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.
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.
Dear Forest Lake Family,
The book that I have chosen as our February book of the month is titled What If Everybody Did That? by Ellen Javernick. The book is illustrated by Colleen M. Madden.
“If you drop just one soda can out the window, it’s no big deal….right? But what if everybody did that? What if everybody broke the rules…and spoke during story time, didn’t wash up, or splashed too much at the pool? Then the world would be a mess. But what if everybody obeyed the rules so that the world would become a better place?”
This book is entertaining to read and the message is easy for any child to understand. In the story, the narrator commits a series of “minor” offenses, such as throwing a soda can on the floor, standing on a bus, not bathing, or not cleaning up after himself. In each case, there is an adult nearby to ask the child “What if everybody did that?” Each question sparks an imaginative and wildly entertaining illustration depicting what might happen if in fact everybody did that. When I read this book to my second grade daughter, I found her laughing out loud at the illustrations, and then trying to guess what each new “offense” would cause if everybody did that. As entertaining as it was, what I loved most was that is sparked a conversation about mindful behavior. She seemed to understand that even minor offenses could have large consequences and I later heard her explaining this concept to my older son when she noticed that he did not clean up after himself after dinner.
After reading, my hope is that our students will consider the consequences of their actions both good and bad, and strive to continue to make our school community a happier place through mindful decision making!
Anthony F. Ciuffo, Jr.
Forest Lake Elementary School