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.
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.
Dear Forest Lake Community,
The book that I have chosen as our February Book of the Month is called The Great Fuzz Frenzy, by Janet Stevens and Susan Stevens Crummel. This story, filled with rich and visual illustrations and wonderful word choices, is a fun, lighthearted book about sharing and teamwork.
“It’s big. It’s round. It’s really fuzzy. But…what is it? Whatever it is, there’s no end of trouble when this big, round, really fuzzy thing tumbles into the prairie-dog town. Who would have guessed that its arrival would cause a great fuzz frenzy? And what will happen when all the fuzz is gone?”
When a tennis ball mysteriously appears in a prairie dog community, it causes a frantic frenzy to claim all the fuzz. When all the prairie dogs are worn out from the frenzy, they fall asleep and Big Bark steals all the fuzz for himself. Then there's a real disaster. An eagle swoops down and captures Big Bark! Eventually, the community realizes they can't let material objects come between them. They need to stick together and take care of each other. This story makes me think of some of the silly, everyday disagreements that students seem to get into, especially this time of year when they are stuck inside for long periods of time during the cold weather months. Whether the disagreement is over recess equipment, school supplies, or anything else that may be important to our students, it is important that they learn the benefits of sharing and teamwork over greed and selfishness. A lesson that we all could benefit from every now and again.
Anthony F. Ciuffo, Jr.
Anthony F. Ciuffo, Jr.
Forest Lake Elementary School