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.
Forest Lake students learned about weather firsthand with a visit from News 12 meteorologist Rich Hoffman. Second graders recently finished a science unit on weather and have been studying the different types of storms and weather on Long Island.
Second grade students at Forest Lake School shared their recently acquired knowledge of coding with third grade peers while teaching them to make apps. In December, each of the second graders learned the basics of computer coding during the school’s first Hour of Code event.
Inside Forest Lake, students traded their jackets for Hawaiian shirts and their snow boots for flip-flops as they celebrated the school’s annual Beach Day. Even the snow piles and freezing temperatures outside were long forgotten as classes participated in a number of activities to celebrate the coming summer months on Long Island.
Even though Punxsutawney Phil failed to see his shadow on Groundhog Day, administrators and teachers from the district’s three elementary schools happened to see the shadows of 32 enthusiastic high school students, who followed mentors throughout the school day.
Forest Lake fourth graders now know how to make wampum and cornhusk dolls and have tasted johnnycakes after participating in their school’s Native American Day. Teacher Michelle Anszelowicz explained that the students had learned about Native American life and the Iroquois of New York State in their social studies classes and discussed how the Pilgrims relied on the Native Americans’ knowledge to help them through the first harsh winter.
Forest Lake students engaged in a Skype session with popular children’s author Laura Murray, who wrote “The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School,” among other stories. “Students give me ideas and inspire me,” Murray said. “My ideas also come from funny and interesting things that happen in life.”
Forest Lake Elementary School students in Christine Torrellas’ class created a gift of construction paper mice with candy cane tails for the residents of the A. Holly Paterson Nursing Home in Uniondale. The class decided to give the gifts to the seniors, who may not receive visits from friends or family over the holidays. The idea was conceived after the students read about the Toys for Tots program, which prompted a discussion on how to make the residents’ holidays more festive.
“There are many kinds of courage. Awesome kinds. And everyday kinds. Still, courage is courage – whatever kind.”
Dear Forest Lake Community,
The book that I have chosen for our October “Book of the Month” is called Courage, by Bernard Waber. This fun and easy to read book helps encourage students to face their fears and conquer everyday stressors and angst that are often so prevalent in young children today.
Bernard Waber writes, “There are many kinds of courage. Awesome kinds. And everyday kinds. Still, courage is courage – whatever kind.” The book goes on to explain how courage comes in many different shapes and forms. Everyday kinds of courage, such as starting over, or holding on to your dreams, or my personal favorite, being the first to make up after an argument. The author explores the many kinds of courage and celebrates the moments, big and small, that bring out the hero in each of us.
Courage encourages youngsters to go on in the face of adversity and feel good about themselves for doing so. It should serve as an excellent starting point for parents to discuss this important topic with their children. Mr. Waber’s simple, clever text is enhanced by his playful and humorous artwork, and students are sure to see both the truth and a little of themselves on each page.
Courage is a heartwarming and utterly charming book, sometimes poignant, often uplifting, but always stated in a positive way, that should get little ones thinking and open interesting discussions.
"Courage is what we give to each other."
Anthony F. Ciuffo, Jr.
Anthony F. Ciuffo, Jr.
Forest Lake Elementary School