FR News 9/16/2022


Message from the Principal, Mrs. Stamer

Update on our Community/School Project: We are putting together the cards and directions. I was hoping to send these home today, but we are not quite ready. The cardstock "tile" and directions will be sent home next week. I can't wait to get this project started. In the meantime, continue to ponder the question and share with your child.

If you missed last week's newsletter, here is a little bit about the project and where the inspiration came from...

For those that were able to attend the principal/parent session, I was truly inspired by all the positive comments and ideas you would like your child to carry with them for the rest of their lives. This had me thinking…while I was inspired, how can we carry these messages to our children? Next week, we will be sending home a half sheet of cardstock that fits the tiles in our main hallway. We will create a wall or walls of positive messages to inspire all the children at Forest Road. Here is the question to ponder and talk about with your child. If you could teach your child one idea, just one, that they would carry with them for the rest of their lives, what would that idea be? For now, just think about the question and share your thoughts with your child/ren. Next week we will send home further directions to complete the activity. I am truly looking forward to our first home/school activity and inspiring our children. 

Principal/Parent Presentation Link

Message from Mr. Ontiveros, Assistant Principal

Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been visiting many of our classrooms as a mystery reader. It’s been an exciting opportunity because I’ve been able to connect with more of our students while feeling a bit like my former “classroom teacher” self. I’ve always believed that reading aloud to my students (as well as my own family) shares my interest in reading while creating unique moments that can evolve into lasting traditions. 

The stories I’ve been reading are written by my favorite children’s book author, Robert Munsch. Students have particularly enjoyed the following titles:

  • Alligator Baby

  • Stephanie’s Ponytail

  • Love you Forever

If interested in learning more about these or other read-aloud stories, feel free to contact me anytime. 

Enjoy the weekend!

Mr. Ontiveros

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.

Map Testing - September 12th -23rd

Map Testing is scheduled throughout the two weeks for grades 2nd - 6th. Look for your child's schedule coming home from the classroom teacher.

MAP -The Northwest Evaluation Association’s (NWEA) Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) is administered to students in grades 2-8 in the fall and in the spring in the areas of reading and mathematics. These MAP assessments are not timed, and generally take about 60 minutes for reading and 60 minutes for mathematics. 

Here is a link if you would like to read more about MAP testing

School Hours

School Hours:

Students should not arrive before 8:05. We do not have supervision on the blacktop until 8:05.

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday:

8:15am to 3:15pm - Lunch 11:20am to 12:10pm

Wednesday: 8:15am to 2:30pm - Lunch 10:55am to 11:55am

To report absences, please contact the following:
or dial

School Supply Lists

Please click on the link below to view the school supplies list for the 2022-2023 school year:

Car Line - New Info!

Car Line Diagram

Forest Road Intramurals!

Intramurals School Year 22-23

Chorus, Guitar & Piano - Starting 1st Week of October - Payable via the PushCoin Webstore

Forest Road Chorus

The Forest Road Chorus is open to all students in grades 5-6. Rehearsals are split between 5th and 6th grade, and each grade-level Chorus practices once a week: 6th Grade on Tuesday and 5th Grade on Wednesday. Both groups practice during Lunch Recess.

Some of the musical skills we practice in Chorus include, but are not limited to vocal warmup techniques, vocal tone production and projection, singing vocal exercises, singing harmonized exercises, music score sight-reading, learning new repertoire. 

The Forest Road Chorus performs at all school concerts (usually 3 concerts) and will sometimes perform outside of school, as opportunities arise. 

Link to Sign-Up:!/products/3KWYM2W2FW

Guitar Class

Guitar Class is open to all Forest Road students in grades 2-6. Because of limited space and time slots, there are only 80 openings available (this also includes Piano Class openings). 

The students are split into groups of 10 or less, and each group meets once a week during Lunch Recess. 

Some of the things the students will learn include, but are not limited to chords, scales, technical exercises, staff music notation, TAB notation, songs. 

We will have two levels available: Beginner Guitar and Advanced Guitar. Lesson schedules will be provided after students are done signing up.

Piano Class

Piano Class is open to all Forest Road students in grades 2-6. Because of limited space and time slots, there are only 80 openings available (this also includes Guitar Class openings). 

The students are split into groups of 10 or less, and each group meets once a week during Lunch Recess. 

Some of the things the students will learn include, but are not limited to chords, scales, technical exercises, staff music notation, songs. 

We will have two levels available: Beginner Piano and Advanced Piano. Lesson schedules will be provided after students are done signing up.

Link to Sign-Up:!/products/OEMTHTHJSP

Bus Rider's Corner!


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.  

September 2022 Lunch Menu

September Lunch Menu

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

RAS most recent communicated information:

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.

Join the Forest Road PTO (Parent/Teacher Organization)

PTO Trivia Night

Start putting your trivia team together! Trivia Night is a fun adult social event that was put on hold for a few years, but will be back this fall on October 21!
 We are looking for volunteers to help chairperson Mandy O'Malley. Please contact Mandy  @

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).


CPCFRO Online Registration is Now Open!

CPCFRO is an athletics program within District 102 that introduces volleyball and basketball to 5th and 6th graders. The goal of the program is to introduce the basic skills of each sport, get the children excited about playing, and allow for the inclusion of all kids in our district. All the teams within CPCFRO are coached by parent volunteers, and the games are refereed by IHSA referees. While we keep score during the game, we do not keep track of wins/losses... the focus is strictly instructional and for the kids to HAVE FUN!! Each team will play 7-8 games and receive a team shirt. The cost to participate is $35/player.

To register your child, click on the link below! Registration closes on September 12.

Sign Up Here

CPCFRO Athletics Scholarship Program

CPCFRO also manages a scholarship program for any need-based families within our district. Please see our website for details.  

LaGrange Park Bandits

The La Grange Park Bandits will be hosting tryouts for the 2023 12U and 10U softball teams on Sunday, September 18.  Please see below for the tryout times for each age group.  All tryouts will be at Yena Park.  You will receive a separate email with a link to register for the tryout.  The tryout fee is $15.00.  

The LGP Bandits softball teams will practice indoors once per week from January through the middle of March.  Practices are typically on Saturday or Sunday.  The teams will practice or play games on Sundays from April through the middle of June.  

Tryout times:

  • 12U Tryout: Sunday, September 18th from 10 am - 11:30 am at Yena Park (North) - birthday range is 1/1/2010 through 12/31/2011

  • 10U Tryout: Sunday, September 18th from 12 pm - 1:30 pm at Yena Park (North) - birthday range is 1/1/2012 through 12/31/2013

If you have any questions or want additional information, please send an email to and someone from the LGP Bandits softball program will reach out to you.

Sports GRIT Clinic


Order your 22-23 Yearbook NOW and save 10%

Order your 2022-23 Yearbook now and save 10%

Solicite su Anuario 2022-23 antes del 30 de septiembre y ahorre un 10 %

See the flyer for all the details on how to order your yearbook now!
¡Vea el folleto para obtener detalles sobre cómo pedir su anuario!

TreeRing Yearbook Order Info
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Cossitt School Clothing Sale

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