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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

Fairy Tale Fun at Forest Road School

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Kindergarten through third-grade students at Forest Road Elementary School are incorporating fairy tales into their science, technology, engineering and mathematics curriculum due to a $350 mini-grant which library media specialist On Kyung Joo applied to and received from the Long Island School Media Association. With the grant, the school purchased three Lakeshore Fairy Tale Problem Solving STEM kits, three storytelling puppet kits with corresponding books, mood and emotion mirrors and story wands that help with reading comprehension.  

Students can now utilize the new materials in Forest Road’s new Makerspace to further their reading and storytelling abilities, as well as enhance their collaboration and problem solving skills. The STEM and puppet kits feature fairy tales such as “The Three Little Pigs,” “The Three Billy Goats Gruff” and “Goldilocks and the Three Bears.” Students have the opportunity to act out the stories with the puppets and challenge themselves with the STEM kits. Challenges include creating a secure house for the Three Little Pigs, building a bridge for the Three Billy Goats Gruff and constructing beds for Goldilocks and the Three Bears. 

“With the Lakeshore Fairy Tales Problem Solving STEM kits, students are engaged in the literacy activities by not only listening to the fairy tales, but also acting out with the puppets,” said Joo. “Students are inspired to find a solution for each challenging situation while designing and building the scenes in those tales. I hope that these kits will also enhance their creative expression and social-emotional development.”

Student Artwork Showcased at Local Coffee Shop

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Thirty-seven talented students from throughout Valley Stream District 30 had their artwork displayed from March 26-31 at Sip This, a coffee shop in Valley Stream. Covering the walls of the shop were unique pieces of art created by students in kindergarten through sixth-grade. This was the second year that the district and the coffee shop partnered to celebrate the work of students. Art Specialists from each school picked a sampling of their best wall artwork which was mostly two dimensional, to represent their programs. Congratulations to all the student participants on a job well done! 

Forest Road Students Recognized as PTA Reflections Winners

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First-grader Aidan Fretel and fifth-grader Rachelle Griffith from Forest Road Elementary School were recently selected as New York State PTA Award of Merit winners for their entries in the 2017-2018 National PTA Reflections contest, “Within Reach.” Fretel was recognized for film production in the primary division, while Griffith was honored for her dance choreography in the intermediate division for the second consecutive year. 

PTA Reflections is a national program that sparks students’ imagination, curiosity and participation in the arts. Each year, students are asked to reflect on a specific theme and create an original piece of work in the category of dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography or visual arts. 

The students are two out of only 108 NYS PTA Award of Merit winners. Both entries were among 420 of the best statewide to reach the NYS PTA level of Reflections judging. Fretel created his film with the iMovie app where he used his toys and imagination to produce his story, “Winning is Within Reach.” Griffith created her own choreography titled “My Gift if You,” which was dedicated to her mother. She previously was presented with the NYS PTA Award of Merit for her dance choreography, “Coat of Many Colors,” in the intermediate division of the 2016-2017 National PTA Reflections Contest. 

The students will have their work displayed in the Reflections Art Gallery at the 122nd NYS PTA Convention in Saratoga Springs from Nov. 9-11.

Back-to-Back Math Hoops Champions

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A total of 18 students from Valley Stream District 30 participated in the New York City NBA Math Hoops Tournament on March 24, where for the second consecutive year, a team from Shaw Avenue School were once again crowned first place winners. Students competed against those from schools across Nassau County and New York City but Shaw Avenue students Anjali Edmonds and Karina Ramnauth ultimately came out victorious, winning in the final round with a score of 30-29.  

Under the direction of their math coach Andrew Canle, the team of two trailed for most of overtime before pulling out the win with under a minute to play. Other Shaw Avenue participants included Innaya Ilyas, Aaimen Kashif, Memoona Mustafa and Duaa Zeeshan. 

“We are so proud of all of our students who competed in the tournament. Anjali and Karina are very deserving champions as they are excellent students who know how to work well with others no matter the situation or pressure,” said Shaw Avenue Principal Alejandro Rivera. “We are proud that our students get to participate in experiences like this and are especially grateful to the Learn Fresh Education Company for creating the NBA Math Hoops program. 

The fact that our students have received the opportunity to visit the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum last year and now the Barclays Center, allows our students to see more of the world around them. We will definitely be going for a three-peat next year!”

NBA Math Hoops is a fast-paced basketball board game that incorporates fundamental math skills through direct engagement from NBA and WNBA players with a curriculum tied to the Next Generation Learning Standards and 21st Century Learning Skills. Last year was the first year that students from Shaw Avenue School participated in the tournament where students Athena Pajotte and Priya Mangal were recognized as the 2017 New York City NBA Math Hoops Tournament winners.

Valley Stream District 30 was proudly represented this year as students from Clear Stream Avenue and Forest Road schools entered the tournament for the first time. Under the guidance of their math coach Timothy Rau, Clear Stream participants included Brian Abraham, Cameron Charles, Tolu Diyaolu, Saige Frisco, Sasha Jaikaran and Michael Sukhu. Math coach Christopher Onorato worked with Forest Road participants Jonathan Beltre-Rojas, Shaila Fretel, Justin James, Iman Khan, Emily Persaud and Arshbir Singh. The coaches and students worked diligently throughout the year to prepare for the tournament.  

According to Principal Rivera, the winning team could not have succeeded without the support of Mr. Canle, classroom teachers, fellow district administrators, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Nicholas Stirling and the board of education.

Valley Stream Students Unite to Prevent Cyberbullying

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Fourth-grade students throughout Valley Stream District 30 participated in engaging anti-cyberbullying workshops on March 23, facilitated by National Honor Society students from the Valley Stream Central High School District. The high schoolers visited Clear Stream Avenue, Forest Road and Shaw Avenue elementary schools throughout the day to teach the students about how to be respectful digital citizens and talk about the signs of cyberbullying.

The program was part of the Inter-District Wellness Committee made up of representatives from each Valley Stream school district. Under the guidance of National Honor Society adviser Alisha Varian, the honor society members presented on what cyberbullying is and how it can make one feel, as fourth-graders answered questions. The elementary students also learned about the numerous social media platforms that bullies utilize, as well as how to be an upstander and how to report a bully. 

“We’re here to teach kids how to be smart on social media before they become proactive in the online community,” said senior and National Honor Society secretary Alisha Victor. 

The students were divided into six groups and rotated as the high schoolers ran different activity stations to dive deeper into cyberbullying. Among the variety of activities, fourth-graders participated in role-playing scenarios on how to face a bully and created social media responses on Post-Its, on how they would react to a negative online situation. Through the lessons, fourth-graders learned how words can affect emotions. 

“I liked that they gave us a model in the first group of how you can feel if someone says something hurtful to you or something positive,” said Clear Stream fourth-grader Chris Brockington.

Students Put Math Skills to the Test in Districtwide Tournament

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Administrators, staff, students and families gathered in the Shaw Avenue Elementary School gymnasium on March 14 for an evening of healthy competition as students from Clear Stream Avenue, Forest Road and Shaw Avenue elementary schools participated in the first districtwide NBA Math Hoops Tournament. 

NBA Math Hoops is a fast-paced basketball board game, curriculum and community program that allows students to learn fundamental math skills through engagement with the real statistics of their favorite NBA and WNBA players. The curriculum is tied to Next Generation Standards and 21st Century Learning Skills and has been shown to improve students’ basic math skills and understanding of statistics, in addition to their interpersonal skills, driving them to collaborate more effectively with their peers.

Students have honed their playing skills and increased their math abilities through a Math Hoops club at each of the three schools. The goal is to ultimately compete against other schools in the region at the fourth annual NYC NBA Math Hoops Tournament on March 24 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. 

Last year, Shaw Avenue School competed in the tournament and came out victorious as students Athena Pajotte and Priya Mangal placed first out of 40 teams from throughout the region. 

The districtwide tournament, aimed at giving students the chance to practice their game, featured four teams from each of the three schools. Under the guidance of teachers Timothy Rau, Andrew Canle and Christopher Onorato, each team consisted of two students who put their skills to the test against their peers. First place winners were Memoona Mustafa and Innaya Ilyas from Shaw Avenue School and second place winners were Michael Sukhu and Saige Frisco from Clear Stream Avenue School. The four students will continue to compete at the NYC NBA Math Hoops Tournament in Brooklyn with other students in the district. 

“I believe one of the most critical aspects of the Math Hoops Tournament was bringing together all three schools to promote friendly competition with a healthy dose of camaraderie,” said Mr. Rau. “At the same time, I am hoping that the students were able to better understand the competition setting that they will be stepping into this weekend in Brooklyn for the NYC Championship. Lastly, I think it was pretty evident that all of the students, parents, teachers, and administrators involved had a tremendously enjoyable time!”