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Forest Road School

16 Forest Rd., Valley Stream, NY 11581

(516) 434-3800

Dr. Alison Bruno, Principal
Dara Haynesworth, Assistant Principal 


Principal’s Message

Dear Forest Road Families, 

Welcome to the Forest Road School for 2023-2024! I am honored to be joining the Forest Road community this year.  From the time I’ve spent in Valley Stream District 30, it has been evident to me that this community has a strong partnership between all stakeholders, and I am thrilled to start a wonderful new school year, so students are encouraged to “Dream, Believe and Achieve”.  

Our centrally-located beautiful community of the Mill Brook in Valley Stream services students in Pre-K through Grade 6, and we are also currently home to the district’s self-contained special education programs. We offer a rigorous Next Generation aligned curriculum with a focus on differentiated instruction, support, 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 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, inquiry-based programming, 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. Communication and collaboration are the keys to success, so we look forward to working together to make Forest Road a special place for all students to learn and grow.

Best Regards,

Dr. Alison Bruno

Principal



 

Forest Road News

Valley Stream District 30 student wins prestigious art contest

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Forest Road Elementary sixth grader, Jacob Ramirez, has been named the first-place winner in the New York State Association for Bilingual Education Student Art Contest in the grades 6-8 category. Jacob's outstanding artistic talent and dedication have earned him this prestigious award, shining a spotlight on his commitment to advocating for bilingual education.

Jacob's winning artwork, created under the theme, "Empowering Multilingual Student Voices to Advocate for their Right to Bilingual Education," impressed judges with its creativity, originality and attention to detail. His submission stood out among entries from students across New York State, showcasing his passion for the conference's themes of collaboration, leadership, equity, diversity, empowerment and advocacy.

As the first-place winner, Jacob will be honored with a medal and a $150 prize at NYSABE's Awards Luncheon on April 6. He will also receive complimentary tickets to the luncheon for himself and two guests.

"We are immensely proud of Jacob's accomplishment," said Alison Bruno, Forest Road Elementary principal. "His dedication to his craft and his advocacy for bilingual education exemplify the values we strive to instill in our Global Leaders of Tomorrow. Congratulations, Jacob, on this well-deserved recognition!"

Date Added: 3/18/2024