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Special Announcements


June 21, 2016 - August 25, 2016 
Monday-Thursday 8:30 am - 2:30 pm

August 29, 2016 - August 31, 2016 
Monday - Wed. 8:30 am - 2:30 pm



School opens Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Upcoming Dates:

September 14th- Back to School Night

September 23rd- PTO Fall Fesival

September 26th- 8th Grade parent meeting 7:30 PM




Click below to sign up through your school google account for fall sports

Fall sport signup link

All students trying out for fall sports must have an updated physical, no more than one year old.  Please visit your family physican to fill out all necessary forms

Please see the sports manual on the sports page for necessary paperwork.



Genesis Parent Access

Click here to view the 6 Day Calendar Rotation

Forrestdale Bell Schedule 2016-2017


Please see the virtual backpack for your child's 2016-2017 grade level suppy lists

The 2016-2017 Sports Manual can also be found in the virtual backpack

June 22, 2016: marking period 4 report cards are now viewable on the Genesis parent portal.

 Please click on the virtual backpack if you are looking for important forms



Important Safety Reminders: 

  • Students are reminded to cross intersections only where a Crossing Guard is present. 
  • Students riding bikes or skateboards to school MUST wear helmets.  Bikes must be placed at a bike rack and locked while school is in session. Bikes and skateboards may not be driven on campus; students MUST walk these on campus.  
  • Prior to entering the building, you must ring the door buzzer and state your name and purpose for visiting.  You MUST report to the Main Office to sign in immediately, which includes dropping off items. 
  • Please pull up and drop off at the Gym Door, not the Main Entrance door.  This allows for more cars to pull into the loop and drop off.
  • Do not drop students off in the street or in the Forrest Avenue staff parking lot.  Students are not to be discharged on Blackpoint Road at any time. 

 General Reminders:

  • Dogs are not permitted on school property for safety and medical reasons.  Please do not bring dogs to arrival or dismissal.
  • Please refrain from bringing in birthday treats during lunches, as we need your assistance in keeping the Cafeteria safe and orderly.
  • Students may ride only their assigned bus.  This means students may not ride a friend's bus home.  Bus seats are limited and we are responsible to account for everyone.
  • Please check your child's backpack on Tuesdays for important notices and visit the Virtual Backpack.
  • Students are not permitted in the building before 8:40 am, unless meeting with a teacher or using the library for study hall.  Teachers are not required to be on duty until 8:40 am, and students may not be in the building without supervision.  Please make every effort to drop off students as close to 8:40 am as possible.
  • Students are NOT permitted to utilize aeresol deodorants, perfumes, or other sprays (such as Axe) in the school building for safety reasons.  This includes bathrooms and the locker rooms.



News & Announcements

Paw Print Press Issue 4
The Paw Print Press Club has published its final issue for the school year. Please click the "more" link to view.

Fishbowl Event a Swimming Success
On April 11, 2016, Grade 6 - 8 parents and students joined together at Forrestdale in order to hear one another’s perspectives on key issues facing adolescents at the annual Fishbowl Event. The Fishbowl format allowed for all students and parents to participate in meaningful dialogue in a safe environment. As students and parents gathered, they were separated so that family members were not placed together in the same conversation group. The Forrestdale Peer Leaders led discussion with each group guided by open ended questions such as, what do parents worry most about for their kids and what do kids wish their parents knew about them? The discussions in each room were articulate and insightful, proving to be eye opening for both sets of participants!

Back to Back Victor for Geography Bee
After eight tie-breaker rounds, Grade 7 student, Peter O, claimed victory in the Forrestdale Geography Bee on January 28, 2016. This is the second win in a row for Peter, who was victorious last year as a sixth grader! Peter will move on to take a written exam that will allow him to qualify for the National Geography Bee held in Washington D.C. and hosted by Alex Tribec. Good luck Peter!

Speech Contest Results
Congratulations to Grade 7 student, Kevin B, for his victory in the first ever Forrestdale Speech Contest. Twenty six students in Grades 6 – 8 participated in this after school event in front of their parents and a panel of three rigorous judges on January 26, 2016. Students presented a three to four minute speech on an international landmark of their choice that they researched under the supervision of Mrs. Maureen Gordon, Rumson Enrichment Teacher. After completing and editing their written speech, district Speech Language Pathologist, Deb Tomaino, coached students in their delivery. The judges remarked to the students how difficult the decision was, as students used such a high caliber of vocabulary, truly educated the audience, and delivered their topic with amazing dedication, preparation, and passion. To read Kevin’s winning speech, click on the “more” link below.

Landmark Speech (pdf)

Annual Spelling Bee
The annual Forrestdale School Spelling Bee was held on Tuesday, January 26, 2016, in the FD Gymnasium. Students in Grades 4 – 8 who won their individual classroom “Bee” participated in the school-wide “Bee,” with a total of twenty-seven participants. After two hours of competition, Grade 7 student, Josie Schneider was crowed the victor. Josie spelled the word “sedimentary” correct in the final round. She will move on to the county level at Monmouth University in February. Congratulations Josie!

CPR Classes a Huge Success
On January 6, 7, and 8, 2016, Grade 7 and 8 students were introduced to basic CPR strategies during their Health and Physical Education Classes. In conjunction with Meridian Health, students practiced administering CPR and were exposed to first aid techniques for a choking victim. Our students will receive a Certificate of Participation for their efforts. This exciting opportunity was made possible through a grant given to Meridian Health and it's availability to Forrestdale School was organized by our health teacher, Mrs. deLaszlo.

bell schedule 2015-2016 (pdf)

ForrestdalePRIDE (pdf)
Please click the "more" button to read Mrs. Crow's newsletter for the week of October 5-9, 2015!

New student registration

Frequently Asked Questions

Reporting Absences
Please report your child's absence from or planned lateness to school by 9:00 am. You should call 732-842-0383, option 1 to leave a message or speak to Cathy Hawn. Your attention to this will save time and help us account for all students in an efficient manner. If your child is arriving late from a medical appointment, be sure to ask your medical provider for a note in order for the lateness to be excused. Please note that Deane-Porter school has a separate attendance line. Deane-Porter's number is 732-842-0330.

Phone Calls Home
Please remind your children that if they call you from school, they should leave a message when they do not reach you. If our nurse or school office contacts you, we will always leave a message. If you need to call back, please call 732-842-0383. Bear in mind that the number that shows up on your caller ID will not identify accurately where the call originated. Please listen to your voicemail message before calling the school back, and dial the main office number for the school of your child's enrollment.

Jennifer Gibbons, Principal

Virtual Backpack

Check here for more information or to find copies of misplaced papers.

Forrestdale School Anti-Bullying Specialist

Jennifer Crow, School Counselor, is the Anti-Bullying Specialist for Forrestdale School.
Contact Information: jcrow@rumsonschool.org or
732-842-0383 X455

Vera Ridoux, Supervisor of Student Services, is the Rumson School District Anti-Bullying Coordinator.
Contact Information: vridoux@rumsonschool.org or
732-842-0330 X316


Deane-Porter School
50 Black Point Road
Rumson, NJ 07760
Phone: 732-842-0330  
Fax: 732-212-0843 

Forrestdale School
60 Forrest Avenue
Rumson, NJ 07760
Phone:  732-842-0383
Fax: 732-219-9458 


Superintendent's Office
60 Forrest Avenue
Rumson, NJ 07760
Phone: 732-842-4747 
Fax: 732-842-4877

Business Office
60 Forrest Avenue
Rumson, NJ 07760
Phone: 732-842-0354
Fax: 732-842-4877