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.

Other events:


  • District 22 Art Exhibition

Tuesday, May 15 & Wednesday May 16

3-5 PM

Joan Snow Pre-K Center

1340 East 29 St, Brooklyn, NY 11210

Come and view a collection of extraordinary student artwork in District 22


  • District 22 Music Ensemble

Tuesday, June 5 @ 10:30 AM

I.S. 278, 1925 Stuart Street 


  • District 22 Science Fair

Thursday, June 7  9:15 AM – 11:15 AM

Joan Snow Pre K Center

1340 East 29 Street, Brooklyn, NY 11210


  • Empowering Families and Schools:  Building our Future Parent Seminar, offered by Brooklyn South Field Support Center:

Monday, May 21, 2018

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Brooklyn Borough Hall

209 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201

The seminar consists of panel discussions with a variety of the Department of Education’s Policy makers and education experts. Panelists will make many DOE policy and procedures transparent. Families can register at:


  • Borough-Wide Safety Meeting will take place on:

Thursday, May 31, 2018

6pm – 8pm

Clara Barton High School

901 Classon Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11225


  • Spring Conference for Families of Students with Disabilities, hosted by Brooklyn South Field Support Center Special Education Department. There will be a magician, music, raffles and a special appearance from fire fighters/Fire Truck.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

21K090 – P.S. 90 Edna Cohen School,

2840 W 12th St, Brooklyn, NY 11224

It’s not too late to support PS 217’s Pennies for Patients program benefiting Leukemia and Lymphoma Society!

Continue sending in loose change until Friday, April 27 and help raise money online until Sunday, April 29. Visit PS 217’s Fundraising Page  right here  to either make a direct donation or to create your own child’s online fundraising page. Share it with friends, family and co-workers through e-mail and social media!

Together we CHANGE cancer!


Stuck for a Buck 2018