips for you to help your child:
1 - Research always comes first and is the "Hub of the wheel." Before your child starts working on a PowerPoint presentation, the formal essays or locus sheets, the poster board, replicating artifacts, etc, your child will need a collection of quality books and a list of reputable on-line sources. After borrowing books from your school libraries, try to supplement your materials by using the Elmont and Valley Stream Libraries.
2 - Remind your children to start working on their index cards. If it is a team project, the children should split up the information they are trying to find. For example, if one team member is researching "arrowheads," the other members should opt for different items to research. Remember that the index cards serve several purposes:
They help the children keep track of their sources.
They force each child to place the information that they find into his or her own words.
They can be "dealt" into related piles which will help to form the paragraphs for their written work.
They help each team create their works-cited page.
3 - Help your child arrange for all of the group members to meet outside of school to plan, research, rehearse and to "put everything together." This might have to happen more often as the deadline nears. I do understand that everyone has important after-school activities, but I do need some help from the parents in order to make this work.
4 - Remember to keep the focus on Native American tribes from New York State.
5 - The children will have some time during each class session to meet, plan, research, and compile their work. They will need to bring their research folders to and from class along with the books they are using as well as the index cards they have crafted. They will have access to our class laptops, out printer and occasionally the Howell Road Library and Computer Lab.
6 - If your or your child has any question about the project or the class, feel free to e-mail it to me AT ANY TIME! I do not want them to wait an entire week in order to ask me something. Please note that I will only accept e-mail from adults.
If your child is a new Fifth or Sixth Grade Student, their projects will be individual instead of with a group.
I will elaborate more about these tips at our Open House on Wednesday evening, 6:30 PM at Howell Road.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 5 - ON OR CLOSE TO 1:00 AM
I am delighted to report that the first week of our center-based Gifted and Talented Classes was fantastic. All of the buses made their scheduled pick-ups and drop-offs on time and ordering lunch at Howell was very easy for those who chose to do so.
The Fifth and Sixth Graders have already been assigned their first projects, and my Fourth Graders will get their first long-term tasks this week.
Many of the Sixth Graders were unsure of a topic, so feel free to e-mail me with their selections for early approval. Otherwise, they will have to wait until Tuesday to give me their choices approval. All of the 5th grade topics have been assigned, although there was an incorrect due date on the original form. The actual due date for all aspects of the project is Thursday, November 6.
Please make sure that your child returns all of his or her parent and student surveys this week, and that all materials are brought to class.
Here are a few highlights from our opening week:
Our Fourth Graders were hard at work on their first day of Gifted and Talented Class.
The children have already started to participate in the Jumping Levels Math Competition.
The "Puzzle Challenge" was exciting and meaningful.
Our Fifth Graders have already started to work on their goals for the new year.
This young man upgraded his seat when Mr. Rosenfeld was conferencing with another student. He almost got away with it too. Alas, it was a short-lived victory.
This is a photo of real, authentic Gifted and Talented Children arriving at Howell Road on a genuine yellow school bus. Thanks to everyone involved for arranging our transportation.
Remember that our Gifted and Talented Open House will be held on Wednesday, October 15 at 6:30 PM at Howell. I look forward to a wonderful evening.
Have a great week!
SEPTEMBER 28, 2014 - ON OR CLOSE TO 1:15 PM
I am looking forward to starting our Gifted and Talented Program this week. The bus is ready to run and the classroom and your enrichment teacher are ready to welcome your children.
When your children arrive at Howell Road, they will have the opportunity to purchase their meal from the lunchroom staff or they will be able to bring what they like from home. Please do not send lunches with breakable glass bottles or peanut products.
Some paperwork will need to be completed by parents and returned to Mr. Rosenfeld the following week. This is mostly surveys for my new students and the usual Parent Information Sheets.
Again, our Open House will be on October 15 at Howell. I encourage all of my parents to attend. At the Open House I will discuss the curriculum, the exciting changes that were made to the program and the logistics of the Kidsday Project for the Sixth Graders.
I look forward to a wonderful school year!
SEPTEMBER 9, 2014 - ON OR CLOSE TO 8:45 PM
SAVE THE DATE!
The Gifted and Talented Open House will take place on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 6:30 PM at the Howell Road School.
The Gifted and Talented Open House is a great opportunity for parents and guardians to learn about the enrichment curriculum and ask questions about the program.
I look forward to seeing everyone on Wednesday, October 15 at Howell Road!
SEPTEMBER 5, 2014
WELCOME TO THE 2014 - 2015 SCHOOL YEAR!
I would like to welcome back all of my students. I also look forward to working with my new students.
This year, the Gifted and Talented Program will start on September 30.
I have created a new page on this website to help everyone remember the schedules
If you have any questions, feel free to send me an e-mail.
I would like to wish everybody a wonderful and successful school year.
Gifted and Talented Teacher
Howell Road School
SAVE THE DATE(s):
If your child is interested in technology and innovation he or she might be interested in attending MakerFaire. It is a fantastic event! This year it is being held on Saturday, September 20 and Sunday, September 21 at the New York Hall of Science. For information please refer to the official website: