Forest Lake Newsletter

May 2016


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

Dear Parents,

It is with great sadness that I announce my journey here at Forest Lake has come to an end. Last week my assignment was changed and effective July 1st, I will become the new principal at Deltona Lakes Elementary. My time here has been wonderful!! Throughout my 12 years, I have had the pleasure of working with fantastic students, parents and staff!!

It feels like just yesterday, I was appointed Principal at Forest Lake. It was an overwhelming rush of emotions, not knowing what to expect but you all welcomed me with open arms. With your support we made Forest Lake one of the best schools in the Deltona area. We embraced the community and became one big family. I will miss each and every one of you, for you have made a big impact in my life. The memories we've made will hold a special place in my heart. Thank you for always showing that Panther Pride!

Please join me in welcoming our new principal Dr. Paul Nehrig and assistant principal David Sanford. They are super excited to join the Forest Lake Family and look forward to meeting each and every one of you!

Mrs. Pagan

Next year's school supply lists are here. Please click on the grade level to view the supply list for that grade.

Kindergarten, 1st grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, ESE department

Grade Level News


Congratulations parents, you survived your child’s kindergarten year! The teachers would like to thank you all for your involvement this year. Because of your support, your child has been successful. Please continue to read to your child daily throughout the summer. They need to read daily as well. Please go on the RAZ kids website as often as possible. These books are on your child’s reading level and can help them excel. We have seen children move up in levels over the summer by faithfully doing RAZ kids. Remember after story time to ask questions and have your child retell the stories stating the beginning, middle and ending parts. To continue their writing abilities, have your child keep a journal over the summer. Every couple of days, have them write what they did that day, special events, or trips. Lots of illustrating would be great as well! For math success, have them count beads, macaroni, pennies, anything to keep their counting skills sharp. Don’t be afraid to have them measure things around the house. Flash cards are a good idea to quickly practice math facts! In closing, thank you for sharing your greatest treasure, your child. It has been our honor and pleasure teaching them in our classes this year!


This year has flown by! We have enjoyed teaching your precious children. We hope that each of your families has a fun, relaxing and safe summer! Please remember to read with your child and practice math facts. This will make your child’s transition to second grade much easier.


Second grade is ending the year with a Cultural Celebration Day! Students will travel to each second grade classroom to learn about a variety of different countries and cultures. At each stop, they will make a craft, learn some interesting facts, possibly enjoy some music, and have a treat. It should be a great day of fun learning! Teachers will be sending home summer review packets to keep each child practicing their skills to prepare for third grade. Also, your child will bring home information on the school uniform policy requirements for next year and the third grade supply list so you can take advantage of the summer sales. We want to give a special thank you to all the parents that volunteered their time in the classroom throughout the year and sent in requested items. Your support is greatly appreciated. We wish everyone a safe and enjoyable summer!


WOW! The year is done. Third grade has definitely been a year of immense growth. As we reflect on the skills we have learned, it amazes us the perseverance every single student has shown.

Students, we are PROUD of you! The beginning of the year proved to be a leap from the primary grades. It was a shock to everyone’s system, but after a few tears, bouts of frustration, and self-doubt … third graders came out on the other side. Every student displayed patience, open-mindedness, and finally self-confidence because you CAN DO IT!!!

YOU DID DO IT!!!! Parents, thank you for being on this ride with us. We end this year on such a high note from all of the accomplishments. We made friends, memories and hopefully learned a little bit about ourselves this year. We look forward to following your journey into 4th grade.


Fourth grade has had a wonderful year. We encourage all students to participate in the Volusia Read’s program as well as the IXL summer challenge! Thank you for a fantastic year!


First, and foremost, the fifth grade teachers want to wish ALL of the graduating 5th graders a hearty and heartfelt congratulations! We wish you success in all of your future education endeavors. Our words of advice for students and parents:

Mrs. Alexander:

Students- “Hard work pays off”

Parents- “The struggle makes you stronger”

Mrs. Junk:

Students-“Do your best and if you want respect…be respectful”

Parents- “Your children are watching you, give them something to look up to.”

Ms. Haines:

Students: “Be kind, work hard.”

Parents: “Cherish the moment.”

Mrs. Sills:

Students: “Dream large.”

Parents: “Love them, no strings attached.”

Mrs. Luedecke

Students: “Ignorance is not about learning, ignorance is not caring that you

haven’t learned.”

Parents: “Everyone loves to be read to, no matter the age…read to your child.”

We wish you a wonderful summer, please be sure to use the IXL computer program and the Just Read, Families program.

Best of luck!

Forest Lake’s Fabulous 5th grade team



A big thanks to all students and families for another successful year! Students, thank you for your hard work and dedication to always being the best you can be, and parents thank you for your support and cooperation! Have a wonderful and safe summer! Remember to stay active and stay in shape! See you next year!

Be sure to visit the following websites for some great information about nutrition, exercise, and hygiene!

Please visit the PE department's new website at:


If you are looking for art activities for your children during the summer check out the website There are drawing lessons that are elementary age appropriate to help your child improve their drawing skills. There are also origami activities on the same site.

Have a great summer!

Mrs. Lasher


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Help stop the “Summer Slide”! If you haven't heard of the summer slide, it not a water slide or a park slide. When students get off for summer break, a lot of the time they think it is a break from learning and anything school related. They end up making no gains in learning over the summer, and even falling backwards and losing some of the skills they had gained.

Here are a few tips to keep your child from suffering the summer slide:

· Visit the public library

· Take the Reading Pledge and participate in the Volusia Summer Reads Program

· Visit the Razkids website

· Visit the IXL math website (Take the VCS IXL Summer Challenge)

Username: 1Alpha ID

Password: student birthday MMDDYYYY

· Parents, read aloud to your kids

Reading aloud to your kids has different benefits. It helps them hear how reading should sound; it brings you closer together; it helps them see your love of reading. You can even use props and silly voices to make it more exciting.

Third, Fourth, and Fifth grade students, don't forget to get a head start reading the 2016-2017 SSYRA books. The link to the list is here. Also don't forget to visit our Destiny Home Page for quick links to great sites.



Volusia County Schools and Florida KidCare have a partnership with a common goal to help families insure children. If you are interested in finding out more about the KidCare Progam, please click the KidCare button.

Dear Parent or Guardian,

The last day of school is June 7, which is fast approaching. Please be sure to pick up your child’s medication from the clinic by the end of the school day on June 7. This includes prescription and non-prescription medication as well as nebulizer and any equipment you may have brought in for medical procedures. An adult must pick up these items, as we cannot send them home with the students.

If the medication is not picked up before the end of the school day on June 7, the medication will be disposed of according to Volusia County School Board administration of medication guidelines at the close of that day.

Please use this web site:

(Parent/ Student Health Services) to access the new medication forms and or procedure

forms for next school year, which begins on August 15, 2016. Medication forms, procedure forms, and emergency care plans must be renewed by the parent, on or before the beginning of each school year in order for your child to receive medication or procedures during school hours. Students carrying their own epi-pen, inhaler or diabetic supplies, are also required to have a new medication form on file each school year.

Please do not access the above website until on or after July 1st, 2016 for the current authorizations forms for the 2016/2017 school year.

If you have any questions please contact your child’s school clinic staff.

Have a wonderful, safe, and healthy summer. I look forward to seeing you next year!


Karen Gamse, LPN

Forest Lake Elementary

School Clinic: (386)575-4166


Registration for SY 16-17 is underway at EDEP. We will be open for registration throughout the summer as well, Monday- Thursday daily.

Register soon to hold your spot!


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 .