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.
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 Family,
The book that I have chosen as our November book of the month is titled Stand in My Shoes by Bob Sornson. It is a story about empathy, the practice of understanding how another person is feeling.
In last month’s book, we learned how simple acts of kindness can help others feel included, and essentially change someone’s life. It taught us to pause and consider our actions, choosing our words wisely when interacting with our peers. Like last month, the message in this month’s book is designed to help students consider the feelings of their peers. The main character in this story, Emily, is taught about the word “empathy” by her sister and she decides to pay closer attention to others throughout her day. She quickly realizes how this important social skill can have such a positive impact on her life, and the life of others.
I noticed a huge increase in the amount of “bucket filler” nominations this month at Forest Lake. Our book of the month program is helping to build a culture of positive social interactions and this month’s book will continue to support that culture. As the author of the book explains, “Empathy is the foundation of all emotional intelligence. By helping our children learn empathy, we raise the odds they will have strong, positive social relationships, truly care for others, and be able to set appropriate limits in their own lives without using angry behaviors or words.” I think we are on the right track here at Forest Lake and I look forward to our student’s positive reactions to this month’s theme of empathy.
Anthony F. Ciuffo, Jr.
Forest Lake Elementary School