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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

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.”

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