Announcements


SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2017 - ON OR CLOSE TO 2:55 PM

PRESENTATIONS THIS WEEK

The Sixth Grade Students are mostly finished with their History Alteration Projects and the Fifth Grade is halfway complete. Remember that all students must be prepared to present on their due date, even if they are not selected to share their work on that day. The children are selected randomly using the "Deck-of-Doom."

UPCOMING ITEMS & SPECIAL DATES

We are already hearing holiday songs on the radio and the children will be busy with a multitude of after-school activities. Please remind them that they need to be focused on our projects and responsibilities as well.

BACKUP YOUR DATA AND TAKE CARE OF YOUR TECHNOLOGY

My main computer at home became fried due to a faulty hard drive and surge-protector that was unable to do its job. I have since repaired it, but I had to reinstall all of the programs and data back onto my hard drive. Please remind your child to back up their important files on a regular basis. When you change your clocks, its a good idea to unplug your machines and blow away all of the dust using a hand-held can of air. You don't have to worry about the google docs, slides and sheets data because it is automatically saved, but at home its a good idea to back up everything onto a reliable portable hard drive. I did not loose everything, but I did manage to loose the photos that were taken this week. 

THANKSGIVING 2017

It is hard to believe that it is once again time to gather round the table and celebrate Thanksgiving. It is one of those rare holidays that everyone can celebrate. I would like to wish all of my families a wonderful holiday full of good times, special moments and peace.

To that end, please enjoy the following song:

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Mr. Rosenfeld




SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2017 - ON OR CLOSE TO 4:50 PM

WHO SAYS YOU CAN'T GO HOME AGAIN?

As expected, we were able to return to our classroom this week. The bees are gone! One did fly in from the outside, but I was able to spring into action to take care of it within a minute. It's nice to be back upstairs. Special thanks to all of the children and staff on the first floor who allowed us to share your space.

THE CARDBOARD COASTER CHALLENGE!

This week, the Fourth and Fifth Grade students were introduced to the "Paper Roller Coaster Challenge." I will start a new and separate page on this website as a resource guide. Almost all of the work for this "Maker-Space" challenge will be done in class. The new website page is simply a reference guideline that can be used in class or at home. The Sixth Grade will most likely participate in this challenge after their History Alteration Projects are complete.

THE PAPER CHAIN CHALLENGE!

To introduce the competition, I held a mini contest where teams of two students, randomly paired, had ten minutes to create the longest possible paper chain. Here were some highlights:

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Paper, tape and scissors were limited...so was the time to build it. 

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Even in a competition, you sometimes have to share the materials.

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Each team used a basic strategy to accomplish their task.

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Even though the concept of putting a paper chain together is relatively simple, the constraints of the contest required strategy, communication and teamwork.

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The Fourth Grade winning team.

A FEW OTHER ITEMS

Remember that when they are assigned, literature responses must be complete and reflective of each student's best work.

I do not mention the names of children when placed with their photos or video clips on this website. That being said, one of my Fourth Grade Students is moving to another state and we would all like to wish his / her entire family the best of luck. You will be missed!

If you are missing parent contact information from your Fourth Grade child's research group, please send me a private e-mail and I will do my best to facilitate parent contact. I will not be able to share contact information unless an adult family member gives me permission to do so.

Sixth Grade History Alteration and Fifth Grade Human Rights Projects and Presentations are due this week!

PERSONAL NOTE:

I guess it was all the usual suspects. Apparently Mr. Green, Professor Plum, Colonel Mustard, Mrs. White, Mrs. Peacock and Miss Scarlet was all in it together. Congratulations to the board game Clue for making into the Toy Hall of Fame - Located at the Strong Museum / National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York. Also being inducted is the Wiffle Ball and the paper airplane.

http://www.museumofplay.org/

Have a great weekend!

Mr. Rosenfeld


UPDATED
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2017 - ON OR CLOSE TO 12:55 AM

THE BEES CAME BACK!

For the second week in a row, we needed to hold our Gifted and Talented classes in the General Purpose Room due to another set of  visits from our local bee colony. The exterminator was called in again and he treated the uni-vent. When I returned to my room on Friday afternoon, there were no insects. I am hoping it stays that way by the time our first class returns on Wednesday.

FOURTH GRADE - PROJECT GROUPS AND E-MAILS

At this point in the year, I tried to facilitate parent contact so that the children from the four research groups can plan to get their children together for after-school work and planning sessions. Some of my e-mail addresses were incorrect and a few of my e-mails came back to me as "undeliverable mail." If you grant permission for me to send your parent contact information to the other parents in your child's group, please send me an e-mail and let me know. I am trying to make communication easier while still respecting everyone's privacy. No personal parent or children contact information will be placed on this website.

MAKER SPACES - PROJECTS START THIS WEEK

Most of the materials needed for my maker space project this year were delivered to me at Wheeler. The children will work in groups for this project, but most of this work will be done in class. I will be posting some videos that the children can use as a reference in the coming weeks. Most of these videos will be viewed in class - but can also be reviewed at home. Thank you again to our Inter-School PTA for providing us with the funds to purchase some of these materials.    

JUST A FEW PERSONAL NOTES

Thank you to the Willow Road A.B.A. classes for allowing us to intrude on your space due to our recent bee situation. Thank you also to our Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy teachers for making us feel welcome.

I am having a hard time believing that it is already November. Time is FLYING!

I will not be meeting with my Sixth Graders this week due to Election Day. Parents, please vote for the candidates and issues of your choice.

Remember to set your clocks back one hour and to check and or change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. This could help save lives. Here is a song for folks who do not like to move their clocks that was recorded in 1958:

Daylight-Savings-Time.mp3

We are still collecting plastic bottle caps in any color and size as well as empty printer and copier cartridges.

Congratulations to the Houston Astros for winning the World Series. It was a fantastic fall classic. 

Finally, while school will be closed on Friday, November 10 - it's important to remember that this holiday is not about saving a few dollars at a holiday sale. America has always been a free country due to the work of our military personnel. While Memorial Day honors those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country, Veterans Day should be used to celebrate those who fought on our behalf and made it back.

Traditionally, I have always posted a song to commemorate the holiday.

To that end I would like to share this recording:

Letters-From-Home.mp3

THANK YOU VETERANS!

Have a great week.

Mr. Rosenfeld





SUNDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2017 - ON OR CLOSE TO 1:00 AM

OPEN HOUSE

I would like to thank everyone who came to my annual Gifted and Talented Open House. It was a pleasure to welcome back some of the families who have been with me in the past and to say hello to the families who were meeting me for the first time. As a bonus, I saw a couple of former students. It's nice to see that they are doing well and that they are happy.

A FEW QUESTIONS AND POLICY CHANGES

In no particular order I would like to address some changes to the program this year:

1) This is the first year that I will accept e-mails from students. This can be done IF and only IF they are asking me to approve items that they are planning to submit in the form of Google docs, Google slides, sources, etc. If a student wants to "share" such a file with me - that is fine, but I will let his or her parent know that contact was made.

2) In the event that a scheduled class is canceled (Either by a snow day, or a teacher absence, etc.) - any work due on that date will me moved to our next class.

3) It is not my intent for the children to miss field trips, Music in the Parks trips, Field Days, End-of-the-year Picnics, etc. due to Gifted and Talented Classes. There will be times, however that some things will need to be missed. Perhaps things like visits to the book fairs and NWEA exams can be re-scheduled. They have in the past at some schools.

4) We are still collecting plastic bottle caps and empty printer cartridges and copier toner bottles. Please send in these items whenever you can. This year, the caps are going to a Willow Road Art Project and the empty cartridges are going to the Technology Department. They will be exchanged for additional supplies and will be recycled.

5) BEES! All of my classes last week were relocated to the General Purpose Room due to a few bees that wanted to become class pets. The exterminator took care of most of them . When I left the classroom on Friday, it looked like it was safe to resume classes in Room 39. I will check again before I allow students to enter.

6) A question came up about a class "maker space." I thought it would be a good idea to share my response. A maker space is an area of a room (Or in some cases a full room) where the children can craft educational projects in a safe and guided manner. My maker space will mostly take part in my classroom and the children will work in teams to craft roller coasters and other projects that were granted to us by the Inter-School PTA. Some of these projects will be displayed at Lights-on for Education at Memorial Junior High School in April.

7) I also mentioned that before January 1st, this web site will have a new look. Our district is moving to a new software vendor as the current web site software that I use is being discontinued. In other words, I will still have a website, but it might have a new look.

8) Remember that the index cards (Research Cards) are the backbone of every major project. The cards tell me where the information came from and they force the children to place the research that was found into his or her own words. Once the cards are complete, they can almost be dealt into paragraphs. They will also help tremendously with the Works Cited Page.

9) I might be contacting a few Fourth Grade families next week with requests to share your phone numbers. This will help the children in each group get together for after-school planning sessions.


PERSONAL NOTES

At the time I writing this, the World Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Houston Astros is tied at 2 games apiece. It is a fantastic series and by next week, we will know the winner. On one hand, I am a Dodgers fan (One day I will tell you why and how it involves their former second baseman Davey Lopes.) On the other hand, Houston is a great team who has never won the World Series and their city was hit hard recently by Hurricane Harvey. October baseball is as good as it gets.


"You went away and left me long time ago. And now you're knocking on my door. I hear you knocking...but you can't come in. I hear you knocking...go back where you've been.
                         -  Fats Domino, (1928 - 2017)


Have a great week!


SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2017 - ON OR CLOSE TO 11:50 AM

EXCITING NEWS!

I am delighted to announce that the Gifted and Talented Program was awarded a 2017-2018 mini-grant from the Valley Stream School District #13 Inter-School PTA. This grant will be used to purchase templates, files and other materials so that my children can craft cardboard roller coasters.

I will be accepting this grant at the October 24 Board of Education Meeting at the James A. Dever School at 8 PM.

I am forever grateful to the Valley Stream District #13 Interschool PTA for their generous support of my children and our program. Their support has been both enthusiastic and continual.


OPEN HOUSE - LAST CALL


This Thursday is our annual Open House. I look forward to seeing everyone at Willow Road's General Purpose Room. The presentation will start at 6:30 PM. I will have projects on display starting at 6:15.

Have a great week!


SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2017 - ON OR CLOSE TO 1:15 PM

A LITTLE MORE ABOUT OPEN HOUSE

I mentioned that our G&T Open House will be taking place on Thursday, October 26 at 6:30 in the Willow Road General Purpose Room. Invitations were sent home last week. If you need another form, you can download and print a copy here:

Open-House-Invitation.doc

Please return these forms to me as soon as possible or let me know via e-mail.

FOURTH GRADE PROJECT TEAMS

The Fourth Grade Students were (randomly) assigned groups for their Native American Projects. Please allow your children to exchange phone numbers and contact information at our next class.

At the Open House, most of my Fourth Grade parents will have the chance to meet each other and to arrange for after-school planning and work sessions. This will be vital as we get closer to the due date.

STEAM PUSH-IN SESSIONS

My push-in classes at the Willow Road and James A. Dever Schools began and the children are enjoying their sessions. Please note that these session and projects are completely separate from the Pull-out Gifted and Talented Classes. Wheeler Avenue and Howell Road's sessions will most likely begin in January.

Have a great week!

Mr. Rosenfeld

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2017 - ON OR CLOSE TO 11:00 AM

OPENING WEEK

Opening week was very successful. The Fourth Graders were introduced to many aspects of the program and the children in the Fifth and Sixth Grade enjoyed getting back together and meeting a few of their classmates who are new to the program.

OPEN HOUSE - OCTOBER 26

At this point our annual Gifted and Talented "Open House" will be on Thursday, October 26 at 6:30. It will be held at Willow Road in the General Purpose Room. An invitation will be forthcoming and I will call all of the families who are new to the program to formally introduce myself and personally invite them.

PROJECT NUMBER ONE

The children in the Fifth and Sixth Grades were given their first major project at our first session. If your child has not given me their topic choice, please e-mail me to let me know what it is. (I need to approve it.) They can also give it to me at our next session, but that will give them less time to gather source materials for our first class.

The Fourth Graders will be getting their projects this week on Wednesday.

STUDENT AND PARENT SURVEYS, GOALS AND PARENT INFORMATION SURVEY SHEETS

All children should return these documents to class when they arrive this week. Thank you!


FIRST WEEK MEMORIES:

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The children arrived at Willow Road on a big yellow school bus. No reclining seats, no WiFi...just a safe ride. P.S. The two drivers we had were some of the same ones that drove the G&T bus last year.

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This is the entrance to the Willow Road School. "OK kids! Lets go inside and learn something!"

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The first challenge was to see if the children could follow directions.

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Every child was given a long assignment to read everything before doing anything. Almost all of them just started working instead of reading everything first.

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Keep thinking.....keep working!

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"...add the 6...regroup with the 5..."

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Of course the last of the many instructions on the page, said "Now that you have read all of the instructions...only complete number 3." (Place your name on the top of the page.) Remember that no matter how smart you are, you have to follow the instructions or you will be incorrect.

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This is the Fourth Grade Numbrix challenge. It is a great way to work together as a team.

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The Puzzle Challenge is very tricky. Of course each team needs to complete their puzzle, but they have to follow the rules.

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Each puzzle is fiendish. Each set has three extra pieces and is missing three pieces that belong to the other teams.

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One of the rules is that you have to stay seated. Remember that no matter how smart you are, you have to follow the instructions or you will be incorrect. (Where have we heard this before?)

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Our new Sixth Graders are already getting used to the program.

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These girls are working on their first challenge.

On Thursday, the Fifth Grade Students met for the first time this year:

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This is not a meeting of the Justice League. It is three Fifth Graders working on a problem.

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"This is almost complete...if we ignore number 14."

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The students here are from three different schools.

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This is another photo that depicts children from three different schools.

I look forward to a wonderful year.

Mr. Rosenfeld



SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2017 - ON OR CLOSE TO 3:45 PM


WELCOME or WELCOME BACK

I look forward to seeing my students this week. From what I understand, the G&T Bus is ready to set to roll and I will meet my students when they arrive at Willow Road.

A few parents wrote to me - concerned that the date when the permission slip was due, was the date it was received. Please do not worry about this. If I do not already have it, simply have your child return his / her form to me on the first day of class.

I placed the October, November and December meeting dates on the schedule page of this website. It can be accessed on the top left-hand side of this page.

The Supply List page is also on the top left-hand side of this page. If your child had these supplies in prior years, they should be used again.

My STEAM "Push-in" Program will start this Friday. I will be working with the Fourth Grade Classes in all four buildings. During the first part of the year, I will be at Dever and Willow Road. During the second part of the year, I will work with the Howell Road and Wheeler Avenue Classes.

Have a great week!

Mr. Rosenfeld



TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2017 - ON OR CLOSE TO 10:45 PM

GIFTED AND TALENTED CLASSES BEGIN NEXT WEEK!

Our program should be in full operation starting on Tuesday, October 3. That is when the children from Dever, Howell and Wheeler will begin their weekly travel to Willow Road. My classroom is number 39 on the second floor of the building.

Current 6th Graders will attend on Tuesdays.
Current 4th Graders will attend on Wednesdays.
Current 5th Graders will attend on Thursdays.

Permission letters for children previously in the program and for children who will be joining us for the first time were sent home today from the District Office.

Children will be able to bring their own lunches or they can purchase lunch from the Willow Road Lunchroom.

At this time, I would like to offer a hardy "Congratulations" to all of my new students. I look forward to welcoming everyone next week. 

Mr. Rosenfeld




SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2017 - ON OR CLOSE TO 10:25 AM


I wanted to let everyone know that the screening process for the Gifted and Talented Program is still taking place. We are looking at a considerable number of candidates this year. Some of these candidates will be joining the children who have been with me in the past.


Please be patient. We will start the program as soon as possible.


Mr. Rosenfeld

PS - Maker Faire will be taking place next weekend. Click on the link for SPECIAL DATES on the left side of this page for additional information.





WELCOME!

Please note that the screening process for the 2017 - 2018 Gifted & Talented Program will take place during the first couple of weeks of school.

Parents will be notified if their child meets the criteria for the program by a letter that will be mailed from the District Office.

This year the pull-out program will be hosted at the Willow Road School in Room #39.

I look forward to meeting my new students and to welcome back my children who were with me before.

Have a wonderful and productive academic year!

Mr. Rosenfeld



Personal Note:

"I guess we're all gonna be what we're gonna be...so what do you do with good ole boys like me."

Many years ago, I had the opportunity to meet and to interview Don Williams. It was a very special moment for me and one that I will always treasure. I would like to share one of his songs.

Don-Williams---Cup-Of-Tea.mp3   

Don Williams, "The Gentle Giant" (1939 - 2017)