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.
“You’ve got your whole life ahead of you. The road may be bumpy, but at the end of the day you’ll see the light, and you just might find yourself on top of the world!”
Dear Forest Lake Community,
Welcome back! I am once again thrilled to be able to offer our school-wide “Book of the Month” program to our students for the 2016-2017 school year. Through this valuable program, we are able to touch upon situations and topics that are common to the elementary age child and we use the characters, themes and lessons learned from each story to help drive classroom conversation and instruction each month. The book that I have chosen to kick off the 2016-2017 school year is a powerful little book that I think will help motivate our students as they begin a fresh new school year. The book is called Reach for the Stars, by Serge Bloch.
This “feel good” book is an easy read which focuses on chasing your dreams. It teaches students the important lesson of picking yourself up when you get knocked down and never giving up. One thing that drew me to this book was that it uses figurative language and it is illustrated with pen and ink drawings over photography. When I choose books, I try to find books with a message, books with interesting illustrations, and books with literary elements that teachers can take and use to teach students how to be good readers and writers. This book has all of that wrapped up into one fun and very easy to read masterpiece. It is my hope that students will be encouraged to set goals for themselves and then we can focus on the behaviors that lead to the achievement of those goals. Focusing on how to achieve your goals is very important for children, especially in the classroom setting.
As you explore Reach for the Stars, take some time to examine the idioms and unique illustrations hidden within the book. Also take some time to help your students/children set some goals, both academic and personal, for the new school year. Once you set these goals, discuss the behaviors that will be necessary to achieve those goals. This will help your child to set a plan of action in his or her head and start believing that they can accomplish anything. Encourage your child to dream big!
I welcome you back to what promises to be another exciting school year filled with many fun and educational book titles for our program. You can revisit all past books on our school website under the “Principal” tab on the Forest Lake homepage. You have the whole year ahead of you! It may be bumpy at times, but if you blaze your own trail and keep your head held high, you may find that you can soar to new heights! I look forward to the journey that lies ahead for all of us in this upcoming school year!
Anthony F. Ciuffo, Jr.
Anthony F. Ciuffo, Jr.
Forest Lake Elementary School