Forest Lake Newsletter

December 2015

Happy December!

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

One of the best gifts you can give someone is the gift of thanking them for being a part of your life! Thank you Forest Lake Families for being a part of our lives!

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


Mrs. Clute’s Pre-K classroom learned about “Our Community” in November. We talked about Places we go, People we meet, Things that move, and Going green! We learned about all of the community workers that work so hard to make our lives better and safer. We learned that transportation is for doing jobs and getting around our community. And we know that by Going Green, we can make a difference on our Earth!

We were very busy learning about Our Community, but don’t worry, we made sure that we had plenty of Thanksgiving Fun!!! Would you look at those turkeys!!!

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Thank you Kindergarten parents for helping your children learn good habits about school. They're arriving on time, are well rested after getting to bed by 7:30, and coming prepared with their folders and eager to learn. Your hard work shows! Keep up the great effort in all areas.

Thank you for continuing to help your child learn the sight words. There are 81 total words that help your child become a successful reader. Hopefully all of your children are coming home daily with their newest SIPPS story. This is an excellent resource to practice daily. It is a single sheet of paper with an average of 8-12 lines of text. If you haven't seen it, please write your child's teacher.

Plan now to attend our next field trip to Blue Springs in Orange City, January 27th. Hopefully we will be able to observe the gentle Manatees! Have a wonderful holiday season and enjoy the magic all around.


First grade has lots of exciting news to share. We will be taking our first field trip of the year this week Dec. 10th and 11th depending on your child’s class. We will be visiting the Reptile Discovery Center where we will learn all about reptiles and their habitats. We are very excited! Be sure to visit the Reptile Discovery Center's website to get a sneak peek of all they have to offer:

We are also planning a “Holidays Around the World” event. Your first grader will have the opportunity to travel to another first grade teacher’s classroom to learn about how children in other countries celebrate the holidays. Look for some cute crafts and ask your child what they learned. This event will take place during the school day on Dec. 17. On Dec. 18 first graders are invited to wear their pajamas to school and we will read some wonderful winter stories, enjoy a movie and special treats. Please send your child in school appropriate pajamas (no nightgowns/slippers). Also, please continue to check and sign your child’s folder nightly, review all incorrect work sent home and get your child to school on time. We appreciate your support. We hope that you have a wonderful winter break!

First Grade Teacher's Web Pages

Ms. Goodin


Second grade attended our first field trip to the Pioneer Arts Settlement. The students learned about what living life was like in Florida years ago. In math, we are asking our students to become teachers to their parents as they learn several methods to add and subtract 2 and 3 digit numbers. We want our girls and boys to go home and explain to their parents mental math, open number lines, place value/partition, how to use a 120’s chart, and compensation. They love being the “teachers”.

Later in the month, we will be having holiday activities in each classroom that focus around December holidays, crafts, stories, and food. We hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable winter break.


Third grade continues to work on multiplication facts and concepts of division. Please use flashcards with your child daily. It makes a huge difference. Also, the reading program “RAZ KIDS” is accessible from home if you have internet access. This is a wonderful program that the children really enjoy.

With the holidays just around the corner, we look forward to reading holiday themed stories and making crafts. On December 18th, we will be having our holiday party. Please send in a donation to help with the cost of this event. Thank you for your continued support!


"4th grade will be having a fun-filled festive week, starting December 14th, before Christmas Break. Students will be making snowflake ornaments, as it ties in with our story for the week "Snowflake Bentley". On Wednesday, December 16th students will be making their own "Class Ornament". On Thursday, December 17th we will have our "Holiday Around the World" event. On Friday, December 18th we will have our Christmas Pajama Party! Things to look forward to for our grade level is our up-coming Magnets Lab, where students will be able to participate in an engaging hands-on lab experience."


Coming off of a beautiful Thanksgiving break, the fifth grade team has hit the ground running. Students are preparing for the Christmas concert. Round two of FAIR testing is taking place and Student Council is busy selling chocolate candy bars. Chocolate bars (in a variety of flavors) are available from individual student council members, the front office, and the media center before and after school.

The fifth grade will be taking a field trip to The Pioneer Art Settlement on Friday, January 22nd. Details and permission slips will be coming home soon.

We are busy learning about decimals and fractions in math, life in the colonies in social studies, and in science we are discovering that matter does matter!

We encourage ALL parents to read to and with their children. If you need any suggestions for books to be read as a family, please speak with your child’s teacher or our media specialist, Mrs. Wagenhauser. The family that reads together, stays together!

Thank you for all you do.

The Fifth Grade Team


The Gifted department will be having an in-school field trip on Thursday 12/10. Mad Science is bringing the fun to us for interactive and collaborative learning about the Scientific Process.

Gifted Teachers Websites:

Matthews -



Jingle all the way into music class! The music room is bustling for the month of December, there are holiday songs, dances, videos, and concerts. Last month the students learned about our third Music Superhero: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart! Mozart was known as a child genius and wrote his first piece of music when he was only 4 years old! Unfortunately, Mozart had an untimely death at the age of 35, but still managed to compose over 600 pieces of music.

For the month of December, the students are learning about Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky. They are also experiencing Tchaikovsky’s music by watching part of the ballet “The Nutcracker.” The primary panthers are doing holiday sing-alongs and fun with parachute routines to the music of “The Nutcracker.” The intermediate panthers are working hard to get ready for their upcoming winter concerts. The 4th grade winter concert will be held on Tuesday, December 15th at 6pm and the 5th grade winter concert will be held on Thursday, December 17th at 6pm. Here’s hoping that 2016 is full of more musical fun, games, and performance opportunities!

Musically yours,

Ms. Hill

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


Congratulations to the Forest Lake Running club on winning first place in the team division of the Jim Payne Corporate 5k on November 7th. Several of our team members placed in the top three in their divisions. Make sure you say congratulations to our Running Club members and give a special shout out to the members listed below:

  • Bryce Artrip- 1st place age 10-17
  • Brian Boyle- 3rd place 9 and under
  • Jeremy Calvano- 1st place age 18-29
  • Tommy Bryant- 3rd place age 30-39
  • Greg Boyle- 3rd place age 40-49
  • Avery Selva- 1st place age 9 and under
  • Zoie Martin- 2nd place age 10-17
  • Kristina Cartin- 3rd place age 10-17

We are very proud of all our Running Club members!

In PE classes, students will be earning toe tokens every 8 laps for the first two weeks of December. Week of Dec. 9th will be the football throwing and catching test for grades 2-5. Week of the 16th will be the mile run test for all the PE classes all week.

Please visit the PE department's new website at:


Congratulations to Forest Lake Elementary students for winning first place this year in the Volusia County Fair for our educational booth. Awesome work! If you didn’t get the chance to see it, I have put up part of the display in the front office. Stop by and take a look at our blue ribbon.

Notice! We will be having a Holiday Ornament Night on Thursday, December 10th from 5-8 pm. There will be 14 different ornaments that your family can make together in the cafeteria. The media center will have a buy one get one free book fair event going on for holiday gift giving. We will have food trucks here for you to buy something delicious for the family too. There will also be an ugly sweater contest, and family photos will be taken. Please plan to come by and enjoy the holidays together. The ornaments are themed around different countries to make it a fun learning activity for all.

All the students of Forest Lake will be making their pottery project this month too. If you are able to donate brown paper lunch bags for sending the pottery home in that would be appreciated.


Parents, did you know that you can check out up to three books at a time from our media center? Stop by and ask Mrs. Wagenhauser how. The media center is open for parents starting at 7:30 a.m. and stays open for parents until 3:00 p.m.

Our Scholastic Buy-One-Get-One book fair is going on now! It will be open from December 7th - December 11th. This will be a great opportunity for you to purchase books for those special readers on your Christmas list.

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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We had a busy November. Thank all the Forest Lake families that came out to support our November events. We are looking forward to more fun and exciting activities in December.

Here are the PTO events we have planned:

  • December 5th December 5th - Family Fit Night from 6-8pm at Fit Club in Orange City. The cost is $6 per student and half of that money will be donated back to our PTO.

  • December 10th - The PTO and Art Department will host our Holiday Ornament Party. Students will be able to decorate and take home ornaments inspired by different countries around the world. Food trucks and Kona Ice will be there at 5pm followed by ornament decorating, ugly sweater contest and holiday pictures at 6pm.

Please come out and celebrate the season with your Forest Lake family on this Fun Night!

  • December 11th - The Otis Spunkmeyer Cookie Dough from our 1st fundraiser will be delivered on December 11th and must be picked up that day between is 2-3:30 or 5-6.

It is that time of year to start thinking about yearbooks. This year soft cover books will cost $25 and hard cover books will cost $30. You can also purchase "Love Lines" to have a special message printed in the yearbook for $5. If you are interested in placing an advertisement in the yearbook, the cost is $25 for a 1/4 page ad. Our yearbook contact is Kelly Burrow.

Looking ahead, please save the date for our 1st annual Panther Prowl 5k! It will be held by on April 2nd on Stone Island. If you are interested in sponsoring our run please contact Jenn Grill at We would love this to be an annual event! Your contributions can make that happen!

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 .