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#NYCSchoolSurvey deadline has been extended to March 29! If you haven’t already completed your survey, it’s not too late: www.nycschoolsurvey.org



The application deadline for pre-k is March 30th! Apply today! http://www.nyc.gov/prek


March 30- April 6 Schools Closed Spring Recess

April 2 Our new Chancellor Richard Carranza’s first day https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/09/nyregion/carranza-schools-chancellor-start-april-2.html


April 11 & 12 NYS English Language Arts Test

The 2018 Grades 3-8 New York State Assessments: What Parents Need to Know http://www.p12.nysed.gov/assessment/ei/2018/2018-handout-for-parents-3-8-tests.pdf

FAQ’s Student Participation in Grades 3-8 NYS Tests  Parent Guide  https://drive.google.com/file/d/13B50JqWVW4xOP2d3IxDxZfIz_uvY7Tdq/view


April 12 PTA Election Process Workshop: Family Coordinators in Districts 17, 18, 22 and High School Superintendent Prayor’s Office, invite all PA/PTA leaders to a training in the elections process by PTA Link and NYC Department of Education on Thursday, April 12 2018, at 6 PM at Clara Barton High School, 901 Classon Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11225.
We urge all PA/PTA’s to attend. Please register at this link https://www.eventbrite.com/e/doe-ptalinks-pta-elections-process-tickets-44231195697


April 12 Korean Family Conference https://www.eventbrite.com/e/learning-together-series-korean-family-conference-tickets-44265228490



 April 12 CEC Meeting at PS 251 view flyer here



April 16 Gifted and Talented Application Deadline: Score reports are now available for students who took the G&T test. Your score report will come by mail and by email if you submitted your Request for Testing (RFT) online. The score report lets you know if your child can apply to G&T programs. Eligible families can apply online or in person at a Family Welcome Center by April 16.



April 23 7th Grade Families Middle School Arts Audition Boot Camp is a free, two-week arts program for New York City Department of Education public school students entering grade 8 in September 2018. The camp will run from July 30 – August 10, 2018. This intensive program is administered by the New York City Department of Education’s Office of Arts and Special Projects and will be held at Lincoln Center Education, Manhattan. The camp’s goal is to provide equity and access in preparation for screened DOE high school arts schools/programs for Middle School students currently enrolled in a Title I school, entering 8th grade in September, 2018 and who are interested in auditioning for screened High School arts programs. This is an intensive ten-session, half-day program for up to 350 students. Admission is by online application and audition. Students may apply and audition for only ONE studio. The online application can be
accessed here http://www.cvent.com/d/ctqf85 . Please make sure to apply by April 23rd. Auditions will be held on May 5 and May 6, 2018. For questions, please contact Ellen Mauser at emauser@schools.nyc.gov or call 917-521-3762.




Summer in the City Summer Academy: Summer in the City’s Summer Academy programs offer free, full-day summer programing with hands-on STEM activities, enriching reading and math curriculum, and visits to museums, parks, and other cultural sites. Students participating in Summer in the City programs will also receive free, healthy breakfast and lunch.
• Sign-up today for an exciting summer your child won’t forget. Details about how to register for each program are listed on link below.
• Want to receive the latest information about Summer in the City’s programming? Sign up for email updates.
• Free transportation is provided, depending on students’ grade level and the distance between their residence and school. Learn more about student transportation services.
• Summer Academy is for students who have not been recommended to attend Summer School.
For more information on what is offered, and how to register visit: http://schools.nyc.gov/ChoicesEnrollment/SpecialPrograms/SummerSchool/summeracademy.htm?WBCMODE=authoringreeditcontactuscontact



Pre-register by April 27 Kindergarten Admissions: Kindergarten offers were mailed to families on March 22; families who applied online will receive notification via email on March 22. Families that accept their kindergarten offer must pre-register by April 27.



STUDENTS, has been updated on 3/1/18 http://schools.nyc.gov/NR/rdonlyres/1CC25F63-74E8-41A6-8031-490F206F148D/0/A101.pdf



Book Swap & Science Night @ P.S. 217 – Wednesday, March 28

Please remember to save the date and join us for P.S. 217’s annual Science Night, which will be held on Wednesday, March 28 from 6 – 7:30 PM in our Cafeteria. This free event is all about hands on science – experiments, food science with Chef Annie and time with our school animals. Pizza will be available for free for everyone, so don’t worry about dinner beforehand.

We need volunteers! This event takes many volunteers to pull off, as everything is very “hands on.” No experience necessary, we can give you very detailed instructions as to how to run one of our pre-planned activities, or, you can suggest an activity and run it.

If you have any questions about this event or if you can volunteer in any way, please contact Sherry Goldberg at sherrymgoldberg@gmail.com or 917-923-4010.

During the hour leading to the main event (5 – 6 PM) you are invited to join us as well for our Spring Book Swap. Welcome Spring Break with a new (used) book!

PS 217 READ-A-THON – Last Week!     

Keep reading and logging until Friday, March 30th. Right after the break, don’t forget to return the reading logs and the collected money. The sooner we receive them, the sooner we can give out the prizes and the pizza parties!

School Survey – deadline extended until Thursday, March 29

If you haven’t already completed your NYC School Survey, it’s not too late! Don’t miss your opportunity to voice what you think about our school! The survey deadline has been extended to March 29. Please complete your paper survey provided to you (green envelope), or complete the survey online at nycschoolsurvey.org today. Return the completed paper survey or the online receipt to your child’s teacher. Every student whose parent completes the survey will receive a “ONE DAY HOMEWORK PASS” or a “ONE FREE ICE CREAM COUPON”

Pennies for Patients 4/9 – 4/29 

 Pennies for Patients is a meaningful campaign that aims to not only raise money to fund research for therapies that save the lives of lymphoma and leukemia patients, but also to teach children valuable lessons of empathy, service, leadership and philanthropy.

We are proud to join the numerous schools in the city and in our district who are partnering with Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) in their effort to find cures for blood cancers. PS 217 will run a Student Series Pennies for Patients program between April 9 and April 29, 2018. While families will be invited to donate any amounts they can afford, from spare change to online donations, our teachers will explain the meaning of this campaign to our children, by incorporating specially designed STEM, service learning, character building and philanthropy lessons in their curriculum. Through these STEM inspired lessons and activities students will practice the scientific method, learn more about careers in science and research and develop their curiosity about scientific questions and answers. They will definitely learn valuable lessons about the importance of making an impact and “doing good” in life.

Because of the efforts of YOU and everyone at PS 217, we will be one step closer to a world without blood cancers!

Our online page is now live at: http://events.lls.org/pages/nyc/Ps-217-Col-David-Marcus-School-2018

If you wish to create a fundraising page for your own child, you can easily do it by choosing Join Your School Team link on our school’s page. Share it on social media with your friends and family so that they can also support your child’s fundraising effort!

Kindergarten Pre-registration

Kindergarten offers were mailed and/or e-mailed to families who applied by January 12 deadline.

Families who accept their kindergarten offer must pre-register by April 27. Pre-registration at P.S. 217 opens on Monday, March 26 and takes place Monday through Thursday from 8:30 AM to 11:00 AM until Thursday, April 27. No registration on Fridays! Please make sure that you have all the needed documents when you come and register.

Note:  If your child is in Pre-Kindergarten at our school, P.S. 217, you still have to register your child for Kindergarten.  Your child will not automatically be registered for September 2017.

There will be NO REGISTRATION during Spring Break (March 30 – April 6) and on April 11-12 due to ELA State Testing!

Support our School While Shopping on Amazon

There are many ways we can support our school – this exciting opportunity is happening right now!  When you use Amazon to purchase anything, please use their site www.smile.amazon.com instead – you get the products you want and our school, PS 217, a registered charity, will receive a donation from Amazon!  You must go to the box on the lower right to type in “Friends of PS 217”. There is no additional cost to you – you only pay for your products.  It’s a win-win!

General Parents Association Meeting    Thursday, 03/29/2018 @ 8:15 AM

Join us for updates on Parents Association activities and events. Save the date for the PA Elections on Friday, May 25 at 8:15 AM. Breakfast will be provided!

Also, as P.S. 217 is celebrating Heritage Day on Thursday, March 29, feel free to join the festivities and share a piece of your heritage by wearing traditional clothing, dressing in the colors of your country’s flag, or perhaps bring in a delicious treat! All are invited to participate!

Thank you all for a great Parent Teacher Conference!

Thank you everyone for ensuring the success of the Parent Teacher Conferences this past Thursday! We hope you met the teachers and your discussions were fruitful.

If you haven’t done it yet, please fill out the Learning Environment Survey by Friday, March 23. It reflects our school and your voice is truly important. Here at P.S. 217 we aim high, so please help us get as close as possible to 100% participation. However, it is most important that you take the time to carefully and accurately answer each question. All surveys are strictly confidential. Please:

  1. Return the completed survey in the sealed envelope to your child’s classroom teacher OR
  2. Complete the survey online and send in the confirmation receipt.

Every student whose parent completes the survey will receive a “ONE DAY HOMEWORK PASS” or a “ONE FREE ICE CREAM COUPON”

Thank You for Your Contribution to the Book Fair

Another successful PS 217 Book Fair has just ended and we would like to thank you all for your participation. Whether you allowed your child to purchase books during the school day or you visited us during the Parent Teacher Conferences, you contributed to our success. If you are still on the look for some good new books, remember that the ONLINE PS217 Scholastic Book Fair is still open 24 hours a day until Saturday, March 24. Until same day you can also shop on the Scholastic Book Fairs App. It’s free to download on any device, and it also enables you to scan a book or barcode to find age, grade or reading level for a book, to browse through various titles, to read the book synopsis, and last but not least, the to shop for books! Just make sure you select PS 217 at your checkout.

Until we see you again at our next Book Fair (save the date for the end of May!) keep on building your own home library. Studies have consistently shown that children who grow up in homes with many books do much better in school than those whose minds have been starved.