September 18, 2019
Dear Valley Stream District 30 Families and School Community:
The start of each school year is exciting because of the energy our children, staff, parents and community members bring to it and all of the wonderful possibilities that working together provides.
Overall, the opening of school went very well. Thank you to the parents who assisted in our kindergarten orientations and opening-day activities.
Tonight we are having a very important event at all of our schools. It’s “Meet the Teacher Night” for grades 2-6. I do hope you will be able to participate and learn about the many activities we have in store for your children. Our staff is focused on “lifting every voice” this year so hearing from you is also very important.
I am very pleased to announce that the Board of Education has completed the process of selecting a new Board of Education trustee. Eighteen candidates applied and interviews were held this month. The Board was very impressed with the interest displayed and the diversity of experiences and backgrounds of all that applied. We welcome C. Sandra Okafor to the Board and wish her well in her one-year position. Ms. Okafor is a graduate of the Valley Stream 30 School District, as well as the Central High School District. She attained degrees from Cornell University and New York University and works as a healthcare administrator. She and her siblings are proud of the education they have received in the Valley Stream school system, and she looks forward to giving back and being a part of the Board of Education. Ms. Okafor will be appointed at our next Board of Education Work Session on October 7, 2019.
School safety continues to be a high priority for our District. We have new security personnel at all schools this year. Our community and parents are welcomed at school, but we do ask for your cooperation in following visitor procedures when coming to the schools. We want to keep our children and staff as safe as possible, so your cooperation and understanding is greatly appreciated. Please complete your child’s emergency card if you have not done so already.
Your partnership with our schools is central to our success. Please join the PTA. Meetings this month are as follows:
September 19th, 7:00 p.m., Clear Stream Avenue General Meeting
September 25th, 7:00 p.m., Shaw Avenue General Meeting
Thank you to all involved in this month’s remembrance activities pertaining to September 11th. We must never forget those who were lost and the heroes of that tragic event.
As a reminder, schools will be closed Monday, September 30th and October 1st. Thank you all, once again, for your support of our schools and have a wonderful weekend!
Nicholas A. Stirling, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools