Mrs. Packer's January GE News

Gifted Education News

CogAT Testing Schedule Grades 2-4

CogAT testing will take place in January and early February. ALL 2nd grade students will participate in testing unless a parent/guardian has returned paperwork declining testing. Students in 3rd and 4th grade will ONLY be tested if a teacher or parent has requested/nominated the student. The testing schedules were sent home prior to winter break.

Pull Out Groups for 3rd-5th

The second round of pull out groups finished prior to winter break. The third round of NBC's will begin mid February after testing is completed. The 4th grade group will focus on Math enrichment, and the 3rd and 5th grade groups will focus on Non-Verbal enrichment. Check next month's newsletter for more specific details!

Young Scientist Roundtable

Please join us on:

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 from 7-8 p.m.

at Wayzata Central Middle School

305 Vicksburg Lane Plymouth MN 55447

Presenter: Dr. Terry Jones

Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Minnesota

“Theory of Relativity”

Albert Einstein is famous for his Theory of Relativity, but many people don’t know that he actually developed two theories. The first is called the Special Theory of Relativity, which explains what happens to objects moving at speeds close to the speed of light relative to each other, but does not include the effects of gravity. Einstein later developed his General Theory of Relativity, which includes gravity and led to our current understanding of the Universe as a whole. Dr. Jones will focus on the Special Theory of Relativity, which is surprisingly accessible to students and forces us to think differently about time and

space. He will then briefly cover the General Theory of Relativity and how both profoundly important theories are used in nearly all of our current technologies.

Your FREE participation in each month’s Young Scientist Roundtable is funded by Gifted Education 279.

Minnesota Institute for the Talented & Gifted - MITY

Grades 1-4 Spring Classes for MITY are now open for registration. Classes are held on Saturdays: 2/27, 3/5, 3/12, & 3/19 from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. Parent Seminars are available during that time as well. Tuition is $175. If you are interested let me know and I will get you more information.

GE District Parent Meetings

Our first two Osseo district GE parent meetings have been successes! The purpose of these meetings is to provide parent support for students participating in gifted education needs based classes. There will be meetings throughout the year with various topics – see schedule below. These sessions will be facilitated by several of our #279 Gifted Education Teachers. All meetings will be held at Oak View Elementary and will be from 6:30-7:30 pm. Childcare for children 4+ and a light snack will be provided.

January 12th, 2016

6:30-7:30 PM

Motivation, Enthusiasm, and Underachievement

February 9th, 2016

6:30-7:30 PM

Idealism, Unhappiness and Depression

March 29th, 2016

6:30-7:30 PM

Communication: The Key to Relationships

April 12, 2016

6:30-7:30 PM

Not Just Gifted? Twice-Exceptional Children, Organization Issues

May 10th, 2016

6:30-7:30 PM

Advocating for Your Gifted Child Gifted Child


Contacting Deb Packer

Cedar Island Wednesday and Friday: 763.425.5855 ext. 82124

Fair Oaks Monday PM and Thursday: 763.533.2246 ext. 74135

Zanewood Monday AM and Tuesday: 763.561.9077 ext. 81169

Gifted Education Resources:

Hoagies' Gifted Education Page:

National Association for Gifted Children:

Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG):