Our Lions Roar!

Ready for Second Quarter!

A Message from the Principal

My Dear Sweet Lions,

Thank you for a wonderful start to this school year! We love that you come to school each day with excited smiles, bright eyes, and cheerful hearts- and ready for a fantastic day of learning!

This is my fourth year serving as your principal at Lost Lake Elementary School. It is the greatest professional gift I have ever been given. Recently, I was asked to share what it means to be a Lion. I think three characteristics of a Lion stand out most when I compare the animal to our school family: courage, loyalty, and the protective instincts it possesses.

Courage is having the strength to work hard and persevere. We know school can be challenging, and while elementary school holds many important milestones, we know we are laying the foundation for the academic attributes our students will develop and carry forward throughout their lives. I am so proud of our Lions because they have the courage to face the highest of mountains.

Loyalty means we are committed to supporting every child. We encourage students to commit to each other and to support one another. In so much of the work we do, we see the best results when we love on and lean on each other. Together, we can accomplish anything.

A lion’s instinct is to protect her cubs. This makes me think about the trust, compassion, and care our teachers have for their students at Lost Lake. Our school family truly embraces the whole family of a child, and these close relationships between staff and families build year after year. We truly are one pride.

I am so proud of the courage and loyalty our students and staff demonstrate every day. We find strength and security in our trust for one another. There is no doubt the bonds within our entire Lion family have strengthened over the last couple of years. Thank you for making Lost Lake ES a place where we grow stronger through the celebrations- and the challenges- we face together.

I look forward to a wonderful second quarter of this school year!

Mrs. Cousineau

New Year, New Curriculum!

We have kick-started the 2021 school year by implementing a school-wide reading challenge! All students, from kindergarten to fifth grade, are encouraged to participate in the 40-Book Reading Challenge. We are challenging students to read across multiple genres while earning reading tags along the way. If students read all forty books, they will be eligible to receive a ribbon or a medal at the end of the year ceremonies.

Also new this year is our English language arts curriculum. We are excited to dive into three new resources, Fundations, Geodes, and Wit & Wisdom. Fundations is a multi-sensory structured language program that makes learning to read fun while laying the groundwork for life-long literacy. Geodes are information-rich books designed to cultivate deep reading experiences for emerging readers, enabling students to apply decoding skills while building knowledge. Finally, Wit & Wisdom introduces complex texts and ideas on a deeper level by fostering the questioning spirit that will shape the next generation of great readers, writers, thinkers, and leaders. (Great Minds, 2020; Wilson Language, 2004).

Exposure to diverse, rich, and authentic text is the best way to instill a love of reading in our students. Happy Reading!

For more about how we are supporting literacy at Lost Lake ES, reach out to Mrs. Farias, our Literacy Coach.

Guidance Spotlight

Hello Parents!

October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month. On Wednesday, October 20, 2021, we are asking that everyone wear an orange shirt in support of Unity Day. Lake County Schools are committed to ‘Choose Kindness, Acceptance and Inclusion’; we hope you’ll join us in talking to your student about kindness this month.

One thing we all agree on is bullying is wrong. Through our school culture, and imbedded in our curriculum, we teach about kindness and acceptance. Hey, everyone has something going on! Let’s just be nice and help each other out!

Bullying, including cyberbullying, is when someone bigger, older, or more powerful than you, says or does things over and over again that make you afraid. (All three items must be present to be considered bullying.) Cyberbullying means the above three things (imbalance of power, repetition, and fear) are presented using technology. Rude and disrespectful behavior is wrong too, it’s just not defined as bullying.

Thank you for your kindness. Thank you for your patience. Thank you for helping us make this a successful year. Together we are #movingforward!

For questions about this or any guidance issue, feel free to reach out to Ms. Gault (K-2 Guidance Counselor) or Mrs. Shryock (3-5 Guidance Counselor).

PTO Corner

Thank you to the parents who made it to our first PTO meeting last month. The next PTO meeting will be on Oct. 18th at 6pm in the Media Center. Our next fundraiser will be Bread Sales for Thanksgiving from TX Roadhouse; please look out for more info to go home on this fundraiser. If you are interested in helping PTO please contact us at lostlakepto@gmail.com. There is much work to be done but, “Many hands make little work!” All help is needed and welcomed. We hope to meet you soon! :-)

Teaching Out of Field

Florida state law requires that we disclose to parents any time a teacher in a school district school system is assigned teaching duties with subject matter that is outside the field in which the teacher is certified. The following teachers meet the criteria for parental notification under this law.

Name; OOF Course Number/Name; OOF Subject

Celia, Maria; All courses ESE K-12; Elementary Ed K-6

Sampson, Kailyn; All courses; Elementary Ed K-6

Santiago, Cynthia; 5010045/Lang Arts; ESOL Endorsement

Please know that based upon a focused review of the teacher's educational background, I believe each of the teachers listed above is qualified to successfully deliver instructional services to your child.

For more information on this topic, please reach out to Mrs. Cousineau.