Forest Lake Newsletter

October 2015

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Happy October!

The Mission of the Forest Lake Elementary Community is to provide a learning environment where all students can achieve academic success.

  • Ramonita Pagan - Principal
  • Jamie Robinson - Assistant Principal

Parents be sure to visit our Title I Parent Resource Room Located in Building 7 - Room 7.

The Resource Center is open on Monday mornings from 7:00 am - 8:00 am and Wednesday afternoons from 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm.

Please look for our monthly school newsletter on the first Monday of every month. If you know of a parent that did not receive an email for this newsletter and they would like to receive one, please have them send their email address to Mrs. Wagenhauser at or to Loris Schuring at You may also access the newsletter on our school website at .

Grade Level News


Kindergarten is off to a great start this year! We are all trying to practice the letters and sounds so we can begin reading very soon! Don’t forget to use the RAZ kids website at home nightly to support your child’s reading ability. It has great stories and activities to help your child learn. You can access RAZ kids on your smartphone, a tablet, or a computer.

Our first field trip will be to Pine Ridge High School, FFA farm. We can’t wait to explore the outdoor centers on October 20th, for the Agriculture Experience. Please return your permission slips and money for the field trip. We love volunteer chaperones! Stop in the office and fill out paperwork so you can attend. Thank you for your support. Get ready!

The 50th day of school will be November 4th. On that day we usually celebrate 50’s style! Make a poodle skirt for girls, or anyone can wear their jeans cuffed at the bottom with a white shirt and rolled sleeves. Girls just love to wear pony tails that day too! Use your imaginations for this fun day!

This was recently posted on social media. Do you know what time your 5 year old should go to bed? If your child gets up at 6:00 am, they should be in bed by 6:45 pm. If they get up at 6:15, they should be in bed by 7:00 pm. And if they get up at 6:30 they should go to be at 7:15 pm. Try the new bed time if your child is having difficulty behaving at home or at school. It might just be the perfect fix! Happy Fall to all!


Wow! We can’t believe that August and September are behind us! Your first graders have accomplished so many things already. Please make it a priority to check and initial your child’s folder nightly. This is a great time to discuss your child’s day with them. Also, review all incorrect work sent home. This will help to reinforce concepts being taught. Homework is given weekly and needs to be turned in on Friday. Please check your child’s homework prior to them returning it. Getting to school on time is very important. Please arrive prior to the second bell. We are excited about this school year and all that is in store.

First Grade Teacher's Web Pages

Ms. Goodin


Our second grade students just finished a unit on the scientific method which included learning about different types of scientists and science tools. They have participated in several labs. In Social Studies, we learned what it is to be a responsible citizen, following rules, and the U.S. Constitution. In math, we started our year discovering how basic math facts are related.

Currently we a learning about place value and ALL the ways to write a number up to three digits. Please have your child practice their math facts daily!! In writing, students will be writing their own informational pieces relating to text they are reading. This follows a piece we wrote together as a class.

We have a field trip coming up in December to the Pioneer Arts Settlement. Information will be coming home soon. Be sure to visit the Pioneer Arts Settlement's website to get a sneak peek of all they have to offer:

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Third Grade was so excited about the "All About Me" projects. The students did a fantastic job. They were so creative and colorful. We recently spent the day learning about Johnny Appleseed. We did reading activities, made homemade applesauce and caramel apples. It was a great opportunity for the students to follow directions while getting a tasty treat. We are continuing to focus on numbers and operations in math. Please practice math facts daily at home. Also, don’t forget to read, read, read!!!


Fourth grade is working hard to dive deep into our new Reading curriculum by making connections to the text and higher-level thinking. In math we are working to develop fluency with multiplication facts as we are about to study the higher level multiplication concepts. In writing we are using the new “Ready Writing” books to take us through the steps of composing essays using text based evidence. In social studies, we are learning about the State Constitution and the three branches of government. For Science, we are studying weathering and erosion and will be moving into rocks and minerals next. As a culminating activity for the rocks and minerals unit, 4th grade will be taking a field trip to the Gillespie Museum, at Stetson University, in November!


The fifth grade started out the year by welcoming two new (to 5th grade) teachers, Mrs. Luedecke, (who finally made it out of 4th grade) and Mrs. Sills, who comes to us from George Marks. We jumped right into Science by taking a field trip to the Orlando Science Center. Everyone knows the importance of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) to our education process, and all of these components were explored as our students cooperatively designed bridges, built race cars, engineered waterways and explored electricity. We shared a hands-on tool lab with 4th grade (Kudos and a Panther Pat on the back to Mrs. Hulette for the set up). Students weighed, measured, calibrated and observed various science specimens, all the while learning the proper use of science tools.

Fifth graders are busy learning about longitude and latitude (who needs a GPS?), decimals and place value, and the importance of making inferences. We look forward to our field trip to The Pioneer Arts Settlement in Barberville (date to be announced later). Another great year has begun!


The Gifted teachers held a parent night on October 1st. The purpose was to provide parents with information about the program, as well as expectations and tips for success when working on projects. Parents also learned about the Growth Mindset. We are striving to teach students how to see failures as opportunities to grow and learn, and encourage risk taking. It was a great night together with our incredibly supportive parents.

Gifted Teachers Websites:

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Media Center News

The Scholastic Book Fair was a great success! Thank you for all that visited and purchased books! Our next book fair is the Scholastic Buy-One-Get-One book fair from December 7th - December 11th. This will be a great opportunity for you to purchase books for those special readers on your Christmas list.

Special Area News


We’ve got rhythm in music class! All of the panthers have been learning about many musical instruments, how to correctly play them, what instrument family they belong to, and even how to spell some of their names. The primary panthers (k-1st grade) have been learning how to show what is happening in music through dancing and movement and the intermediate panthers (2nd-5th grade) have been playing rhythms on instruments through the “Rhythm is Served” activity. All the grades have learned about the first Music Superhero of the Month, the movie music master, John Williams. The students have learned a bit about his life, listened to and identified his most famous movie themes, and demonstrated his powerful music through movement. In a few weeks, the 4th and 5th graders will start practicing their class songs for the winter performances in December. Information regarding the winter performances will be sent out in November.


Please visit the PE department's new website at:, and be sure to read below about the upcoming Walk to School Event.

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Walk to School Day

Wednesday, Oct. 7th 2015 at 7:15am

1180 Doyle Road

Deltona, FL

Students, teachers, and parents will meet at approximately 7:20 am at the Seventh Day Adventist Church on Doyle Road. We will depart on the mile walk at 7:30 am sharp! If you would like to learn more about Walk to School Day visit:

PTO News

Thank you to all the dads and grandfathers that participated in Take Your Dad to School Day. We had a full house, and are already planning ways to make next year’s event even more successful than this year’s.

Here are the PTO events we have planned for the month of October:

  • October 3rd Family Fit Night at Fit Club in Orange City from 6-8pm.
  • October 5th Spirit Night at the Subway in Deltona Landings on Doyle Rd.
  • October 7th Walk to School Day
  • October 8th Otis Spunkmeyer Cookie Dough Fundraiser Kick-Off
  • October 15th Spirit Night at Tijuana Flats in Orange City
  • Date TBA Halloween Event

We will have a general meeting October 12th at 6pm in Mrs. Grant's classroom.

Today, being involved in your child's school life is critically important. Being part of your PTO is a great way to stay informed and involved. Please consider joining.

Volunteers and Business Partners

Forest Lake would like to thank our business partners for supporting our school:

Tijuana Flats, Chick Fil A, Smiths Landing Daycare, Subway, The Rink , TD Bank, Kona Ice South Volusia, and Happy Tune’Z.

We would also like to congratulate our Volunteer of the Year, Loris Schuring, and our Senior Volunteer of the Year, Susan Sayer. Thank you both for your time and dedication to our teachers, students, and school community.

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