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: https://sites.google.com/site/district22brooklyn/school-events-news

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.

 

Visit our Community Events- PLEASE CHECK BEFORE YOU ATTEND,  AS MANY EVENTS MAY HAVE BEEN CANCELLED:  https://sites.google.com/site/district22brooklyn/community-events 

 

 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. https://2020census.gov/

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.   https://www.bklynlibrary.org/coronavirus

March 16 Deadline to apply for PreK: Visit https://www.schools.nyc.gov/enrollment/enroll-grade-by-grade/pre-k

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.   https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/5488234/Big-Apple-Principal-Award-Nomination?fbclid=IwAR12ZelBNuI5WZ6rJ59Bv_Ehywaky0J3rd0PdDfCo2wtcwzTyr9s3hKa9Iw

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 https://www.schools.nyc.gov/sign-up

 

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  https://www.schools.nyc.gov/docs/default-source/default-document-library/2020-nys-grades-3-8-exams-student-participation-guide-for-parents–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 www.NYCSchoolSurvey.org . 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: www.schools.nyc.gov/summer-academy. 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! https://spep.libguides.com/STEMprograms Deadline to apply is April 10 .

April 9-17 Spring Recess-Schools Closed

April 22-23: NYS Math Test Grades 3-8   https://www.schools.nyc.gov/docs/default-source/default-document-library/2020-nys-grades-3-8-exams-student-participation-guide-for-parents–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  https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-life/health-and-wellness/coronavirus-update

Watch the Mayor speak on Coronavirus  and declaring a State of Emergency in NYC on 3/12/20 https://youtu.be/dukXZeKQgKg

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 nyc.gov/coronavirus 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:   https://childmind.org/article/talking-to-kids-about-the-coronavirus/

 

https://www.understood.org/en/school-learning/how-to-talk-about-coronavirus-with-kids?fbclid=IwAR2-5jZDrvMaGUw_yLYnM7Q-1ubr-Fn5-G_6Yxc7NuTaEjXM0O6AuRB576s
Hand washing – Show me the Science:   https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/show-me-the-science.html

District 22 March Newsletter:   https://drive.google.com/file/d/1mI7AhhsHxs2WhH5Gs31mY3kR4PGDfZPa/view?usp=sharing

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.https://growingupnyc.cityofnewyork.us/summer/

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.https://www.schools.nyc.gov/learning/learn-at-home

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.

Calendar

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 / LDubovici@schools.nyc.gov / 718.434.69690×1)

PS 217 Scholastic Book Fair        03/04/20 – 03/11/20

Online PS 217 Scholastic Book Fair          02/28/19 – 03/12/19

“There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all.” –Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

It is time for another Scholastic Book Fair! Get ready for an exciting book shopping experience right in our own PS 217 Library. Not only you can build your home library this way, but you also support our school.

Between March 4 and March 11, each class is scheduled to come to the Book Fair with their teacher. Check the PS 217 School App for announcements regarding the book fair schedule.

Digital payment option: e-Wallet! Now your student can shop the Fair cash-free! If you fear that your child might lose the cash you hand them on the day of their classroom visit to the fair, you can set up an e-Wallet account at http://www.scholastic.com/bookfairs/. Funds will immediately be available for your child to shop the Book Fair. Any money not spent goes back to your credit card. Safe and secure. To get started, visit our online PS 217 Scholastic Book Fair homepage.

Families are invited to visit the fair during the following days and times:

Thursday, 03/05/2020               12:30 – 3:00 PM and  4:30 – 7:30 PM

Friday,   03/06/2020                     8:00 – 9:00 AM

Tuesday, 03/10/2020                   2:30 – 3:30 PM

You cannot make it to the fair? Do you want extended time to shop?

Check our ONLINE PS217 Scholastic Book Fair open 24 hours a day between Friday, February 28 and Friday, March 22.

Are you more of an App user? We have it covered as well. Scholastic’s NEW Book Fairs App enhances your book fair options. Free to download on any device, the Scholastic Book Fairs App enables you to scan a book or barcode to find age, grade or reading level for a book, to browse through various titles available for a certain age group, to read short descriptions of various books of interest, and last but not least, the to shop for books! Just make sure you select PS 217 at your checkout. All with a simple touch of your screen!

All orders will ship direct to school for FREE when the Online Fair has ended.

Would you like to volunteer at the Fair? We need you! Please contact Parent Coordinator Mara Dubovici (LDubovici@schools.nyc.gov / 718.434.69690×1) or visit our PS 217 Scholastic Book Fair homepage to sign up for an available time slot.

Happy shopping and happy reading!

Parent Teacher Conferences and Learning Environment Survey

Thursday, March 05, 2020 12:20 – 2:20 PM and 4:30 – 7:30 PM

A reminder to everyone that on Thursday, March 05, P.S. 217 is hosting the Parent Teacher Conferences! All students will be dismissed at 11:20 AM. Please plan accordingly for pick up! Every parent / guardian will have a chance to enjoy a private conversation with their child’s teacher. If you received an appointment time and it does not fit your schedule, please contact your child’s teacher to reschedule at a more convenient time. All our teachers are looking forward to meeting with parents and we hope you will find it a fruitful discussion as well.

Before you leave the meeting …

  • make sure you have mentioned any changes in the home that may affect your child’s performance;
  • have a plan to address concerns;
  • know the best way to contact your child’s teacher;
  • make sure your child’s teacher knows the best way to contact you;
  • update the blue card if changes occurred since you last filled it out;

When you get home …

  • talk to your child, inform him/her about what you learned;
  • discuss how you will both work to enhance his/her school performance;
  • if you haven’t done it yet, fill out the 2020 NYC School Survey;

2020 NYC School Survey

It is again that time of the year when families, teachers and students in grades 6 – 12 take the NYC School Survey to share feedback about their schools. As one of the nation’s largest education surveys, this survey feedback can help improve your child’s learning environment. You can take this year’s survey between February 10th and March 31st, 2020. Your voice is important and we need every parent / guardian to fill out and return the survey. In 2019, 83 % of our parents / guardians returned their surveys and we would love to get between 95 – 100 % this year.

Families have now two ways to fill out the survey: on paper or online.

You will receive your NYC School Survey in a green envelope on March 5th, during our Parent Teacher Conferences.

The 2020 NYC School Survey is also available ONLINE in 10 languages at NYCShoolSurvey.org. 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. Once submitted, please print the confirmation page and return it to your child’s teacher.

Deadline to fill out and return the ONLINE survey is March 31, 2020. To ensure that all the surveys are processed in time, we strongly encourage you to fill out and return the PAPER surveys by Friday, March 27!

Your efforts of filling out the survey as soon as possible are highly appreciated and fully rewarded:

  • Each STUDENT who returns the survey or the confirmation page will receive ONE HOMEWORK PASS or ONE ICECREAM COUPON. With one completed survey per family, all siblings receive a reward! Additional prizes might be available as well! Keep tuned!

For more information or if you need support with completing the survey online, please contact our Parent Coordinator, Mara Dubovici (Room 109 / 718.434.6960×1/ LDubovici@schools.nyc.gov). School computers can be available for you to complete the survey.

For more information about the NYC School Survey, visit NYCSchoolSurvey.org.

World’s Finest Chocolate Fundraiser, 02/10 – 03/10/2020

The Parents Association of PS 217 is offering you another sweet way to support our school by selling truly delicious chocolate bars to relatives, friends and neighbors. If you wish to take chocolate bars home to sell, you MUST FILL OUT and SIGN the form provided in your child’s backpack. ALL money will be collected as you sell the bars. Payment is to be returned inside the collection envelope located inside your carry case.