Forest Lake Newsletter

October 2016

Shifting Our Futures into High Gear!

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

  • Dr. Paul Nehrig - Principal
  • Mr. David Sanford - Assistant Principal

Dear Panther Families,

In October, we look forward to cooler weather and exciting fall activities. This is a busy month, with so much to learn and many planned events! You can tell our teachers are ‘shifting into high gear’ from the news items below. With topics of study including ‘Missing Addends’, the U.S. Constitution, erosion, story elements, solving multi-digit multiplication problems using several different strategies, the Scientific Method, and Native American culture, students are meeting high expectations. Teachers, support staff, and parents are all working to raise the bar while providing the support each student needs. This is in alignment with Superintendent Russell’s Guiding Principal #1: Dedication to Increased Student Achievement, and its three areas of focus: Building a Culture for Learning, Making the Instructional Shifts, and Personalizing Learning. Each of these areas are addressed through our School Improvement Plan (SIP) and our Parent Involvement Plan (PIP). Please visit our school web page to see our SIP and PIP. You will see specific information about our strategies for increasing student achievement and how we can work together to support our students.

From our Spirit event at Hannah Banana’s, to our Bingo Night, to the Deltona City Commissioners speaking to our 4th graders about city government, to our ‘Not so spooky story night’, there is always something special happening. Please continue to check our calendar on the school web page to stay informed about our many activities.

All year, we will continue to emphasize the importance of attendance as part of a district-wide “Everybody, Every day!” campaign. Regular, on-time attendance is critical for student success, and research shows that students who struggle with absences and tardies in elementary school have difficulty graduating on time from high school. September was Attendance Awareness Month, and we encouraged our students to enter the “Everybody, Every day” poem, poster, and rap/song contest. Also, we began a monthly contest to reward the class with the highest attendance rate with a special treat. September’s winner was Mrs. Swanson’s class, which will receive a Popsicle party on Friday October 7th. Which class will be next? Daily attendance is key to high achievement!

To make sure we are helping our students arrive to school and leave each day as safely and efficiently as possible, we invited members of our district’s safety department to conduct a recent observation of our traffic flow. In their report, they indicated that we were using many good practices and given the high volume of vehicles, actually had a very smooth flow in and out of campus. Some areas of concern were noted, however, including drivers texting or talking on their cellphones while driving in the loop, exceeding the speed limit, and walkers attempting to cross traffic lanes where there was no crosswalk. I ask everyone who uses our parent loop to please review the guidelines listed later in this newsletter and help keep all of our students safe. Safety is everyone’s responsibility. Thank you!

Finally Panthers, I’m proud to work with such a wonderful community of students, teachers, parents, staff members, volunteers, and business partners! As we close out the first quarter of the school year, I encourage everyone to continue focusing on high expectations – we all must do our best every day to reach our goals. When teachers post the first nine week’s report card grades, I want everyone to be pleased with the progress we’re making. To quote Bob Beauprez, former U.S. Congressman from Colorado, “Education is a shared commitment between dedicated teachers, motivated students and enthusiastic parents with high expectations.” Let’s continue to share that commitment, Panthers!


Dr. Nehrig

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Wednesday, Oct. 5th 2016 at 7:15am

1270 Doyle Rd, Deltona, FL 32725

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


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Thank you to all our dads, grandfathers, and guardians that participated in our Dads Take Your Child to School event and breakfast. We had a huge turn out and couldn't be more pleased. A father's involvement in a child's life can make all the difference in the world. By participating in this event, fathers and father figures demonstrated their commitment to their children's schooling and life. Thank you, again.

Please mark your calendars for these upcoming PTO sponsored events:

Oct.5 - Spirit Day at Hannah Bananas (12:00 - 9:00 p.m.)

Oct. 6 - Forest Lake Elementary's Family BINGO Night (pizza and fun starting at 6:00 p.m.)

Oct. 10 - Fall Yankee Candle Fundraiser Kick-off

Oct. 27 - Carrabba's Night and Not So Spooky Stories Event

We are looking forward to seeing you at these events and having you become a member of PTO.

Grade Level News


The kindergarten kids have been working away like busy bees! We just finished learning how to write uppercase letters and are now learning how to write the lowercase letters. We have discussed story elements such as; title, author, illustrator, characters, setting and key ideas. And we are learning the difference between fiction and non-fiction books. In Math we are learning how to read and write the numerals 0 to 20. And we continue to count up to 20 everyday! We’re excited to go on our first field trip in October to the Lyonia Environmental Center where we will learn all about reptiles!


First grade has been busy learning about the Constitution, American Symbols, and missing addends. Please continue to memorize sight words as we will be testing the students at the end of this quarter. Review all work sent home with your child. Read for 15 minutes daily, practice sight words, and use flash cards to memorize math facts to 20. Homework is due on Fridays. Please check for corrections, and neatness before your child turns it in. Parents, we need your help. SunnyD is supporting children and teachers with the SunnyD Book Spree program. Now through November 30th SunnyD will donate 20 free books for every 20 labels of SunnyD and Fruit2O. Please send us your labels. Thank you for your support.


Second grade enjoyed sharing our classrooms with our parents at Open House. Thank you for coming! The grading period ends on Oct. 20th. Students will be taking end quarter assessments over the next few weeks. We have been focusing on the U.S. Constitution and the three branches of government in our ELA/Social Studies unit. We are “rocking” in science with the study of rocks, soil, weathering, and erosion. In math we are finishing up a unit on place value. We are currently looking at strategies to mentally add and subtract fluently. Continue to practice math facts daily. Last week the Deltona Fire Department gave us a presentation about fire safety and shared information about the equipment they use to fight fires. If you have not had a conference with your child’s teacher, please contact them to schedule one. Thank you for your help in supporting your child’s learning.


Happy Fall to you all. As we enter the month of October, we are now full swing ahead with our curriculum. In reading we are focusing on understanding character and story elements, learning about our Constitution and beginning a unit of Poetry! Math has been a shift in gears as we are now learning our multiplication facts! We are working hard using flashcards and interactive songs/videos to remember our facts! In Science we are exploring the different aspects of space learning about our Sun, Stars, gravity and planets. We are looking forward to the end of the month when we will be celebrating our ‘3rd Grade Fall Activity Day’ and rotating around each of the 3rd grade classrooms learning about pumpkin guts and seeds, hearing haunted stories of local towns, reading Fall stories, creating ‘Batty’ math problems and more! Keep an eye out for more information to follow! Thank you. –The Third Grade Team J


4th grade has just finished our map skills and geography unit in social studies. We ended the unit by having students create a map of the state of Florida. Students were encouraged to get creative and make their maps out of play dough, clay, or Legos. Students presented their map to the class on October 3rd. We are now moving into our study of civics and government. We are expecting a visit from two of our Deltona city commissioners on October 12th so they can explain their role in local government to our students. In science students have been using their observation skills to draw the phases of the moon they see at night. In math we are moving into solving multi-digit multiplication problems using several different strategies. 4th grade does not teach students how to multiply using the standard algorithm. Students will learn the standard algorithm in 5th grade. Detailed examples of the strategies we use were sent home for students and parents to use as a reference guide when working on homework assignments.


Fifth grade has been working hard this school year! It is hard to believe it is already October! In science, we have been studying the scientific method and are moving into our space unit! Our students are very excited to study the planets and other interesting object in our galaxy. In social studies, we have been diving into Native American’s culture and the adaptations they made based on their environments in which they lived. For math we will be moving from place value into division strategies! You could help your student with this transition by ensuring they know their math facts fluently! Practicing with flashcards daily will work wonders! Thank you for your continued support!



Triangles, Tambourines, and Drums, oh my! The students have been practicing rhythms and steady beat with multiple instruments the past few weeks. The primary grades are playing songs with rhythm sticks, hand drums, triangles, tambourines, and cymbals. They have been doing a programs called “Tap, Shake, and Jingle Rhythm Band” where there are symbols representing instruments and rhythms that they have to follow visually. The intermediate grades have been playing congas, bongos, temple blocks, snare, timpani, and bass drums with the Rhythm is Served activity. Hispanic Heritage month ends October 15th and the students will begin to learn about Latin music starting next week as well as throughout the year. In the month of October we will explore some scary sounding music and the composer Edvard Grieg, start in-class preparations for the 4th and 5th grade winter concerts (more information to come…), and start learning about the four instrument families. So we’re in high gear making music and having fun!

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


Coach Boyle will be teaching football and starting our distance running training. We will slowly increase the distance and intensity of our warm up runs. The end of October Coach Boyle’s class and Coach Albano’s class will be running the cross country course during PE class.

Coach Albano will be finishing up testing the overhand throw for grades 2-5. During the month of October she will be teaching a variety of field games, as well as, increasing the distance and intensity of the warm up runs.

Coach Feinman will be finishing up the fitness skills testing of push-ups for 3-5, planks for K-2 and jumping jacks for all grades. Following the testing he will be teaching a new unit on Lacrosse for all the grade levels.

Reminder that the mile run will be coming up in December. Start your training now! Students should be out exercising every day and distance running 3-4 times a week.

Please visit the PE department's new website at:


Mrs. Wise, our intern from UCF, has been teaching the kids in 1st and 2nd Grade about Joan Miro in honor of Hispanic heritage month. She has been teaching 3-5th grades about the surrealist artist Marc Chagall. Kindergarten has created fall leaves to decorate the cafeteria, and they are now focusing on drawing and painting skills. The older students have been helping with the creation of our school educational booth for the Volusia County Fair.

The fair opens on November 3rd and runs through November 13th. If you have the opportunity, please stop by and visit our display. The booth will be in the Hester Building, and the theme this year is “Blue Jeans and Country Dreams”. For more art room news please follow me on Twitter @longhairclan.


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Reading is such an important lifelong skill, yet it is it often neglected because of our busy schedules. Here is a list of some easy ways to support your child's reading:

  • Read Every Day Make reading to and with your child a part of every day. Take turns reading newspaper articles, or favorite paragraphs from whatever you happen to be reading. Talk about the writing style, perspective used, and any unfamiliar words.

  • Ask Questions About Reading Find out what book your child is reading right now and talk about it. Is it as good as the last one? Is the main character sympathetic or not? Can your child predict what will happen next in the book? What book will be next?

  • Set up a Reading Area Creating a cozy home reading corner is a great way to encourage your child to read. If you’ve got room for two chairs, spend some quiet time reading together, too.

  • Define Unfamiliar Words Be prepared to help your child discover new words while reading. It’s a good idea to keep a dictionary handy, just in case you’re both stumped!

  • Write Notes Use a family bulletin board to leave written messages to family members every day. Encourage your child to write messages for the board, too.

  • Offer Reading Rewards Give your child special attention or a specific reward, such as a book, every time your child finishes five or ten books. Encourage them to participate in the Reading Counts Program.

  • Share Stories Encourage your child to read stories to siblings or other children.

  • Daily Word Open the dictionary once a day at a random spot to come up with a Word of the Day. See who can use the word in a sentence more times during the day.

  • Library Visits Make weekly library visits a part of your family routine. Getting to know your public librarian is a great way to find out about new books.

  • Give the Gift of Reading Magazines and books make great gifts for birthdays and holidays. Consider donating books to the school’s Scholastic Reading Counts! program after your child has read them.

  • Parent/Child Book Club Get together with your child and other parents and children (in the same age range as your child) to form a book club in which parents and children read and discuss the same books.

  • Turn Off the TV! Give family reading time priority over family viewing time.

Parents are encouraged to visit our FLE media center. We are open to parents before and after school. Parents may check out up to three books at a time and keep them for a week. Please stop by and see us. We look forward to seeing you.


For you and your child’s safety please follow these procedures when you are in the Parent Pick-up Loop

  • Please follow the posted speed limit of 5 mph on campus.

  • Please follow the directions of the traffic safety personnel.

  • Please do not use your cell phone while in the parent loop.

  • Please pull all the way forward when dropping off or picking up.

  • Load and unload your vehicle on the passenger side only.

  • If you need to get out of your vehicle to assist your child, please park and have your child cross at the crosswalk.

  • No cutting in line. Please respect parents that are waiting in line.

  • There is no dropping off or picking up in the trash dumpster area.

  • If you decide to park and get out your vehicle, please cross at the middle crosswalk only.

  • NO PARKING in the crosswalk or where signs are posted.

Thank you, Everyone’s safety is our Goal!!


Pediculosis (Head Lice) Prevention and Treatment Information

We are in bug season now. Moreover not just flu bugs, or stomach bugs but head lice bugs. As with any contagious condition prevention is key. Keep your child’s hair pulled back if it’s long; discourage head to head contact and sharing of brushes, combs, or head gear.

Please check your child for head lice during routine grooming. There is no outbreak of lice at this time but I encourage you to be proactive. The signs of head lice are scratching at the back of the neck and behind the ears. It appears like a dandruff flake but glued near the base of the hair shaft. There are many over the counter treatments. Check with your child’s doctor for what they recommend as over-the-counter treatments are not as effective as a prescription treatment. You may also pick up the flyer from your school, “Guide for Head Lice Treatment.” One month of continuous daily combing with a lice comb can be effective.

If your child has head lice, please notify the school nurse. If your child is found to have live bugs during school hours, you will be asked to come pick your child up for early dismissal. Please have updated phone numbers on the emergency card at school. Once your child is treated please bring them to the clinic to be re-checked for live lice. Should you have any questions, please contact our school nurse in the clinic.


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EDEP has had a busy and enjoyable start to the 2016-17 year.

Third through fifth grade have been following the (occasionally edited wacky antics of the characters in Carl Hiaasen’s “Scat”, along the way learning the importance of respecting and protecting Florida’s natural areas and endangered animals. It is a joy to observe these children truly engaged, while listening to an adult (Me) read to them.

Kindergarten through second grade are enjoying Group Leader Anna Rivera’s enthusiastic and humorous deliveries of books geared for their age-level. Following the completion of each book, Mrs. Rivera enlists their assisting in creating small skits. Again, these children are engaged and enjoying their time with literature!

Our large group of “seasoned veterans” (fourth and fifth grade) are, this year, truly leading by example. They consistently show respect and kindness to each other and their Group Leaders.

Our staff wants the teachers to know… if any of your EDEP-attending students are having homework issues, let us know! We are here to help with their success.


Volunteers and Business Partners

If you need to fill out a volunteer form, 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.

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

Tijuana Flats, Chick Fil A, Smith's Landing Daycare, TD Bank, Kona Ice South Volusia, Dragon Financial, Paradise Lakes, Hannah Bananas, and Thirty One gifts by Danielle Shepherd.

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