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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dear Forest Lake Community,
I hope that everyone had a lovely holiday season and that you are all refreshed and ready to take on the adventures and challenges that lie ahead in 2017! The book that I have chosen as our January Book of the Month is an inspiring book, written and illustrated by Peter and Paul Reynolds, called Going Places. Going places is a fun book that encourages us all to be great thinkers and to always embrace original ideas.
“It’s time for this year’s GOING PLACES contest! Time to build a go-cart, race it….and win. Each kid grabs an identical kit and scrambles to build. Everyone but Maya. She is sure taking her time….and that sure doesn’t look like anybody else’s go-cart! But who said it had to be a go-cart? And who said there’s only one way to cross the finish line?”
When I first read this story, it reminded me of all of the great work that I have observed students completing in our Maker Space. Our Maker Space was designed as a place for our students to think freely, collaborate, create, design, and maybe one day even change the world! We are coming up on the one year anniversary of the opening of our Maker Space and I am still so amazed at what I see each time I walk into that room. Our students are truly starting to think like engineers and are not afraid to make mistakes during the process. Our Maker Space has given students a place to breathe life into their original ideas. It starts with a simple thought and the courage to take that thought and run with it, or in the case of Maya and Rafael, drive, swim or fly with it! The book was dedicated to “all great thinkers who have gone above and beyond.” That sure sounds like Forest Lakers to me! As explained by the authors, Going Places is “a celebration of creative spirit, collaboration, and thinking -both figuratively and literally - outside the box!”
I look forward to going places with our students as we continue to explore our amazing thoughts!
Anthony F. Ciuffo, Jr.
Anthony F. Ciuffo, Jr.
Forest Lake Elementary School