Students and families gathered at Forest Lake Elementary School for the second annual STEAM (science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics) night on May 10. During the well-attended evening, students explored their skills at 15 different stations, including Build a Boat to Float a Sailor, egg drop, Spaghetti Strength and marshmallow shooters.
The convenience of a great read is just a school campus away, as Wantagh has recently joined the Little Free Library program. School librarian Catherine Mottola, who has a little free library at her home, said the goal of the program is for students to trade books they are not using, share their favorite books with others or choose a book they have not already read.
Teddy bears and various beloved stuffed animals accompanied Forest Lake kindergarten students during a Teddy Bear Clinic. Hosted by Stony Brook Children’s Hospital Trauma Center, the goal was to help students learn to become their own safety experts on a bicycle and in the car.
Dear Forest Lake Community,
The book that I have chosen as our June Book of the Month is called I Wish You More, by Amy Krause Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld. This book, like so many of our past books of the month, is not your typical book which simply tells a story. This book offers much more than just a story. It offers endless good wishes in a creative and playful way.
I Wish You More is a collection of heartfelt, charmingly illustrated hopes for a child, each of which begins with the phrase “I wish you more….” They are wishes that every parent and educator has for their children and students. It is the perfect book to end this year’s collection of books and a fitting way to celebrate the end of the school year. The illustrations help bring the words to life and each page in itself will spark endless conversation.
It is certainly one to read aloud to your most cherished loved ones. I can’t help but get emotional when I read this book to my own children at home. Whether it be my own children, our quickly maturing fifth graders who will soon be starting a new journey, our loving incoming kindergarten students, or any one of our students in between, I wish you all more ups than downs, more treasures than pockets, and more hugs than ughs! I wish nothing but endless good wishes as long journeys end and new ones begin. I also wish you all a wonderful summer as we close out another successful school year at Forest Lake!
Anthony F. Ciuffo, Jr.
Forest Lake Elementary School