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Forest Road School 

16 Forest Rd., Valley Stream, NY 11581

(516) 434-3800

Erin Malone, Principal
Jennifer Lewner, Assistant Principal

 

Principal’s Message

Welcome to the Forest Road School! We are centrally located in the beautiful and community-minded Mill Brook area of Valley Stream. We are a Kindergarten through 6th grade school and are also currently home to the district’s self-contained special education programs. We offer our student body a rigorous Common Core aligned curriculum while maintaining an emphasis on differentiation and enrichment opportunities. Our staff works diligently to ensure each student receives a quality education with priorities focused on individual growth, social-emotional development and safety.

Forest Road has enjoyed being at the center of such a wonderful community since 1953. Our children walk to school and families have the opportunity for daily interaction with our teaching staff. Our community is diverse and rich with a neighbors from many different cultures working alongside each other for the benefit of all of our children. Cultural “literacy” is not only celebrated but entrenched in our school traditions as we strive to prepare the students for success in a global world. Forest Road is proud of our many accomplishments which include a vibrant school community, strong proficiency rates on NYS assessments and interactive learning experiences for our children. There is a focus on technology use and enhancement, project-based learning, real world application of skills and personal goal setting.

Our school fosters a sense of belonging with our families and we are fortunate to have an active and involved parent base. Our PTA sponsors assemblies and events for our students which support our curriculum and our district promotes a focus on both the Fine and Performing Arts. We host a large variety of before and after school clubs targeting academic development and interest-based activities. During the school day our children and staff are supported by an outstanding group of classroom teachers and specialists in the areas of Reading, Math, ESL, Speech and Language, Enrichment/Quest and Special Education. Our Library and Computer Lab are available to the children on a consistent basis and there are numerous opportunities to explore, research and analyze information. Our classes have access to a laptop cart and the majority of our classes have ipads currently in their rooms for daily use by students. We maintain an emphasis on Physical Education and over wellness as well as providing instruction in both Music and Art. Additionally, we do have performance opportunities for students in grades 5-6 with regard to Chorus, Band and Instruments.

At Forest Road your child is our priority. We strive to be partners with our families and share a common belief that all students can, and will, learn. We value the contributions and ideas shared by our stakeholders and maintain a focus on solution-oriented discussions. It is expected that you will be an advocate for your child and help us to design a successful learning path while they are in our care. Remember to take the 2 In 10 Pledge and give at least two hours of your time over the course of a ten month school year to improve your child’s school experience.

We welcome you to share in our joys and our achievements and thank you for your trust in us.


Erin Malone
Principal
 

Forest Road News

District Celebrates School Psychology Awareness Week

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Forest Road School Opens New MakerSpace

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Administrators, faculty, students and PTA members at Forest Road School recently joined in a ribbon cutting ceremony during the school’s monthly PTA meeting to officially open their new MakerSpace. The space was created thanks to a Lowe's Toolbox for Education Grant of $2,000, which library media specialist On Kyung Joo applied for in Feb. 2017. 

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Nicholas Stirling, PTA President Natalie Cange, Principal Erin Malone, Assistant Principal Jennifer Lewner and On Kyung Joo cut the blue ribbon in celebration of the new space. 

The school received the grant in May 2017 and with the board of education’s approval, began purchasing essential STEAM products for the new MakerSpace during the summer months. The grant allowed the school to purchase items to expand learning opportunities for students while encouraging innovation, collaboration and exploration. 

A variety of educational tools were incorporated into the space including a 3-D printer called the FlashForge Inventor II and different color filaments. They also purchased robots such as Wonder Workshop Dot and Dash and BeeBots, building and engineering tools such as LEGO’s, K’Nex and Magformers, a button maker and a video game builder called Bloxels.

In addition, the MakerSpace includes Snap Circuits which is a beginner electronic discovery kit and Makey Makey, an invention kit for all ages. 

The new Makerspace, which was configured over the summer in the school’s computer lab, features a new interactive whiteboard called InFocus, a LEGO wall and new whiteboard. It also features a whiteboard table where students can write their ideas and erase easily.

Students will be utilizing the MakerSpace throughout the 2017-18 school year by participating in monthly themed activities with the new tools. 

Student Dancer Earns New York State Recognition

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Fifth-grader Rachelle Griffith from Forest Road School was recently presented with the New York State PTA Award of Merit for her dance choreography titled “Coat of Many Colors,” for the intermediate category of the 2016-2017 National PTA Reflections Contest. The ceremony, “Reflections Art Roadshow” was held in in Albany and celebrated the STATE winners of the contest. 

PTA Reflections is a nationally acclaimed student recognition program to encourage artistic creativity in the classroom and at home. The theme, “What Is Your Story” encouraged students throughout the state to share their own stories through a variety of art mediums. Griffith submitted a video of her dance as a fourth-grader. Her dance was inspired by the sacrifices that her and her family have had to make and her appreciation for what she has. 

Griffith’s dance is included on the PTA Reflections website and while in Albany, was available for viewing by all who attended the ceremony.  

“Forest Road was extremely proud to have a student make it to the state level of this competition,” said Principal Erin Malone. “Rachelle is a well-rounded young lady who created and executed the choreography that ‘wowed’ the judges. Her grace, creativity and enthusiasm are remarkable. Forest Road is very lucky to have her as part of our learning community.” 
 

Spotlight Shines on Board of Education

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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

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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

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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.” 

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