District News

District 22 Celebrated Computer Science Education Week, December 3-7, 2018: View slideshow here

TODAY DECEMBER 14 is the Middle School and High School Application Submission Deadline at 11:59 PM .



Friday, December 21 Submit Family Income Inquiry Forms: While meals are free for all students, schools must collect Family Income Inquiry Forms and submit them to the DOE’s SchoolFood by December 21. Please help maximize your school’s funding by filling out a form .https://www.myschoolapps.com/Home/PickDistrict



December 24- January 1 Schools Closed Winter Recess



January 2  School Resumes



Gifted and Talented: Students in grades K-2 will get their child’s G&T test date from their current school in December or January. In January,  your child will take the G&T test at their current school during the regular school day.



January 7, 2019 Save the date! Want to see what PBL (Project Based Learning) looks like to I.S. 240 Magnet School of STEM ? Come see their 8th grade culminating Future City competition as well as their tribute to The Harlem Renaissance. EmPOWERing Our Future: Building a Better World Grade 8 STEM Competition , Monday, January 7th 2019, 9:00 am. All are invited. View flyer here



January 14 is the Kindergarten application deadline.

f you live in New York City and your child was born in 2014, apply to kindergarten by January 14, 2019. Submit your child’s application one of three ways:
Online with MySchools, In person at a Family Welcome Center, By phone at 718-935-2009. Learn more on our D22 Kindergarten admissions page including open houses.



Pre-Kindergarten Admissions Information is coming soon. Stay tuned for a Pre-K directory link to view programs and when applications open! In February- March you will be able to attend open houses and prek admission events. Application deadline will be March 15, 2019.  OLearn about Pre-K here


 Visit our School Events/Good News Blog here


Check out some of our free local community events  here



Community Education Council : Applications will open on February 14, 2019 for the 2019-2021 Community Education Council. All Nine (9) positions are open to parents of Pre-K to 8th grade students in District 22. Two (2) Borough President Appointee positions are open to residents of or own or operate a business in District 22 and have extensive business, trade, or education experience and knowledge.

Questions? Visit www.schools.nyc.gov/run2019 for detailed information on Community and Citywide Education Councils (CCECs) and the upcoming elections.


Have more questions? Call (212) 374-1936 or send an email to Elections2019@schools.nyc.gov

Know the Call-to-Action It’s a simple and easy way for parents who want to apply or get more information: Text RUN2019 to 877-877

#RaiseYourHandForOurKids #BeAChampionForChildren


Citizens Committee awards micro-grants of up to $3,000 to resident-led groups to work on community and school projects throughout the city. They prioritize groups based in low income neighborhoods and Title I public schools. Info sessions/more info- https://www.citizensnyc.org/grants/neighborhood-grants?fbclid=IwAR1O5hfESM5UuZ6Qs3T8dDf5oaBG68DMIVjwOUa8L2v40YziwHTaBLtFm0w



Fire Safety Tips for the FDNY: http://www.fdnysmart.org/safetytips/



Stress-Busting Holiday Literacy Tips for Familie:s  https://www.rif.org/blog/stress-busting-holiday-literacy-tips-families?fbclid=IwAR3NSZWYlRMMUDP_qeqojM4kkuXsbwljCwMvd-i0S0g7m-LRFfUnBaRQdSs


District 22 Calendar

Friday, December 14

Middle School and High School Applications Submission Deadline


PS 139 Kindergarten Open House

Monday, December 17


PS 195 Kindergarten Open House


PS 152 SLT Meeting


PS 217 SLT Meeting


PS 245 SLT Meeting


PS/IS 207 SLT Meeting


PS 193 SLT Meeting

Tuesday, December 18


PS 197 Kindergarten Open House


PS 217 Kindergarten Open House


PS 277 SLT Meeting


PS 251 SLT Meeting


MS 890 SLT Meeting

Wednesday, December 19


PS/IS 206 SLT Meeting

Thursday, December 20


PS 195 SLT Meeting


FACE PA/PTA ACADEMY Live Webinar Lunch & Learn


PS 255 SLT Meeting


IS 78 SLT Meeting


PS/IS 109 SLT Meeting


IS 381 SLT Meeting

Monday, December 24

Winter Recess (Schools Closed)

Tuesday, December 25

Winter Recess (Schools Closed)

Wednesday, December 26

Winter Recess (Schools Closed)

Thursday, December 27

Winter Recess (Schools Closed)

Friday, December 28

Winter Recess (Schools Closed)

Saturday, December 29

Winter Recess (Schools Closed)

Sunday, December 30

Winter Recess (Schools Closed)

Monday, December 31

Winter Recess (Schools Closed)

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Winter Recess (Schools Closed)

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

School Resumes

Thursday, January 3, 2019


PS 312 SLT Meeting

Monday, January 7, 2019


PS 134 Kindergarten Open House


PS 222 SLT Meeting


PS 152 SLT Meeting

Tuesday, January 8, 2019


PS 217 Kindergarten Open House


PS 195 Kindergarten Open House


PS 203 SLT Meeting


IS 234 SLT Meeting


PS 134 SLT Meeting


IS 240 SLT Meeting


PS 315 SLT Meeting

Wednesday, January 9, 2019


PS 361 SLT Meeting

Thursday, January 10, 2019


IS 14 SLT Meeting


PS 255 SLT Meeting


IS 278 SLT Meeting

Friday, January 11, 2019


PS 139 Kindergarten Open House

Saturday, January 12, 2019


PS 326 Kindergarten Open House

Monday, January 14, 2019

Last Day to Apply for Kindergarten


PS 326 SLT Meeting


PS 236 SLT Meeting


PS 139 SLT Meeting

Tuesday, January 15, 2019


PS 52 SLT Meeting


PS 194 SLT Meeting



Wednesday, January 16, 2019


PS 119 SLT Meeting


PS/IS 206 SLT Meeting

Thursday, January 17, 2019


FACE PA/PTA ACADEMY Live Webinar Lunch & Learn


PS 197 SLT Meeting


PS/IS 109 SLT Meeting


IS 381 SLT Meeting

Monday, January 21, 2019

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Schools Closed)

Join us Monday for a PA meeting!

Monday, December 17
December Parents Association Meeting
Pizza dinner & supervision for the kids in the cafeteria / Meeting of parents in the auditorium
Presentation from NYS Assemblyman Bobby Carroll
We will talk about:
Fundraising Update and What the PA Pays For
Announcements and Events, including
– Summer Camp EXPO January 23
– Potluck and Public Charge: Know Your Rights Event January 28
– February Valentines Day Bake Sale
Opportunities to Volunteer, including Movie Night and the Spring Block Party June 15
Open Mic
Please Join Us!


Please join us for the Book Swap / Family Literacy night tomorrow Thursday from 5:30-7pm!

Enjoy a night of reading for parents and students!
Play literacy games
Make fun crafts
Cuddle up with a good book
Enjoy great read alouds
Get a library card and other literacy resources
A book swap and
Pizza, milk and cookies
Hope to see you there!

Save The Date!

Join Us for Family

Fitness Fun Night!

Thursday, December 6th, 2018

6:00 PM- 8:00 PM


The Parents Association of PS 217 invites you to join Wellness in the Schools for

a night of Family Fitness & Fun at P.S, 217.


Fun Fitness Classes:


  • Martial art with Dr Paul Dyer Grandmaster
  • Yoga by Yogi Beans
  • Zumba with by Play BC
  • Coaches challenge


A healthy dinner will be provided after all activities!



We hope you can attend






Dyslexia Awareness

Dear Parents,

October is Dyslexia Awareness month and with that in mind I released an informational video and petition calling on the Governor, Mayor, Chancellor and Legislature to fund universal dyslexia screening for all Kindergartners and First Graders in NYC public schools.  One in five students is dyslexic.  50% of 4th Graders are not reading on grade level.  Only seven states nationwide evaluate all Kindergarten and 1st Graders for Dyslexia and as a consequence so many of our students go undiagnosed and struggle to learn how to read. 

 I am passionate about making sure that children with dyslexia and other language-based delays and challenges get the interventions they need from the New York City Department of Education.  Both Brooke Lyn and I benefited from early intervention and despite our dyslexia were able to thrive in school.  This shouldn’t just be the case for a fortunate few; it should be the case for all children with dyslexia, which impacts 20% of the student population.  After you sign the petition, please pass it along to other parents through email and social media.  Together we can make sure every child has a chance to thrive.

 Additionally, I am hosting an event to discuss this issue further and address your questions and concerns about other education policies and proposals. 


The State of Education Forum

Thursday, November  8th

PS 130

713 Caton Avenue



I hope that you’re having a wonderful school year and look forward to seeing you all there! Please RSVP to Mary Kay Seery at seerym@nyassembly.gov or Victoria Guisinger at guisingerv@nyassembly.gov or call my office at  (718) 788-7221. 


Thank you for all the work you do,

Robert Carroll

November Calendar

1/2         National Family Literacy Day – Read Aloud

5/12/19/26          Nutrition and Health Program – Parent Workshop @ 8:30 AM

7              Stress Management and Self Care – Parent Workshop 8:15 AM

8/9         Picture Day

13/20/27              Conversation Circles @ 8:15 AM

9-16       Scholastic Book Fair

12           NO SCHOOL. Veterans Day Observed

13           Student of the Month Pre-K, K & 1

14           Student of the Month Grades 2 & 3

15           Student of the Month Grades 4 & 5

19           General PA Meeting @ 8:15 AM

SLT Meeting @ 4:00 PM

20           Reading with Your Child in Grades 3, 4 & 5 – Parent Workshop @ 2:30 PM

22-23     Thanksgiving Recess. No School

26           Family Night – No Homework

27           Reading with Your Child in Grades K, 1 & 2 – Parent Workshop @ 2:30 PM

                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

Tomorrow is Character Day at PS 217 – Wednesday, October 31

Tomorrow, October 31 is more than just a regular Wednesday! It’s not just Halloween, it’s also Character Day at PS 217! Let your little one dress up in their favorite character if they wish and bring them to school in their costumes. Please be aware though that they will have to go up and down the stairs and go to bathrooms by themselves, therefore make sure that they are able to manage their costumes. No masks or weapons will be permitted.

Moreover, Grades K-2nd will parade (weather permitting) on the PS217 track:

Grade K:               9:00 – 9:20 AM

Grade 1:               9:30 – 9:50 AM

Grade2:                10:00 – 10:20 AM

Parents are welcome! And, yes the afternoon of October 31st is NO HOMEWORK Family Night!

Happy and Safe Halloween everyone!

One More Day for the Halloween Bake Sale!

Halloween Bake Sale Continues Tomorrow October 31, 9AM-2PM

Like every year, we celebrate this most awaited moment with a funny, ghoulish and delicious bake sale. No tricks, just yummy baked treats, generously donated by you, funny, spooky, glowing toys, novelties and accessories are enchanting the little shoppers on these two days.

The first day has been a great success, and we are very thankful for all the baked / bought goods that you have donated so far. Please keep those coming for the second day, as we anticipate a lot of savvy little shoppers visiting the bake sale tables on Halloween!

Thank you all for your generous support!

November – National Family Literacy Month

National Family Literacy Day – 11/1/2018

November is National Family Literacy Month and we are happy to celebrate it again this year at PS 217 with a series of literacy related events. This is a great opportunity for everyone to either spark the desire or bring back a beautiful tradition of reading together as a family.

We are kicking off this month and in the same time observe November 1st as National Family Literacy Day, with a 2-day family centered Read Aloud event that will take place in the classrooms, on Thursday, 11/1/2017 and Friday, 11/2/2017.

Family literacy is at work when two generations or more – parents, children and/or extended family members – are actively engaged in learning together. We therefore invite YOU, members of our students’ families to become one of our HONORARY READERS and share your joy of reading, your favorite story book or bedtime story with our children. You can bring your own book or you can just come and we will provide you with one.

We are still looking for READERS for many classes, so if you are interested in reading aloud to a class or more, please RSVP on the letter that went home in your child’s backpack or call / e-mail Mara Dubovici at: 718.434.6960 x 1 / LDubovici@schools.nyc.gov.

During the month of November, we have lined up a few events that encourage reading, so please keep an eye on them:


Tuesday, November 20th, 2:30 – 3:00 PM               Reading With your Child in Grades 3, 4, and 5

Tuesday, November 27th, 2:30 – 3:00 PM               Reading With your Child in Grades K, 1, and 2

November 9 – November 16                                       Scholastic Book Fair

Thursday, November 29th, time TBD (evening)    PS 217 Family Literacy Night and Book Swap

Check out local library branches and bookstores for similar events and take advantage as much as your time allows.

Feel free to let us know how your family celebrates National Family Literacy Month and we will showcase your story, picture or idea.

Stress Management and Self Care – Parent Workshop

Wednesday, 11/07/2018 @ 8:15 AM

Stress affects everyone every day. It impacts our mind and body in many powerful ways. Sometimes, a little bit of adrenaline and stress could be quite welcome and not necessarily detrimental to our physical and mental well-being. Yet what happens when we start feeling overwhelmed? One of the best ways to combat stress, large or small, is by practicing effective self-care. What does self-care mean? How can we do it?

There are many methods and practices that can help you manage and reduce your level of stress.

To dig deeper into this topic, to find answers and perhaps solutions, please join us on Wednesday, November 7 at 8:15 AM in the Library for a Stress Management and Self Care Parent Workshop presented in collaboration with Bureau of School Health, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.