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.
"I know I can’t change the way I look. But maybe, just maybe, people can change the way they see….."
Dear Forest Lake Family,
The book that we have chosen as our book of the month for the month of May is called We’re All Wonders by R.J. Palacio. This children’s picture book is based on the book Wonder by the same author. Last year, during the month of May, we learned the many ways in which people are different. Our intent was to raise awareness, build tolerance, and celebrate how many overcome specific challenges on a daily basis. This year, we will be using this book as a jump off point to celebrate our differences and to help us recognize that we are all wonders!
“Auggie knows he’s not an ordinary kid. He does plenty of ordinary things. He feels ordinary. He just doesn’t look ordinary. Growing up as an ordinary boy with an extraordinary face isn’t easy, but Auggie is a wonder. He and his trusty sidekick, Daisy, play ball, eat ice cream, and use their imaginations to soar through their days together. They know it’s not just Auggie who’s different. Everyone is different, and everyone is a wonder – if only they could see it. This book taps into every child’s longing to be seen for who they truly are!”
Each week during the month of May, we will be celebrating what makes each of us different. The topics will include differences in appearance, learning differences, communication differences, sensory differences, and finally, physical differences. We will have activities planned each week that will open up what we think will be some great conversation and learning opportunities for our students! Once again, we would like to thank our PTA and SEPTA for supporting this idea both financially and philosophically. We would also like to thank our building’s “Kindness Club” for organizing many of the activities for the month! Without the support of these very important groups, some of the activities planned for this month would not be possible.
I look forward to another rewarding month long celebration which kicks off tomorrow with “Look at You” week as we celebrate the things that set us apart and make us feel special about ourselves! Thank you for teaching your children how to “Choose Kind!” They truly are all wonders!
“Look with kindness and you will always find wonder.”
Anthony F. Ciuffo, Jr.
Forest Lake Elementary School