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 March Book of the Month is called Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great, by Bob Shea. This book tackles a difficult childhood emotion, jealousy, in a humorous and lighthearted way.
Ever since Unicorn moved into the neighborhood, Goat has been feeling out of sorts. Goat thought his bike was cool, until he saw the Unicorn could fly to school! Goat made marshmallow squares that almost came out right, but Unicorn made it rain cupcakes! Unicorn is such a show-off, how can Goat Compete? When Goat and Unicorn share a piece of pizza, Goat begins to learn that Unicorn may not be such a show-off after all. Unicorn shows his admiration for Goat, and it is the start of a beautiful friendship!
This story contains a positive message about celebrating everyone’s uniqueness while appreciating what makes everyone different and special in so many ways. The reader in this story will quickly learn that everyone has something special to contribute and that no one is great at everything. The bright and colorful illustrations will grab the attention of every reader and the hidden message is one that even our youngest readers will quickly grasp. This book is a great conversation starter for the topic of jealousy and it helps us to teach the finer points of tolerating different outlooks and capabilities and coming to terms with disparity in a positive manner.
I’m still not sure though, how you compete with the ability to make it rain cupcakes, (personally, I’d prefer chocolate chip cookies!) but that is what makes this story so much fun!
Anthony F. Ciuffo, Jr.
Anthony F. Ciuffo, Jr.
Forest Lake Elementary School