Mrs. Zimmer

Forest Lake Principal

Dear Forest Lake Families,

 Welcome back!  I am truly excited to begin this school year.  September has always been a magical time for me.  A new school year is like a blank canvas, just waiting to be painted with experiences, learning, and relationships into a beautiful masterpiece!  This year, in particular, seems to sparkle with wonderful opportunities as we continue our transition back to normalcy in school.  While this process has taken us longer than we would have liked, it is still a time of celebration of all those things that we have missed over the past year and a half.

  This year, our theme is "Celebrate Forest Lake" and that is just what we will do.  Not only will we celebrate the return of the traditions and events that we have missed so much, but there will be new reasons to celebrate as well!  We have added some new things to make this an extra special year.  We are creating a "celebration wall" where students and staff can share things that they are proud of, whether it is sharing with a friend, learning how to tie a shoe, or achieving a goal.  Students will have the opportunity to add to our weekly "Good New Gram" Flipgrid when they have a good experience to share.  We will celebrate during morning announcements because every day is one to treasure, whether it be a holiday or just "eat linguine" day.  We also have added Forester's cousin, Woody, to our lobby.  He has the important job of collecting all the mail that children write to me!  I hope that everyone leaves me a message with their thoughts, questions, and concerns!

  We will also embark on a new journey to use Reading Workshop in our classrooms.  Our teachers have been working hard to create units and to plan for small group instruction.  Due to the generosity of families, we were able to purchase many, many books using our Scholastic dollars to grow our classroom libraries, in addition to the district purchased books.  Our teachers are excited to try our newly developed Science units, designed to have students wonder and think about what they see around them.  We will see the return of group work and students being able to collaborate in the classrooms.  Our STEAM classroom, Art room, Music room, and library will once again be gathering spaces, filled with new opportunities for children to explore and express themselves.

  I look forward to the opportunity to work with the many wonderful families at Forest Lake and with the amazing children that come here each day!  As always, I am always here if you have any questions, comments, or concerns.  I am here to help make this a great school year for you and your children.

Mrs. Zimmer