Calendar

FEBRUARY 2019

12          Student of the Month Pre-K, K & 1

Bullying and Cyberbullying  Prevention Parent Workshop @ 8:15 AM

13          Student of the Month Grades 2 & 3

14          Student of the Month Grades 4 & 5

CEC Application Period Begins

13/14    Valentine’s Day Bake Sale

City Harvest Ends

18 – 22 Midwinter Recess. Schools Closed

25          SLT @ 4:00 PM

Family Night – NO Homework

27          Town Hall Safety Meeting @ 8:15 AM

General PA Meeting @ 8:15AM

Discovery Zone Spring Edition Starts

Discovery Zone Spring Edition – Apply by Monday, February 11, 2019

A letter with program choices for each grade went home on Thursday, February 07, 2019. If your child is interested in attending the Discovery Zone Spring Edition and you have not returned your choices to school, please do it by Monday, February 11, 2019. 

Due to the amount of interest in this program, students will be accepted by lottery. To be considered for the lottery, please return the form on time. Accepted students will be notified by Thursday, February 14, 2019. Additional forms can be picked up from the Main Office or Room 109.

Bullying Prevention – Parent Workshop – Tuesday 2/12/19

February 11-15, 2019 is Respect for All (RFA) Week in all NYC public schools. We invite all of our families to a Bullying Prevention Parent Workshop this Tuesday, February 12 at 8:15 AM in the school Library (Room 307).

Bullying can threaten students’ physical and emotional safety at school and can negatively impact their ability to learn. The best way to address bullying is to stop it before it starts. As parents and guardians it is important to understand the various faces of this concept, to discuss it with your children, to recognize the warning signs and last but not least to learn how to get help if ever needed.

Please join us and our guest David Hosten from the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Bureau of School Health on Tuesday at 8:15 AM in the PS 217 Library to learn about, discuss and address any concerns that you might have on this topic.

Valentine’s Day Bake Sale – February 13 and 14, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

The Valentine’s Day Bake Sale will be held on Wednesday, February 13 and Thursday, February 14 during the school day parent volunteers are much needed! How can you help?

  1. Send your child to school with a few dollars to let them buy a cupcake and a gift at the sale.
  2. Bake cupcakes and bring them to school. We need many baked goods on both days!
  3. Pick up a tray of donuts from our nearby Dunkin’ Donuts and donate them to the sale.
  4. Work the sale! The event will run better if you are part of it. We need parent volunteers to man / woman the tables. One hour, two hours, or till the last cupcake is sold, whatever time you can offer will be greatly appreciated.

For any questions or if you want to volunteer, please email Melanie and Marina at ps217bakesale@gmail.com .

Gear up in PS 217 Apparel – Deadline 02/15/2019

One more week to order your PS 217 spiritwear!

In need of PS 217 t-shirts, sweatshirts, sweatpants or hoodies? Here’s your chance!

To put in your order, please fill out the form you received in your child’s folder, place due money in an envelope and return them both to your child’s teacher Friday, February 15, 2019. Extra order forms are available to pick up in the Main Office or in Room 109. You can also order your apparel online, at https://ps217.itemorder.com

Education Forum – Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Assemblymember Robert Carroll is hosting an Education Forum on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at 6:30 PM at PS 230 (Lower School) 425 McDonald Avenue, Brooklyn NY, 11218. Important topics to be discussed: State Education Budget and Fiscal Equity • Assemblymember Carroll’s Dyslexia Funding Initiative • Testing, Diversity, and Title I Funding • Q&A

All are welcome! To RSVP or for additional information on this event or any other local or state issue, please call Assemblymember Robert Carroll’s District Office at 718-788-7221 or CarrollR@nyassembly.gov.

City Harvest at PS 217

City Harvest Annual Drive until February 15th

Did you know that nearly 1 in 4 kids in New York City don’t always know where their next meal will come from?

The Student Council of P.S. 217 is proud to join the schools, organizations, companies, and New York City’s Fire and Police Departments to collect non-perishable food for City Harvest.  City Harvest helps feed the nearly 1.4 million New Yorkers facing hunger each year. The Council is kindly asking for your help in supporting this important cause!

The food drive will run until next Friday, February 15th. If you wish to donate to this wonderful cause, please bring in your non-perishable donations by next week. Boxes are placed in front of the Cafeteria in the Main Lobby. Acceptable items include: canned fruit, canned vegetables, proteins (i.e. tuna or beans), peanut butter (plastic jars), macaroni and cheese (packaged), hot and cold cereal (packaged, family sized), soups, and juice packs. City Harvest cannot accept unlabeled or dented cans, any open packaging, products that need to be refrigerated, homemade foods or expired products.

For any questions, feel free to contact Mr. DiBlasi, email: gdiblasi@schools.nyc.gov or Mrs. Glier, email: nglier@schools.nyc.gov.

Apply to Pre-K!

The Pre-K application for the 2019-2020 school year is now open until March 15, 2019.

All NYC families with children born in 2015 can apply to pre-K one of three ways:

  • Online with MySchools (https://www.myschools.nyc/). Set up a MySchools account, search for pre-K programs from your computer or phone and submit your child’s pre-K application.
  • By phone at 718-935-2009, or
  • In person at a Family Welcome Center. District 22 Family Welcome Center is located at 1780 Ocean Avenue, 3rd Floor, Brooklyn 11230

Interpretation services are available in over 200 languages for the over-the-phone and in-person options.

2019 Community Education Council Elections

2019 is an election year for the Community Education Council. All seats will be available for a 2 year term.

The Department of Education has launched the Campaign on January 9th, in order to raise awareness among parents of the opportunity to serve on an Education Council. Parents can apply online at www.nycparentleaders.org  for the Education Council seats from February 14 through March 6, 2019. Information sessions are taking place in all boroughs.

SAVE THE DATE for the CEC Candidate Forum that will take place on Thursday, April 11, 2019, 6 PM at PS/IS 109 (1001 East 45th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11203). At this forum nominees for the CEC will be permitted to make presentations to the selectors (PA/PTA President, Recording Secretary and Treasurer) and other parents and interested parties.

To learn more about Community Education Councils, visit https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-life/get-involved/education-councils/education-council-elections

View this CEC Information Video here https://vimeo.com/311309570

If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to parent Coordinator Mara Dubovici (LDubovici@schools.nyc.gov / 718.434.6960 x 1)

Join P.S. 217 Conversation Circle for Non-English Speakers!

Conversation Circle is a great way to practice English with native speakers.  It is fun, informal and free. If you would like to practice your English, join P.S. 217 Conversation Circle for group conversation on Tuesdays from 8:15 to 9:15am.  Meet other parents and neighbors and improve your speaking skills.

Our Spring 2019 session is February 12 – May 21. Orientation for English speakers and registration for non – English speakers will take place Tuesday, February 12 in Room 109, at 8:15am. For more information, contact Mara Dubovici, Parent Coordinator (Room 109 / LDubovici@schools.nyc.gov / 718.434.6960 x 1)