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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.
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.
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.
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...
Dear Forest Lake Community,
The book that I have chosen as this month’s book of the month is a book called Two, by Katherine Otoshi. This month’s book was purchased with funds raised by our PTA at our Back to School Barbecue this past August. Thank you to the PTA for their ongoing support of this important program! We all enjoyed Kathryn’s book One, last year, as it touched upon the power of one person to begin a change. It was a story of the importance of standing up for ourselves and the idea that there is strength in numbers. This latest installment uses the same numbers and colors as its’ main characters and explores more social situations which are common to the elementary age child. It is a powerful story of friendship, loss, letting go, and self-discovery.
Two’s best friend is One. Every day they always say, “One, Two, I’ll count on you, ‘till the end we’ll be best friends.” Until one day Three jumps in between them. “Come play with me, One,” invites Three. “Odds are better than the rest, but One and Three are the best!” Suddenly, One just wants to play with Three. “One, Three, Odds we’ll be!” they chant. Two feels left out, but what can she do? Over-the-top language makes it easy for readers to understand that taking sides is not the way to go. When Two despairs (“Maybe it’s time for me to be done with One”), Zero exhorts her to try some out-of-the-box thinking: “What if you can make things right? Can you find it in your heart to see, a new angle to this, possibly?” The other numbers quickly join forces: “When the dance turns and shifts, let’s groove and flow. If you’re holding too tight—let go.” Otoshi’s cognitive behavioral approach suggests that heroic action isn’t always something that can be seen; it’s something that happens inside. This is a great opportunity for our classrooms to open dialogue about bullying, friendship, and other social situations common to most children.
It is my hope that this story sparks rich conversation and ultimately arms our students with helpful strategies to cope and deal with similar real life scenarios as they come up in their lives. Talk to your child at home about this story, and see if they can relate to any One, Two or Three of these characters.
Anthony F. Ciuffo, Jr.