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 Families,
I hope the first few days of school have been most enjoyable for you and your family. One of the programs that I am most proud of at Forest Lake is our “Book of the Month” program. As returning Forest Lakers know, each month we choose and distribute a different book to every classroom in the school. Each book has a specific theme, and that theme is discussed throughout the school during that month. Each month, students find ways to relate to the characters in the books and they carry the lessons learned with them as they explore their own thoughts and feelings. This year, I would like to open school with an old favorite, The Dot, by Peter H. Reynolds.
The Dot is a story about one caring teacher who inspires a struggling student in a most creative way. This teacher dares her student to “make her mark” with one simple gesture of encouragement. The breakthrough starts with one simple dot on a piece of paper and leads to a journey of self-discovery, allowing her creativity to flourish and, ultimately, inspire others to do the same.
We all know many educators who inspire. In fact, Forest Lake is filled with inspiring educators who know how to get the most from their students by tapping in to their passions and creativity. This month, we will celebrate those that inspire and those that are inspired. September 15th is International Dot Day and I encourage our family to find creative ways to explore this story’s powerful themes of bravery, creativity, and self-expression. For more information, and for some ideas on how you can celebrate International Dot Day at home, you can visit www.thedotclub.org.
There is no right or wrong way to celebrate Dot Day. Just make a mark……and see where it takes you!
Anthony F. Ciuffo, Jr.
Forest Lake Elementary School