7:30 PM Foundation Board Meeting
7:00 PM Horizons Curriculum Night
7:30 PM SEPTA Meeting WMS IMC
4:00 PM WUT Executive Board Meeting
8:00 PM Board of Education Meeting
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.
A stuffed animal can be an asset to learning important academic skills, as seen in first-grade teacher Lori Gottlieb’s class. On Teddy Bear Day, the students brought their furry friends to the classroom to assist them in English language arts and mathematics lessons.
Teddy bears and stuffed animals accompanied kindergarten students, who attended a Teddy Bear Clinic hosted by Stony Brook Children’s Hospital to prevent trauma and promote safety. According to SBCH, trauma (or injury) is the leading cause of death among children under 17 years of age and can be preventable in most cases. SBU Trauma Center Injury Prevention and Outreach Coordinator Kristi Ladowski said the program’s goal is to provide the tools for students to keep themselves safe in the car and on bicycles.
Forest Lake fourth-graders took advantage of the warm weather to plant a pumpkin patch in the school courtyard that will hopefully reap bright orange gourds this fall. The students measured the appropriate distances that will allow the seeds enough room to grow, calculated how many seeds would fit in each square based on growth projection, and determined how deep in the ground each seed needed to be planted. They also counted how many bricks will be needed to create the perimeter of each planting area.
A trip to the Nassau County Police Department’s open house in Mineola proved fascinating for Christine Torrellas’s Forest Lake students, who watched officers rappel off of a three-story building and climb into an ambulance. The students pet a police horse and met the officers’ canine partners, and then attended a Jaws of Life and biking demonstration. Although all of the demonstrations and experiences were exciting, the favorite activity of the day was a visit to the jail cells.
The book that I have chosen as this month’s book of the month is called Pumpkin Soup, by Helen Cooper. This story explores the ups and downs of maintaining a close-knit friendship. It is a simple story about sharing and squabbling and making up. It addresses in a very gentle way, the issues surrounding friendship and cooperation.
“Deep in the woods in an old white cabin, three friends make their pumpkin soup the same way every day. The Cat slices up the pumpkin, the Squirrel stirs in the water, and the Duck tips in just enough salt. But one day the Duck wants to stir instead, and then there is a horrible squabble, and he leaves the cabin in a huff. It isn’t long before the Cat and the Squirrel start to worry about him and begin a search for their friend.”
Rendered in pictures richly evoking autumn, Helen Cooper’s delightful story will resonate for any child who has known the difficulties that come with friendship. Every child is in the center of his or her own universe and yet every child must learn that he or she cannot have his or her own way all the time. Any parent will know that this is the hardest of lessons to learn. Thanks to Cooper’s uncanny ability to capture the dynamics of friendship, children will be able to laugh at this trio (and themselves) and recognize that true friendship can weather most any storm. Pumpkin Soup is a class act of a picture book which offers a lesson that any elementary child can benefit from for sure!Happy Reading!
Anthony F. Ciuffo, Jr.
Anthony F. Ciuffo, Jr.
Forest Lake Elementary School