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  • WADDLE LIKE A PENGUIN

    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.

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  • ENTERING NATIVE AMERICAN TERRITORY

    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.

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  • TOP NOTES

    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.

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  • ALL ABOUT WATER

    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.

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  • FOREST LAKE SCHOOL NURSE IS BEST IN NYS

    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.

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  • APPLE CELEBRATION

    The aroma of freshly cooked apples and cinnamon wafted through Forest Lake as kindergarten students cooked applesauce from fresh apples.

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  • WELCOME "LOVELY LADIES"

    It was a red carpet welcome for Forest Lake kindergarten mothers who attended Mother’s Day celebrations in Lynne Adams,’ Robin Conte’s and Stacey Sandurs’ classrooms on May 11.

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  • STUDENT'S EMPATHY RESULTS IN KINDNESS

    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.

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  • A STUDY OF NATURAL DISASTERS

    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.

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  • FOREST LAKE STUDENTS "PAWS" FOR READING

    Forest Lake students celebrated the written word during Pick a Reading Partner Week, with a full schedule of special activities to support literacy.

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  • OCEAN ANIMALS RECYCLING AND CREATIVITY

    Forest Lake fourth-grade student Ethen Chen and middle school sixth-grader Isabella Bartilucci were first-place winners in the Horizons Program Recycled Sculpture Contest for grades 3-4 and grades 5-6, respectively.

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  • STUDENTS REFLECT ON A LIFE MOMENT

    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.

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  • ENGINEERING HOMES OF GINGERBREAD AND CANDY

    Instead of the smell of wood from two by fours, there was the sweet waft of confections in Stacey Sandurs’ kindergarten classroom at Forest Lake as students engineered and decorated gingerbread houses with loved ones.

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  • A FEAST TO REMEMBER

    Dressed as pilgrims and Native Americans, kindergarten students at Forest Lake gave thanks during an elaborate feast and singalong to the delight of teachers and families.

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  • WANTAGH STUDENTS AQUIRE A "TASTE" FOR GOOD BOOKS

    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.

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  • KINDERGARTNERS STUDY THE LIFE CYCLE OF CHICKENS

    As Forest Lake kindergarten students participated in their lessons, they could hear the soft peeping noises that resonated from the incubator holding bright yellow chicks.

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  • ALL ABOUT STEAM

    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.

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  • PICK A BOOK, LEAVE A BOOK

    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.

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  • RESEARCHING NATURAL DISASTERS

    The Forest Lake gymnasium was abuzz with fifth-grade students who were enthusiastic about sharing their research projects on various natural disasters with peers and family.

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  • A DELICIOUS MEAL OF GREEN EGGS AND HAM

    In recognition of Dr. Seuss’s birthday on March 2, kindergarten students in Danielle Schiavetta’s class at Forest Lake participated in a green eggs and ham activity.

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  • Grade 5 to Grade 6 Music Selection

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  • STUDENTS USE TEDDY BEARS TO BECOME SAFETY EXPERTS

    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.

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  • FOREST LAKE HALLOWEEN HAPPENINGS

    Ghosts, monsters and goblins were aplenty at Forest Lake as staff and students connected Halloween activities to their physical education and English language arts lessons.

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  • A VISIT WITH AUTHOR JOSH FUNK

    Forest Lake students received a visit from one of their favorite authors, Josh Funk, who wrote “Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast” and the school’s Book of the Month selection, “Dear Dragon.”

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  • FOREST LAKE IS A COMMUNITY OF READERS

    Since the first day of school, Forest Lake Elementary School students have been reading literature in their classrooms and in a new courtyard dedicated to Dr. Seuss.

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  • STUDENT TEDDY BEARS BECOME SAFETY EXPERTS

    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 to prevent trauma and promote safety. According to SBCH, trauma (or injury) is the leading cause of death among children under 17 years of age and can be preventable in most cases.

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  • STEPPING BACK IN TIME

    Forest Lake fourth graders stepped back in time during the school’s annual Colonial Day. Dressed in period clothing, the students visited a number of stations featuring activities popular in the 1700s including weaving, butter making, candle wicking, sports games and writing with quill pens. They also explored their artist talents with marble paper art, creating tin lanterns and writing hornbooks.

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  • A VISIT WITH NEWS 12 METEOROLOGIST RICH HOFFMAN

    Forest Lake students learned about weather firsthand with a visit from News 12 meteorologist Rich Hoffman. Second graders recently finished a science unit on weather and have been studying the different types of storms and weather on Long Island.

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  • APP-LYING CODING KNOWLEDGE

    Second grade students at Forest Lake School shared their recently acquired knowledge of coding with third grade peers while teaching them to make apps. In December, each of the second graders learned the basics of computer coding during the school’s first Hour of Code event.

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  • A DAY AT THE BEACH

    Inside Forest Lake, students traded their jackets for Hawaiian shirts and their snow boots for flip-flops as they celebrated the school’s annual Beach Day. Even the snow piles and freezing temperatures outside were long forgotten as classes participated in a number of activities to celebrate the coming summer months on Long Island.

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  • WANTAGH STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN SHADOW DAY

    Even though Punxsutawney Phil failed to see his shadow on Groundhog Day, administrators and teachers from the district’s three elementary schools happened to see the shadows of 32 enthusiastic high school students, who followed mentors throughout the school day.

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  • CELEBRATION OF NATIVE AMERICAN LIFE

    Forest Lake fourth graders now know how to make wampum and cornhusk dolls and have tasted johnnycakes after participating in their school’s Native American Day. Teacher Michelle Anszelowicz explained that the students had learned about Native American life and the Iroquois of New York State in their social studies classes and discussed how the Pilgrims relied on the Native Americans’ knowledge to help them through the first harsh winter.

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  • SKYPING WITH LAURA MURRAY

    Forest Lake students engaged in a Skype session with popular children’s author Laura Murray, who wrote “The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School,” among other stories. “Students give me ideas and inspire me,” Murray said. “My ideas also come from funny and interesting things that happen in life.”

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  • MICE ARE NICE

    Forest Lake Elementary School students in Christine Torrellas’ class created a gift of construction paper mice with candy cane tails for the residents of the A. Holly Paterson Nursing Home in Uniondale. The class decided to give the gifts to the seniors, who may not receive visits from friends or family over the holidays. The idea was conceived after the students read about the Toys for Tots program, which prompted a discussion on how to make the residents’ holidays more festive.

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  • CARDS FOR THE HOLIDAYS

    Fourth and fifth grade members of the Forest Lake Student Council made personalized holiday cards for children 8 to 12 years old who reside in foster homes and who are assisted by the Little Flower Children and Family Services of New York. The activity allowed the Wantagh students to think about others and do something positive for children of the same age.

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  • GRATEFUL FOR BOOKS

    Forest Lake second graders spent an entire day immersed in literary activities during a “Grateful for Books” day. The students created book vests using paper bags on which they listed their favorite authors, books and vocabulary words.

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  • A VISIT FROM THE ISLANDERS

    Students and staff at Mandalay and Forest Lake elementary schools dressed in hockey jerseys and donned blue and orange to welcome four members of the New York Islanders hockey team. On Islanders Day each year, schools are chosen to receive a visit from the players, who speak about teamwork, motivation, a healthy lifestyle and the key to academic success. The players also take the time to sign autographs.

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  • THIRD GRADE VETERANS CEREMONY

    Third grade classes at Forest Lake Elementary School honored many Veterans in a special program on November 10, 2015. Many relatives of our third graders joined the children in a program that involved sharing memorabilia. All the wonderful veterans took the time to answer many questions asked by the students. The information the students learned was more valuable than what they could ever read in a text book.

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  • EACH OF US IS SPECIAL

    Forest Lake kindergarten students are learning that each of us possesses qualities that make us special. During a grade-level activity, the students brought to school a rock and were instructed to paint it with a picture that exemplifies their personal qualities. The rocks were then taken to the school courtyard and placed in a circular pattern around a tree in a new Kindergarten Rocks garden.

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  • 3rd GRADE MONARCH BUTTERLY PROJECT

    Third graders are participating in the 20th annual “Symbolic Monarch Butterfly Migration” with students across North America. Over 60,000 students in the United States (including …. Forest Lake third graders) and Canada created symbolic butterflies this fall and will send them to Mexico for the winter. At the monarch sanctuaries in Mexico, children will protect the butterflies and send them north in the spring.

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  • AN APPLE STUDY

    The sweet scent of apples wafted throughout Robin Conte’s classroom at Forest Lake as her kindergarten students tasted the freshly churned apples in a Foley’s food mill. Sally Desmond’s kindergartners also attended the exciting activity. After each student took a turn at cranking the handle, they were given an opportunity to taste freshly made applesauce. They also took a look at the byproduct of skin and core left in the food mill. “It’s not like the kind that you buy in the store,” Conte told the students.

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  • STUDENTS HAVE A BEARY GOOD TIME

    A stuffed animal can be an asset to learning important academic skills, as seen in first-grade teacher Lori Gottlieb’s class. On Teddy Bear Day, the students brought their furry friends to the classroom to assist them in English language arts and mathematics lessons.

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  • TEDDY BEAR CLINIC PROMOTES SAFTEY

    Teddy bears and stuffed animals accompanied kindergarten students, who attended a Teddy Bear Clinic hosted by Stony Brook Children’s Hospital to prevent trauma and promote safety. According to SBCH, trauma (or injury) is the leading cause of death among children under 17 years of age and can be preventable in most cases. SBU Trauma Center Injury Prevention and Outreach Coordinator Kristi Ladowski said the program’s goal is to provide the tools for students to keep themselves safe in the car and on bicycles.

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  • HOW LARGE WILL OUR PUMPKINS GROW

    Forest Lake fourth-graders took advantage of the warm weather to plant a pumpkin patch in the school courtyard that will hopefully reap bright orange gourds this fall. The students measured the appropriate distances that will allow the seeds enough room to grow, calculated how many seeds would fit in each square based on growth projection, and determined how deep in the ground each seed needed to be planted. They also counted how many bricks will be needed to create the perimeter of each planting area.

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  • TRIP TO THE POLICE STATION

    A trip to the Nassau County Police Department’s open house in Mineola proved fascinating for Christine Torrellas’s Forest Lake students, who watched officers rappel off of a three-story building and climb into an ambulance. The students pet a police horse and met the officers’ canine partners, and then attended a Jaws of Life and biking demonstration. Although all of the demonstrations and experiences were exciting, the favorite activity of the day was a visit to the jail cells.

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