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Forest Road School

16 Forest Rd., Valley Stream, NY 11581

(516) 434-3800

Dr. Alison Bruno, Principal
Dara Haynesworth, Assistant Principal 

Principal’s Message

Dear Forest Road Families, 

Welcome to the Forest Road School for 2023-2024! I am honored to be joining the Forest Road community this year.  From the time I’ve spent in Valley Stream District 30, it has been evident to me that this community has a strong partnership between all stakeholders, and I am thrilled to start a wonderful new school year, so students are encouraged to “Dream, Believe and Achieve”.  

Our centrally-located beautiful community of the Mill Brook in Valley Stream services students in Pre-K through Grade 6, and we are also currently home to the district’s self-contained special education programs. We offer a rigorous Next Generation aligned curriculum with a focus on differentiated instruction, support, 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 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, inquiry-based programming, 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. Communication and collaboration are the keys to success, so we look forward to working together to make Forest Road a special place for all students to learn and grow.

Best Regards,

Dr. Alison Bruno



Forest Road News

Budget Approved! ¡Presupuesto Aprobado!

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Budget Approved! ¡Presupuesto Aprobado!
YES – 253
NO – 101

Proposition 2:
YES – 272
NO – 76

Board Election:
*Kelly Ureña - 263


Presupuesto aprobado:
SÍ - 253
NO - 101

Propuesta 2:
SÍ - 272
NO - 76

Elección de la Junta Directiva:
*Kelly Ureña - 263

*Candidato elegido

Date Added: 5/21/2024

Marisela Sanchez appointed as principal of Forest Road Elementary

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Valley Stream District 30 is pleased to announce the appointment of Marisela Sanchez as the new principal of Forest Road Elementary School, effective July 1. The appointment was announced during the board of education meeting held on April 16.

Ms. Sanchez is an experienced and visionary educational leader with extensive experience in managing daily operations to foster a positive learning environment and support student success. She most recently served as assistant principal at 277Q The Riverview School where she oversaw the school's mission of fostering student independence to reach unprecedented heights. During her tenure at New York City Public Schools, Ms. Sanchez raised districtwide awareness of key factors to facilitate successful student transitions to appropriate educational settings.

In her previous roles, Ms. Sanchez successfully collaborated with teachers, parents, and staff to develop and implement schoolwide behavior management plans. She conducted regular observations and provided constructive feedback to teachers, empowering them to effectively manage challenging behaviors and create a positive classroom culture. Additionally, she initiated restorative justice practices within the school, promoting conflict resolution and teaching students the importance of empathy and accountability.

"I am honored to have been appointed as the new principal of Forest Road Elementary School," said Ms. Sanchez. "I am excited to join the dedicated team of educators, parents, and community members of Valley Stream District 30, and I look forward to working together to ensure that every student receives a high-quality education in a safe and supportive environment."

Ms. Sanchez holds a Master's degree in School Building Leadership and District Leadership from CUNY Brooklyn College, a master's degree in Special Education from Touro School of Education, Graduate Division, and a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education from CUNY Brooklyn College. She is currently pursuing a degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from St. Joseph University. 

Date Added: 5/2/2024

Kelly Ureña, President of Valley Stream 30 Board of Education, honored with SCOPE Community Service Award

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Kelly Ureña, President of the Valley Stream 30 Board of Education, has been recognized with the SCOPE Community Service Award for her exceptional commitment to serving the community.

Ms. Ureña has a long history of advocating for equity in healthcare and education. She has demonstrated a profound sense of community and responsibility, channeling her passion into fulfilling her purpose through social work. Grounded in principles of community and family engagement, cultural responsiveness, and social justice, Ms. Ureña has dedicated her career to serving children and families.

As a leader in her profession and community, Ms. Ureña has made significant contributions to strengthening families, communities, and building partnerships. She firmly believes that when children are provided with the tools and opportunities to succeed, they will surpass all expectations.

The SCOPE Annual School District Awards Dinner is an event that honors individuals who have made outstanding contributions to their school district. Ms. Ureña was recognized alongside other distinguished individuals from school districts across Nassau and Suffolk Counties, including School Board Members, School Superintendents, Principals, Teachers, Support Staff, and Community Leaders.

Date Added: 4/30/2024