Forest Lake Elementary School is dedicated to the achievement of academic excellence and the lifelong love of learning, the enhancement of self-esteem, the building of character, respect, and responsibility through the cooperation of home, school, and community.
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.
Fourth- and fifth-grade members of the Forest Lake Student Council made personalized holiday cards for children 8 to 12 years old who reside in foster homes and who are assisted by the Little Flower Children and Family Services of New York. The activity allowed the Wantagh students to think about others and do something positive for children of the same age.
Students and staff at Mandalay and Forest Lake elementary schools dressed in hockey jerseys and donned blue and orange to welcome four members of the New York Islanders hockey team. On Islanders Day each year, schools are chosen to receive a visit from the players, who speak about teamwork, motivation, a healthy lifestyle and the key to academic success. The players also take the time to sign autographs.
Third grade classes at Forest Lake Elementary School honored many Veterans in a special program on November 10, 2015. Many relatives of our third graders joined the children in a program that involved sharing memorabilia. All the wonderful veterans took the time to answer many questions asked by the students. The information the students learned was more valuable than what they could ever read in a text book.
Forest Lake kindergarten students are learning that each of us possesses qualities that make us special. During a grade-level activity, the students brought to school a rock and were instructed to paint it with a picture that exemplifies their personal qualities. The rocks were then taken to the school courtyard and placed in a circular pattern around a tree in a new Kindergarten Rocks garden.
Third graders are participating in the 20th annual “Symbolic Monarch Butterfly Migration” with students across North America. Over 60,000 students in the United States (including …. Forest Lake third graders) and Canada created symbolic butterflies this fall and will send them to Mexico for the winter. At the monarch sanctuaries in Mexico, children will protect the butterflies and send them north in the spring.
The race is on……….
Dear Forest Lake Community,
The book that I have chosen as this month’s book of the month is called Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast, by Josh Funk. This book is illustrated by Brendan Kearney. This book was suggested to me by some of our second grade learners in Mrs. Conway’s class after they were introduced to the story by Mrs. Conway. Author, Josh Funk, was nice enough to set up a Skype session with our second graders to discuss not only this book, but also his journey as a writer. This Skype session helped to inspire our learners to continue their own work as writers. They have since developed a strong love for reading, writing and all things literacy. Mr. Funk was also nice enough to send us autographed “book plates” to place in each copy of the book which each class will receive!
“Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast are the best of friends until word gets out that there’s ONLY ONE DROP OF SYRUP left. Only one of them can enjoy the sweet, sweet taste of victory. Is their friendship toast?”
This fun and inventive book is sure to be a hit with our students. The clever theme and brilliant illustrations help to bring this lighthearted story to life as readers are lead through the refrigerator as two best friends race towards the prize of the last drop of syrup. Exciting text and rhymes will keep readers on the edge of their seats until the exciting twist at the end. Like all of our books from past months, this story also contains a lesson that students can take with them. In this case, the message is about friendship. As Pancake and French Toast realize how silly they were to race to the syrup, they also realize that sharing is an important part of any friendship. I look forward to sharing this message with our students this month!
Anthony F. Ciuffo, Jr.
Forest Lake Elementary School