Centennial G/T Parent Newsletter

September 2021

Howdy Parents!

I am so happy I get to work with your kiddos each week. We have all become honorary members of "The Rescue Squad!" I have included some photos below of some of the fun we have been having in class. Ask them to share what they have been creating. 🙂

Please check with your kiddo to see if he/she has a G/T binder. I had a few to spare for kiddos who didn't bring one and some of their teachers did too. The binder is to keep their handouts in for Rescue Squad and to provide them with OPTIONAL work for them to complete. They know if they finish their work early in class they can get their binder out and work on items in it, or they can work on them at home. I will also assign OPTIONAL assignments in Seesaw. My goal is to ensure they are challenged and learn something new everyday. Please let me know if you have any questions.

❤️-Mrs. Barrera

Donations Needed

We will be creating & building lots this school year! We could use any of the items below to upcycle. Thank you for your support!

thin cardboard


empty egg cartons

empty plastic containers

paper rolls

twist ties

unused plastic straws


felt or fabric scraps

plastic bottle caps

empty cans

craft/popsicle sticks

cardboard packing supplies

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Rescue Squad....Roll Out!

G/T Pull-Out Schedule

Tuesday 9:00-10:00am 4th grade

Tuesday 2:00-3:00pm 2nd grade

Wednesday 8:45-9:45 3rd grade

Wednesday 2:00-3:00pm 1st grade

Friday 8:15-9:15am 2nd grade SIP

Friday 9:35-10:35am 5th grade

*days and times subject to change based on testing schedule or unexpected events*

Good Stuff

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Online Fun for Kiddos

Unusual Uses Game: At-Home Divergent Thinking Activity

In the "Unusual Uses Game", players come up with unusual ideas about how to use an everyday object. Click HERE for more information about how to play. Click on the picture above for a little inspiration!

Free Webinars

Thursday, October 14, from 8 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Eastern time

Constructive Collaboration with Your Child’s Teacher
with Pam Peters – University of Connecticut

Students who perform well are often overlooked in general education classrooms. We all understand that teachers are busy and often overwhelmed. Join me for a discussion about ways to build a constructive, two-way relationship with your child’s teacher to help you advocate for their needs.

Pam Peters is the Chair of the Parent, Family, and Community network of the National Association for Gifted Children. She is also a doctoral student at the University of Connecticut, with research focusing on equity in gifted education. She is the parent of two gifted children and has advised parents from around the United States.

Register here: https://gifted.uconn.edu/register/

Thursday, November 18, from 8 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Eastern time (Parent Focus)

Books and More for Promoting Literacy and Thinking in Kids
with Dr. Susannah Richards – Eastern Connecticut University

Looking for recommendations to ignite, delight, and cultivate lifelong readers? This session will highlight recently published books that kids will want to binge read. It will include suggested fiction and nonfiction, middle grade and young adult novels, picture books, graphic novels, and more.

Susannah Richards is an associate professor of Education at Eastern Connecticut State University where she teaches courses on literacy and literature. She has a PhD in Gifted Education from the University of Connecticut where she studied talented readers. She has served on the Newbery, Geisel, Connecticut Book Award, Malka Penn Award for Human Rights in Children’s Literature, and other award committees for children’s literature. She actively reads and presents on books for youth and how to use them at international, national, and local conferences. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @SussingOutBooks.

Register here: https://gifted.uconn.edu/register/

Centennial Elementary Student Expectations:

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