It would be difficult for most people practicing social distancing at home to choose just one word to describe how they are feeling. However, Forest Lake students and faculty were able and willing to select a meaningful word to convey messages of hope and relay what is important to them during One Word Day.
Danielle Schiavetta’s students at Forest Lake celebrated Dr. Seuss’ March 3 birthday with a delicious meal of green eggs and ham. After reading “Green Eggs and Ham,” the class discussed whether they would like to eat green eggs and recorded their individual answers on a graph.
Forest Lake fifth graders have been immersed in coding activities and took their newly acquired skills to a higher level through participation in a digital and physical version of Breakout EDU. Breakout EDU is an immersive learning game platform that brings the components of an escape room to the classroom. Students
Forest Lake, Mandalay and Wantagh Elementary students celebrated the first 100 days of the 2019-2020 school year on Feb. 13 with English language arts, mathematics and art activities. As each student passed through their classroom doorways, they proudly displayed their t-shirts decorated with 100 items or by dressing up as 100 year-olds for this momentous occasion.
Students in grades 3 through 5 at Forest Lake utilized their programming skills through participation in an Hour of Code. Hour of Code is a global movement, sponsored by Code.org, which encourages millions of students to not only learn computer programming, but to apply their coding skills in a variety of ways.
Forest Lake Elementary School students in Wantagh have acquired a keener sense of Native American life upon participation in the school’s annual Native American Day, held on Jan. 28. Dressed in costume, the fourth grade students emulated many of the activities practiced by the Iroquois by delving into activities including the making of turtle rattles and talking sticks, writing stories and messages on hides, molding clay pots, making wampum and corn husk dolls and playing Native American games.
It was not an ordinary day at Forest Lake Elementary as Nassau County Police Department swat cars and motorcade vehicles drove onto the playground in front of the student body on Oct. 30. Instead of gasps of surprise, the police received only ear-deafening cheers as they — dressed as superheroes — jumped one-by-one out of the swat vehicles and high-fived the students.
The aroma of freshly cooked apples and cinnamon wafted through Forest Lake classrooms as kindergarten students assisted their teachers with making homemade apple sauce. Using a Foley mill, each student took turns churning the wedge to separate the skin from the meat of the apple and then tasted the fruit of their labor.
Forest Lake, Mandalay, and Wantagh elementary fifth-graders marked an important academic milestone as they attended individual moving-up ceremonies held in the high school auditorium. Each celebration was punctuated with photo montages and video presentations, as well as special musical performances that added to the sentimental occasions.
It may have been the coldest day of winter in Wantagh, but Forest Lake kindergarten penguins kept warm during various activities during their annual Penguin Day celebration. For the past several weeks the students have studied the Emperor, Little Blue, Macaroni and Rock Hopper penguins through English language arts, science and math activities.
The book that I have chosen as the book of the month for May is called Mixed, A Colorful Story, by Arree Chung.
“All special in their own ways, all living in harmony-until one day, a Red says, “Reds are the best!” and starts a color kerfuffle. When the colors decide to separate, is there anything that can change their minds? A Yellow, a Blue, and a never-before-seen color might just save the day in this inspiring book about color, tolerance, and embracing differences.”
Celebrating each other’s differences is something that we always strive to do at Forest Lake. This book explores the topic of tolerance and discrimination in a fun, colorful, and kid friendly way. There are many ways adults can approach this book when reading with children and it is one that can be read and discussed at multiple age levels. There is a simple lesson on primary and secondary colors imbedded into the more complex topic of acceptance, tolerance, and segregation. It explores a rather difficult topic in a fun and accessible manner and I am sure that it will make a positive impact on our school community.
I truly enjoyed reading this book and I hope that your children do as well!
Anthony F. Ciuffo, Jr.
Forest Lake Elementary School