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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
Principal
 

Forest Road News

School Community Shines Light on Self-Care

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Forest Road students and staff celebrated International SEL Day on March 26. The special day was established by Move This World, the leading provider of social-emotional learning resources for students, teachers and families, and encouraged schools everywhere to reflect on self-care. Throughout Valley Stream District 30, school psychologists and teachers have engaged in ongoing conversations with students about self-care as it relates to wellness and mental health. Leading up to International SEL Day, Forest Road teachers shared with their classes the benefits of self-care on emotional health and the overall wellbeing of an individual.

To celebrate the important day, Forest Road school psychologists Sonya Jackson and Dr. Francyne Zeltser encouraged both remote and in-person students and staff to think about how they meet their own self-care needs. In-person students were asked to bring an item to school and remote students were asked to select an item at home that supports their self-care. Students and staff utilized their item during the morning wellness period for 15 minutes to bring peace and tranquility into their lives and practice self-care. Some students read their favorite books, others listened to music, created art or played games. It was a great way for the Forest Road community to reflect on themselves and further develop their self-care habits.

 

 

 

 

Forest Road School Embraces Health and Wellness Month

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Throughout the month of February, students and staff at Forest Road Elementary School focused on health and wellness. Each day, students were encouraged to complete a daily challenge which related to a specific word such as curiosity, empathy, kindness and mindfulness.

Positivity filled the hallways and virtual classrooms as students celebrated confidence with P.S. I Love You Day, connected to the environment by following the slogan reduce, reuse, recycle, and embraced the importance of nutrition. Each new challenge provided students with valuable knowledge and tools to live a healthy lifestyle both mentally and physically.

School psychologists Sonya Jackson and Dr. Francyne Zeltser also played an important role during the month. They visited the classrooms of all remote and hybrid students to discuss stress and coping skills. Students learned what stress means, how it impacts them physically and mentally and how to cope with it. They also learned how to create stress relieving tools in the classroom which is being kept in each student’s wellness toolbox. Students in kindergarten through third grade created their own breathing sticks, fourth and fifth graders learned how to make stress balls and sixth graders made their own affirmation sticks.

“The toolbox is something that we have been developing over the past few years and it allows students to choose from a variety of activities to help them regulate their emotions, practice positive thinking, and mindfulness,” said Ms. Jackson. “The toolbox also reminds our students of the importance of self-care. We will be doing other activities later in the year to continue this ongoing discussion on self-care and promoting wellness.”