Reminder – Important meeting TODAY at 5:30pm at the school!

 Please come – School Construction Meeting TONIGHT!

Please join us tonight at 5:30pm in the auditorium at PS 217 for an important meeting with the School Construction Authority. As you’ve likely heard by now, 75% of our school playground, garden, and track will be closed and inaccessible to our children and the community beginning at the end of October for the next 2 years.

 The more people who turn out tonight, the better!

 Please come and show your support so we can identify alternative approaches so our children can still use this essential space – safely – during the extensive construction process. There is strong reason to believe that if enough parents and neighborhood families come together to brainstorm and speak out against the significantly reduced outdoor space, a solution can be reached that allows for both the necessary construction and the appropriate play space.

Hope to see you there!

School Construction Authority Meeting at PS 217 – Wednesday, 10/18/17 at 5:30 PM

Did you know that 75% of our school playground, garden, and track will be closed and inaccessible to our children and the community beginning at the end of October for the next 2 years?

 The School Construction Authority is set to begin work on a project at PS 217 to replace the windows and bricks on the building. The project is set to start in the coming weeks and will last two years, during which the majority of our outdoor space, including the playground, track and garden will be unusable to our students and community due to equipment and preparations.

While this critical repair work must be done, the Parents Association of PS217 is asking the School Construction Authority to consider alternative approaches so our children can still use this essential space – safely – during the extensive construction process. There is strong reason to believe that if enough parents and neighborhood families come together to brainstorm and speak out against the significantly reduced outdoor space, a solution can be reached that allows for both the necessary construction and the appropriate play space.

PLEASE JOIN the PA ON WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 18 AT 5:30 PM IN THE PS 217 AUDITORIUM FOR AN IMPORTANT MEETING TO DISCUSS SOLUTIONS!

217 garden group

 

Help the PA Decorate the New Parent Room!

We are excited that this year, Room 107 will be a dedicated Parent Room, for parents to hang out, hold meetings and work together. To make this space comfortable, we are looking for donations of a small refrigerator, a coffee maker and a small couch or comfortable chairs. If you can donate any of these things or have anything else to donate to the room, please let Megan Hester know by calling 646.410.3658 or emailing mameila@yahoo.com.

Halloween Bake Sale – Monday, October 30 & Tuesday, October 31, 9AM-2PM

Like every year, we invite you to a funny, ghoulish and delicious Halloween Bake Sale. No tricks, just your yummy baked treats and funny, spooky, glowing toys and novelties.

The PA’s Bake Sale committee needs parent volunteers! If you would like to bake goodies, staff the sale any time between 9AM-2PM or buy a cupcake party for a class of your choice ($1/cupcake), please reach out to Marina or Melanie via email at ps217bakesale@gmail.com. Working the sale is a great way to experience the children’s excitement and joy, but any kind of contribution is much appreciated.

I scream, You Scream, We all Scream…

Bar+Cone_6399997+5975492… For Ice cream! The PA continues to sell ice cream on Fridays during lunch. Ice cream pops, bars, sandwiches and ices can be available during all three lunch periods for $1. We are looking for volunteers to sell ice cream on Fridays. The volunteer shift runs from 10:40am – 1:20pm. Contact Mara Dubovici in Room 109 at 718-434-6960 ext 1 or LDubovici@schools.nyc.gov to volunteer.

Welcome back to the Library!

The library is now open for PS 217 families every Tuesday, afternoon between 2:30 – 3:30 PM.

Come borrow children’s books for the whole family!

Children are expected to read at home to supplement classroom instruction. It is very important that you read to and with your child every day! Even talking about the pictures in a book (in any language) helps reinforce important reading skills.

Children can borrow books for pleasure or to support what they are learning about in class. Each month, the newsletter sent home by your child’s teacher highlights the subjects being taught, so why not borrow some library books to enrich this learning?

Please note that all children must be accompanied by an adult. While PS 217 staff will be in the Library every Tuesday afternoon to assist you, if you would like to volunteer for an hour in the library on Tuesdays, please contact Mara Dubovici at 718.434.6960 x1 / LDubovici@schools.nyc.gov .

 

 

Keep Bringing the Box Tops !

A reminder that the first Box Tops collection is this Friday, October 20. Please send them to school in a Ziploc bag or envelope, clearly labeled with your child’s class number. Be sure to check expiration dates, as expired Box Tops will not be accepted. No contribution is too small!

The class that collects the most Box Tops will win a donut party!

Box Tops can be found on products from General Mills Cereals, Kleenex, Cascadian Farms, Hefty, Ziploc, Hanes, Yoplait, Land O’ Lakes, Betty Crocker, Old El Paso, Mott’s, PillsburyAnnie’s, and more. This year, Box Tops for Education (www.btfe.com) has also rolled out a smartphone app for earning extra Box Tops.

Let’s Talk About Math – Parent Workshops

Grades K, 1 & 2 Families              Tuesday, 10/17/17          2:30 – 3:00 PM

Grades 3, 4 & 5 Families               Tuesday, 10/24/17          2:30 – 3:00 PM

Math can sometimes be challenging even at elementary school level. Would you like to:

  • find out more about what your child is learning in Math?
  • learn some problem solving strategies that you can use to help your child develop confidence and success in Mathematics?
  • dig a little bit more into the mystery of Common Core Math?
  • find out more about Exemplars and Go Math?

If your answer is YES to at least one of these questions, then we hope to see you at our Let’s Talk About Math Parent Workshops that will take place on 10/17 for Grades K, 1 and 2 and on 10/24 for Grades 3, 4 and 5. You will also have a chance to meet our Math Coaches Ms. Coffey and Ms. Pena who are actively and daily supporting PS 217 teachers in delivering the best Math instruction to our children.

Middle School Corner

  • Request for Testing (RFT) forms are due on October 20
  • Open House season begins. Please mark your calendars and make all efforts to go and visit the middle schools of interest. Check the PS 217 School App for Open House Flyers and open House Calendars. Questions: Contact Mara Dubovici at 718.434.6960 x1 / LDubovici@schools.nyc.gov .

 

Pre-K and Kindergarten Corner

2016-2017 Cool Culture Application Forms are due by October 18 in Room 109!

For more information or to pick an application forms please contact Mara Dubovici (Room 109 / LDubovici@schools.nyc.gov / 718.434.6960×1091).