FR News 11/11/2022


Message from the Principal, Mrs. Stamer

You don't have to wait any longer...above are pictures of our amazing November bulletin board designed by our 3rd grade students. As we continue to celebrate Native American History month, our 3rd grade students read about different legends of the dreamcatcher, designed and created dreamcatchers and share all about them during our morning announcements. They shared with us about the Lakota Legend and the Ojibwe Legend. Dreamcatchers are small by design, some elements of dreamcatchers include the hoop, the web and the feathers. The layering of the web leaves a small hole in the middle that allows good dreams to pass through while the web catches bad dreams. 

The month of November is also a month known for showing gratitude. Gratitude is expressed in a variety of ways around the world and many cultures throughout history have held a celebration of thanks for the fall harvest. Gratitude is a key strategy for fostering resilience and research indicates that it is linked to potential mental health benefits like lower levels of depression and anxiety, increased happiness and life satisfaction, among other things (Allen, 2018; McCullough et al., 2002; Seligman et al., 2005). Gratitude is a skill that needs to be cultivated. Have a conversation with your child about gratitude. On the way to school, on the way home or during dinner, share something you are grateful for each day.  What are they grateful for? What are you grateful for?

Personal devices are to be powered off during the day. Watches can be set to "school mode", but are not to be used for calls or texting during the school day. If a child is sick or needs to contact home, they will be able to call from the office.

After school hours : Students are not to enter the building after dismissal. If students are attending CPCFRO or other activities in the building, they are to remain in the location of the activity and are not to wander the hallways. Please help keep all of our children safe!

Message from Mr. Ontiveros, Assistant Principal

Forest Road’s first career day was a huge success. Our 5th and 6th grade students had opportunities to see presentations in a variety of fields, ranging from Stage Manager at the Steppenwolf Theatre to Medical Laboratory Scientist at Rush University.  The LaGrange Park public library, along with our police and fire departments also supported by sending representatives. In the sessions I was fortunate to visit, I was impressed with the questions our students had prepared for the speakers. Overall, it was a great day. We certainly appreciate our District 102 Family Liaisons for their hard work and commitment to making this possible.

As today is Veteran’s Day, I want to extend my utmost gratitude for each of our community members who have served in the United States Armed Forces.  Coming from a Marine Corps family, I understand and appreciate the distinction from the many sacrifices made by our Veterans, Wartime Veterans, and Combat Veterans. Thank you for your service and your example of selflessness.

Have a great weekend Roadrunner families!

Important Dates to Remember

November 15th - Fall Concert @ 7pm (doors open at 6:30pm for families). 2nd grade, 4th grade and Chorus performing. Theme: Disney Songs

Monday, Nov. 21st - Parent/Teacher Conferences - NO SCHOOL (part of Thanksgiving Break)

Nov. 21st-Nov. 25th - Thanksgiving Break

Lost & Found

We have several items in our lost & found. If your child is missing something and you would like to take a look, please do so before Thanksgiving Break. All items will be given to a local charity on Monday, Nov. 21st.

You can view the lost & found before school (8:00am-8:15am) and after school (3:15pm-3:30pm).

Mr. Ontiveros

Car Line Info!

Car Line Diagram

Bus Rider's Corner!

New bus route information was sent home to bus riding families. New routes/times became effective on Monday, October 3rd.

New bus routes/times: attached/linked document


Throughout the years we have witnessed many students not using their computer cases.  Please remind your child(ren) to protect their devices by using their computer case. Parents are responsible for any damages to the computer, which are more likely to occur if students are not using cases.  

If your child has lost their case, you are responsible for purchasing a replacement.  If we happen to have extra here at school they are $20.00 otherwise you can purchase a new one for your child(ren) through a vendor of your choice.  

November 2022 Lunch Menu

november lunch

Before & After School Care Info.

Forest Road offers two different before and after school programs.  Although they run independently from us, they are serviced here in our school.  Below is the contact information for BASE and Right At School:

BASE: Leanna Hartung - Manager

Right At School:  Chelsey Mazariegos - Area Manager

Right at School and BASE drop off security reminder:

Parents when you drop off your child off at Right at School or BASE and for some reason need to walk your child into the building, please then exit the building immediately after dropping off. Please do not take your child to the classroom or go to the classrooms on your own to drop off or pick anything up. I appreciate your attention to this.

Right At School Winter After School Electives


Playground Safety

We have been fortunate to have great weather the first few weeks of school and have been able to get kids outside to play on a regular basis.  Just a reminder that the playground, basketball court, and blacktop areas shared by both Barnsdale and Forest Road are closed to the public during school hours (8:15-3:15).  In order to ensure the safety of our students, we limit the use of these areas to only students and staff members during the school day. We kindly ask that parents refrain from having younger siblings and/or preschoolers who are not in session use these areas during that time.  We thank you for your cooperation and helping to keep all of our students safe!

Is Your Child Vaccinated?

District 102 invites families to voluntarily share an electronic image of their child’s vaccination card with their building’s health office. Providing proof of vaccination is not required.

Copies of proof of vaccination will be kept in each student’s individual health file and treated in the same way as all health records. Please feel free to send a picture of your child's COVID vaccination card to your school nurse.

FR Nurse Kelli Kalata

Referral GPS - Connecting People to Treatment

We are committed to creating a culture of well-being of students, staff,  parents, and community. In an effort to continuously support this  commitment, the district has entered an agreement with ReferralGPS. 

ReferralGPS is a web-based service focused on assisting our students,  staff, and community in finding local mental-health and substance use  related treatment. The service compliments the district's existing  systems of support as a tool for student service teams and families to  connect with treatment. Along with a searchable database of treatment  options, ReferralGPS provides Care Navigation to assist families in  triage, appointment setting, and follow up care. 

School families may access ReferralGPS in two ways: 

1) Visit this link at to  search for treatment resources or connect with a Care  Navigator anonymously. 

2) Contact Student Services (social workers, psychologists,  counselors) to seek out treatment options. 

ReferralGPS takes into account all types of private and public insurance  including PPO, HMO, Medicaid, Medicare, and families who are  uninsured or underinsured. The platform also filters by age, gender, zip  code, and special requests. 

ReferralGPS is available for use by district students, staff, and families at  no cost. All information entered on the ReferralGPS tool is completely confidential and securely stored. 

If you are interested in seeking counseling-related services at this time,  please consider visiting or  reaching out to the Student Services team.

D102 Superintendent Search Process

The LaGrange District 102 Board of Education has begun searching for a new superintendent. We have selected SCHOOL EXEC CONNECT, an educational search firm, to assist us in this process. You should have received an email on November 1 providing more in-depth information.

We are interested in receiving your input about the new superintendent.  We would appreciate it if you would take about five minutes to fill out an online survey that will be available from November 1 thru November 24. Please check the District website for the survey link, or access it directly here. 

Findings from the survey, the open forums, and several focus group conversations will be used to develop a New Superintendent Profile that will be reported to the Board on November 30. 


Michael Melendez - President, Board of Education

LaGrange School District 102

Join the Forest Road PTO (Parent/Teacher Organization)

Forest Road Environmental Club - Trick or TRASH!


Forest Road Thanksgiving Food Drive


food drive

Community Resources

Food Pantry

Forest Road School continues to support the Westchester Food Pantry. We accept brown paper bags with handles all year round. Please send all bag donations with your child(ren).


District 102 is looking for Paraprofessionals - Apply Now!

LaGrange District 102 is committed to building and sustaining a multicultural school community that fosters equity, diversity and inclusion.
Link to apply:


  • State of Illinois Professional Educator License (PEL) with Paraprofessional endorsement within 90 days of employment

  • Knowledge and experience with Google suite

  • Ability to maintain confidentiality

  • Excellent communication skills


  • Adapts classroom activities, assignments and/or materials under the direction of the classroom teacher for the purpose of supporting and reinforcing classroom objectives.

  • Communicates with teachers and other district personnel for the purpose of assisting in evaluating progress and/or implementing IEP objectives.

  • Implements under the supervision of assigned teacher, instructional programs and lesson plans (e.g. reading, math, language comprehension, writing, computer, etc.) for the purpose of presenting and/or reinforcing learning concepts.

  • Maintains classroom equipment and work area for the purpose of ensuring availability of a safe learning environment and/or meeting mandated requirements.

  • Monitors individual and/or groups of students in a variety of settings (e.g. rest rooms, playgrounds, hallways, bus loading zones, cafeteria, assemblies, field trips, etc.) for the purpose of maintaining a safe and positive learning environment.

  • Promotes good study habits and student independence for the purpose of improving the quality of student outcomes.

  • Provides, under the supervision of assigned teacher, instruction to students in a variety of individual and group activities (e.g. self esteem, behavioral skills, daily living skills, etc.) for the purpose of implementing goals for remediation of student deficiencies and ensuring student’s success.

  • Documents student’s daily activities (e.g. behavior, completed assignments, on/off task times, etc.) for the purpose of completing daily logs and student’s hourly activities.

  • Implements under the supervision of assigned teacher, behavioral plans designed by IEP team for students with behavior disorders or other special conditions for the purpose of presenting and/or reinforcing learning concepts.

  • Models conversation, manners, clean up activities, listening, and everyday interactions for the purpose of demonstrating appropriate social behavior in a culturally sensitive manner.

  • Monitors student’s daily schedule and behavior plan (e.g. class schedule, toileting, medication, appetite, etc.) for the purpose of maintaining a safe and positive learning environment.

  • Responds to emergency situations (e.g. injured students, arguments, etc.) for the purpose of resolving immediate safety concerns and/or directing to appropriate personnel for resolution.

  • Supervise students in and out of classroom activities during the assigned workday

  • Participates in team planning as requested

  • Maintains substitute folder with information essential for successful substitute assignment

  • Performs other tasks and projects as assigned by the Building Administrator/supervising teacher

Application Procedure
Online applications only, please.

The LeaderShop After School Programs - Deadline October 28th


The Leader Shop will be hosting after school programs to provide homework assistance and social emotional learning activities. 

Find out more information about services offered through the flyers below. 

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Questions?: (708) 579-5898

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