Middle School Corner

Attention all 5th grade parents (and not only), district middle school fairs and Middle School Open Houses in all districts are coming up!

District 20 Middle School Fair

When:  Tuesday, October 22, 2019           5:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Where: Fort Hamilton High School (8301 Shore Road, Brooklyn, NY 11209)

District 22 Middle School Fair

When:  Monday, October 28, 2019           5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Where: PS 152 School of Science and Technology (725 East 23 Street, Brooklyn, NY 11210)

To find out about the Middle School Fairs in other school districts, as well as different open houses, please check the DOE website at

https://www.schools.nyc.gov/enrollment/enroll-grade-by-grade/middle-school. District 22 and District 20 middle school open houses are available under Documents/Fifth Grade-Middle School section of the PS 217 School App.

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 http://bit.ly/RegistrationFormEnglish before October 30th and you will receive the passes in December.

For more information please contact Mara Dubovici, Cultural Liaison (Room 109 / LDubovici@schools.nyc.gov / 718.434.6960 ext. 1).

Bake Sale News!

Hello Everyone!

The annual Halloween Bake Sale at PS 217 will be on Wednesday, October 30th and Thursday, October 31st.  Kindergarteners, 1st and 2nd Graders will attend the sale on Wednesday, October 30th and 3rd, 4th and 5th graders will attend on Thursday, October 31st.  We will schedule with the Pre-K classes soon.
If you are able to volunteer your time on either or both of these days, please let us know the time frame in which you are available.  We need helpers to help set up, sell and clean up between the hours of 8:15 am to 2:20 pm The volunteers are the ones that make this event possible.  We cannot do it without your help!
If you are unable to volunteer your time, please consider donating some baked goods (homemade or store bought) and remember to send your child with some money to spend the day of the event.
You can reach us at:  ps217bakesale@gmail.com
Many thanks!
Melanie & Marina
Bake Sale Coordinators

Save the Date: Saturday is the Fall Fitness Carnival

We hope to see you at PS 217’s
Fall Into Fitness Carnival!
Saturday October 19
2pm – 5pm PS 217 – Outdoors on the track (enter from Coney Island Ave) Free and open to all (Some activities are ticketed)
Featuring: Carnival Games & prizes Bouncy house Paint a Pumpkin and other Arts & crafts Face painting & Henna DJ & Music Yoga classes Zumba class Gymnastics, dance, and martial arts demos Health screenings Healthy eating info And other fun activities and information about wellness, moving your body, and being healthy and active kids and adults!


*Bring your insurance card and you can even get your flu shot right then and there from our local Walgreens pharmacist!*


Our Community Partners:

Third Root Community Health Center, Urban Martial Arts, Prospect Gymnastics, ALDEN MOVES Dance Theater, Prospect Fitness, Trail Blazers Camps, Pakistani American Youth Society, Well Care, Walgreens, and more Organized by the PS 217 Parents Association and PS 217 Phys Ed Department


District news

School Events and Good News Blog https://sites.google.com/site/district22brooklyn/school-events-news



Community Events/Family Activities https://sites.google.com/site/district22brooklyn/community-resources



October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Learn what you can do about bullying whether your child is a victim or the aggressor. Resources and information are available here:https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-life/policies-for-all/respect-for-all?fbclid=IwAR1v5FVdC-bynrcGcuTD8Uj6HQi8-2gHhlEMNFMnpA9SnGTTuY7kERzC0no


National Principals Month: honors principals for their significant impact on the success and well-being of our nation’s students. We are celebrating all principals for the month of October! Thank you for your hard work and dedication. #NYCSD22 #ThankAPrincipal #D22PrincipalsRock



5th Grade Families : Middle School Application is Open-Apply NOW! If your child is applying to middle school this fall, you’ll get a letter in the mail this week with instructions on how to create a MySchools account. MySchools is both an online directory of NYC public schools and your child’s personalized application. As soon as you log in to your MySchools account, you can start exploring the programs that your child can apply to. You’ll also use MySchools to apply to middle schools by the December 2, 2019 deadline.

Learn more about the application process in our Middle School Admissions Guide, available at schools, middle school fairs, and Family Welcome Centers, or read our new online edition here. https://www.schools.nyc.gov/…/nyc-middle-school-admissions-…

For help getting started, speak with your school counselor, visit our website, or call 718-935-2009 with any questions.



8th grade Families!  The high school application is now open! If you’re applying to high school this fall, you can now log into MySchools to access your personalized high school application. You can also use MySchools to: •Search for schools and programs, and save your favorites. •Submit your high school application by December 2, 2019. Don’t have a MySchools account? Last month, we sent a letter in the mail with instructions on how to create your account. If you haven’t received your letter, speak with your school counselor for help. You can also visit our website or call 718-935-2009 with any questions.



October 5 and 6 High School Admissions Fair at Edward R. Murrow HS, 1600 Avenue L, 10 AM- 3 PM. https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1nl31FMOkpJPeslW1PwgeEFLczFdfR5SG



October 9: Yom Kippur Schools Closed



October 10: Deadline to Register for Specialized High School Admissions/Auditions Test. Register NOW in Myschools at https://www.myschools.nyc/en For more information:




October 14: Columbus Day Schools Closed



October 15 Community Education Council (CEC ) Meeting 6:30 PM Business Meeting 7:00 PM Calendar Meeting, PS 315, 2310 Glenwood Road, Brooklyn, NY 11210. For more information CEC22@schools.nyc.gov



October 16: Don’t forget to #WearPink on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 for breast cancer awareness and support. #D22GoesPink



October 19: Career and Technical Education High School Fair 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM George Westinghouse HS, 105 Tech Place, 11201  http://cte.nyc/site/events/nyc-cte-high-school-fair-2019



October 24: District 22 Empowering Families: Improving Student Attendance and Reducing Chronic Absenteeism Workshop, Thursday, October 24, 2019, PS/IS 109, Morning and Evening Session: Please register: Morning Session:  https://forms.gle/Kf1eAkzoT2cZiVBi9

Evening Session  https://forms.gle/HseNC6eBupetGN1c7



October 26 and October 27 and November 2 and November 17 Specialized High School Admissions Test. For more information visit https://www.schools.nyc.gov/enrollment/enroll-grade-by-grade/specialized-high-schools



October 28: Middle School Fair at PS 152, 725, East 23rd St, 11210, 5:30 – 7:30 PM.  Download Flyer with Open Houses Here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1tUq9n_20baoohFvR1au9obokx-u7buxy/view


November 5 No Students in Attendance



November 6-7 Middle School Parent Teacher Conferences. Check with school for exact date and time.



November 11 Veteran’s Day Schools Closed



November 13-14 Elementary Parent Teacher Conferences. Check with school for exact date and time.



November 20 District 22 Empowering Families Workshop: Cyberbullying and Bullying vs. Conflict 11/20/19, 6-8 PM at PS/IS 206. Click here to registerhttps://forms.gle/FGwHPWEJhcpx3Vb79



November 28-29 Thanksgiving Recess Schools Closed.



Kindergarten Admissions:  will open in early December in Myschools. Admission guides will be available soon. (IT IS A FLIP BOOK WITH GIFTED AND TALENTED ADMISSIONS) Application deadline is January 21.  Please check with your parent coordinator.



Gifted and Talented Admissions: Registration will open in early October. Deadline to Register for Gifted and Talented Testing for students born in 2012-2015 is November 12.  Admission Guides will be available soon (IT IS A FLIP BOOK WITH KINDERGARTEN ADMISSIONS). Check with your parent coordinator.



The Department of Education wants to hear from you and your children about your favorite books: Help us create our recommended “NYC Reads 365” list. By taking a few minutes to fill out this survey, you and your children can alert us to excellent, engaging books that enable students to learn every day.

Our goal with “NYC Reads 365” is to offer a selection of books that will provide our students with mirrors that reflect the greatness of who they are as well as windows into the world that allow students to connect across cultures. Please let us know what books you and your children love the most by taking our short survey https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/5224879/NYCReads365.


Motivational Speaker/ Principal Kafele: Message to a Parent Series #2  “You are Your Child’s FIRST TEACHER ” PLEASE WATCH ! https://youtu.be/aKCqX4utznE



Saturday, October 5


High School Admissions Fair Brooklyn

Sunday, October 6

» 3:00pm

High School Admissions Fair Brooklyn

Wednesday, October 9

Yom Kippur (Schools Closed)

Monday, October 14

Columbus Day (Schools Closed)

Tuesday, October 15


CEC 22 Meeting PS 315

Wednesday, October 16

District 22 Wears Pink Day


PS/IS 206 SLT Meeting

Saturday, October 19


Career and Technical Education High School Fair

Sunday, October 20


Making Strides for Breast Cancer Walk-Coney Island

Monday, October 21

School Bus Safety Week


PS 152 SLT Meeting

Tuesday, October 22

School Bus Safety Week


PS 194 SLT Meeting

Wednesday, October 23

School Bus Safety Week

Red Ribbon Week

Thursday, October 24

School Bus Safety Week

Red Ribbon Week

Friday, October 25

School Bus Safety Week

Red Ribbon Week

Saturday, October 26

Red Ribbon Week

Specialized HS Admissions Test (SHSAT)

Sunday, October 27

Red Ribbon Week

Specialized HS Admissions Test (SHSAT)

Monday, October 28

Red Ribbon Week


PS 245 SLT Meeting


District 22 Middle School Fair

Tuesday, October 29

Red Ribbon Week


IS 234 Open House


IS SLT 234 Meeting

Wednesday, October 30

Red Ribbon Week


MS 890 Open House

Thursday, October 31

Red Ribbon Week

Friday, November 1

Family Literacy Day

Native American Indian/Alaska Native Heritage Month

Saturday, November 2

Specialized HS Admissions Test SHSAT (SWDs ELLs & 504s)

Sunday, November 3

Daylight Saving Ends (Turn clock back 1 hour)

Tuesday, November 5

Election Day/Chancellor Conf Day (Students do not attend school)

Wednesday, November 6

Middle School Parent Teacher Conferences (Check w/School for Dates and Times)

Thursday, November 7

Middle School Parent Teacher Conferences (Check w/School for Dates and Times)


PS 312 SLT Meeting

Monday, November 11

Veterans Day (Schools closed)

Tuesday, November 12


IS SLT 234 Meeting


IS 381 Open House


CEC 22 Meeting TBA

Wednesday, November 13

Elementary School Parent Teacher Conferences (Check w/School for Date & Time

World Kindness Day


PS/IS 206 SLT Meeting

Thursday, November 14

Elementary School Parent Teacher Conferences (Check w/School for Date & Time

Sunday, November 17

Specialized HS Admissions Test-SHSAT (SWDs ELLs 504s and Make ups)

Wednesday, November 20


District 22 Cyber Bullying & Bullying vs. Conflict Workshop

Thursday, November 21

National Parent Involvement Day


PS 194 SLT Meeting

Monday, November 25


PS 245 SLT Meeting

Thursday, November 28

Thanksgiving Recess (Schools closed)

Friday, November 29

Thanksgiving Recess (Schools closed)

Monday, December 2

Inclusive Schools Week



Attention K, 1st and 2nd Grade Parents!

Tomorrow, Friday, is the first “First Friday” of the school year! Join your child in their classroom at 8:10am to enjoy a morning of learning and fun.

Visit your child’s classroom! Participate in learning activities! Share in an enriching morning with your child!

Tomorrow is for K, 1st and 2nd grade classes. Next Friday will be for grades 3, 4 and 5.



1              School Closed. Rosh Hashana

4              First Friday – Grades K, 1 and 2

7/21/28 Nutrition and Wellness – Parent Workshop @ 8:30 AM

8              PA Parent Breakfast – Bengali, Urdu and Arabic Families @8:15 AM

9              School Closed. Yom Kippur

10           Intro to Middle School Application Process Workshop @ 8:15PM & 6:00PM

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

District 22 Mini Middle School Fair at PS 217 @ 8:30 AM

14           School Closed. Columbus Day

15           Student of the Month Pre-K-K-1 @ 9:00 AM

IS 239 Mark Twain Open House @ 5:00 PM

CDEC D22 Meeting @ 6:30 PM

16           Mental Health 101 – Parent Workshop @ 8:15 AM

Student of the Month Gr. 2-3 @ 9:00 AM

17           Student of the Month Gr. 4-5 @ 9:00 AM

19           Fall Carnival and Wellness Fair 2-5 PM

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

District 20 Middle School Fair @ 5:00 PM

24           Family Math Night @ 5:30 PM

General PA Meeting @ 6:00 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


Before children can receive instruction and develop skills, they have to get to school DAILY and ON TIME.  Families have a vital role in supporting their children’s consistent attendance in school. Not only does missing school affect their current academics, it can affect their academics for years to come. Each day of instruction that your child misses results in a direct loss of learning. Additionally, some middle school programs take into consideration children’s attendance and lateness when they consider the candidates during the middle school admission process.

At PS 217 school day begins at 8:00 AM. Children arriving after 8:00 AM will be marked late. Breakfast is served in the Cafeteria between 7:30 -8:00 AM and in the classrooms after 8:00 – 8:10 AM.

Sing for Hope Piano – At Home in PS 217

A beautiful piece of art, one of the 2019 Sing for Hope painted pianos is now at home at PS 217. After having been showcased in Industry City during the month of June, the playful and colorful Cityscape by Addy Balajadia enthralls the admiration of anyone stepping into our school.

Founded in New York City in 2006, Sing for Hope harnesses the power of the arts to create a better world. Through dynamic education, healthcare, and global initiatives, Sing for Hope activates creativity in schools, hospitals, refugee camps, and public spaces for millions of people worldwide. More information can be found at www.SingforHope.org.

Addy Balajadia graduated from Pratt Institute with a Master’s degree in Art Therapy. She currently lives and creates beautiful art in her studio in Queens, NY. More details on the artist can be found at https://www.addybartwork.com/

Family Night – How Do You Choose to Spend It?

We want to hear from you: how do you choose to spend your Mondays and Fridays Family Nights (No Homework) as a family? Are you cooking together? Or perhaps playing some cool board games? Are you reading as a family or maybe walk/jog together? Share your ideas to inspire others to try something new and different. All your ideas will be featured in the upcoming issues of the 411 and on the School App. Please send all your stories to Mara Dubovici, Parent Coordinator (Room 109 / LDubovici@schools.nyc.gov / 718.434.6960 ext. 1).