Winter Holiday Festival on Friday!

PS 217 Parent Association
Winter Holiday Festival
Date: 12/13/2019 (Fri.)
Time: 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Location: PS 217 Cafeteria

Join us for the Winter Holiday Festival on Friday, December 13, 5:30pm – 7pm in the Cafeteria! Celebrate together and learn about Diwali, Hannukah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa. Bring a dish to share and enjoy games, music, and spending time together!

We are looking for helpers!

If you can help with any of the following please sign up at the link above or contact or

*Help with planning and set up on the day of the event
*Cook or bake a dish to share
*Help create a display to share information about Diwali, Hannukah, Christmas, or Kwanzaa
*Sell T-shirts and other items to fundraise for the Parents Association
*Plan and run activities during the event
–Arts & Crafts

Please email or with questions.

Everyone is welcome. We hope to see you there!

Upcoming Events

Tuesday (tomorrow) 11/19 General PA Meeting
The next Parents Association General Meeting will be this Tuesday morning in the cafeteria at 8:15AM. Topics will include new Community Engagement Committee (CEC) projects, 5th grade activities, upcoming events like Movie Nights, Principal’s Report, and more. Coffee, tea, and breakfast treats will be served and translation services are available. Hope to see you there!

Literacy Night & Book Swap
Tuesday evening is Literacy Night from 5:30pm – 7pm. There will be reading games, read alouds, library card sign ups, crafts, raffles, and so much more! Milk and cookies and a pass for NO HOMEWORK will be distributed.

Book Swap: drop off gently used childrens’ books in the book donation bins in the main entrance lobby between Nov 15 – Nov 19. Visit the book swap tables during literacy night and take “new” books home.

Are you available to volunteer at Literacy Night?

We need people to help organize the book swap, run activities, check families in, give out the homework passes, give out milk and cookies, and sell t-shirts at the PA table. We need 12-15 volunteers so even if you are only available part of the time, please contact
Volunteers needed this week for WITS Tomato Salsa Lab
Chef Gisselle from Wellness In the Schools is going to be showing grades 2,3, and 4 how to make Tomato Salsa! She can use some parent volunteers this week. If you have daytime availability this week Tuesday through Friday please reach out to and let her know when you are available as well as your child’s name and classroom.



1              First Friday – Grades K, 1 and 2 @ 8:15 AM

4              Exemplars – Math Parent Workshop @ 8:15 AM

5              NO SCHOOL. Election Day

7/8         Picture Day

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

8-15       Scholastic Book Fair

11           NO SCHOOL. Veterans Day Observed

12           Student of the Month Pre-K, K & 1 @ 8:15 AM

13           Student of the Month Grades 2 & 3 @ 8:15 AM

14           Student of the Month Grades 4 & 5 @ 8:15 AM

Parent Teacher Conferences 12:20 – 2:20 PM & 4:30 – 7:30 PM

15           PA Breakfast for Bengali Speaking Families @ 8:15 AM

19           General PA Meeting @ 8:15 AM

P.S. 217 Open House for the Incoming Kindergarten Families @ 8:30 AM

PS 217 Family Literacy Night @ 5:30 PM

25           Coffee with Mr. Bonilla – Grades 3-4-5 @ 8:15 AM

28-29     Thanksgiving Recess. NO SCHOOL

                P.S. 217 Open House for the Incoming Kindergarten Families @ 8:30 AM

30           Ps 217 Family Literacy Night and Book Swap @ 6:00 PM

NO SCHOOL – Election Day – November 5

Please be aware that there will be NO SCHOOL on Tuesday, November 5 due to Election Day.

PICTURE DAY is Almost Here!

Thursday, November 7 & Friday, November 8, 2019

Picture Day is coming!

If you would like to order pictures, please send your child in with the form filled out and cash or money order made out to PA of PS217.

Third, Fourth and Fifth Grades will be photographed on Thursday, November 7th. Pre-K, Kindergarten, First and Second Grades will be photographed on Friday, November 8th. All Fifth graders will be photographed in white cap and gowns to be included in the yearbook.

Volunteers are needed between 8:30am and 1:30pm on both days. If you would like to coordinate this major event or are able to help, please email Mukta Begum at or Mara Dubovici at



SAVE the DATE: Parent Teacher Conferences – Thursday, November 14, 2019

Thursday, November 14 will be our first individual Parent Teacher Conferences of this school year! All students will be dismissed at 11:20 AM. There will be two sessions from which to choose:

  • the afternoon session, from 12:20 PM – 2:20 PM and
  • the evening session, from 4:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Please keep in mind that due to this, on Tuesday, November 12 there will be no Family Engagement Time between 2:20 – 3:00 PM. Family Engagement Time is rescheduled for Thursday, November 14, 2:20 -3:30 PM.

PS 217 Family Literacy Night – Tuesday, 11/19/2019 5:30 – 7:00 PM

Save the date for PS 217 Family Literacy Night, an evening of reading and writing fun with grade appropriate games and challenges for the whole family, prizes, pizza dinner for all students attending and so much more. Free event, open to all ages. Translators will be available by request.

Friday Ice Cream

Popsicles, ice cream sandwiches, bars and ices are being sold every Friday in the PS 217 Cafeteria during lunch time. No matter the variety, they are $1 each.

Middle School Corner

Attention all 5th grade families, November is the month when many middle schools have their Open Houses.  Check them to inform yourselves about the diversity of programs offered by your middle schools of interest. If you missed an open house, contact the middle school directly and schedule a private tour.

District 22 and District 20 middle school open houses are available under Documents/Fifth Grade-Middle School section of the PS 217 School App. To find out about the Middle School Fairs in other school districts, as well as different open houses, please check the DOE website at

Pre-K and Kindergarten Corner – Cool Culture

Almost 90 museums, zoos and other entertainment and cultural institutions will be available for FREE for your family when you use your Cool Culture Family Pass. Only families of children in Pre-K and Kindergarten can register. Families who registered online before September 19th will receive their Cool Culture Passes in November. Register at before October 30th and you will receive the passes in December.

For more information please contact Mara Dubovici, Cultural Liaison (Room 109 / / 718.434.6960 ext. 1).