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.

 

 

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  • UP CLOSE VISIT WITH COMMUNITY VETERANS!

    In celebration of Veterans Day, Forest Lake Elementary School third-graders attended an assembly that featured discussions with community veterans. Many of the veterans were grandparents and parents of the students. The active and retired veterans discussed their experiences during active duty and shared their dog tags, a Purple Heart and a Marine Corps flag, as well as photos of the countries where they were stationed.

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  • DUCK FOR PRESIDENT!

    Kindergarten students in Lynn Adams’ class at Forest Lake decided that Duck, the main character in Doreen Cronin’s “Duck for President” has qualities that would make him a great U.S. leader. He won a proverbial election against Pete the Cat, a character in the popular Harper Collins series written by Eric Litwin.

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  • HALLOWEEN FITNESS FUNHOUSE!

    Touchdown Terror, Graveyard Golf and Spider Bowl are just three of the 15 physical education stations that comprise the Halloween Fitness Funhouse at Forest Lake and Wantagh elementary schools. Wantagh Elementary School physical education teacher Christine Moran and current Forest Lake Principal Anthony Ciuffo developed this thrilling and spooky physical education unit a decade ago, and each year the students look forward to playing games like Candy Corn and Ghostbusters Bowling or traveling through the Tunnel of Terror.

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  • 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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Notices

Book Of The Month

                  

I'm Here

November, 2014

  

Dear Forest Lake Community,
The book that I have chosen as this month’s book of the month is a book called I’m Here, by Peter H. Reynolds.  This month’s book was purchased with funds raised by our PTA through the “Target: Take Charge of Education” fundraiser.  Thank you once again to the PTA for their support of this important program!  This month’s book is very simply written and illustrated, but is packed with a very powerful message.  The author urges us to reach out, embrace, and appreciate any child who may be feeling different, sensitive or shy.  Every child struggles with fitting in at one time or another.  I’m Here carries the important message that none of us are alone.
 

“I’m here.  And you’re there. Maybe you don’t notice me.”  Written in first person, a boy shares his experience of the world around him as he stands on the outside looking in.  The story shows a group of children laughing and having fun interacting on the school playground.  A distance from the children, a boy is sitting on the ground with his hands over his ears.  He comments that the sound of their laughter is like one big noise.  “A big drum. Boom. Boom.”  He is content to be in his own space unnoticed, while the other kids play together.  This captivating book is about how a child recognizes his differences and wonders how he fits into the world around him.  Reynolds reminds us that children, and the friendships they make, can take flight in unexpected ways. 

I like this book because every child at some point feels left out, alone and struggles with fitting in — a universal theme of childhood.   I’m Here is an excellent book for parents, teachers and counselors to read and discuss with children.  It’s an opportunity for children to share their own experiences, as well as learn about differences, empathy and inclusion.  I am hopeful that readers will become mindful thinkers about other’s differences.  “The distance between two people is only as big as you let it be.  A book for everyone.  Here…or there.” 
 

Happy Reading!

Anthony F. Ciuffo, Jr.

Principal

Forest Lake Elementary School