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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

Forest Road News

Dancing Through Black History Month

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Photo of students with Mr. Rainey
With the guidance of Kevin Rainey of the Phyllis Rose Dance Company, fourth- and fifth-graders at Valley Stream District 30’s Forest Road School recently celebrated Black History Month by learning about African dance. Each class worked with Rainey during the course of a week to learn a particular cultural dance and showcased their skills in a culminating performance at the end of the week for family members and students. 

Rainey has been dancing since he was a child, even performing on Broadway for 17 years. He visited the school for the first time last year with the dance program to teach students dances in honor of Black History Month. The students and staff welcomed Rainey back with open arms as he worked on dances such as a ceremonial dance from West Africa, a dance inspired by Ella Fitzgerald, the traditional cuckoo dance and the Lindy Hop and Swing. 

At the start of the culminating performance, Principal Erin Malone introduced Rainey to the audience and explained the importance of Black History Month. 

“Black History Month is so important because it helps us to understand the contributions of a particular group of people that have often been under looked and undervalued,” said Principal Malone. “At its essential core, it helps us to understand that we are all one and we have to act that way and treat people that way.” 

Each class donned different outfits to highlight their cultural dance and performed their routines on the school stage. Rainey incorporated the audience into the show after the student performances by inviting staff members onto the stage where he taught them, students and family members how to do a dance called, “The Moon Dance.” 

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Students and Families Invited to “Taste of a Service” Event

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To educate families on the variety of services that Valley Stream District 30 offers its students, the district will be hosting their annual “Taste of a Service” parent fair on March 5 from 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Shaw Avenue School.

Students and family members from Clear Stream, Forest Road and Shaw Avenue elementary schools, as well as incoming kindergarten families, are invited to speak with faculty members about the services offered to students to help set them up for success. Reading specialists, speech therapists, occupational therapists, classroom/physical education teachers, behavioral consultants, school nurses, school psychologists and enrichment specialists from throughout the district will be stationed in the gymnasium to discuss strategies used in the classroom and speak about what can be utilized at home to support their child’s learning. In addition, entertainment will be provided for students to enjoy and light refreshments will be served.