Welcome & Announcements

100% Student Success

A Message from Principal Karen Aspen:

Welcome to Forest Lakes Elementary. As the Principal of FLE, I look forward to working with you as we strive to provide a quality education for all of our students. Your interest, support, involvement, and parental guidance will never be more important than they are in these early years of your child's education. By becoming a school volunteer, joining the PTA, attending school functions, reading to your child and supervising your child's work, you can take an active part in your child's early educational experiences. Working together, we can best meet the needs of our children.          

             Forest Lakes Elementary School                                                School Hours for the 2013-2014 School Year
                        301 Pine Avenue N.                                                                                Monday through Friday
                        Oldsmar, FL 34677                                                                                    8:35 AM to 2:35 PM
                           (813) 891-0785
                        Fax (813) 891-9178

City Builders Summer Camp 2014

posted Apr 18, 2014, 9:29 AM by 1331 Forest Lakes ES   [ updated Apr 18, 2014, 9:30 AM ]

The St. Petersburg Museum of History is partnering with Pinellas County Schools, St. Petersburg College, St. Petersburg Preservation, and the Historic Old Northeast Neighborhood Association to create an exciting new summer camp program.

Camp Location:
The St. Petersburg Museum of History
335 2nd Ave. NE, St. Petersburg

Camp Dates: July 14-July 18, 9 am to 1 pm

Please see the attached flyer for more details.

1st Annual Book Swap

posted Apr 18, 2014, 5:12 AM by 1331 Forest Lakes ES   [ updated Apr 18, 2014, 4:04 PM ]

1st Annual Book Swap


Need to clean out some bookshelves? If you have any “gently used” books at home that your child has read, he/she can bring them to school from Monday, April 28 to Friday, May 16. Teachers will have boxes in their classrooms for book collection.

This is a great way to get some “new” books for summer reading, and, best of all, it’s FREE! There will be a school-wide book swap May 27-30.

“Gently Used” – books that have been read a couple of times, pages not ripped or folded; no writing or coloring in the books – books should still look new!

If you have any questions, please call me at 813-891-0785 or email at ferraj@pcsb.org

Joann A. Ferra

Library Media/Technology Specialist

Annual School Financial Report

posted Apr 18, 2014, 5:08 AM by 1331 Forest Lakes ES   [ updated Apr 18, 2014, 5:09 AM ]

The Annual School Financial Report has been posted to the district website. Florida Statutes require each school to distribute this report to their parents as soon possible.

The report can be found on the district website under Business/Accounting/ Publications/2012-13 School Financial Report.  

Alternatively, the link below will take you directly to the School Report:  


The report has also been attached to this announcement.

Section 1010.215, Florida Statutes, requires each school to distribute this report to parents. A link to the Statute is shown below:


PCS Launches Facebook and Twitter

posted Feb 20, 2014, 5:17 PM by 1331 Forest Lakes ES   [ updated Feb 20, 2014, 5:57 PM ]

Watch this short, informational video. PCS Launches Facebook and Twitter              



@my_PCS (The underscore _ between my and PCS is hidden in the hyperlink above.)

New Student Registration

posted Feb 20, 2014, 5:11 PM by 1331 Forest Lakes ES   [ updated Feb 20, 2014, 5:13 PM ]

StudentRegKindergarten Registration To register for kindergarten, children must:
  • Be 5 years old on or before Sept.1
  • Be able to show proof of residency (home address)
  • Have a Florida Certificate of Immunization (shots record)
  • Have a physical examination certificate
Find out more about kindergarten registration

Student Registration Process

IMPORTANT - Any new student in kindergarten, sixth or ninth grade who enrolls in Pinellas County Schools will be assigned to a zoned school. All other new students will be assigned to their zoned school on a space-available basis.

STEP 1: Find Your Zoned School

Parents will first need to find their child’s zoned school by using the Zoned School Locator or calling Student Assignment, (727) 588-6210.

STEP 2: Reserve a Seat

To reserve a seat at a zoned school, use the online Student Reservation System (SRS) located on the district website, www.pcsb.org. You can use any computer, including a school computer, to reserve a seat.

To use the Student Reservation System, you will need a PCS Portal User ID and password. To get a new PCS Portal User ID and password, visit any school. Make sure to bring a valid ID (Driver's License, State ID card, Passport/Visa, Military ID or Green Card). If you already have a User ID and password for another child, you do not have to obtain new ones.

STEP 3: Register

The final step is to visit the assigned school and deliver the Required Documents: Birth certificate or other proof of identity/age, two documents proving residency, Florida Certificate of Immunization, physical examination certificate, child’s most recent report card (for students in grades 1-12), Individual Education Plan (if your child participates in exceptional student education) and Social Security number (optional).

2013-14 Immunization Requirements

Book Fair is Coming!

posted Feb 20, 2014, 8:50 AM by 1331 Forest Lakes ES   [ updated Mar 20, 2014, 8:44 AM ]

The whole school is excited about our March/April Book Fair. An amazing selection of books is headed our way!
At the Book Fair you will find the latest and finest titles for kids, as well as books of interest to parents. And, you can contribute books to your child's classroom library. The Book Fair is a great way to get everyone excited about reading.

We will be having our fair from Monday, March 31 to Friday, April 4 in the Library Information Center (LIC).
  • Mon, March 31
    8:30 AM to 3:00 PM
  • Tues, April 1
    8:30 AM to 3:00 PM
  • Wed, April 2
    8:30 AM to 3:00 PM
  • Thurs, April 3
    8:30 AM to 7:30 PM LATE NIGHT with FAMILY FITNESS NIGHT: 5:30 pm to 7 pm
  • Fri, April 4
    8:30 AM to 1:00 PM **LAST DAY!

If you are out of town or can't make it to our Book Fair, you can also help support our school by shopping online.

Available Mar 26 - Apr 15 Only!

  • Send wish lists to family and friends
  • All orders ship free to the school
  • Browse an expanded book selection - including Storia eBooks
Forest Lakes Book Fair Website

If you are available to volunteer, please visit the online Sign Up Genius sign-up.

Book Fair Online Sign Up
The slots are posted in 30 minute time slots, so please sign up for as many slots as you are available to help. You must be a registered volunteer or renew your registration from last year to volunteer at the Book Fair.

Scholastic Book FairsDownload the Scholastic Book Fair APP! You can scan book covers or bar codes to view reading and age/grade levels, promotional book videos, and more! Search "Book Fairs" in the App Store or Android Market. http://www.scholastic.com/apps/#/book-fairs

If you have any questions, please contact me at school, 813-891-0785 or by email ferraj@pcsb.org

Thank you very much.
Joann Ferra
Library Media/Technology Specialist

6th Grade Orientation at Carwise Middle School

posted Feb 3, 2014, 7:54 AM by 1331 Forest Lakes ES   [ updated Feb 3, 2014, 8:02 AM ]

Carwise Middle School is hosting a 6th Grade Orientation on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Please see the attached flier for more information. It will be a great night and families of upcoming 6th Graders won't want to miss it!

Also attached are the 6th Grade Course Selection Sheets for parental review. The direct link can be found on the Carwise Middle School website at  http://it.pinellas.k12.fl.us/schools/carwise-ms/electives.html You can find descriptions of all the Course Electives on the Carwise MS website, as well. This sheet is just for review. You do not need to print it out. Your child will receive a hard copy on GREEN paper.

ST Math from Home

posted Jan 31, 2014, 2:52 PM by 1331 Forest Lakes ES

Spatial-Temporal (ST) Math® instructional software is a research-proven, comprehensive, grade-level math program that utilizes Spatial-Temporal (ST) reasoning to teach math concepts that are aligned to the Common Core State Standards. To extend your learning the expectation for students in grades K-2 is to spend a minimum of 30 minutes per week and for students in grades 3-5 a minimum of 60 minutes per week on this website.

Enter web.stmath.com in the address line of your browser and hit enter. Please refer to the blue ST Math handout that came home January 31, 2014 with your child for the ST Math Activation Code.

Parent Guides



Spirit Sticks and Enrichment Rewards

posted Dec 19, 2013, 8:46 AM by 1331 Forest Lakes ES   [ updated Dec 19, 2013, 8:46 AM ]

Spirit Sticks

Your PTA is excited to announce that the Spirit Sticks are finally in.  The PTA will be in the courtyard tomorrow (12/19/13) and Friday (12/20/13) from 8:15 am to 8:35 AM, before school starts, selling elf and snowman spirit sticks.  Supplies are limited so make sure and bring your money.  Spirit sticks are $1.00 each.

Enrichment Rewards

Pinellas County Schools offers a great roundup of online learning programs that help students build their skills in various subjects, including reading, language arts, math, science and social studies.

Offerings, which include FCAT Explorer, ST Math and Ticket to Read, are accessible 24/7. Children use several of these resources in class and are familiar with them. Many of the resources also include easy-to-use guides that explain how to use the programs.

A number of principals will be providing incentives to classes with the most participation.

Schools and students will also have the opportunity to win prizes through Ticket to Read’s new Ho-Ho-Holiday Competition, from Dec. 16 through Jan. 5. The top five schools with the most time on task will win iPod shuffles and visits from TJ Ticket, the Ticket to Read mascot.

To try out these great educational resources, just visit the district’s website www.pcsb.org and click on the Beyond the Classroom link on the home page.

Mr. McHugh and I are looking forward to providing another outdoor play time for our students who complete their holiday enrichment assignments.  We want you to keep your brain sharp over the winter holidays. 

We will look forward to providing those rewards when we return from break.

I hope our Forest Lakes families will have a safe and happy holiday season.  We look forward to seeing you back at school tomorrow and Friday, then again in January of 2014!  

Karen Aspen


(813) 891-0785

Book Fair Thank You's!

posted Dec 11, 2013, 6:46 AM by 1331 Forest Lakes ES   [ updated Dec 11, 2013, 6:47 AM ]

Parents, Students, Faculty, and Staff,

THANK YOU for making our recent Book Fair such a success!

A special thank you to the wonderful volunteers to helped set-up, run the registers, and pack-up.
Sarah Hilker, Srividya Vaidyanathan, Trish Dumper, Tara See, Mandie Jorgensen, Andrea Von Thaden, Tracy Roberts, Karen Fischetti,
Joyce Hoffman, Rachel Pages, Lynn Boltz, Stacey Rutledge, Julie Boylan, Lisa Skelton, and Debra Taylor.

1-10 of 47