Welcome to the 2014-2015 School Year!

Please be sure to check the Gifted & Talented blog throughout the year for links to great websites, projects & contests, and helpful information.
We look forward to another fantastic year!
- Ms. Czyzyk & Ms. Walker

Science & Engineering Links for the Summer

If you are looking for something to do this summer, check out some of the links below!  A great way to spend a summer afternoon is to challenge yourself to an Engineering challenge or a Science experiment.  Have a great summer break!

A smiley sun

Scholastic – 40 Cool Science Experiments


Steve Spangler Science


PBS – Zoom Science


Parents -Everyday Science Experiments


Science Channel – Top 10 DIY Projects for Kids of All Ages


Instructables – Project-Based Engineering for Kids


Barnes and Noble Events

Did you know that the North Brunswick Barnes & Noble has free events for kids throughout the year?  Check out some of their upcoming events below:

Saturday May 03, 2014 11:00 AM Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar 45th Anniversary Celebration –  Reading and Color-In Crown activity. Hands-On Learning coloring fun for ages 4 and up. Space is limited. Ask any bookseller how to sign up.

Saturday May 17, 2014 11:00 AM Oh, the Places You’ll Go! Storytime – Get ready for summer adventures with Oh, the Places You’ll Go! Storytime

Sunday May 18, 2014 2:00 PM Mother’s Day Disney’s Brave Event – Join us for activities, games and more! Dress like your favorite character from Brave! Please call 732.545.7966 to register.


River of Words Contest (All Grades)

River of Words

River of Words

Look around you. See how your environment shapes the way you live and how you think about the world. Then write a poem or create a piece of art on what you discover. River of Words is an international poetry and art contest for youth on the theme of Watersheds. The contest is designed to help youth explore the natural and cultural history of the place they live and to express themselves through poetry and art. The contest is open to any child in the world, 5-19 years of age. Youth may enter the contest as many times as they like, but a separate entry form must be completed for each submission. All entrants will be acknowledged with a Watershed Explorer Certificate.

Click on the link for more information-  http://www.stmarys-ca.edu/center-for-environmental-literacy/river-of-words/art-poetry-contest

Click here for the - Individual Entry Form 2014/2015

The PBS KIDS Writers Contest (Grades K-3)

What is the PBS KIDS Writers Contest and who can enter?

It’s a Contest held by many local PBS member stations for kids in K-3rd grade who want to write and illustrate their own stories. If your local PBS station is participating, you can submit your story to your local station for judging, and a chance to win prizes! Plus, everyone who enters gets a Certificate of Achievement. The PBS KIDS Writers Contest is managed by WNED-TV, Buffalo/Toronto and participating local PBS member stations.

Click on the link for more information! http://pbskids.org/writerscontest/



Engineering Resources

Looking for Engineering Projects to try at home?  Check out the links below!

Instructables  - http://www.instructables.com/id/Project-Based-Engineering-for-Kids/ 

Discover Engineering – http://www.discoverengineering.org/

Engineering Interact – http://www.engineeringinteract.org/

PBS Kids Design Squad – http://pbskids.org/designsquad/

Teach Engineering – http://www.teachengineering.org/

Barnes & Noble Events

Did you know that the North Brunswick Barnes & Noble has free events for kids throughout the year?  Check out some of their upcoming events below:

Saturday, September 21st at 11:00 a.m.

Curiosity Day with Curious George - “We’re celebrating a love of reading with everyone’s favorite monkey Curious George.  Join us for a reading of the classic Curious George book, fun activities, monkey mask-making and more!”

Wednesday, September 25th at 3:30 p.m.

Crocodile Creek Circus Tower Puzzle - “Kids ages 3 to 7 will have fun at this group activity as they build a beautiful, four-foot-high Circus Tower puzzle.  They’ll practice counting animals and naming them too!  Space is limited.  Please sign up at Customer Service by September 21st.”

Friday, September 27th at 3:30 p.m.

Lego Master Builder Academy Robot“Kids ages 8 and up will learn sideways building and alternate uses while creating a robot from Lego Master Building Academy.  Space is limited.  Please pre-register at Customer Service by September 25th.”

Saturday, October 5th

Star Wars Reads Day“Join us for Star Wars Reads Day, a nationwide celebration of all things Star Wars.  We’ll have activities for the whole family, from Storytimes and crafts to costume contests, character visits and author signings.  Ask any bookseller for store-specific details.”

For more information on these and future events visit:  bn.com/events

Welcome Back!

Welcome to the 2013-2014 School Year!

Please be sure to check the Gifted & Talented blog throughout the year for links to great websites, projects & contests, and helpful information.  We look forward to another great year!  -Mrs. Cervino & Ms. Czyzyk

2013 NJDEP Recycling Poetry Contest

Recycling symbol

Welcome to New Jersey’s 2013 Recycling Poetry Contest! We are looking for young writers in grades 4 through 6 to contribute poems focusing on their thoughts about recycling in our state. The winning poets will be invited to participate in an awards ceremony later this year.

Recycling is the law in New Jersey, and while the program enjoys a certain amount of popularity, the recycling rate has remained virtually stationery over the last several years. Additionally, we often hear from residents and students who tell us that many of New Jersey’s schools aren’t recycling. Therefore, in order to promote recycling in our schools, we think it is important to encourage as many students as possible to participate in this contest.

This year’s recycling poetry contest is open to all New Jersey students, grades four through six. Schools must select no more than three (3) poems from each eligible grade level to submit to the NJ Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Recycling and Planning, for entry into the statewide contest. A review committee will then select the 12 winning poems.

Students are asked to submit a poem of 100 words or less explaining why they believe recycling is important, why all students and schools should participate in their local recycling programs, and how best to improve New Jersey’s recycling rate. In reviewing the entries, the judges will look for understanding of theme, originality, ability to convey a concept, and creative thinking and writing. Winners at the state level will be invited to participate in an awards ceremony later this year, and will receive prizes made of recycled material.

Poetry Requirements

-The submission should be typed on an 8 ½”  x 11” sheet of paper, and should be 100 words or less. Extra points will be given if the entry is accompanied by appropriate and exemplary graphics or artwork appearing on a separate page.

-Product brand names should not appear as part of the entries.

-The content of the poem should describe why recycling is important individually and/or for society as a whole.

-The poem should encourage individuals to expand their recycling activities, and to purchase more recycled products.

-Only poetry will be accepted; no prose will be allowed.


-Entries must be postmarked by Monday, June 3, 2013 and sent to the NJDEP.

-Therefore, all submissions must be sent to the Gifted & Talented teachers no later than Tuesday, May 28th.  This will allow us ample time to submit the entries.

-After a poem is submitted and selected, you will be emailed a Release Form (from the NJDEP) that needs to be completed and submitted with the poem.

-All entries should be emailed to sbgandt@gmail.com