19           Fall Into Fitness Carnival 2-5 PM

22           IS 239 Mark Twain Open House @ 5:00 PM

District 20 Middle School Fair @ 5:00 PM

24           General PA Meeting @ 8:15 AM

Family Math Night @ 5:30 PM

28           District 22 Middle School Fair @ 5:30 PM

29           District 22 Cyberbullying and Conflict vs. Bullying Workshop @ 2:30 PM

IS 234 Arthur W. Cunningham Open House @ 2:30 PM

30           MS 890 Open House @ 5:00 PM

30/31     Halloween Bake Sale

Fall Into Fitness Carnival – Saturday, 10/19/2019 2-5 PM

It’s time to Fall Into Fitness on Saturday October 19, 2019 2-5 PM. Carnival games, fitness activities for kids and adults, health screenings, wellness information, music, DJ, face painting and henna and so much, much more will be available for all on the PS 217 track!

Wellness and Nutrition Parent Workshop Series

Mondays, 10/07 – 12/16 at 8:30 – 10:00 AM

The second Wellness and Nutrition Parent Workshop will take place on Monday, October 21 in the PS 217 Cafeteria. Offered in partnership with Cornell University – Cooperative Extension New York City every Monday morning at 8:30 AM, between 10/7 – 12/16, the Wellness and Nutrition Parent Workshop Series is a hands-on approach on various topics related to nutrition, health and overall wellness. All the topics are based on USDA Dietary Guidelines and www.ChooseMyPlate.Gov .

During each session the participants will engage in learner – centered, dialogue based education that is culturally sensitive. Visuals and hands – on activities will make teaching come alive. You will discuss, prepare, cook and taste foods. You will also learn strategies on how to provide your family with healthy meals and snacks while making the best use of the available food resources. The workshop series had their debut on Monday, October 7 with the topic: Introduction to EFNEP & Importance of Physical Activity and we need more participants in order to be able to maintain our partnership. Spread the word and come join us in the Cafeteria every Monday morning!

Bonus: Participants completing the series receive a Certificate of Achievement from Cornell University Cooperative Extension!

General Parents Association Meeting

 Thursday, 10/24/2019 @ 8:15 AM

The next Parents Association Meeting will take place at 8:15 am on Thursday, October 24 in the school Cafeteria. It is very important that you attend the upcoming meeting, as at that time, the PA will be discussing and voting on the Title 1 Funds.

You will also hear updates from the PA related to various initiatives and upcoming events (Halloween Bake Sale, Day of the Dead celebration, etc). Breakfast refreshments will be provided!

PS 217 Family MATH Night – Thursday, 10/ 24/2019 5:30 – 7:00 PM

Join us for an evening of Math fun with grade appropriate games and challenges, prizes, pizza dinner for all students attending and so much more. Parent workshops with tons of useful information will be held during the event. Free event, open to all ages. Translators are 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.

Halloween Bake Sale – Wednesday, October 30 & Thursday, 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 Working the sale is a great way to experience the children’s excitement and joy, but any kind of contribution is much appreciated.

It’s Box Tops Season!

Clipping Box Tops is a simple way to help our Parents’ Association raise money for the school! Last school year, the money we earned was used to support PA projects like afterschool programming and arts during the school day.

Each Box Top is worth 10 cents. Start collecting them now and tell your friends and family to clip too! Soon we’ll be sending home instructions for the first collection of the year which ends on October 25. No contribution is too small and the class that collects the most Box Tops will win an awesome build-your-own ice cream sundae 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. There’s also a new app, making it easy to earn extra Box Tops. Check out the Box Tops for Education site at

Thank you for your help!

Achara Kelley

Box Tops Coordinator

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.

District 22 Cyberbullying and Conflict vs. Bullying Workshop

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 2:30 PM – 3:00 PM
PS 217
From the agenda: cyberbullying, understand the difference between peer conflict and bullying, social media apps every parent should know, NYC Department of Education anti-bullying initiatives & reporting and
The workshop is facilitated by the NYC DOE Office of Safety Youth and Development.