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.
Forest Lake fourth-grade students became more versed in Native American life and culture upon participation in the school’s annual Native American Day, held on Jan. 29. The activity was the culmination of a social studies unit in which the students learned about Native American life and how the Iroquois of New York State assisted the Pilgrims through their first harsh winter.
The district is pleased to announce that 12 elementary, 13 middle school and 13 high school student-musicians were selected to participate in the Nassau Music Educators Association All-County festivals, held in January at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts. Selection was based on the students’ individual New York State School Music Association evaluation scores and teacher recommendations, as well as evaluations during solo performances at regional music festivals.
During an in-school field trip with North Shore Land Alliance educator Karen Mossey, fourth-grade students at Forest Lake learned about Long Island’s drinking water and the best ways to protect it. “The best way to protect our drinking water is to learn about it,” Mossey said.
Victoria Alssid, school nurse at Forest Lake Elementary School in Wantagh, has received the 2018 Excellence in School Nursing Award. Bestowed by the New York State Association of School Nurses, Alssid received the accolade for having excelled in her practice of school nursing.
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