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January 10, 2019

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Dear Valley Stream District 30 Families and School Community:

As we begin the new year, I wish you and your family good health and joyful experiences throughout the year.  Our schools opened smoothly and everyone is back, with renewed energies, for meeting our goals for the remainder of the school year.  Our Board of Education and the District continue to be dedicated to the following goals:

  1. Academics: To support teaching and learning through the development of a comprehensive and rigorous curriculum that addresses the needs of all students;
  2. Personnel: To provide oversight and guidance in support of managing all personnel within areas of performance, professional practice, recruitment/retention accountability and professional development;
  3. Finance and Operations: To fully support our education programs through strong financial oversight, collaborative budgeting and fiscal planning and through the management of school facilities;
  4. Communication and Community Engagement: To communicate effectively with all constituencies to promote involvement and to support our schools and District.

The next two Board of Education meetings are scheduled for Monday, January 14th and Monday, January 28th at Shaw Avenue School, 8:00 p.m.  Presentations on our budget will be made at each meeting.   The presentations can be accessed at (Under Quick Links on the home page, click ‘District, ‘Board of Education’ and then ‘Presentations’.)

Over the next few weeks, please take a moment to complete this year’s Community Budget Forum Survey which will be posted on our website at under Announcements.  We value your input and greatly appreciate you taking the time to complete the survey. Results from the survey will be presented at our annual Community Budget Forum to be held on February 11, 2019 before the Board of Education Work Session at Shaw Avenue.

Please, also, take some time to read the District’s newsletter that will be mailed to your homes this month.

Congratulations to the Clear Stream Avenue School for being selected to receive a 2018 Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant in the amount of $5,000 for the Clear Stream Avenue School Maker Space project. Ms. Carolyn Kaiser, Library Media Specialist, is thanked for her leadership in securing this grant which will help the schools efforts in expanding opportunities for children in the areas of STEAM education, technology integration and 21st century learning. The District is proud to now have all three schools be recipients of Lowe’s grants and appreciative of the partnership the Lowe’s organization has established with the District. 

Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day!  Our staff and students have been involved in an array of activities commemorating Dr. King’s memory, actions, contributions and dreams. Schools will be closed on Monday, January 21st in observance of the holiday.


Nicholas A. Stirling, Ph.D.

Superintendent of Schools