Forest Lake Newsletter

May 2016

Happy May!

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 of upcoming Kindergarten students for the 2016-2017 school year, please plan to attend the Kindergarten Round Up! It will take place in the cafeteria on May 18th

from 8:30-9:30. This fact filled meeting will give you all the information to make your new Panther feel right at home when school starts in the fall. You will get a tour of the school, get to see the Kindergarten class rooms, and have story time in the Media center! During the parent meeting, the children that attend will be assessed by the kindergarten teachers. This process helps us to place children on rosters. If your child doesn’t attend that day, you will need to sign up to bring them during the summer for screening. Thank you for marking your calendars now for May 18th!

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

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.

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


Kindergarten parents, our field trip to the zoo will be next Wednesday May 11th. Please get your new permission to your child's teacher as soon as possible!
Our kindergarten program will be May 27th in the cafeteria at 8:30-9:30. Please plan to come!
Our pizza fun day will be June 1st. No need to pack a lunch that day. Our fun will start at 8:30 and last until 11.


The year is quickly coming to an end! First graders have been busy learning all about money, plants and geometry. We are looking forward to celebrating the end of first grade with our students. Please watch for important information about upcoming end of the year activities. We will be needing volunteers to help and contribute to make these activities a success. Also, PLEASE continue to practice sight words, read nightly and practice math facts. Please remember to review all work sent home with your child, especially incorrect work. This will help to reinforce skills they may be struggling with. It also gives them an opportunity to celebrate their success. Make this part of your nightly routine to show your child that what he/she does at school is important. Also, please help us to reinforce positive classroom behavior by checking and initialing your child’s folder nightly. Thank you for your continued support!

First Grade Teacher's Web Pages

Ms. Goodin


Second grade is full of enthusiastic writers. Many students created published books last month. Our students are very interested in our current unit study on life cycles of both plants and animals. We will soon be focusing on habitats. Economics is the focus in social studies. Students are learning the differences between needs and wants, producers and consumers, as well as goods and services. Ask them about “saving for a rainy day”J In math the students enjoyed learning about shapes and are now learning about fractions. Reading is tops across our curriculum!

We need your help! On Friday, June 3rd, second grade will be having a fun day by celebrating various cultures. We will have crafts, food, music, and games. In order for this day to a success, we need parent volunteers and donations. We would love for you to join us. If you would like to participate, please make sure you have an approved volunteer form on file. It will be an exciting day of learning!

The team of second grade teachers would like to thank all the students and their families that were so thoughtful during Teacher Appreciation week.


It is an exciting time in third grade. With FSA testing complete, third grade has been working on strengthening the skills needed to be successful fourth graders. In reading, we have been working on advanced lessons with compare and contrast skills and cause and effect. In writing, we have been finalizing and publishing our writing in anticipation of the upcoming Young Author’s awards. Class selections have been made and we would like to congratulate all of our participants.

Our math lessons have been reviewing all of our third grade skills and building on our multiplication fluency. Food chains and animal adaptations have been on the agenda in science as we have been learning about hibernation and migration. Social studies has also been very exciting, as we have been learning about parts of North America, including the Caribbean and Mexico. The third grade team would like to thank all of our students and parents for a wonderful and successful year. We look forward to seeing our students blossom as they continue at Forest Lake.


Fourth grade is so excited to witness Florida history come to life on our trip to St. Augustine on May 12. As the year comes to a close, we will be doing several science experiments and even creating our own math games. There are many fun activities planned for the end of the year including movie days, game days, outdoor games, and picnic lunches outside! Students are working hard to earn points to buy into these activities!


It sure has been an exciting time in fifth grade. We had a fantastic time at Animal Kingdom! The weather was perfect and the animals were out!

We cannot believe the year is coming to a close. There will be some exciting activities in the weeks to come; details will follow soon.

Our fifth grade ceremony will be held Friday, June 3rd at 8:00 am in the multipurpose room! We hope to see everyone there!!


The Gifted classes have been very busy. On Earth day, Mrs. Matthews’ and Mrs. Delemeester’s classes worked together to pick up trash around the school. We collected far more than expected! Students learned valuable lessons about our planet, global warming and the Pacific Garbage Patch, just to name a few.

We also visited Lyonia Environmental Center. Students learned about Scrub Jays and their habitat, as well as other animals. They also had the pleasure of dissecting owl pellets. Most thought it was really cool to find bones of other small animals.

Next time you visit the campus, be sure to check out the garden made from old tires. Students in Ms. Strunks and Mrs. Matthews class worked together to paint the tires with a base coat. Mrs. Matthews sprayed the tires with awesome colors and her class arranged them and filled them. The garden is a work in progress, but already looks great!

Field Day for Gifted is on Wednesday, May 25th. Please let your child’s teacher know if you plan on helping out. You must have an approved volunteer application on file. No siblings please.

Also, 4th grade gifted is excited about the St. Augustine field trip, and is currently learning about the engineering design process. Students are feeling inspired to take on a design challenge after learning about Caine's Arcade and The Boy Who Harvested the Wind.

Gifted Teachers Websites:

Matthews -



We are almost fine (finished) with music for the school year and the students have been learning about the last Music Superhero, George Frederic Handel, the German composer and creator of the famed "Hallelujah Chorus" and "Water Music" suite. The older panthers did a "Hand-L" project with facts about the composer and the younger panthers explored four of his famous compositions and created a picture displaying each. The students in Ensemble just performed the National Anthem at a Daytona Tortuga baseball game in Daytona. They also did their last performance of the year, a musical entitled "A Kid's Life" which was presented at two school assemblies and an evening performance. In this last month of school, the students will be reviewing rhythms with instruments and playing some creative, fun music games teaching musical concepts. I hope everyone has a relaxing and musical summer and I look forward to seeing the Forest Lake families next school year!

Musically yours,

Ms. Hill

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


Coach Boyle will finish up the year with another week of hockey, followed by a unit on tennis. The last week of school we will spend in the PE hallway doing the indoor rock climbing.

Coach Bryant will be doing basketball for the first 2 weeks in May, followed by different field games for the remainder of the year.

Coach Pagan will be doing a week of dance for the first week of May, followed by different field games for the remainder of the year.

On Friday, April 29th we had our water balloon toss for the Jump Rope for Heart. It was a great time for all the students that raised at least $25 towards Jump Rope for Heart. For each $25 raised, the student received 1 water balloon to throw at the PE coaches and Mr. Robinson. We had over 80 students participate.

Please visit the PE department's new website at:


We are so excited and grateful for our new white board tables that PTO has gifted the Art Room. Parents feel free to stop by and see our new bright white tables. If you would like to donate some DRY ERASE markers that would be greatly appreciated so the kids can do some amazing drawings directly on the tables.

There will be ART CAMPS at the Museum of Art, DeLand this summer. There are scholarships available if you need it. They run an amazing program there, your child will definitely enjoy it.


The last Scholastic book fair of this school year is going on NOW. The last day to make purchases at this book fair is Friday, May 13th. The store will be open until 2:45 on the last day. This is a great opportunity to stock up on books for your child's summer reading!

Also, be sure to the check out the following free Scholastic Book Fair App. Scan or search thousands of Book Fair titles to learn details such as:

  • Reading levels (AR, Lexile, DRA, Guided Reading, and Scholastic Reading Counts!)
  • Age and grade level information
  • Book summaries
  • Prices
  • Videos and podcasts
  • Awards and honors

Plus you can purchase books directly from your Online Fair, and all orders ship FREE to our school! Books do not have to be at our book fair to scan and find out information on. Although, it won't work on all books, I was able to use the App on many books in our media center and it worked, so you might want to try it out on the books you have at home or on books you are thinking about purchasing in the future.

Third, fourth, and fifth grade students enjoyed the SSYRA challenge this year. Our voting party in April was a lot of fun! The 2016 -17 SSYRA list of books has been announced. I am including a link to the new list here, for students that would like to get get a head start on the 2016-17 SSYRA 3rd - 5th grade challenge.

Parents of soon to be sixth graders, please note that there is a list of SSYRA books for 6th - 8th graders. I am not sure if the middle school your child will be attending participates in the SSYRA challenge or not, but the list does give you some ideas if you are looking for summer reading ideas. Please click here for the link to 6th - 8th grade SSYRA list.



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.


EDEP Intent-to-enroll has wrapped up. Be sure to come down to EDEP after May 19

th to register for SY 2016-2017. Those who filled out the intent-to-enroll forms will have their child’s name listed on the EDEP door; registration and the first week’s tuition must be paid in full to ensure your child’s spot!

After May 27th , any unpaid spots are open to all. When 125 spots are paid, a waiting list will be created.

Summer Camp planning is well underway with eight great fieldtrips planned, and a host of other activities, including walk-over trips to The Rink.

EDEP will have a visit from “The Jiggleman” on May 25th , right after school. Please know that any children on campus may attend, including VPK children. Everybody LOVES “The Jiggleman”!


On May 3rd PTO honored the staff with our annual Teacher Appreciation luncheon.

We are also happy to announce we were able to purchase 8 new whiteboard art tables for the art room with the money from our fundraisers. Not only are the tables studier and safer, they will cut back on paper use and expand the ways in which lessons can be taught!

PTO is also working with the administration to fix the sprinklers and install sod in the front part of the school as part of the campus beautification project. Be on the lookout for the new changes!

We are also in the process of planning an end of the year dance for all students on June 3rd. PTO is looking for help with this event. If you are interested in helping, please email Jennifer Grill at


Student Transportation Services is currently Hiring! No Commercial Driver License necessary to start – we will train YOU! Please click here for more information.

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 .