March 23, 2017

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Dear Valley Stream District 30 Families and School Community:

On Monday, March 20, 2017, the Board of Education accepted the resignations of teachers for the purpose of retirement.  These individuals have made a difference in the lives of many students.  They have helped students to appreciate the joy of learning and have guided our students to reach their highest potential.   The retiring class of 2017 has spent many years in the Valley Stream 30 School District working in various grades and contributing tirelessly to the overall mission of the District.  It is with much gratitude that we wish the following retirees well in the next chapter of their lives: Grace Guttman, Forest Road; Bruce Lesser, Forest Road and Patricia Serio, Forest Road and Clear Stream.

Next week begins our State assessment testing in English Language Arts and Math.  Our staff continues to work very hard in preparing all students for assessments they will encounter during their elementary school years and throughout life. The results from the State assessments are only one source of information among many sources of assessment data.  We are a district that has been committed, for a long time, to not focus on test preparation, but to focus on effective instructional practice.  I want to assure parents that we will continue to encourage and support students to do their best and to minimize anxieties about the tests.  Your support in making sure students are in attendance, have a well-balanced breakfast and get a good night’s sleep before the test would be appreciated.  

We have begun to provide the community with progress updates on our Strategic Plan. I invite you to attend any of the upcoming Board of Education meetings where these Strategic Plan updates are being presented. We are very encouraged by the progress our District has been making on behalf of our students.

This month, each school held their annual kindergarten registration. As we welcome new and returning families to our school community, we want to ensure that all families have as much information about the District as possible. This year’s registration process continued to include resources to assist families whose native language is not English. We encourage our District residents to register now for kindergarten, if they have a child who is eligible. Registration packets may be picked up at any of our schools. Kindergarten screenings will take place in late spring. 

Voter registration continues on school days from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at all schools. You must be registered in order to vote in a school district election. For voter registration information, please contact Anne O’Brien, District Clerk, at 516-434-3600, x5227. The last day to register to vote is May 9th.  The budget vote will be held on May 16th. 

Please note that our spring recess will be April 10th – 14th.  The 2017-18 school calendar is now posted on our website. 
 

Sincerely,                                                              

Nicholas A. Stirling, Ph.D. 

Superintendent of Schools