Forest Lake Elementary School

Forest Lake Elementary School

Our Mission:

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.

 

Headlines

  • HOW DO YOU LIKE YOUR APPLES?

    With the approach of the fall season, first-grade students at Forest Lake and Wantagh elementary schools have been studying the properties of apples and utilizing math, English language arts and science skills in their examination of this versatile and popular fruit.

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  • COURTYARD PROJECT

    The sunflowers in the courtyard garden at Forest Lake Elementary stood as tall as the students this fall, the result of much tending by Chris Torrellas’s class. With assistance from a SEPTA and NEFCU grant, the second- and third-grade students have re-energized the courtyard through a beautification project that included the planting of perennials, annuals and vegetables. Weeding and the colorful painting of a bench completed the project, but Torrellas said there is more work to do in the coming year.

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  • AN ARBOR DAY LESSON IN PAPER RECYCLING

    In honor of Arbor Day, Wantagh students in Lori Gottlieb’s class at Forest Lake Elementary School learned how to make paper from recycled newspaper. Arbor Day in New York State is the last Friday of April and is celebrated by tree plantings and various recycling projects...

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  • WANTAGH STUDENTS MAKE VALENTINES FOR VETERANS

    Throughout Forest Lake Elementary School in Wantagh, students were busy decorating valentines and writing letters to send to veterans as part of the Town of Hempstead’s Valentines for Veterans Program...

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  • A DAY AT THE BEACH

    Inside Forest Lake Elementary School, Wantagh students traded their jackets for Hawaiian shirts and their snow boots for flip-flops as they celebrated the school’s annual Beach Day...

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  • SHARING RESEARCH ABOUT KOMODO DRAGONS

    Wantagh fourth-graders in Michele Anszelowicz’s class at Forest Lake Elementary School have been studying the Komodo dragon, a large species of lizard found in the Indonesian islands...

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  • Students Inspiring Students

    Forest Lake Student Council members offer some inspiration to their peers!

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  • A GINGERBREAD LESSON

    Students at Forest Lake have been reading gingerbread-related stories...

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  • MY AMAZING PET

    Forest Lake Elementary School student Samantha Darr was named the first-place winner in New York State Sen. Charles Fuschillo’s “Amazing Pets” photo contest...

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  • CELEBRATING NATIVE AMERICANS

    Fourth-graders at Wantagh’s Forest Lake Elementary School know how to make wampum and have tasted journey cakes, popularly known as johnnycakes, after participating in their school’s Native American Day...

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Notices

Book Of The Month

            

 .                                                                                                                                                    October, 2014             

Dear Forest Lake Community,

The book that I have chosen as this month’s book of the month is a book called Two, by Katherine Otoshi.   This month’s book was purchased with funds raised by our PTA at our Back to School Barbecue this past August.   Thank you to the PTA for their ongoing support of this important program!   We all enjoyed Kathryn’s book One, last year, as it touched upon the power of one person to begin a change.  It was a story of the importance of standing up for ourselves and the idea that there is strength in numbers.  This latest installment uses the same numbers and colors as its’ main characters and explores more social situations which are common to the elementary age child.  It is a powerful story of friendship, loss, letting go, and self-discovery.  

Two’s best friend is One.  Every day they always say, “One, Two, I’ll count on you, ‘till the end we’ll be best friends.”  Until one day Three jumps in between them.  “Come play with me, One,” invites Three. “Odds are better than the rest, but One and Three are the best!”  Suddenly, One just wants to play with Three.  “One, Three, Odds we’ll be!” they chant.  Two feels left out, but what can she do?  Over-the-top language makes it easy for readers to understand that taking sides is not the way to go. When Two despairs (“Maybe it’s time for me to be done with One”), Zero exhorts her to try some out-of-the-box thinking: “What if you can make things right? Can you find it in your heart to see, a new angle to this, possibly?” The other numbers quickly join forces: “When the dance turns and shifts, let’s groove and flow.  If you’re holding too tight—let go.” Otoshi’s cognitive behavioral approach suggests that heroic action isn’t always something that can be seen; it’s something that happens inside. This is a great opportunity for our classrooms to open dialogue about bullying, friendship, and other social situations common to most children.

It is my hope that this story sparks rich conversation and ultimately arms our students with helpful strategies to cope and deal with similar real life scenarios as they come up in their lives.   Talk to your child at home about this story, and see if they can relate to any One, Two or Three of these characters.

Happy Reading,
 
Anthony F. Ciuffo, Jr.
 
Principal
Forest Lake Elementary School