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Forest Road School

16 Forest Rd., Valley Stream, NY 11581

(516) 434-3800

Erin Malone, Principal
Michael DeBlasio, Assistant Principal 


Forest Road Reopening Procedures

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

Forest Road Students Embrace a “Can Do” Attitude

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Forest Road Elementary School students in Gabriella Cunzo, Lisa Freisem and Erica Jemmott’s classes proudly showcased their academic achievements during the school’s first “Yes I Can” Awards Ceremony on May 24. The special event was held virtually for families over Google Meet. It featured a collection of video clips of students in grades 3-6 talking about one goal that they have worked hard to achieve during the 2020-2021 school year. Some students then demonstrated how they successfully accomplished their goal.

The “Yes I Can” Awards Ceremony was a unique way to get students to reflect on their own academic growth and celebrate their academic success. A total of 20 students from all three of the classes participated.

“The ‘Yes I Can’ statement was created to show that no matter the challenges you face, if you set goals and push yourself, you are open to a world of possibilities where you can find the support you need to achieve your goals,” said Mrs. Cunzo. “Saying ‘yes I can’ means you are also saying the road may not be easy, but I will prevail.”

Through the video clips, both remote and in-person students shared their achievements. This included learning how to successfully solve word problems, how to use descriptive language in their writing, add, subtract and multiple numbers and more. Each student’s confidence shined through as they spoke about what they learned and put their goals into action. Following the video presentation, their peers were able to celebrate with them live on Google Meet. The ceremony also encouraged students to take the “Yes I Can” motto with them as they face new challenges in their everyday lives.

“The primary purpose of this event was for our students to showcase firsthand their goal-setting practices that support a learning culture,” said Director of Special Services Dr. Nicole Schimpf. “Goals can and do look very different from student to student. Being part of this special event was truly inspiring and it reminds us all that despite our personal challenges, we should all strive to be the best versions of ourselves.”

Due to its success this year, the Forest Road teachers plan to host another “Yes I Can” Awards Ceremony next year with their classes.

Forest Road Students Shine Light on Earth Day

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Forest Road second graders in Kim Lapera’s class recently celebrated Earth Day through engaging activities. The students learned how to create a Google Slide presentation based on the special day and wrote their own acrostic poems to incorporate into National Poetry Month. They also created their own Earth Day-themed suncatchers after learning about the importance of reusing items.

Deborah Thomas, science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics aide, helped the class create the suncatchers using overhead projector sheets, which the class no longer uses. Using rounded pieces cut out from the old overhead project sheets, the students decorated the plastic pieces with images of the Earth, Earth Day saying and more. Mrs. Lapera took her class outside on a nature walk around the school playground to find just the right size branches to hang the decorated plastic pieces on. This resulted in beautiful handmade suncatchers which reinforced the important Earth Day message of reduce, reuse and recycle.