The convenience of a great read is just a school campus away, as Wantagh has recently joined the Little Free Library program. School librarian Catherine Mottola, who has a little free library at her home, said the goal of the program is for students to trade books they are not using, share their favorite books with others or choose a book they have not already read.
Teddy bears and various beloved stuffed animals accompanied Forest Lake kindergarten students during a Teddy Bear Clinic. Hosted by Stony Brook Children’s Hospital Trauma Center, the goal was to help students learn to become their own safety experts on a bicycle and in the car.
Teddy bears and various beloved stuffed animals accompanied Forest Lake kindergarten students during a Teddy Bear Clinic hosted by Stony Brook Children’s Hospital Trauma Center to prevent trauma and promote safety. According to SBCH, trauma (or injury) is the leading cause of death among children under 17 years of age and can be preventable in most cases.
Forest Lake fourth graders stepped back in time during the school’s annual Colonial Day. Dressed in period clothing, the students visited a number of stations featuring activities popular in the 1700s including weaving, butter making, candle wicking, sports games and writing with quill pens. They also explored their artist talents with marble paper art, creating tin lanterns and writing hornbooks.
Dear Forest Lake Community,
The book that I have chosen as our May Book of the Month is called It’s Okay to Be Different by Todd Parr. The month of May is being celebrated at Forest Lake as “Disability Awareness Month.” Our intent is to help raise awareness, tolerance, and an appreciation for the various types of disabilities that others live with and an understanding of how one may overcome challenges that arise from their specific disability.
Sometimes we may wonder how to foster empathy and compassion in our own children. As parents, we have a vision for our children to live in a world where all people are valued and respected and we hope for a tolerant community. There are no easy answers to teaching these traits, but we can begin by remembering the influence we have within our own homes and communities. The commitment to embracing diversity begins at home and carries over into school. Developing kindness, compassion, and tolerance is an important part of every child's growth. Including those who are different is not just a desired trait, it is a necessity for living in a diverse society.
Each week during the month of May, we will be highlighting a different type of disability and our students will be given opportunities to discuss and explore the various ways in which those disabilities are managed and overcome. They may even be given opportunities to place themselves in another’s shoes in order to briefly experience life as a friend with a specific disability. This is a topic that is near and dear to the hearts of the Forest Lake Staff and we are very much looking forward to creating a learning experience for your children that we feel will truly help to make a difference in their lives and in the lives of their peers.
We would like to thank our PTA and SEPTA for supporting this idea both financially and philosophically. We would also like to thank our building’s “Kindness Club” for organizing many of the activities for the month! Without the support of these very important groups, some of the activities planned for this upcoming month would not be possible. I look forward to a rewarding month long experience which we will kick off with this fun and important book!
Anthony F. Ciuffo, Jr.
Forest Lake Elementary School