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: