5:00 PM Forest Lake PTA Family Barbecue
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...
Touchdown Terror, Spider Bowl and Graveyard Golf are three of 15 physical education stations that comprise the Halloween Fitness Funhouse at Forest Lake Elementary School in the Wantagh School District. This thrilling physical education unit...
Dear Forest Lake Community,
The book that I have chosen as this month’s book-of-the-month is called A Fine, Fine School by Sharon Creech. This month, our book was funded by our PARP (Parents As Reading Partners) committee as a reward for each class. As summer slowly creeps its way into our lives, I can’t help but reflect on the incredible year we have had, the incredible lessons we have learned each month, and all that we have accomplished together. I echo the sentiments of the principal in Sharon Creech’s book, A Fine, Fine School when he says “What a fine, fine school with such fine, fine teachers and fine, fine children.” This is how I feel each day that passes and I get to know you more. We could also add another line about our fine, fine secretarial staff, custodial staff, kitchen staff, support staff, and parents too!
Mr. Keene, the principal is so proud of his students and their learning that he wants to extend the school day to include the weekends, holidays, and summer. The teachers and the students did not want to go to school on these days, but no one knew how to tell Mr. Keene. It takes a student in his school named Tillie to alert him that although school is in session 365 days a year, not everyone is learning. She explains that although his students are at school, their little brothers, sisters, and pets are missing their teachers (their older siblings). She also mentions that the students are missing valuable life lessons, such as climbing trees, jumping over creeks, and just being kids!
There is a valuable lesson to be learned from Mr. Keene and his students. Every person needs balance in their lives in order to be effective and happy. I feel that this life lesson is as valuable as any other lesson we’ve learned this year through our monthly book initiative and it is a perfect way to bring closure to a successful year. I would like to thank our PTA for funding this project all year and our PARP committee for funding this month’s book as a reward for everyone’s hard work during our PARP program.
This month and every month hereafter, take time to nurture you and find the balance between work and leisure. You will be a much happier and healthier person for it.
Happy reading and happy summer,
Anthony F. Ciuffo, Jr.
Anthony F. Ciuffo, Jr.