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Spotlight Shines on Board of Education

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Photo of Forest Road Students Singing
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Board of Education Recognition Night Photo
In honor of School Board Appreciation Month, administrators, staff, students and families gathered at Shaw Avenue School on Oct. 23 prior to Valley Stream District 30’s Board of Education meeting to celebrate the five members of the district’s Board of Education.  

Highlighting the district’s “Show Your Character” theme for the school year, Forest Road School hosted a special recognition performance to show their appreciation for the service and dedication of the board members. Under the direction of music teacher Sarah Quiroz, members of the school’s sixth grade chorus showed off their singing abilities by performing “Do Re Mi” from the “Sound of Music” and their own twist on the song “Edelweiss,” titling the song “Valley Stream.”

Board members sat front row to watch the performance and heard praises from Superintendent of Schools Dr. Nicholas Stirling, Forest Road Principal Erin Malone and Assistant Principal Jennifer Lewner. 

“It’s an honor to work for and with all five members of the board to make a difference for the students here in the district,” said Dr. Stirling. 

In addition, Forest Road PTA co-presidents Natalie Cange and Darlene Hinds presented each board member with a gift bag and attendees were welcome to cake and refreshments after the show, courtesy of the PTA. 

Fitness Program Inspires Students to Get Moving

Photo of Forest Road Students with iGame4 Program
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Photo of Shaw Avenue Students and iGame4
Students throughout the district recently participated in the iGame4 Fitness Program. The program was held at Clear Stream, Forest Road and Shaw Avenue schools for a week to encourage fitness and a healthy lifestyle.  

Set up in the gymnasium, iGame4 uses active video games to improve endurance, flexibility, balance and the overall health of students. With the help of physical education teachers, an iGame4 instructor visited each school to facilitate the games. With fitness trackers attached to their clothing, students rotated between four stations and participated in action adventure, animal and dance games both independently and with their peers. 

In addition, each school hosted an iGame4 Family Night which gave families throughout the district the opportunity to spend quality time with their children and try the program out themselves. 

Exceptional Summer Readers

Photo of Forest Road staff, library staff and students with trophy
Forest Road School was recently crowned the champion of the coveted Waldinger Library Cup at the Henry Waldinger Memorial Library for the second straight year.

Working in close partnership with the Waldinger staff and specifically children’s librarian Jaclyn Kunz, the school actively engaged in the library’s reading program this past summer. Forest Road’s library media specialist On Kyung Joo helped encourage students to join as well. The program, which is open to students across the Valley Stream area, awards first place to the school with the highest number of readers and the highest average number of “reads” during the course of the summer. 

“Students and parents are congratulated on their hard work and consistent efforts in bringing the cup home to the Forest once again,” said Principal Erin Malone. “This organization is a true gem in our community and families are encouraged to avail themselves of the wide variety of activities offered by the Henry Waldinger Memorial Library.” 

Students Spread Kindness to Hurricane Harvey Victims

Forest Road School Hurricane Harvey Donation Photo
Students at Forest Road Elementary School recently showed their generosity by sending supplies, toys and letters to those in Texas affected by Hurricane Harvey. 

Throughout the month of Sept., the school conducted a drive where they collected items such as backpacks, books, puzzles, toys and school supplies to send over to Texas. As part of a school-wide initiative called “Words of Hope,” each Forest Road student also wrote a letter or created a drawing to send to the students of St. Catherine's Montessori School in Houston, TX. 

In the letters, the students expressed their sympathy and well wishes for the people of Texas. They showed high levels of empathy, with many writing about when they lost something important to them and how they could relate due the aftermath that Hurricane Sandy left back in 2012. 

With the box of letters and drawings, Forest Road included prepaid postcards in the hopes that the students in Texas would send a note back. They also sent the supplies and toys that were collected to the school. 

“My hope was that as the students were starting the new school year fully prepared with their new items, they could step outside of that and be cognizant of how lucky they are,” said Principal Erin Malone. “It is a big deal to think of others and they did a great job.”