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Forest Road School 

16 Forest Rd., Valley Stream, NY 11581

(516) 434-3800

Erin Malone, Principal
Michael DeBlasio, 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
Principal
 

Forest Road News

String Students Selected for LISFA Music Festival

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Six outstanding string musicians from Valley Stream District 30 will perform at the Long Island String Festival Association’s Nassau intermediate festival on March 8 at Uniondale High School. During the festival, the student-musicians will join other top music students from throughout Nassau County.
 
The district congratulates the following festival participants: Clear Stream Avenue fifth grader Mia Perez and sixth grader Alyssa Singh, Forest Road fifth grader Metehan Yilmaz and sixth grader Isabella Domrosky and Shaw Avenue fifth grader Kayla Harper and sixth grader Hallie Reid. 
 

Students Head to All-County Music Festival

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Twenty talented student-musicians from Valley Stream District 30 will perform in the Nassau Music Educators Association’s All-County Music Festival this month at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts. Students were chosen based on their individual New York State School Music Association evaluation scores and teacher recommendations.

The district congratulates the following All-County participants:  

Clear Stream Avenue School: 
Robert Santos Hernandez
Kai Moy
Matthew Pico
Alishba Chaudhry
Marian Cao
Alanna Bolden

Forest Road School:  
Calvin Lee
Sudan Belnavis
Brandon Goulbourne
Isabella Dombrosky
Sanaa Desvarieux
Jaida Greigg
Maya VanDijk

Shaw Avenue School: 
Jessica Tramontano
Yuvraj Singh
Alyssa Haughton
Hallie Reid
Kamahra Jolly
Isaiah Smith Jr.
Alana Perez
 

Forest Road Chorus Spreads Holiday Cheer to School Officials

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In honor of the holiday season, 34 members of Forest Road Elementary School’s fifth and sixth grade chorus shared their talents on Dec. 11 at the Nassau County Council of School Superintendents final general meeting for 2019.

Following the business portion of the meeting, the Forest Road chorus students from Valley Stream District 30 entertained the superintendents with an engaging performance of two holiday songs. Music teacher Sarah Fernandez directed the chorus as they performed “Something” by Sheldon Rose and Various Themes on “Fa-La-La.” As their performance came to a close, the chorus received a well-deserved standing ovation.

NCCSS President and Valley Stream District 30 Superintendent of Schools Dr. Nicholas Stirling was very proud of the students and their ability to “Lift their Voice,” the district’s focus for the 2019-2020 school year, in such a skilled and creative manner.

Forest Road Graduate Selected for Gifted and Talented Program

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Samuel Na, a member of Forest Road’s Class of 2019, was selected as one of only 84 Long Island students to be named a Long Island Young Scholar of Mathematics by the Institute of Creative Problem Solving for Gifted and Talented Students at SUNY Old Westbury.
 
Each year, approximately 700 exceptional students are nominated by school officials for a spot in the program. Samuel is in the top one-tenth of one percent of math students to be selected in his grade. He applied for the prestigious program as a sixth grader in Christopher Onorato’s class and went through a rigorous application process that included writing a statement, securing a teacher recommendation, taking an entrance exam and providing a school transcript.
 
According to Mr. Onorato, Samuel was a teacher’s dream who had a very gifted math mind and came across as humble. During extra help sessions, Samuel would engage in enrichment projects to continue building his math skills. As a Long Island Young Scholar of Mathematics, Samuel is part of the tuition-free institute that covers a variety of mathematical topics to enhance the problem solving skills of students. Starting in September, Samuel began taking Saturday morning classes at the institute. The program runs through March and consists of 20 Saturday morning classes, each two and a half hours long, with additional time outside of the classroom for special projects.
 
Congratulations, Samuel on this outstanding achievement! 

Students Attend P.E.A.K. Festival

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Seven fourth grade students from throughout the district recently participated in the Nassau Music Educators Association’s All-County P.E.A.K. Music Festival at Freeport High School. P.E.A.K., which stands for Parents, Educators And Kids, invites select fourth grade musicians from across Nassau County to attend music workshops with their teachers and parents.

Forest Road students Joseph Frank, Sarah Gittens and Abigail Na and Shaw Avenue students Julissa Montalban, Kota Okita, Aidania Wright and Audrina Wright attended the festival with their loved ones, along with music teachers Stephanie Fischer and Sarah Fernandez. Throughout the day, the students, parents and teachers engaged in interactive music workshops that fit their interests. At the conclusion of the festival, the students performed a concert together. It was a great experience for all!