Forest Lake Newsletter

December 2015

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The county will provide free breakfast to all students from February 29th - April 29th, 2016.

Happy February!

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


If you need to renew your volunteer form or you need to fill one out for the first time, please click here for the new online application in English or here for Spanish. Schools will no longer have paper applications on site. If you or somebody you know needs to fill out a new online application but do not have access to a computer, there will be a computer available in our Parent Resource room.

Once applicants have been approved or denied, they will receive an email. Applicants may also check in with our front office to check on their status.

Parents, also take a moment to read the following letter from the Florida Department of Education regarding your rights to request information about the professional qualifications of both teachers and paraprofessionals who teach and work with your child. Letter in English. Letter in Spanish.

Parent Resource Center

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.

Grade Level News


Attention Kindergarten parents! It's all about the words! That's right, now is the time to help your child master all of the 81 sight words required in Kindergarten. Your child's teacher should be sending home updated lists frequently. If you are unaware of the words your child needs to know, please send his/her teacher a note in their folder. Thank you for your patience as we rescheduled the Blue Springs field trip to Feb.4th. It turned out to be a very rainy day in January.

Make plans now to join us for our final trip on May 4th to the zoo. Students are showing signs of being tired. Please try to get them to sleep by 7:30. It truly makes a wonderful difference to their success in school. As we prepare your child for first grade, please help us at home by rereading the SIPPS stories and other paper books that go home. Reading fluency is a necessary skill for reading mastery. It's never to early to work on sounding like a reader!


First grade had a blast celebrating Literacy Week. The students were so excited about participating in all the fun activities. We look forward to going to the Athen’s Theatre to see a production of Beauty and the Beast Thursday, March 3. We will also be having a picnic lunch at Freedom Playground that day.

Please stay tuned for information in regards to the 120th day of school. Your child’s teacher may be requesting items needed to complete certain activities. Please remember to initial your child’s folder nightly. Also, review homework prior to turning it in on Friday. It is really important that first graders read nightly to increase reading accuracy and fluency. The end of the year benchmark is a DRA 16-18. Please make this part of your nightly routine.

Thank you for your continued support!

First Grade Teacher's Web Pages

Ms. Goodin


Second grade really enjoyed celebrating Literacy Week. The students learned new vocabulary through "Wear Your Word" Day. All of our doors were decorated to celebrate reading, and the parade was a huge success. Thank you to all the students that participated. Also, our students truly loved reading the book IVAN as a class (school). They were amazed by Ivan's story.

We are going on our second field trip of the year. We will be going to Daytona Beach to visit the Museum of Arts and Sciences. The museum has many learning activities to do. We will be seeing a fantastic stage show on energy. Also, our students will visit the planetarium and learn about what is in the night sky above us. Finally, they will enjoy the children’s discovery center which is filled with scientific activities and hands-on fun.


Third Grade is looking forward to a field study February 25th to the Athens Theatre in Deland. We will be viewing the play “Beauty and the Beast”. The money for this trip is due February 12th. The cost is $15.00 per student.

FSA testing is coming up in April. Please be reading with your child at home daily. Also, it is important to use multiplication flashcards every day.


Fourth grade is busy with our measurement unit in Math. We will be using many tools to measure objects, including the distance marshmallows can be thrown! In science, we are continuing our unit on energy for sciences, which includes many labs and teacher demonstrations. For reading and a way to celebrate Black History month, we are reading about and studying Martin Luther King Jr. and other important figures. We just completed the school Social Studies fair and are so excited to see how our Forest Lake 4th graders do at the county fair!


Fifth grade will be going on a field study to Pioneer Art Settlement this Friday, February 5th. Our last planned trip was rained out and we want the students to be able to enjoy all of the activities and demonstrations available. We are grateful for the chaperones, students and PAS for being so flexible.

Speaking of field studies, 5th grade will be also be going to Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park on Thursday, May 5th. We will learn about animals and their habitats. We were able to negotiate an entry price that is actually less than the normal price of a ticket. Arrangements for transportation are still being made, but at this time we anticipate the cost to be between $65.00 and $75.00/per student. We will accept payments spread out over the next two months. A letter will be sent home with exact details, cost and chaperone information as soon as the plans are firmed up. Look for the letter!

Please make a note of the following state wide testing dates. Students do best on these tests when they take them in their normal testing zone and not on the make- up days. Please plan appointments and trips out of town accordingly.


FSA MATH- APRIL 6th and 7th



Thank you for all you do!

Forest Lake 5th grade team


In January, the Gifted Department had a special presenter come from the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse to talk about light energy. Students enjoyed a fun presentation about how light energy is used by lighthouses to help ships close to shore. The students were able to examine lighthouse lenses to discuss reflection and refraction.

Fourth grade gifted students turned in their social studies projects. Two of those students will join six other 4th grade students to represent Forest Lake at the county fair. Sophie, from Miss Delemeester’s 5th grade class, won the school Spelling Bee.

Fifth grade gifted students are getting ready for the science fair. The school science fair will take place on March 17th. Seven of our 5th grade gifted students will then be chosen to represent Forest Lake at the VCS Science Expo on May 13th.

Gifted Teachers Websites:

Matthews -



Congratulations to the Forest Lake Elementary fifth graders involved with the Volusia All County Elementary Showcase in the chorus. These students are: Kimberly Rodriguez, Lyndsey Smith, Valerie Mercado, Mckenna Connolly, and Cydney Malone. The All County performance will be at the DeLand High School Auditorium on Friday, February 5th at 7pm. All are welcome to attend.

Forest Lake families can also find music information on the FLE music page:


Coach Pagan and Coach Bryant will be finishing up our fitness testing with the running long jump, 50 yard dash and 50 yard hurdles. Coach Boyle will be starting the unit on gymnastics. This year we will have a gymnastic skills test that is being designed by some of our 5th grade gymnasts.

Jump Rope for Heart will be on February 19th during special area time. Please return the collection envelopes on February 19th to the PE department.

We would also like to congratulate the following students that were our top mile runners during our mile run unit:

  • 5th grade : Jaden McKnight - 7:16 and Evan Boyle - 7:22
  • 4th grade : Bryce Artrip - 7:44 and Avery Jones - 7:45
  • 3rd grade : Logan Schoenweiss - 7:24 and Luke Wilder - 7:38
  • 2nd grade : Garrick Spencer - 8:56
  • 1st grade : Brian Boyle 8:33
  • Kgt : Hunter Walton - 11:24, Myia Blake - 11:27, Kire Mendez - 11:46, and

Estrella Hernandez - 12:11

Please visit the PE department's new website at:


The fifth graders are starting on the pottery wheel this month. It is an exciting activity that requires hand and arm strength so it is for fifth grade only.

Some of the students’ work has been sent off to Volusia Students Create for judging and possible display at the Daytona Museum of Arts and Sciences. Stay tuned!

Some of our students’ work will be put on display at a business partner of ours, Happy Tunez. They are planning on sending home a flyer to give you more information about it soon.


Thank you to everybody that participated in our Celebrate Literacy Week activities. We had a lot of fun! We learned new vocabulary on Wear Your Word Day, we were able to trade books at our book swap, and we saw so many creative costumes at our Character Parade!

We would like to congratulate Abby Young for reading all 15 of the SSYRA books that are part of our third -fifth grade Sunshine State Reader's Challenge. She is the first to accomplish this amazing feat this school year. Because of this, she has earned prizes as she was reading the books and will be invited to our SSYRA voting party in April.

It is not to late for your third, fourth, or fifth graders to join in on this challenge. All they need to do is read three of the books on the SSYRA list and pass the reading counts tests for those three books. There are already many students that will be joining Abby at the voting party, but we want you child to join us too. If you have a third, fourth, or fifth grader, encourage them to stop by the media center and pick up a book off the SSYRA shelf!

Parents, please remember that you may also check out up to three books at a time from our media center. It's as easy as stopping by and letting Mrs. Wagenhauser or Mrs. Lemar know that you would like to create an account. The media center is open for parents starting at 7:30 a.m. and stays open for parents until 3:00 p.m.

Also be sure to add our Destiny Catalog web page to your desk top or save it in your favorites. When you visit the site, all you will need to do is click on Forest Lake Elementary. Once in Forest Lake's catalog you will be able to search our media center's collection. There are also some great links to other educational and fun sites under the Home tab.



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Here are PTO events for February:

  • February 6th: Family Fit Night at Fit Club in Orange City, from 6-8 p.m.
  • February 9th: Spirit Night at Subway in Deltona Landings
  • February 25th: Our own Mr. Robinson will be serving milkshakes at Chick- Fil- A on Saxon Blvd. from 5-8 p.m. Come out to support your school!
  • February 26th: Yankee Candle fundraiser kicks off!
  • March 11th: PTO is having a Spring "Dancing Through the Decades" Dance. There will be Music, Food and Family Fun!

PTO will also be supporting the P.E. department during the Jump Rope for Heart event on February 19th.

REGISTRATION FOR OUR PANTHER PROWL 5k is open on the Final Mile website! The race will be Saturday, April 2nd in Stone Island. Please sign up to run and spread the word to friends, family, and co-workers! We are still looking for sponsors! Families can be sponsors for $50. This will get their family name on the back of the race t-shirts! If you are interested in supporting our 5k please contact Jennifer Grill at

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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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 .