District Blast

Visit our School Events/Good News Blog, which includes our amazing District 22 art show here: https://sites.google.com/site/district22brooklyn/school-events-news For additional events you can visit us on facebook @district22bkny


View Community Events: Tuition free job training, library events, Brooklyn Hackathon, World Science Festival, Summer programs and more https://sites.google.com/site/district22brooklyn/community-events


Accept Your Pre-K Offer by May 31! Pre-register by the May 31 deadline to accept your offer and secure your child’s pre-K seat. Contact the program directly to set up an appointment to pre-register. Bring your child and all required documents to pre-registration. Use this checklist to learn what you need to bring: https://www.schools.nyc.gov/docs/default-source/default-document-library/pre-registration-checklist_english


Week of June 3 Gifted and Talented Offers: The week of June 3, decision letters will be mailed and emailed (for electronic applications) to families who applied for Gifted & Talented K–3 placements, along with instructions for accepting their offer and information about waitlists. Students who received offer letters for grades K–3 placements must pre-register with the school by June 21; offers that have not been accepted by this date will be considered forfeited.



NYS Science Test Grade 4 & 8: The performance component of the New York State (NYS) grades 4 and 8 science exams will be administered from May 22–31, please check with your school for date. The written component will be administered on June 3.


Tuesday, June 4 No School Eid-al-Fitr



Wednesday, June 5 District 22 Music Concert: IS 278 Marine Park 10:30 AM. Come and hear the beautiful music our students are making!  View flyers here https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1OMRCfDzXZphSqugZuNV7UwFaEdvPcdlV?usp=sharing



Thursday, June 6: Chancellor’s Conference Day, no school for students. District 22 Science Expo at the Joan Snow Pre-K Center. View flyers here:  https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/11mrois8aj72-thNYga4G7m1ZLgPV-WvF?usp=sharing



Friday, June 7 District 22 Family Fun Night FREE. Come celebrate the end of the school year! Games, relay races, snack music entertainment at The John Malone Community Center Bergen Beach https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1stVM1FUhMRlYruq9lpnQ19sA2n-cQ5TF?usp=sharing



Tuesday, June 11. Clerical Day. No Students in attendance.  Spring Conference for Families of Students with Disabilities, 9 AM – 12 PM, Brooklyn Children’s Museum Register here https://docs.google.com/document/d/1WREaWvvRGE9qUOQL8VTvwgd8bForhQKkUx1yFJlEJ_o/edit?fbclid=IwAR00SqWvjKKr7BT007GCtZnIZDHgG8sFeJzsKt8dWihaXFRbg2vPbBpUySs


Thursday, June 13 District 22 Dance Show: 10:15 AM at PS/IS 206. Check out our District 22 dance talent! View flyer here https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1a0yoT0VbqVXTGQw8obM1_WXFoZSGYMeX?usp=sharing



Is your child a current seventh grade student? Get a head start on the high school admissions process by joining us at our workshops in June! Find locations, dates, and times for all events and register now. You don’t need to register to attend, but we’d like to know how many people to expect.

Workshops will cover:

Building a balanced high school application
Finding NYC high schools that fit your interests
The Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT)
LaGuardia High School auditions
If you’d like to learn more about the specialized high schools, you can also speak to school representatives at each event. Call us at 718-935-2009 or visit a Family Welcome Center if you have any questions. http://sgiz.mobi/s3/HS-Admissions-Workshops

Save The Dates High School Fairs  Saturday & Sunday
September 21 & 22, October 5 & 6


Pride Events in NYC Some events listed are FREE https://www.metro.us/news/local-news/new-york/family-friendly-prides-events-2019


Parenting Tips from IncludeNYC http://www.includenyc.org/resources/tip-sheet/parenting-tips


Message to a Parent # 8 from Principal Kafele https://youtu.be/x0XtnymyGtE


Free Summer Meals program, providing free, nutritious breakfast and lunch options at approximately 1,200 sites across the City from June 27 to August 30.  Learn more: https://on.nyc.gov/30VOyub





Saturday, June 1

LGBT Pride Month

Monday, June 3

Grade 4 & 8 Science Written Test

Tuesday, June 4

Eid al-Fitr (Schools Closed)


PS 315 SLT Meeting

Wednesday, June 5


District 22 Music Concert


PS 197 SLT Meeting


PS/IS 109 SLT Meeting


PS 203 SLT Meeting

Thursday, June 6

Anniversary Day. Students Do Not Attend School. Staff Development


District 22 Science Expo

Monday, June 10


PS 326 SLT Meeting


PS 134 SLT Meeting


PS 245 SLT Meeting


PS 139 SLT Meeting


PS 236 SLT Meeting

Tuesday, June 11

Clerical Day. Students Do Not Attend School.


Special Education Family Conference


IS 234 SLT Meeting


IS 240 SLT Meeting

Wednesday, June 12


PS 889 SLT Meeting


PS 119 SLT Meeting


PS 361 SLT Meeting


PS/IS 206 SLT Meeting

Thursday, June 13

District 22 Dance Show 10:15 AM at PS/IS 206


IS 14 SLT Meeting


IS 278 SLT Meeting


PS 254 SLT Meeting


PS 312 SLT Meeting

Monday, June 17


PS 152 SLT Meeting


PS 217 SLT Meeting


PS 139 SLT Meeting


PS 193 SLT Meeting

Tuesday, June 18

Living Environment Regents


PS 277 SLT Meeting


PS 52 SLT Meeting


PS 194 SLT Meeting


PS 251 SLT Meeting


MS 890 SLT Meeting



Wednesday, June 19

Algebra1 Regents

Thursday, June 20


PS 195 SLT Meeting


FACE PA/PTA ACADEMY Live Webinar Lunch & Learn


PS 255 SLT Meeting


PS 222 SLT Meeting


IS 78 SLT Meeting


IS 381 SLT Meeting

Wednesday, June 26

Last Day for All Students. Early Dismissal

Tuesday, July 2

Summer School Begins



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Meeting Notice – MONDAY!



Monday, 5/20/2019


In the Cafeteria

Breakfast will be served!


We will discuss:

Our Eid Celebration June 7

Our Spring Carnival and Block Party with FDC on June 15




Lunes, 5/20/2019  8:15am

En la cafetería

¡Habrá desayuno!

Hablaremos: Nuestra celebración Eid el 7 de Junio

Nuestro Carnaval de la Primavera y Fiesta de Barrio (Block Party) con FDC el 15 de Junio


انضم إلينا

اجتماع الجمعية العامة للآباء والأمهات


2019-2020 الانتخابات

الاثنين 20 مايو


في الكافتيريا

سيتم تقديم وجبة الإفطار!


احتفالنا بالعيد 7 يونيو

لدينا كرنفال الربيع وحزب كتلة مع FDC في 15 يونيو


No Teacher Conference This Week

While the Department of Education lists a teacher conference date for elementary schools this week, PS 217 will not be participating, as we covered this informational session during the January conference date. As always, you can reach out to your child’s teacher directly should you want to set up a time to meet.



14/21/28            Conversation Circle @ 8:15AM

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

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

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

Why Should I Read to MY Child (III) – Parent Workshop @ 8:15 AM

17          PA Executive Board Meeting @ 8:15 AM

20-24    Scholastic Book Fair (BOGO)

20          General PA Meeting (Elections) @ 8:15 AM

SLT Meeting @ 4:00PM

21          Kindergarten International Festival

21-22    District 22 Art Exhibit @ 3-5 PM

23          PS 217 Spring Concert @ 6:00 PM

24          Senior (5th Grade) Trip

27          Memorial Day. No School

28          Bring Your Child to the Museum – Parent Workshop @ 2:30 PM

May – Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental Health Awareness Month (also referred to as “Mental Health Month”) has been observed in May in the United States since 1949, reaching millions of people through the media, local events, and screenings.

Healthy bodies AND healthy minds should be everyone’s priority and it is important that we learn to help ourselves and others feel better when we/they are unhappy, worried, angry or scared. No matter how mentally healthy, resilient, or happy one is, there comes a time in everyone’s life when he or she will need to cope with something difficult. Talk to your child open about mental health. Here are some very simple child appropriate coping skills that you can suggest:

  • Skill No. 1: Reading. Reading is a great way to learn about new things and is also a way to take your mind off of other things. Sometimes when people are upset, it can be helpful to read a book by a favorite author or about a favorite topic. Think about what type of book would be best for you to read when you are upset.
  • Skill No. 2: Listening to music that makes you happy. Choose music or a song that has a positive message and makes you feel happy.
  • Skill No. 3: If you have a hard time talking about your feelings and thoughts try writing them. Writing helps you express those difficult feelings that you cannot find the words to express. Take a few minutes and write down what you are thinking or how you are feeling a few times a day.
  • Skill No. 4: Taking a break. Walk away from what is upsetting you and being by yourself for a few minutes until you start to feel calmer. Taking a break for yourself helps you to feel more in control and removes you from people or events that may be upsetting you. During your peaceful break, take three deep breaths to help calm your mind and body down, so you can be ready to return to your day.
  • Skill No. 5: Talking to someone who cares about you. Talking to someone who cares about you helps you feel understood and supported, and they may be able to help you solve your problem. Think of people you can talk to at home, at school, and in the neighborhood. Don’t keep it to yourself when you are feeling hurt, scared, sad, or angry.

Participatory Budgeting Results

 The results of the Participatory Budgeting Cycle 8 in the 40th District (Council Member Mathieu Eugene) are in and PS 217 has been allocated $200,000 in funding towards a complete sound system upgrade in our PS 217 Auditorium! This is thrilling news given our amazing theater program. Thank you to everyone who voted and to the Parents Association and Friends of 217 for spreading the word throughout the community.

Fifth Grade Departmentalization Starting 2019-2020 School Year

We are exciting to announce that starting next school year, all of our Fifth Grade classes will be departmentalized. Yes, it will be like being a little bit in middle school, yet still in the comfortable and familiar elementary school setting. This city wide initiative has been embraced by the whole District 22 and we are excited to have it implemented as soon as school starts on September 5, 2019. In order to bring more light and offer more details on how the fifth graders will operate next year, we will have a Parent Information Session for our current Fourth Grade families sometime in June, date/time TBD. Keep an eye on PS 217 announcements as this is an info session you don’t want to miss!

General Parents Association Meeting    Monday, 05/20/2019 @ 8:15 AM

Join us on Monday, May 20th at 8:15 AM in the PS 217 Cafeteria for a VERY IMPORTANT Parent Association meeting! It is PA ELECTION time and we hope that you will join us! Several positions within the PA will be vacant for the 2019-2020 school year and we are excited and hopeful that new volunteers will decide to join our Executive Board! Time commitment varies, so please don’t opt out if you are interested but worried about the time commitment – there are positions both big and small! Come hear about:

  • how to get involved in next year’s Executive Board
  • events, activities and fundraisers of great interest for all

Even if you could not make it to the previous PA meetings, this one is the one you do not want to miss. Join us and VOTE for yourself or for a friend willing to help our school by joining the Executive Board. Keep an eye for announcements regarding the Nomination Forms. Your involvement is important and all our children will benefit from it.

Last but not least, you will find more details regarding the two much awaited fun events in June, the

Eid Celebration on June 7th and the Spring Carnival and Block Party with FDC on June 15th.

See you at the meeting!

PS 217 BOGO Scholastic Book Fair          05/20 – 05/24

Another exciting and budget friendly book shopping experience is coming back to PS 217. The Buy One Get One Free Scholastic Book Fair is at its second edition. Buy one, get one … who doesn’t like that? 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 or the various trips. Each class will be scheduled to come to the Book Fair with their teacher. Please be aware that a Sales Tax Rate of 8.875% will be applied on ALL purchases.

There will be no online shopping opportunity this time, but you can check the interactive book flyer on our homepage: https://bookfairs.scholastic.com/bookfairs/cptoolkit/homepage.do?method=homepage&url=ps217coldavidmarcusschool

The E-Wallet payment is already available for your convenience. 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.

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