Vaughn Messina, a fourth-grade student at Forest Lake, recently raised $1,025 to help two peers who are batting cancer. This past fall, Vaughn told his mother, Karen Maureen Messina, that he wanted to help them through the sale of his toys and by collecting donations.
Forest Lake fifth-grade student-scientists proudly displayed their research on natural disasters with peers and family during the second annual science fair held on Feb. 9. The projects showcased detailed information on avalanches, typhoons, hurricanes, tornadoes and more, and was the culmination of a science unit on weather.
Fifth-grade students in Robyn Hohenberg’s class at Forest Lake celebrated a special moment in their lives with peers, central administration and Director of English Language Arts Nicole Waldbauer by sharing their memoir writing during a recent publishing party.
Forest Lake fifth-grade students got a “taste” of their peers’ scrumptious summer reads during the class’s annual book tasting. The event was held in the Forester Café among decorated tables and tea lights to resemble a café and to mark the special occasion.
Dear Forest Lake Family,
With the first week of school behind us, it is now time to optimistically look ahead at the exciting challenges of a new school year. One of the programs that I am most proud and excited about 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 one of my favorite authors, and a true optimist, Peter H. Reynolds. The book I have chosen is called Happy Dreamer, a book perfect for any optimist who often sees the glass half full.
Happy Dreamer is a book which celebrates individuality and self-expression, and reminds us to follow our dreams and pursue our own unique “path to happy.” It is a book that encourages children to dream big and never let anyone stop you from being you. The story takes us on a journey through the mind of one little boy with big dreams and an optimistic outlook. The colorful illustrations and hand drawn text will keep students engaged while encouraging them to be the best person they can be.
As we set our goals for the 2018-2019 school year, let’s not forget the optimistic message that Happy Dreamer delivers. “Be your own dreamer maximus!” Follow your dreams, find what makes you happy, and just be YOU! Wishing everyone a wonderful start to the school year as we all create our own unique path to happy!
Forest Lake Elementary School