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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  • 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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  • GOBLINS AND GHOULS JOIN FOREST LAKE STUDENTS AT THE HALLOWEEN FITNESS FUNHOUSE

    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...

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  • A PIZZA CELEBRATION

    In celebration of National Pizza Month, first- and second-grade students at Forest Lake Elementary School in the Wantagh School District learned to make pizza with English muffins...

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Book Of The Month


FFS                                                                                                                                                 June, 2014

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.

Principal