General Parents Association Meeting    Friday, 01/26/2018 @ 8:15 AM

Join us for updates on Parents Association activities and find out how to volunteer at upcoming events including the Valentine’s Day Bake Sales, Science Night and the Spring Book Swap! Get updates on the School Construction Authority and access to the playground, Discovery Zone spring clubs, and hear a presentation on ways to reduce traffic violence in our community from Families for Safe Streets. Breakfast will be provided!


Before children can receive instruction and develop skills, they have to get to school daily and on time.  Families have a vital role in supporting their children’s consistent attendance in school. Not only does missing school affect their current academics, it can affect their academics for years to come. Each day of instruction that your child misses results in a direct loss of learning. Additionally, some middle school programs take into consideration children’s attendance and lateness when they consider the candidates during the middle school admission process.

At PS 217 school day begins at 8:00 AM. Children arriving after 8:00 AM will be marked late. Breakfast is served in the Cafeteria between 7:30 – 8:00 AM and in the classrooms between 8:00 – 8:10 AM.

Join Us in Conversation Circle starting January 30, 2018

A second session of Conversation Circle is about to start at on January 30, 2018!

If you would like to practice your English, join P.S. 217 Conversation Circle for group conversation on Tuesdays from 8:15 to 9:15 am. Meet other parents and neighbors and improve your speaking skills.

If you want to become more involved in the community and are interested in helping neighbors practice their English with one hour a week commitment, feel free to stop by the PS 217 Cafeteria on January 30 at 8:15 am.

For more information, contact Mara Dubovici (Room 109 / / 718.434.6960×1).

Adult English for Speakers of Other Languages Classes at P.S. 217

Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 5:40 – 9:00 PM

Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 5:40 to 9:00 PM, adults willing to learn English in a classroom environment are welcome to join the curriculum based program offered by OACE (Office of Adult and Continuing Education).  FREE English for Speakers of Other Languages classes are open to all to individuals who are 21 and over.

Ongoing enrollment and in-take is available. For details please call 718.240.2770.

Discovery Zone After School


Discovery Zone After School Program is in the process of being finalized. We know that you have been asking about it, you have been waiting and you are curious to see what classes are being offered! To kick off the Discovery Zone – Spring Edition we invite all our families to join us for the Discovery Zone Fair on Friday, February 2nd at 2:30 PM in the PS 217 Gym. Our classes will include art, music, theater, languages, fitness and much more!

While the actual classes will only start after the Mid Winter Recess, registration will be open until Thursday, February 8, 2018. A letter with details about available classes for your child will be sent home in time for you to be able to apply by the deadline. Due to the large number of children applying to this program we ask you to be considerate and submit your application in time!

Parents and guardians, if you have a skill, an interest or a talent that you would like to share with children during the Discovery Zone After School Program, please let us know by Thursday, January 25. You can even pair up with a friend and lead a class together. If you have an idea or you want further information, please contact Mara Dubovici (Room 109 / / 718.434.6960×1).

Bedtime Math App

Reading at bedtime? You’ve been hearing many times how bedtime stories are so important in fostering parent-child bonds, prepare children for sleep and last but not least, actually boosting your child’s brain development. How about a little twist on the story time or read aloud time with your child? If you are willing to give your kids some brain food, try the free Bedtime Math app!

The Bedtime Math app, launched in 2012, encourages families to talk about math in a fun and engaging way. Every day the app posts a new fun word problem, prefaced by a paragraph story. Parents and children can then choose from a few related math questions that progress in difficulty, thus addressing the entire range from Pre-k and Kindergarten to 5th grade math lovers.

  • Download the Bedtime Math for IPhone/Ipad on the App Store or for Android on Google Play
  • Open the app and click Community Edition
  • Enter your special code: NYC
  • Select your school district: 22
  • Select your school name and click Enter

And that’s all it takes to be on your way to enjoy fun nightly math!

Six Flags Reading Challenge – Six Hours of Recreational Reading

Fill out the 2017-2018 Student Reading Log to go to Six Flags for FREE!

Encourage your child to read for a total of 6 hours (or 360 minutes) and fill out the reading log. Reading for homework does NOT count. These 6 hours of reading must be supplemental to the time spent on reading for homework. Return the log to your child’s teacher by Monday, February 26, 2018. For questions or for additional logs (if you misplaced yours), please contact Mara Dubovici (Room 109 / / 718.434.6960×1).

If you had already returned your log, please double check with your teacher that it has been recorded.  To ensure the proper recording of your child’s efforts you might need to fill out another one. Each participating child will be eligible to receive a free admission ticket to one Six Flags theme park on selected dates during 2018 season. Details about the park and the dates will be made available at a later date.

Good Luck and Happy Reading!

Last Cool Culture Deadline

Last day to submit an application for a Cool Culture Family Pass for this year is Tuesday, January 23rd. Applications are available in Room 109 for all Pre-K and Kindergarten families. Come ask as well about the Loaner Passes. As you are using your card, send us pictures from the places you visit with your family using this pass! Keep track of your visits with pictures, drawings, tickets and feel free to share them with us. We would love to hear about your Cool Culture experience. For questions or to send your pictures, contact Mara by e-mail: or by phone: 718.434.6960 x 1.

Read Aloud and Book Giveaway at Cortelyou Library – Tuesday 1/23/18 @ 5:00 PM

To celebrate National Reading Day, Cortelyou Library (1305 Cortelyou Road, Brooklyn NY 11226, tel. 718.693.7763) is inviting all families to join in for a special Read Aloud on Tuesday, January 23rd at 5:00 PM. All participating children will be able to pick a FREE book to take home!

Winter Jam in Central Park          Saturday, 01/27/2018  11 AM – 3 PM


Ready for some winter adventure? Winter Jam NYC is a free winter sports festival for New Yorkers of all ages and skill levels and it takes place on Saturday, January 28, 2018 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm in the Bandshell Area of Central Park (entrance at 72nd Street). Venues and activities include: Lake Placid Snow Field, Learn to Ski and Snowboard, Snowshoeing by REI, Sledding, Arctic Golf, Live Ice Sculpting, Taste NY Winter Market/Warming Hut. For details about the event, call (212) 360.8213 or visit