Borough-Wide Safety Meeting : Safety Awareness Forum for Parents & Community

Thursday, May 31, 2018 6:00PM – 8:00PM

Clara Barton High School

901 Classon Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11225

This is an excellent opportunity for parents and guardians to hear from the agencies responsible for ensuring the safety of the children in our schools. In the current climate of crisis in schools, it is important for parents to understand the safety protocols that must be adhered to when a safety concern or situation occurs.

Spring Conference for Families of Students with Disabilities

Saturday June 2nd, 2018  10:00AM – 2:00PM

PS 90 Edna Cohen School

2840 West 12th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11224

Do you have a child with an IEP or with any Special Education need? Don’t forget to register for the Conference, which will take place from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM at, P.S. 90 Edna Cohen School

(2840 West 12th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11224). It promises to be a great celebration where families learn about special education, connect with other families and experts and enjoy food, music, dance and raffles! There will also be a magician and a special appearance from fire fighters/Fire Truck.

Playground Update

Please be informed that in the next few days there will be work done in the PS 217 schoolyard due to the installation of a temporary fence around the damaged green turf in athletic field and staging area setup. 

Due to this, the playground and the athletic field will be CLOSED today, Thursday, 5/10/2018 starting 4:00 pm.

While the playground will open for public tomorrow, Friday, 5/11/2018, please be aware that the athletic field might still be closed until early next week.

Please stay tuned for more updates!

Mother’s Day Plant and Bake Sale!

On Thursday, May 10 and Friday, May 11, from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM, children are invited to shop and snack at another the Mother’s Day Plant and Bake Sale. To volunteer baked goods or the sale itself, contact Melanie Rivera Mora at We especially need volunteers on Wednesday, May 9 to help organize – please volunteer if you can!

Spring Carnival Sunday May 13

On Sunday, May 13, 10AM-5PM the PA of PS217 we will be hosting the first PS 217 block party!  The festival will be right in front of school on Newkirk Ave between Coney Island Ave. and Westminster Rd.  We will have:

  • 3 Inflatable Bounce-Houses for the Kids
  • Crafts, Carnival Games and Face Painting
  • Music from PS 217 father DJ Daigoro (Michael Loeb)
  • Food and Drinks
  • Cortelyou Library Book Mobile

We need parents to help volunteer that day; spend Mother’s Day with us!
Please contact Julia (347.907.2761 / or Lupe (917-776-4246 / to lend a hand.

PTA 5K Fun Run for the Schools

Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 10 AM in Prospect Park

Join PA of PS 217’s team at this year’s annual PTA Fun Run!  Run, walk, stroll, or toddle along with us!

This great community builder and fundraiser brings together not just a school, a zone or a district, but a whole borough! Registration fee: $20/individual, $5 for each additional family member up to 5.

The PS 217 team will meet this year at Bartel Pritchard Square Entrance (15th Street corner) at 9 AM.

Register online at

For help with registration or for more information please contact P.S. 217 Team Captain, Sarah Kunstler ( E-mail us to confirm your registration.

The Book Fair Is Coming!

PS 217 BOGO Scholastic Book Fair           05/21 – 02/25

Get ready for another exciting book shopping experience right in our own PS 217 Library. For the first time at PS 217 we are bringing you a BOGO Scholastic Book Fair? Buy one, get one … who doesn’t like that? Many times we’ve heard the question: “Can we get anything for free?” and this time we can smile back and answer “Yes, you buy one (book), you get one free (same or less value)!” Excellent value for your dollars, this fair is designed to get books in the hands of our children for the long summer break! It is also a reminder that they should never stop reading during summer, as much as they will love to be enjoying the playgrounds, the pools, the beaches, the camps, the trips and so much more.

Each class will be scheduled to come to the Book Fair with their teacher, so please keep an eye on any announcement going home regarding the exact day and time.

While there will be no online shopping opportunity this time, you can still count on the relatively NEW and convenient payment feature called E-Wallet. 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 account and have funds immediately available for your child to shop the Book Fair. Safe and secure. To get started, visit our online PS 217 Scholastic Book Fair homepage. The E-wallet will be available between 5/7 – 5/25.

Families will also have opportunities to visit us at the fair. The open time for families will be announced soon. Questions about the Book Fair? Contact Mara Dubovici ( / 718.434.6960 x1)

Bike Helmet Fitting – Free Helmets

The weather is getting warmer and this is the time that New Yorkers are riding bicycles as a mode of transportation. NYC Department of Transportation has begun their FREE Bike Helmet Fitting and Distribution Events. These events will continue until the month of October. You must be present to get a helmet. Adults over the age of 18 receiving a helmet must sign a waiver. For children under 18, a parent or legal guardian must be present to sign the waiver.

The Brooklyn locations and schedule are as follows:

Sunday, May 6  12PM – 3:30PM

CM Karman Yeger

18th & 19th Avenues between 56 &58 Streets

Brooklyn NY 11204

Saturday, May 12             11AM – 2:30PM

Brooklyn New School

610 Henry Street, Brooklyn NY 11231

(inside both school yards / Rapelye Street entrance)

Playground Updates

There are no closings of the playground scheduled at this time. A chain-link fence will soon be installed around the damaged part of the turf so that our school and our community can continue to benefit from the safe part of the turf.

Pennies for Patients & Stuck for A Buck – THANK YOU! 

While we are still not done with tallying all your donations, we have to let you know that due to your immense generosity this first time ever fundraiser for such a noble cause was a huge success at PS 217. Keep an eye on the PS217 App for pictures from the overwhelmingly popular Stuck for A Buck event.