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Forest Road School

16 Forest Rd., Valley Stream, NY 11581

(516) 434-3800

Erin Malone, Principal
Michael DeBlasio, Assistant Principal 

 

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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

Forest Road School Hosts Virtual Night of Family Fun

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As a way to boost holiday spirit, students and their families from Forest Road School participated in the school’s virtual parent trivia night before the holiday recess. The Family Feud-themed event took place on Google Meet and many parents and children attended.

Throughout the evening, the Forest Road families were directed to 15 different Google Meet rooms which were hosted by surprise staff members such as Forest Road teacher Cathy Itri, Forest Road Principal Erin Malone, Assistant Principal Michael DeBlasio, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Jennifer Lewner and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Nicholas Stirling.
  
Before the event, the school polled 100 district staff members with 15 holiday themed questions such as: What is a word or phrase that begins with snow? What is a gift one should never buy their spouse? What is something people start doing on Dec. 1? This resulted in the top five answers from each question, which were then used to score the submissions from each family.
  
This was not the first time that the school hosted a trivia night during the pandemic. Last spring, Forest Road staff hosted a trivia event based on pop culture.

“We found that a Parent Trivia Night, given how popular it was in the spring, is an amazing way to maintain a sense of connectedness during such a remote time in our lives,” said Forest Road teacher Christopher Onorato.

Congratulations to the following winning families: 

1st Place – The Gittens Family and the Fretel Family (tied) 
2nd Place – The Terry Family
3rd Place – The Gonzalez-Yazdpour Family

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