Dear PS 217 Parents,

In our mission and vision statement, the PS 217 Parents Association vows to promote fairness and equity in our school community. We also advocate for practices and policies that treat families of all racial, cultural and religious backgrounds equitably, and make the school an anti-racist institution. Especially now, this work extends outside the boundaries of the school building. We need to raise our voices against racism and racial violence in our society.

We condemn police violence and racism in all its forms.

We stand with all who are speaking out and acting against injustice.

Additionally, you may have heard that the Mayor is making billion dollar cuts to the school budget for next year – in addition to cuts to youth jobs, afterschool programs, housing, healthcare, programs for elders and other essential services. We believe the mayor should redirect a portion of the NYPD budget toward schools and youth services. Without this crucial funding NYC schoolchildren will lose out even more than they already have.

Please insist on change by contacting your elected officials (contact list below). Here is a link to a letter writing campaign from Alliance For Quality Education that lets you send a message directly to Mayor de Blasio telling him to invest in our schools!

Here also is a resource list we’ve pulled together that we hope is helpful as you decide how to discuss these issues with your kids.

Also, we hope you will join us for a gathering in support of fully funding NYC schools this Thursday at 3pm in front of PS 217 at the corner of Newkirk Ave and Coney Island Ave. Please wear masks and practice social distancing. Bring your signs, drums, noisemakers so that we can chant and be visible! Hope to see you there.


PS 217 Parents Association


Contact Info for Elected Officials

Assembly Member Robert C. Carroll, Assembly District 44

District Office

416 Seventh Avenue

Brooklyn, NY 11215

Phone: 718-788-7221

Fax: 718-965-9378

Website and Online Contact Form:

Council Member Mathieu Eugene, New York City Council District 40
District Office
900 Rogers Avenue

Brooklyn, NY 11226

Phone: 718-287-8762

Fax: 718-287-8917


Council Speaker Corey Johnson

224 West 30th St, Suite 1206

New York, NY 10001

212-564-7757 phone

212-564-7347 fax

Education Chair Mark Treyger

Coney Island:

445 Neptune Avenue

Community Room 2C

Brooklyn, NY 11224

718-373-9673 phone

718-373-0195 fax

Can you volunteer help or do you need help?

Hi PS 217 parents,

We hope you’re staying healthy and well in this challenging time.
The PS 217 Parents Association wants to make sure that all our families have their basic needs met during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some of us are sick; some are not. Some of us still have sources of income; many of us do not. Some of us have lost loved ones; others have not. Some of us have enough food, household supplies, and educational materials for our children; others do not.
If you are in need of assistance, please let the Parents Association know and we would like to help. If you can offer help to other families, also please let us know. Some of the help we need is:
  • Organizing family requests and offers of help
  • Assisting People in Need (Nowshin’s organization) with intake
  • Picking up and delivering meals or groceries
  • Helping families apply for unemployment or benefits
  • Donate money, books or educational materials
Email us at to get help or offer help.
Thank you for keeping the PS 217 community strong.
PS 217 Parents Association

PS 217 Parents Association Remote General Meeting

PS 217 Parents Association Remote General Meeting

Tuesday May 19th 6:30 PM

Mr Bonilla will give updates and then we will discuss various projects that the PA is working on, including elections for next year’s Parent Association executive board positions.

Google Meets:

Or call in on the phone: +1 573-349-0166, and then enter PIN: 940 931 350#


Teacher Appreciation Week is Here!

PS 217 PA Teacher Appreciation (2)

Note from the PA

Hello! The PS 217 PA will have virtual meetings this week in different languages. Call 978.990.5000 and press code 791051. اردو Tuesday at 6pm; বাংলা Wednesday at 10am; العربية Wednesday at 12pm; English Wednesday at 6pm; Español Thursday at 6pm.
Thank you!

Schools closed starting tomorrow, Monday 3/16

Please be advised that all NYC DOE public schools are CLOSED starting tomorrow, March 16, 2020. Please stay healthy and stay tuned for future important updates about virtual learning and school resumption (on or after April 20, 2020).

District Updates

Visit our School Events/Good News Blog here:

Follow us on social media: District 22 Facebook and Twitter Page @District22BKNY . You can also follow the NYC Department of Education Page on Facebook and @NYCSchools and @DOEChancellor  on Twitter.




 2020 Census:  #Census2020NYC  #MakeBrooklynCount .In the 2010 Census, 33% of Brooklyn households did not mail back their census forms—the lowest mail return rate in the country among counties that have populations greater than 500,000. Take the census online NOW. The information you enter NOW will avoid anyone coming to your door later! The form takes no more than five minutes to complete and simply asks:
· How many people live or are staying in your home?
· What is their sex, age, race, and ethnicity?
· Is your home owned or rented?
· What is your home address?

The census does NOT include a citizenship question. Even if someone is undocumented, filling out the census will NOT put them or their family at risk.

March 13-31 Brooklyn Public Library has suspending programming: An Update from BPL: In support of the City’s efforts to limit the spread of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), all New York City public libraries are suspending public programming and events from Friday, March 13 until Tuesday, March 31. More information can be found on our dedicated Coronavirus page. The decision to cancel library programs was not taken lightly, as programs such as storytimes, technology training classes and English language classes are lifelines for so many. But considering the current situation, and the need to limit large crowds, this was the most responsible path forward to support the health and well-being of our communities. It is important to note that the city’s libraries remain open, and continue to offer access to books, public computers, wifi, expert staff recommendations and a variety of resources, including—beginning next week—computers dedicated to the Census.

March 16 Deadline to apply for PreK: Visit

March 20 Deadline for Big Apple Principal Awards: The DOE is recognizing exemplary educational leadership in the first annual Big Apple Principal Awards. School communities are encouraged to nominate current, full-time principals who have demonstrated significant and positive impact in service of students and families.Nominations can be submitted through this nomination link and are due by March 20.

Middle School Admissions: The deadline to apply to middle school was December 6, 2019. All applicants will get a middle school offer in March 2020. For more information join the middle school admissions list


March 20: DOE plans to mail high school offers by this date: This letter will include your high school offer and/or, if applicable, results from the specialized high schools admissions process, which may include a specialized high school offer or offers. Whenever possible, students will get an offer to the highest possible choice from their high school application. We’ve made a few updates to the high school admissions process. This update will not change how you apply to high school, how you get an offer or where you get an offer.

March 25 & 26:  NYS ELA Test Grade 3-8 Frequently Asked Questions Parent Guide Student participation in Grades 3-8 NYS Tests–3-3-206a17af34645c40a18b35d69e541158a0?fbclid=IwAR2JBJQVuF7rbP0z5SJtamM7u4E42-C15XpC9hia5MloabQ4GIvB2yEiZSo  

March 31 Deadline to Complete the NYC School Survey: Each year, all families, teachers, and students in grades 6-12 take the NYC School Survey to share feedback about their schools. The NYC School Survey is one of the nation’s largest education surveys. Survey feedback can help improve your child’s learning environment. You will receive your NYC School Survey in a green envelope Complete the survey using the instructions at the top of the survey. Return your completed survey using the prepaid envelope included with your survey materials, or you can also take the survey online by visiting . Use the eight-digit survey access code at the bottom of your paper survey to login. If you do not have your survey materials, you can look up your survey access code on the survey login page or call 1-877-819-2363 for assistance. You can take this year’s survey until March 31. 

Deadline to Apply is April 10 for Summer in the City EnrichmentSummer in the City offers a variety of FREE and exciting opportunities for students through its Summer Academy programs and Summer School. Students will spend the summer participating in engaging learning and hands-on STEM activities, take trips to museums, parks and cultural sites and receive free breakfast and lunch. Applications for Summer in the City’s enrichment programs will be open March 10-April 10. Families can learn more about each of the Summer Academy programs by visiting: The Summer STEM Matters NYC Programs application is now open! Go to this site to learn about programs offered, their locations, flyers in all languages, frequently asked questions and link to apply! Deadline to apply is April 10 .

April 9-17 Spring Recess-Schools Closed

April 22-23: NYS Math Test Grades 3-8–3-3-206a17af34645c40a18b35d69e541158a0?fbclid=IwAR2JBJQVuF7rbP0z5SJtamM7u4E42-C15XpC9hia5MloabQ4GIvB2yEiZSo

Coronavirus Updates: Look here for updates as the DOE continues to work with DOH and DOHMH as we are vigilantly monitoring virus

Watch the Mayor speak on Coronavirus  and declaring a State of Emergency in NYC on 3/12/20

Coronavirus via TEXT Updates: To get regular updates on the latest developments with coronavirus in New York City, text COVID to 692-692. You will receive regular SMS texts with the latest news and developments.

Fact Sheet: Please also read the attached Fact Sheet for more information, and visit at any time for important updates, including ways to fight stigma and bias around this issue.


Staying Healthy : It is critical that all New Yorkers continue to practice general viral infection prevention measures including:

·         Wash your hands with soap and water often.

·         Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or sleeve when sneezing or coughing.

·         Do not touch your face with unwashed hands.

·         Do not shake hands. Instead wave or elbow bump.

·         Monitor your health more closely than usual for cold or flu symptoms.

·         Get your flu shot – it’s never too late.

·         Reduce overcrowding by walking or biking to work, if possible.

·         If the train is too packed, wait for the next one.


If You Feel Sick

·         Stay home and call your doctor if you have symptoms like coughing, shortness of breath, fever, sore throat.

·         If you do not feel better in 24-48 hours, contact your doctor.

·         Do not go to school or to work until you have been fever-free for at least 72 hours without the use of fever reducers like Tylenol or ibuprofen.

·         If you need help getting medical care, call 311.

Talking to kids about the Coronavirus:
Hand washing – Show me the Science:

District 22 March Newsletter:

Growing Up NYC Guide: Spring and summer are around the corner. Growing Up NYC has you covered for the changing seasons. See upcoming spring deadlines, and check out free and low-cost summer programs in the Summer Guide.

Supplementary Learning Resources: The materials on the Learn at Home pages on the NYC DOE Site are designed to provide supplementary learning resources to students in the event that students may need to be home from school.

District 22 Save the Dates for Our Year End Celebrations:  

May 19 &

May 20       Art Exhibit,  3:00 PM-5:00 PM,  Joan Snow Pre-K Center,  1340 East 29th Street, 11210


A note from the Parents Association

Dear parents,
We have decided to be cautious and follow suggestions for social distancing and limiting public gatherings. Therefore, we are going to cancel the PS 217 Parents Association’s Friday March 13th “Know Your Rights, Get Your Resources” census event as well as this Tuesday’s general PA meeting. We very much hope to be able to reschedule these events for a later date this spring.


MARCH 2020

3         How Can I Help My Child with Reading? – Parent Workshop @ 8:15 AM

CEC 22 Meeting @ 6:30 PM 6         First Friday – Grades K, 1 and 2 @ 8:15 AM

4         Scholastic Book Fair Begins

5         Parent Teacher Conferences. Dismissal @ 11:20 AM

10       Executive Board PA Meeting @ 8:15 AM

11       Scholastic Book Fair Ends

13       Second Friday – Grades 3, 4 and 5 @ 8:15 AM

Know Your Rights, Get Your Resources @ 5:30 PM

16       SLT Meeting @ 4:00 PM

17       Student of the Month Pre-K-K-1 @ 8:15 AM

General PA Meeting @ 8:15 AM

18       Student of the Month Gr. 2-3 @ 8:15 AM

19       Student of the Month Gr. 4-5 @ 8:15 AM

25/26 ELA State Test – Grades 3, 4 and 5

27       Movie Night @ 4:00 PM

How Can I Help My Child with Reading? – Parent Workshop

Tuesday, March 03, 2020  

PS 217 Library 8:15 – 9:00 AM

A family workshop on the importance of reading to/with your child. You will experience a model Read Aloud and receive many tips, strategies and solutions on how to support your child at home. This workshop, presented by Ms. Evelyne, our Universal Literacy Reading Coach is more geared towards families with children in grades K to 2, but all are welcome. Questions? Please contact Parent Coordinator Mara Dubovici (Room 109 / / 718.434.69690×1)