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.
Dear Forest Lake Community,
The book that I have chosen for our November “Book of the Month” is called dear Dragon, by Josh Funk. You may recall this author from a previous book of the month called Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast. “Lady Pancake” quickly became a favorite at Forest Lake and I am sure that dear Dragon will too.
“George and Blaise are pen pals, and they write letters to each other about everything: their pets, birthdays, favorite sports, and science fair projects. There’s just one thing that the two friends don’t know: George is a human, while Blaise is a DRAGON! What will happen when these pen pals finally meet face-to-face? A sweet and clever friendship story about looking past physical differences to appreciate the person (or dragon) underneath.”
What I love about this book is that it can be used as a mentor text to teach letter writing, or it can be used to introduce pen pals, while at the same time teaching an important lesson about seeing people for who they are and not what they look like. As all of our books do, this book teaches a valuable life lesson in a practical and relevant way.
On November 4th, the author of this book, Josh Funk, will be visiting Forest Lake for a special author’s workshop! During his workshops, he will be explaining to students how to take an idea from your head, to the library book shelf. He will be working with some students on developing book characters. Finally, with our older grades, he will discuss the basics of letter writing before having students write letters to their favorite literary characters. It is sure to be a day that our students will never forget! Be sure to ask your child about it after school on the 4th! I hope you enjoy the book!
Anthony F. Ciuffo, Jr.
Anthony F. Ciuffo, Jr.
Forest Lake Elementary School